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“Good value, not so great taste”
Review of Sonny's BBQ

Sonny's BBQ
Ranked #336 of 1,043 Restaurants in Sarasota
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.
Ottawa, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Good value, not so great taste”
Reviewed March 19, 2014

Lots of food for the money, but the flavour wasn't what we were hoping for. Two of our party had the Sonny's Sampler which was an assortment of BBQ specialties but they both found the chicken too dry to eat. Tons of food for the price, so if you're hungry and not picky about fantastic flavour, go for it. Casual spot, nice service, and a lot of people seemed to be enjoying the food so maybe we just ordered the wrong food? Wouldn't rush back for sure but can't say it was the worst experience ever.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank snadyc
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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review, March 24, 2014
Snadyc, thank you for your review. We're sorry to hear that your party's meals were not up to expectations. Please let us help! Send us an email at Social@SonnysBBQ.com with further details about your experience, including the location, so that we can address the issues you had encountered. We would greatly appreciate your feedback and hope that you can give us another chance!
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Albany, New York
Level 6 Contributor
444 reviews
296 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Nice For Casual dining”
Reviewed February 25, 2014 via mobile

Sonny' s is consistently good although the all you can BBQ chicken was a little dry. Everyone else loved their meals, especially the brisket. The sides were ample but the steamed veggies can be overdone. Good value for the price and the service comes with a smile.

Visited February 2014
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Thank sheilal921
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Lemont, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
703 reviews
250 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
“"Good food, good value, good service"”
Reviewed February 5, 2014

This visit, we tried the dinner for two in the menu having ribs, and choice of three sides. We chose french fries, beans and coleslaw. The sides were all very good, but the ribs were a little dry, good but probably too overcooked. Usually the longer ribs are cooked, they fall off the bone, but these, I don't know. I thought the value was very good, as we noticed others around, ordering the same deal. Service was very good, pleasant and efficient. We would return and maybe try something different next time, the prices are reasonable.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank sandra n
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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review, February 10, 2014
Sandra N, thank you for the great review. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed our service and sides for your meal for two but sorry to hear that your ribs was not up to expectations. Please send us an email at Social@SonnysBBQ.com with further details about your experience, including the location, so that we can address the issues you had encountered. We would greatly appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon!
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Decatur, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“baby backs awesome”
Reviewed December 31, 2013

Now this place was my and one of my 3 daughters favorite
restaurants
in Sarasota area
good food flavour and service
even gave to go cups
4 diffent flavours of sauce for mild to somewhat hot
nothing extreme though
my kids eat several gallons of the sweet sauce in a years time
on brisket at home

Visited December 2013
Helpful?
Thank tsbails1
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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review, January 3, 2014
Tsbails1, thank you for the great review! We're glad to hear that you and your family love our BBQ and sweet sauce. We appreciate your feedback and support!
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Sarasota, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
137 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Not Fancy, Not Expensive, Good Value”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

I had the combo platter and it was enough for two meals. The beers are huge, cold and plentiful. The prices are very good and the service was very fast. When you want BBQ without the Glitz and high price of the fancy places, but with all the flavor and value of a home-town shop, this is the place. The staff are attentive and there is rarely a wait.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank WizardofSarasota
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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
WizardofSarasota, thank you for your review. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed the combo platter and the service you received from your recent visit with us. We are open to any suggestions or comments you may have on our restaurant. If you would like to share your ideas, please email us at Social@SonnysBBQ.com. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon!
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