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Sonny's BBQ

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American, Sandwiches, Barbecue, Family Fare
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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
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
A great place for barbecue

These folks have a great menu. Everything from baby back ribs to some of the best sandwiches in the town. I hope that when you are in town that you can stop by and get a large selection of everything that's barbecue

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Palatka
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Palatka
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

These folks have a great menu. Everything from baby back ribs to some of the best sandwiches in the town. I hope that when you are in town that you can stop by and get a large selection of everything that's barbecue

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

Thanks for the review, rdholder! We appreciate you takin' the time to leave your feedback, and hope to see you again real soon. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 via mobile

We got there a little before closing. They happily sat us. Kendall was our server. She was great. The food was good. Thanks for a nice dinner.

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

We're happy to hear Kendall took good care of y'all, Chevygirl84. We'll be sure to pass it along to our team, and look forward to seein' you again real soon! More 

Jacksonville
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Customer service ducks big time, but my hubby wanted Sonny BBQ before leaving Ga.The BBQ is always good, but the young girl that waited on Hubby&I wasn't friendly at all.👎

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

Thank you for bringin' this to our attention, Sheila H. Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details of your experience, along with your contact information and the location you were at. We do appreciate your feedback, and we’d like to make sure your next visit is better. More 

Macon, Georgia
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58 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This is the typical Sonny's. The barbecue chicken was moist and the salad bar was well maintained. Nothing special but nothing to complain about.

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

Thanks for your feedback, travelinman0war. If you'd like to tell us more about how we can make your next visit better, please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details, location, and your contact information. More 

Miami, Florida
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I've been to several Sonny's restaurants and typically enjoy my experiences there. How can you mess up barbecue? Well, I was a bit disappointed with the wait staff and how they messed up our order. I suppose everyone is entitled to an off-night. Hopefully, this was not a typical experience.

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

Sorry to hear this happened, Christopher J. Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details, location, and your contact information so we can help. More 

Windsor, PA
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

large menu offering. we selected BBQ ribs, 2 sides each & wonderful "sweet tea". very close to hotel.

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Oxford, Michigan
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Had Sunday dinner with a group of 7, to be fair it was not long before closing. I had the all you can eat dry rub ribs, they were meaty, a little tough and not very warm. The baked beans are among the best I have ever had. The salad bar, looked good but seem to come with anything we... More 

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

Thanks for your feedback, Chevydiver. If you'd like to tell us more about how we can make your next visit better, please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details and location you were at. More 

Aiken, South Carolina
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62 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

I've ate at Sonny's BBQ before but, it's been years. Last week I thought I try their drive threw and that was fast. In no time I had pulled pork BBQ with fresh coleslaw & ice tea. The garlic bread probably would of been perfect if I had ate it right away. Instead I drove all the way back to... More 

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

Thanks for your feedback, Wyatt W. We hope you'll stop by again soon! More 

2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

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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138 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

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

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Additional Information about Sonny's BBQ

Address: 425 North State Road 19, Palatka, FL 32177 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
Phone Number: +386-328-4655
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Palatka
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
Cuisine: American, Sandwiches, Barbecue, Family Fare

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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, 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 - 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?