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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 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 10:45 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 10:45 - 22:00
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Bradenton, Florida
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66 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 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 30 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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72 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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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150 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016 via mobile

The brisket was fantastic, in both tendernous and flavor, even without sauce - the dry rub is well designed. The ribs were another hit - packed with flavor and ever so tender. The cornbread was good enough to stab someone over: super-moist and fresh and packed with a delightful taste and bits of corn. I also highly suggest their wings... More 

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

We're happy to hear you enjoyed your visit with us, Jacob G.! Thanks for stoppin' by and we can't wait to see you next time! More 

Venice, Florida
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331 reviews
253 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

Had dinner with a friend ,I love the Wednesday all you can eat sliced pork. The pork is delicious and served with 2 side and garlic bread for only 10.99. Service is always friendly and efficient. Always look forward to returning. Nothing fancy, just good food and value.

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Thank snorkler09
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for the great feedback, snorkler09! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit with us. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Oakville
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

My husband and I have had a most unpleasant night - up and down the whole night after visiting Sonny's. We have been 18 yrs. in the same spot and had never eaten at Sonny's (which was obviously a good decision). My husband's garlic toast was stone cold - he had ribs and baked beans and I had pulled pork... More 

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

We're sorry to hear this, Gloria H. Can you send an email to Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details of your experience, location you visited, and your contact information so we can look into this for you? We take these matters very seriously, and we'd like to make things right. More 

Venice, Florida
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184 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

Sonny's is on the right side of 41 heading north. You will see if easily after passing Albee road. It is an older establishment but was clean and well maintained. Booths or tables are available. We had a nice friendly greeting upon entering and after a short wait were seated at a booth. Booth looked to be clean and wiped... More 

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

We're sorry to hear you may not have had the best experience with us, RickHLihue. Let us help -- Please send us an email at Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details, location you visited, and your contact information so we can look into this for you. We appreciate your feedback, and we hope you'll give us another chance soon. 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, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
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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