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Sonny's BBQ

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30503 US Highway 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL 34684 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
+1 727-785-5585
11:00 - 21:30
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Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is our first time at this Sonny's BBQ, and it was downright delicious. The Hog Sandwich, Baby Back Ribs and Pork 3 Ways were all wonderful. If you love BBQ, this place is one you want to try.

Thank Elizabeth C
Boston, MA
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180 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a disappointment. I had ribs -- what else? -- and they were tough and almost flavorless unless you slathered them with sauce. The place is seriously mediocre.

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

We appreciate you takin' the time to reach out, MarkLOlson. Please allow us to help. Email us at Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details about your experience, including the location, along with your phone number. We appreciate your feedback, and hope you’ll give us another chance! More 

Kalkaska County, Michigan
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food was good and "plenty." Waitress was kind, helpful, and attentive. Overall experience was good. This was our second time here.

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

Thanks for takin' the time to leave your feedback, David M. We're glad to hear you enjoyed and look forward to seein' you again real soon! More 

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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

We were a group of 7. Most of us had the ribs and they were good. We also had the pulled chicken and the ribs and wings platter, which were also good. One person did not get there food until some of us were done eating. They did take that meal of our bill without our asking as a means... More 

Thank Jill H
Palm Harbor, Florida
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48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Family of 4 and a $70 bill? We didn't even have ribs just sliced pork , soda and appetizer. The food was ok, but if I wanted to spend $70, we could have gone to Outback. Not as cheap as it use to be.

Thank chris d
Clearwater, Florida
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

I just used this Sonny's for catering, the event was a memorial service and lunch was being provided afterward. Tara, took my order and information and she was great! Very knowledgable and helpful. She went the extra mile to give us excellent service. Our order was delivered by a friendly and organized person and the food items were clearly marked... More 

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

We’re glad to hear Tara took good care of you during your last visit, Tracy C! We appreciate you takin’ the time to write your review and hope we’ll see you again soon. More 

Schenectady, New York
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71 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

My family had the beef brisket and everyone liked it. I had the salad bar and it was good. Service was very friendly and we were waited on timely.

Thank Susan R
Clearwater, Florida
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I've always enjoyed Sonny's even while living in South Florida. The food is consistent between restaurants, so you are pretty well going to receive the same good flavor no matter which Sonny's you visit. With that being a given, the item which stands out in determining whether your visit is excellent or fair or poor is the serve staff. Unfortunately... More 

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Good bbq. Friendly service. Bring a jacket or sweater. It is always cold in the building. A ton of food for the money.

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

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

Dunedin, Florida
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108 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

Let's get the basics out of the way....this is a Sonny's BBQ...a franchise found throughout Florida and Georgia. They have a product that stays pretty constant wherever you go, so in that regard, I rate them average. Where this franchise excelled was in the customer service. My wife loves burnt ends, and asks for them every time we go to... More 

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

Thanks for takin' the time to tell us about your experience, Kenneth. We hope we'll be seein' you for another visit soon. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 30503 US Highway 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL 34684 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Palm Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 727-785-5585
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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