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Sonny's BBQ

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American, Sandwiches, Barbecue
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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 - 9:05 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:45 am - 9:05 pm
Fri - Sat 10:45 am - 9:35 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Not as Good as Jethro's

The ribs here are ok, but nowhere even close to Jethro's Ribs. If ever you get a chance to eat at a Jethro's, do it. It make all others seem like just another Rib place.

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
RussellGY
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Went to Sonny's in Eustis Fl. With 3 other family members yesterday. All of us really enjoyed our dinners. The ribs, both dry rub and sweet and spicy were the best we have ever had, very meaty and done just right. The service was excellent and the decor good for a rib joint. Will definitely return.

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Urbana, IL
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I want some delicious pork and this just was not worth it. BBQ is just hard to find in Eustis. I find the place to be a little dated. The service was fine. But, I am not sure the meat or the sauce is anything to write home about.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The ribs here are ok, but nowhere even close to Jethro's Ribs. If ever you get a chance to eat at a Jethro's, do it. It make all others seem like just another Rib place.

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Eustis, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

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

We're glad to hear you enjoyed your meal, charles b. Thanks for your feedback! More 

Eustis, Florida
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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
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54 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 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
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98 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
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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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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
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 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
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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 

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Additional Information about Sonny's BBQ

Address: 15800 Highway 441, Eustis, FL 32726 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
Phone Number: 352-589-6888
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Central Florida  >  Lake County  >  Eustis
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
Cuisine: American, Sandwiches, Barbecue

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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)  >  Central Florida  >  Lake County  >  Eustis
  • Phone Number: 352-589-6888

Price and Cuisine

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

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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?