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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%
  • Average18%
  • Poor16%
  • Terrible11%
Travelers talk about
“garlic bread” (9 reviews)
“beans” (10 reviews)
“wings” (3 reviews)
Open Now
10:45 AM - 9:30 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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Reviewed March 29, 2016

We go here several times when we are in Venice for the winter. The food is always well prepared, the service is great and the prices unbelievable. My wife takes enough home for two more meals. There is plenty of parking spaces and we have...More

Thank VW1012
SonnysBBQ, Digital Media Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded April 1, 2016

Thank you for your great review, VW1012! We’re glad to hear you enjoyed your meal, and we can’t wait to see you again for your next visit.

Reviewed March 23, 2016

We both had rib dinners and enjoyed them. The BBQ beans are the best and the sweet potatoes are good. The corn bread is so-so, so I always go for the garlic bread. The service was excellent and I love the sweet BBQ sauce.

Thank Carolyn912
SonnysBBQ, Digital Media Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded March 29, 2016

Glad to hear you had a great visit, Carolyn! Come by and see us again soon.

Reviewed March 16, 2016

Got ribs to go on a Sunday night after driving by Sonny's many times. A waiter took my order walking by. He told me 15-30 minutes. He took my phone number, but said no one could call when the order was up! Went to Home...More

Thank sadieh923
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2016

We're sorry to hear this, sadieh923. Let us help -- Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details, location, and your contact information so we can look into this for you. We appreciate your feedback, and we hope you'll give us another chance soon!

Reviewed February 14, 2016

Can't believe this place hasn't been shut down by the Board of Health. Sneeze guard on the salad bar looked like it hadn't been cleaned in a year. Salad dressing was dripping everywhere. Plenty of help, but no one to clean. will NEVER go back!

Thank Foodlover37421
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded February 16, 2016

Thanks for reaching out, Foodlover37421. We take these matters very seriously. Please send the details of your visit, location, and your contact information to Social@SonnysBBQ.com so that we may look into this for you.

Reviewed February 10, 2016

The Ribs were fantastic, the pulled pork great and even the mac and cheese side was really good. Our waitress was attentive without being intrusive. The portions were large enough that we had leftovers for the next day's lunch. The waitress also offered me a...More

Thank Sandy R
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded February 16, 2016

We're glad you had a great visit and that your waittress took such great care of you, Sandy R.! We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon for another visit.

Reviewed January 28, 2016

My husband and I each had a special dinner that was advertised. Our food was excellent. I have to commend the wait staff for their friendliness. The only drawback to this restaurant is that it needs MAJOR redecorating and upgrading, inside as well as the...More

Thank veggiegirl60
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded February 1, 2016

Thanks for the feedback, veggiegirl60! We appreciate you reaching out and we'll be sure to pass it along to our team. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed January 26, 2016

We rarely indulge in BBQ but when we do, Sonny's is the place! Clean, good service, tasty food, and reasonable prices.

Thank Patije S
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded February 1, 2016

Thanks for the great feedback, Patije S! We appreciate you stoppin' by!

Reviewed January 20, 2016

Stopped in with a friend, we both had the smoked pork, all you can eat 9.99. The meat was fantastic, thin sliced. With a choice of 2 sides , even if you don't request more meat, you would get your moneys worth. The place is...More

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SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded January 26, 2016

Thanks for your feedback, snorkler09. We hope to see you again soon for your next visit!

Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

You can't find better barbecued beef, pork, chicken, etc. Portions are plentiful, and sides are great traditional BBQ companions, like baked beans, corn, etc. Been there many times, always eat a lot. Salad bar is quite adequate and includes dessert items. Beverages are huge. Nice...More

Thank AMCTheJetSetter
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded January 7, 2016

Thanks for your feedback, AMCTheJetSetter! We hope we'll be seein' you for another visit soon.

Reviewed January 3, 2016

The server was fantastic. We have come here many times on our vacations to Venice. This time we found our food a little dry, not the usual quality we have found here in the past. I just chalked this up as any place can have...More

Thank Jeffery P
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded January 7, 2016

Thanks for your feedback, Jeffery P. We're glad you enjoyed your visit, and we look forward to seein' you again!

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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
Families with children, Kids, Large groups
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
  • E-mail
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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