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Sonny’s BBQ

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American, Barbecue, Family Fare, Sandwiches
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425 North State Road 19, Palatka, FL 32177 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
386-328-4655
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Today
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 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
  • 6
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Unacceptable drive thru wait time!

The Sonny's drive thru in Clermont Florida is painfully SLOW! We ordered two Big Deals and waited 32 minutes from the time our order was taken to the time we received our order plus an additional 14 minutes before we reached the speaker to give our order. 46 minutes in a drive thru is unacceptable... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
KarenELB
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Takeout
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

The Sonny's drive thru in Clermont Florida is painfully SLOW! We ordered two Big Deals and waited 32 minutes from the time our order was taken to the time we received our order plus an additional 14 minutes before we reached the speaker to give our order. 46 minutes in a drive thru is unacceptable! The food was room temperature,... More 

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

Thanks for bringing this to our attention, KarenELB. We'd like to hear more about your experience so we can make things better. Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with your contact information and the details from your experience. We appreciate your feedback, and we hope to hear more from you. More 

Vincennes, Indiana
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134 reviews 134 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

If you like good southern BBG then you need to try a Sonny's BBQ location.....some of the best you can get. Original Sonny's was opened in Gainesville, FL and is still there.

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

Thanks for your feedback, Indy_Fan_Man. We hope we'll see you again soon! More 

Hollister, Fl
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59 reviews 59 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I've been going to the Palatka Sonny's for almost 18 yrs. The food is always good, and the service is fast and attentive.

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

Thanks for your feedback and for being such a loyal fan, Mary C! We can't wait to see you again. More 

Butler, Tennessee
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Very average Sonny's. The baby back ribs were properly done and tasty. The baked sweet potatoes were nearly uneatable. Either very old potatoes or cooked prior and rewarmed.

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Senoia, Georgia, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

OK, I'll admit I'm somewhat prejudiced because I grew up across the street from Sonny and his wife way back before there was ever a 'real' Sonny's BBQ. (The first one was in Cocoa, FL, but they claim Gainesville as their first location.) Anyway, some Sonny's locations are definitely better than others. The Palatka location was excellent. Even though it... More 

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

We're glad to hear you love our BBQ, bigsquirt. Thanks for being a loyal fan and writing your great review! We're looking forward to seeing you again. More 

Crescent City, Florida
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52 reviews 52 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Very popular lunch spot in Palatka. I go occasionally and have not ever been disappointed. Not the best bbq but definitely very good. I also love the salad bar. Wait staff are efficient and friendly and don't keep you waiting.

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

Thanks for your feedback, John C. We're glad you've never been disappointed with your visits, and we can't wait to see you again! More 

Palatka, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is the place to go if you want BBQ. The prices are reasonable and it is a friendly place to go eat. The people are very friendly that go in there to eat.

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

Thank you for your great review, Betty T. We're glad to hear you've enjoyed your experiences with us, and we can't wait to see you again for your next visit. More 

Palatka, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Best BBQ in Palatka. We eat here an average of once a month. The food is always good and fast. The service is good, too.

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Salt Springs, Florida
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252 reviews 252 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We have been here before and it was awful. It has improved a lot but not as good as other Sonnys it good but not great If your in the area it's clean and good service

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Hanover, Ontario
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93 reviews 93 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We are from Ontario and had tried the BBQ in Tennessee. We wanted to also try it in Florida. We ordered the sampler platter for about $15.00 which was plenty for the two of us. It included ribs, chicken, pulled pork and pork brisket. You could choose 2 sides. We had the beans and the coleslaw, both of which were... More 

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

LeeHanover_Ontario, thank you for the great review. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed our Sonny's Sampler and salad. We appreciate your support and hope to see you again whenever you're in the area! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 425 North State Road 19, Palatka, FL 32177 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Palatka
  • Phone Number: 386-328-4655

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

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