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Sonny's BBQ

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3926 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34231-3622 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
+1 941-364-5833
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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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Middletown, Ohio
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62 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Well done, juicy and very flavorful, in fact ranked #1 in beef sandwich. Loved it. Did not get salad bar, to pricy! Nice establishment. First time visiting Sonny's but by far not the last.

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Thank Michael T
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for takin' the time to leave your feedback, Michael T. We're glad to hear you enjoyed and look forward to seein' you again real soon! More 

Sarasota, Florida
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ordered several dishes for Super Bowl Sunday. It kept very well in cooler until we were ready to serve. Food went over extremely well and it was an easy serve and clean up.

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SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for takin' the time to leave your feedback, kemo514. We're glad to hear you enjoyed and look forward to seein' you again real soon! More 

Bradenton, Florida
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227 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Saw the ad for their smoked wings and got some today to be ready for Super Bowl Sunday ! Glad I got them today, had to try one and while they are smoked there is not any seasoning on them. Will be going to the store tomorrow to buy some wing sauce. I'll sauce them up some and do them... More 

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SonnysBBQ, General Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks! We’re glad to hear you enjoyed your visit, and we can’t wait to see you again for your next visit. More 

Sarasota, Florida
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love the ribs baby back are my favorite.. But the sauce is what makes them awesome. I also love that they leave the sauce on the table so I can add as much as I like.

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Thank pam816
Spring Hill, Florida
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177 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Slightly worn around the edges, this is a very southern restaurant with lots of comfort food. I've had the chicken at Sonny's before (different location) and it's very good. This time we ordered the ribs, baked beans, corn on the cob, salad bar, a side salad, and the redneck egg rolls. Ribs: meh, not great but decent. Beans: fine, nothing... More 

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Thank Yessyhara
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, Yessyhara. We’re always open to hearing further feedback from our guests and invite you to email us your ideas to social@SonnysBBQ.com. We look forward to speaking with you! More 

CENTRAL WI
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212 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

2 SIDES,,13,00 ,g,f, full sandwich soda,fries,,,the whole meal was good ,,butter was rock hard for muffin,,but,,i wanted wings ,,but full rack special won,,,,will go again

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Skokie, Illinois
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105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

In the few times we've eaten at Sonny's, it has been pretty good. Of our 3 meals, the pulled pork and pulled chicken got good reviews from my table mates but my brisket was really dry. All the sides were great. Hope to rate them higher if we go there again.

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Thank Steve K
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21 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

I ordered a beef brisket chopped sandwich @ 6pm. Service was fine but the beef brisket was dry and no BBQ sauce on the sandwich or offered. I had to ask for the sauce. Wanted a baked potato too. They told me it would be 20 minutes. I was tired so I said no potato. When I picked up my... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed my visit. My favorite is the sliced pork. Sonny's is the only place I can get it. It was very good as usual. Service was quick & server did a great job also

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Florida
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33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We ordered for a group of 10, so we got a good selection of items on the menu. The babyback ribs were slightly burned. Sonny's doesn't generally do babybacks that well compared to other barbeque joints I've been to. They do, however, and great pulled pork and great spareribs. I also love their fries.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Television
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Groups, Kids
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: 3926 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34231-3622 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-364-5833
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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