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Sonny's BBQ

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109 N Plaza Dr, Nicholasville, KY 40356-2505 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
+859-887-0021
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11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Rineyville, Kentucky
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39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We LOVE Sonny's! We have been coming here for years, and it's our favorite BBQ place. The food is wonderful, and the service is excellent. Today we our waitress was in training, but she was also very good. Can't say anything about the desserts, because we've never tried them. Always too full from the meal. If you haven't tried it,... More 

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Thank Sharlene D
Louisville
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Made my annual trip to Sonny's for sliced pork on garlic toast. Always an EXCELLENT adventure. Fries and beans were also excellent this year. Purchased a pound of sliced pork and an order of garlic bread to go. Was GREAT as leftovers. Waitress was wonderful . . . wish I remembered her name!! Thanks.

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Thank Kim S
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42 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

We were hungry and looking for a good restaurant when we found this one. We had delicious chicken and ribs. The sides, baked potato, green beans, slaw and baked beans were very good.

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

We’re glad to hear you enjoyed your chicken and ribs during your visit, Ronald. Thanks for writin’ your review. See you again soon! More 

Nevada
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90 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Good not great pulled pork, beans, cornbread muffins and appetizer. I have been stopping in here every few years and it seems like it has slipped a little each time.

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Thank nvtriker
Cynthiana, Kentucky
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

The food was hot and the barbecue sauce was the best I have found in Kentucky. The staff are very friendly and extremely polite. Had been wanting to try sonnys for sometime and am so glad we finally did. We live about 45 min to an hour away and we have been twice in the last 2 weeks if that... More 

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Thank royjuju
Louisville
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

Stop in every chance we get. Make pork sandwiches on the texas toast. Yummmm. Always get good service and good food.

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

Thanks for the kind words, Kim! We're glad to hear you always enjoy your visits, and we hope we'll see you again soon. More 

Dayton, Ohio
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46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

We love Sonny's BBQ. We try to stop at them when ever we can. This visit was good. We wings were great. Brisket was a little dry. Love the sauce selections. Staff was average. Our waitress was friendly but others seemed like they had better things to do.

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

Thanks for the review, enjoylifeDiana! Glad the wings were great! We hope you'll join us again soon! More 

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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Sonny's has pretty good BBQ, not outstanding but there consistent with their food and service. I'd recommend eating here if your going out with a large group or with your family. They accomodate large parties well.

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Thank Matt D
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

This is a franchise with a headquarters in Florida. The interior was OK. The food and service was ordinary.

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Thank TSAF
Blue Ridge, Virginia
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54 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

It has been a sort of family tradition that whenever my husband and I visit family in Lexingon, KY, we always pay Sonny's a visit. I love good BBQ ribs, and he's fond of pulled-pork. This visit was disappointing. However, that being said, our waitress was TOP-NOTCH! I had all you can eat ribs, but this time, they were overly... More 

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Thank hyker1
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

We're glad to hear your waitress took such great care of you, but sorry to hear you weren't completely satisfied with your visit. Please send us an email at Social@SonnysBBQ.com with these details, location you visited, and your contact information so we can help. We appreciate your feedback and we hope you'll give us another chance soon! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 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
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
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 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 109 N Plaza Dr, Nicholasville, KY 40356-2505 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Nicholasville
  • Phone Number: +859-887-0021
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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