Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Troy

4.3
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602 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Barbecue

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About

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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Cuisines
Barbecue
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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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Catering
1. Full Service
2. Drop off w/ servers
3. Drop off
4. Take out
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Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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4.3based on all time ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago
Overall 1food service ambience

Not worth the time or money. The only good thing on the menu was the chicken.

J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food, fun wait staff, good value, casual. Perfect for a great meal no hassle

RG
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Not bad overall. It shouldn’t be expected that you will have slow service

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

Food and service was excellent. Only minor complaint is music was very load making it difficult to have a conversation at the table. Our reservation was early evening.

GO
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is delicious, the service is fast and you can get a table on a Saturday night. What's not to like? Ribs are terrific.

l
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great night! Service was fantastic. They were very accommodating when I needed to add 3 more people to the party. Great food. A little loud - but that was to be expected. Will definitely be back.

WJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parents weekend it was busy but the staff handled it well

L
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We were a table of 5 and it was a really crowded night, but the service was just barely there. Everyone enjoyed their meals, except for my son, but when you go out to dinner, you want everyone to have a good meal or it feels like a disappointment. He ordered a bunch of sliders for his main meal with nothing on them, but they came out with the mayo/dressing. It took quite awhile to flag down a server and then they grabbed his whole plate, so he didn't even have fries to snack on. I think the kitchen must have rushed to get his food back out, because the meat had bloodied the bun and was completely pink inside (he ordered medium well). So...he was done with the meal at that point. They kindly took it off the bill, but our preference would have been an edible meal and happy(ish) teenager. We would still go back, but probably not on a Friday night.

D
Toledo
19 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Restaurant is pleasant and fun. Food quality is good. Service is usually pretty quick.

EL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great view, food, selection. Good proximity to downtown Troy

AG
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The first time we went to this location (in June 9th of ‘18 on a Saturday) we just happened to be driving by and thought we would give it a try. While we were seated, we could easily identify the female manager, because she was working harder than anyone I had ever seen in a Resteraunt. We were so impressed with how smoothly she was running the Resteraunt that we have since made it our favorite Resteraunt and brought friends back several times.

R
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I usually love Dinosaur. Today was a little off. There was a cold breeze blowing down on us. The server took much longer than usually to even acknowledge us. They were out of the beer I wanted. My wife asked for sugar for her iced tea. After 10 minutes, I went and got it myself. The servers at DBBQ are usually spot on. Not tonight. The food was great though.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Its casual and fast. We had no wait for our open table reservation.

JR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food.

JW
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 2ambience 3

3 of the 4 guests at our table asked for a broccoli side, apparently they were out and rather than tell us and ask what they would like instead they came out with corn and said yeah we're out so you get corn. Then said to me, "I gave your food away. I gave it to another table so the cook has to make you anew one so it'll be a couple mins" and walked away. Neither of the people who were supposed to get corn bread got it, so they had to ask for that as well. The food was delicious, we come here as often as we can, but this was the worst experience I've ever had here. Not a normal experience for sure.

DT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing like a good bar b que. Our service was exceptional. We sat out in their dog friendly patio.

VM
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here alot and always enjoy it! Have never had a bad experience.

MA
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went out after a bowling date. Our server was amazingly friendly and had us at ease in no time. She was very knowledgeable, and answered all our questions. The food arrived pretty quickly considering the crowd and it being a Saturday night. I would definitely recommend eating here. Friday and Saturday nights are live music nights, starting at 930.
Try it, you'll love it like we did.

SN
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a great time. Server welcomed us and accommodated our requests! He took the time to make sure we were satisfied with our meals!!

R
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food as always, good wait staff, a little not so, but there were a lot of folks there...to be expected. Always enjoy going.

VM
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy this restaurant!

DM
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great family meal. Very kid friendly. I had dinner with my wife a 2 small kids. Wonderful evening, nice river view and delicious BBQ

KC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our experience at the Dinosaur Barbecue in Troy, NY was excellent! Our waiter was top notch, and the food was great! We enjoyed the selection of draft beers as well. Will definitely go back!

R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was good when we got it sat for 50 mins before we were served.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dino BBQ is always a fun place to eat!

B
Panama
54 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place to go for BBQ in the Capital region. Awesome setting right on the Hudson River and of course, the incredible food. We’re regulars and you should be too!

t
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

We were seated immediately upon arrival and our drinks and appetizer arrived promptly. We were unhappy that it took one hour for our meal to arrive. Our server told us that the chicken steak we ordered was the reason for the long wait. We had to request knives and our party of four was dismayed to be given one knife because we were told that there was a shortage of knives. My husband and I enjoyed the chicken steak but probably would not have ordered it if we we had known how long the wait would be. The couple we were with said the ribs were just “so so” and the chopped salad was not chopped fine enough. We won’t take friends to that restaurant again.

AP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Visited Bar-B-Que in Troy NY for a special experience with my early teen grandchildren. Good riverfront location with excellent views of the Hudson River. Mid-afternoon on a Saturday so nor super crowded but plenty of bar ambience to let them know what a barbeque restaurant is all about.

Food was very good. My grandson and I had ribs - a little fatty but plenty of meat. My wife had a ribeye steak which was also very good. My granddaughter had a chicken sandwich - OK by her. Plus the usual complement of sides (baked beans, slaw, cornbread, etc.) All very good.


Service was reasonably fast and the waitress was attentive.

TK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Great location and food, slow service.

SF
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is now my new favorite place to eat. I have told many friends already and one of them has visited their Rochester venue with a similar experience. Looking forward to my next visit.

LM
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Divided cafeteria plates, small portion of bbq, wobbly table, paper salad bowl. All for $50 including an overly generous tip, IMO. $44 food, $6 tip.
First and last time there.

E
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great time overall, food was completely on point, by far the best rack of ribs in the Capital District. Relaxed atmosphere, great Hudson river view. Just don't think you are going to get out of there cheap. Four people, food and admittedly a lot of drinks, over $500 (including tip, so not horrible.)

DB
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

There were problems in the kitchen, so we didn't get the side that we ordered the first time. Replacement side took a long time to arrive. But we've been here before with no problem at all. We love the location right on the river and the food is always delicious. The servers are friendly and helpful. With all that went well, we can't complain about a minor problem in the kitchen!

SF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is always great at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Can't go wrong with either brisket or ribs.

SD
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was delicious! Well worth the drive. Best bbq around!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and atmosphere was fantastic!!! Never disappointed.

KC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoy eating outside in the warmer months. We all had a good meal. Had a very good waiter

C
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was good and the service was outstanding.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service here is always incredible! I love Dino!

KG
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Nick, spotted the birthday day card for my son in my hand as we were sitting down— from that point on he made every effort to make our night and our meal special! Mission accomplished. We love Dinosaur BBQ! It has never disappointed!

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