Awesome dive-BBQ joint. Food is outstanding. Beer selection is much better than the Newark or Harlem locations although not huge. Service is pleasantly ornery. Prices are fine. Be prepared to wait a very long time to get a table but you can drink on the sidewalk. I love this place very dearly.
(Visited 08/2014): Dinosaur Bar-B-Que’s Syracuse location is located on West Willow off of West Genesee. There is a tiny lot next to the building as well as limited street parking nearby.
There are picnic benches in front for patio seating and a dinosaur mural. Inside there are multiple rooms with table seating, and the bar is along the right side. Tons of kitsch and tchotchkes all over the place.
The beer menu consists of around 20 beers on draught, with nearby breweries like Empire and Syracuse, as well as a house beer made by Middle Ages. Other craft breweries like Southern Tier and Founders. About the same number of bottles, which skew more on the macro side.
Service on a busy weekday evening on the patio was good. The server kept up pretty well and knew a fair amount about the available beers.
Dinosaur’s barbecue is very good, and my colleagues and I all enjoyed our dinners.
Overall this place isn’t necessarily a beer destination in and of itself but is a worthwhile spot for solid BBQ and a few local beers.
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
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.
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.
Art (130) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | July 23, 2013
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.
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.
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.