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Sonny's BBQ

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American, Sandwiches, Barbecue, Family Fare
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15800 Highway 441, Eustis, FL 32726 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
352-589-6888
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10:45 am - 9:35 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:45 am - 9:05 pm
Fri - Sat 10:45 am - 9:35 pm
Dining options: Takeout
Description: In 1968, we were just a local BBQ joint in Gainesville, Florida. Today...
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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Good for:
Families with children

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  • 13
    Excellent
  • 10
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
A Good Meal And Celiac-Friendly

I had no idea this place had so MANY items that didn't contain gluten. Since we have a celiac, we often find this a necessity. We were in town for dinner and got a "feast for four". The ribs were just ok. A bit too heavy on the liquid smoke flavoring in my opinion. The sliced pork was really... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
charles b
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Eustis, Florida
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Takeout
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34 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Eustis, Florida
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

I had no idea this place had so MANY items that didn't contain gluten. Since we have a celiac, we often find this a necessity. We were in town for dinner and got a "feast for four". The ribs were just ok. A bit too heavy on the liquid smoke flavoring in my opinion. The sliced pork was really tasty... More 

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Eustis, Florida
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Menu provides variety to satify both of us. Quanity right for us old folks. Food always good regrdless of what we select. Again, bathrooms needed attention!!

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

Thanks for your feedback, Herbert Scott S. We hope we'll see you again soon. More 

Okahumpka
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

On our way out of town and never been to this location before. We visited at 11:30 am and the place was pretty busy. Our waitress Shamika was very friendly and a good server. We had the big deal, my pork was so lean, fresh and nice and hot, my husbands Brisket sandwich was the same. If your looking for... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback, RobbinJim. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your meal, and we can't wait to see you again! More 

tangerine
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

have eaten here many times but today the food was so good and the service so pleasant I just had to write. first the sweet tea is perfect every time and they even give you one for the road if you ask.. on that same note the bathrooms were very clean. Red neck egg rolls a newer item is so... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time to write your review, jimmysgirl01! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit, and we hope we'll see you again soon. More 

Tavares, Florida, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

The service is very good and quick, We enjoyed the Ribs as well as the chicken. It was delicious. The sides are plentiful.

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

Thanks for writing your review, Beatrice B! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your Ribs and chicken, and we hope we'll see you again soon. More 

Ohio
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The HUMONGOUS glasses are just nuts ! I created my own sample plate so I could try the brisket, sausage and pulled pork. 4 stars for the Sausage. 3 stars for the Pulled Pork. 1 star for the nasty, chewy and tough chopped bits of brisket. Absolutely the worst brisket I've had in an long time. Mentioned the horrible brisket... More 

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

We're sorry to hear you weren't completely satisfied with your visit, 2bluewater. We'd like to try to make things better - please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details from your experience and your contact information. We appreciate your feedback, and we hope to hear more from you. More 

Eustis, Florida
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

I love their salad bar and their menu selection is great. Their sauce is good and there is nothing to complain about Sonny's.

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

Debby P, thank you for the great 5 star review. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed our salad bar and BBQ sauces. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon! More 

Eustis, Florida
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We just went here for our first...and last time. We had super fast service, large portions but we were not impressed. The food was bland and had little taste. I had the pork and it was just a pile of bland, dry meat. The ribs were more gristle than meat. We didn't eat the salad bar, but it looked like... More 

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

Emily B, thank you for your review. We're so sorry to hear that your meal on your recent visit was not up to expectations. Please let us help! Send us an email at Social@SonnysBBQ.com with these details, along with the location you visited, so that we can address the issues you had encountered. We would greatly appreciate your feedback and... More 

Buckhannon, West Virginia
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

We have never had a bad meal at this chain of restaurants and believe me, we have eaten at many of them in different states. Always clean, reasonable priced, big servings, specials each day, clean restrooms - what more do you need?

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

Susie1942, thank you for the great review. We're glad to hear that you're a fan of our BBQ and appreciate your support. We hope to see you again soon for more of your BBQ favorites! More 

Tavares, Florida, United States
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is a typical Sonny's Barbeque restaurant, but the seating service is terrible. You can stand there for a long time watching servers walk by with no one to seat you. Hey Sonny's Eustis, how about hiring someone to seat us!

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

Phillip K, thank you for your review. We're so sorry to hear that you were not seated in a timely manner. Please send us an email at Social@SonnysBBQ.com with further details, including the location, so that we can address this issue. We would greatly appreciate your feedback and hope that you can give us another chance to make it right! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 15800 Highway 441, Eustis, FL 32726 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Eustis
  • Phone Number: 352-589-6888

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Sandwiches, Barbecue, Family Fare

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:45 am - 9:05 pm
Monday
10:45 am - 9:05 pm
Tuesday
10:45 am - 9:05 pm
Wednesday
10:45 am - 9:05 pm
Thursday
10:45 am - 9:05 pm
Friday
10:45 am - 9:35 pm
Saturday
10:45 am - 9:35 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?