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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
  • Excellent29%
  • Very good26%
  • Average16%
  • Poor18%
  • Terrible11%
Travelers talk about
“garlic bread” (8 reviews)
“bbq beans” (2 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Barbecue
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Service
Food
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LOCATION
406 US Highway 41 Byp N, Venice, FL 34285-6056
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Reviewed July 30, 2015

We revisited sonnys and sorry to say it still was rather poor. I wouldn't, go near the salad bar as iIt did not look chilled at all. Had the beef but it was not very good at allMore

Thank J C
SonnysBBQ, Digital Marketing at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2015

We’re sorry to hear you may not have had the best experience with us, J C. Let us help—please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details from your experience, along with your contact information and the location you were at. We appreciate your feedback, and we hope...More

Reviewed July 17, 2015 via mobile

I travel all the time but when I am in the Southeast I like to stop at least once at a Sonny's for the smoked turkey. This Sonny's was clean and inviting. The hostess was a little abrupt but the waitress more than made up...More

Thank Trafcon
Reviewed July 14, 2015

The staff at this site were very friendly and customer service oriented. The food was good and they made sure we felt taken care of.

Thank Anthony R
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2015

Thank you for your great review, Anthony R! We’re glad to hear you enjoyed our staff, our food, and we can’t wait to see you again for your next visit.

Reviewed July 11, 2015 via mobile

We came to eat at about 8 pm on a Saturday. Our food was cold and the staff were vacuuming and putting up chairs on tables while we ate. Had to scoot my chair in so the waitress could put the chairs on the table...More

Thank Aimee K
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2015

We’re sorry to hear you may not have had the best experience with us, Aimee K. Let us help—please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details from your experience, along with your contact information and the location you were at. We appreciate your feedback, and we hope...More

Reviewed June 19, 2015

Our Sonny's in Venice has been here as long as I could remember and have never had a bad meal! Clean, friendly service and perfectly cooked chicken.

Thank Robin F
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded June 22, 2015

Thanks for the kind words, Robin F. We appreciate you takin' the time to leave your feedback, and hope to see you again real soon!

Reviewed May 12, 2015

Our first tip-off was the huge pothole in the parking lot, followed by the cavernous rip in the seat of the booth the hostess attempted to seat us in. It was 5 p.m. Thought we might like a nice salad bar to go with the...More

Thank Suziq533
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded May 13, 2015

Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Suziq533. Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details and location you were at so we can look into this.

Reviewed May 10, 2015

Service was extremely slow, the ribs after the first plate were dry and tough. My craving for ribs was quickly dissipated...

Thank Randy M
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded May 13, 2015

We're sorry to hear this, Randy M! Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details and location so we can make things better.

Reviewed April 27, 2015

First time ever eating at a Sonny's. Hubby had the sampler with the salad bar and I chose the pulled pork sandwich for lunch. I have to say it was the most tender pulled pork I have ever had! Practically melted in your mouth. Hubby...More

Thank cyndipote
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2015

We're glad you enjoyed your visit, cyndipote. See you again soon!

Reviewed April 26, 2015

All you can eat baby back ribs with sides n a drink for 20 USD , how can you go wrong. My uncle n myself have been going to this Sonny s for over 15 years , the staff is always friendly n attentive .a...More

Thank fergie915
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2015

Thanks for your great review, fergie915! Come back soon.

Reviewed April 19, 2015

I stopped for lunch and they have quite a few lunch specials for under $8. I recommend the pulled pork with the sizzling sweet BBQ sauce. I am a big ice tea lover, and they seem to have the best around in huge glasses.

Thank TWS1161
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2015

Thanks for your feedback, TWS1131. Come back and see us soon!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$10 - $20
Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, 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
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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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