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1152 Tamiami Trl, Port Charlotte, FL 33953-3808 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
+1 941-613-1114
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10:45 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 10:45 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 10:45 - 22:30
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137 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I found the ribs on the dry side and a bit tough/chewy. My guess is that they over smoked them. The BBQ chicken was the worst I've ever tasted, the white meat was as dry as the desert. I did overhear the neighbouring table saying how good the pulled pork was...I'm kind of disappointed I didn't order that instead! On... More 

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Thank SchneiderGuy
Punta Gorda, Florida
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613 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

We recently tried Sonny's. I had a full rack of ribs. We had not been since last spring. The ribs were meatier and tastier than I remembered from last year. I was not sure that I would like them given our experience last year but they were very good and I will order them again. Let us hope that they... More 

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Thank Radmrjg
Tampa, Florida
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152 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

I have eaten at a ton of Sonny's and recently the food has been so-so. But for some reason this particular Sonny's has always impressed me. The service is good, the salad bar looks great and the waitress recommended items and answered our questions. Good experience..

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Thank wolandy
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

Love their ribs! I eat here at least once a month. Whenever I have family or friends come down for a visit we always visit Sonny's

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

Thanks, Lexi L! We’re glad to hear you enjoyed our ribs your visit, and we can’t wait to see you again soon! More 

Halifax
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882 reviews
296 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

We always loved this place but last time we were there we weren't pleased with the food. The chicken was dried out and the sides were not up,to par . I am going to it might have been a bad night because usually we always loved this place. We'll try again.

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Thank easterntreker
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, easterntreker. Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details your phone number, and the location you were at. We appreciate you takin’ the time to write your review, and we hope we can help make your next visit better! More 

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64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed a BBQ late lunch. We had a great server. BBQ pork was good, not a lot of fat. Side of fries was a little small. We also had smoked turkey big deal, meat was great but side fries were small. We ordered salad bar, was a little disappointed that a few items had not been refilled, and only enough... More 

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Thank Melanie L
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, Melanie L. Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details your phone number, and the location you were at. We appreciate you takin’ the time to write your review, and we hope we can help make your next visit better! More 

Mashpee, Massachusetts
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160 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

My wife and I stopped for dinner. She had Pulled Pork, and I had Baby-Back Ribs, which were on special. We each enjoyed our meals, and appreciated the LARGE Iced Tea. Everything was excellent.

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Thank JohnP13147
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Sonny's offers consistently good BBQ at affordable prices. I've tried a variety of their meats over the years and really have a hard time choosing my favorite. I think the brisket is probably the favorite. It's easy to take-out and bring dinner home or to the beach. The sides are actually pretty good, which isn't always found at BBQ joints.

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

Glad to hear you always enjoy your visit, Cheryl! We hope we'll see you for another visit soon. More 

Orlando
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised when we visited on a Saturday and found out that the kids would eat free with an adult entrée. We had baby back ribs, a combo plate of chicken and pulled pork and of course to kids meals. Everything was delicious.

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Thank D7790EKkarenm
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

We're glad to hear it, D7790EKkarenm. Thanks for the great review and we look forward to your next visit. More 

Port Charlotte, Florida
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69 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

We've stopped by this place a couple of times now since moving to the area and have never been disappointed. Plenty of great food no matter what you choose. Great BBQ and sides.

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Thank pams80
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review, pams80! We hope we'll see you for another visit soon. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 20
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Television
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
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 - 22:30
Saturday
10:45 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1152 Tamiami Trl, Port Charlotte, FL 33953-3808 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Port Charlotte
  • Phone Number: +1 941-613-1114
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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