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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 - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
Good for: Families with children
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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  • 12
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Predictable BBQ. That's a good thing!

Sonny's BBQ does not waiver from one location to the next so you can always count on getting fed decent food. I usually order the lunch portion of baby back ribs with fries and collard greens. Not good for you tastes great and moderation is always the approach. Next time you are rolling down... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 18, 2015
Luke B
,
Green Cove Springs, Florida
via mobile
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Hastings, Florida
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always go here for my Birthday, have no problem getting in and out, best ribs around with A baked potato, sour cream and butter, bread or corn bread. Price is just right for what you get.

Helpful?
Thank Pauline S
SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

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

Green Cove Springs, Florida
Level Contributor
37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

Sonny's BBQ does not waiver from one location to the next so you can always count on getting fed decent food. I usually order the lunch portion of baby back ribs with fries and collard greens. Not good for you tastes great and moderation is always the approach. Next time you are rolling down the road and want a good... More 

Helpful?
Thank Luke B
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, Luke. We hope we'll be seein' you again soon! More 

Pomona Park, Florida
Level Contributor
23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

Today, we stopped here for a late lunch after shopping. And they had a special today which was the feast for four with an appetizer. I was totally shocked at how wonderful the food tasted and how fast the service was even though they were extremely busy. The feast for four allowed us to have enough to eat and plenty... More 

Helpful?
Thank LenaTurley
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit, LenaTurley, and we hope we'll see you for another visit soon! More 

Palatka, Florida
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57 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

This Sonny's is so much better than the one on Kingsley in Orange Park. Items on salad bar were prepared very differently. Salad bar is a special on Thursdays. We go there most every Thursday. Their BBQ is wonderful, the ribs are not fatty, pulled pork and brisket are excellent. Their sides are extremely large portions. Their fried okra and... More 

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Thank Candy R
Level Contributor
36 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Excellent food, ribs, pork etc always good. Since most Sonnys have closed in North Ga, look forward to visiting Palatka to get our Sonnys fix

Helpful?
Thank Lee C
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback, Lee! We hope we'll see you for another visit soon. More 

Salt Springs, Florida
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358 reviews
277 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

This has improved 100 per cent lots of food served hot good service so glad it's one of the few places around Palatka to eat thank you for improving

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Thank Ronald E
Palatka
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

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

Helpful?
Thank rdholder
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 

Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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.

Helpful?
Thank Chevygirl84
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
Level Contributor
29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 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.👎

Helpful?
Thank Sheila H
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
Level Contributor
58 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 via mobile

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.

Helpful?
Thank travelinman0war
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 

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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: Barbecue, American, Delicatessen

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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