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Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse

#413 of 2,950 Restaurants in Dallas
#445 of 3,225 Places to Eat in Dallas
Certificate of Excellence
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Northwest Dallas-love Field
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2202 Inwood Rd, Dallas, TX 75235-7321
(214) 357-7120
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10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner

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  • 88
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  • 98
    Very good
  • 50
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good combo plate

The thing about Sonny Bryan is that you can get really good BBQ or it can be outstandingly bad, dry and flavorless. The trick, I think, is to go when it is busy so the chances of getting stale food is less. This trip I went with a colleague for lunch and it was a good experience. I got 1/2... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
russkwtx
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Dallas, Texas
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The thing about Sonny Bryan is that you can get really good BBQ or it can be outstandingly bad, dry and flavorless. The trick, I think, is to go when it is busy so the chances of getting stale food is less. This trip I went with a colleague for lunch and it was a good experience. I got 1/2... More 

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Oak Park
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38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I was directed to this place by the concierge at my hotel. Very disappointing. The food was disappointing. I had the Rib Dinner. I would not go back here again.

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Mansfield, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Had friends from Jersey and Oklahoma in town looking to try some Texas BBQ; we were all sorely disappointed. The ribs were over-cooked and dry, the brisket was so dry that bbq sauce couldn't even help it, and the mac and cheese might as well have been Kraft. Two of us didn't even eat the food. I wanted dessert, but... More 

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Victoria, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

For a place as highly recommended as this one, I had some higher expectations. I ate the chopped beef sandwich. It was decent, but it was only saved by their delicious sauce. Crowded and hot is what you will get from this place.

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Annandale, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Sonny Bryan's is definitely worth doing one time. The tea was great. The coleslaw was among the best I've had. The meats were OK, though, and that was about it. I was disappointed with the sausage. The ham wasn't smoky enough (it was, however, really juicy - it's easy to dry a ham out when you barbecue it). Sonny's has... More 

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Faribault, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Went their for some good ol BBQ. Was not disappointed. The restaurant has 2 sections, where you order, and where you eat. You can sit and eat in the order section if you have a smaller group. Upon entering the restaurant, you can tell they have been doing this for a while. The aroma of BBQ is and will always... More 

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virginia beach
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

sonnys on Inwood Road is the only one to go to. The others are just imitators I last ate here 35 years ago and I' happy to say they haven't changed a thing. Don't mess with absolute perfection. Best onion rings in the world. Best BBQ ever. Only reason I'd ever go back to Dallas again If they mailed to... More 

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Teignmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Having just arrived in Dallas we fancied some typical "Texan" food and hotel staff recommended this restaurant as the "chain" started in Dallas and prepared good BBQ food. The staff seemed badly organised with somebody seating us, another bringing a menu, a third taking our drink order (then forgetting it) and finally our waitress who was only really interested in... More 

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Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

We were looking for some good Texas barbecue on our last night in Dallas. Someone at our hotel recommended Sonny's as the best barbecue around. The meal was so disappointing that I wished we had just gone down the block to TGI Friday's instead. The server was very friendly, but it was downhill after that. We were seated in the... More 

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Marble Falls, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Picking up a car up the street.....my associate is a BBQ hound, so we just had to stop, I probably messed up by getting a pulled pork sandwich, it was very good, not as large as I expected, and I have had better, but it was good and the place is unique and iconic, my friend got a sliced beef... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2202 Inwood Rd, Dallas, TX 75235-7321
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Dallas>  > Northwest Dallas-love Field
  • Neighborhood: Northwest Dallas-love Field
  • Phone Number: (214) 357-7120

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm

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