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Roadside Rib Shack

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2045 Bahia Vista St, Sarasota, FL 34239-2302
+1 941-330-9597
11:00 - 20:00
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Sun 11:00 - 19:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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135 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were really pleased with our dinner here. Having tried other BBQ restaurants in the Sarasota area, we were hopeful that the Roadside Rib Shack would be better. Boy, it really was. Everything we ate(ribs,pulled pork, mac and cheese and corn bread)was outstanding. In addition to a delicious meal, the service and pleasant staff added to the overall experience.

Thank RDCarerra
Tolland, Connecticut
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195 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate here three times while on vacation for a month in Sarasota. Loved both the ribs and pulled pork. A 1/2 lb of pulled pork (with a choice of sauces) with sides and corn bread (and purchasing an extra corn bread) was a great meal for two of us. The ribs were meaty and the meat just fell off... More 

Thank Ann622
New Albany, Ohio
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81 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

This place was a surprise! After living in NC for 9 years you get to know really good BBQ and this place has really good BBQ!!! ALL the food was delicious, All their sides are homemade and the sauces are amazing!!! This is a MUST go to when in the area. We ordered take out twice in 10 days while... More 

Thank russandange
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217 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

SMOKEY AS I LIKE,,,,BUT everything was good #2 boss hog has plenty of MEATY RIBS and sides were good,,,mac an chesse,,,mashed taters an gravey,,,tater salad was ok also,, as was corn bread,,, i will try again when hungey friends arrive,,,thanks

Thank JOEYGCentralWi
Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017

Stopped here when we were hungry and just wanted to eat with no frills. Well there are no frills but you just can't beat the food! We had pulled pork and their huge spare ribs that fall off the bone. Both have mild smoky flavor and they serve several types of BBQ sauce. We loved the cole slaw and piled... More 

Thank flemingrecruit
Orlando, Florida
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

After reading reviews on Trip Advisor, we thought we would try this restaurant as it had a high rating and was very close to were we were staying in Sarasota. We found that the pulled pork was decent, lots of different sauces, but order baked beans and coleslaw which were very disappointing. The baked beans looked and tasted like they... More 

Thank JBS953
Kentwood, Michigan
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61 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

Great daily specials. Friendly service. And the food is first rate. When you need a barbecue fix on siesta key this is the place for takeout. We are having ours tonight on the beach as we watch the sun set and drink adult beverages.

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

We were in Sarasota (Siesta Keys) on a short vacation from "The Up North" over the Thanksgiving week. Everywhere I travel I try checking out a local non-chain BBQ place - love supporting small businesses and I do love BBQ! This place had the correct name for a good BBQ place! The owner was out of brisket when we called... More 

Thank Mike R
Sarasota, Florida
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23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

So I walk in a half hour before they close and ask if they have any type of closing special. The owner Vince, tells me I don't discount my food, thanks for stopping by. Really? That's how you speak to the customer? The barbecue is not that good to deal with a bad attitude especially being the owner. I would... More 

Thank Al O
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

I was introduced to the Roadside Rib Shack by a friend and go there regularly when I visit Sarasota. Good Ribs with a large portion size. Both sweet and spicy barbecue sauces, although the spicy is pretty mild.

Thank Lee A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2045 Bahia Vista St, Sarasota, FL 34239-2302
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-330-9597

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?