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Sonny's BBQ - CLOSED

2401 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33612-8409
+1 813-933-9093
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Overview
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good22%
  • Average9%
  • Poor22%
  • Terrible16%
Feb 25, 2015
“Too Much Fat and Gristle”
Feb 23, 2015
“Good food, good service, but...”
Restaurant Hours Closed
CUISINES
American, Barbecue
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
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LOCATION
2401 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33612-8409
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Reviewed February 25, 2015

Have been eating Sonny's BBQ for many years. Wife and I both experienced some of the worst ever. Even the fries were a little off--not very warm. Whoever was pulling the pork can't say he/she was distracted..one of my parts was cut from a bigger...More

Thank NWATravelers1000
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded February 27, 2015

We're sorry to hear you feel this way, NWATravelers1000. We'd like to hear more about your experience so we can make things better. Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with your contact information and the details from your experience. We appreciate your feedback, and we hope you'll give...More

Reviewed February 23, 2015

This is the second visit in a row that we have been greeted with a list of foods the restaurant is out of. It was a Sunday evening, and weekends can be busy, but it seems inventory control needs some work if they run out...More

Thank Paula S
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded February 27, 2015

We're sorry to hear you've been disappointed during your recent visits, Paula S. Let us help - please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with your contact information and the details from your experience. We appreciate your feedback, and we hope to hear more from you.

Reviewed January 5, 2015

This was good barbecue, I had the new gun sandwich and it was delicious. My server Patty was attentive without being pushy. Sonny's is less than a quarter mile from the amusement park, Busch Gardens, and has much better and much much cheaper barbecue then...More

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Reviewed November 20, 2014

Great service and delicious food. When I was in the area I always enjoyed getting the all you can eat BBQ and sides, deeelicious, it became addictive!!

Thank UNSEEN01
SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded November 24, 2014

Thank you for your great review, UNSEEN01! We’re glad to hear you enjoyed your meal, and we can’t wait to see you again for your next visit.

Reviewed October 10, 2014 via mobile

Ate here for lunch one weekend. It is an older Sonny's location and is in need of some remodeling. Wanted the salad bar but it had several items empty and looked like no one was taking care of it. They appeared to be short staffed....More

Thank Mark0076
SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2014

Mark0076 - We're sorry to hear your last visit was no exceptional! Let us help. Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with more details about your experience, your contact information, and the location you were at (Busch Blvd.) so we can look further into the situation and try...More

Reviewed August 28, 2014

Place wasn't busy at all. The server was friendly and check on us often. Went here with a group of people after a visit to Adventure Island. Pros - Good service, large portions and good price. Cons - Flies all over the place, meat had...More

Thank Jonathan C
SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded September 2, 2014

Jonathan C, thank you for your review. We're sorry to hear that you saw flies at this location and that the meat had no flavor. Please allow us to help! Email us at Social@SonnysBBQ.com with details about your order, including the location, so that we...More

Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

People may not be aware this Sonny's closed temporarily in May 2014 for egregious violations (i.e. roaches in the smoker, etc.). Visited for 25 years but will NEVER return. Feels as if my family has been betrayed. Please think twice before stopping.More

Thank Robert M
SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2014

Robert M, thank you for your review. We're so sorry to hear that you will not be returning to this location. We highly appreciate your feedback and always look for ways we can improve. Send us an email at Social@Sonnysbbq.com with these details, including the...More

Reviewed August 9, 2014

Don't plan on asking for any alterations to the menu, not at this restaurant. I ask for okra as my side with a sandwich, I expected to pay the difference for an up-graded side, I do this all the time at my regular Sonny's. Not...More

Thank mmcreative
SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2014

Mmcreative, we're so sorry to hear that your service was not exceptional. Please help us make it better! Send us an email at Social@Sonnysbbq.com with these details, including the location, so that we can address the issues. Your feedback is important to us and would...More

Reviewed April 27, 2014

Excellent value, good food, friendly staff, very clean restaurant, excellent prices, I had a huge plate of food including, 2 quarters of chicken, 10 slices of beef, 10 slices of pork, french fries, 2 corn dogs, 2 chunky spare ribs, coleslaw, and all you can...More

Thank 24,411,272
SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded April 30, 2014

24411272, thank you for your review. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed our great value and service. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed April 8, 2014

Sonny's always has good barbque; pork, beef or chicken. I had the new Carolina pork sandwich this trip - cole slaw on top of pulled pork on garlic bread. I really enjoyed it. In a party of 6 and everyone enjoyed their meals

Thank Robert L
SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded April 30, 2014

Robert L, thank you for your review. We're glad to hear that you and your party enjoyed our BBQ! We appreciate your support and hope to see you all again soon!

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Restaurant Details

Average prices
$10 - $20
Cuisine
Good for
Families with children
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
10:45 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
10:45 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2401 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33612-8409 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-b-q)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: +1 813-933-9093
  • E-mail
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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