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Sonny's BBQ

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American, Sandwiches, Barbecue, Family Fare
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15935 Northwest US Highway 441, Alachua, FL 32615
+1 386-462-3180
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout
Description: In 1968, we were just a local BBQ joint in Gainesville, Florida. Today...
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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    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
good barbecue

Good barbecue for sure. I had the hand pulled pork sandwich which was quite tasty. The server was prompt and friendly

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
Marc J
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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
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22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The food was as ordered and brought out quickly. The worker was refilling and refreshing the salad bar. The bathroom was clean. The servers were extremely polite. It was a great stop on our road trip!

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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Good barbecue for sure. I had the hand pulled pork sandwich which was quite tasty. The server was prompt and friendly

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

Thanks for your review, Marc J. We appreciate your feedback, and hope you'll come see us again soon! More 

Fort Myers, Florida
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211 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

The clerk at the hotel recommend it, and I've got to say it was nothing special. Just your run of the mill, small-town Bar-B-Que restaurant. And there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. It wasn't bad. Not at all. It just wasn't anything to get all worked up over. The food was tasty and hot, and the portions were a good... More 

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

Thanks for the review, ChefJohnS. We appreciate your feedback, and hope you'll come see us again soon. More 

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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Great BBQ requires great sauce and Sonny's has it. My favorite dish is the sliced pork, always tender and not fatty. Service is good too!

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Columbus, Indiana
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152 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

My wife and I were on the way to Florida for vacation and pulled in to this Sonny's location for lunch. We have actually stopped here before on a previous trip. I was born and raised in South Carolina so I like to think I know a bit about good barbecue. Sonny's is good barbecue with decent side items. The... More 

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

Thanks for stoppin' by, Amos C. We'll see you again soon! More 

Fort White, Florida
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Sonny's is not normally one of my favorites. But this Sonny's in Alachua Florida is outstanding in my last Two visits. The smokey ribs melted in my mouth and hardly any fat. Two visits in less than 10 days. I hope this wasn't a fluke. Great food an fast service.

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

Glad to hear you've enjoyed your ribs, BillC383. See you again soon! More 

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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

Headed to the Newly renovated Sonny's in Gainesville and it looks fabulous but the wait was 55 minutes. Scooted up the road to Alachua Sonny's and had same wonderful food but no wait! Excellent waiter, Dylan!

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

We're glad to hear Dylan took care of you, Debi C. See you again soon! More 

Frankford
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This was a family oriented restaurant. Servers are exceedingly friendly and the service was very fast. Good for those with younger children who don't enjoy sitting for long periods.

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

Thanks for your feedback, Kate K. We hope we'll see you again soon. More 

Detroit
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Sunday night in Alachua pretty much means the sidewalks are rolled up. That's ok, at least there is a Sonny's BBQ. Had the ribs, spectacular as expected. Now the but. They serve beer and wine, except they RAN OUT OF WINE! Major management fail. This is SEASON in Florida for heavens sake. Better management would have ordered appropriately or driven... More 

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

Thanks for your feedback, dcarlin2000. We'd like to hear more about your experience so we can make things better. Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with your contact information and the details from your experience. More 

Ninilchik, Alaska
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The food here is great. My husband and I both had the all you can eat chopped pork, it comes with bread and two sides. I had the broccoli and the green beans, my husband had mac and cheese and the coleslaw. Everything we had was fantastic, the one serving of pork is more than anyone can eat. Our waitress... More 

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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for writing your great review, jeani c. We're glad to hear Rachael took good care of you, and we hope we'll see you again soon! More 

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Additional Information about Sonny's BBQ

Address: 15935 Northwest US Highway 441, Alachua, FL 32615
Phone Number: +1 386-462-3180
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Alachua
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
Cuisine: American, Sandwiches, Barbecue, Family Fare

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 15935 Northwest US Highway 441, Alachua, FL 32615
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Alachua
  • Phone Number: +1 386-462-3180

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: American, Sandwiches, Barbecue, Family Fare

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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