Dinosaur BBQ

10 recent ratings
$$ • Barbecue Restaurant
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
90% of 10 votes say it's celiac friendly
246 W Willow St
Syracuse, NY 13202

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Celiac

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Driving through Syracuse so ordered online and specified gluten allergy for both a kids grilled cheese and burger. Both looked too good to be true and they were because when I spoke to the cashier she said they don’t have GF bread or buns. I had the ticket which clearly read “allergy- gluten allergy” under both items which she showed to the cook who seemed like he could care less. She apologized and said they would remake the burger without the bun but I was extremely hesitant to eat it. Was nauseous and eventually vomited after eating some deviled eggs and part of the remade burger 😞 So disappointing especially since I’ve read good reviews on here. Maybe just an off day but Celiacs be very cautious here.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Updated 1 month ago read full review

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The staff was extremely gracious and accommodating

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Updated 1 month ago read full review

Celiac

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What an amazing restaurant with so many gluten free options! I went to school at Syracuse and never went because I was vegetarian then so I was excited for my first Dinosaur experience. It did not disappoint! The gluten free menu for Syracuse is right on the website so I could review ahead of time and figure out what I wanted. I got a bowl with smoked mushrooms (the mushrooms were unbelievable) and my fiance was kind enough to also order gluten free by getting a pick three. The great thing is the only difference seemed to be he just did not get cornbread. This was only my second time having barbeque and it was so exciting to try all of the different options and figure out what I actually like (the chicken wings and barbeque chicken were amazing). The server announced gluten allergy when the food was brought to the table. I had an appetizer, my bowl and sampled all three of the bbq meats and the two sides and nothing bothered me so clearly there are measures being taken to prevent cross-contamination. I was also excited to take home some bottles of sauce which I knew would taste great and not bother me!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers online ordering
Updated 2 months ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Gluten-Free Menu

Categories

  • Allergy Friendly
  • Barbecue
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Delivery
  • Dinner
  • Keto Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Online Ordering
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Paleo Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Takeout

Notes


Barbecue sauce is gluten-free

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Celiac

The fries are NOT gluten free if you have celiac, shared fryer. There is good, safe food here, but be ready for very few choices

7 months ago

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Celiac

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Food was good and my two sensitive kids had no reaction.we waited a while for a table and the service was so so

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

Updated 2 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Great food, very aware of Gluten Free and helpful. The manager was the only one to handle my food, they didn’t want anything contaminated. Excellent atmosphere, very unique and fun. I’ll definitely be back.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 3 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Separate Gluten free menu! Food was delicious!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 10 months ago read full review

Not celiac

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The BBQ was delicious! They have a separate gf menu and the food came out on a red tray to mark it as gf. Will definitely be going back!!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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ETA, many years later (2021), they're still safe, still amazing, and still a local treasure.

French fries! BBQ! It's a local treasure, and totally GF friendly. Love it! Never had a bad meal there. Wait staff all know their stuff too. Another restaurant with a celiac employee, and that always makes me feel more comfortable.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers delivery
  • Offers online ordering
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 1 year ago read full review

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Not dedicated gf facility BUT all staff is very knowledgeable of food allergies and take your request seriously. Very good protocols, gf clearly labelled and food comes out on different-colored allergen dedicated plates.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers delivery
  • Offers online ordering
Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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They have a separate fryer and took the proper steps to make sure everything was gluten free. Their wings are amazing.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I was really impressed with their knowledge and care to avoid cc.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Great food and excellent server. Despite being busy staff was knowledgeable and attentive and they usually have a separate server/manager bring out GF orders. Cornbread is NOT safe so make sure tell them to leave it out. Edit: Went back and received phenomenal service and careful attention. Probably my best experience eating out with celiac to date. Also incredible food and many options I should add.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Good food and experience. Daughter had chicken wings. Quite a few other options. The gluten eaters ate good too.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Yes. Just YES! Gf celiac safe.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Separate Gluten free menu with a lot of options. I had the chicken wings and rice and beans. Very good.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Decent selection. Pulled pork was spectacular. No buns or cornbread though.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Great food! Probably the best BBQ I have ever had. Super busy on Saturday so go early. They have a great gluten free menu with tons of options.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Had takeout part of a large work function. Enjoyed the Pulled BBQ Pork along with Tomato and Cucumber salad both delicious and no issues with any cross contamination.

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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eat in I had no issues. had issues on one takeout order.

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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SO GOOD! Most of the meats and sides are gluten free, waitress was very knowledgeable and accommodating. Everyone was so nice and food was delicious. Had wings and plater of brisket, ribs and pulled pork with mashed potatoes and baked beans. All delicious and my non celiac family had sandwiches they loved. Could not recommend more. Great atmosphere, great food!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Wheat Allergy

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Great food and fun atmosphere.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Wow. Amazing gluten free options. Knowledgeable wait staff. Delicious!

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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Very impressed! Sauce is GF, soy-free. Fries are so popular they have their own frier; peanut-free. My waiter was easy to talk to and wasn't caught off guard by my allergies and Celiac Disease. He came back with an allergy chart and walked me through my order. Said the back changes gloves and food comes on a red plate. Manager served me to make sure it was okay.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Not celiac

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I'm gluten and soy free. They have a dedicated allergen menu but it didn't contain soy. We emailed and they added that column to it. Great experience and food was wonderful!

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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best BBQ I've ever had.

Edited-March 20 2016- they no longer have a dedicated gluten free fryer.

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Thought I would get sick just by the look of the place (I'm very sensitive). Ended up being great food and I felt great after. Couldn't ask for anything more!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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they had two sided gf menu :) And the first place I've ever been too that brought my food out separately knowing I had an "allergy". Also didn't have to explain my Celiac's at all, just said gluten free and they understood

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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Celiac

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So delicious and had a lot of options. Manager brought out my gf plate and I felt great the rest of the even.

Updated 7 years ago read full review

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Excellent GF food with a 2 sided menu of choices.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 7 years ago read full review

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Awesome food, great atmosphere.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 7 years ago read full review

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I had the BBS today. While it tasted great I was only about 1/2 way thru my meal before it made me ill. This is a disappointment.

Updated 7 years ago read full review

Celiac

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They are awesome. They have a wonderful gluten free menu and the gluten free food comes out on deprecate plates. I definitely recommend the pulled pork!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 7 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Great BBQ and the Syracuse location is the best. I'm glad my daughter is going to SU...

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Celiac

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Great food and so gluten free friendly! Fun atmosphere. My whole family was happy and we will go back! I never had such great bbq😀

Updated 7 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Celiac

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Don't be turned off by appearances. It is loud, our kids were a bit unnerved by the seediness of the location and bar atmosphere, but all agreed it was the juiciest BBQ we ever had. Great gf French fries and awesome cole slaw, served by a somewhat surly beer wench who was nonetheless well trained in what gf means. Owner Dino presiding over all from a stool near the bar was another touch of character! We will be back!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 8 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 8 years ago read full review

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Waiter was really helpful. I split an entree with my partner who does eat gluten and the waiter made sure that the sides that my partner got with out meal were separate from our sharing food. The food is amazing and there are so many options to choose from on their gluten free menu.

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Celiac

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The staff is all trained in Glutenology, they ALL know the menu inside and out, all sauces (except the Jerk sauce I believe?) are GF and so are the FRENCH FRIES!!!!! Dedicated frier! We love the Dino.

Updated 9 years ago read full review

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Celiac

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I’ve eaten here at least a dozen times and never had a bad reaction. They have a separate gluten free menu and they will take out gluten free food separately and one a different colored tray from the regular trays. Food is also delicious!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Not celiac

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Note , same as others have said. Service waas good. They work on autodrive in the kitchen apparently. Even when you mention gluten free, they still put the cornbread on top of your meat. We were there at opening time 4pm, with no crowd, and my wife who is gluten intolerant, asked for no cornbread, remove it from the order. And she still got cornbread on top of her meat. Server did not pick up on it eitBBQ. . Overall, good bbq. We used to go to the one in Rochester before my wife's diagnosis, so we're not sure if they had gf options.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Celiac

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Great bbq and sides

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

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Unfortunately got sick here. I've been before with no issues, but this time (as many of the other reviews say) my plate came out with cornbread. I asked if it was GF and she said no, said they would "replate" my dinner. I think they may have just removed the bread and sent it back out.

I think this can be safe but you have to be super vigilant.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Average

Not celiac

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Pleased to find a 2 page gluten free menu. Our server could not have been more informed about all the kitchen precautions, and freely shared this information as soon as I inquired about a menu. He was very sweet and reassuring throughout the whole experience. Many times I feel like a bother when I eat out, but he really was amazing and one step ahead of my concerns the whole time, and that made a big difference. The plates are even color coded for allergens. Very good experience overall.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

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