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Sonny’s BBQ

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$$ - $$$
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230 S Temple Ave, Starke, FL 32091-3937 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
+1 904-964-8840
11:00 - 21:00
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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247 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were looking forward to stopping at Sonny's Bar-B-Que in Starke, Florida, while traveling north on Highway 301 in route from Tampa and the National College Football Championship. This restaurant has been one of my favorites for years. I love the hickory taste of their meats. Also, as you drive by the restaurant the smokey flavor permeates the air and... More 

Thank CathyP1953
The Villages, Florida
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360 reviews
244 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have stooped at this Sonny's for the past 12-13 years , 4-5 times a year. This is a great place on our way back to Central Florida from our daughters home in Columbia, SC. We have seen this restaurant be remodeled over the years and the service and food are always great ! We stopped last night about 6:30,... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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164 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

It's a chain restaurant, so you don't get the full/unique flavor of a hole-in-the-wall BBQ. But it wasn't bad. Went there for dinner when stopping in Starke overnight on a long road trip. Served that purpose well.

Thank WellTravelled222
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

I always get the half chicken and take half home for later. It is delicious. Their salad bar is outstanding and the chicken salad on the bar is made from smoked chicken. Outstanding

Thank dac2006
Venice, Florida
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210 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

We stopped in for lunch as we were traveling. Just got in before noon, and the restaurant was already almost full. Their menu is varied. The salad bar was delicious as it's been on previous visits. Everything is fresh and well-presented. Our server was friendly. We make it a point when traveling through Florida to stop at this Sonny's. I... More 

Thank veggiegirl60
Manchester, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Very pleased with our food and service - good portions and popular with locals which is always a great sign. Better than average diner

Thank Oystervelt
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Although they were quite busy when we stopped for supper on a Friday evening, we were seated right away. Service was prompted and friendly. Food was hot, the selection of BBQ sauces very nice - my favorite was the Sweet. I chose the Cornmeal muffin to go with the dinner and was happy with it's texture and taste - nothing... More 

Thank Adria H
Conway, South Carolina
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95 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

I used to live in Starke . Sonny's was excellent before it burned down and was rebuilt. Since then the food just isn't the same. It's dry, sometimes has a freezer burn taste. The staff. They have a few people who are nice attentive and know there job . But some just don't care. I went here last month with... More 

Thank dolphin_watcher19
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this review

We're sorry to hear this, dolphin_watcher19! Can you please email these details, the location, and your phone number to Social@SonnysBBQ.com so we can make things better? More 

Lawtey, Florida
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

Everything is always awesomely gggrrreeeaaattttt waitresses are friendly and professional never gotten anything bad from here salad bar is great atmosphere is family-friendly

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

That's what we like to hear, rmichaelbox! Thanks for the great review and we hope to see you again soon. More 

Williamsburg, Virginia
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67 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

This place is always busy (which is a good sign) but never so much so that you have to wait more than a few minutes. Sonny's menu is almost all BBQ, choice of brisket, chicken or turkey. Can't go wrong with any of them. Slaw is very good and the garlic bread is a must have. Service is always quick... More 

Thank WEGL185
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review, WEGL185! We look forward to your next trip! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
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
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?