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Sonny’s BBQ

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American, Barbecue, Family Fare, Sandwiches
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15935 Northwest US Highway 441, Alachua, FL 32615
1 386-462-3180
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Today
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: 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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Good for:
Families with children

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Visitor rating
  • 13
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 5
    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
Most recent review
Good ribs but.....

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... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
dcarlin2000
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Detroit
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  • Families with children
  • Takeout
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Detroit
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

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
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
2 helpful votes 2 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
31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this review

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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West Palm Beach, Florida
Top Contributor
135 reviews 135 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Stopped for lunch while driving down I75. Sonny's is very close to the highway. Were seated immediately and instantly waited upon by a super friendly wait person. The food was good, though the meat portions were a bit on the small side, and everything was served quickly and with a smile.

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

BizLuxTrvlr, thank you for the great review. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your recent visit with us and enjoyed the service you received. We appreciate your kind words and hope to see you again whenever you're in the area. More 

Alachua, Florida
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Tried their beef brisket! and there is always stir fried okra which I love! Great for people traveling a nice 75 as it is right off the exit.

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

Judirembert, thank you for your review. We're happy to hear that you gave our beef brisket a try and enjoyed our fried okra. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon! More 

Punta Gorda, Florida
Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Walked across the road from our motel. 'All you can eat chicken' ...and we did. No hassles about quickly reserving us. The chicken was a tiny bit smoked pink in the middle ...properly done and certainly not undercooked. Sides were good. Our service was great with local info and very attentive. Nice place to eat.

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

Rdqueen, thank you for your review. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed our all you can eat chicken with sides. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon! More 

Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Had chicken dinner with Mac and cheese and backed beans. Sides were delicious. But the chicken was pink and there wasn't much of a smoke flavor to the chicken. Most people could cook better chicken at home. I wouldn't return.

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

Cliff B, thank you for your review. We're sorry to hear that your chicken was not cooked correctly and was not up to expectations. Please let us help! Send us an email at Social@SonnysBBQ.com with further details about your order, including the location, so that we can address the issues you had encountered. We would greatly appreciate your feedback. 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, Barbecue, Family Fare, Sandwiches

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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