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Sonny’s BBQ

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406 US Highway 41 Byp N, Venice, FL 34285-6056 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
+1 941-484-1327
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10:45 - 21:30
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Essex, Vermont
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great BBQ ribs and pulled pork. Different options for rips including all you can eat for moderate prices. Sides available, huge ice teas, sodas, and lemonades. Try a Sonny's Red from the tape too.

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Thank VERMONTER101
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for takin' the time to leave your feedback, VERMONTER101. We're glad to hear you enjoyed and look forward to seein' you again real soon! More 

Muskegon, Michigan
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164 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

Recently visited Sonny's and had the unlimited salad bar with a side of meat. The salad bar was ok but very difficult for a short person to reach the top row of items. I literally had to duck under the sneeze guard to reach up to get items. I ordered a side of brisket because the menu said it was... More 

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Thank Doris C
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this review

Thank you for takin’ the time to write your review, Doris C. We’d like to try to help—please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with further details, along with your phone number and the location you were at. We do appreciate your feedback, and we hope to hear more from you. More 

Bonita Springs, Florida
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

We had "pork 3 ways" , very good meats , beans , coleslaw was good ( and very chilled and a generous amount ) , corn bread was excellent. Good server and the manager pop by the table to ask how everything was and give a little history on the barbecue trophies that are in the building.

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Thank Susan D
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this review

Glad to hear you had a great visit, Susan! We hope we'll be seein' you again soon. More 

South Venice
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

Always can count on Sonny's for decent BBQ at a reasonable price. If you need a place to go on a Friday or Saturday night without the "wintertime wait", then go here. The salad bar is straightforward, not bad, not superior. The new egg rolls are really good and the fries and garlic bread are yummy! Ribs, pork, brisket...can't go... More 

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Thank Dawn H
Bradenton, Florida
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66 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Visited establishment and we were the second table that this morning. Waitress very friendly and informed us of specials. I enjoyed the Brisket with mac-n-cheese and cole slaw with garlic bread. Other diner had the Carolina bbq sandwich on garlic bread with mac-n-cheese as well. Food was delicious, served hot, and was very quick to say the least. Also can't... More 

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Thank Mark H
Red Lion, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

The food was excellent and the server very pleasant. However, $10 for a glorified roast beef sandwich without even chips seems a but high for me.j

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Thank Red_Lion_SnowBird
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

Got the brisket and it was so dry :/ not sure if it was because later in the day, but very disappointed. The corn bread also tasted like it had been sitting all day. Gold rush next time!

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Thank Mary M
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this review

We’re very sorry to hear you were disappointed with your recent visit, Mary. We’d like to try to help—please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details of your experience, including the location, and the best way to contact you. Your feedback is important to us. More 

Dickson, Tennessee, United States
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75 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Service was hard to come by. Took forever to get our drinks. The food served was well, just ok. I was ready to leave

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Thank Robert L
Ashburn, Virginia
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151 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

A good, solid BBQ place. I had the brisket (sliced) and it was juicy and flavorful. I could have easily enjoyed it without sauce, but Sonny's has a good variety of sauces. I got it with two sides, mac&cheese (basic but good) and baked beans (very flavorful). The garlic bread served with the meal is *fantastic*. Sonny's takes their BBQ... More 

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Thank Rob S
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for stoppin' by, Rob S.! We appreciate your great feedback and we hope to see you again soon. More 

Venice, Florida
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

Please know that I fill out these surveys all the time and this is the 1st time I've given a poor review. My son & I were seated quickly, but our server didn't come to our table for over 10 minutes. In fact we sat there and tried to decided what the problem was as the place only had 3... More 

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Thank sabrina0203
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this review

We're sorry for any frustration you experienced, sabrina0203. Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details, location you visited, and your contact information so we can look into this for you and make things right. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
10:45 - 21:30
Monday
10:45 - 21:30
Tuesday
10:45 - 21:30
Wednesday
10:45 - 21:30
Thursday
10:45 - 21:30
Friday
10:45 - 22:00
Saturday
10:45 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 406 US Highway 41 Byp N, Venice, FL 34285-6056 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Venice
  • Phone Number: +1 941-484-1327
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.

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