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Sonny’s BBQ

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3177 West US Highway 90, Lake City, FL 32055 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
+1 386-752-1117
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11:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Fort White, Florida
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Love the delicious BBQ and the salad bar is excellent. Great variety; fresh and tasty. The service is about as good as the food and prices are excellent. A family favorite.

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1 Thank KoenigDLK
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57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fabulous place in a very quaint area. Our server Sadie was wonderful and a true joy to be around. We had a beef brisket flatbread that was the best. Over 100 beers and wines. Both indoor and outdoor seating. Well deserved #1 rating on TripAdvisor!

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1 Thank Rick M
San Francisco
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242 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We actually drove out of our way to try Sonny's. It was well worth it. Really excellent BBQ sandwiches. Their Sandwich meal was a very good value. Service was fast and excellent. Would recommend this to friends

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1 Thank Sue P
SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review, Sue! We hope we'll see you for another visit. More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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60 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm not sure what "chain" this belongs to but it is one of our favorite places for a stop either north or south on I-75. Every menu item I have had was great which includes pulled pork or chicken, cole slaw, and baked beans. The salad bar looks excellent as do some of the other menu items. The corn muffins... More 

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

We visited the US for a roadtrip and Lake City was our first stop after leaving the airport in Orlando. We decided to go to Sonny's BBQ for some dinner after a long flight and drive. We were warmly greeted and shown to seats right away. Out server was Ally - she's a top lass. Gave us great recommendations as... More 

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Lake City, Florida
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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

WOW, this restaurant has change from the time we went, this time they have included in the salad bar, soup and a great soup, full of meat and vegetables, fresh and cold salad, tasty too, we have the ribs for 2 for $20.99 and to our surprise is was so much that we took it home, the ribs were excellent,... More 

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Clayton, Georgia
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

This is a chain and lives up to its standards here. The food was hot, tasty and quick. The waitress was knowledgeable, friendly, and ice tea refills were quick and she gave us a large tea to go

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41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Great service. Nice and fast for a Sunday dinner hour. They still let us use the lunch menu. I had the pulled chicken and it wasn't dried out. The corn bread was also moist, more like a muffin. I passed on the crinkle fries which were frozen, not homemade.

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Magalia, United States
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

We had ribs, cole slaw, and baked beans, and came out of there with less than $50.00 for our bill, and that included drinks and our tip! The food was excellent. Would definitely recommend.

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Ligonier
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73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

WE are from IN, but we ALWAYS eat at Sonny's when we are in the south. We also tell everybody back home that if they like BBQ, stopping here is a must if they travel south. Had a GREAT waitress and all of the staff were excellent. CAN NOT wait for them to expand the north ( hint, hint!!!!)

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1 Thank horizontransport
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for the love, horizontransport! We can't wait to see you again. Hopefully we'll be more in your neighborhood in the future. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 20
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:30
Monday
11:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:30
Thursday
11:00 - 21:30
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3177 West US Highway 90, Lake City, FL 32055 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Lake City
  • Phone Number: +1 386-752-1117
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?