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“Absolutely Wonderful”
Review of Sonny’s BBQ

Sonny’s BBQ
Ranked #147 of 247 Restaurants in Venice
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Takeout
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.
Reviewed April 19, 2014

This place was fabulous and I wish we had some up North! Our server was awesome and I wish I could remember his name! I can't wait to come to Venice/Sarasota again so I can enjoy another dinner there. This was a great way to celebrate my birthday!

Thank Jennifer B
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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded April 21, 2014

Jennifer B, thank you for the great review. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed our southern hospitality and BBQ for your birthday! We appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed April 2, 2014

We arrived for dinner & ordered baby back ribs (around 5:30 pm).They ran out of baby back ribs (are you kidding me) Had St Louis ribs they were overcooked & dry. Left disgusted. On another note our server was great!

Thank penysfrmhvn
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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded April 7, 2014

Penysfrmhvn, thank you for your review. We're sorry to hear that you were not able to enjoy our baby back ribs and did not enjoy our St. Louis ribs. Please let us help! Send us an email at Social@SonnysBBQ.com with these details, including the location, so that we can address these issues with our staff. We would appreciate your help and hope that you can give us another chance!

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Reviewed March 27, 2014

We arrived shortly before 4 pm and made our choices from their lunch menu. The menu had many selections for our visit and the food was very good and the bonus of the visit was a nice senior discount.

Thank Bel1ever
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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded March 31, 2014

Jan S, thank you for your great review. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed our BBQ and took advantage of our lunch menu. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed March 13, 2014

Not sure what happened here. Food was cold and couldn't get silverware until well after meal was served. Maybe had new kitchen help? New waitress not working well with kitchen staff? Our guess is they reheat and serve food prepared well in advance. Meat, veggies were just plain cold. Baked potato seemed warm to touch, but was cold on the inside. Wouldn't go back. Too many other good restaurants in this town.

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1  Thank TFrek
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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2014

TFrek,

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We're sorry that your meal and experience did not meet your expectations. Please let us help. Send us an email at Social@SonnysBBQ.com, including the location, so that we can address this issue with our team. We would greatly appreciate your feedback.

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Reviewed March 4, 2014

We went here for the first time this week. Since the lot always looked full whenever we drove by, we figured that this place must be great. Sadly, this was not the case for us. We ordered the ribs for two. The food was mediocre at best and we found the ribs to be extremely greasy, cold, and somewhat over cooked. We had cole slaw and green beans along with the ribs and these sides were o.k. The garlic bread was cold and soggy.
The waitress was friendly but seemed a bit forgetful. We received our food but no utensils. She returned 3 minutes later with plastic ware and informed us that they were out of the regular silver ware.
While we found the prices at this restaurant to be reasonable, we will likely not return due to the low quality of our meal. We really wanted to like this restaurant but were disappointed.

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2  Thank Matt S
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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2014

Matt S.,

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We're sorry to hear that your recent visit with us was not up to expectations. Please help us make it right. Send us as email at Social@SonnysBBQ.com, including the location, so that we can address this with our team.

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