Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

BBQ Joint and Bar$$$$
Central Business District, Rochester
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  • Joseph S.
    "Get a side of Cajun Corn... absolutely amazing!!!"(4 Tips)
    Jonathan M.
    "Roc Brewing Golden and the brisket plate are a pitboss' wet dream"(14 Tips)
    Adia R.
    "Try the Wango Tango sauce... It's amazing!"(3 Tips)
    Chris I.
    "MUST get the Cheddar Ale Soup and an Ape Hanger Ale."(4 Tips)
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  • Greg M.
    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.
  • Grant
    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!
  • Brian B.
    Brian BurrowAugust 1, 2015
    Pulled pork sandwich is one of the best I've ever had and I travel all over the south where it's normally the best. Great Harley bar type atmosphere except also extremely popular among non bike riders
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • What's Good Here
    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.
  • David P.
    David PuskasFebruary 6, 2012
    Been here 50+ 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.
  • Rachel
    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.
    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.
  • 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!!
  • Chelsea F.
    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!
  • 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.
  • Jonathan H.
    Jonathan HosterMarch 24
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing food and outstanding funk and blues! Everything here, including the atmosphere, is awesome! 🎶
  • Mary V.
    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.
  • TheSavvyPassenger
    TheSavvyPassengerNovember 8, 2011
    The ribs are infamous and the sides are all homemade recipes.... Bring your appetite! Live Blues and Jazz at dinner... Open until midnight
    Upvoted Oct 5
  • Chris I.
    Chris IsaacAugust 13, 2011
    If they have it, you MUST get the Cheddar Ale Soup and an Ape Hanger Ale. Pour a little of the Ape Hanger in and stir before eating :-)
  • Christopher G.
    Christopher GillSeptember 13, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Gotta have the Spiceman's Sandwich... Smoked Turkey, Pulled Pork, melted Provolone cheese...simply fantastic! Oh, and don't forget about the Gumbo, or the Ancho Tortilla Soup!!!
  • 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.
  • Bram B.
    Bram BessoffJuly 19, 2013
    Best brisket, chicken lovers try the Rajun Cajun, everyone try the fries and get a bottle of sauce to go.
  • Marc M.
    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.
  • Nicholas H.
    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.
  • Sharon C.
    Sharon ChenAugust 13
    Hard to go wrong here, and portions are more filling than they first seem. Ribs and pulled pork are delicious.
  • Tom M.
    Tom MorganApril 15
    Had Family Style Ribs, Brisket, Chicken, Greens, BBQ Beans, Corn, more. Always good. Get there EARLY!
  • Sarah K. Q.
    Sarah K. QuinnAugust 10, 2013
    Try the Dinosaur Poutine - So amazing! Covered in meat and #gravy with chunks of %cheesy goodness. Highly 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!!
  • 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
  • Mark D S.
    Mark D SoulmanNovember 11, 2011
    Their BBQ is the best in town. But the wait is always terrible. Best bet? Lunch on the weekend or 11:30am on the weekdays.
  • 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.
  • Deb P.
    Deb PerezJuly 22
    Ribs and pulled pork are great. I tried a local blueberry ale and it was fantastic.
  • Abin
    AbinAugust 15, 2011
    Work with Renee at the bar she'll take care of you. Slamming ribeye steak and the pimento soup may have changed my life!
  • 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)
  • 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!
  • Moe D.
    Moe DexlerNovember 14, 2014
    Awesome food here. I did not know what to order, so I got the combo platter. So good!!
  • MaryEllen C.
    Always a noisy, fun place to dine. Be prepared to wait. The Big Ass pulled pork is a favorite.
  • Chyrell S.
    Chyrell SamsonJanuary 1, 2014
    If you are going to order the traditional sampler, do not eat appetizers or else you won't finish your food.
  • Ron L.
    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.
  • Bob V.
    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!
  • Ian F.
    Ian FrankJanuary 3, 2015
    Beef brisket is great. Great barbeque. I would like to see craft beer on tap tho.
  • Fabian J.
    Fabian JamesJune 11, 2015
    Their ribs and pulled pork is amazing. I sometimes order food there and another when I leave.
  • Matt E.
    Matt EwingMarch 11, 2012
    You will not be disappointed:-BBS (bacon, brisket, swiss)-DOUBLE side of Mac and Cheese-Dinosaur Ape Hanger Ale
  • Guilherme S.
    Guilherme SchmittSeptember 1, 2013
    If you're in a group, ask for the large ribs portion, they are great.
  • Nicole H.
    Nicole HeringNovember 26, 2011
    It's okay, we can all experience a slice of redneck culture at Dino's 2nd location (after Syracuse) Get yourself a pulled pork sandwich #yeehaw
  • Crystal W.
    Crystal WhitneyMarch 4, 2013
    Awesome food. Great service. Almost always a wait to be seated. But worth it
  • Matt A.
    Matt AmermanMay 8, 2014
    A must have when in the area, their BBQ is out of this world!
  • lala c.
    lala cavAugust 19
    Greatest dessert, creamy and crispy, almost as good as the BBQ
  • Diego C.
    Hot link sausage is gr8. Ribs are good too.
  • Tom S.
    Tom SMay 26, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Must get 13 wings, split it up, half wango tango, half honey BBQ. Teebone's recommendation! Best in town, orthe world for that matter....
  • Drew G.
    Drew GranucciSeptember 12, 2011
    Staff is wonderful. Try the pulled pork and ribs combo---signature items for a good price!
  • Akita
    AkitaMarch 23, 2015
    Everything is good! So glad we had a chance to visit! Can't wait until they come to Chicago!
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