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3611 US Highway 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33809-3808
+1 863-853-8283
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10:45 - 21:35
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Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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73 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Restaurant had a good selection and delicious food. The BBQ meats are tender and flavorful. Not overwhelming. Any of the sides were good too. Please stop at one location. You won't be disappointed.

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Thank CCZ_10
Lima, Peru
2 reviews
Reviewed 10 April 2017

We had a great time at Sonny's BBQ for a birthday dinner. The food was fantastic and the service was excellent. It is a good value, as well.

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Thank cradperu
Lakeland, Florida
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017

Horrible waitress, waited two hours for food and no one even apologized or tried to make things right. When we finally did get our food it was almost cold and had obviously been sitting for a while. Horrible management. - DON'T GO!!

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Thank ottoraubolt
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45 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017

Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought "dry-rub referred to the "spice and/or herb mixture that is added to foods before cooking"...NOT...the "meat" itself. Their ribs were so DRY that they "rubbed" the lining out of my stomach!!! Not only were they dry, but judging from the (Gray) "Smoke ring, they were OLD. *The Smoke Ring is the... More 

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Thank Quiet P
Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

Great service and food. After a long day at Disney and doing a college visit, this was a good place to stop.

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Thank 1Hawaii
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for takin' the time to leave your feedback, 1Hawaii. We're glad to hear you enjoyed and look forward to seein' you again real soon! More 

Lehigh Acres, Florida, USA
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Food was delicious as usual. We have been to this restaurant 3 times and glad the remodeling is complete. Very nice and food is great.

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Thank unahildar
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for takin' the time to leave your feedback, unahildar. We're glad to hear you enjoyed and look forward to seein' you again real soon! More 

Arkona, Canada
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Tried Sonny's after a day of zip lining we were both really hungry first time at this restaurant great food and the portion were quite enough we had all you can eat ribs perfect will come back and also try other Sonny's

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Thank Gerald H
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for takin' the time to leave your feedback, Gerald H. We're glad to hear you enjoyed and look forward to seein' you again real soon! More 

London, Canada
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79 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Waited 15 minutes to be even approached by a waiter. Food took another half-hour to arrive. Quality ribs. Good prices. Kitchen seemed held up by giving priority to a drive-thru area.

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Thank dhpark2016
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

We’re sorry to hear you weren't completely satisfied durin’ your last visit, dhpark2016. Please email social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details of your experience, your phone number, and the location you visited. Your feedback is important to us! More 

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80 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

I went knowing that Sonny's has very good pulled pork.. the food is fine and the gluten free menu is pitiful.... the paper they give you lists the food that have gluten and not what is free from gluten so you have to continually look back and forth from regular menu to gluten page. Service was good and most food... More 

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Thank Donna B
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thank you for reachin’ out, Donna B. We appreciate you takin' the time to leave your review and will be sure to pass this along to our team. Thanks for your feedback and we hope to see you again soon! More 

Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Went to Sonny's and got their burnt ends BBQ sandwich. It was very good. You have to ask for burnt ends, you can't find it on the menu. Best way to have brisket, in my opinion.

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Thank Jerry P
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for takin' the time to leave your feedback, Jerry P. We're glad to hear you enjoyed and look forward to seein' you again real soon! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
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
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
10:45 - 21:35
Monday
10:45 - 21:35
Tuesday
10:45 - 21:35
Wednesday
10:45 - 21:35
Thursday
10:45 - 21:35
Friday
10:45 - 22:05
Saturday
10:45 - 22:05
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3611 US Highway 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33809-3808
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Central Florida  >  Lakeland
  • Phone Number: +1 863-853-8283
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?