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Sonny's BBQ

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1128 Canal St, The Villages, FL 32162-1685 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
+1 352-430-1461
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11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Florida
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265 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Sonny's in The Villages has introduced a new menu which is half the size of previous versions. Among missing items I noticed are that cinnamon apples and baked potato are no longer available as sides. That's a shame as those are the two I usually selected. Also, no "a la carte" - that is, without sides - meals are shown.

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Thank garybirder
Mundelein, Illinois
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225 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food was okay. I loved the garlic toast and the ribs were okay. I like mine a bit sweeter. The fries didn't seem properly cooked. My server was good but the hostess seemed annoyed when I had the audacity to ask to be seated near the tv playing the Ohio State game.

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Thank Princerman
The Villages, Florida
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We go in spurts to Sonnys. We it is good it is usually very good sometimes excellent but other times it falls short. The sides are rarely hot. The portions are large. The price on there specials are extremely cheap. The biggestest problem is the inconsistency of the ribs and pork

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Thank rhrroth
Lady Lake, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

We have visited many Sonny's in our life time and this is truly the best one we have eaten at. The service, food, price is excellent.

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Thank tdsmith2016
The Villages, Florida
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57 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

The Baby Backs were too vinegary - way not to my liking. The rest of the meal - baked sweet potato and cole slaw were really good. Really think they're beneath The Villages standards on this one food item only. My favorite meal is Memphis Dry Rub Baby Back Ribs and these were the worst I'd ever tasted due to... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

I grew up on Sonny's as did my family in Leesburg which has now closed. This was a great disappointment. The staff was friendly but 'rushed" The silverware was dirty and the staff handle it with bare hands. This is not acceptable, please go back to wrapping the silverware. The food was BAD, the ribs were over salted as were... More 

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Thank Jennifer C
Weirsdale, Florida
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41 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

the service was horrible , the brisket was dry , return it for there chicken ,the chicken was dry also just told the waitress i was done and not order nothing else from there the service was just terrible had to ask another waitress for my family's refills . In the end when we were leaving she looks at us... More 

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North East, Maryland
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161 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Sonny's BBQ is a mixed bag of good & bad. The good is the convenient Lake Sumpter Landing location, the decent portion/price ratio and the average food quality. The bad is the unkempt appearance of empty tables, the frigid temps inside the restaurant and the room temperature of should-be-hot sides. My partner and I chose an outside table when we... More 

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Thank Jack D
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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45 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Sonnys is our go to place for BBQ. Their ribs are fall off the bone great and as a senior lunch special that includes sides and a drink can't be beat. BBQ chicken not that good but brisket is. Give it a try!!

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Thank Mark M
Ocala, FL
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

We visited this restaurant in the past and it was great, today we went and is horrible! My husband ordered a Brisket plate, and I ordered a Chicken plate, both came with dry lukewarm meats, it was terrible food. No wonder the restaurant was empty at noon time. We won't come back to pay for dry meats.

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

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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 20
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 21:00
Saturday
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1128 Canal St, The Villages, FL 32162-1685 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  The Villages
  • Phone Number: +1 352-430-1461
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?