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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 - 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: 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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Visitor rating
  • 33
    Excellent
  • 23
    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
Most recent review
Consistently good

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
Sylfel
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Palm Bay, Florida
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Takeout
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Palm Bay, Florida
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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 

Vero Beach, Florida
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Sonny's has become our new favorite BBQ/Family restaurant since our meal at Sonny's in Mooresville, NC. Andrew was our waiter and he did a fantastic job serving us. I had the AYCE ribs and had three servings before I finally said I had enough. When back in this area, we will surely stop by and have another meal.

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

We're glad to hear you enjoyed your ribs, Bart G. See you soon! More 

1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I love the people and the atmosphere & our server Summer was excellent as always!! I recommend this place for anyone whose in the mood for some good BBQ and excellent service.

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

Glad to hear Summer took good care of you, baconjellyisgoodforu. Come back and see us again soon! More 

Florida
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Sonny's menu is varied with beef, pork and chicken always available. The meat comes dry to your table (depending on what you order) and there are 4 different sauces for you to dress it up with. The atmosphere is very casual and the food is consistently tasty throughout the chain.

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

Thanks for your feedback, We2west. We hope we'll see you again soon! More 

Palm Bay, Florida
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Great selection of Bar-B-Q plates, I prefer the pulled port but all the sauces are great and you need to experiment until you find the one you like the best.

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

Thanks for your feedback, Kay M. Come back soon! More 

Palm Bay, Florida
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Bad BBQ, dried out chicken and ribs, pulled pork wasn't bad and NASTY server! Nuf said. Blah Blah to make minimum words

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

We're sorry to hear this, GoofysAwesomeTravels. Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with your feedback and the location you were at so we can make things better. More 

Palm Bay, Florida
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The food is very good and has great flavor. The garlic bread is good not too strong. Ribs are good. Table has different sauces for you to experiment with. Chicken is good. Most of the side dishes are good. Green beans are overdone though. Salad bar needs to improve on the toppings. It is very limited and not very good.... More 

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

Thanks for your feedback, Jean34528. 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 

Palm Bay, Florida
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I often visit and eat at the Sonny's on Malabar road in Palm Bay, fla. This is the only sonny's in the south end of Brevard county, to my knowledge. The majority of the time I order at the drive thru & then eat my food in the quieter back woodsy area of their parking lot which is more comfortable... More 

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

Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Sheryl S. We'd like to make things better - please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details from your experience and location you were at. More 

Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We go there on and off over the year when we want some BBQ, but are too lazy to cook it ourselves. They're always good, consistent, and friendly. Love the place.

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

We hope we'll see you again soon, Jeffmckee00! More 

Melbourne, Florida
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We always have good service and food at this location. We visit a few times a month and you can't beat the value of the Big Deal Menu.

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

Thanks for your feedback, Dave D. Stop by 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?