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Sonny's BBQ

3611 US Highway 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33809-3808
+1 863-853-8283
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good40%
  • Average12%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible5%
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“pulled pork” (17 reviews)
“ribs” (29 reviews)
“garlic toast” (6 reviews)
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American, Barbecue
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3611 US Highway 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33809-3808
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm not a BBQ expert, but I know good food. I didn't realize I was so hungry until we pulled into the parking lot and smelled the smoke.On our way to the ball game down the street, this was a convenient place to get our...More

Thank Wayne C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here for the first time on 3/24/18 ordering several different entrees. Everything was delicious, nice size helpings. The restaurant was clean and our waitress Terri, was awesome. We will be back, good Lord willing.

Thank Crooner82
Reviewed 5 March 2018

Stopped in while shopping in the area. Seated right away and server was close behind. Got a sliced pork and pulled chicken sandwich. Both the meat was moist - not dry as so many other places have. Great lunch - will visit again.

Thank Bob A
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

I was very pleased with the service and food we got at Sonny’s. We arrived shortly before closing because we had drove into Lakeland from out of town late. The staff never made us feel rushed and the food was amazing.

Thank dvbrew21
Reviewed 27 February 2018 via mobile

Our second visit to this location and we really enjoyed our dinner. The Ribs were fall of the bone delicious. It’s one of our must stops in Lakeland.

Thank stuart s
Reviewed 14 February 2018

Sonny's has the best BBQ. I am lucky to live close to it. We eat there about 3 times a month. The staff is very friendly and helpful. I recommend the pulled pork or baby back ribs.

Thank karenwl24
SonnysBBQ, Guest Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

Hi there, Karen. Thanks for sharin' this kind review with us. We are lucky to have BBQ fans like you. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 4 February 2018

Craving for BBQ? This is the place to go. Try BBQ combo plate. Smoked turkey is delicious along with the dry rub ribs. Very friendly helpful waitstaff. Serves large beverage cups.

Thank BCR37
Reviewed 2 February 2018

We arrived at 6:00 on a Saturday night, 18 people in our group. They were able to seat us in 10-15 minutes at 3 tables back to back. The way the tables and booths are set up it really was not an option to seat...More

Thank 846carla
Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

Walked in and placed takeout order on Friday at 5:00. Kara helped me decide amount of food to order. Food was ready in very short while. Ribs, beans, coleslaw were absolutely delicious. There was no hassle😊

Thank Carol H
Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

I was very happy with the takeout - ribs and chicken, with slaw, beans and a corn muffin. It was enough for two meals - to be honest - the best, most unique thing was the corn muffin

Thank Jose H
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Kids
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
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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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