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Sonny's BBQ

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American, Sandwiches, Barbecue, Family Fare
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4731 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL 34606
352-597-3322
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11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 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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  • 43
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice BBQ for Area

Food is reasonavle.. portions are smal l though.. but.. they do have a killer salad bar.. we go there sometimes just for it. Servers are attentive for the oat part.. need to get there early evening or expect to wait..

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
Mike B
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Weeki Wachee, Florida
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  • Families with children
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Weeki Wachee, Florida
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Food is reasonavle.. portions are smal l though.. but.. they do have a killer salad bar.. we go there sometimes just for it. Servers are attentive for the oat part.. need to get there early evening or expect to wait..

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Guildford
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41 reviews 41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Such a cool place. Great service, good portions sizes, amazing rainbow cake and more monkey nuts than you could ever need

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Tampa, Florida, United States
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I don't eat bbq often but if I do, this is the best place around here. The food tastes great, tons of it, nice waitstaff, fast, good prices.

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Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Stopped in for a late lunch before going fishing. Good BBQ flavor. Food was good. Service was fair. Not many people in the restaurant but slow service...very slow.

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

Thanks for your feedback, Hockeygroom. We hope you'll come back and see us again soon! More 

Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

The one the thing I can say about this chain that not all are created equal. I have eaten at several Sonny's through out the state and find this one to be one of the best. The food is cooked as Sonny did when he started Sonny's in Gainesville. The attention to detail results in consistently above average tasting barbecue.... More 

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brookhaven
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41 reviews 41 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Ever since pit boss bbq left spring hill there has been a void in the bbq department. sonnys doesnt smell or taste like real bbq. i want to like it but every visit leaves me disappointed. their salad bar is a complete rip off!! I can't recommend this restaurant. try big ums up the road..its not spectacular but its cheaper... More 

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

Sorry to hear that, chillin73. Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details and location from your visit so we can make things better. More 

Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Took the family here while staying in FL, they were short staffed and we had to wait and wait and wait..,if you have kids you know what that is like. Ribs were good. We're gonna say that maybe we just picked a bad night because they were very busy which means they must do well.

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

Thanks for your feedback, Dawn J. We hope we'll see you for another visit soon. More 

Spring Hill, Florida
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We have been going to Sonny's for many years and the quality of the product is gone down in the prices keep going up. Be careful what time you order your food, at lunch the food always seems to be dried out. The salad bar nothing like it used to be seems that a lot of the stuff is very... More 

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

Sorry to hear this, Susan and Ray M. Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details and location from your experience so we can help! More 

Southold, New York
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

My husband and I like this place. We usually get the Red Neck Eggrolls for a appetizer they are awesome!!! My husband has tried many things and usually always likes what he gets. Sometimes they have a "all you can eat ribs" my husband says the 1st serving is the best the 2nd is ok by the 3rd they're crap... More 

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

Glad to hear you enjoyed your meal, Tracy B. Come back soon! More 

Duluth, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I heard they had a salad bar and this is a first visit for me. It wasnt good. The restaurant needs a good cleaning and the salad bar is something I wouldn't even put in front of my family. Its just thrown together. Not very pretty to look at, and I don't know how they can even call it a... More 

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We're sorry to hear this, Thefourgirls. Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details and location so we can help. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4731 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL 34606
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Spring Hill
  • Phone Number: 352-597-3322

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
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm

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