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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)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 8:00 PM Hours
American, Bar, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
5000 E Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34292-2541
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank travelMOMMa63
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are tired of the glossy, everything looks the same type of place, try Snooks Haven. Have stopped in at this great place 4 or 5 times through the last 10 years. I didn’t grow up in Florida but it’s everything I imagine old...More

Thank Mike S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Snook Haven mimics the old fish camps along the Myakka River. Food will be served on paper plates; and you will eat with plastic utensils. The food we had was excellent. We had the fried green tomatoes appetizer, beef brisket sandwich and the grilled cheese...More

Thank ostyeuclid
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to Snook Haven on a Thursday, and it's the day where the Banjo Players practice for a couple of hours. We showed up at around 11:30, the place was jam packed. We were lucky enough to find a place inside. Michelle, our server...More

1  Thank Camper4life420
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Friendly and attentive staff, clean place, check out local entertainment, very relaxed, however food is moderately priced and portions seem tho have gotten smaller as price went up, enjoyed taste but portions of pulled pork and other meats are small, food can bee inconsistent, side...More

Thank Stanley H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

went to visit Snook Haven, in Venice for lunch along with listening to some Blues music. Monday is Steve Arvey, and he plays the Blues. Today he was playing soem different Cigar Box Guitars. And boy oh boy do they sound great. Another musician sat...More

Thank Bob A
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Questions & Answers
Dyche M
12 December 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from JPiKapp | Property representative |
No just catfish filets
15 November 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from JPiKapp | Property representative |
Yes you can. Any day except Thursday and Sunday the launch is open.
Mary Beth M
14 April 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
Local cuisine, Kids, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 8:00 PM
11:30 AM - 8:00 PM
11:30 AM - 8:00 PM
11:30 AM - 8:00 PM
11:30 AM - 8:00 PM
11:30 AM - 8:00 PM
11:30 AM - 8:00 PM
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
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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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