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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 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:30
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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224 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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60 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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44 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 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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19 reviews
9 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
Largo, Florida
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54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 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 4 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 

Thank ljarocki
St. Petersburg, Florida
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52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

The food is good and comes out quick, but much of it is pre-made en-masse, and is put on a plate out of a warmer when the food is ordered. Doesn't mean that it isn't good, just means sometimes it isn't as fresh as you would expect it to be.

Thank AnAmericanAbroadUK
Tarpon Springs, Florida
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

Had a party in my building and ordered the chicken wings. Well there were a big hit. Everyone thought I made then myself. When I told the truth, they couldn't believe it. They did not have a good review of Sonny's. But I did and so did they. I love everything about this place. And the Ice Tea's are very... More 

Thank beebee446
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for your great feedback, beebee446! We appreciate hearin' from you and we hope to see you again soon. More 

Winter Garden, Florida
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459 reviews
260 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

As good as any other, awesome beef brisket, and ribs. Food served quick and hot, staff was friendly and nice.

Thank 0ur_0pini0n
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for the great feedback, 0ur_0pini0n. We appreciate you stoppin' by and we hope to see you again soon. 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, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?