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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

I ordered a meal to go. The only thing edible was the baked potato. The corn was burnt and hard. The corn muffin was stale. The ribs were cold and dry. I'll never waste my money here again. This place needs to close.

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1 Thank Joseph C
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

This is concerning to hear, Joseph C. Could you please email Social@SonnyBBQ.com with the details about your experience, including the location, along with your phone number? We'd love to get you in touch with our team. More 

Bradenton, Florida
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71 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Extremely poor service, server stated our food may take awhile because they had a new cook. No sign of any responsible manager. Very unprofessional staff. Very disappointing as Sonnys has good BBQ. Restaurant was very noisy and not well maintained.

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Thank RickFin1972
Lakewood Ranch, Florida
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

My wife, friends and I frequently visit Sonny's, but we would not go back to the Bradenton location at 5715 14th St West, even if the food was free! An absolutely horrible..horrible experience. Groups were leaving as we entered making comments such as the wait was not worth it...we chalked that up to a complaining impatient attitude. Then we were... More 

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3 Thank jerryjarzy2017
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thank you for bringin’ this to our attention, jerryjarzy2017. Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details of your experience, along with your phone number and the location you were at. We appreciate your feedback, and hope you’ll give us another chance! More 

PA
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202 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017 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
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thank you for bringin' this to our attention, hermrc. Please email social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details of your experience, along with your phone number and the location you were at. We would greatly appreciate your feedback. More 

Bradenton, Florida
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 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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167 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
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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24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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1 Thank ScottBfromArnoldMD
Fort Myers, Florida
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 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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1 Thank John L
Salem, Ohio
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119 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
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
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 

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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
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 - 22:00
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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