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Sonny's BBQ

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3650 Tyrone Blvd N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710-1127 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
+1 727-341-2990
11:00 - 21:30
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107 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Busy everywhere on St.Patty,s Day in Madera Beach. This was nearest Sonny,s. Wife had Carolina BBQ sandwich which she really liked. Ordered BBQ sampler with pulled pork,sliced brisket,white bbq chicken,and dry rubbed ribs with bbq beans and baked sweet potato .and cornbread. The sweet sauce is best with carolina mustard second. Portions very compelling. Missy was excellent server. Asked all... More 

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

Palmettosojourner, thanks for sharing your kind words! We’ll be sure to pass your feedback about Missy along to our team. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Went to have a rib dinner, should have known it wasn't a good place to eat, there were not many cars in the parking lot. Then we should have known when the coleslaw was served in styrofoam cups way before our meal was served, pulled pork was nothing but fat, last time they see us.

Thank 1184cherrydown
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

We’re very sorry to hear you were disappointed with your recent visit, 1184cherrydown. We’d like to try to help—please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details of your experience, including the location, and your phone number. Your feedback is important to us. More 

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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

The food is OK the service is OK. I am pickey about my BBQ, it is just OK. I only go there when my husband is craving ribs. I think mine are better and so does he. Sometimes I just don't have the time to cook after working all day

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

Thank you for reachin’ out, Michelle B. We appreciate you takin' the time to leave your review and will be sure to pass this along to our team. Thanks for your feedback and we hope to see you again soon! More 

St. Petersburg, Florida
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245 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

After being a patron of Sonny's for over 15 years...there is one thing certain, they are Not consistent when it comes to service and cuisine. On this visit, my server Jess did not take respond to drink request refills and cuisine request really orders. She seemed more interested in getting me in & out as soon as possible. Hint: the... More 

Thank J S
St. Petersburg, Florida
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62 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

I've been to Sonny's on Tyrone quite a few times. They are very consistent in one thing. They don't seem to grasp the concept of an appetizer. No matter what the entrée ALWAYS comes before I'm halfway through the appetizer. Last time I sent the entrée back until I finished the appetizer. This time I ordered the appetizer at the... More 

Thank Joe S
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

I ordered the pulled chicken. It arrived promptly ahead of the corn nuggets I ordered. I thought this meant my food would be hot and tasty. Well, cold chicken and beans is not tasty. I didn't realize that I was put on the cattle trail roughing it. I sent it back but got the same thing the second time. This... More 

Thank Pennie B
St. Petersburg, Florida
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60 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Had Sonny's BBQ today for lunch ...I had the dry rubbed wings and they were moist and finger licking good ...this is one of the best wing places and I love wings...Hubby had the brisket with slaw baked beans and cornbread...The brisket was a little dry and not what he expected ..lesson learned order pork next time...service was fast and... More 

Thank milliemccabe
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

This is a decent joint, nothing fancy but the food is consistently good. Not great but good enough that I keep going back. I normally get the pulled pork with beans and garlic toast. Give it a try!

Thank Billy D
New Port Richey, Florida
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56 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

I've always liked Sonny's, but my recent visit was a little disappointing. We always get good service. But I ordered the St. Louis ribs and chicken wings. I wanted to try the wings because I've heard so much about them. When the wings game, they were certainly smoked and over smoked. They were simply tough. Very difficult to chew. The... More 

Thank dhimber2
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, dhimber2. Please email social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details of your experience, your contact information, and the location you visited. Your feedback is important to us! More 

Madeira Beach, Florida
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39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

This is my second visit. I thought that after 21/2 years I would give it another try. That was a mistake. The lady who waited on us was absolutely great and caring but that was the only highlight. The brisket was old and dry, I mean very dry and very old. I had them add a sausage link and it... 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
US$10 - US$20
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3650 Tyrone Blvd N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710-1127 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  St. Petersburg
  • Phone Number: +1 727-341-2990
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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