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Sonny’s BBQ

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406 US Highway 41 Byp N, Venice, FL 34285-6056 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
+1 941-484-1327
10:45 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 10:45 am - 10:00 pm
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed April 15, 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
Mount Vernon, Ohio
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186 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed April 12, 2017

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

Thank huntrer57
Essex, Vermont
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed March 5, 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 review

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! More 

Muskegon, Michigan
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166 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed February 9, 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 to get items. I ordered a side of brisket because the menu said it was... More 

Thank Doris C
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this review

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 from you. More 

Bonita Springs, Florida
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 2, 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 a little history on the barbecue trophies that are in the building.

Thank Susan D
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this review

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

South Venice
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed December 21, 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 are really good and the fries and garlic bread are yummy! Ribs, pork, brisket...can't go... More 

Thank Dawn H
Bradenton, Florida
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70 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed November 7, 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. Food was delicious, served hot, and was very quick to say the least. Also can't... More 

Thank Mark H
Red Lion, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed October 7, 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
2 reviews
Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

Got the brisket and it was so dry :/ not sure if it was because later in the day, but very disappointed. The corn bread also tasted like it had been sitting all day. Gold rush next time!

Thank Mary M
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this review

We’re very sorry to hear you were disappointed with your recent visit, Mary. We’d like to try to help—please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details of your experience, including the location, and the best way to contact you. Your feedback is important to us. More 

Dickson, Tennessee, United States
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75 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed July 25, 2016

Service was hard to come by. Took forever to get our drinks. The food served was well, just ok. I was ready to leave

Thank Robert L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $20
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
10:45 am - 9:30 pm
10:45 am - 9:30 pm
10:45 am - 9:30 pm
10:45 am - 9:30 pm
10:45 am - 9:30 pm
10:45 am - 10:00 pm
10:45 am - 10:00 pm
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?