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T-Rex Restaurant

3.5
214 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Kid-friendly (176)
  • Neighborhood Gem (145)

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Enjoy tasty barbecue and more at T-Rex Restaurant. Its casual setting is family friendly and features two floors for guests to dine. T-Rex Restaurant prepares creative dishes for meat lovers and veggie enthusiasts. An appetizer of chicken wings with spicy buffalo sauce, nachos topped with pulled pork or a garden salad will please the palate. Guests can feast on an entrée of shepherd's pie, Memphis-style baby back ribs or grilled asparagus drizzled with olive oil. Hearty sandwiches, soups and a variety of delicious sides are also on the menu.

T-Rex Restaurant features a bar area and televisions for guests to view the latest game. It has a happy hour with specials throughout the week. This eatery also offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Barbecue, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation


Lunch: M-F 11:30am-3:00pm

Lunch: Sa-Su 10:30am-3:00pm

Dinner: Su-Th 3:00pm-10:00pm

Dinner: F-Sa 3:00pm-11:00pm
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Caesar Ibarra
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Catering
We have an outside catering menu which can be delivered as well as picked up. Go to our website at www.t-rex-bbq.com and find the catering section.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Gilman Street
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Entertainment
6 Tv's, 3 in Bar and 3 in restaurant.
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Special events & promotions
Any special event? You can call Matt to book a table and any requests are welcomed. trexcatering.events@gmail.com
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.5  based on all time ratings
3.6
food
3.6
service
3.5
ambience
3.2
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on July 21, 2017

poor service and reheated ribs... I traveled a long way for this?
I won't return.

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viphotdog (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined on October 15, 2016

Not sure I am sold on this place. We used to go there before they changed owners and the food was good, but service was hit or miss. The last couple of times I have been here, the service was good, but my brisket has been lukewarm (as in temperature).

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Luv2eat (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on October 2, 2016

How is it a Smoke House restaurant doesn't incorporate their signature meats into the Brunch menu?

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Maya (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on September 28, 2016

Food was not warm, came out in 1 minute, like it's sitting in the back from yesterday. Gross

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 24, 2016

Fun place for my kids 6th birthday. Service and food was just okay and it was expensive relative to what you get.

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mfox (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 23, 2016

I would definitely recommend T-Rex to anyone who loves smoked meat. You can smell the smoker from across the street! I got half the smoked chicken with asparagus and mashed potatoes. My husband got the smoked brisket, mac and cheese with bacon and Caesar salad. The smoked meats were the highlight of the meal.

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JoelS (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 11, 2016

Had the spinach and beet salad which was very good. The brussel sprouts side dish is good but would be better if they didn't steam the sprouts. Probably should have pan fried and tossed them.

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ACast (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on September 10, 2016

Service was painfully slow and we had to flag folks down to get refills on water or drinks.

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vipMarindoc (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 21, 2016

We were seated promptly at a reserved table. Our lady server was excellent, helping us through the menu to order just the right amount and variety of items for the seven of us. Highly recommended are cornbread, Memphis baby back ribs (meaty!), Brussel sprouts, bacon Mac and cheese. The lean brisket was a bit dry- maybe the regular should have been ordered and BBQ sauces fine. Service was excellent and we had food to take home. While not up to Kansas City standards it's worth a trip from Marin. Only squabble is Gilman St. turnoff from 580- traffic nightmare!! We'll be back.

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Marimar (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on August 14, 2016

We made a brunch reservation for a group of 10 for my birthday. We were the first to arrive at the restaurant when it opened and were seated right away. The experience went downhill from there. Our waitress has a horrible attitude from the start, she made it seem like she was doing us a favor waiting on our table and I saw several eye rolls. She seemed inexperienced and I understand serving a large table can be daunting but it's part of your job in food service and customers shouldn't be able to tell you are overwhelmed or annoyed. After sitting for 10 minutes we still hadn't received our waters. i had to leave to table to ask to be given our water and drinks. I wasn't given my drink until close to the end of my meal which came out wrong. My husband's side dish was cold. I care too much about working people and sympathize too much with how it is to work a hard service job to not tip so I tipped the waitress above what her poor attitude and even worse service deserved. The food overall was not good. I cook better food at home. The fried chicken was burnt, ribs were dry, bread was stale. If it wasn't for the beautiful weather and the hike I had planned for the rest of the day this brunch could have seriously ruined my special day. I will never come back to this place. Poor service, mediocre (at best) food.

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sandrab (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on July 20, 2016

place is going to be under new management and it shows

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nancyeatz (New England)
3.0  Dined on July 20, 2016

Sides were good; popular with the kids = 4 teenagers. Since T.Rex is a BBQ joint, I was disappointed with the meat. It tended to be dry, not juicy. We ordered all the meats from smoker and seemed like they gave us meats that were sitting on the grill for longer than needed. That's why I wouldn't recommend it as a BBQ place. Service was spotty because we had to keep asking for stuff: no dishes & place settings when we arrived so had to ask for plates; had to ask for BBQ sauce; had to ask for more napkins. At one point I had to get up and go to another table to get silverware...not a great message since I was charged a tip in advance because our group was 9. Don't think I would recommend this place to foodies like myself. Finally, I was miffed about Open Table not allowing me to reserve a table for 7 PM that day. We were there from 6-8:30 PM and the whole upper floor was empty the whole time we were there. So, clearly there were tables/reservations available at 7 PM for our large group. Not going to make reservations thru Open Table anymore. This has happened to me more than once and I don't want to put my dining dollars thru Open Table reservations anymore....

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DawnS (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on July 11, 2016

I've been here several times and love it! Love the experience, the food is great and until my last visit the service had always been amazing too. Our service was awful, however when we finally stopped a manager he was quick to make it right. I highly recommend reservations to decrease your wait.

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vipRobertM (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on July 8, 2016

T-Rex was one of our favorite restaurants, but over the last several years has faded in quality.
We have gone back several times over the last year and each time with mixed results, our last visit however was definitely subpar. The Cheeseburger was served on a bun that quickly fell apart, the burger did not taste good, and at $15. was in our view overpriced. My wife said that her salmon sandwich had not enough salmon to fill most of the bun. We are writing this critical review because we hope that T-Rex will return to an excellent everyday dining experience. But for now we need to express our disappointment.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on June 30, 2016

This was a horrible dining experience. The service was slow and inattentive. The food was mediocre at best. The "lean" brisket was extremely fatty. The coleslaw might have been stolen from KFC. We waited 20 minutes for the bill only to be told that the restaurant's computer system had crashed and that we needed to wait longer. After another 20 minutes we were allowed to leave after promising to mail a check once the restaurant could generate a bill. Two days later we received a bill (which we paid). There are many restaurants with way better BBQ and far better service. Don't go here!

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AMauilocal (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 28, 2016

Some dishes are really good. We love the deviled eggs, sautéed kale, and ALL the salads. However the breading on the fried oysters and fried chicken is much too heavy, and the pulled pork was kinda dry. Love the large screens for watching the ball games!

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LoriC (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on June 20, 2016

The wine and cocktails were great and everyone loved their meal. I had the crab cakes, my adult kids had the fried chicken. Best of all was the corn bread- smothered in honey butter. An amazing treat!

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AceInayama (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 19, 2016

Watched most of the Warriors playoffs at T-Rex. Great bbq, loved the happy hour menu. Nice drinks, awesome service. I give T-Rex a thumbs up!

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Trace (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 2, 2016

Great food, great drinks, great chairs what more could you want!!!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on May 27, 2016

Good place for kids! Big menu with lots of options, for everyone. Recommend the fried chicken, pulled pork sandwich and garlic fries.

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Whiskeycat (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on May 21, 2016

This just was an experience of a place all used up. And my dinner was disgusting. I thought the Fried Chicken at a high price would great and flavorful. Order came with 4 pieces of blackened fried chicken. I mean the crust was black (overcooked to the point of starting to burn.) But some of the meat was still juicy. Two hours later I was trying to get the taste of bitter burned crust out of my mouth. What a memory!

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OpenTable Diner (San Joaquin)
1.0  Dined on May 14, 2016

Didn't eat any of the food. Steak was horrible, no taste to potatoes . Didnt pay for meal, went somewhere else.

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VictorG (Tahoe)
3.0  Dined on May 12, 2016

I had the ribs - they were overcooked and then covered with sauce to hide the fact.
Everything else was just fine. The potato salad, beans, and Caesar salad were all good.
Service was a bit erratic, especially since things weren't very busy.

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Bruce (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

This establishment makes good cocktails and the food is adequate. Most entrees are too big to finish so it's definitely two meals worth of food. In all honesty, I've had better BBQ, but there's isn't bad. My friend ordered her burger medium rare and it was delivered well-done making it dry and difficult to choke down.

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vipThePurses (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

Booked a table for brunch on Mother's Day, thinking we were going to get some good southern cooking. Instead, we found a mostly empty restaurant that should have been able to provide wonderful service and food. Yet, it took almost 10 minutes before a server came to our table to greet us and take a drink order... despite walking by our table a half dozen times. We ordered food and the food took almost 40 minutes to get to the table - again, the restaurant was not even half full. My order of biscuits and "beef brisket" gravy was awful. The biscuits were cold and the gravy seemed like it was made from a powder packet - there were no chunks of beef brisket, not even a sign of brisket in the luke warm white glaze. My wife's cornmeal pancakes were a disappointment, and the kids split a "banana battered french toast" that was anything but battered (it looked more like re-heated frozen french toast from a box). Even my coffee wasn't served hot. Truly a disappointment on Mother's Day. We live in the neighborhood, and will not be back for a second visit.

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vipbeccaberk (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

We tried T Rex for brunch, having enjoyed the BBQ there on many occasions. Reserved on Open Table, but the hosts could find no record of it. Putting diplomacy skills to work, the hosts rattled off names of other reserved parties, as if to suggest I'd forgotten my name when booking. Neither were they persuaded by the confirmation email I pulled up on my phone. I mentioned that, oddly enough, this reservation glitch happened once before but the hosts insisted they never EVER had a problem. In the end, they granted us seating in a restaurant that was more than half empty with no other parties waiting for a table.

Once seated, the waiter admitted in a hushed voice that T Rex has had problems with the Open Table reservations system. He asked us to report the problem to Open Table & copy them on the email. I think I would've been willing to help troubleshoot had the hosts made an effort to make us feel at all welcome, or had the food been better.

On to the food. The waiter recommended Crab Cakes Benedict with poached eggs served on a bed of spinach. Also ordered: Chicken Wings w/Waffles & Two Eggs any style. While the eggs in the Benedict order were nicely poached, the crab cakes were greasy on the outside and slimy inside. The presentation skimped on both hollandaise and spinach. This dish ordinarily comes with home fries & I asked to substitute whole wheat toast. What I got were pale, limp french fries. To the waiter's credit, he recognized the error and put in the toast order. A few minutes later, I was served white toast. Wheat toast was again requested and produced on the 3rd try. The chicken wings were good; the waffle woefully undercooked, doughy and limp. Brown Sugar Kitchen has nothing to fear from T Rex here . It's hard to go wrong with two eggs any style, especially when your 'style' is scrambled, so no point deduction on that part of the order, but you can get two eggs almost anywhere. Bottom line: T Rex is good for BBQ, but go elsewhere for brunch.

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EatsOut (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

We went to T-Rex for brunch on Mother's Day and it was very good --- especially the cornmeal pancakes. Wait staff was very attentive.
Next time w'er going for dinner and the BBQ, which smelled delicious. And we're also looking forward to the housemade BBQ chips.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on May 7, 2016

I think the sliders like the pulled pork slider should have some slaw on it and not just the bread and meat.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on May 7, 2016

Meat was a little dry and sauce not spicy enough

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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined on April 29, 2016

Every time I go out order the brisket sometimes I come in the brisket is cut very thin but when it is thick it is delicious their food is very good they can work on their sides a little bit

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