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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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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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  • 38
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    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
Late Dinner

Went in 30 minutes before closing. The staff was still very friendly. I had the smoked turkey dinner with the salad bar. The turkey was really moist and very tasty. Salad bar was a little slim but it was the end of the night. Lots of selections, quick service and good food.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
ChristineMRahgozar
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  • Families with children
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

Went in 30 minutes before closing. The staff was still very friendly. I had the smoked turkey dinner with the salad bar. The turkey was really moist and very tasty. Salad bar was a little slim but it was the end of the night. Lots of selections, quick service and good food.

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Palm Bay, Florida, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Sonny's BBQ is my go to restaurant, whether I want to pick up food for later, or to enjoy a meal at their location. My favorite is the Big Deal Combo - sandwich, side and a drink, all for a reasonable price.

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Palm Bay, Florida
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Stopped by Sonny's Bbq for dinner, the Ribs were very good and the service is always nice, I do love the ribs at sonny's, If you are in the mood for ribs I say go to Sonnys

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

Thanks for your feedback, judya22. We hope we'll see you again soon! More 

Palm Bay, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We eat at Sonnys every week, sometimes twice in one week. Food is good, service is good and we enjoy sitting at the bar.

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Central Florida
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

My wife and I eat here at least twice a month. We never have to wait very long for a seat, even when it's busy. Our servers are always prompt and friendly, and make sure we get our iced teas to go when we leave. Most of the time we both have the all-you-can-eat salad bar which is always fresh... More 

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

We're glad to hear you always enjoy your visits, EJKorvette. See you again soon! More 

Melbourne, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Ate here with my family, the service and the food is always good, it is a pleasure always to eat at Sonny's BBQ.

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

We're glad to hear you always enjoy your visits with us, Beth S. Thanks for your great review! More 

Melbourne, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Always a good visit when Sarah is our server! The food is out prompt and fresh. Really glad you brought back the smoked wings too, they our awesome.

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

Thanks for the kind words, DarkNStary. We'll see you again soon! More 

Palm Bay, Florida
Top Contributor
115 reviews 115 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Can't beat all you can eat sliced pork for 12.99 with 2 sides and bread. The waitress was excellent as she got the 4 reorders fast. The mac and cheese and bbq beans were excellent. The fried catfish was good also with 2 sides and it costs 8.99 (not on the menu, but they serve it).

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

Thanks for the feedback, Carolyne H. We're glad to hear you're a fan of our BBQ! More 

Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Didn't grow up too much on BBQ had to learn to love it on my own. Everytime I go I cant stop eating. Pulled pork, mac and cheese, beans and their cornbread is amazing. Friendly staff as well. Affordable prices.

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

Glad to hear you're a fan, Melanie C. See you again soon! More 

Palm Bay, Florida
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The food has been consistently good for 10 yrs that I have been going. You don't have to wait long for the food to come out. If you like your fries hot, like I do, it does become a problem and you will probably have to send it back. I have learned not to order the baked potato unless you... More 

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

Thanks for your feedback, Sylfel. We hope we'll see you again soon. 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, 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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