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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Rochester

4.6
646 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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Cross street
South Ave.
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Entertainment
American Funk, Grass-Roots & Blues. Check out the line-up on www.dinobbq.com
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View
What 646 People Are Saying
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4.6
service
4.4
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4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

The experience overall was wonderful as always. Our server was amazing and kept up an incredible demeanor despite the busy atmosphere and my pickiness about my order and the mess ups from the kitchen. The shrimp in our appetizer (which we knew were to be peeled ourselves) were not deveined and it was quit unappetizing.

The cheddar ale soup on special was incredible and I would stop everyday for lunch while out for work if it was available daily. Seriously. Please have it. Maybe some soft pretzels on the side? *wink wink nudge nudge* 😘 and maybe some better hard cider options than what you have? Pleeaaassse?? Or even a nice moscato for the wine list? 🙏🏼

My burger was deliciously cooked exactly how I asked, except for the removal of the caramelized onions the kitchen forgot to not put on, which I can understand- I think it usually comes with them and it is probably habit to put them on and it was VERY busy. So, the amazing server had them remake it for me and had it made to go since I was fairly full at that point and she even put the vegetables for the burger on the side so my bun wouldn’t get soggy and then had our check adjusted for the hassle of it all. She really was just wonderful.

Now that I drive for my job I stop here often and my fiancé and I have been going out a couple times a month for dates and have been frequently choosing Dino. I recommend it to my rideshare riders and hope to continue to do so! Our server and hostesses were great and when I stop during the day my bartenders are always so accommodating. I really appreciate all you do! My fiancé is a chef too and loves the quality he can expect when we stop in! Great job!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Real Southern BBQ in upstate NY
Fun atmosphere

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Went for a girls' dinner before a show at Geva. Great service, great food!

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We love the wings at this place. It is a very busy place, make sure you have reservations before you go.

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The food was ok but the have changed the menu and it did not taste the same as previous visits.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Always great food and music! Service was spectacular.

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

This was our second time at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and it was, again, a treat! The service is friendly, efficient, professional. The food is GREAT. There were five of us and each one had something different. The Deviled Eggs are terrific, the ribs spicy and plentiful (I could barely finish 1/4 rack), the sides outstanding. The restaurant is a bit noisy on the weekend, but that just seems to fit.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

The food and drinks were amazing and the waitress was very friendly and accommodating. I cant wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Great beer, especially the IPA's, great food and generous portions. Good value. Great service. For our money, you can't beat the Dinosaur. Keep up the excellent work!

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Everything Dinosaur is generally good in Rochester. I tried their new (I think its new) Chopped Cheesesteak and was less than impressed. On the menu "Tangy onions, poblano peppers, melted cheddar, horsey mayo" In reality I think they mixed all this together into a sauce DUMPED a bunch on the meat and sent it along to the table. The Cheese and Steak (I'm assuming it was Brisket but really couldn't tell) was over shadowed by the Sauce. The horsey mayo seamed to be non existent. The bread was flattened panini style and very good.
I'm not sure if you can have them hold the sauce on a brisket sandwich but it would be wise. I will be sticking with unsauced meat next time.

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3.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Good bar b que.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I would use open table again but I would request a booth right up front! We visit Dinosaur BBQ at least once a month & have a few favorite waitresses!

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Our reservation was given away to a 5 top that walked up right as we arrived (10 minutes before our 5:45pm reservation). The server asked the hostess if she had our table ready and she looked dumb founded. I was not pleased to wait when I had the reservation and a walk in was sat first. My Mother’s Day Party of 5 was less than pleased as 3 of the 5 people traveled an hour to eat here. Probably won’t be back for a special occasion. Probably won’t recommend anyone making reservations.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We love Dinosaur Barbque - and the fact that we were able to make reservations through "open table" was awesome, we arrived a bit early, and it was Mother's Day, and they seated us right away.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food was good and so was the service . we tried dinosaur for the first time for mother's day her pick a little noisy but fun was had by all!!!

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I have to say I'm very disappointed in the seating. I booked a table for 10 WEEKS ago for my daughter's college graduation celebration. When we were seated we were not all seated together. I was not happy as it was a celebration and we had family with us from out of town. Where to split up the group??? The food was very good and our server was outstanding. Not sure I would recommend for a large party.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The Staff was very accommodating and friendly. Excellent service and food. Highly recommend.

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3.0Dined on May 10, 2018

BBQ itself was good.... side dishes need work. Waitress was average... did bare minimum

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Great food and value. Quantity of food for the value is great.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

great food and service. Extremely busy so glad we had the reservation.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Amazing as always. Never disappointed. Thank you

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1.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Overall a disappointing experience. I searched for a kid friendly restaurant and this was recommended and highly reviewed. First off, there is no parking anywhere in the vicinity. The path to the door is crowded with motorbikes and groups of people smoking. Our table wasn't ready for 20 minutes after our reservation time, then it took several minutes for a server to arrive. The table was crowded, drinks were watered down and full of ice even though we specifically asked for little ice. The food was salty to the point of being unpalatable, just plain gross, like a salt lick. The brisket was tough, the ribs were over-cooked, the fries were burned. The server was awful. He didn't seem to care about our table at all, he stepped on my foot multiple times. He literally DROPPED our plates on the table, and handed over hot plates to the 5 and 6 year olds to place down themselves. He didn't come back for refills of water or see if we needed anything else, we had to flag down another server for more water. A second drink ordered when our food arrived didn't show up at the table until we'd ordered dessert. The place was so loud the server legitimately said "can't hear you" more than once as we asked for things, yelling to try to be heard. Definitely not kid friendly--they were plugging their ears in discomfort for much of time. Overall a really horrible dining experience.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Great as always—delicious ribs and Mac n cheese is what we like. Topped off by chocolate peanut butter cup pie. Yum

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Delicious BBQ, fun family dining, friendly and efficient service in a lively environment.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Birthday and going to see Kevin Hart at Blue Cross Arena!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We had a reservation and was seated immediately. Reservations are highly recommended as it's a very popular restaurant. Service was great and quick and everything was delicious. Highly recommend trying this place

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

We were in town for our daughter’s USAG Eastern National gymnastics competition. A friend recommended Dino’s and it lived up to everything we hoped. Our server was great as well.

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2018

A fun and informal place to eat that always brings good memories from my visits to Rochester.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

The food was surpassed only by the outstanding attention by our waitress, Susie. She was outstanding, friendly and attentive.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The couple combo was very good and filling!

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3.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Our waiter was fantastic. Very personable, helpful and fast. The food on the other hand was terrible. We had a larger party of 7 people and no one liked their food or ate it all.

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4.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Was a bit loud in the dining room, but you come to Dino BBQ for the food and good selection of beers. Came up from Philly for a business meeting and specifically requested that several of us meet at Dinosaur BBQ in Rochester for dinner due to the fantastic meal I had several months ago. I'll be back!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

My best friend and her husband came to visit me and I was thinking of a restaurant to take them to. Dinosaur was a great restaurant, the food was very good and fresh. I love the variety of foods. They both loved the view from the restaurant. I made reservations online and requested a booth with the view of the bridge and water. They were able to give us that booth. The hostess was very pleasant as well. We only waited less than a minute to get our booth. Our server was so helpful since we had questions about how some dishes were prepared. We were even asked by the manager at our table if everything was okay. They make the best ribs. I highly recommend anyone to eat there.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

New resident to Rochester - checking out restaurants- great food and ambiance

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

I’m glad I made a reservation because the place was packed. Our table had the fried green tomatoes, brisket, ribs, sesame hoisin wings, shrimp, coleslaw, Mac n cheese and fries. EVERYTHING was delicious. Service was friendly and prompt, portions were generous, prices were decent.

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Very good service, okay BBQ. This was our second visit to this location and the food was just okay. The brisket was tough and the pulled pork a bit dry with the only flavour coming from their house bbq sauce (which is quite tasty). The ribs were very good though, with just the right chew and seasoning. The sides were excellent as well, as was the service. Judging from how busy this place was, I was expecting to thoroughly enjoy our food, as we did during our first visit. We would say, as a night out you could definitely do worse. It is a loud and boisterous space filled with diners. But if you're coming for the BBQ experience, you might be let down.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

. Good food good service great value one of my favorite places to go.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Food was awesome and our server was wonderful!!!! We will be back for sure. Made a reservation a wk in advance because we know how busy it gets, checked in and the hostess forgot about our table. Waited longer than we should of.

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

We have been to several Dinosaur restaurants. They are consistently good regardless of location. We were pleased our reservation was honored timely.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

One of our favorites! Food is great, best BBQ and wings around!

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