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About Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Rochester

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.

99 Court St
Rochester, NY 14604
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Barbecue, Southern

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

Cross Street:
South Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(585) 325-7090

Website:
http://www.dinobbq.com/

Entertainment:
American Funk, Grass-Roots & Blues. Check out the line-up on www.dinobbq.com

Catering:
Pick-Up, Delivery and Full Service Catering for any type of gathering...Give us a call, we"ll make you look good!

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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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Rochester Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (45)
Fun (40)
Casual (39)
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Good for Groups (38)
Worth the Drive (26)
Authentic (22)
Hot Spot (22)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Great for Lunch (19)
Great Beer (18)
Good for a Date (18)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
Special Occasion (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Kid-friendly (15)
Happy Hour (14)
Waterfront (14)
People Watching (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Live Music (10)
Scenic View (10)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Spicy (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Cozy (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Business Meals (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Live Sports (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

The service, drinks, band, & location are great. The food we ordered was good, but the ribs & chicken were dry. Overall, we enjoyed our experience & will come back. Hopefully we will have the same waitress.

Tags: Fun, Live Music
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·Dined 2 days ago

Everything was outstanding-food drinks and service(thanks Susie).Devilled eggs,fried green tomatoes,ribs ,and chicken were the best.

Tags: Fun, Live Music, Hot Spot, Comfort Food
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·Dined 2 days ago

Love the place perfect spot before or after a game downtown always good to try to make reservations

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Live Music, Comfort Food
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·Dined 4 days ago

The food was great, everyone was so friendly, especially our waitress Maria. The river view was wonderful. We definitely will be going back.

Tags: People Watching, Waterfront, Fun, Worth the Drive, Casual, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great food, super busy but organized. Well worth the wait!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Service was great

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Had the brisket, which was awesome. As was the cornbread, Cajun corn and tomato cucumber salad. A bit of key lime pie rounded out the meal nicely. 😃

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We made reservations for 4 in advance for the night before Thanksgiving, and would urge people to do this on any typically busy night. They were 20-25 min behind our reservation time, but our server was excellent and on top of getting our order in in a timely matter as we had tickets to a nearby show. We were also given a complimentary appetizer for 4 which was perfect. It was extremely busy, which led to a very loud and packed bar area, people were also waiting outside, but they did let patrons know it was a 2hr wait. Food was wonderful, and service was excellent

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Very crowded; however, the hostesses did a great job. Thankfully we had reservations. We sat 20 minutes past our reservation time. Food was good but portions were small; especially, for the price - that was disappointing.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Love being able to make reservations and getting seated right away ! Of course the ribs are the best around !!

Tags: Casual, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

This was my first and probably last time eating at this establishment. The place was loud and over crowded. Reservation request for a booth was not met. Once sat, the hostess came back and told us that she made a mistake and that it wasnt our table so made me and my girfriend leave the table and go stand in the entry way another 15 minutes to then seat us in the bar area under the stairs...Not exactly the service I expected from such a talked about place. The pulled pork was good but the brisket tasted like lighter fluid. As mentioned earlier, first and last time eating here.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Our waitress was the best. She was not only helpful ,friendly, she made our evening a great experience!!!!

Tags: Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Casual, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Delicious food and great service. We had a large group of 12 and they accommodated us easily.

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

We arrived about a half hour early. When we arrived, the Dinosaur was quite crowded. The person at the reservation stand did not seem to recognize that we had reservations or knew about Open Table. Since I don't have a cell phone to show her, she told me she would do what she could. Then, right at 5:30, the time of our reservation, we were seated. So I guess the reservation worked fine, as it has in the past. (Maybe someone else straightened it out.) The food and drink at the Dinosaur is always excellent. Fall off the bone tasty ribs and their fried green tomatoes are the best. They also have a very good selection of craft beers including two of our favorite IPA's. Our server was right on the money. I can't say enough nice things about the Dinosaur. Rochester doesn't have much world class anymore, but the Dinosaur is just that.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer
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 (Northern MI)·Dined on November 18, 2017

It was great to walk in and get a side ASAP.Thanks to "open table".

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was great service was good best BBQ in rochester

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great food ! Love this place ! We didn't have to wait at all and our server Becky was very good . I couldn't decide between 3 sides I wanted so after I finally decided she brought me a sample of the one I didn't pick . She also knew we were going to an event so she made sure she was quick with out bill.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Casual
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

First visit very pleased. Food was great, staff was great. Very handicapped accessible

Tags: Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Much fun and great food. Our group was able to talk, laugh and enjoy the BBQ.

Tags: Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We were in Rochester for the night and have eaten at the Dinosaur BBQ in Syracuse so we thought we would try the Rochester location. It did not disappoint!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Hosted family from out of town. Were able to get a table ahead of our reservation. Everyone enjoyed themselves.

Tags: Authentic, Live Music, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We were visiting from out of town and went there for our ananniversary. First time eating there. Wow! Who would've thought there was fantastic BBQ this far North! Some of the best BBQ we've ever had. So many great choices to choose from. Ended up getting a Trio plate with brisket, Baby back ribs and a hotlink, with sides of greens and mashed potatoes. Sublime! The service was friendly and superb. They went out of their way to get us a special table and accomodate us early since we showed up before our reservation. BTW, reservations are highly recommended for this outstanding eatery!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Great Beer, People Watching
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Awesome catfish, great acorn squash, great music. Nachos are yummy. Ribs and chicken also good.

Tags: Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Consistently awesome! Love that I can make a reservation.

Tags: Great Beer, Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, People Watching, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Table seating very tight. You are back to back with tables and there’s hardly any room to get in and out. Booth seating recommended.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Good food and service. Really loud and noisy. Not for the faint of heart...

Tags: Casual, Late-night Find, Good for Groups
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Fun place to go with friends. A must do in Rochester.

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

GREAT food , fun environment , outstanding service

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Fun, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Fantastic place, be sure to try it out if you are in the area. Friendly staff. Can get really busy, so get reservations if going at a normal time.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

I go to Dinosaur everything time I am back to Rochester.

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·Dined on October 17, 2017

There were 6 of us - great food and great service!
My favorite BBQ restaurant.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great Beer, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Nothing to write home about...

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 (New England)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Excellent BBQ

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great BBQ in Rochester. Would definitely return. Loved the fried green tomatoes!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Fun, Casual, Authentic, Hot Spot
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Not what it is cracked up to be. Just ok. The food all tasted very smokey. It is a BBQ place but not everything should taste like smoke. If you're a foodie, go elsewhere. If you're looking for a busy place with lots of hipsters, then this is the place to be.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Have come to dinosaur bar -be- que every time we come to Rochester. Always good food this time tried fried green tomatoes will definitely get them again they were delish. Our group also had chopped brisket sandwich, a burger and a brisket with Swiss no complaints.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Casual
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Everything was great!! Would definitely recommend if your visiting the area.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food is always good but I think the brisket could be a little leaner. The staff is always great and very accommodating. Definitely a great place to get together with friends or any occasion.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Spicy, Fun, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Delicious! We had a great meal and a good time. Service was efficient and friendly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

My aunt took my roommates and I here for Parents weekend at U of R. We were seated in the bar where there was live music - very loud so I couldn't talk with them at all.

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