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“Excellent BBQ ! We hope to return to any Sonny's on our next trip!”
Review of Sonny's BBQ

Sonny's BBQ
Ranked #302 of 1,144 Restaurants in Sarasota
Price range: US$10 - US$20
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Takeout
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.
Reviewed 28 July 2014

We loved this place! The food was excellent! Great BBQ flavor. We did the all you can eat BBQ ribs. The smoked dry rub was delicious, but my hubby and I fell in love with the sweet BBQ ribs! LOOOOVED them! One of our daughters had a good chicken tender meal and the other 2 had turkey sandwiches, which was actual turkey breast sliced. Nice salad bar too! They were great with our daughter's allergy concerns to treenuts! Very helpful and courteous staff! LOVED this place! Wish we had some in CT.!

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Reviewed 11 July 2014

Always good, fast and delicious!! I love the BBQ Chicken, or Turkey, great to get the family meal and take it to the beach for an easy BBQ!!

Thank Kwill65155
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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2014

Kwill65155, thank you for your review. We're glad to hear that you're a fan of our BBQ and appreciate your support. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Reviewed 3 July 2014

Got the all you can eat chicken dinner. Chicken was moist and tasty, but nothing special. Others got ribs, which were not bad, but again, nothing special.

The side items were lacking in quality and quantity. Lukewarm fries that were not crispy, cole slaw portion was TINY, BBQ beans were VERY sweet - not BBQ taste, and the salad bar items looked like they had been sitting out for hours, unchanged.

Even if the main entree was decent, the sides left you feeling unsatisfied and disappointed.

Service was slow and the restaurant was less than half full.

If you've had real BBQ in Tennessee, North Carolina, Kansas City, or Texas, you will not be impressed here. If you haven't had the "real deal", you will get decent entrees, but choose your sides wisely.

Not likely to be repeat customers.

Thank John W
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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2014

John W, thank you for your review. We're glad to hear that you decided to stop by and give us a chance but sorry that your BBQ meals were not exceptional. Let us make things right. Please email us these details at Social@SonnysBBQ.com, along with the location you visited, so that we can address the issues you had encountered. We would greatly appreciate your feedback and hope that you can give us another chance to make things right!

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Reviewed 2 July 2014

well falling off the bone ribs was advertised but I think I left a tooth on the plate. the waitstaff was excellent but this is gorilla dining at best. The only reason we stopped is that we were told that the restaurants in Venice close at 9pm.

Thank J C
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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2014

J C, thank you for your review. We're so sorry to hear that your ribs were not tender and up to expectations. Let us help! Send us an email at Social@SonnysBBQ.com with these details, including the location, so that we can address the issues you had encountered. We would greatly appreciate your feedback and hope that you can give us another chance to make things right!

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Reviewed 20 June 2014

I eat here from time to time. Most of the time i eat the AYCE ribs, you have to ask for center cut ribs to get the juicy ones first. after your second serving tho they switch you to the tougher ribs (they may still be center cut, but not off the same rack), these ribs become tougher, chewier, tough to swallow, lots of fat (grizzle) and 2 sides (your choice) 13.99 plus drink, I get the soda, the tea sometimes tastes spoiled (we all have had tea that tastes like this, not pleasant). So I guess I am to give a review...In the Sarasota area has lots to choose from, but if you want BBQ, not so much, unless you cook yourself. I only go to Sonny's BBQ if there isn't anything else to chose from. Look...i still go to Sonny's, but only as a last choice. Most always disappointed.

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Thank brainfreezey .
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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2014

Brainfreezey, thank you for your review. We're sorry to hear that your all you can eat ribs were tough and dry. Please let us help! Send us an email at Social@SonnysBBQ.com with these details, including the location, so that we can address the issues you had encountered. We would greatly appreciate your feedback and hope that you can give us a chance to make things right!

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