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Sonny’s BBQ

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1001 Center Dr, Richmond, KY 40475-3838 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
10:45 - 21:35
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 10:45 - 21:35
Fri - Sat 10:45 - 22:05
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Heartfelt service and delicious food. In state travelers seem to make this a particular destination.

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

Thanks,Christopher R! We’re glad to hear you enjoyed your visit, and we can’t wait to see you again soon! More 

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155 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place has the best bar-b-que anywhere! I love their ribs, burgers, red-neck egg rolls, pulled pork sandwiches, creamy cole slaw and Sonny's baked beans are legendary! YUM!

Thank BadNews1320
Lexington, Kentucky
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217 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sonny's is a popular BBQ in Richmond. Right across from Krogers off the bypass. Always a friendly staff and lots of choices on bbq. Plus a big salad bar. The place is very clean and food comes out quickly.

Thank Don M
Bluffton, South Carolina
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221 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

The hotel clerk where we were staying recommended Sonny's and we are really glad she did. I had the combo dinner with a scoop of pulled pork, chicken thigh & drumstick, 3 slices of brisket and 3 pork ribs. I chose the max& cheese and BBQ beans as my 2 sides - all for $15.99. The brisket was so tender,... More 

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

Thanks for takin' the time to write your review, bunnyyoop! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and that Samantha took good care of you. See you again soon! More 

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60 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

We catered an event for about 190 people. The staff was SO professional, helpful and attentive. The food was amazing! Everyone loved everything! Very generous portions! Took our leftovers to our daughter and son in laws workplaces.

Thank Mommabell
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

The atmosphere was fun. Our waitress was pleasant and friendly. Fast service. We did not have to wait long at all for our food to come out. Which was great because we were hungry after hiking all day. The pulled pork was delicious. Best mac and cheese. Barbecue backed beans very tasty.

Thank Stephenie B
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this review

We’re glad to hear you enjoyed our pulled pork and mac and cheese during your visit, Stephenie B. Thanks for writin’ your review. See you again soon! More 

Richmond, Kentucky
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36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Wanted something better than fast food. Used drive thru to get a meal that ended up a lot more expensive than fast food but worse quality. Fries were overlooked, brown, cold, with no salt. Beans were swimming in way too much sauce. Pulled pork was good. Drink was good but too expensive. Corn muffin was the only real good part... More 

Thank JulesInKY
Hamilton, Ohio
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331 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 344 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

We stopped here on the drive to Gatlinburg. My wife and two kids. Decent seating area and rustic interior. Seated quickly and host was friendly. Prices are average for a BBQ restaurant. Waitress was an older lady that was friendly for the most part and mostly attentive. Food was average. Pulled pork was tender. Chicken was tasty. Loved that they... More 

Thank mws813
Libertyville, Illinois
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99 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Based on reviews, we justified this stop for lunch in our travels. We both ordered brisket sandwiches, mine ends, wife's cuts. Good smoke flavor not dry and plenty of sauce options at the table. Service was fast, our waitress was on her second day and working into the skill. Plenty of enthusiasm and timing was good.

Thank Ed M
Cookeville, Tennessee
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Great variety and very consistent good service well done! Ribs and Chicken all are great plenty of left overs for lunch the next day. Like getting two meals for the price of one.

Thank Zipgirl2012
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review, Zipgirl2012! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit, and we hope we'll see you again soon. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
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: 1001 Center Dr, Richmond, KY 40475-3838 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Richmond
  • Phone Number: +859-624-4499
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?