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Sonny’s BBQ

) #137 of 184 Restaurants in Venice €€ - €€€ American, Barbecue
406 US Highway 41 Byp N, Venice, FL 34285-6056
+1 941-484-1327
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good26%
  • Average16%
  • Poor18%
  • Terrible11%
Travellers talk about
“garlic bread” (8 reviews)
“bbq beans” (2 reviews)
“corns” (4 reviews)
Open Now
10:45 - 22:00All hours
American, Barbecue
€€ - €€€
406 US Highway 41 Byp N, Venice, FL 34285-6056
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Having never been here we stopped in for dinner. Several people have made mixed comments about this franchise, not this particular location. While walking towards our booth there was a lot of food scraps on the floor, we were told that is was from earlier...More

Thank mr49phil
Reviewed 15 June 2017

I had the ribs for lunch today. It was a late lunch, and sometimes ribs can be dry. These weren't at all. They were moist and fell off the bone. I like the BBQ sauce there (I like a sweet tomato kind). Had BBQ beans,...More

Thank XManNL
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Everything tasted smoked, and that was the only taste in the chicken - Heard so much good about this place but it wasn't near any of that... A one time expericence.

Thank Kim E
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Clean restaurant , friendly waitress, food was hot and good when we received it. The price was very good.

Thank huntrer57
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Great BBQ ribs and pulled pork. Different options for rips including all you can eat for moderate prices. Sides available, huge ice teas, sodas, and lemonades. Try a Sonny's Red from the tape too.

SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2017

Thanks for takin' the time to leave your feedback, VERMONTER101. We're glad to hear you enjoyed and look forward to seein' you again real soon!

Reviewed 9 February 2017

Recently visited Sonny's and had the unlimited salad bar with a side of meat. The salad bar was ok but very difficult for a short person to reach the top row of items. I literally had to duck under the sneeze guard to reach up...More

Thank Doris C
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2017

Thank you for takin’ the time to write your review, Doris C. We’d like to try to help—please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with further details, along with your phone number and the location you were at. We do appreciate your feedback, and we hope to hear more...More

Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

We had "pork 3 ways" , very good meats , beans , coleslaw was good ( and very chilled and a generous amount ) , corn bread was excellent. Good server and the manager pop by the table to ask how everything was and give...More

Thank Susan D
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2017

Glad to hear you had a great visit, Susan! We hope we'll be seein' you again soon.

Reviewed 21 December 2016

Always can count on Sonny's for decent BBQ at a reasonable price. If you need a place to go on a Friday or Saturday night without the "wintertime wait", then go here. The salad bar is straightforward, not bad, not superior. The new egg rolls...More

Thank Dawn H
Reviewed 7 November 2016

Visited establishment and we were the second table that this morning. Waitress very friendly and informed us of specials. I enjoyed the Brisket with mac-n-cheese and cole slaw with garlic bread. Other diner had the Carolina bbq sandwich on garlic bread with mac-n-cheese as well....More

Thank Mark H
Reviewed 7 October 2016

The food was excellent and the server very pleasant. However, $10 for a glorified roast beef sandwich without even chips seems a but high for me.j

Thank Red_Lion_SnowBird
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:45 - 21:30
10:45 - 21:30
10:45 - 21:30
10:45 - 21:30
10:45 - 21:30
10:45 - 22:00
10:45 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 406 US Highway 41 Byp N, Venice, FL 34285-6056 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Venice
  • Phone Number: +1 941-484-1327
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In 1968, we were just a local BBQ joint in Gainesville, Florida. Today, we're still a local BBQ joint. We just happen to be in a few more locations. But we still do things the same way Floyd "Sonny" Tillman and his wife, Lucille, did back then. We still slow-smoke over oak for up to 12 hours at a time. We still serve generous portions. And we still believe people should be able to go out to eat and feel right at home.
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