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Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q

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American, Barbecue, Family Fare
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2707 North Monroe Street, I-10 Exit 199, Tallahassee, FL 32303
850-385-2167
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10:45 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 10:45 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
Takeout

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Visitor rating
  • 22
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Amazing Waitress

I joined about 20 coworkers at Sonny’s recently. I’m not a fan of Sonny’s. We make outstanding BBQ at home. I had fried okra and the salad bar for dinner. Fried okra was the winner. It arrived smokin’ hot. The salad bar was average. Beer prices were very reasonable. A jumbo goose island IPA was... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 5, 2015
HappyCamper48
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FL Keys
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Takeout
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English first
FL Keys
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I joined about 20 coworkers at Sonny’s recently. I’m not a fan of Sonny’s. We make outstanding BBQ at home. I had fried okra and the salad bar for dinner. Fried okra was the winner. It arrived smokin’ hot. The salad bar was average. Beer prices were very reasonable. A jumbo goose island IPA was only $3.49. The stand out... More 

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Arizona
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Stopped in because this place is by our hotel. The reviews weren't bad so we tried it. I'm a BBQ nut. I ordered brisket and fries. The best thing we ate between the three of us was the fried okra. That was actually awesome. The rest of the food was just not up to snuff with good barbecue. The brisket... More 

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

We're sorry to hear you weren't completely satisfied with your meal. El_Bandito_Blanco. We'd like to make things better - please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with your feedback and contact information. We appreciate you taking the time to write your review, and we hope we can help make your next visit better. More 

Derby, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
278 reviews 278 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015 via mobile

We took it easy and just had the pulled pork, garlic bread and two sides (incl). There was plenty of food an there was no need for more unless you want to pile on the pounds! Good, honest, tasty, simple fare at reasonable prices and given the parking lot was almost full others thought it too.

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

Thanks for your feedback, RealHoltyboy. We're glad you enjoyed your visit, and we hope we'll see you again soon. More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This was one of my husbands old stomping grounds which we were excited to try when visiting FSU. I was honestly disappointed. My brisket was very dry. I am not an expert on BBQ but all the brisket I have had before was extremely tender. The favors of the BBQ sauce were really good. The drink sizes are huge! And... More 

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

We're sorry to hear you were disappointed with your visit, Eve_in_the_World. We'd like to hear more about how we can help you have a better visit next time. Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with your feedback, contact information, and the location you were at. More 

Okeechobee,Florida
Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
379 helpful votes 379 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

This Sonny`s has all the favorites and beer on tap, which not all of them do. But it also has Sonny`s brand of beer, it`s fairly inexpensive compared to others and it`s really good. I`ve never seen a Sonny`s anywhere else with it. The food was good, the service was very good, so if you`re in the mood for BBQ... More 

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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 review, ErininOkeechobee. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit, and we hope we'll be seein' you again soon. More 

Salt Lake City, Utah
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Pulled pork sandwich was OK, not the best BBQ I"ve ever had. Did not care for any of the sauces. The full meat platter offered a large variety of smoked meats and they were OK not the best we've had. The baked beans tasted like canned pork and beans with meat added. Good cole slaw. Very popular place with the... More 

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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 review, Faye L. We'd like to hear more about how we can help make your next visit better - please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details from your experience and your contact information, along with the location you were at. We appreciate your feedback, and we hope to hear more from you. More 

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

the people were nice and food is good but the quantity of food given the cost is not great when the food came i thought i was missing another place of food

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

We're sorry to hear you weren't completely satisfied with your visit, earl s. We'd love to hear more feedback from you; please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details from your experience and your contact information. We appreciate you writing your review, and we hope we can help make sure you have better visits in the future. More 

Oakland County, MI
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Went there for dinner at the recommendation of family. Very good food and pleasant service. We would go there again if we were in the area.

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

Thanks for your great review, MadDogBiker! We're glad to hear you had a good experience and we can't wait to see you again next time you're in the area. More 

Florida Panhandle, Florida
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Baked beans were barely warm. Fries likewise. Service was slow even though it was 11:30 a.m. and not crowded. Pulled pork was saving grace of meal.

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

creeldmcrkc - We're very sorry to hear your last experience was not exceptional! Let us help - please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with more details from your experience. Also, please include your contact information and the location you were at. We appreciate you writing your review and we hope we can address your concerns to make your next visit better! More 

Guam, Mariana Islands
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I really want to like this place. For Tallahassee, it is just OK. That is only because of the low quality of restaurants in Tallahassee. If this were here in Jacksonville, FL, I would have rated it as poor. I go here on occasion with family in Tallahassee, and I am not impressed. The place is kinda dirty, the servers... More 

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

Jennifer G - we're very sorry to hear you didn't have the best experience at your last visit. We appreciate you writing your review and we'd like to hear more feedback from you. Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with more details about your experience. Also, please include your contact information and the location you were at for your experience. We look forward... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2707 North Monroe Street, I-10 Exit 199, Tallahassee, FL 32303
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Panhandle  >  Tallahassee
  • Phone Number: 850-385-2167

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, 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
10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
10:45 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:45 am - 10:00 pm

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