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Sonny’s BBQ

1001 Center Dr, Richmond, KY 40475-3838
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good38%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“pulled pork” (17 reviews)
“baked beans” (9 reviews)
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American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1001 Center Dr, Richmond, KY 40475-3838
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've never got a bad meal there… And service is always been top notch. Delicious food! And the restaurant is always clean and orderly.

Thank Yvette5555
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good food and services. Definitely a gray place for BBQ also have beef brisket also have children's meals

Thank SM584
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed Sonnys. Despite arriving on a Friday night at dinner time we were promptly seated. The staff was great. Very few beers available but I can get over that. The chicken and ribs were excellent and I loved sampling the different BBQ sauces available....More

Thank HappyTamandua
Reviewed 11 August 2017

St Louis Ribs and other main courses are available for about 3.00 more as an all you can eat option. That puts the price of Ribs at about 15.99 all you can eat. In comparison I just got done paying 12.99 in Alabama for 1...More

Thank Bob_Swingin
SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

Bob_Swingin, thank you for your kind words! We’re glad to hear Jeff took great care of you durin’ your last visit. We appreciate you taking the time to write your review and hope you’ll stop by next time you're in town.

Reviewed 5 August 2017

My friend has lived in Richmond, KY, and brought me to Sonny's for lunch. Oh my gosh! I enjoy a good pulled pork sandwich, but this one is the best I have ever had, and that is saying a lot. Tender, juicy, seasoned just right,...More

Thank kanga1342
SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

Thanks for takin' the time to leave your feedback, Kanga1342. We're glad to hear you enjoyed and look forward to seein' you again real soon!

Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Sonny's almost always has great service and great food. This was just bad timing, the service was not what it usually is and she never came back to check on us.

Thank August1322
Reviewed 10 July 2017

The salad bar is very good for lunch. You can get in and out very quickly. The service at this restaurant is outstanding!

1  Thank Tanya M
Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

The $14 all-you-can-eat rib plate is the best. When you go don't fill up on a lot of bread or things like that eat the ribs for 15 bucks you can't beat the deal. The restaurant is a little dirty but it's an old southern...More

Thank jmac33
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

Having been to Sonnys a few times I knew Ribs were great. I ordered ribs plus a salad bar. By the time they brought my plate for salad, the ribs were right behind maybe 2 minutes. I should have advised to hold food and let...More

Thank Thomas C
SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2017

Thank you for reachin’ out, Thomas C. We appreciate you takin' the time to leave your review and will be sure to pass this along to our team. Thanks for your feedback and we hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

Searched for restaurants while driving through Kentucky, Siri told me about Sonnys and led me here. It was busy for after church lunch so I sat in the bar. I bet I had my food within 3 minutes of ordering. Had the pulled pork plate...More

Thank Don B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:45 - 21:35
10:45 - 21:35
10:45 - 21:35
10:45 - 21:35
10:45 - 21:35
10:45 - 22:05
10:45 - 22:05
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1001 Center Dr, Richmond, KY 40475-3838 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Richmond
  • Phone Number: +859-624-4499
  • E-mail
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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