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“Really Good Barbeque!”
Review of Gold Rush BBQ

Gold Rush BBQ
Ranked #9 of 244 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$22
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Good for: Groups, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: 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 !
Hickory Corners, Michigan
Level 6 Contributor
182 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Really Good Barbeque!”
Reviewed 13 November 2013

I have eaten barbeque in Texas, Utah, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Tennessee, New Mexico, and Michigan among other places. The Gold Rush, decorated like an old western saloon, serves about as good as it can get. The service is fast, attentive without being bothersome, and the food is delivered promptly. I enjoyed the pulled pork and sampled the three sauces it is served with. The mild is tasty, the mustard based is a bit hotter and delicious, and the hot is hot enough to flavor the meat well. The cold slaw side served with the pork was fresh and also tasty. The pork comes on a very large bun, which if you do not want it will be replaced with a corn muffin made right there. The food is very fairly priced for the portions served and this is a place I will return to again and again.

  • Visited November 2013
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2 Thank Sid D
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Knoxville, TN
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“Disappointing”
Reviewed 23 October 2013

Went there based on reviews, and three of us had the baby-back ribs. The ribs were not tender and seemed dried out. The slaw wasn't very good either. Corn bread was good.

  • Visited October 2013
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troon
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34 reviews
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“good themed”
Reviewed 7 October 2013

After visiting Venice Florida numerous times and driving by Gold Rush BBQ this year we finally decided to give it a try.
Very friendly staff. The interior is designed like an old western gold panning canteen.
The menu was full of mouthwatering Meat dishes all at reasonable prices.
We were served quickly, professionally and courteously.
when the meal came it was served in bashed metal "canteen" dishes. That was a great touch, but did mean the food cooled a little quicker than ceramic plates.
Lost count of the staff who came up to us asking if we were enjoying the meal. They were not pushy, and seemed to actually care. Im sure one of them was the manager.
All in all. a good value meal at a nice clean and themed restaurant.
We will definitely be back when we next visit Venice.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank teamstirling
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florida
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67 reviews
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“Tired Travelers...Comfort Food”
Reviewed 2 October 2013

We were so tired after a long trip down to the Keys and stopped in to eat at Gold Rush. It felt like we were "back home" because they took such good care of us and fed us some really good BBQ. We were pampered by our sweet waitress who took the time to give us directions to the beach and a shopping expedition we wanted to take on the next day. What can I say...this is a great place to eat...friendly patrons there also stopped us to chat and tell us about places to go and things to do while in Venice. Felt so welcome and comfortable in the family restaurant.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank sawasdi
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Nokomis, Florida
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“Florida BBQ is a myth!”
Reviewed 28 September 2013

I have tried several SW florida BBQ restaurants and have yet to find one that is up to par. Gold Rush has a beef that they say is brisket however it resembles no other brisket that I have had anywhere else in the US. It has the consistency of roast beef with smoke flavored sauce added. The beef is extremely moist almost on the side of waterlogged. No "crust" can be found anywhere in the serving as one would expect from true brisket. The sauces served on the meat and "specialty" sauces on the table are not even up to the quality of most store bought sauces. Texas Roadhouse and Famous Daves are miles better than the local BBQ shops and none of them could hold a candle to a real Texas joint that smoked their meat and make their own sauces. My wifes pulled pork was a little better but still not what I would pay for again. I guess when in Florida one should stick to sea food and forget about BBQ.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank RckMtn
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