Darrell's where everything is crafted with a with a whole lot of love and always served with a smile. 


Darrell's was established in May 2013 and is located on the beautiful island of Venice Florida. 

He strives to put nothing but the highest quality on your plate, Home cooked food and a friendly, family oriented atmosphere.

Bring your family and enjoy some home cooking without the work.  







215 S Tamiami Trail

Venice, Florida 34285



M-Th 11am–9pm
F-Sa 11am–CLOSE
Su 11am–9pm

First off, the owner is exactly what you would expect from a southern style restaurant - one of the friendliest and welcoming guys you’ll ever meet as a stranger.

Food was amazing. I had the Hungry Heffer which is a sampling of all the great smoked meats this place has to offer. My friends had crab cakes and pulled pork sandwich, with banana pudding for dessert. The only reason we had leftovers were because of the portion size of my meal. I think we licked our plates clean.

Atmosphere is sensational. Spanish courtyard with fountains, quiet and shaded. Perfect weather helped - although I know that’s not something Darryl can control but the sunshine matched his warm personality and passion for food.

I live in California and I am sad that I can’t come back again!
— http://www.yelp.com/biz/darrells-restaurant-venice
I have read reviews for a while about Darrells and finally decided to go .
We have eaten at every BBQ place in the area and Darrells is the best !
The St Louis styled ribs were fall off the bone delicious with just a kiss of smokey goodness .
The cole slaw was fresh and tasty , other places on the Island you cant even get cole slaw ,
for which I don’t understand , being a staple of BBQ restaurants .
We started with fried green tomatoes and they were good as well .

Nothing fancy on the inside but with friendly service we will go back again .
My wife & myself own a home in N Carolina and have enjoyed many great BBQ ribs there.
Darrells is as close as you can get to “real” BBQ in Venice , so go grab a bone and enjoy !!

Visited January 2015
— http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g34705-d4475943-Reviews-Darrell_s_Restaurant-Venice_Florida.html
Flew into West Palm from Philly, drove across the state, checked into our hotel, then HAD to get to Darrell’s for dinner! Originally we were going to go on Sunday but Darrell’s Mecca of smoky deliciousness could not be postponed. This is not our first time to Darrell’s. We first went there in August and loved it! We told my Mom - a Venice resident for over 20 years - about the place and she said ‘you mean the barbecue place in the brickyard? It’s wonderful. I go there with my knitting group.’ Yes, my Mom and her knit one, pearl two posse eat there regularly! So we took Mom to lunch there and I posted a review here.

Back again to Darrell’s. We were seated at an outside table in the courtyard. Lights in the trees, the perfect weather, and my dinner companion made for a romantic setting. Mrs Darrell’s Mom welcomed us back and took our drink order. Mike came to tell us the specials - they sounded great - but we knew what we wanted. We even talked about it before we got on the plane! My wife had the Down the Keys Mac&cheese and I had Dans Three Little Pigs. So - DTKM&C is out of this world. Mac with incredible cheese sauce with piles of shrimp and crawfish tails mixed in. Perfectly spiced and is there wine? Clam juice? Something familiar but subtle taking it up to another level completely. The star of my meal was three ‘pork wings’. I have never seen these before and the flavor is incredible. You have to see amd taste them for yourselves...really...get over to Darrell’s. Whether you are a local, here on vacation, or just passing through, you will not regret your decision. You may even become part of Darrel’s Nation.

Visited January 2015
— http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g34705-d4475943-Reviews-Darrell_s_Restaurant-Venice_Florida.html
Tonight we decided to eat at Darrell’s (second time for me, third for Julie), and as before, we were immediately greeted by a lovely hostess and promptly seated. Our server, Mike, was prompt at taking our drink and appetizer order, along with our meal order. The appetizer came out hot and just as I expected, with plenty of time to enjoy them prior to our entrees coming to the table. Mike returned several times to check to make certain everything was good and to ensure we did not need or want anything else to improve our dining experience. The hostess also came to the table once to make certain we were pleased with our meals and the table (we chose to eat outside).

The pulled pork (“pulled piggy”) is absolutely fantastic and the mashed potatoes are REAL. I would strongly recommend this restaurant to any and all who want a wonderful home-style meal in a family-style, friendly atmosphere with good prices. And the portions are large, just like mom used to serve.

To Darrell and the staff: thank you for the wonderful meal and the friendly staff to round out our dining experience. We will be back and we wish you all the success your efforts deserve. Please keep up the good work and tell the staff what a fantastic job they are doing.

Visited January 2015
— http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g34705-d4475943-Reviews-Darrell_s_Restaurant-Venice_Florida.html
Wow I just read my original review and see why I shouldn’t be allowed to type anything from a Smartphone. So here is what I tried to say about Darrell’s:

”I had heard the food was good and after eating there discovered that was an understatement. Pegged as southern cuisine, which in large part it is, but I’d call it mostly incredible comfort food. There is nothing out of a can here. Everything is truly homemade and even the normally overlooked Cole Slaw side was the best I’ve ever had. Not to mention the lobster mac & cheese. All fresh ingredients and nothing new age or fusion here. Simply good food and a diverse menu. Do yourself a favor any give it a try. It’s well with the trip.”

Visited November 2014
— http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g34705-d4475943-Reviews-Darrell_s_Restaurant-Venice_Florida.html
Merciful heavens.

There are BBQ joints. There are fry places. This is both. The ‘que was awesome. Melting meats. Amazing, rich mac and cheese. I had the catfish. I’ve not had it that good in decades. Great service, lovely setting. In the region once a year and I’m here to tell you, January 2016, I know where I’ll be.
— http://www.yelp.com/biz/darrells-restaurant-venice

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