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Sonny's BBQ

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3926 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34231-3622 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
+1 941-364-5833
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Sarasota, Florida
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44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed February 10, 2016

If you love barbecue -- chicken, beef, park -- this is likely the best chain in the state. And it smells realllllly good, too. It's all smoke on the on the premeses, over real wood. There are independents here and there that are better, but Sonny's are gooood.

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Thank alfie1967a
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for the great feedback, alfie1967a! We appreciate you stoppin' by to see us and we're glad you had a great visit. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed February 2, 2016

I ordered pulled pork with two sides as a takeout lunch today and found all items to be super delicious. The pork was maybe the most tender I've ever eaten. The sweet potato was well cooked and came with cinnamon butter. The corn bread muffin was moist and tasty. I tried the sweet BBQ sauce and the mild. My personal... More 

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Thank Rasberry186
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

We're glad you had a great visit with us, Rasberry186! Thanks for stoppin' by and we hope to see you again soon for your next visit. More 

Sarasota, Florida
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176 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

I want to start off by saying their barbecue is very good. Then I'll tell you it's pretty expensive. For sides we tried their cole slaw, cornbread, au gratin potatoes and sweet potatoes. The sides were okay. The best of those were probably the au gratin potatoes. There's a potatoes tasted pretty watery. The coleslaw was just OK. And the... More 

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

Thanks for your feedback, Lorinn S. We hope we'll see you for another visit soon! More 

Sarasota, Florida
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106 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

Sonny's has been a great family restaurant for years. I hope that the Sarasota restaurant is not a indicator of other Sonny's quality standards. The service was great, the restaurant was super clean and bright, the salad bar was stocked and fresh. That's the end of a great review. We ordered a platter of the sweet and smoky spare ribs,... More 

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

We appreciate your feedback, bigfatty. If you'd like to talk to us more about how we can make things better, please email the details, location, and your contact information to Social@SonnysBBQ.com. More 

Sarasota, Florida
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45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed December 16, 2015

My husband has me hooked on their pulled chicken... so juicy and tender! Love the sticky bbq sauce its finger lickin wonderful!

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South Florida, Florida
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed November 27, 2015

We used to eat here all the time, but the quality has been dropping over the last 5 years. I have had to send back sliced beef dinner plates numerous times for too much fat and meat that should have been trimmed off. Serious cleaning needs to be done at all of the ones that I have been to lately.... More 

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

We’re sorry to hear you weren't completely satisfied during your last visit, 19florida56. Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details of your experience, your contact information, and the location you were at. We appreciate you taking the time to write your review, and we hope we can help make your next visit better! More 

Winnipeg, Canada
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101 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed November 17, 2015

You can't beat all you eat, great salad bar, pulled pork and sweet tea, at a great price, will be back.

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Thank 514dave
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback, 514dave. We can't wait to see you again! More 

Cincinnati, Ohio
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206 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed October 26, 2015

We ordered a carryout order for people on a Friday evening in October. We ordered Brisket, Ribs and Pulled Pork with sides of Cole Slaw, Macaroni and Cheese and Baked Beans. When we arrived to pick up the order the staff was great. They were very friendly and had the order together pretty quickly. The food was good but not... More 

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

Thanks for takin' the time to leave your review, cincytripper. We appreciate the feedback and hope to be seein' you again real soon. More 

Sarasota, Florida, United States
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed October 26, 2015

If you want some good food (great bbq!) and a lot of it for a low price with good service, Sonny's is it! They have an all you eat specials about 5 days a week (Pulled pork, sliced pork, St. Louis ribs,chicken) . My favorite is the bone in chicken on Sunday for $8.99. The chicken is tender and flavorful,... More 

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

Thanks for the kind word, Jana! We appreciate you takin’ the time to leave your review and hope to see you again soon! More 

Colchester, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed October 15, 2015

As regular diner's at this restaurant, we were extremely disappointed on visiting this year. After they made three attempts to serve cooked chicken - it came out partly raw with blood evident each time, we settled for an extra portion of pulled pork. Their failure with the chicken was not reflected in the check! This restaurant has deteriorated greatly in... More 

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

We’re sorry to hear you weren't completely satisfied during your last visit, James. Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details of your experience, your contact information, and the location you were at. We appreciate you taking the time to write your review, and we hope we can help make your next visit better! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$10 - $20
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Television
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
10:45 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:45 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3926 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34231-3622 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-364-5833
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.

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