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Snook Haven

5000 E Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34292-2541
+1 941-485-7221
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good48%
  • Average17%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“gator bites” (36 reviews)
“ribs” (67 reviews)
“smoked wings” (8 reviews)
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American, Bar, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
5000 E Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34292-2541
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Reviewed 5 days ago

My fish and chips, and my wifes shrimps were delicious. I walked over from the nearby campground to order these takeout dinners, with our little dog. Big mistake. Signs in the walk in road about 150' away from the restaurant said "No dogs beyond this...More

Thank Casertast
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Be prepared for what will seem chaotic. You may have to park what seems quite a distance away, but the shuttles will pick you up for a chatty ride to the restaurant. Don't forget a little gratuity for your driver. The restaurant and the outdoor...More

Thank Gerry C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Get a boat ride reservation from the little kiosk upon arrival. It can get fully booked quickly. Nestled under moss-dripping live oaks on a narrow strip of land between two waterways are numerous picnic tables facing a small stage which offers a relaxing, tasty and...More

Thank gatortunor
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband successfully bid at Loveland's last BBQ for lunch and boat ride for 8 at Snook Haven. I set this up as a lady's afternoon with girlfriends. Ralph, the manager, and the staff couldn't have been nicer and welcoming. The food was so very...More

Thank GNTinaToots
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Out of the way place on the river Worth the trip. The Pulled pork was outstanding. The service was great. The chef came out and asked how we like the food. I gave her a double thumbs up. One for the food and one for...More

Thank Mooreman53
Reviewed April 16, 2018

When you're here, you have left the hustle and bustle of coastal Florida and are in a world that existed 1/2 a century ago in Florida.....but it's only 5 minutes off I-75! They have been in business since 1948, but have ventured into Smoked Barbecue...More

Thank Jim D
Reviewed April 13, 2018 via mobile

The food here is simple but excellent. The gator bites are delicious. The chips are hand made in house and have a great flavor. Everyone in our party enjoyed their meal. The staff was very friendly and attentive.

Thank Luke C
Reviewed April 7, 2018 via mobile

Server could not have cared less about our table. The pork was so tough I could not bite into it. The 'spicy' sauce was so bland like the rest of their sauces. No alcohol except beer. Nice boat ride but the restaurant was terrible.More

Thank chefstefwithanF
JPiKapp, Owner at Snook Haven, responded to this reviewResponded April 8, 2018

Mmmmmmmm. I’m willing to bet there was something else going that upset this reviewer. Bland Barbeque sauce is a virtually impossible feat to accomplish. Not sure which pork they got, but assuming it was the pulled pork, tough is never a complaint there. They are...More

Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

This is a very neat place to visit unique very natural good food nothing higher end but the scenery really is the go there they do have live music and a crowd changes over fairly quickly from dancing people to party people at night which...More

Thank Maggie N
Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

This is a great family spot....good food, cold drink on the water. Live music is nice. Boat rides available!

Thank travelMOMMa63
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Questions & Answers
Dyche M
December 11, 2017|
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Response from JPiKapp | Property representative |
No just catfish filets
November 14, 2017|
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Response from JPiKapp | Property representative |
Yes you can. Any day except Thursday and Sunday the launch is open.
Mary Beth M
April 14, 2017|
Response from JPiKapp | Property representative |
The restaurant is located in a county park that does not allow dogs, therefore we are not able to permit for dog friendly dining. Sorry!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$13
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, View, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5000 E Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34292-2541
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Venice
  • Phone Number: +1 941-485-7221
  • E-mail
This Old Florida location offers scenic views of Florida's river wildlife and tree lines. Seated right on the Myakka River in a county park, Snook Haven is an old fish camp with a menu featuring a variety of smoked and barbequed meats. Indoor and Outdoor seating is available. Snook Haven offers a variety of entertainment from canoes, kayaks and river tours to live music for your ears pleasure.
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