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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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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
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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    Very good
  • 7
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
It's good.

We ate there when we stayed at the quality inn a cross the road. Food is mostly good we had the 3 meat platter. It had smoked turkey (because they were out of chicken), brisket and ribs. All were fantastic. We also order smoked chicken wings. They weren't good at all. They didn't have any smoke... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
rumpunchfriend
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elmira,ontario
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Key West, Florida
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was the very best Sonny's BBQ we have ever been to. The place was spotless, food was delicious, and the Mgr. Mr Paverick was completely professional and nice. He should be very valued by Sonny's BBQ.

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Thank 34345Paulette
high springs fl
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69 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

If you like pulled pork variety of different tasted ribs and all of that good stuff you do not eat very often this is the place to go. Parking is adequate, folks are country friendly,and one feels they are sitting back in time. Environment is clean, neat and colorful. If you want a bit of history while you feast on... More 

Helpful?
Thank cynthia s
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thnks for your feedback, Cynthia. We hope we'll see you again soon! More 

elmira,ontario
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

We ate there when we stayed at the quality inn a cross the road. Food is mostly good we had the 3 meat platter. It had smoked turkey (because they were out of chicken), brisket and ribs. All were fantastic. We also order smoked chicken wings. They weren't good at all. They didn't have any smoke flavor and all you... More 

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Thank rumpunchfriend
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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39 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

I was in town for a football weekend with my brother from Atlanta. A large group ( 12 ) of us decided to hit the Sonny's at I-75/441 for lunch before heading back to Atl. They seated us at a few tables next to each other and got our orders quickly. The place was packed and on a wait so... More 

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Thank Atlg8tor
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words, Atlg8tor! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your meal with your friends and we hope to see you again real soon! More 

Gainesville, Florida
Level Contributor
25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

If you've never been to a sonnys barbeque, it is a classic style Pit BBQ food. There's really nothing special to it other than they have a few different sauces. They have a sizzling sweet, sweet, smokin with his kind of smokey, & a regular barbecue sauce. The real deal is called the big deals. You get a good portion... More 

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

Thanks for takin' the time to leave your review, TheRayCarr! We appreciate the feedback and hope to be seein' you again soon. More 

Gainesville, Florida
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283 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

We have eaten at this location several times in the past fifteen years. This was my father's favorite barbeque restaurant for many years. We met my Dad for lunch and everything was very good. The service was fine and our waitress was polite. She kept our drinks filled and she was very attentive. We ordered pork lunch specials and the... More 

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Thank Gators89
Bradenton
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

big portions and have a all you can eat salad bar.friendly service and just a all around good family place to eat with good pricing

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Thank Robert G
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31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank Goatsx4
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
Level Contributor
6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

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

Helpful?
Thank Marc J
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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239 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 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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1 Thank ChefJohnS
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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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: Barbecue, American, Delicatessen

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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