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Gold Rush BBQ

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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661 Tamiami Trl, Venice, FL 34285-3237
+1 941-483-3137
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Nokomis, Florida
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49 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The BBQ offerings at Gold Rush are absolutely terrific ! Service is very attentive, prices are competitive and the decor is getting a bit tired . . . but that doesn't take away for the Best BBQ around.

Thank BalanceSeeker10
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is friendly , and the food is wow!..Green beans are one of my favorites. I tried their pork belly appetizer, I know most people would not try it, but it was fantastic, corn bread is moist , I can keep raving but try it yourself.

Thank Debra M
Morgantown, West Virginia
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140 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have a tradition of eating at Gold Rush our first night in Venice each winter. As always, we were not disappointed. The spare ribs (meatier than baby backs) were delicious as were the beans and cold slaw sides. The $0.99 beer is a bonus! The service was excellent as always! If you like ribs, don't miss this restaurant when... More 

Thank mjrunderwater
Venice, Italy
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I know that this could be a great Que place. The ribs are mediocre at best. The service is great but the ribs taste like they have been boiled and then finished on the grill on in a smoker. That is a big no no in my book. The bottom line is slow smoked to perfection is best and that... More 

Thank u812Zorro
Venice, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been enjoying the Best "Ribs", Delicious Everything, Excellent / Friendly Staff and Supporters of our Community since Gold Rush opened their doors. Affordable prices.

Thank skipinparadise
Venice, Florida
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always a good place for lunch, they make a great grilled chicken Caesar salad, something you wouldn't expect at a BBQ joint. Big dining room, comfortably tacky décor. Also unexpected and excellent: the giant chili cheese dog with onions. The waitresses refer to this as "The Home Wrecker." Chopped brisket and spare ribs are also good.

Thank DudeistPriest
Nokomis, Florida
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70 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We're locals and this place has been here for 17 years, but this was our first time eating there! It was wonderful. Great baby back ribs, great brisket sandwich and great brisket platter! The pineapple with cheese side is delicious and makes a yummy dessert. The 3 BBQ sauces are very good. We prefer Gold Rush to Sonny's any day!... More 

1 Thank ironthis
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90 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were half starved after a long day on the road and this spot was near our motel. Our expectations might have been low but they were shattered by the amazing food, excellent service and value. Don't hesitate, you won't regret stopping in here for dinner. Also, order a second corn bread. OMG, delish.

Thank SalesGirl77
Hickory Corners, Michigan
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172 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Probably not typical, but a 13 minute wait when it wasn't crowded is inexcusable. I was getting up to leave when a waitress appeared. Had the brisket with a side of slaw. As usual it was good, not great, but definitely good. May go back but probably not.

Thank Sid D
Sarasota, Florida
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44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a place that we regularly order from for work and visit as well. The atmosphere is friendly, the service is good, and the food is always on par. They also have terrific fried chicken (but only certain days of the week).

Thank Karla 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
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 22
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Parking Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 661 Tamiami Trl, Venice, FL 34285-3237
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Venice
  • Phone Number: +1 941-483-3137
Gold Rush BBQ is a family own and operated restaurant located in Venice Florida for 15 years. Each year we have been voted best BBQ in Venice. We offer Ribs, Chicken, Steak, Sandwiches and Fresh Seafood. Dine in , Carry out and catering is available. Hope to see you soon !

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