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30975 Highway 441 South, Commerce, GA 30529 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
706-335-4741
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
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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  • 11
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
LOVE the salad bar!

I always intend to eat something different on the menu, but I always have the salad bar. This salad bar did not include soup, however, and I wish they would revisit that decision. Service is usually friendly and helpful. There are times when they are really busy and servers can decrease their... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed October 26, 2015
LBY15
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Athens, Georgia
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Monroe, Georgia
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here on our way home. We wanted some bbq and Sonny's is consistently good. Special of the day was a pork plate...sliced and pulled. It was very tender and delicious. Highly recommended

Helpful?
Thank Kelly S
Gainesville, Georgia
Level Contributor
71 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Salad bar, one of the remaining places you can find one. BBQ is adequate from a chain. Sauces are tomato based. Service is friendly.

Helpful?
Thank Emrys60
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback, Emrys60. We hope we'll see you for another visit soon. More 

Gainesville, Georgia
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619 reviews
512 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,399 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

it was reheated, or at least i am guessing they tried to reheat it as it was barely warm when presented to me. served do not want to be there, are embarrasses by having to serve this slop masquerading as bbq. best thing we had was the bread. pork was inedible being too greasy and tough to eat. chicken was... More 

Helpful?
Thank bbqman3341
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

We’re sorry to hear you may not have had the best experience with us, bbqman3341. Let us help—please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details from your experience, along with your contact information and the location you were at. We appreciate your feedback, and we hope you’ll give us another chance soon! More 

Athens, Georgia
Level Contributor
22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

I always intend to eat something different on the menu, but I always have the salad bar. This salad bar did not include soup, however, and I wish they would revisit that decision. Service is usually friendly and helpful. There are times when they are really busy and servers can decrease their personal touch.

Helpful?
Thank LBY15
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for takin' the time to write your review, LBY15. We appreciate the feedback and are glad to hear you enjoy our salad bar. Hope to see you again soon! More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Our food was low side of warm, taste was blah. St. Louis ribs were okay but less than warm and mac and cheese was cold and tasteless. Brunswick stew was only thing hot and good. Decided to take home most to heat it up but ended up throwing it out when husband told me about kitchen worker in bathroom who... More 

Helpful?
Thank SchNancy195
SonnysBBQ, Digital Marketing at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

We’re sorry to hear you weren't completely satisfied during your last visit, SchNancy195. Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details of your experience, your contact information, and the location you were at. We appreciate you taking the time to write your review, and we hope we can help make your next visit better! More 

Owen Sound, Ontario
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

We ordered the wing and rib combo and everything was cold and the ribs were dried out. We sent the food back because it was cold and it came back a few minutes later, hot but still the ribs were inedible. Salad bar was the only thing good. It was our first and last time at a Sonny's.

Helpful?
Thank DebbyD
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

We’re sorry to hear you weren't completely satisfied during your last visit, DebbyD Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details of your experience, your contact information, and the location you were at. We appreciate you taking the time to write your review, and we hope we can help make your next visit better! More 

Braselton, Georgia
Level Contributor
14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015 via mobile

The food is good not great, the service was wonderful. It was clean and everything was hot. I would eat there again with my family.

Helpful?
Thank Kelly P
SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

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

Birmingham
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103 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

May be having a bad day, but this was poor. I won't be visiting any Sonny's ever again. Took us 1.5 hours for our meal, mistakes all the way. Food only just edible.

Helpful?
Thank El S
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Sorry to hear you may not have had the best experience with us, El S. Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details, location, and your contact information so we can make things better. More 

Commerce, Georgia, United States
Level Contributor
9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Sonny's is great place for wings. I love their smoking hot sauce. I do lots of take out and use both inside and the drive through. Always have excellent service. Staff is very friendly and helpful.

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Thank Sharon C
Panama City Beach, Florida
Level Contributor
64 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

The food was good but not great. I ordered ribs and they were a little tuff to chew. Otherwise it was OK. It deserves a four rating based on our experience.

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Thank Rick L

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 30975 Highway 441 South, Commerce, GA 30529 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Commerce
  • Phone Number: 706-335-4741

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, American, Delicatessen

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 - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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