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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 - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: 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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  • 15
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 5
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  • 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 bbq for lunch

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
Amos C
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Columbus, Indiana
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  • Families with children
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Columbus, Indiana
Top Contributor
140 reviews 140 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 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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Glad to hear you've enjoyed your ribs, BillC383. See you again soon! More 

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

Frankford
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 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 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 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 

Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Love Sonny's salad bar and really like that when ordering the salad bar the soup comes "with it" (not all Sonny's restaurants do this). Good BBQ and great Baked Beans.

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

Thanks for your great review, Arlene C! We're glad to hear you're a big fan of our salad bar. We hope we'll see you again soon! More 

Alachua, Florida
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 via mobile

Have been going here for 10 years but sadly won't go back anytime soon. Managers & many staff changed again. Took over 90 minutes for 3 of us to have lunch. Service was not prompt nor efficient. Complete meals were not delivered. Lots of running back & forth to bring forgotten items. Wrong meals to wrong tables. Some tables got... More 

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

SAYT71 - We're so sorry to hear you haven't been having the best experiences with us! We'd like to try to make things better - please email Social!@SonnysBBQ.com with details from your experience, the location you were at, and your contact information. We appreciate you taking the time to write your review, and we hope in the future you'll give... More 

Gainesville, Florida
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I have been eating at the Sonnys in Alachua since it opened. I will not waste my time or money in there ever again. Poorly managed dirty and the food sucks. Overpriced for the quality of product served. It is comparable to eating at the waffle house for cleanliness but waffle house food is better!!!!!!!!

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Mike A. - we're sorry to hear you didn't have the best experience at your last visit. If you could email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with more details, we'd appreciate the chance to try to make things better. Please include your contact information and remind us of which location you were at. We hope you'll give us a second chance and decide to... More 

Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

After living in Gainesville ( and loving it ) for many years, I still have lots of friends living there. The best way to catch up is when I'm heading down I-75 and meet up at this Sonny's right off the interstate. Seated immediately and brought the massive ice tea ( large cups ) right off the bat. I had... More 

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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
  • 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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