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Sonny's BBQ

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109 N Plaza Dr, Nicholasville, KY 40356-2505 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
+859-887-0021
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11:00 - 21:00
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Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Kentucky
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54 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love going to Sonny's and always order the Family Feast. This gives us enough food for our whole family at an affordable price. If you're not sure if the family feast is enough for your family, just add an extra pound or half pound of ribs on the side! There is a nice sized salad bar that always looks... More 

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

Thank you for your great review, Sharon W! We’re glad to hear you enjoyed your family feast, and we can’t wait to see you again for your next visit. More 

Nicholasville
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

The BBQ is a good diversion from other local fare. Get two Big deals for under $20. No matter which meat you choose, it is yummy.

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

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

Prescott Valley, Arizona
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116 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

This was our first visit to Sonny's and they did not disappoint. This is an excellent place for smoked BBQ. We got in a little early, so the service as very fast. I had the Short Ribs and my wife had the Sampler Platter. We could smell the smoke flavoring right away. Everything was tender and had great flavor. The... More 

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

Thank you for your great review, Rick C! We’re glad to hear you enjoyed your short ribs, and we can’t wait to see you again for your next visit. More 

Elizabethtown, Kentucky
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 12 February 2017

This Sonny's location is one of our favorites. We've hit all the Sonny's that we know of along our route from Kentucky to Naples, Florida, and have never been disappointed, but this one is one of the best. We made a special trip over to Nicholasville to try their pulled or sliced special. Sliced is okay, but pulled is still... More 

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Thank grams1819
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for takin' the time to leave your feedback, grams1819. We're glad to hear you enjoyed and look forward to seein' you again real soon! More 

Rineyville, Kentucky
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39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

We LOVE Sonny's! We have been coming here for years, and it's our favorite BBQ place. The food is wonderful, and the service is excellent. Today we our waitress was in training, but she was also very good. Can't say anything about the desserts, because we've never tried them. Always too full from the meal. If you haven't tried it,... More 

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Louisville
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016

Made my annual trip to Sonny's for sliced pork on garlic toast. Always an EXCELLENT adventure. Fries and beans were also excellent this year. Purchased a pound of sliced pork and an order of garlic bread to go. Was GREAT as leftovers. Waitress was wonderful . . . wish I remembered her name!! Thanks.

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Thank Kim S
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61 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

We were hungry and looking for a good restaurant when we found this one. We had delicious chicken and ribs. The sides, baked potato, green beans, slaw and baked beans were very good.

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

We’re glad to hear you enjoyed your chicken and ribs during your visit, Ronald. Thanks for writin’ your review. See you again soon! More 

Nevada
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132 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Good not great pulled pork, beans, cornbread muffins and appetizer. I have been stopping in here every few years and it seems like it has slipped a little each time.

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Cynthiana, Kentucky
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34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

The food was hot and the barbecue sauce was the best I have found in Kentucky. The staff are very friendly and extremely polite. Had been wanting to try sonnys for sometime and am so glad we finally did. We live about 45 min to an hour away and we have been twice in the last 2 weeks if that... More 

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Louisville
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016

Stop in every chance we get. Make pork sandwiches on the texas toast. Yummmm. Always get good service and good food.

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

Thanks for the kind words, Kim! We're glad to hear you always enjoy your visits, and we hope we'll see you again soon. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 109 N Plaza Dr, Nicholasville, KY 40356-2505 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Nicholasville
  • Phone Number: +859-887-0021
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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