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Sonny’s BBQ

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$$ - $$$
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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
11:00 - 21:30
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Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I would rather drive 60 miles to go to this location rather than Jacksonville until last night. We went and the waitress did fine but we started off with fried pickles that were $4.99 and got a very small quantity of them. Took a bite and they were tasteless even dipping them in ranch. We ordered our... More 

Thank Shelly P
SonnysBBQ, General Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this review

We’re sorry to hear you weren't satisfied during your last visit, Shelly. Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details your phone number, and the location you were at. We appreciate you takin’ the time to write your review, and we hope we can help make your next visit better! More 

Lake City, Florida
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place is located close to the interstate which makes it convenient for locals and travelers. The building is good size so waiting is not an issue. The seats are comfortable and are roomy. The place was recently remodel and looks even better inside and out. I believe this place offers one of the better salad bars also in Lake... More 

1 Thank Jackie B
SonnysBBQ, General Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks, Jackie! We’re glad to hear you enjoyed your visit, and we can’t wait to see you again for your next visit. More 

Jamestown, Tennessee
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

HI, I rate this Sonny's excellent as the food, quality, cost, and staff were just amazing. My wife had Babyback Ribs and I had the Brisket for Dinner. We ate in and was a nice environment, Great Food, and our Waitress was just perfect. Kept all filled up for drinks but not bothering. Cant get any better than this.

2 Thank David P
Sevierville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Damara was our waitress on this visit to the Sonny's restaurant. She gave us friendly and fast service with a smile and struck up a pleasant conversation with us. She was great! The food was perfect!

2 Thank Amber R
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this review

We’re glad to hear Damara took great care of you during your last visit, Amber R. We appreciate you takin' the time to write your review and hope you’ll stop by again soon! More 

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 4 weeks ago

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.

1 Thank KoenigDLK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 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!

1 Thank Rick M
San Francisco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

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

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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63 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

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 

1 Thank Kathy C
Scotland, United Kingdom
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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 

1 Thank Katie T
Lake City, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
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
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?