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Sonny's BBQ

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5715 14th St W, Bradenton, FL 34207-4004 (Formerly Sonnys Real Pit Bar B Que)
+1 941-755-1444
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10:45 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 10:45 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 10:45 - 22:00
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186 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food is average BBQ. Lettuce on the salad bar had lots of brown in it, so really could use replaced. Pulled pork was tasty. Had a new waiter today (2nd day). Not sure how he was trained, but he needs help. He did not know the lunch menu. I ordered they salad bar and pulled pork. Got the pork and... More 

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Thank hermrc
Bradenton, Florida
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

We like ribs, and Sonny's are some of the best. Platters are generous (go for the half rack if you don't want the full rack -- it's not on the menu, but they are very accommodating) and the food is great!

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Thank kymrukatz2016
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130 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Hard to find a place to eat on Thanksgiving in Bradenton Florida. My sister and I settled on Sonny's and we were pleasantly surprised. The smoked turkey breast was tender and tasty and lots of it. The cornbread stuffing was also very good. Mashed potatoes I believe were instant and the corn and green beans were not exceptional. However the... More 

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Thank Louis S
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Ribs were good and the service was great (Casey). The entire restaurant could use some renovations. The floor was sticky as though it had not been mopped in some time. My wife didn't want to stay due to the atmosphere but I like Sonny's ribs.

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Thank ScottBfromArnoldMD
Fort Myers, Florida
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

OK, I'm not a fanatic about BBQ, but I can tell when it has no taste. Traveling to Tampa from ft Myers,on a Sunday night the wife says she would like some BBQ for supper. So, we dialed in the GPS and headed to Sonny's BBQ on 14th in Bradenton, Fl. Ordered Pulled Pork(and I know what pulled pork looks... More 

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Thank John L
Salem, Ohio
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105 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

Saw these Sonny's BBQs while traveling through the south so we finally stopped to check it out. Building a little dated but came to eat not admire the decorations. They have all-you-care-to-eat specials each night which are pretty good deals. All three of us chose the pulled pork dinner special with endless sides included. Food came out quick and hot.... More 

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Thank Matt H
North Port, Florida
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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

I wasn't sure about eating here since some of the reviews were not so good. The food we ordered was very good and our server was on top of the refills. The place could use some remodeling and from what I understand, they are in the process of doing that. I also eat at the Sonny's in Venice and Port... More 

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Thank TWS1161
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

We appreciate your feedback, TWS1161, and we hope we'll see you for another visit soon! More 

Seminole, United States
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

On different occasions we have been to this Sonny's. Dinner with friends seemed like a good thing. Friends arrived first got the table. Our waitress took our drink order came back took our food order, didn't mention any of the specials. Seemed preoccupied with her dying cell phone. Had it charging on the table in the corner. Place was not... More 

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Thank Tammy A
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, Tammy A. Please email social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details of your experience, your contact information, and the location you visited. Your feedback is important to us! More 

Sarasota, Florida
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44 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Walked in around 5PM and only 2 tables full. Put in our orders & waited & waited & waited. The 5 of us looked around & now the tables are filling up and 1/2 of them were already eating. I asked our waitress what was the deal as we had been here before anyone and she says because it was... More 

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

Thank you for bringing this to our attention, Jennifer. Please email social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details of your experience, along with your contact information and the location you were at. We would greatly appreciate your feedback. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

My husband and i have never been here befor and went here at lunch time after reading a few questionable reviews about the service..but my husband wanted BBQ!! The service ended up being great and the food was good!! My husband and i really enjoyed this place. The salad bar could have used some TLC but I was able to... More 

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Thank Megan B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
10:45 - 21:30
Monday
10:45 - 21:30
Tuesday
10:45 - 21:30
Wednesday
10:45 - 21:30
Thursday
10:45 - 21:30
Friday
10:45 - 22:00
Saturday
10:45 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5715 14th St W, Bradenton, FL 34207-4004 (Formerly Sonnys Real Pit Bar B Que)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Bradenton
  • Phone Number: +1 941-755-1444
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.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?