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Sonny's BBQ

#565 of 3,063 Restaurants in Orlando
#634 of 3,336 Places to Eat in Orlando
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7423 South Obt, Orlando, FL 32809 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
407-859-7197
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10:45 am - 9:35 pm
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Sun - Thu 10:45 am - 9:35 pm
Fri - Sat 10:45 am - 10:05 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, 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
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Nice BBQ

The food in Sonny's BBQ is so finger-licking good and filling. There is more than enough to select from including the all-you-can-eat salad bar. Cheaper to order a group meal.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
Adeyemi B
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Lagos, Nigeria
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  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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Windsor, Canada
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328 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

All Sonny's in the chain are good places to eat but this one seems a little better. They do chicken and ribs but I would highly recommend traditional Southern BBQ, a slow cooked pulled pork sandwich with sauce. Add a few fries and you're back in the deep south.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We saw an advert for Sonnys whilst in Florida, showing their all you can eat ribs, and as we hadn't been to a rib place yet we decided to go after visiting universal as they were in similar areas. We did get a little bit lost getting there, as it is off the standard tourist trail, but it was worth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Very good restaurant reasonable prices good quality of the food will definetly come back i had the sampler with beans bbq and mac and chesse

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

We went here for dinner last night as I remember this restaurant for many years ago last time we were in Florida. What a great place to eat phenomenal barbecue delicious fresh salad bar even though we arrived an hour before closing all items are fresh and crisp. I also find the prices here very reasonable there about 35% less... More 

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Lagos, Nigeria
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

The food in Sonny's BBQ is so finger-licking good and filling. There is more than enough to select from including the all-you-can-eat salad bar. Cheaper to order a group meal.

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Timperley
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Dined here with friends - it was about 7.45pm - the place is quite big, I'd guess it can seat c 70 people, but I'd estimate there were about 25 diners when we arrived. We ordered drinks and then the entrees. The entrees arrived one meal at a time over a 25-minute period - the first was fine, but the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This Sonnys was like most. The good thing about this one was that it was clean as not all Sonnys are. The service was attentive and the food was consistent with Sonnys standards. All in all if I was in the area again I would return.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Finger licking great ribs at this chain restaurant in Orlando. There are several restaurants like this in Orlando but this one is very very good and the service is terrific too. It offers good service great food and the venue is located close to many of the local shopping attractions. Enjoy.

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

Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit, Don L! See you again soon. More 

Danbury, Connecticut
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62 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We don't have Sonny's where we live so always try to visit when we are in Florida. The food is decent quality BBQ. However, every single time we get take out they mess up our order. This time they shorted us one entire meal. We paid cash and it wasn't worth driving all the way back for a $10 refund.... More 

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

Sorry to hear you may not have had the best experience, AmyBGS. Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details and location so we can help! More 

Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I lived in Florida for a 2 years, almost 15 years ago. We moved back to the midwest, but whenever we come back, we always visit Sonny's! It doesn't matter the location, it's always good. However, this is a location that we've been to a lot, because it's relatively close to Disney/Universal and we know we can count on them... More 

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

We're lookin' forward to your next visit, juneebugg. Thanks for your great review! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7423 South Obt, Orlando, FL 32809 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Central Florida  >  Orlando
  • Phone Number: 407-859-7197

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Dining on a budget

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 - 9:35 pm
Monday
10:45 am - 9:35 pm
Tuesday
10:45 am - 9:35 pm
Wednesday
10:45 am - 9:35 pm
Thursday
10:45 am - 9:35 pm
Friday
10:45 am - 10:05 pm
Saturday
10:45 am - 10:05 pm

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