United States > New York > Syracuse
cratez (206) Toronto, Ontario | August 11, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
When I visited: Early August 2014.
What I had: Founders All Day IPA, Middle Ages Dino Smoked Porter, and Southern Tier 2XIPA on tap, Swag Sampler Plate and Tres Hombres Combo to split, a few sauvignon blancs for my better half.
What I liked: Really fun atmosphere, equal parts biker bar, barbecue joint and beer pub, diverse crowd, friendly and efficient service, bartender made great food recommendations, BBQ is top-notch (delicious seasoning, beautiful smoke rings on the brisket and ribs, tasty sauces), was happy to try fried green tomatoes for the first time.
What I disliked: Draft list is decent but could definitely improve, bartender double-charged us for a wine.
Would I go back? Absolutely. Despite its flaws Dinosaur is a “must-visit” when in Syracuse.
Overall Rating: 78
nova73 (7) New York | August 9, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
UDBeernut (120) Moving to Jax, Florida | May 10, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Came here one night to find grub, and a few beers. Place was packed but we only waitied like 20 minutes for a table for 5. BBQ food was really good, beer selection was pretty decent. Our server was good, really no complaints.
merc7186 (159) North Tonawanda, New York | November 17, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
A: Atmosphere is decent, not uptight by any means with a nice low key vibe.
Q: They have some decent taps and bottles, I settled on a Roc Brewing Golden Pale Ale but it was a miss...but thats my fault for picking something new.
S: Service everytime I go there is very attentive, even when they are busy, they seem to have a good handle on things, orders paced promptly and food arrives in a good amount of time.
S: They have a great selection of taps and bottles with a vast variety of styles, not bunched up on anything specific.
F: Decent, nice smokey flavor on the BBQ, good selection of sauces. I had the Smoked Pulled Pork which was well cooked, nice smokey flavor and sides were killer, the mac and cheese was a nice change.
V: Two Adults, One Child, Several Beers came out just under $40.
Overall, I come to Dinosur for the food and the craft beers are just a nice addition to a great place to eat.
artmcd8 (83) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | July 23, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 16/20
Stopped here on my way home from Montreal. Awesome place for BBQ with a great selection of beers on tap too. Definitely worth a stop.
bpar73 (70) Bellaire, Michigan | June 23, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Cool joint. Well worth the visit if you are in the area.
AleWife725 (66) Albany, New York | July 5, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Fall 2010. If you can beat the crowd, or are willing to wait awhile, and you’ve never been to a Dinosaur before... this place has fantastic barbeque. But, if you think you will be in the Capital area of New York, I would wait and go to the Troy location. The Syracuse location is the original, and caters toward a biker crowd. The bar is packed, the seats are all tight together, and the wait staff are often a bit curt. Now, they do say that their waitstaff are told to be that way, that it should all be about the food, but with the price of the dishes, I’d rather like someone to be polite to me. As for the beer, they do a create your own sampler for dirt cheap, including some Dinosaur and local brews, so that is definitely worthwhile if you do get in.
sinkhole (7) Ottawa, Ontario | October 21, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
A great BBQ joint, where the ribs are the must have for a first-timer. Good blues atmosphere with a diverse clientele. Some local brews mixed in with the standard macros. Would ranked it higher if it had a better beer selection, but really the beer is secondary to the BBQ at this place.
RGDave (28) Lebanon, New Jersey | June 9, 2011
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
This fantastic honky-tonk rib joint simply provides bar-b-que that is SUPERIOR to any other barbeque I have had, anywhere, and I’ve had my share. The food IS everything it’s cracked up to be, at least the few dozen times I have been here. In fact, nothing comes close to the quality and flavor here - genuine, open-pit, slow-cooked goodness. And, an excellent tap list for a venue that is primarily a bbq joint - about 12 taps, with a good 6 to 8 craft beers, always a few from Ithaca Brewery and a few other locals too. Enjoy!
GatheringBrews (14) Derby, Vermont | October 17, 2010
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
On my annual trip to Syracuse on business every spring, we were recommended this place by a hotel shuttle driver; needless to say, I bought him a rack of ribs as thanks as takeaway. The beer selection is usually pretty good, though a few too many macros. The food is always excellent bbq, and we’ve always had great, roadhouse service.
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