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Sonny's BBQ

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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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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 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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  • 49
    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
Amazing!!

The barbecue here is incredible, the smoked turkey sandwich on garlic bread is absolutely delicious! Every time I visit we have awesome service, we had Cameron our last visit and she was very friendly and attentive!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
Marie D
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Melbourne, Florida
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  • Families with children
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Melbourne, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The barbecue here is incredible, the smoked turkey sandwich on garlic bread is absolutely delicious! Every time I visit we have awesome service, we had Cameron our last visit and she was very friendly and attentive!

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

We’re so happy to hear Cameron took good care of you during your last visit, Marie D. Thank you for the kind words and we hope you’ll stop by again soon! More 

Palm Bay, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Faith was on top of it, awesome server! Great food and experience! Sliced brisket was juicy and fries were hot! No complaints here!

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

Hey there, chevygirl3. Thank you for the review! We’re glad to hear Faith took good care of you during your last visit. We appreciate you taking the time to write your review and hope you’ll stop by again soon! More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Had lunch yet again at this wonderful establishment! Faith was our server and she was great! Will be returning for sure the next time we are in town!

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

Thank you for the great review, littlebun1. We are glad to hear Faith took good care of you and hope to see you soon! More 

Palm Bay, Florida
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

read ad that it was sonny's birthday which means special on ribs we got there before 6 and were seated immediately ribs were great mom got shrimp--i stole 1 best ever shrimp. when we got ready to leave OMG!! customer line was out the door!! they know a good thing. this was only my 2nd time very very happy with... More 

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

Hi marnold61! Thanks for coming out to celebrate Sonny's birthday with us. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your ribs and hope to see you again soon! More 

Imperial Beach
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I am from California, and there is a pizza place called Sonny's which I love, so I am really glad that there is a Sonny's in Florida that I love as well. It's not pizza, but it is the best BBQ for the best price! I always get the pulled pork lunch which comes with garlic bread or cornbread and... More 

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

Thanks for giving us a try, Lisha! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your meal as well as the cornbread. We hope to see you again some time soon! More 

Palm Bay, Florida
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Great service every time I go! The food is always outstanding! I love the salad bar. But, they do need a little more wait space.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The food was outstanding! The service was excellent. My food came out right away and was hot. The staff is very friendly and the managers are very respectful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Came into sonnys with my husband, by far the best BBQ I've had in Palm Bay. I had the friendliest server Sophie, she kept my husbands drink filled which is hard enough as it is and always gave us a smile as she walked by. I'll definitely be back for more!

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 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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SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

We're happy to hear Faith took good care of y'all, Littlebun1! We appreciate you takin' the time to write your review, and hope to see you again real soon. More 

Palm Bay, Florida, United States
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 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 

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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, 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 - 9:30 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?