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Sonny’s BBQ

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American, Barbecue, Family Fare, Sandwiches
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33505 South Dixie Highway, Florida City, FL 33034 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
305-245-8585
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery
Description: In 1968, we were just a local BBQ joint in Gainesville, Florida. Today...
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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Good for:
Families with children

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 64
    Excellent
  • 59
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
I Love Sonny's

This is a great Sonny's. My barbecue chicken was delicious. Our waitress was nice and gave us good service. The service was also fast.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
Caleb J
,
Fayetteville, Georgia
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
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Fayetteville, Georgia
Top Contributor
795 reviews 795 reviews
503 restaurant reviews
326 helpful votes 326 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

This is a great Sonny's. My barbecue chicken was delicious. Our waitress was nice and gave us good service. The service was also fast.

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SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review, Caleb J. We can't wait to see you again! More 

Oregon
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We have been to several Sonny's and so far we've liked them all. The bbq is wonderful, the sides are cooked just right and the service is good though hectic during the normal dining hours. It's always noisy but we love the food! Anyone from out of state I always recommend this restaurant chain. One of the best!

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SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review, molokaimama. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit, and we hope we'll see you again soon! More 

Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I had expected a 'southern experience' but was disappointed. The front staff was very nice, however, the waitress was rude and the pulled pork sandwiches were served without pulled port (until we asked for it). The kids menu was supposed to be served with at drink, which also never came. As we paid I asked why the drink didn't come... More 

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Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Was going to Wal-Mart and this is next door to the place foods Service and food was good Would go there again

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SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback, Scott G. We hope we'll see you for another visit soon! More 

Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Every time we drive to Key West, we stop at Sonny's. We have taken different people every time and they have the same reaction. Best Sandwiches Ever.

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SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review, Jean S. We can't wait to see you again next time you're in the area. More 

Trabuco Canyon, California
Top Contributor
287 reviews 287 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Menu for everyone's taste and an easy location to go to off hwy or from hotels nearby. Our server was prompt and pleasant.

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SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this review

Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit, Anonymous855! We hope we'll see you again soon. More 

Chippewa Falls, WI
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We were traveling through homestead and stopped in here for lunch. Cute down home decor, super nice waitress and the burgers were perfect!! This must be a popular place because it was busy but service was fast!

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

The meat at Sonny's was very tender and tasty. The sauces were okay. The place has a down home atmosphere and the service was good. The portions were large.

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Weldon Spring
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Really liked the endless salad bar and meat choice. Loved the variety of different salads offered and especially the bread pudding.

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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review, Henry G! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. Hope we'll see you again soon! More 

Texas, USA
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Got in from our flight fairly late and BBQ sounded good. Standard BBQ menu. Reasonable prices, not much atmosphere but it is a BBQ place. Being from Texas I was leery of brisket but it was melt in your mouth tender. A little dry but that's what the BBQ sauce is for. And there were five varieties at the table.... More 

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SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write your review, RalphRR. We'd like to hear more about how we can help make your next visit better - please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with your contact information and the details from your experience. We value your feedback, and we look forward to hearing more from you! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 33505 South Dixie Highway, Florida City, FL 33034 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida City
  • Phone Number: 305-245-8585

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue, Family Fare, Sandwiches

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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