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Sonny’s BBQ

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230 South Temple Avenue, Starke, FL 32091 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
+1 904-964-8840
11:00 - 21:00
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Fort Lauderdale, United States
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48 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I miss the Brunswick Stew, but this location has the best salad bar. The food is always good and so is the service.

Thank Steven B
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for reachin' out to us about this, Steven B. Our Pitmasters are always cookin' up new ways to keep things interesting, which is why you may have noticed some changes. We're glad to hear you enjoyed and look forward to seein' you again real soon! More 

Starke, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've had Delaney as our waitress multiple times and she is amazing! She is very kind, quick, and helpful. Just wanted to recognize her as a great employee. She is always positive, polite and accurate which makes for a great experience each and every time. :) Restaurant is very clean and service is always great!

Thank AgedAnthropoid
SonnysBBQ, General Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this review

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

Gainesville, Florida
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339 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoy eating at Sonny's in Gainesville, so we thougth we'd give this location a try. It's just as good as home. The service was good, the food was good, and the restaurant is clean and comfortable. We will stop again whenever we pass through Starke during lunchtime or dinnertime.

1 Thank Gators89
SonnysBBQ, General Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks! We’re glad to hear you enjoyed your visit, and we can’t wait to see you again for your next visit. More 

Saint Augustine, Florida
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

typical sonny's............great food / service / tea and salad bar always primo..............can accommodate large groups of christians or heathens or as in our case both.....

1 Thank sgbuddha1951
Lake View, New York
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

The food and service were very good and price was great as well. Had the all you can eat pulled pork (so much food it was awesome)

1 Thank campergin
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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281 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

We were looking forward to stopping at Sonny's Bar-B-Que in Starke, Florida, while traveling north on Highway 301 in route from Tampa and the National College Football Championship. This restaurant has been one of my favorites for years. I love the hickory taste of their meats. Also, as you drive by the restaurant the smokey flavor permeates the air and... More 

1 Thank CathyP1953
The Villages, Florida
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366 reviews
249 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

We have stooped at this Sonny's for the past 12-13 years , 4-5 times a year. This is a great place on our way back to Central Florida from our daughters home in Columbia, SC. We have seen this restaurant be remodeled over the years and the service and food are always great ! We stopped last night about 6:30,... More 

1 Thank Villagesre
Calgary, Canada
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171 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

It's a chain restaurant, so you don't get the full/unique flavor of a hole-in-the-wall BBQ. But it wasn't bad. Went there for dinner when stopping in Starke overnight on a long road trip. Served that purpose well.

Thank WellTravelled222
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

I always get the half chicken and take half home for later. It is delicious. Their salad bar is outstanding and the chicken salad on the bar is made from smoked chicken. Outstanding

Thank dac2006
Venice, Florida
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213 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

We stopped in for lunch as we were traveling. Just got in before noon, and the restaurant was already almost full. Their menu is varied. The salad bar was delicious as it's been on previous visits. Everything is fresh and well-presented. Our server was friendly. We make it a point when traveling through Florida to stop at this Sonny's. I... More 

Thank veggiegirl60

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 230 South Temple Avenue, Starke, FL 32091 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Starke
  • Phone Number: +1 904-964-8840
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?