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Sonny’s BBQ

406 US Highway 41 Byp N, Venice, FL 34285-6056
+1 941-484-1327
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Overview
  • Excellent25%
  • Very good30%
  • Average19%
  • Poor16%
  • Terrible10%
Travelers talk about
“garlic bread” (9 reviews)
“beans” (10 reviews)
Open Now
10:45 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
CUISINES
American, Barbecue
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
406 US Highway 41 Byp N, Venice, FL 34285-6056
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1 - 10 of 118 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been to Sonny's twice in the past month and both times they had "just run out of the ribs" on special. We ordered other BBQ and it was very good but disappointing that a BBQ place keeps running out of BBQ ribs!

Thank Holly F
SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for bringing this to our attention, Holly. Please email social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details of your experience, along with your contact information and the location you were at. We would greatly appreciate your feedback.

Reviewed November 28, 2017

We have been going to his restaurant on and off over the past 10 years. While I have had better bbq over the years, this restaurant has always been consistent. The food is good and the serving large. They have a salad bar which I...More

Thank royvanhorn
Reviewed November 9, 2017

We had a very enjoyable lunch at Sonny's in Venice. Food quality was surprisingly good for a chain restaurant. We found luncheon pricing to be attractive. The service was very good.

Thank bfg1943
Reviewed October 29, 2017 via mobile

Worst BBQ I’ve ever had!! I asked the server what kind of BBQ was served and she had on idea. Stated she was a vegetarian... ok your aloud your belief. Terrible and if you’re from Texas never ever ever go there.

Thank Shawn P
Reviewed October 11, 2017

My first time in my life had southern BBQ.Always grilled at home. Had the 2 meat platter special with jalapeno sausage and brisket corn bread baked beans and coleslaw,Teriffic value for the price.The meats and BBQ sauces were very good,The beans a little too sweet...More

Thank Anthony C
SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2017

Hey there, Anthony! We're honored you chose us for your first BBQ experience and we're happy to hear you enjoyed. We look forward to seein' you again real soon!

Reviewed October 2, 2017 via mobile

It is truly amazing that the BBQ is truly incredible. Great beans, slaw makes you feel like this is an authentic place and not a chain. We experienced good service and terrific food!!!

Thank rockydogz1
Reviewed September 29, 2017 via mobile

We stopped by to enjoy barbecue sandwiches. We selected the brisket and pulled pork. Both were okay but nothing spectacular. We tried several sauces too. Once again nothing spectacular. Other nearby barbecue restaurants are better.

1  Thank Dan K
Reviewed August 30, 2017 via mobile

Surely not the prettiest place but the greatest food of the trip. Service was exceptional just a perfect lunch for friends.

Thank Mike P
Reviewed August 27, 2017

I HAVE HAD SONNYS AT SEVERAL,,,locations,,,smoked wings,,,but they didnt finish them off on the grill,,,they do this at all the sonnys ive eaten at,,,but why not hear???? i dont get it ,,, sonny do you have an answer,,,i live super close and love only good...More

Thank JOEYGCentralWi
SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2017

We appreciate you takin' the time to reach out, JOEYGCentralWi. Please allow us to help. Email us at Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details about your experience, including the location, along with your phone number. We appreciate your feedback, and hope you’ll give us another chance!

Reviewed August 13, 2017 via mobile

First, let me say we have eaten dine in and take out dozens of times. Most recently, it was eat in. The female server was excellent and kept out drinks refilled. She was attentive without hovering. The bathrooms, both men's and women's, are disgusting. I...More

Thank Indians65
SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2017

Thank you for bringin’ this to our attention, Indians65. Please email social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details of your experience, along with your phone number and the location you were at. We would greatly appreciate your feedback.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$10 - $20
Cuisine
Meals
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
10:45 AM - 9:30 PM
Monday
10:45 AM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday
10:45 AM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday
10:45 AM - 9:30 PM
Thursday
10:45 AM - 9:30 PM
Friday
10:45 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
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
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Description
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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