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Sonny's BBQ

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American, Sandwiches, Barbecue, Family Fare
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1020 Malabar Road South East, Palm Bay, FL 32907 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
321-953-3997
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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: Lunch, Dinner, 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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    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great lunch!

Came in today and had a fantastic lunch. Came in right about the busy time and faith served us promptly and professionally. Will defiantly be back !

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
Littlebun1
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  • Families with children
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

Came in today and had a fantastic lunch. Came in right about the busy time and faith served us promptly and professionally. Will defiantly be back !

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Palm Bay, Florida, United States
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7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

It was ok, not my favorite place to eat. We haven't been back, it's not on the list any time soon. The ribs are not the best I've ever had.

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

Thank you for takin' the time to write your review, Stacy G. We’d like to try to help make your next visit better—please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with further details, along with your contact information and the location you were at. We do appreciate your feedback, and we hope to hear more from you. More 

Palm Bay, Florida
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We took family to dinner and they were from Ukraine. They could not believe how much food was on the plate. They thought it was for all of us to share. The food was very tasty and we will return with or without company.

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

Thanks for the kind words, Mepi68! We appreciate you takin' the time to leave your feedback, and hope to see you again real soon. More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

The meat on my sandwich was so fatty and disgusting that I ended up eating garlic toast with sweet sauce on it. It was so unbearable I couldn't even stomach it. Maybe drive thru customers get the crappy food that they won't send to a table in fear it will get sent back to the kitchen. Also, my tea was... More 

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

We’re sorry to hear you may not have had the best experience with us, Alyssa Z. Let us help—please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details from your experience, along with your contact information and the location you were at. We appreciate your feedback, and we hope you’ll give us another chance soon! More 

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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Always a good local choice for bbq. Clean, nice atmosphere, good food.For Travellers its right off of Exit 173, next to Walmarts.Like I said you can't go wrong with Sonny's Bbq

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

Thanks for the review, Nilda D. We hope you'll come see us again real soon! More 

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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We had a great waitress, SARAH, SHE WAS AWESOME, 2 for 1 Draft beers, The food was great, chicken was a tad bit dry, but Sarah made up for it, THANKYOU SARAH

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

Thanks for the review, Thomas S! We'll be sure to let Sarah know about the awesome job she did. More 

Melbourne, Florida
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

I've eaten at this restaurant before and wasn't disappointed. However, my latest visit made my stomach turn. I was disgusted with how our server did not show any care or concern that we were not happy with our order.. My husband ordered what he thought was dry-rubbed, smoked wings.. but they were dry rubbed, deep-fried wings (this exists?) On top... More 

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

Thank you for bringing this to our attention, elpdae. 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 

Hollywood, Florida
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39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Sonny's makes good BBQ;; but, you never know how to order and how good it will be when you get it. This time is seemed like they were changing prices as I ordered..all you eat ribs but if you want all with brisket that's more but menu doesn't say it. The worse parts: no baby back ribs which they feature;... More 

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

We’re sorry to hear you may not have had the best experience with us, ProTraveler41. Let us help—please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details from your experience, along with your contact information and the location you were at. We appreciate your feedback, and we hope you’ll give us another chance soon! More 

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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

From the baby back ribs, to the burgers, to the baked beans and cornbread, you can't go wrong. Very casual eating and family friendly. Sit back and enjoy, no pretenses, just tasty food.

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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015 via mobile

Good prices for great food! The staff are always friendly and accommodating also! Out family has even catered from them. Two thumbs up!

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Additional Information about Sonny's BBQ

Address: 1020 Malabar Road South East, Palm Bay, FL 32907 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
Phone Number: 321-953-3997
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Brevard County  >  Palm Bay
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
Cuisine: American, Sandwiches, Barbecue, Family Fare

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1020 Malabar Road South East, Palm Bay, FL 32907 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Brevard County  >  Palm Bay
  • Phone Number: 321-953-3997

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 - 9:30 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?