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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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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: 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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  • 7
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    Very good
  • 10
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  • 5
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  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
It is what you would expect

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.

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
travelinman0war
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Takeout
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37 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 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
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 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 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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135 reviews 135 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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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
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
9 helpful votes 9 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
8 helpful votes 8 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 

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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?