Berkeley >Food & Dining > T-Rex Barbeque
1300 10th St, Berkeley, CA | Directions 9471037.880100 -122.297110
Open Mondau through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m.
Neighborhoods: Northwest Berkeley
BBQ, really? – So I eat out a lot with my children. They KNOW good food. So I am basing this on their reaction to what hit our table. When I asked the waiter for a good drink option since it was my first time there, his response was confusion. He didnt ask me what I normally drink, he responded w/ "I dont know!" I tried to push the issue w/ "What do you like?" Again, he was clueless. My kids thought that was ridiculous. My daughter said,"Does he work here?" I ended up ordering the whiskey sour, that promptly was sent back.(too much sour, not enough whiskey) My friend reccomended the 10th & Gilman, which was decent. Moving on, we ordered the Capt. Reyes scatter first. As my son put it, "Its real hard to mess up fried food..so of course, that's going to be good!" We ordered the "Two Way". The kids picked pulled pork & brisket w/ a side of mac n cheese. "Is pork suppose to be that sweet & your mac n cheese is better, mom,"my daughter commented. My son said the brisket only had flavor on the outter crust & none on the inside, which i agreed. Plus, it looked like tri tip & not brisket. It was not easily pulling apart but needed to be cut with a knife. The mac n cheese was not seasoned well. The cornbread with maple syrup, I would come back for, but other than that, it is a bust for BBQ. I will say that we had a group of 10 & were actually served pretty quick, just wish the food would have been up to par. It was actually shocking since one of their sister restaurants is Fonda....hmmmmmmmmm.........
They have chicken-fried bacon – T-Rex is in a huge building with a lot of upscale atmosphere.
The menu includes things like chicken-fried bacon (TRY IT!), ribs and utterly delicious mac and cheese. Some of the best mac and cheese I've ever had, actually...and I didn't even opt for adding bacon.
The cornbread is good, but super sweet. Save it for dessert (it does sometimes appear with ice cream on the dessert menu).
The drink list is extensive.
A very nice place if you are looking for somewhere cozy that makes you feel very, very full.
Great food? Not so much any more.... – If you like your staff to look like they are fresh off a reality show, this is your place -- especially the pretty boys. Just wish they took as much care with the food. The bbq chicken is to be avoided. It's BBQ in the sense that it resembles BBQ -- not the real Texas stuff. More like NY BBQ for the Upper East side folks. The sides are large and full of butter, so if that's your thing. My main problem with T-Rex is that they continue to diminish on quality. I hate when restaurants start to cut corners and the quality control suffers. T-Rex just isn't what it used to be for me.
Great food, great atmosphere – I'm not sure if T-Rex would please a die-hard barbeque enthusiast, but we certainly walked away happy. We ordered the beef brisket sandwich with fries and cornbread, and found everything to be delicious! For lunch, T-Rex may be a bit pricey, but for a casual dinner, it was perfect! So far, it's one of the better dining experiences I've had on the East Bay.
Step Above Chain In BBQ Land – In their attempt to be different with their beer, set up, and ethics I think T-Rex may have fallen into the land of average. BUT don't let the dissuade you. I don't think they are bad and if you order the right things you are in for delicious goodness. Pulled Pork Sandwich is awesome, the cornbread looked (I missed it) mouth watering, and if you like to drink there are more choices than a liquor store.
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Go to Smookey Blues avoid thgis place – This is the worse barbecue place ever. Meat was just smokey flavor. It was a small portion and just plain bland. Side dishes were OK but overpriced even for lunch time. On the plus side the decor was wonderful and the Staff was outstanding. Go for a drink yes food NEVER.They should be ashamed to call it barbecue.
Dry and Flavorless, Lunch for two $48.00, outstanding waitress – My buddy and I had lunch there today. It's pretty clear that the ribs and brisket were left over from the previous day. The brisket and babybacks were dry enough to gag you. When the name of the restaurant includes "BBQ", I expect a lot more. Very little available as far as actual BBQ goes. This must be Berkeley style BBQ. If they had not used dill in the tater salad, it would have been totally flavorless. Two kinds of BBQ sauce - regular and hot. They were okay, but too much vinegar for me. The cole slaw was fresh and I liked the dressing used except it had too much oil in it. The baked beans were canned Pork & Beans with brown sugar and a couple of other ingredients. Very lack luster products. It's clear this restaurant is surviving/thriving on their bar business, because the food isn't worth returning for. We had the Brisket sandwich and half slab of babybacks, 1 side of baked beans and cole slaw, 1 iced tea - $48.00 inc. tip. By the way, the service was excellent.
Down-home barbecue cooking meets modern sustainability and architecture at this North Berkeley smokehouse and bar. – In Short
Wide-open spaces and tall windows set T-Rex apart from traditionally smoky barbecue joints, but smoke is on the menu. Salmon and beef brisket are some of the favorites smoked in-house. Slabs of ribs and brisket come with a choice of spicy or mild sauce and an array of Southern sides including curried cauliflower and organic grits. Choice is also extensive in the bar: Offerings range from beer, to cocktails, to beer cocktails.
Awesome BBQ!! – The BBQ here is so delicious - my mouth waters to think of it! Also the cheese grits, maple-butter cornbread, and they make some great cocktails. I've been there maybe 6 times by now. The service overall has been very good and sometimes excellent.
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