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Sonny's Real Pit B-B-Q

15935 NW US Highway 441, Alachua, FL 32615
386-462-3180
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Ranked #10 of 40 Restaurants in Alachua
Price range: $10 - $25
Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:45 am - 9:35 pm
Fri - Sat 10:45 am - 10:05 pm
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Family Fare, Sandwiches
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Takeout
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.
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English first
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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 Real Pit B-B-Q, 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
28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

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 Real Pit B-B-Q, 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 Real Pit B-B-Q, 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 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
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125 reviews 125 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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 Real Pit B-B-Q, 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 Real Pit B-B-Q, 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
122 reviews 122 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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 Real Pit B-B-Q, 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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014 via mobile

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 Real Pit B-B-Q, 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 

Goodrich, Michigan
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

My husband got the half chicken and I had shrimp. Very tasty and we liked our sides too. I was pleased they served wine. Very friendly waitress.

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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's Real Pit B-B-Q, responded to this review

Ruth P, thank you for the great review! We're glad to hear that you and your husband both enjoyed our BBQ and service. We appreciate your support and hope to see you both again soon! More 

USA
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

After they renovated and added the bar, it seems like the food wasn't as good. Disappointed with all the sonny's except for the one on Waldo Road in Gainesville. Don't know what they do different. I heard they don't fix the food at the restuarant anymore they truck it in YUK. Not pleased with this one anymore.

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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's Real Pit B-B-Q, responded to this review

Debrahun, thank you for taking the time to write your review. We're sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your experience with us on your recent visit. Please allow us to help! Email us at Social@SonnysBBQ.com with details about your visit, including the location, so that we can address the issues you have encountered. We would greatly appreciate your... More 

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Additional Information about Sonny's Real Pit B-B-Q

Address: 15935 NW US Highway 441, Alachua, FL 32615
Phone Number: 386-462-3180
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Alachua
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:45 am - 9:35 pm
Monday 10:45 am - 9:35 pm
Tuesday 10:45 am - 9:35 pm
Wednesday 10:45 am - 9:35 pm
Thursday 10:45 am - 9:35 pm
Friday 10:45 am - 10:05 pm
Saturday 10:45 am - 10:05 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 25
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, Family Fare, Sandwiches

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