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Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-QView Menu

440 Tyvola Rd
Charlotte, NC 28217

(704) 523-1053


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Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q serves Charlotte, NC and is located in the 28217 ZIP code. Email us at Visit our website at restaurants barbecue.

Areas Served

Charlotte, NC Metro

Open Late

We are open late. Please call us for our hours of operation.


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Hours of Operation

Sun-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9:30pm

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Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express


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Family Style

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In Short
Owner Sonny Tillman has been serving the same Southern barbecue and fixings since 1968. A common roadside stop, Sonny's offers low prices and barbecue; roomy booths, wagon-wheel chandeliers and homey craft art are the… Read More

The Extras: Sides--especially the fresh fried okra, onion rings and barbecue beans--are inexpensive and well-prepared.
Know Before You Go: Save room for the homemade banana pudding.

Red Tinge is A GOOD THING!

Reviewer: lynn n via Insider Pages | 3/21/2010

5 out of 5 stars

I find it funny that another reviewer stated that Sonny's isn't real barbeque, and then complained that it has a red tint to it. Any idiot (though apparently not that idiot) who knows anything about smoked meat knows that the red is called…

How is the catering?

Reviewer: janmarie222 via Citysearch | 5/16/2008

5 out of 5 stars

I have been to the restaurant and the food was good, however I would like to know if anyone has used their catering service and if so, how was your experience. What did you like and what did you dislike? My daughter has an upcoming wedding…

Good bar- b-q

Reviewer: Jan B via Insider Pages | 2/13/2008

5 out of 5 stars

The restaurant is a nice family night out. Reasonable prices and great portions. I particualrly love the salad bar. There is something for everyone, chicken , pork, beef you name it. It is not a fancy place, but, it is a family…

Good restaurant for a quick-meal

Reviewer: jambadoo via Citysearch | 8/23/2007

5 out of 5 stars

Tried Sonny's on a friend's recommendation...\r \r Liked the ribs very much, and the sides were plentiful. The staff was super-friendly. The restaurant is AWESOME to be non-smoking!! Perhaps needed a little more attention to the…

Excellent barbecue

Reviewer: malmsteen44 via Citysearch | 3/4/2007

5 out of 5 stars

I've always enjoyed Sonny's barbecue regardless of where. I think the ribs are meaty and delicious and the sides are wonderful. Go Sonny's Go!!

good value

Reviewer: psager via Citysearch | 11/17/2006

5 out of 5 stars

It IS a chain barbeque restaraunt, so you wont find the BEST in town but the value and selection make this a thumbs up

Good food and a family atmosphere

Reviewer: universalconcepts via Citysearch | 10/30/2006

5 out of 5 stars

It is a clean place with good food. The kids are welcome and the buffets are wonderful. My entire family eats here.

sonny's at the top!

Reviewer: frotoe67 via Citysearch | 7/31/2005

5 out of 5 stars

my experiance at sonny's was astonding as soon as we entered it wasnon stop custemer sevice.sald bar was verry good with a verity to choose was served pretty quility was superb.all in all it was a very delightful…

The best Bar-B Q Sauce in town

Reviewer: Robin B via Insider Pages | 7/26/2005

5 out of 5 stars

If your craving Bar-B-Q then Sonnys Real Pit Bar B Q is the place to go. They have the best Bar B Q Sauce in town. Everything that I have ever ordered there has been great. The ribs are my favorite. The atmosphere is nice, casual…

not great

Reviewer: jcardone via Citysearch | 4/12/2005

4 out of 5 stars

I love ribs, but this place just doesn't do it for me. IT is average at best

Red tinged meat unappetizing

Reviewer: mufdvr via Citysearch | 3/16/2005

2 out of 5 stars

The barbecue at Sonny's is at best not worthy of true NC barbecue. It has a red discoloration, supposedly from their cooking process. The flavor is not very complex and does require their sauce to be edible. The BBQ chicken is terribly dry…


Reviewer: lincolnlow via Citysearch | 7/15/2004

2 out of 5 stars

If you want good "Q", stay away from Sonny's. The meat is not good at all. The sauce is the best thing to mask the taste of the liquid smoke that is used in excess.

Its ok

Reviewer: sixteenstone via Citysearch | 7/14/2004

5 out of 5 stars

I would rank sonnys as average as far as the food goes.....not the best tasting barbq in charlotte but yet the service is pretty good. I would choose the Old Hickory House over this place anyday for the food

ain't nothin like my sonny's

Reviewer: sheldonx via Citysearch | 5/17/2004

5 out of 5 stars

I have eaten BBQ all over the usa .. I grew up in florida and was raised on sonny's BBQ .... There has never been nor will there ever be any better BBQ than Sonny's


Reviewer: ccollins8 via Citysearch | 4/2/2004

2 out of 5 stars

What a disappointment. With all the great bbq in town, this just may be the worst one. I have given it 2 tries, but will not go back. I will NEVER go back. Bland sauce. Try one of the areas many bbq places and it will be a better…

Cold, Fatty and Tastes Bad

Reviewer: Laura via Citysearch | 5/12/2003

1 out of 5 stars

The food is horrible! They bring you sliced or chopped unseasoned meat which is already cold when it comes to your table, then expect you to pour cold sauces out of sticky squirt bottles on the table on it and call it barbeque. …

Surprised, and bloated like a stuck pig

Reviewer: gstevens97 via Citysearch | 10/14/2002

5 out of 5 stars

For a chain, this place had some good bbq. Pulled pork a little on the dry side, beans were great, ribs a liitle dry too. On the whole, good food.

Plentiful isn't here

Reviewer: rnwalton via Citysearch | 8/7/2002

5 out of 5 stars

While the food is good, I didn't find it at all outstanding. And on a dollar per pound basis, this is probably the worst BBQ value I've encountered in Charlotte. Large pieces of bread and french fries cover 80% of your plate while BBQ…

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