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Sonny’s BBQ

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American, Barbecue, Family Fare, Sandwiches
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1024 Saxon Boulevard, Near the Intersection of Saxon Boulevard and Medical Center Drive, Orange City, FL 32763 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
386-775-9900
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Today
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Takeout
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
  • 12
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Yum Yum

My family and I have tried numerous BBQ restaurants over the years but we all agreed Sonnys is still king! It's hard to believe this little chain restaurant keeps beating out all the other places hands down. The food is always good and tastes great, the portion sizes are satisfying, their salad... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 11, 2015
Donna P
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Oralndo, FL
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  • Families with children
  • Takeout
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Oralndo, FL
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

My family and I have tried numerous BBQ restaurants over the years but we all agreed Sonnys is still king! It's hard to believe this little chain restaurant keeps beating out all the other places hands down. The food is always good and tastes great, the portion sizes are satisfying, their salad bar is well stocked, the waitresses are always... More 

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

Thanks for your great review, Donna P! We can't wait to see you again. More 

Charlemont, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

For travelers, consistency is almost as important as great food. Having visited many Sonny`s, we enjoy fine barbeque, always well prepared and efficiently served. I always have pulled pork which is nicely smoky and succulent. Iced tea glasses are topped off without asking and napkins appear before they are needed. Well done, Sonny.

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

Thanks for your great review, ijg1018! We hope we'll see you again soon. More 

Ormond Beach
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Ribs and sides were very good. Great service. Remarkable that a chain restaurant can be so consistently good.

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

Thank you for your great feedback, James D. We hope we'll be seeing you again soon! More 

Deltona, Florida
Top Contributor
143 reviews 143 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

My family and I ate here today after church. It was extremely busy so it took 15 minutes for us to be seated but we expected a long wait. We ordered and were pleasantly surprised at how quickly our food came out. My grandma ordered a turkey sandwich with fries and the rest of us ordered a family feast for... More 

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

Thanks for your great review and for recommending us, GinaB418! We're so glad you and your family enjoyed your meal. We hope we'll see you again soon! More 

DELTONA
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I have always liked Sonny's, their BBQ is really good. We were here in Sept for lunch and noticed the Big Deal Combo has gone up about $2 in 6 months time. While the food is good it is just not worth the price anymore for Senior Citizens. A sandwich, side and tea $9, know the price of meat has... More 

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Mandarin Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Went with my brother and his family to celebrate his birthday... Waitress did not know the menu, but even worse 4 of the 6 sets of silverware was dirty and had food stuck to it... After trying 7 more sets we found what we needed... My sister ribs were not good very dry... My brother and had the Sampler Platter... More 

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

usnavybear, thank you for taking the time to write your review. We're sorry to hear that your food and service was not up to expectations. Please allow us to help! Email us at Social@SonnysBBQ.com with details about your visit, including the location, so that we can address the issues you encountered. We really appreciate your feedback. More 

Deltona, Florida
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Love the baby back ribs here and awesome sweet tea. We had Jessica as our waitress and she is very attentive. Never let my tea glass get empty and that's a plus for me since I have a swallowing proble and liquid helps food go down.

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Deltona, Florida
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

The BBQ is good good. The service is not. Waited 15 mins last time before we walked out. This time, we waited and only two couples are in entire restaurant. Staff walked by three times and said nothing. If my husband didn't like this BBQ, i would never come here.

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North Clarendon, Vermont, United States
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Sonny's has always been pretty good, food is usually fast and hot. Love the all you can eat sweet and smoky ribs and pretty much everything else on the menu. Salad bar was pretty messy and under stocked with a large spill on the floor which was never cleaned from the time of being seated to leaving. Will return though.

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Fraser Valley, British Columbia
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

I'm 60 yrs old and this is the kind of place and kind of food we old fools remember having before restaurants turned plastic. That's the best compliment I can pay: real food, slow cooked flavor, great prices, and wait staff who know their product and actually seem to care about serving the customers. This place is the real deal.

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

TooSlim55, thank you for your review. We're glad to hear that you're a fan of our BBQ and have enjoyed it for many years. We appreciate your kind words and look forward to your next visit with us! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1024 Saxon Boulevard, Near the Intersection of Saxon Boulevard and Medical Center Drive, Orange City, FL 32763 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Orange City
  • Phone Number: 386-775-9900

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 - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 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?