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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Troy

539 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Casual (15)
  • Comfort Food (12)
  • Waterfront (12)
The Syracuse-based barbecue phenomenon plunked a sprawling roadhouse with all the familiar back-road accoutrements into an abandoned meat factory. Unfinished wood-beamed ceiling, burlap bag curtains, scattered country bric-a-brac, and an enthusiastic greeting feel worlds away from the city. The roll call of devotees includes area families, couples on casual dates and groups of RPI students.

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
Closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Closes 4 p.m. Christmas Eve. Open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day
Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday 11:30am-4:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday 4:30pm-10:00pm; Friday & Saturday 4:30pm-12:00am, Sunday 12:00pm-10:00pm
Catering is available.
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Phone number
(518) 308-0400
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
Two private party spaces available that accommodate 10 to 50 guests. Offering Buffet or Family Style service in true Dino style featuring our award winning Southern-style pit smoked BBQ.
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Private party contact
Patti Nealon, Catering Manager or Michaela Hems, C: (518) 308-0401
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1. Full Service
2. Drop off w/ servers
3. Drop off
4. Take out
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Gift Card
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
What 539 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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Cindy (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Awesome lunch at Troy Dino. We’ve eaten at Bflo and Roch locations as well Food was great!

Ramon (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

They are busy, always. If you have a mild aversion to spicy food, like my wife, you cannot even order mac & cheese without it being a bit spicy/peppery. That said, the barbecue was on point, the drinks were refilled and our waitress was super friendly and more than accommodating. We will go back... at least I will ;)

JosephB (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We drive here about 3-4 times a month from Pittsfield, MA. It’s worth every bit of the drive. Always perfect.

JamesP (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent Food and Service! We were seated directly down the walkway entrance and it was fairly cold with people constantly holding the door open. Besides that, fantastic experience!

CarolynW (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Met friends out for dinner. First time there. Food was excellent and reasonably priced. Waitress could have been a little nicer. Not very friendly and we were there before the dinner rush so she wasn't busy yet. Would go again. Just have another server.

vipMusTher513 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Very good experience at Dinosaur BBQ. We didn't have to wait long for a Saturday night. Good service. One of the meals were wrong but it was quickly fixed. Food was excellent.

MikeG29 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Fantastic food and great service makes this the go to restaurant to enjoy a great family meal.

DaveG (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Very tasty BBQ served at the right temp. Even the sides were all very good. Service was spot on and friendly. It was pretty loud but it was a Saturday evening. The big downside here is parking. It sucks. Not even close to enough spots. A narrow one lane road leads under the bridge to another parking area that was also packed. Best bet is to park someplace else and walk a few blocks. NOTE: this section of Troy NY seems much busier than in the past few years. Parking was tough to find in other areas too.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Great good , 5 of us with 5 different meals , all awesome! Forgot iPhone there and called and they had set it aside for me ! Thank you!!

Robert (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Waitress was excellent. All employees we had contact with were extremely friendly. Management can feel very good about their staff.

vipHarry (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on December 12, 2017

Rushed me out. Should not take 9:45pm reservations if they want to get out by 10pm

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 5, 2017

We had a great time eating great food and drinking great drinks for my brother's birthday. The service was awesome our food and drinks were on time and tasty! Thanks Julie! You were awesome!

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on November 28, 2017

Chose this restaurant for a business meeting based on Trip Advisor rating. The group was all from out of town. Pleasantly surprised on the service, presentation and great taste of the food. Recommend without qualification.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 22, 2017

Favorite restaurant in Troy. Terrific, tangy barbeque, especially ribs. Drunken shrimp, a must. Generous portions. A helpful server topped off a birthday celebration by exchanging a pale beer for preferred stout at no charge.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

Ribs were a little overdone. The rest of the meal was fine.

Paul1278 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 14, 2017

Always love the Dinosaur, grew up on the Syracuse location and maybe because I have those memories the food seemed to taste better there. The Q was spot on sides fell flat.

Gnbplus4 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

Love this place!!! Great food, great atmosphere, great beers on tap!!!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

Had reservations for 6:30...our food didn't come till 7:15...very bad service. The french fries were fair...kind of soggy...very small portions...I wouldn't recommend going there.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 9, 2017

I took my son and a friend. It was one of my son’s birthday presents combined with a concert afterward.
We were immediately welcomed by our super helpful and friendly server, and absolutely everything we ordered was just delicious. So much so that we had a tough time not eating every scrap and were stuffed!
That’s an observation, not a complaint!

We look forward to coming back.

FoodieMom (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

Terrific meal great service on RPI parents weekend. Nice job! Brisket was amazing so was chicken but all good.