Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

BBQ Joint and American Restaurant$$$$
Newark Central Business District, Newark
  • This place is famous for their barbecue. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Taseen P.
    "Have the Donkey Punch mixed cocktail!"(6 Tips)
    Michael C.
    "Get the BBQ Fried Rice and the Mac & Cheese, both are killer sides!"(3 Tips)
    Brandon B.
    "Brisket, ribs, Mac and cheese, potato salad"(16 Tips)
    "I was still pretty hungry after eating the 3 small salmon fritters."(3 Tips)

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121 Tips and reviews
  • barbecue
  • mac & cheese
  • brisket
  • donkey punch
  • ribs
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  • Michelle
    MichelleJune 17, 2013
    BBQ is perfect here. The fried green tomatoes are a must-have!! Parking is free across the street - don't forget to ask waiter to stamp your ticket.
    Upvoted Jun 4
  • Twinkle D.
    We got a platter that had grilled chicken, ribs and pulled pork. The sides were also very delicious! It was too much for 3 people but i cant complain about eating delicious leftover for the next days.
  • Gary T.
    Gary TorielloMarch 1, 2015
    BBQ Combo Platter with St. Louis Ribs, Beef Brisket, Mac & Cheese, Sweet Potatoes with spicy walnuts
  • marK_
    marK_May 27, 2012
    the "family styling' bbq" all the bbq is tender & they give u a generous amt of sides. w/ 6 ppl, you'll still have leftovers. don't forget to wash it w/ a pitcher of their, "dinosaur ape hanger" brew.
  • Tom H.
    Tom HalleranApril 8, 2015
    Large portions of decent bbq. A bit of a mix of styles, and more upscale than a "real" bbq place should be (e.g., table service). Not a bad lunch stop. Try a sandwich or the pulled pork and brisket.
  • Francesca D.
    Francesca De RisoAugust 19, 2013
    Very good bbq, real fries with skin, waiters extremely nice. Peacan Jack Daniel pie is served hot with whipped cream, must try!
    Upvoted Jun 4
  • Haris S.
    Haris SomjiNovember 13, 2016
    The best thing are the ribs but the sides are also delicious. This is my go to spot for when i'm in the states. They have various locations across the northeast.
  • Chris P.
    Wings, ribs, and pulled pork all good. Service was a little uneven at lunch, a bunch of the bathrooms were out of order and they didn't have spoons when we visited.
  • H D.
    H DubbsJuly 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the donkey punches, brisket, churrasco chicken, the deviled eggs and pages 2 and 3 on the menu :).
    Upvoted Jun 4
  • Natasha R. S.
    Natasha R. SaundersApril 28, 2013
    This place gets crowded around event times, so go there early if your seeing a concert. The wings are to die for!!!!!!
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereAugust 7, 2014
    One of the 3 top BBQ restaurants in the tristate. Each location has a specialty. It's Korean BBQ here. Get it and the wings.
  • Louie L.
    Louie LouieSeptember 25, 2016
    Yes the food is good. The sample platter is delicious. The only bad thing is that the portion s are small. But try this place for your self.
  • Lindsey B.
    Lindsey BourneAugust 18, 2013
    Mac and cheese is spicy but good. Brisket is moist and delicious. Beans have an odd flavor kick to them. Great beer selection. Great ambiance.
  • Mike P.
    Mike PasnickMarch 12
    Excellent food..... sloowwwww service! I had a table for 6 and there wasn't many people in the place ; the meals didn't come out at the same time and everything just took exceptionally long.
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HopkinsJune 23, 2012
    Haven't been served yet, but our waiter Charles is a hoot! Such a cool guy. Excited for our food. They have the best sweet tea I've ever had!
  • Billy Blowout
    Billy BlowoutAugust 8, 2013
    Absolute best pulled Brisket in the North. Southern food at its best. MUST visit this place! Great prices, EXCELLENT food!
  • Emerson C.
    Emerson CarvalhoJuly 8, 2014
    Enjoy your stay, they have flying pigs! And when you're done ask for the chocolate black pie
    Upvoted Jun 4
  • Daniel I.
    Daniel IniguezFebruary 21, 2016
    This place is amazing! Wow. Definitely ranks as one of the best BBQ joints in the USA.
    Upvoted May 9
  • lauren c.
    lauren c.March 24, 2013
    Great food and very friendly staff! 4sqr said it's like Ferry street Bbq but it is nothing like it. Both places are great though!
  • Colin D.
    Colin DeanJune 6, 2013
    Best Mac & Cheese I've had in a long time. Slightly spicy and oh so cheesy.
  • Aaron W.
    Aaron WermuthSeptember 12, 2014
    Brisket was phenomenal, for sides you should try mac & cheese and sweet potato mash. Only thing really missing was some decent corn bread; those muffins are dry and horrible.
  • Ken D.
    Ken DowellJanuary 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Sounds like an odd thing to order at a barbecue place but the Cuban sandwich is awesome.
    Upvoted Jun 4
  • Wesley D.
    Wesley DoddJuly 12, 2013
    Live Jazz Thursdays was pretty good. They even invited a street performer on who killed it for twenty minutes and earned a comp meal. The chicken was kinda average but the sauce is good.
  • Valerie V.
    Valerie VanadiaSeptember 29, 2013
    Saw Vito and Lauren Manzo at the bar. Different things to try than other Dino BBQ places. Gotta have the BBQ shrimp!
  • Robin
    RobinAugust 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Fried green tomatoes were soooo good!! And me being a Georgia girl the sweet tea taste like it came straight from GA!! Finally a good place to eat in Newark!
  • Kimberly C.
    Kimberly C.August 9, 2012
    Wait staff is sooo nice! Ribs are finger licking good! Definitely coming back during the Devils Season! Go Diablos!
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer SMay 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Dino burger is really good. I would order it again.
    Upvoted Jun 4
  • Cyn C.
    Cyn CityNovember 3, 2013
    The fried green tomatoes were amazing!!!!! Donkey punch will take u there with just a few sips!!!! Love it!!!
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SobocanSeptember 14, 2014
    Sandwiches were large and filling. Good selection of sides. Make sure to try the local brews.
  • Randy W.
    Randy WeisDecember 26, 2016
    Brisket and spicy Mac N cheese are very good, but the whipped sweet potatoes are pure ambrosia.
  • Marc H.
    Marc HalpernFebruary 12, 2016
    No happy hour on game days but otherwise the best! Try the Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA if you're not driving.
  • Ksenia
    KseniaJune 23, 2012
    Get the fried green tomatoes. They come with creole ranch. UNREAL! Also, service SUPER fast.
  • Patricio M.
    Patricio MujicaApril 13, 2013
    The only uncool thing about this place is the smokey fragrance on your clothes after you leave. A+ on whatever else you can imagine!
  • Jason M.
    Jason MogeraMay 10, 2013
    Service was awesome! Food was great! Def going back! Try the beef brisket!
  • Lenny G.
    Lenny GalloMarch 1, 2015
    The service was incredibly slow, and this location is not as good as the one in Harlem. Skip this joint, and head up to Harlem for the real deal Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.
    Upvoted Jun 4
  • Claudia P.
    Claudia PerrySeptember 17, 2014
    Beer brewed in Newark in the old days may be back in the menu soon.
  • Kerrin
    KerrinJanuary 11, 2013
    The food is great but everything I was wearing smells like it was put in the smoker, including my winter coat....awesome.
  • Paige C.
    Paige CAugust 1, 2015
    Those ribs. OMG. And the corn bread. Even yummier.
  • DAVE L.
    DAVE LEVINFebruary 8, 2014
    Get the table by the front window for some of the best people-watching in the city.
  • Jonathan W.
    Jonathan WilliamsJuly 27, 2015
    Great place to eat in downtown Newark. BBQ is among the beat I've had.
  • Michael C.
    Michael ChanSeptember 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the BBQ Fried Rice and the Mac & Cheese, both are killer sides!
  • Angel C.
    Angel CabralJuly 8, 2012
    The people here are very friendly. Food is to die for. Skirt steak is a must.
  • Anthony P.
    Anthony PergolaJune 23, 2013
    Family meal is really more for 6 or 7 people. Four people are taking home a lot of food.
  • Terri R.
    Terri RMay 20, 2012
    Waitress was very friendly. Gotta have the donkey punch! Mac n Cheese was delicious as well.
  • Amanda K.
    Amanda KellyFebruary 20, 2015
    Great spot in the middle of the action. Check out the virtual tour before you go! Read more
  • Paul P.
    Bbq awesome mac and cheese awesome bbq beans amazing never a bad meal...
  • Anthony S.
    Anthony SpicciatiJuly 16, 2012
    No tres hombres, Syracuse salt potatoes OR graffiti in the bathroom?? Needlessly removed... but still good food.
  • Devin H.
    Devin HealeyMarch 17
    Maybe it was because I ordered at 9:45 but this place came off as a knockoff Brother Jimmy's tourist trap. Mediocre ribs and mac. Inedible cornbread & mashed potatoes. Awful drinks. Will not return.
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel LDecember 30, 2013
    Great joint right near the rock... Gumbo is divine.
  • Kirsten P.
    Kirsten PaciaJanuary 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything's amazing. Beans Mac & cheese brisket. So. Freaking. Good.
  • Kris K.
    Kris KnodtFebruary 18, 2014
    Wings are solid. Good food, good beer & good service.
  • Steph M.
    Steph MackinMay 19, 2013
    Food is good. Service- not so much. Host was so rude and the waiter can't stay at the table long enough to take a complete order. I'd come back once more for the food but I hope I dnt get the same svc
  • Robert P.
    Robert PonistAugust 16, 2013
    Pulled Pork was decent. The whipped sweet potato is perfect!
  • Dr L.
    Dr LyonsNovember 4, 2012
    Good service. Generous portions. Decent ambience. I'll be back!
  • Brown
    BrownJuly 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    You can never go wrong with the perfect Peanut Butter Pie and the Mac and Cheese.
  • Erik
    ErikMay 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They don't have salt potatoes at this location for a side, but if enough people ask for them, they'll add them to the menu.
  • Victoria R.
    Victoria RiosMarch 28, 2013
    So tasty and flavorful we had to take a bottle of the sauce home!
  • Darin W.
    Darin WilliamsApril 10, 2013
    Great food before the game... Crispy chicken sandwich was amazing!
    Upvoted Jun 4
  • Taseen P.
    Taseen PetersonJanuary 23, 2014
    Have the Donkey Punch mixed cocktail!
    Upvoted Jun 4
  • Deanne T.
    Deanne TabetaMay 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Family feast and the ice box with a pitcher of ape hangar is all you need!!
  • Arutak
    ArutakJuly 9, 2012
    Donkey punch was good. Apps were quite small. I was still pretty hungry after eating the 3 small salmon fritters.
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HopkinsJune 23, 2012
    Mac n cheese is fantastic. Barbecue is amazing.
  • Nashira W.
    Nashira WashingtonAugust 10, 2013
    Curtis is a great server and the drinks are worth the price
  • Jasmine
    JasmineJune 24, 2016
    Spicy shrimp, convenient location, and great service 🍤✌🏻
  • D G.
    D GnomeMay 10, 2015
    Best BBQ I have had in a long time.
  • Laura M.
    Laura MoetzMarch 26, 2015
    Don't order the Ultimate BLT if you are a vegetarian -- despite what the menu says. WTH?!
  • Matt
    MattFebruary 20, 2013
    They make amazing ribs!! So filling!!
  • Brandon B.
    Brandon BrowneAugust 7, 2014
    Brisket, ribs, Mac and cheese, potato salad
  • AmAndA P.
    AmAndA PSeptember 14, 2012
    The salmon fritters were DE-LISH!!!!
  • Mo E.
    Mo El-AlemMay 19, 2012
    Yoooo the ribs are rocking. The salmon fritters and the donkey punch yoooo
  • Jj P.
    Jj PelligraSeptember 17, 2012
    Get the Mac n cheese. Seriously. Do it.
  • Ronnie M.
    Ronnie McJune 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The food was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!and the staff is very friendly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Jim G.
    Jim GalonOctober 1, 2013
    Ribs were a bit burnt. Everything else was good. Don't make reservations- didn't matter
  • Jr R.
    Jr RosarioMay 10, 2012
    I love this place :O. So friendly as amazing food!!!
  • Lauren W.
    Lauren WelchMay 25, 2015
    Only come here if your looking for bbq meats. Poor selection of fish and salads. The dressing choices were very limited too. The service & food presentation at this location is terrible.
  • Mack P.
    Mack PattersonJune 30, 2012
    Great service! The Ribs were great!
  • Amanda W.
    Amanda WareNovember 16, 2014
    The newly added poutine is awesome
  • 🏄 Surf dad 🏄
    🏄 Surf dad 🏄November 12, 2012
    Get the BBQ fried rice side... Insane!!!
  • Jazzy
    JazzyMarch 26, 2014
    Great Food , Awesome service !!
  • Jason S.
    Jason SchafferJanuary 7, 2016
    Wango tango wings
    Upvoted Jun 4
  • Janna T.
    Janna Talbert LeheNovember 2, 2016
    It has nothing on Texas or Tennessee barbecue. Mac and cheese was very dry, not much of the creaminess I desired. Brisket was so-so.
  • lisa D.
    lisa DavisAugust 4, 2013
    Awesome, food and service was great
  • Dr. Z.
    Dr. ZSeptember 21, 2012
    Get the uptown and order Mac n Cheese
  • Katrina
    KatrinaNovember 3, 2013
    Great pulled pork and bbq fried rice
  • Thom T.
    Thom TorodeAugust 17, 2013
    Great BBQ place right next to the Rock
  • Jeannette L.
    Jeannette L.June 23, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    The Mac & Cheese is amazing!
  • Adrienne P.
    Adrienne PetrinoJune 1, 2012
    Joe C is a great addition to the waitstaff!
  • Terry M.
    Terry MarshFebruary 20, 2016
    There cocktails are nice
  • Ben C.
    Ben ChapmanMay 22, 2012
    Try the Ribs And Brisket Combo
  • Reggie L.
    Reggie LodovicaJuly 24, 2013
    Wango tango sauce is delightful!
  • Erin J.
    Erin JacksonFebruary 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The gumbo is amazing .
  • Joe C.
    Joe CampoloSeptember 29, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Ask about the new lunch specials!
  • Steph M.
    Steph MalfattoFebruary 8, 2016
    Pulled pork and Mac and cheese!
  • Anthony S.
    Anthony S.September 18, 2012
    Love the Big Ass Pork Plate!!
  • Mack P.
    Mack PattersonJune 30, 2012
    Had to get ribs to go!
  • Matt W.
    Matt WilliamsFebruary 21, 2014
    Be patient.... If there is a game at the prudential center
  • Darlene H.
    Darlene HarrisApril 5, 2014
    Love the brisket...
  • todd a w.
    todd a williamsOctober 28, 2014
    Craft beer bar food
  • Kendy A.
    Kendy AlvarezMay 19, 2013
    Tasty menu horrible service. We had to chase down the staff for a drink.
  • Marcelo
    MarceloSeptember 6, 2014
    Newark tiene opciones un poco pobres para comer. Por lo que este restaurant es un excelente hallazgo. Muy buena la atención.
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