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Sonny’s BBQ - CLOSED

350 N Peters Rd, Knoxville, TN 37922-7508
+1 865-692-9940
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good37%
  • Average25%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
Nov 21, 2014
“Closed ”
Sep 28, 2014
“A Little Disappointing”
Restaurant Hours Closed
American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
350 N Peters Rd, Knoxville, TN 37922-7508
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31 - 40 of 43 reviews

Reviewed July 3, 2012

Bad BBQ, and bad service. I have tried it a few times to be sure, but don't you make the same mistake. Not worth giving a try

Thank joshlawn
Reviewed June 10, 2012

Stopped here for a late lunch on our way to Kodak. The food was pretty good but, more attention needs to be paid when cleaning the table. There was evidently crumbs between the wall and table which had an army ants enjoying. We were not...More

Thank judy177
Reviewed June 2, 2012

Yeah, we have been known to drive 250 miles out of our way to stop at a Sonny's, it's that good. I have stopped at Sonny's BBQ locations whenever possible since first finding them many years ago. Unfortunately, the closest one is six states away,...More

Thank UTtraveler84121
Reviewed May 29, 2012

We live over 70 miles from Knoxville, but love to stop in at Sonny's every chance we get. We've always got excellent service and the food is always great. My wife and I had to stay in Knoxville for the birth of our second baby...More

Thank lowriderman
Reviewed May 5, 2012

we came in with a large # of people. they were friendly curtious and the food was delicious

Thank charlotteann0961
Reviewed February 18, 2012

Was close to the hotel where we stayed, so gave it a try. Good service, good portions, nothing special.

Thank Bonden-in-Florida
Reviewed January 22, 2012

Not bad but you could do better in Knoxville. Good service and good price.

Thank Mike83204
Reviewed November 17, 2011

This is a big chain in the southeast. I had the brisket and it was ok, nothing to order again. My mother-in-law had the ribs and they were a far cry from fall off the bone; she was gnawing on them the whole meal. Great...More

Thank Bobkido
Reviewed November 15, 2011

Seriously, GREAT sweet iced tea! Bar-b-que was also good at reasonable prices. The gentleman who seated us was friendly and upbeat. Our server, ROBIN, was very good at her job: friendly, efficient and actually seemed to care about her customers. Only one negative: My husband...More

Thank texlove2travel
Reviewed October 13, 2011

It was OK. I did not realize that it was a chain restaurant or we would have choose a different chain. The interior could use some updating, it seemed kinda run down. Our server was friendly, prompt & helpful. The food was just OK, not...More

Thank KPat1234
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
$10 - $20
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 350 N Peters Rd, Knoxville, TN 37922-7508 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Knoxville
  • Phone Number: +1 865-692-9940
  • E-mail
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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