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Sonny's BBQ

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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: Seating, 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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  • 65
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
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    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
BBQ sandwiches

My husband loves the food, great coleslaw and beans. I always get the sweet potato. Sweet BBQ sauce is very good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Laura m
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Palm Bay, Florida
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Palm Bay, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My husband loves the food, great coleslaw and beans. I always get the sweet potato. Sweet BBQ sauce is very good.

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Thank Laura m
Miami
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61 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We eat here once a month and they never let me down. The food is true BBQ... Smoked and yummy. Service is good. It's not fancy, just casual and relatively quick service.

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Thank Nancy C
Palm Bay, Florida
Level Contributor
27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoy this bbq Every time I have it,The ribs are to die for, the chicken is cooked to perfection and their sauce,is oh boy so good! Soft freshly baked cornbread tops off the meal with delicious baked beans. Would definitely buy again.

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Thank Erica B
Palm Bay, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

I signed up for Sonny's emails a while ago. I received a coupon for a full birthday meal, free! I ordered the brisket sandwich with fries and a drink. The whole meal was free, and it was so delicious! Yum!

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Thank 00BJM00
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for celebrating with us, 00BJM00! We hope we'll see you again soon! More 

Palm Bay, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

My husband and I went to Sonny's for a late dinner. We visit this location once a month or so and have seldom had to wait for our food. This time, however, it took a long time. Our server, Andrea, explained that the kitchen had been "slammed", and kept visiting our table to apologize for the wait. Even though we... More 

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

We’re glad to hear Andrea took good care of you during your last visit, NanSimz! We appreciate you taking the time to write your review and hope you’ll stop by again soon! More 

Brevard County, Florida
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205 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015 via mobile

Absolutely love the Sunday evening all-you-can-eat BBQ chicken. Variety of flavored sauces on table. Attentive servers. Ample parking. Reasonably priced.

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

Thanks for the great review, Rita! We appreciate the feedback and can’t wait to see you again real soon. More 

Palm Bay, Florida
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

The food here is EXCELLENT. The restaurant is kept very clean. The servers are very friendly. Salad Bar kept full and clean too.

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Thank pidgeon44
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words, pidgeon44! We appreciate you takin’ the time to leave your review and hope to see you again soon! More 

Palm Bay, Florida
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

The first time I went to Sonny's was for take out, so I didn't see the "real" interior, but did see a couple of old drunks at the bar, so that turned me off..even though the bbq was perfect. Then I met a group of friends there for lunch. Oh my...a nice clean restaurant, with helpful staff and good service.... More 

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

Thanks for the great review, Genie! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your meal with friends and can’t wait to see you again real soon. More 

Palm Bay, Florida
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015 via mobile

Experience today was great! Jenn was friendly and got our food out fast! Had the turkey sandwich and it was excellent! Always happy at Sonnys!

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Thank chevygirl3
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words, chevygirl3! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your Turkey Sandwich and hope to see you again soon! More 

Palm Bay, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015 via mobile

The prices are unbeatable, best BBQ in town....lunch is when we usually are in there and the servers are so fast and efficient. We came in Halloween night and Faith was our server. She was great. The salad bar is our favorite with their different soups everyday. Highly recommend Sonny's in palm bay.

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

Thanks for the kind words, Ashley! We are glad to hear that Faith took such good care of you and hope to be seein' you again sometime 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, Barbecue, 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 - 9:30 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?