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Sonny's BBQ

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American, Sandwiches, Barbecue, Family Fare
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8313 Chellie Road, Pensacola, FL 32526
850-944-6633
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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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  • 12
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  • 10
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 4
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Take Out for Two

At the end of a busy day, rather than face the kitchen, we often opt for local "take out" food. This trend has been steadily growing in our area, so there are plenty of choices available. One of the favorites is Sonny's BBQ -- a long-standing tradition in these parts. At Sonny's, you can eat... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
BlissSeeker51
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Florida
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  • Families with children
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Florida
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

At the end of a busy day, rather than face the kitchen, we often opt for local "take out" food. This trend has been steadily growing in our area, so there are plenty of choices available. One of the favorites is Sonny's BBQ -- a long-standing tradition in these parts. At Sonny's, you can eat in the restaurant, or in... More 

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Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I lived five years in Pensacola. When I had a yen for BBQ, I was off to Sonny's. My mom needed surgery at Sacred Heart today. Staying in a nearby hotel with dad, I decided to go get us some take-out, my favorite Sonny's ribs. Absolute worst ribs and overall Sonny's dinner I have ever tried to eat. The ribs... More 

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

We're sorry to hear this, Ken S. Let us help make things better. Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details from your experience and the location you were at. More 

Euless, Texas
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We always get something from Sonny's when we are in town. Also, in this instance, they were right next to the hotel, which made it extra easy.

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123 reviews 123 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We ate at this Sonny's last year on our road trip to Florida. We thought it was great! We are rather picky about our barbeque and we really enjoyed our food. What really made it special was our waitress, who couldn't have been nicer!

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

We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit with us, HGH! Thanks for taking the time to write your review. Hope you'll stop by again next time you're in the area! More 

Pensacola, Florida
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Since my last two reviews I found myself once again having lunch here and nothing has changed. The food is good, just the same as all the other Sonny's. I can not understand why management does not see the greasy dirt on & around the ceiling vents. Management could at least get rid of the long strings of dust hanging... More 

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

Thank you for bringing this to our attention, Weekendouting. We'd like to address your concerns - please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with your contact information and your feedback. Also, please include the location you were at for your experience. We appreciate you reaching out to us, and we hope to hear more from you. More 

Mobile, Alabama
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Second time eating here, the first time it was good, this time well not so good, they were busy so I can understand the wait time for the food, however, when two of the people are only getting the salad bar and it takes 15 mins to get a plate then there is something wrong. The two girls in our... More 

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

ilovehotpeppers - Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We're very sorry to hear this happened and we would like to look into the situation further. Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with more details from your experience, along with your contact information and the location you were at. We appreciate you taking the time to write your review and we look... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Usually eat here once a week. Always good service with a smile and food is good too. Salad bar is always clean and neat as well.

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

Wayne C - We're glad to hear you always have good food and service when you visit us! Thanks for your review and we'll see you soon. More 

Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I've been to this location 3 times and have not been disappointed. The food is good. The service has always been good. The restrooms are clean. Overall, its probably one of the more positive budget friendly dining places I have visited in Pensacola.

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Pensacola, Florida
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Average. ..not bad....not great.....ceilings still dirty (see b another reviewers review) Gave it a second chance....dont think there will be a third

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Enjoyed brisket, fried okra. Yumm, loved their sauces. Brought some home even with their biggest jar. Not fancy but thought it was good. Slaw was enjoyed.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8313 Chellie Road, Pensacola, FL 32526
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Panhandle  >  Pensacola
  • Phone Number: 850-944-6633

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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