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“Poor service and nasty food!” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sonny’s BBQ

Sonny’s BBQ
Ranked #150 of 240 Restaurants in Venice
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Venice, Florida
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102 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Poor service and nasty food!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

Slow, sullen service. Food came and it was cold, and dry. The sauce has a funky after taste, too. This is like "fast food BBQ".

Visited April 2013
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English first
Kissimmee
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Yummy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2013

Yummmmmmmmmmy! Good service, close to my hotel.........what more can you ask for?! Food was fresh.,..tea was good.

Visited June 2013
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Kissimmee
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Yum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2013

Sonnys... I love this place. All of the staff was nice and friendly. The guy waiter was very attentive. Food was fresh, sweet tea was good!

Visited June 2013
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Nokomis, Florida
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Walked out over filled.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2013



Large servings, excellent Cole slaw. Ribs were great with good flavor on the dry rub or sweet sauce. Hot sauce was not very hot and had a smokey flavor. Great staff that kept your glass and rib plate full.

Visited May 2013
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Sarasota, Florida
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123 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Chain food in an unpleasant room”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013

If the food were great, you wouldn't care about the room but the food is NOT great. There are plenty of local joints serving real BBQ so skip the chain. Be adventureous.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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