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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Restaurants, Barbecue Gowanus
5 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
Venue says Join us for Happy Hour Monday - Friday from 3pm-7pm at the bar and high tops only. $4-$7 Happy Hour specials including select $6 appetizers!

Pit powerhouse John Stage—the Harley enthusiast behind the wildly popular 'cue empire—expands to Brooklyn with this 208-seat Gowanus outpost. A former tool-and-dye factory, this expansive honky-tonk is done up Dino-style, with exposed-brick walls, reclaimed banquette booths and sidewalk picnic tables. An installation of recycled whiskey bottles hangs from the high ceiling, and the bar is a set piece from the Russell Crowe film Cinderella Man, stocked with draft beers from Kelso, Sixpoint and Brooklyn Brewery.

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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que says
The Dinosaur Bar-B-Que began life in 1983 as a mobile concession stand using a 55-gallon drum cut in half. For five years, the Dinosaur's home was the road, where they served good bar-b-que at motorcycle shows, fairs, and festivals throughout the Northeast. Burned out from life on the road, the Dinosaur settled in 1988 as a quick-service lunch/dinner bar-b-que joint.

Our bar-b-que is nationally acclaimed. Our food and sauces have won honors in publications such as Men’s Health and Eating Well magazines. We were named the country's Number One BBQ on Good Morning America and have been featured on various Food Network and Travel Channel shows. Our spice rub and full line of specialty sauces are available throughout the country and in Europe and Japan. Our cookbook, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que: An American Roadhouse, was voted as one of the best BBQ cookbooks in 2002 by the National Association of BBQ.

At Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, fresh, homemade, and high-quality aren’t just catchwords, they’re our foundation. Our commitment to food quality and genuine hospitality is unyielding and intense. We pride ourselves on our loyal guests, employees, and being a great place to have fun and while sampling some of the best bar-b-que in the country. Our menu is firmly rooted in the traditions of Southern bar-b-que, but there are other influences that shape our flavors and give our food its own distinctive character.
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Venue name: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
Address: 604 Union St
Cross street: between Third and Fourth Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 11:30am–11pm; Fri, Sat 11:30am–midnight; Sun noon–10pm
Transport: Subway: R to Union St
Price: Average entree: $16. AmEx, MC, V
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4.5 / 5

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Loved this! I'd been wanting to come here for a while -- the place has a great atmosphere; it feels lively but the sound wasn't overwhelming. Staff was very friendly, and knowledgeable about ingredients. The draft beers were great and there were a lot of options. I loved the food–– VERY rich taste (especially the lamb shoulder). I wish there were more sauce options, that could be a great add-on, but the menu had great options. The cornbread was fabulous––drenched in honey, it's a good thing I only got one piece or I never would have stopped eating it!  Wings were delicious as well. I'd recommend getting the 3-choice entrée, gives you a ton of options to share!

Family Stylin' BBQ consists of 1 whole chicken (6 pieces), 1 whole rack of ribs, 1 pound pork or brisket, 3 Side Dishes, and MIni Rolls.  It serves 4-6 people, and is priced at 69.95.  The first time I went in January, I was impressed by how everything tasted. Everything was on point.  We had three people and could not finish everything, which is a good thing.  That's nothing to complain about.  I remember marveling at how it was so worth it, and how I would come back again.  The service, however, was decent.  The entire look of the place looked pretty cool.  For my first time there, I would give this place four stars.  

Now, three days ago, I came here again with another group of friends, and we had six people altogether.  We ordered two Family Stylin' BBQ's.  In fact, my friends actually agreed to come because of my recommendation.  Unfortunately, I let them down because we were treated with not just bad service (waiting 20 minutes to order), but terrible taste in the meat.  The mashed potato with gravy side was good, along with the BBQ beans w. pork.  Seriously though, with all of this meat, it would be a complete disaster if we had to bite through every single piece reluctantly.  And, knowing that we were paying for the dinner, we had no choice but to reluctantly try to finish all of the pieces.  We were all appalled.  For this second time, I would give the experience one star.

Overall, I'll bump my average rating for this place to three stars, because I did have a good time eating the family style the first time around - though I am disappointed by what I experienced the second time there.  I doubt I'll come back.  If I do decide to try Dinosaur Bar-B-Que again, I will probably try the Harlem location.