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Sonny's BBQ

Certificate of Excellence
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American, Sandwiches, Barbecue, Family Fare
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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: Breakfast/Brunch, 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

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Visitor rating
  • 75
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  • 65
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
always a good stop

We live in The Keys and need to shop on the mainland at least once a month. My seventeen year old twin boys have big appetites, so finding somewhere to eat that is reasonably priced to portion size is hard. Sonny's never disappoints! On our last shopping venture I decided we would try something... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
Shannon N
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
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Homestead, Florida
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The food has great, authentic BBQ flavor and I will try to go back as much as I can! The brisket is great and so is the BBQ chicken. Portions are large and the sides are a great complement to the meal.

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

Thanks for recommending us, Ben A. See you again soon! More 

Miami, Florida
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This restaurant offers the best back ribs I have ever eaten, prepared to perfection, very tender. First they are boiled, then on fire. French fries are fantastic. This is not a place for people on a diet. Food is fantastic and prices are reasonable. Service is very good. Local is not fashionable but clean. Bathrooms are immaculate.

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

Glad to hear you're a fan of our Baby Back Ribs, santiagozamudio. See you again soon! More 

Sacramento, California
Top Contributor
204 reviews 204 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

7 of us went out to dinner coming back from the Everglades and we were starving. Lots of food! The portions are large, too much if you aren't really hungry, but you could take them home, so not really an issue. The meat was cooked right, and the sauces available on the table allow the diner to individualize the taste.... More 

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

Thanks for your feedback, spunkykvf. We hope we'll see you again in the future. More 

Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We live in The Keys and need to shop on the mainland at least once a month. My seventeen year old twin boys have big appetites, so finding somewhere to eat that is reasonably priced to portion size is hard. Sonny's never disappoints! On our last shopping venture I decided we would try something new and researched a few places... More 

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

Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit, Shannon N. See you soon! More 

Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We stopped here on our way to the Keys and we were all disappointed. My kids love ribs, but these ribs were so dry that my kids would not eat them. I had a pulled pork sandwich with a weird consistency and a very heavy mustard flavor. I couldn't taste any of the vinegar advertised. I used to live in... More 

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

Sorry to hear you were disappointed, SLWatty. Let us help - please email the details and location to Social@SonnysBBQ.com. We appreciate your feedback! More 

Trondheim, Norway
Top Contributor
287 reviews 287 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

After a long drive from Key West, we were all mighty hungry. After passing a few options we decided to stop at Sonny's. The family feast was a great option for us. Great food and great service.

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

We're glad to hear you enjoyed your Family Feast, taarhaug. Come back soon! More 

Santa Clara, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The place has the best barbeque. Has a great selection of sauces. Coke on a bottle. It say what it is “great barbeque” will stop the on the way back !

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

Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit, Diane P. We're lookin' forward to seeing you again! More 

1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

The food was amazing and our server, Molly was so sweet, helpful and efficient! Thank you! We hate to leave, but it is time to head back to Iowa!

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

Thanks for the kind words, kbmdmm. We hope we'll see you again next time you're in the area! More 

Homestead, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We eat at this location about once or twice a month whenever the crazing for ribs pop up. We usually have a good time but on this occasion, our server, Katrina, went out of her way to make our experience great. And my wife noticed that it was the same for all of her tables. She not only provided for... More 

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

We're glad to hear Katrina took good care of you, TonyDec. We hope we'll see you again soon. More 

Highland Mills, NY
Top Contributor
150 reviews 150 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

While a couple of us ordered bbq, I went with the plain smoked turkey breast with a baked sweet potato. The turkey really was tasty, and not dry, which is always my fear with turkey breast. The sweet potato literally melted in my mouth! The bites I had of the others' barbecue were really good, and the cornbread was pronounced... More 

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

Thanks for your feedback, Mmmquigs. We're glad you enjoyed your meal! 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, Sandwiches, Barbecue, Family Fare

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?