About Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Troy

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.

377 River Street
Troy, NY 12180
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Barbecue

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.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(518) 308-0400

Website:
http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/locations/troy/

Catering:
1. Full Service
2. Drop off w/ servers
3. Drop off
4. Take out

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.

Private Party Contact:
Patti Nealon, Catering Manager or Michaela Hems, C: (518) 308-0401

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Troy Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (15)
Comfort Food (13)
Waterfront (13)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Great for Lunch (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Fun (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Scenic View (8)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Great Beer (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Live Music (5)
Authentic (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Spicy (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Cozy (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Business Meals (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Romantic (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Seasonal (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2017

The ribs were fair in value and the signs that we had where the mac & cheese, mashed potatoes, baked beans, and potato salad. The sides were not that great.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Dinosaur BBQ is average BBQ at an above average price and below average quantity of food. There are other places in the local area for BBQ that won't offer You live entertainment or the same ambiance but will leave some money in Your Pocket when You leave.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2017

My friends and I enjoyed our meals and our waitress was excellent. Unfortunately, as we were about to leave, we noticed a mouse crawling up the wall near our table. We told someone up front as we were leaving, but we're disappointed by their lack of concern.
I don't expect to return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2017

Good food, great service! We also loved the live music. We will be back.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2017

Cold food, small servings, poor quality ... Lots of fat and ineatible pieces. Very disappointed!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 3, 2017

Service was great
Food was outstanding
Beer was Cold
PRICE, a little pricey

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2016

We had a great time down there.
They served so fast as soon as we ordered.
All menus are great taste and reasonable pricing.

Tags: People Watching, Waterfront, Outstanding Value
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 4, 2016

Delicious!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2016

The food was outstanding and the staff was very efficient and friendly.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Casual, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Outstanding Value, Fun, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Never a bad meal here. Very consistent. Waiter Gary was congenial and spot on as far as service.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Casual, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Disabled Access
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2016

All in all pretty good. Portions were a good size. Very busy place. Live music can be a bit loud. Luckily we weren't sitting that close. Could be your thing or not.

Tags: Comfort Food, Scenic View, Casual, Waterfront, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2016

The tables for 2 are kind of small. Some are tippy too. Went there with a date and her foot pushed down on the table leg and her glass of ice water went all over the front of her. :)

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Waterfront, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Great dinner with the family! Delicious barbecue, great service and a fun evening. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Food is great and Justin is a phenomenal server. Will definitely be back soon.

Tags: Fun, Scenic View, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Waterfront, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Food is usually very good, but this mush have been an off night. Food was more fat than meat. 😕

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2016

Solid BBQ option with good combo plates and decent beer list

Tags: Fun, Live Sports
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2016

We went with another couple for dinner before a show at Troy Music Hall. The ribs were to die for! I had a 1/4 rack and it was cooked perfectly. The maple sweet potatoes were good. The corn bread was rather tasteless, but as I had finished most of my meal before I tried it I was not very hungry for it. Not a highly gourmet meal but very satisfying and, like I said, the ribs were excellent. We had a reservation, were seated immediately, and our waitress was efficient, helpful and friendly. I'll definitely go back.

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Fun, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Visiting the Troy NY area, have had the bbq sauce before & was excited to try the restaurant. Everything we had was excellent!! The food came out quickly and one menu item was better than the next. The Dino Poutine is TO DIE FOR!! All the meat from the smoker was awesome as well. If we travel to another area with a Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, we will be stopping by.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2016

Love the food and atmosphere here. We had our daughter's wedding reception here and they did a wonderful job, not large room but nice for a small reception.

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2016

This location is in the midst of the sad city which is Troy, New York in an old building near the Collar City Bridge but don't hold either against the restaurant. The food was terrific - catfish and pulled pork were excellent. The waiter was well versed in the beer selections available. In addition to the entrees we also got a local version of Poutine which I wouldn't do again, the pulled pork on top of it was fabulous but the orange cheese-like substance slopped atop it was gross. I scraped it off and did enjoy the fries but for good poutine, keep driving north to Montreal.
The music on Friday night was very loud, we had to get dessert elsewhere because we could not even have a conversation over the music.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2016

Despite reservation, we were seated at a high-top table which was entirely too small for a part of three. Food was phenomenal as always.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2016

Love this place. Great for lunch and dinner. Food and service is always fantastic.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Fun, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Groups, Cozy, Outstanding Value, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2016

Had a nice meal with friends before a show at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Service was a little slow, especially since we told him we had a deadline. But he was nice and things worked out. The food was good - plentiful. Would go back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 16, 2016

Very popular and busy place. Table was ready, with a window view, as requested in advanced reservation on Open Table. Service was simply outstanding - friendly and helpful. You would be hard-pressed to find a better barbeque. It was the trifecta of ambiance, service, and food!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2016

We have been to this and other Dinosaur BBQ restaurants and the quality is always outstanding and consistent. The service was exceptional and everyone of the six of us loved the meals.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, People Watching, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2016

It was a beautiful early fall day so seating out on the deck with a view of the river was a great bonus! Loved watching the yachts and barges going up and down!
Food was the usual for Dinosaur Barbeque - great, smokey flavor in the brisket and chicken. Beans were a favorite of the men at the table. Mac n Cheese usually is my favorite, but didn't like the jalepeno flavor!
Great beer selection although they were out of a few of the fall favorites.
Service was good, not overbearing!
Been to Rochester and Troy now, so look forward to Syracuse and others to compare!

Tags: Waterfront, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2016

Very good food and beautiful view of the Hudson River.

Tags: Outstanding Value
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 2, 2016

We visited from out of town and will definitely be back on our next visit. The restaurant was very busy and service was still spot on. If you like barbecue, this should be a must see.

Tags: Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2016

We had a delicious meal on the outdoor deck which can't be beat. Service was very good. Maple mashed potatoes are excellent!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2016

Food, service and ambiance were all excellent as usual... I always make a trip to Dinosaur in Troy, NY when I am in the NYS Capitol District. #LOVEDINOSAURBAR-B-QUE

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2016

GREAT! Will be returning soon. We had a blast. Awesome atmosphere, amazing food, and attentive service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, People Watching, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on August 17, 2016

Of all the dinosaur bbq, Troy's is our favorite! The burnt ends are the best!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2016

This is my third Dinosuar Barbeque location I have been at the it did not disappoint. Waitress was attentive but not pushy. Portions were ample for an average person. I would go back again.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on August 13, 2016

We went with a large party and had a blast. Food is incredible. Love Love the sweet potatoes!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2016

We live in Cohoes and often dine at Dinosaur. I went to college and grad school in Syracuse, and visit their home location often when there.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2016

What can you say about Dinosaur? One of the best bbq places in the world!

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2016

Our best experience here yet. We didn't feel rushed out the door, service and food were good. Wings were excellent!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 3, 2016

First time at the Troy dinosaur BBQ. Always have been to the syracuse location. Atmosphere was great! Good food and service. Beautiful patio on the Hudson. :)

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 (Miami)·Dined on July 16, 2016

Chain tasting ribs, nothing special. Pulled pork sandwich was the same in my partner's opinion.
Takes a special restaurant to make exceptional ribs and sauce . Chain restaurants just can't produce "handmade' ribs and pulled pork.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2016

We had not been to the Dino in Troy about 4 years. The waitress was extremely helpful with explaining the menu. We opted to share a barbecue platter with pork ribs, 1/4 dark meat chicken and spicy shrimp. We were extremely disappointed with the food. The chicken was only about 4 ounces once off the bone. The thigh and drummer were very small. The ribs were OK , 3 ribs on the portion but were a little overdone. We ate after 8 PM so I felt like we were at the end of the line on there food preparation for the day. We did enjoy the entertainment but I think they need to improve on the food a little.

Tags: Late-night Find, Scenic View
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