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Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q

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American, Barbecue, Family Fare, Sandwiches
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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: 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

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 29
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    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
buck eats!

Excellent service, nice waitress and good food. Not much to complain about. Always fast and consistent in quality.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 13, 2015
Greg B
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Palm Bay, Florida, United States
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  • Families with children
  • Takeout
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Palm Bay, Florida, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Excellent service, nice waitress and good food. Not much to complain about. Always fast and consistent in quality.

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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q, responded to this review

Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit, Greg B! Thanks for writing your review - we hope we'll see you again soon. More 

Sebastian, Florida
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Brisket sandwiches at lunch, and they were delicious! Not dry as brisket can sometimes be. Very pleasant and prompt service as well.

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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q, responded to this review

We appreciate your great feedback, Susan M! Thanks for taking the time to write your review. We hope we'll see you again soon! More 

Palm Bay, Florida
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

The food is awesome, the prices are reasonable, and the service is fast and friendly. I had delicious chicken on the bone, a baked potato, and baked beans.

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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review, markvanbever! We hope we'll see you again soon. More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

I had bbq chicken. It was so dry as to be nearly inedible. The bones were black! Green beans were mushy and tasted strange, too. Worst BBQ I've had in a long time.

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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q, responded to this review

Thank you for bringing this to our attention, ChrysAnn2. We're sorry this happened, and we'd like to make things right. Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with your contact information, the details from your experience, and the location you were at. We appreciate you writing your review, and we hope you'll give us another chance in the future. More 

Melbourne, Florida
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I go here all the time and the food is amazing! Even when they're busy, the servers are always happy and I never have to wait a long time for my food. Definitely stop here, you wont regret it!

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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q, responded to this review

Thank you for writing your great review, Marissa L. We're glad to hear you enjoy your visits with us, and we can't wait to see you again! More 

Madang, Papua New Guinea
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Okay, I'm a little biased but I always enjoy stopping at a Sonny's sometime in my trip to the Southeastern U.S. The restaurant in Palm Bay fully met my expectations. We went in as a large party (eight of us) with no advance reservations or anything. We were seated at once in two adjacent booths, which worked well for us.... More 

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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q, responded to this review

It's great to hear you were well taken care of during your visit, kilr0ywashere. Thanks for writing your review, and we hope we'll see you again soon! More 

Melbourne, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

For great tasting food and friendly staff this is the ideal location for your next meal. The Pit Master hamburger is a sandwich which satifies all your senses and leaves you full.

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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q, responded to this review

Thanks for writing your review, jhnross. We're glad you enjoyed our Pit Master Burger, and we hope we'll see you again soon! More 

Palm Bay, Florida
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

My family comes here on a regular basis. Food is good and the prices are reasonable. Love their Brunswick Stew

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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback, SomebodiesWatchingMe. We're glad to hear you and your family continuously enjoy your visits with us. We hope we'll see you again soon! More 

Palm Bay, Florida
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We have visited Sonny's in the past and it was OK. Now there has been a big change in flavor. The change has been for the best. We dine or take out more often now. Good eating.

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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback, Jose M. We are so glad to hear your experiences have gotten better over time! More 

Palm Bay
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I liked the baby back ribs, but the St. Louis Ribs were very tough and i really didn't care for them that much. You had to chew them too long.

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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback, Larry W. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your Baby Back Ribs, however, we'd like to hear more feedback about our St. Louis Ribs so we can try to make them better. Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details from your experience, your contact information, and the location you were at. 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, Barbecue, Family Fare, Sandwiches

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?