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Sonny’s BBQ

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230 S Temple Ave, Starke, FL 32091-3937 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
+1 904-964-8840
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11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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83 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Normally always stay with the same thing every time, they must be having problems in the kitchen the last few weeks as burnt garlic bread and cold meat. In addition the chicken was raw.

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Thank tara1172
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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91 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Excellent food! Our table enjoyed the pulled pork, along with mac & cheese and sweet potato fries. The restaurant was busy from the time we got there until we left and it was standing room only on a Sunday. Would highly recommend.

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Thank Kelly1963
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for takin' the time to leave your feedback, Kelly1963. We're glad to hear you enjoyed and look forward to seein' you again real soon! More 

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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

GREAT place for ribs at a equally great price! You have a choice of the type of sauce that you can have on the ribs. Yummy to the tummy!!!

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Thank Dana M
Keystone Heights, Florida
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017

I have been here a few times and each time found the food excellent. The servers were very friendly and efficient. I have been to other Sonny's and found that the food is dry and not appealing. I don't know who runs this one but they are right on with their quality, freshness and taste. I would recommend this Sonny's... More 

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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Service was friendly but slow I've had way better BBQ Ribs were tough My husband enjoyed the small portion of brisket

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Thank HDrider19
Bonita Springs, Florida
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263 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

The restaurant is clean, the bathrooms were in good order, the service was friendly and efficient. The food and beverage portions are large. Casual and inexpensive. The corn bread is wonderful although some may find it a bit on the sweet side. The slaw is good and the BBQ is delicious. A nice travel stop as you can be sure... More 

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

Thank you for your great review, Theresa L! We’re glad to hear you enjoyed your corn bread and service, and we can’t wait to see you again for your next visit. More 

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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed the smoked turkey and pulled pork at lunch. Green beans and potato salad were very good also. Alicia was very attentive and filled a takeout cup with tea for us as we left. Highly recommend!

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Thank Margedude
Fort Lauderdale, United States
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66 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 February 2017

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

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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
Reviewed 9 February 2017

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!

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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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340 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

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.

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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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 20
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 21:00
Saturday
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 230 S Temple Ave, Starke, FL 32091-3937 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Starke
  • Phone Number: +1 904-964-8840
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?