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Sonny's BBQ

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15412 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618-1821 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
+1 813-960-3595
11:00 - 22:00
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63 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First I'm disappointed to find out that all you can eat has been removed for sliced beef only. Next my son ordered a water and waitress brought him a coke and said it was free. Another waitress had to bring him a water. Ordered an appetizer and it came after we were about finished with our meal. I think there... More 

Thank JoeLeo237
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thank you for bringin’ this to our attention, JoeLeo237. Please email social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details of your experience, along with your phone number and the location you were at. We would greatly appreciate your feedback. More 

Tampa, Florida
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

Sonny's has always been our go to place for BBQ. Tonight is was very disappointing. Service was very slow. We waited for almost 10 minutes before our drink orders were taken. I ordered a beef brisket sandwich and my husband the beef brisket plate. The beef on both plates was more fat than meat and what meat there was, was... More 

Thank hme357
SonnysBBQ, General Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

We’re very sorry to hear you were disappointed with your last visit. We’d like to try to make things better—please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details, location, and you phone number so our CS team can reach out. More 

Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, United States
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80 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

You can't go wrong with the food. They seemed to be having issues getting food out of the kitchen. When management takes your drink order they may understand the need for more help. I understand BBQ is slow cooked, but it doesn't need to be slow served.

Thank Jeff H
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

If you are looking for a place to get your order wrong every time you go then this is the place for you. I have given this place several chances, but I won't be anymore. Today, the food was so dry it was uneatable. Literally every time I have gone, my order has been wrong. As frustrating as this is,... More 

Thank ajc315
Tampa, Florida
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

My sister and I ate there this week. They allowed us to get the children's meal, which was ample food. We even had left overs! The iced tea is delicious. Full size side of baked beans. Wonderful coleslaw. We had a great server also. And other than a small piece of fat in my pulled pork it was trimmed nicely... More 

Thank Marcella727
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed it, Marcell727! Hope we'll see you for another visit soon. More 

Odessa, Florida
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69 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

On a rather regular basis we stop by for a good and quick lunch at the Sonny's on N Dale Mabry. Food is always good and service friendly. Especially like the salad bar option when in a hurry. Selection is very good and always fresh. Soups are always wonderful and I would tell you do not miss out on the... More 

Thank mike s
Tampa, Florida
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

I order take out from this sonny's every other or every third month. It's consistent and it's good...its Sonny's they have it figured out, I've never gone wrong with them. This visit I decided to try their new Redneck Eggrolls which is pulled pork, Cole slaw and jack cheese in an egg roll wrapping, fried. These are all things I... More 

Thank ItsMeAlex
Tampa, Florida
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86 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

It is nice to see that a chain like Sonny's keeps its standards and quality up there year after year. The service is friendly, the food always good american BBQ and when they run their specials a super value. If you order the AYCE you really get "All" that you can eat and can;t ever say you walked away hungary.

Thank Madmac007
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

This makes us happy to hear, Madmac007! Thanks for the great review. We hope to see you again soon for another visit! More 

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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2016

I have visited Sonny's all over, this one was my least favorite. The Sliced Pork I had was cut much thicker than any other Sonny's I've ever been to, in addition the meat was quite fatty. Service was good.

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

We’re sorry to hear you weren't completely satisfied during your last visit, Alan M. Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details of your experience, your contact information, and the location you were at. We appreciate you taking the time to write your review, and we hope we can help make your next visit better! More 

Sydney, Australia
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102 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2016

Been here a few times but after our last visit we preferred elsewhere. Food is ok, great for ribs and excellent service. A place for big eaters.

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SonnysBBQ, Hi everyone! The advertising agency I work for is looking for some people in the Orlando area to share their opinions ab at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback, scarab666! We hope we'll see you again soon. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15412 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618-1821 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: +1 813-960-3595
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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