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Sonny's BBQ

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1500 E Highway 50, Clermont, FL 34711-5125
+1 352-243-6422
10:45 - 22:00
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Clermont, Florida
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

I love barbecue, and I love Sonny's. I went last night before sending my dad off to the airport, and was very surprised. We always order the Family Feast for Four, even though it was just the two of us. The wait time was minimal, and the sliced pork and ribs were to die for (and I feel like we... More 

Thank Edward L
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

We keep coming back to this Sonnys despite poor service and mediocre food. We visited here through the drive through and our pork sandwiches were mainly fat. We need to just learn our lesson and stop coming, but we thought after 6 months it would have gotten better.

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

Thank you for bringing this to our attention, Kathleen R. Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details of your experience, along with your phone number and the location you were at. We appreciate your feedback, and hope you’ll give us a another chance! More 

Clermont, Florida
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

took awhile to be seated especially for a slow night. waitress complaining she's not doing everything. took longer to have order taken. food sucked! I ordered a brisket on a bun & got brisket on something like texas toast. the meat was very fatty, the baked potato sucked!! looked like it was cooked 3 days ago!

Thank gtomike455
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54 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

I will not give 5 stars to this location for two reasons. First, seems that even that the restaurant is empty they don't have plenty of staff, we always visit once a month and have to wait at least 10-15 min before being seated. Second: The carpet! The carpet needs a deep cleaning, since you enter through the door you... More 

Thank HopeMalachi
Elburg, The Netherlands
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114 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Is the better Bar-B-Q ? Well, there is the whole mustard vs tomato vs vinegar based sauce debate. But Sonny's delivers on good food that taste good. The service is always and has always been solid (which makes me wonder why other places have challenges wi the service piece while this place has always been consistent). The ribs vary from... More 

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

Thanks for the kind words, Ronald! We hope we'll see you for another visit soon. More 

Shrewsbury, New Jersey
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

I'm not a big rib person so I was hesitant about going since I've been to all of the rib places in NJ - boy what a surprise! It was delicious and the service was exceptional. I can't wait to go there again. The different sauces change everything! Loved the sweet potato and everything else about this place! Kudos and... More 

Thank Pilatescrazy19
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words, Pilatescrazy19! We're glad to hear you're such a fan of our ribs. See you again soon! More 

Groveland, Florida
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

Love the all you can eat ribs, but sometimes they are very good and sometimes they aren't as tender as they could be. The service is good and usually quick. I will continue to return for good barbecue.

Thank pegforeveryoung
Orlando, Florida
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40 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Friendly servers, fast service of food, clean restaurant. I like going here, food is exactly what I expect and the atmosphere is cheerful.

Thank jlarteta66
Maitland, Florida
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

They knew we were a party of sixteen. We arrived at 6:20 pm everyone in the party was there by 6:45 and we ordered. Then the wait began, at 7:20 we were told the food was coming. At 7:40 we were told the food was being plated. At approximately 8:15 the food was served. Out of 16 meals approximately 8... More 

Thank ScottBrinkley
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205 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

When we moved to Clermont we were excited to see a Sonny's. It didn't take long to find out how bad it is! The food is lukewarm or cold when served. They have been out of turkey for months! Staff are rude, indifferent at best. The final straw was calling in the order and being told 30 minutes. When I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:45 - 21:30
10:45 - 21:30
10:45 - 21:30
10:45 - 21:30
10:45 - 21:30
10:45 - 22:00
10:45 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1500 E Highway 50, Clermont, FL 34711-5125
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Central Florida  >  Lake County  >  Clermont
  • Phone Number: +1 352-243-6422
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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