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Gold Rush BBQ

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$$ - $$$
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661 Tamiami Trl, Venice, FL 34285-3237
+1 941-483-3137
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Venice, Florida
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed June 1, 2016

I've been to a lot of BBQ places in the Sarasota and surrounding areas and this one is my favorite. It beats all the chains like Sonny's, Smokey Bones, Famous Daves, etc. hands down. Excellent pork, brisket and chicken. The BBQ beans have chunks of pork in them and the cole slaw is great on the side or on top... More 

1 Thank Eric T
Columbia, South Carolina
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290 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed May 31, 2016

Nice pioneer themed bbq joint. Prices were incredibly affordable for the serving size. Service was super fast as well. Would go back again!

Thank Kristin S
norfolk, va
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed May 31, 2016

We have eaten hear a number of times over the past year and have never been disappointed, even the fish in this BBQ place is good, which I admit totally shocked me. It is a great family restaurant.

Thank crazy03
North Port, Florida
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed May 29, 2016

Everything on this menu that I have tried is wonderful. The food is presented beautifully and the staff is great! Great prices for what you get.

Thank EmoKatz
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed May 27, 2016

When I am in town on my travels and my wife has not put me on a diet then this locally owned restaurant is one of the best places to get my barbecue fix. Lunch or dinner, you will always see the "locals" here which is a very good indication on how delicious the food is here. Of special note... More 

Thank Kevin B
North Port, Florida
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28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

We are originally from Oklahoma. This restaurant would not last in Oklahoma, or Texas, or Missouri, or anywhere else good barbecue is demanded and appreciated. Food is "meh" and overpriced. Service was so so. It only got 3 stars because there's not a 2 1/2 stars button. We wouldn't return.

1 Thank Larry P
Port Charlotte, Florida
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37 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

If you want great chopped pork, ribs, or bbq chicken, this IS the place! We drive from Port Charlotte just to eat. The staff is extremely friendly and Ayla's service is awesome! Give it a try and ask for Ayla to be your server. She's a sweetie!

1 Thank Shambrock
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400 reviews
318 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed May 19, 2016

Without a doubt, the best BBQ in Venice. We have been there in the past, enjoyed it, and have returned each year during vacation. This year we had about a 25 minute wait, but no problem, we waited with much anticipation and we were not disappointed. My wife had the broiled salmon plate, I had the Brisket platter, Both came... More 

1 Thank dave2840
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed May 18, 2016

We had our party on Saturday catered by Gold Rush. The food was amazing and the BBQ sauce is excellent! I would recommend!

1 Thank Tabetha P
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140 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed May 16, 2016 via mobile

Friendly (if not always quick) service, and they have the meats (and apparently seafoods) to please. Tried the pork belly appetizer. Don't let the price of it dissuade you; worth every penny! Ribs ribs ribs omg ribs... baby backs with your choice of sauce (or not). The Carolina mustard-based sauce is facetastic.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$6 - $22
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Parking Available
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 661 Tamiami Trl, Venice, FL 34285-3237
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Venice
  • Phone Number: +1 941-483-3137
Gold Rush BBQ is a family own and operated restaurant located in Venice Florida for 15 years. Each year we have been voted best BBQ in Venice. We offer Ribs, Chicken, Steak, Sandwiches and Fresh Seafood. Dine in , Carry out and catering is available. Hope to see you soon !

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