Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Rochester

4.6
778 reviews
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$30 and under
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Barbecue

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Award winning Southern-Style Pit-Smoked BBQ in the heart of Downtown Rochester overlooking the Genesee River featuring ribs, brisket, pulled pork, chicken, homemade sides and desserts. Full bar with local, regional and seasonal draft beers. Takeout also available 'til late.
Catering is available.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Barbecue, Southern
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - midnight

Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Closes early Christmas Eve, closed on Christmas
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Phone number
(585) 325-7090
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Pick-Up, Delivery and Full Service Catering for any type of gathering...Give us a call, we"ll make you look good!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
South Ave.
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Entertainment
American Funk, Grass-Roots & Blues. Check out the line-up on www.dinobbq.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View
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MA
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place before a show, place was packed but everyone friendly and professional. Surprised how quickly food arrived for being so busy. Food perfect, as always.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyable as always!

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GS
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was typical Dino BBQ. Great meat, wonderful sides. Fast and friendly service. Not as dive bar as the Syracuse location. But good food nevertheless.

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DA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinosaur BBQ never disappoints when it comes to my BBQ craving

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AG
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good BBQ, similar to what you get at a good BBQ restaurant in the Texas hill country west of Austin.

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CT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The table was ready when we got there, waitress was fantastic! Great experience for lunch.

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LD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eat at dinosaur’s bbq at least once a month! We enjoy are visit every time. Love the open table so you can make your reservations in advance!

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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Were in Rochester this weekend for a girls hockey tournament.. had this recommendation and glad we made the effort to go! Great food great service and able to do it all while serving 24 of us ! Well be back ... price was great too !

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual! Food is always good here! Service is A+

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TM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place. Great location and retro. Will be back. Good food, plentiful and tasty

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GH
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate 2 birthdays. The food was great as usual. Our server was excellent and very familiar with the menu. We all had a very good time. This is a great restaurant for birthdays.

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MV
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food all the way around! This place is always busy, so I absolutely recommend reservations otherwise you may not get in. Twice I’ve been to Rochester twice have been the dinosaur; I will be back again!

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NP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated within 5 minutes with our reservation and had our 10 minutes after ordering. Impressed.

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HD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great barbecue! It's a great place to go after the RIT ice hockey game it's a stop we do every year. There may be a wait but the food is always worth it. The ribs pulled pork and brisket are unbelievable. I highly recommend it for a fun place to eat if you like barbecue. Their servers are friendly and the live music on weekend is great.

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A
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were up in Rochester for RIT's Parents Weekend and no weekend is complete without Dinosaur BBQ. We had reservations for 6:00 and we may have waited 15 minutes which was absolutely fine given the crowd. We made it to the hockey game with a minute to spare. The food continues to be world-class and we all loved everything (ribs and pulled pork!).

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KC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! We were seated promptly , server took order immediately and food arrived quickly. There was a huge event at the Blue Cross Arena just across the street. Obviously, many attendees chose the Dino BBQ for dinner ahead of the game. Despite the huge crowds, Dino BBQ functioned like a well oiled machine!

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LC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This great place is not only fun to be at but has really really good food. If you like smokey flavored food this the best you will ever experience. My all time favorite restaurant and have to go every time I visit Rochester. You will not be disappointed unless you don’t like bbq.

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CM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time we've gone there - it was recommended by a local and we loved it. We're from Burlington, ON and wish we had a place like that here. We'll go there again every time we're in Rochester. It was fun and there were dozens of interesting posters on the walls and people to look at. Food and service were excellent too. Loved the ribs and cornbread. It was loud but that didn't seem to matter as it was a rockin' place.

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KK
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Highly recommend!!! The food is wonderful!

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CM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinosaur was incredibly accommodating to our group of 11. All of our children were in a theater show at the Lyric and we had a finite amount of time. Our table was setup and ready to go. The food was delicious and our waiter was awesome!

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J
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We enjoyed the barbecue ribs and sides. unique and tasty.

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PG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was as good as always; particularly impressed by their handling of our need for gluten free food and service for one in our party. A fun evening!

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TV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the service was excellent! We will definitely return.

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VL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall a very good BBQ experience
Minor issues. The tables are too hard to share BBQ platters when you cant fit a platter on the table.

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DU
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really, really exceptional Bar B Que served very quickly by a hard working professional staff! Interesting side including simmered greens, corn bread, and of course: Corn Bread!

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H
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

DIno has great BBQ and side dishes. But, they had no record of our reservation, which left us waiting 20 minutes for a table on a Tuesday evening. Very noisy. Impossible to carry on a conversation at 8:00pm. Probably fine if you want your dinner at 9:30pm.

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PK
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always awesome!

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AK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were staying in Rochester over the Columbus Day weekend, and my daughter recommended Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (she's a Syracuse alum). We made a reservation for 545 pm on a Sunday, got there 5 or 10 minutes early and despite a full house, we were seated at right about our reservation time.

Thankfully, traffic was light in the area, and we were able to park for free in the lot on the west side of the bridge, although there were also a few parking spots on the bridge.

Our server, Adrienne, was there shortly after we sat and helped us with the food options. Our drinks arrived promptly; we got our pulled-pork sandwiches and sides around 600 pm and we were done and paid for and out before 630 pm.

Overall, a great meal with a great server. If we lived closer, we'd be there regularly.

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JM
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Table for 7, no issues. Great food too! Generous portions.

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FE
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great, the band was supposed to start at 9 but restaurant was busy didn't let them start till after 10. It was worth the wait, 7th Heaven was great too!

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SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always loved the food and fun atmosphere at Dinosaur BBQ, even had them cater my sons high school grad party. It was a total hit. Best ribs and best sauce in town. The pulled pork and brisket is amazing. Too many good sides, but I always get the salad with the house dressing, there is nothing like it in town.

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RC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good bbq and fast service, parking was limited but call ahead or reservations is needed for a weekend night for sure

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KB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Dinosaur BBQ is a Rochester classic. It has great food and service. The BBQ is excellent!!!

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TP
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My godson goes to college in Rochester and when we visit it is a must to visit. It is his favorite place for bbq and I love the music and drinks.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grabbed dinner before enjoying Teagan and the Tweeds. The food and entertainment were amazing!! Always a great time at Dino!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere, food and service of course with amazing company

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TN
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good Q, Good Service and Good cocktails at a good price. Reservation recommended!!!

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CM
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to grab some delicious BBQ. Never disappointed.

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DA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was on point and served very quickly. One of my favorites for a reason. I’ll be back soon

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LC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Reservations were for 5:00 on a Saturday night - 1st disappointment - No Cornbread. How do they run out of cornbread that early on a Saturday night - it's a staple with the meals. Very disappointing.
I splurged and got the rib eye steak. Ordered medium. Delivered - well done. Very dry. Atmosphere is very noisy. Hard to carry on a conversation at your own table.

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