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About Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Newark

The Scene
The Syracuse-based barbecue phenomenon plunked a sprawling roadhouse with all the familiar back-road accoutrements into an abandoned meat factory. The roll call of devotees includes area families, couples on casual dates and old friends alike.


The Food:
Though fried green tomatoes and punchy boiled shrimp start things off right, the smell of smoking meats quickly adjusts the focus. The smokey-sweet pork ribs gently release from the bone and the Texas brisket, a touch dry, gets a lift from a topping of tangy cured jalapeños and a dash of hot sauce. It's even safe to venture from red meat with the truly moist and tender chicken, brined then smoked for deep flavor. With the exception of the cakey corn bread, sides keep pace, with tangy Creole potato salad and sweetened baked beans the standouts. Delivery available from 11:30 Am until 8:00 PM
Catering is available.

224-226 Market Street
Newark, NJ 07102
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Barbecue

Hours of Operation:
Closed for Christmas. Closes 4 p.m. Christmas Eve. Open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day
Monday -Thursday: 11:30am to 10:00pm,

Friday & Saturday: 11:30am to 11:00pm,

Sunday: 11:30am to 10:00pm

Delivery Hours 11:30 AM until 8:00 PM

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(862) 214-6100

Website:
http://dinosaurbarbque.com/locations/newark/

Private Party Facilities:
Party at our house! Semi-private spaces available for parties of 12 to 50 people.

Private Party Contact:
Howard Agriss, Catering Manager or Judy Anderson, : (862) 214-6060

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Newark Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

3.9

service

3.5

ambience

3.8

value

3.7

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Moderate

68% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (9)
Comfort Food (8)
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Authentic (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Great for Lunch (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Good for a Date (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Great Beer (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
People Watching (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Entire staff is clueless. I made a reservation for 7:30 on opentable. I arrived at 7:15. I was told I had to wait till 7:30. The place was empty and another group of people came in without a reservation for the same amount of my group and sat down right away. When I asked the girl why she said she was honoring my 7:30 reservation. Are you kidding me?

My server was as no better. 3 of the things we ordered were no longer available. Again are you kidding me. She then brought our ribs, etc on plates. The found normally comes out on trays. When I asked why she said they were out of them. I kid you not. My food also did not come with cornbread. When I asked she looked at me like I had 3 heads. She then proceeded to bring me 2 tiny pieces of cornbread 20 minutes into our meal which were clearly from some else’s leftovers.

I went here because I was at a Seton Hall game and have eaten at the Harlem Dinosaur BBQ which was 10 Times better than this dump.

Manager needs to be let go immediately as this place is a disaster!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Get the food via takeout if opting to dine in, only drink beer from a bottle , service is a mess from front of house to back, manager inattentive at the bar to the dumpster fire occurring around him. Multiple tables complained about service to minimal response. Won’t be going to this location again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food and waitress were great. I’ve eaten here many times in addition to Harlem and Syracuse locations. I have 1 criticism. I made my reservation 2 weeks ahead of time to eat pre-Seton Hall basketball game. The day before, I received a text message from the restaurant confirming my reservation. The morning of the reservation, I phoned the restaurant and asked if I could make it 30 minutes earlier. The man said yes. When I got to Dino BBQ, the receptionist told me Dinosaur Barbecue does not take reservations on game days. I showed her the open table confirmation and text from the restaurant to me. She said it did not matter. My reservation would not be honored. We had to wait 30 minutes to get seated and then could not order appetizers (I love their Wango Tango Wings) because we’d be late to the game. I would have appreciated it if she would have moved us ahead of the other groups because the mix up was their fault. I’d have given them 5 stars if they would have honored the reservation.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We made a reservation;however, when we arrived they said all reservations are cancelled on event nights. We had to wait quite a long wait. Food and service was outstanding!

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

First, I made reservations for 6 at 5:15 and when we arrived, they said they do not take reservations, so why does their website mention reservations..... Next, all 6 of us had ordered from the menu and then about 15 minutes later, we all had to order totally different things cause they were out of what we ordered.... NO SALMON, NO RIBS, NO BRISKET, NO CORNBREAD. We were all very disappointed.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Always looked forward to having a meal here so I made reservations through open table for my son’s birthday. When we arrived we were told that they do not accept reservations made through open table and would be able to seat us. I explained that I made the reservations through their own website which directed me to open table. We ended up sitting at the bar and not my idea of a birthday celebration for my 14 year old son. My recommendation is to update your site so you no longer show as partnered with dinosaur bbq when making reservations. The food was not great either. It’s like another big bbq spot that pre-makes their food and so when it comes out it not hot or made to order. Also they were limited in the side and dessert dishes. What kind of bbq spot doesn’t have mashed potatoes?! I would have to say I ok with not ever going back.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had an awful experience. First of all we had a show to attend at NJPac at 7:00....knowing this location is busy especially when there are events in Prudential Center and NJPac - I went online to reserve a table for 2 at 5:00pm. When We arrived at the restaurant we were told that they could not honor the reservation because there were events that night and that we would have to wait for a table with a 45 minute wait. We opted to sit at the bar since we had a limit on our time. As we sat at the bar we ordered 2 beers and we received them in a plastic solo cup because they didn't have their pilsner glasses washed. We waited 10 minutes to be served the beer and Were given a menu to order. After we decided what to order is when we were told that 3 of the items we wanted were not available. So now we had to rethink our order. Once we reordered we were told after waiting another 30 minutes that one of the main entrees we ordered were no longer available. Now we have been there for 1 hour and have less than 15 minutes to eat so we had to quickly order something else and scarf it down so we could make our show. Part of the meal was cold. We asked to speak to
Manager since we were having a terrible experience. He explained about the "scratch kitchen" and how it is common that they could run out of food. We wanted the ribs which was the reason we went there and they ran out of Korean and St Louis style ribs. So the manager did comp our meal and he gave us a GC to return on another date. My advice would be avoid a night where they have events going on if you want to get a table and food you wish to order.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We went after and event at Prudential Center. They were not honoring reservations at first because the "system was down". People were yelling and chaos ensued. Finally sat after 30 minutes waiting. We sat by the door and every time it opened we froze (it was 0 degrees out). The appetizer of wings came out cold. The kids food came out quick. But adults took a much longer time. We asked for desert menu while we were waiting for our food (kids already finished) and were told the person who is in charge of desert was on vacation. That's right -there was NO DESERT! I've never been to a restaurant with no desert options. One time a restaurant even went out to buy Oreo's as a consolation to their non existing desert. The staff seemed fluttered and not on top of their game. The entree's were good - but i don't think i would be back anytime soon.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

We went before the Seton Hall basketball game. Service started out a little shaky, think it was a shift change. However, once in the groove service was amazing and although they had a huge crowd we were never rushed through our meal and even had another round of beers after our check was paid.

Tags: Quick Bite, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We had horrible experience.
Waiter Took our food order and we did not see the food delivered for over one hour.

Will not return

Tags: Bar Seating, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Overall good. Not a lot of communication from the girl at the front desk when you check in. And wasn’t just me. Another group checked in right after me and didn’t say anything back. Checking on tables? It’ll be a few minutes? Just kinda stood there and then we needed to ask what was going on..

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Good Food-lousy slow service was especially noticeable as we gave ourselves an hour and 15 minutes to eat and then walk to basketball game just steps away...We made the open table res for 4 however a snow storm delayed our arrival and we called to hold reservation as we looked for parking....only to be told "we don't take reservations for special events"...it wasn't an issue as we arrived within 5 minutes and got a table but if that's the case what is the point of having a reservation???? again slow uninterested wait staff made the afternoon less than what it could have been

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Live Sports, Casual, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The servers were great and very nice but they need to change the front of the house...the hostess was very rude. We almost walked out based on her attitude alone.

Probably won’t go back based on this experience as other good bbq places are starting to pop up in nj and these guys aren’t going to be the only decent place for ribs and brisket any longer

It seems like a lot of their bad reviews are due to reservations from open table not being honored or being lost when patrons show up, which is exactly happened to me.

I would suggest open table and dinosaur rethink their relationship. I don’t think it’s good for either of their reputations to have this keep happening .

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Like all the Dinosaurs I've been to (Harlem, Syracuse, Troy and Brooklyn,) this is a fun place to eat and spend time with friends. As always, the food was good and the prices very reasonable. I have to remember to leave room for dessert one day.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was average. No cornbread gave rolls instead. We eat at Rochester Dinosaur and it is hands down a lot better.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Amazing Service! Terrific food! Would highly recommend.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The service, though courteous, helpful and friendly, was exceedingly slow.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

No review. But the first thing we were told when we arrived and said we had a reservation was that there was a problem with Open Table and they had no reservations. Lovely.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

They did not keep my reservation. They said open table was not working. Disappointed on that factor. I made a reservation for a reason. They sat me ASAP, which was great and I appreciate and will eat at dino BBQ continuously. But , I would expect more professionalism then the host saying “open table doesn’t work”

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

I love the atmosphere of this place. How can you go wrong with Bar-B-Que?? The Food is good, but we were there on a Thursday night with no Prudential Center event, and the service was slow. It was 20 minutes before we got a drink. The food was good and I really want this place to be successful, I just wish the service had been a bit more attentive and speedy.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Food was awesome(as always). Waited 35 minutes for someone to take out order. And that was only because I flagged down the manager(who was very nice). Found out later that the waiter/waitress didn't come to work. Usually the service is good.

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Had a problem this time. Plates were greasy and sent them back. Also I was given a gift card from a friend for $25.00. When I presented it, it came up as only $10.00. Got my friend on the phone and she confirmed $25.00 with her confirmation number which she had placed on the phone. She said on the phone when you order a gift card It has to be $25.00 and up not $10.00. The manager is suppose to follow up on this and get back with me. I was there Sunday and today is Wednesday, no call back yet.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Arrived a few minutes before our reservation at 2 for lunch and there was a line out the door and around the side of the building. They were completely overwhelmed at the check in. Apparently a Disney show just ended across the street and people had reservations but the line out the door and confusion were to much for me to handle so we left. Disappointed!!!

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

From Syracuse! Will seek out Dino BBQ wherever!!! Love the food n atmosphere
Service a bit sketchy but accomodated👍🏻❤
Many thx for all!!! Wish there were one in the St Pete's FL area!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Authentic, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Tasty food, casual atmosphere, close to events and work.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Took several of my colleagues out to dinner while on business in Newark. Uber driver stated not a great neighborhood on drive but clise yo Devil's stadium. Food is clearly the best BBQ around! Love the Wango Tango Wings and pick 3 meats! Everyone raved about the corn bread! Service was exceptional!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Dinosaur in Brooklyn is fantastic. This Newark location was mediocre at best!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Slow service, mediocre food. Ribs were not hot and they were dry.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The waiter was friendly and helpful. Food was dry and hard. Meat was STUCK on the bone and over-doused with sauce. The waiter forgot about our table. We noticed that the table next to us was also left without service for a long time to the point that they asked to be moved.

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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Service was excellent and very attentive. Got the ribs and they were off the charts good. Juicy, tender, meaty and very tasty. The sides were excellent as well. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a casual, high-energy place and will definitely be returning here in the future.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Casual, Hot Spot, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Big fan of Dinosaur BBQ, but this wasn't as good as usual. Ribs were burnt, brisket was flavorful but on the dry side, and the pulled pork wasn't as well-seasoned as it should be. But, sides were good, drinks were good, dessert was good, and service was good. Maybe it was just an off day.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The meal was good, however the star of the show was a fried green tomato appetizer instead of BBQ. Brisket was a bit of a letdown with little smokey flavor and sauce lacked much depth.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great food, very friendly waiter. Restaurant was understaffed though so the service was a little slow. I’ll be back.

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·Dined on September 8, 2017

A last dinner in the US after a 16 day transatlantic vacation.
We enjoyed it a lot.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Casual, People Watching
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Thanks to the New Jersey monthly one of the best wings in town by far.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Cozy
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Go there whenever possible have never had a bad experience as the food is very very good

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Food was not hot( kinda warm) and not very good. The service was ok, but not great.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Friend and I had a craving for BBQ so we decided to drive a half hour to Dino BBQ in Newark. Service was good but the food was terrible. Ordered salmon fritters, ribs and a half chicken. Salmon fritters were 3 pieces, a joke. The ribs were probably 2 days old judging by how tough and dry it was. The chicken was passable. Just a very disappointing meal all together. Have been to Dinosaur in Brooklyn and Rochester and it's been excellent every time but Newark was beyond disappointing. Won't ever go there again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Service was good and you get plenty of food. Unlimited lemonade. Good affordable kids menu.

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·Dined on July 24, 2017

We waited hours for our food and the hostess claimed they didn't see our RSVP from opentable. However, the waiter apologize for delay in getting our food.

Tags: People Watching, Casual, Bar Seating
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