Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

BBQ Joint$$$$
Central Business District, Rochester
  • Stars
    The barbecue at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is a can't miss
  • Tips
    Tom S.
    "Must get 13 wings, split it up, half wango tango, half honey BBQ."(4 Tips)
    Joseph S.
    "Get a side of Cajun Corn... absolutely amazing!!!"(4 Tips)
    "Get the Tres Niños to sample the brisket, ribs, & pulled pork."(17 Tips)
    Ankush K.
    "Ribs, Mac n Cheese, Belgian Ale are some of the must try."(39 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon228 Tips and reviews
  • barbecue
  • ribs
  • brisket
  • good for groups
  • wango tango
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  • Rich S.
    Rich SakalasJanuary 6, 2015
    Fantastic brisket and pulled pork (who am I kidding, everything's great)! Great selection of beers on tap. A must when you're in Rochester.
    Upvoted Mar 24
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    GrantOctober 29, 2014
    Get the Tres Niños to sample the brisket, ribs, & pulled pork. All were pretty good, but slathered in sauce, so that's mainly what you're tasting. The Mac&Cheese has a spice to it and was very good!
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    What's Good HereAugust 8, 2014
    If you're biking the Erie Canal bike trail, great BBQ is not far away. Take a detour towards this location overlooking the picturesque Genesee River and you won't regret it.
  • Greg M.heart icon on user image
    Greg MattisonJuly 17, 2013
    Amazing food. The Tres Ninos plate was awesome and a ton of food. The Wango sauce was very good, a little spicy which is exactly what I was looking for. Mac n cheese side was fantastic.
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    RachelMarch 4, 2013
    It is BEYOND worth the hype. Hands down best BBQ I've had. BBQ salmon, collard greens, beans, Mac n cheese, sweet tea...and the cornbread...ah lord it was good! Come hungry!
  • Kristin P.heart icon on user image
    Kristin POctober 18, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    So much great food to choose from. Best to call ahead and make a reservation to get around the long waits. Also keep in mind that it's usually a pretty loud atmosphere.
  • Stephanie C.
    Stephanie CurdAugust 6, 2013
    Take advantage and order one of the plates so you can sample more than one meat and the sides! Baked beans are amazing! The bar-b-que is tender and very good, though not the BEST I've ever had.
  • Andrew C.heart icon on user image
    Andrew CMay 23, 2018
    Been to few different locations and definitely would rate this spot as #2 (behind Syracuse)... staff was quick and friendly + obv the food was phenomenal and filling!!!
  • Bob V.
    Bob Von Der LinnApril 29, 2014
    Beef brisket is very good. Cajun corn & baked beans sides. Match with a Southern Tier 2XIPA and you've got a great meal. Garlic chipotle sauce has great flavor but is very hot
  • Fernando P.
    Fernando P.June 26, 2013
    Jim is awesome & personable. He's been here for years and even though I don't come to Rochester much he remembers me well. He knows what I tend to order. Which is amazing in itself. Thanks Jim!
  • Jonathan H.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan HosterMarch 24, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing food and outstanding funk and blues! Everything here, including the atmosphere, is awesome! 🎶
  • David P.heart icon on user image
    David PuskasFebruary 6, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    The Dino's wings are dry-rubbed, smoked, grilled, and slathered in your choice of sauce (the Jerk Glaze is a great new addition). Usually available after lunch due to the long time in the smoker.
  • Marc M.heart icon on user image
    Marc MayerJuly 31, 2015
    If you order like Macho Man Randy Savage, there is definitely a chance that your server will love you. Then again, you're not Randy Savage. Never will be. Have some ribs anyway.
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    lala cavAugust 19, 2016
    Greatest dessert, creamy and crispy, almost as good as the BBQ
  • Mary V.heart icon on user image
    Mary VaccaSeptember 19, 2014
    Everything is good here. The pulled pork is so good. Spicy corn rocks. Really, there are no bad choices. Even the sides are special.
  • Chelsea F.heart icon on user image
    Chelsea FultzFebruary 23, 2014
    The food is amazing. We went on a Saturday night and the wait was an hour but it was well worth it. The waitresses are very friendly and accurate!
  • Peter R.heart icon on user image
    Peter RauhJuly 7, 2017
    BBQ!! all of it. The brisket and Beef ribs stood out to me. Cornbread was moist and good, too.
  • Brandon H.
    Brandon HostetlerAugust 23, 2013
    Be sure to get the BBQ wings as an appetizer... They are the best wings I've ever had! I took two orders to go with me to eat later in the night!!
  • Tom M.heart icon on user image
    Tom MorganApril 15, 2016
    Had Family Style Ribs, Brisket, Chicken, Greens, BBQ Beans, Corn, more. Always good. Get there EARLY!
  • Scott S.heart icon on user image
    Scott SturmMay 15, 2023
    Brisket was a tiny bit dry but had tons of great flavor and smoke to it. The mac and cheese is amazing!
  • Sharon C.heart icon on user image
    Sharon ChenAugust 13, 2016
    Hard to go wrong here, and portions are more filling than they first seem. Ribs and pulled pork are delicious.
  • Erica A.
    Erica Arnold NanceOctober 3, 2021
    Hubby had the ribs and I enjoyed the catfish po boy. Nice space
  • Tom C.heart icon on user image
    Tom CometFebruary 19, 2018
    When I get delivery on GrubHub, I always ask for extra sauce in the notes. They don't sauce their meats very heavily, so I like a little extra.
  • Akitaheart icon on user image
    AkitaMarch 23, 2015
    Everything is good! So glad we had a chance to visit! Can't wait until they come to Chicago!
  • Deb P.heart icon on user image
    Deb PerezJuly 22, 2016
    Ribs and pulled pork are great. I tried a local blueberry ale and it was fantastic.
  • Pete M.heart icon on user image
    Pete ManeiroDecember 17, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Best BBQ in Rochester, NY. It is also one of the best BBQ joints in the state of NY if you ask me...
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BurgessFebruary 3, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great food & great atmosphere. If the wait for a table is too long, you can also order at the to-go counter.
  • Rebekah C.heart icon on user image
    Rebekah CornellApril 1, 2015
    The Sweetheart plate was amazing!!
  • Jesse B.
    Jesse BaldridgeJune 1, 2021
    The 1/2 party platter is absolutely the best bang for your buck. Everything is delicious.
  • Nicholas H.heart icon on user image
    Nicholas HarnessSeptember 18, 2013
    Great food. I've yet to find something on the menu that isn't great. The Pork Sket is definitely worth a try.
  • Tom C.heart icon on user image
    Tom CometFebruary 19, 2018
    Surprisingly, my favorite dish isn't the bbq but the creole deviled eggs! I have cravings for them all the time!
  • Melody N.
    Melody Newhard-KirkOctober 26, 2012
    Thanks to my daughter who RIT student had my first dinner experience there was awesome the best ribs I have ever eaten
  • Jon E.
    Jon EdicolaApril 20, 2014
    Bar and live music are great. If you're a fan of poutine you won't be disappointed either!
  • Sarah K. Q.heart icon on user image
    Sarah K. QuinnAugust 10, 2013
    Try the Dinosaur Poutine - So amazing! Covered in meat and #gravy with chunks of %cheesy goodness. Highly recommended!
  • Mike
    MikeFebruary 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Good beer list with great prices. Great bbq and side dishes. Cool location. A must if you are in Rochester.Suggested local beer: Anything Rohrbach. (Especially Vanilla Porter or Scotch Ale)
  • MaryEllen C.heart icon on user image
    MaryEllen ColemanJune 27, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Always a noisy, fun place to dine. Be prepared to wait. The Big Ass pulled pork is a favorite.
  • Thomas M.
    Thomas MyersSeptember 29, 2021
    Been here 10+ times
    Ribs are a natural. But they also have a great smoked portobello sandwich!
  • Moe D.heart icon on user image
    Moe DexlerNovember 14, 2014
    Awesome food here. I did not know what to order, so I got the combo platter. So good!!
  • Michael O.heart icon on user image
    Michael OJune 11, 2015
    Their ribs and pulled pork is amazing. I sometimes order food there and another when I leave.
  • Bram B.heart icon on user image
    Bram BessoffJuly 19, 2013
    Best brisket, chicken lovers try the Rajun Cajun, everyone try the fries and get a bottle of sauce to go.
  • Ron L.heart icon on user image
    Ron LevenbergJune 17, 2016
    I've always liked Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. This week, I also had dinner at Sticky Lips and I have to say that Sticky Lips was much better.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin StuckeySeptember 20, 2014
    This place is so cool looking on the inside and it's packed a lot. Reservations are recommended.
  • Kaleigh N.
    Kaleigh NeubergerFebruary 20, 2012
    AMAZING BBQ. Can't forget to mention that the mac and cheese, cajun corn, corn bread, & drunken shrimp are fantastic!!
  • Charles W.heart icon on user image
    Charles Willis Sr.November 11, 2015
    Food especially the ribs, collars and music is great. Especially when Joe Beard is blowing. 😎♏
  • Bob V.heart icon on user image
    Bob Von Der LinnAugust 26, 2014
    The food is awesome, there's a great beer selection and be sure to meet Renee at the bar!
  • Kristin L.
    Kristin L.August 26, 2012
    The ribs are obviously great. The cornbread is amazing, too. & gross as it may sound get the sweet potato/pecan pie.
  • Diego C.heart icon on user image
    Diego ContrerasJune 21, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Hot link sausage is gr8. Ribs are good too.
  • Brianna W.heart icon on user image
    Brianna WinzenburgFebruary 22, 2019
    Yummm. Definitely gets the wings! The ribs are also pretty good too! :)
  • Ian F.heart icon on user image
    Ian FrankJanuary 3, 2015
    Beef brisket is great. Great barbeque. I would like to see craft beer on tap tho.
  • Arindamheart icon on user image
    ArindamMarch 31, 2015
    You know you're going to heaven if you ever die eating those delicious bbq pork ribs.
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