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“Always a good meal!”
Review of Sonny's BBQ

Sonny's BBQ
Ranked #116 of 425 Restaurants in Cape Coral
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Takeout
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Always a good meal!”
Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

Whether for lunch or dinner, we always gave a good meal at Sonny's. My kids, aged 12 and 13 always ask to go there when we're in the Cape. They never disappoint.

  • Visited April 2013
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Abingdon, Maryland
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Bar B Q found in Cape Coral, Fl at Sonny's”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

Sonny's is a very busy place very good for casual dining. You can get all sorts of different foods from ribs with sauce or dry rubbed. We were a party of nine, everyone left happy and stuffed. Very friendly to kids and adults. They have burgers and chicken nuggets, but the sliced pork was my favorite. Burgers run about $8, but a good BBQ meal can run about $13 to $15. Relaxed and delicious

Visited April 2013
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Cape Coral, Florida
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485 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 357 helpful votes
“Decent Barbecue, good value, service lacking”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

My wife and I tried the new location of Sonny's shortly after it opened because we knew one of the managers. We usually wait until a new restaurant has been open for a month or two before trying it to give them time to work out all the bugs, and wish we would have done that this time. The service was very poor, with the server never checking back on us or refilling our drinks, and not knowing what they had in stock or their menu items.

On our subsequent visits, we have found the service about the same - quite lacking - and have never received what we consider adequate service. However, the food is consistently good and their all you can eat specials give a good value. They continue to have difficulties with their stock, particularly with catfish, an item that I almost always order, but seldom receive because they don't order enough of it to keep it in stock. This has cost them our business, because we don't want to walk in only to find out they don't have what we want.

In terms of barbecue, their product is good, but we like Rib City better, and that really isn't saying much. Unfortunately, in our opinions, there simply are not very many good barbecue restaurants in SW Florida.

  • Visited July 2012
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Cape Coral, Florida, United States
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143 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Good BBQ in a pleasant setting.”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

We visited Sonny’s for an evening meal. Being tourist season many places are very full. Sonny’s was busy but not over crowded. We chose to be seated in the bar area in a booth. There are multiple TV’s in operation which was very nice. The closed caption was enabled which was nice in a higher noise area.

The restaurant was very clean and well maintained. Service was good with evidence of team work from all servers to get the food out hot.

The food was very good with ample portions. We chose an appetizer of Corn Nuggets to start. They came out quickly and very hot. Our main course consisted of a Pulled Pork dinner [what else to you come to a BBQ place for] and a Smoked Turkey dinner. Both were nicely done and presented. There are several sauces to choose from depending on your temperature likes.

We added the salad bar to our meal. The bar was nicely arranged and had a large selection of greens as well as egg, tuna and chicken salads available. There would be no problem with making a whole meal form the salad bar alone. Present were multiple dressings and toppings to round out your salad creation.
Nice meal in a pleasant atmosphere. Worth a try…

  • Visited February 2013
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Cape Coral, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
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“Large Portions and Reasonable Prices”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

Visited Sonnys for dinner with friends on a Saturday evening. Our table wasn't ready so we went to the bar, the bartender was probably one of the most unfriendly bartenders I have met recently. We weren't there long however and our table was ready. After reviewing the menu we ordered, the food was slow coming out and when it did it was all cold. Our waitress Jean did take the cold meals back and really did her best to make sure we were happy, once the meals came back out. Prices are reasonable and portions are large, we were all full and brought food home. The service Jean our waitress provided was excellent. The food coming out slow and cold I don't believe was in her control. I don't think we will go back, we live here and there are just so many restaurants to choose from there is no reason to go somewhere with the food is cold.

  • Visited February 2013
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