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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Since we discovered this place end 2022 we have had dinner there on every stay and totally love it. We love the all you can eat chicken but also the chicken and rib combo is a fave. Service is always fast and friendly and though...we seldom drink beer we always have one when we eat here as we love the icecold namesake beer the serve in a frosted mug! I would definitely suggest trying it!More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed April 14, 2024 via mobile

If there were a zero star option, I would leave this. If you are looking for a true BBQ place this is not it. We went under the assumption it would be like TX style BBQ. Very disappointed with sauce over the meat and low...smoke flavor to meet the expectations of the demographic in Venice.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed March 6, 2024

the service was excellent, busy, so naturally very noisy. The food was reasonably priced & 7 out of 10 for taste/flavour. I would say it is worth a try

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed March 3, 2024 via mobile

We arrived to find LOTS of people waiting outside for tables. The hostess quoted 20 minutes, though we were skeptical. The hostess was incredible at her job; she kept people informed about their wait time and kept things moving very quickly. We were seated within...20 minutes! Service was excellent; very quick an attentive. Brought more Diet Coke without being asked! My husband lives pot pie, and that was the special. He said it was the best pot pie he's ever had. Lots of chunky chicken and vegetables. My St.Louis ribs were tender and flavorful. Their Mac 'n cheese is excellent! Huge corn on the cob that was super sweet. Corn bread is amazing! This is our "go to" place for BBQ, as ut's consistently excellent.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed February 2, 2024 via mobile

For the price the food was good. Ribs were on the dry side but had full flavor. Was fast paced and busy so not a place to relax and converse with other couples.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed January 23, 2024

This is the first restaurant we patronize when we come to Venice each winter. This year was no exception. The spare ribs were meaty as usual, but just didn’t taste the same as in years past. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but there...was something different about them. A snowbird friend said the same thing. The sides were as good as usual. We will try the ribs again before we leave and hopefully won’t have the same experience.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed January 13, 2024 via mobile

Great place for anything BBQ. Reasonable priced and service and food quality excellent. Get there early, they’re always busy!

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed January 13, 2024 via mobile

We had some of the BBQ that we have ever had here. No chain restraunt here. Locally owned and operated. My husband had St. Louis style ribs that was "dry" meaning no sauce, mac and cheese and cole slaw. All were home made and excellent....I had the chopped meat combo. Pork and beef both "wet" sauce on top only with green beans s and s asked red potatoes. Again, all were excellent. The Q was moist and smokey. I would not do wet next time as there is no sauce needed. The green beans were actually my favorite. They were smokey and not mushy. We will be back great mealMore

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed January 9, 2024 via mobile

Food was Luke warm and ribs were tough and dry on the ends. Have been there a few times before and it was a 7/10. Too bad going to look for a new rib place.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed January 4, 2024

Service was top notch. Friendly staff and no wait time. Food was fantastic! Would go again! Fried chicken was best I have had.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed December 25, 2023

Venice is blessed with two fine barbecue establishments. Gold rush is bigger of the two. Well staffed. Great catfish.! They offer some all you can eat specials on ribs and chicken and catfish on different nights. The best cucumber salad. Busy place. I go solo...so if they are busy which they usually are I sit at bar and get good service. I highly recommend this establishment.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed December 10, 2023 via mobile

Service slow and restaurant looks fairly old and worn inside. I tried the baby back ribs, they were only okay. Kinda dry, put a combo of Gold Rush Bbq sauce + hot bbq sauce and it didn’t help. Had Mac and cheese along with pineapple...cheese casserole on the side, both were okay. We didn’t leave hungry but our overall review was just mediocre.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed October 17, 2023

Had the Brisket sandwich, it was terrible, they have no idea what BBQ Brisket is. It was dry and tasted like old roast beef. We have had Brisket many times in Texas, we know what good Brisket is.. My wife had the Pulled Pork sandwich,...it was also dry.. The service was great and the sides were good. Last time going there.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed September 14, 2023

This place is going downhill. Last time we had a very good experience but not this time . Poor food quality and poor service. Dried chopped bbq pork and dried chopped pork, soggy and cold French fries and cold cornbread . The Cole slaw was...good . Being rushed by waiter . Poor service. Waiter took orders, 4 minutes later food was delivered and never saw our waiter again ! Very disappointed and will never go back . Waiters couldn’t care less if we were satisfied. The wipes were all dried out !More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed July 25, 2023 via mobile

I went here on July 4th and it was pa led! Luckily we weee able to get one of the only tables left. The chopped pork sandwich and bbq beans were so very delicious!

Date of visit: July 2023
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Gold Rush BBQ is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4