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Sonny's BBQ

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3611 US Highway 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33809-3808
+1 863-853-8283
10:45 - 22:05
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41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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 

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 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Is always good to eat here and the one in Haines City is also great. I love ribs, and these guys always satisfy my crush. Even for lunch is worthy...OH! and for take out. We like the family deal for $42 eat at least 5 people. Try the corn bread. To die for!

Thank Betsy Ann L
SonnysBBQ, General Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

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

Lakeland, Florida
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

This restaurant is very close to where we live. We had passed it many times, but never stopped. Friends of ours recently moved to Lakeland, and we decided to go to Sonny's.We were not disappointed. We got there around 5 pm, and were like the 3rd table there. By the time we left, around 6:15, the place was full. Guess... More 

Thank Cheryl B
New York City, New York
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432 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Had a late dinner here on a Thursday night just before New Year's. Standard Sonny's menu and pricing, as well as the decor and atmosphere in the restaurant. The quality and taste of the food itself was even better than the usually yummy Sonny's experience. The BBQ tasted absolutely delicious, was served to me hot and very juicy and well... More 

Thank William J
Wilmington, Ohio
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

I hadn't ever eaten at a Sonny's before, but saw many in the area. Our drink glasses were HUGE so we didn't need many refills. My dad thought the portions were small. I agree for the price, but not for the size of a meal. I still had plenty of leftovers when finished. We all enjoyed our food and having... More 

Thank Krista V
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

I realize this is a chain and the food is fairly uniform, but this Sonny's is a better one than others we have tried. We like the food here, but the best thing is that the food has been consistently good time after time. There has been a new manager in the last few years and he has made some... More 

Thank Tom B
Lakeland, Florida
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

3. strikes and your out. I've tried this Sonny's location 3 times over a few month's. The ribs are not done enough, certainly not close to fall off the bone. Pulled pork is dry and not much flavor. Just not good, considering their are several other BarBQ places in town that are much better. Drive a 1/4 mile further north... More 

Thank Dean C
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53 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

I have always loved Sonny's, but it's been a few years since I've lived in the area. The prices are good, the selection is more than satisfactory, and the consistency is on point. I paid $13.49 for an all you can eat pulled pork dinner with two sides and corn bread, and was stuffed after the first round. The 4... More 

Thank Tayandlaura
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

This is your standard Sonnys and the food was ok. Boy was it dirty though. I heard they just remodeled so maybe they stirred up bugs because they were everywhere.

Thank J Matthew W
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for bringin’ this to our attention, Matthew. Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details of your experience, along with your contact information and the location you were at. We do appreciate your feedback, and we’d like to make sure your next visit is better. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 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
Kids, Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:45 - 21:35
10:45 - 21:35
10:45 - 21:35
10:45 - 21:35
10:45 - 21:35
10:45 - 22:05
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
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?