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Sonny's BBQ

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33505 S Dixie Hwy, Florida City, FL 33034-5628 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
+1 305-245-8585
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Stop by the Dixie Highway for a meal at Sonny's, the classic BBQ for the familiy and friends : meat, beer or ice-tea, sides - there you go !

Thank Jerome B
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited on a wed night in early Jan, nice amount of people here easy to get a table, service was excellent food was good and well presented, pleasant staff overall a nice experiance

Thank cycafe
Saint Louis, Missouri
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Brisket was fantastic, Wife had fine ribs. We lived in Jacksonville and the Sonny's there was a favorite back in the '90s so when we saw this place near our hotel in 2017 we had to take our son who is 20 and has eaten out lots. It was every bit as good as remembered!

Thank Scott_C_Baker
Provo, Utah, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We thought Sonny's was a local restaurant but found out it's a chain. We usually avoid chains but found this restaurant was great. The salad bar had lots of choices, not just lettuce and a few offerings. We had ribs that were fall-off-the-bone tender, beans, fries and coleslaw. Everything was tasty. The service was a little slow but our server... More 

Thank Kaye N
Northern Virginia
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75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a southeastern chain of barbeque restaurants. We ordered pork options, so we can’t comment on the ribs. The meat itself is above average – not the greatest, but not fatty or gristly. It is oak-cooked on premises, sort of a half-way point between “real” slow-cooked pit-smoked BBQ over genuine hardwood charcoal, and the “pseudo” BBQ using electric “smokers”... More 

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Hannover, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We returned from a long drive up from Key West- starving!! Went in and were warmed welcomed by the service team. Choosed the day's special (wednesday: all you can eat pulled pork) and a BBQ Salad with additional pulled chicken. The food was served quickly, because the meat is prepared ahead (stays in the smoker for several hours). Awesome taste... More 

Thank Shorty2017
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing food lovely dessert I'm coming back soon! Plus a new menu every time I come! Waitress is SUPER nice

Thank NayansiAndrade1
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food is always served incomplete and undercooked by the incredibly rude team that works here. When you make a complaint you see where this horrible team gets its attitude, the managers. Drive a little north to find much better barbecue places with friendly team members and management.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you like your barbecue, Beans, Cole slaw and corn bread all ridiculously sweet, then this is the place for you. Even the several BBQ sauces were all (to us) too sweet. Service was earnest.

Thank William H
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a great surprise, coming in to this place, the server was very polite, explained the difference of the saint Luis ribs and bay back ribs, eve bring a delicious sample with sheared meat, great dinner, good portions, even for kids, Love to coma back soon

Thank Francisco A

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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
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 33505 S Dixie Hwy, Florida City, FL 33034-5628 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida City
  • Phone Number: +1 305-245-8585
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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?