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

based on recent ratings
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)
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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)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour
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·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.

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·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.

Tags: Great Beer, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Tremendous, all-around!! Disappointed in needing to clarify that I showed for the reservation and the like. That part has me a tad jaded. It was the restaurant that failed to take my name.

Tags: Business Meals, Late-night Find, Waterfront
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

the salmon was a little old, slight taste of mold - server did her best but something with kitchen on 10/22 and food was really slow to be delivered - Troy NY

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

This was my first time. I had a good time. The food was good. However, waitress forgot my salad. I was there for the live band, but your sound equipment wasnt working. PLEASE give Peter Annello another opportunity to play. I will come again. Thank you kindly!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Live Music
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Very good food. The BBQ chicken was excellent! We got a whole meat platter and it was all good. Service was very nice. Homemade dessert was super yummy! Fun atmosphere. Kid/family friendly.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Waterfront, Comfort Food, Casual
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

We went on a Sunday at 2:30 and it was pretty busy. The hostess asked if we would like to eat inside or on the patio. We said patio and were given direction on how to get there rather than being taken there. Upon finding our way there we looked and found out there were no tables open. We walked back through the restaurant to the hostess desk and informed her there were no open tables. She looked at us and said "Oh" grabbed two menus and walked away expecting us to just follow her I guess. We were seated and even with the poor start the food made up for it. I would recommend to ask for BBQ sauce to be put on the side rather than on the meat. Sauce was good just a bit to much of it for my taste. We will definitely go back again.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I usually love this restaurant but the wait time after being seated was over 40 minutes. We were about to leave when our meals was served. Avoid Saturday night.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Fantastic food and service
Inside noise level dismal

Tags: Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Great Beer
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Our server, Tanya, was excellent! However, the food, not so. Way too much pepper...much more than normal. The 1/4 chicken was overcooked. This is not normal. Maybe the kitchen was having a bad day?!?! Hopefully next time we come back, things will go back to normal!!

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·Dined on September 25, 2017

Everyone in my party thoroughly enjoyed the meal and conversation.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Food, excellent. Overwhelmed service, hardworking. Being completely and utterly ignored because the kitchen was overbusy? Not any kind of okay.

-Jeff

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Great food. Arrived for reservation 15 minutes early. Host would not seat us even though there were plenty of empty tables. Went to the outside bar and was able to order immediately. Bartender was excellent.

Tags: Waterfront
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

The service at this restaurant was absolutely terrible. We dined there this past Friday night with our two grandchildren 10 and 8 years old. Our waiter was friendly, took our order then disappeared. We had no napkins or silverware. When he brought the children their sodas he just put two soda bottles down on the table and left. We had to flag him down to get glasses and straws. Meanwhile people are being seated and served their meals before we even got our appetizer! It took a half hour for the appetizer to arrive, nachos! Still no silverware! We had to wait another half hour for our food to arrive, then had to wait for him to get our silverware another 5 minutes. Meanwhile people who came in after us are leaving! He never gave us a bucket for our bones and had my granddaughter's order wrong. Our table looked like a garbage dump! Since he never gave us towelettes, we were piling up dirty napkins all over the place! Unfortunately, the food was good and the other employees we had contact with were pleasant, but I will not be returning for fear of getting the same type of service.

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·Dined on August 24, 2017

Awesome. I do a lot of meat smoking at home and have worked in the meat industry for years and these guys know their trade.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2017

This was our third time to Dinosaur BBQ in Troy. Hands down some of the best BBQ food you'll ever eat!!

Tags: Casual, Waterfront, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We had a great time and great food would recommend to family and friends

Tags: Great Beer, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Love going here, but portion size is very inconsistent!!

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 (Panama)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Dinosaur BBQ is simply AWESOME! Incredible BBQ in a great setting on the Hudson River. Fast friendly service and an incredible beer selection. This is the good stuff!

Tags: Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Authentic, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2017

We were seated in the bar area. As our drinks arrived the band began to play. They were not very good and VERY loud.
Our server was very gracious and found us a table at the opposite end of the dining room so we could hear ourselves speak.
The food was delicious and the staff was very accommodating and friendly. Just be careful about the music.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 7, 2017

We had Leslie for a waitress and she was so great, friendly and helped to accommodate our 3 extra quests at the last minute.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Waterfront, Live Music, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 25, 2017

All 3 of us in my party thought the food was just okay. We all love BBQ but will never go back. Portions of meat were much less than we get at other bbq places. Except for the ribs, I think my wife's bbq is much better.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Our original request was for a special occasion, one of the main reasons was to be close to the band stand. The young lady proceeded to seat us halfway in back no place close to the stage. I had to get into a conversation and asked her if she read our request "no" she replied. Just then another waiter broke into the conversation and found us a good table. We had a great time after that little thing.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Love Dinosaur BBQ. Always have had a good expierence while there. Pretty much get the same thing every time we go but just recently started getting the wings for an appetizer. Yum-o

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 18, 2017

It was Fathers' Day - and we had reservations so we were able to be seated on time - but the wait for food after ordering was very long. The food, however, was very good - ribs and chicken.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

I love the food here and it didn't disappoint, great BBQ and great RIBS. My only complaint is that service is always very quick and rushed, never enough time to relax and have another drink.
On this night our server was particularly surly, a smile and conversation would have been nice.

Tags: Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Live Sports, Fun, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Awesome food, fun atmosphere, amazing service! Great value too. Will definitely be going back!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Overall great dinning experience, the restaurant is active but not overly so and service is always top notch. The only complaint I could think of is the small parking lot.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We love Dinobbq! We are getting it again for catering at our sons birthday and waned to try some more flavors of wings since we had never had them.

Always worth the wait and money. Open table Rez made it easy to get in when our time was!
So good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Spicy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Great service, wings, and ribs. Chicken wings are smoked, not fried. Different and delicious. Will be back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Live Music, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Omg- soooo salty! From the deviled eggs to the pulled pork- the noise level was also crazy loud. Sorry but if you like the food I would recommend take out.

Tags: Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Been to 4 dinosaurs , this was by far the worst , all others great , awful extremely loud music not blues , food not the same , staff were kinda grungy, outside on deck next to our table smoking etc.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Great food at affordable prices. Wonderful view tonight

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Casual, Waterfront, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Great barbecue. Great sauces. Excellent Mac N Cheese. Portobello sandwich was a hit with our vegetarian.

Tags: Spicy, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

This place makes the best ribs. The Dino poutine was very good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Dinosaur BBQ delivers consistently great food and an authentic approach to southern style BBQ. We love the fried green tomatoes, shrimp and baked beans. The smoked meats are moist and delicious with just the right amount of smoked flavor. On a recent visit we tried the catfish and salmon, both of which I would now recommend based on the perfect texture and delicious spice used to prepare them. A terrific roster of beers , fabulous appetizers and side dishes & yummy desserts complete the offerings.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Spicy, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Good place for a group of friends to meet. Greatest ribs around. Outside area with picnic tables, undercover.

Tags: Great Beer, Scenic View, Waterfront, Fun, Comfort Food
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