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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Rochester

4.6
660 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 660 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.5
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We drive from Charlotte Beach for the amazing food and surprisingly affordable prices. The portion sizes are great, we always have a take home box. The staff is always so friendly and engaging, especially with our little one. We hadn't been back in years and now it's a monthly treat.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Love it. The waitress was very nice!! Even though my wife got food spilled on her by the bus boy everyone was very nice and the bus boy bought her a beer. Thanks so much!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Great spot for Father’s Day lunch. Noisy and service was a bit slow and inattentive, but overall a good experience.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Everything thing was great from the food to the drinks and live music

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Delicious, as always!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Top notch as always. Still my favorite spot in Rochester. Get some jerk glaze wings.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

I have eaten here many many times before and have always had great, mouth-watering food. This time there were five of us and we all received our food in less than 6-7 minutes. The ribs tasted dry and we all thought they were left overs from the day previous. We were all disappointed and also felt portion size has decreased some. We even stopped for ice cream on the way home which is unusual for us when we dine here. I doubt we will return unless we hear that the quality has gone back up to what we previously experienced.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great, as usual! A must-see if you are traveling to the area.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

We loved this place! Great service- our waitress had been there for 17 years and was awesome!
Really good bbq- had a sampler of ribs, pulled pork, and brisket - all were excellent.
Do not pass up this place!

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3.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Too much fat in the meat compared to a lot of other barbecue places. Side items I had (baked beans and cole slaw) we’re almost flavorless. Not worth the hype.

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Great place. An a bright spot for the quaint and small city of Rochester. I really nice spot for a city that was known as a major mistake by the Lake!

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Business dinner and I let the clients choose the venue. Very casual and very loud but it worked as the guests knew what to expect. Great dinner and great meeting!!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

So popular that there’s a wait when it opens. Unique decor with classic motorcycles on the wall. Don’t forget to try on the chicken drumette hat in the gift shop!

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Real Southern BBQ in upstate NY
Fun atmosphere

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Best BBQ in Upstate New York, hands down. It's worth the wait.

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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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