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Sonny's BBQ

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1794 South West County Road 484, Ocala, FL 34473
+1 352-245-5595
11:00 - 21:30
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Succasunna, New Jersey
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385 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the food was good and the service was good also .the prices were very good and they have the best biscuits I've ever had.

Thank JohnGross
SonnysBBQ, General Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks, John! We’re glad to hear you enjoyed your visit, and we can’t wait to see you again for your next visit. More 

Union, South Carolina
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28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We thought we'd eat at Sonnys because we like they're food, however, we found that all the Sonny's are not the same. The service was a little slow but not bad, but the food wasn't as good as what our local Sonnys serves. In particular, the salad bar was a mess and nothing tasted fresh. The new and improved Brunswick... More 

Thank Craig T
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, Craig T. We’re always open to hearing further feedback from our guests and invite you to email us your ideas to social@SonnysBBQ.com. We look forward to speaking with you! More 

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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Love the sliced pork and always ask for center-cut for tender, juicy BBQ pork! Sweet tea is the best! Ask for extra ice for a really cold sweet tea! The corn nuggets and fried okra are worth the up-charge! Close to home and go through the drive thru often!

Thank Esther M
Flint, Michigan
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Ribs were tough with no flavor. Overrated. Chicken wings under cooked. Best part of meal was beans and cornbread.

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

Thank you for bringin’ this to our attention, Wlazlo. 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 

Palos Hills, Il
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18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Sonny's has the best bbq! We are from the Chicago area and wish they would open Sonny's there. We really look forward to enjoying lunch or dinner here when we come to Florida. This particular restaurant, however, also has a fantastic manager. Patrick cheerfully resolved an order issue we encountered. We were very impressed with his personal concern. Here is... More 

Thank BarbJPalosHills_IL
SonnysBBQ, Digital manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

We’re glad to hear Patrick took great care of you during your last visit, BarbJPalosHills_IL. We appreciate you taking the time to write your review and hope you’ll stop by again next time you're in town! More 

Capron, Illinois
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

The best BBQ dinner we've had in a long time! And so much food!! Everything we had was delicious, pulled pork, brisket and of course, BBQ ribs. Also there corn nuggets are fantastic! Our waitress couldn't have been nicer, and the service outstanding. Will definitely be back.

Thank 308donna
Falcon, Colorado
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59 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

The menu at Sonny's is unbelievable!! All, and I mean ALL dishes are just delicious! The sides are incredible as are the servers. Very competent wait staff and you will enjoy chatting with them. They have a "secret" ingredient and it is the hickory wood used to cook almost everything. Cannot get a bad meal here even if you tried!!... More 

Thank Robert B
Okeechobee, Florida
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Pretty terrible and I like a Sonny's but not this one. Food salty meat dry. Don't know what else to say. Not worth stopping.

Thank Karla W
Ocala, Florida
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Sonny's is the best in central Florida. There are many other choices but Sonny's has them all beat hands down. They can even feed the vegan in your group.

Thank L3740SEjamest
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81 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Stopped one evening for dinner and noticed a line of several cars waiting for take-out and a pretty full parking lot - thought "wow, this place is popular!". Got inside and the dining room was pretty packed - nevertheless, we got seated reasonably quickly. We soon found out what was going on - a busload of young folks had pulled... More 

Thank Rich L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 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, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Television
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1794 South West County Road 484, Ocala, FL 34473
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Central Florida  >  Ocala
  • Phone Number: +1 352-245-5595
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?