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Sonny's BBQ

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30503 US Highway 19 North, Palm Harbor, FL 34684 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
+1 727-785-5585
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Schenectady, New York
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67 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 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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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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 

Thank NuK1
Palm Harbor, Florida
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38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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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98 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 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 

Baltimore, Maryland
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43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

Discovered this Bar B Que restaurant for lunch while staying in the Palm Harbor area. Enjoyed it so much we went back a second time. Comfortable, good service, good value meals. My family particularly liked the brisket plate, brisket sandwich, pulled pork sandwich and sweet Carolina sandwich. Family of 4 dined for $45 before tip.

Thank Kenneth D
Clearwater, Florida
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188 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

A special, for today only was a St. Louis style rib dinner for only $8.87. A great value and another enjoyable meal with the best sweet tea this side of heaven. For those who didn't make it today, the rib dinner for two is the next best thing. Ask for it.

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

We're glad to hear it, bucskin! Thanks for the review and we look forward to seein' you again soon. More 

Clearwater, FL
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757 reviews
501 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 283 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Had a full rack of dry rub ribs. Not to darn bad. My guest had a sliced pork sandwich on garlic toast. The French fries are so underrated. Mac & cheese was great. It isn't Kansas City but it ain't bad.

Thank jimvet1826
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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

Placed a very large order to go. $160 order - upon opening the containers found a couple pieces of "paper" in the salad. Hair in the cold slaw, potatoes not cooked enough. I was so upset - we brought it all back! They really acted like it was no big deal. The orginal store years ago - was awesome. Real... More 

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

This doesn't sound right, Susan! Can you email these details, location, and your phone number to Social@SonnysBBQ.com so our team can get in touch and make things better? More 

Tampa, Florida
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

Nothing special. Dry-rubbed ribs are good. Who can screw-up barbecue? Salad bar is terrible. Lots of mayonnaise-type offerings that look like they have been out on the bar for a while. No fresh tomatoes -m they are chpped, watery and disgusting. Puled pok? don't bother. It's mushy. Yuck. Same with pulled chicked, Stick with ribs or sliced pork. Also note... More 

Thank carthagodalendaest
Palm Harbor, Florida
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44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

Everytime we go to sonny's there seems to be less food and the bill goes up. The pork has more fat or is dried out. It just not as enjoyable as the past. It's time to find a new bbq place.

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

We're sorry to hear this, Chris D. Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details, location you visited, and your contact information so we can look into this for you. We appreciate your feedback and we hope you'll give us another chance 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
USD 10 - USD 20
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Cheap Eats
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 North, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?