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Sonny's BBQ

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15935 Northwest US Highway 441, Alachua, FL 32615
+1 386-462-3180
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Melbourne, FL, United States
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been there twice. Surprised by how beat up the place is, and dirty. Tables sticky. Menus slippery. Floor grungy. Had pork BBQ sandwich which was Ok but nothing great. Picked out a lot of fatty pieces. The roasted chicken was fine. Sides are predictable and OK if you stick with cole slaw and starchy stuff (potatoes, macaroni, etc.)... More 

Thank Patricia M
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016 via mobile

My wife has a panic disorder so we asked to be seated away from children. We were seated in an empty section. Waited awhile for drink order. I ordered salad bar with brisket. Wife ordered all you can eat chicken and a salad bar. Waited quite awhile for the meat part of our meal. Wife's sides were stone cold, chicken... More 

Thank Brian M
Dade City, Florida
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186 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

We stopped into Sonnys after working late for dinner while working near Alachua. We had a great waitress and the food was pretty good. We will be back.

Thank Ben H
Gautier, Mississippi
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139 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 606 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

Average good barbecue in a very convenient location with a little trickery. For years we would only order Ribs for Two as they would always select the best and it's a good value. This visit, however, we heard an ad on the radio for Brisket starting at $9.99. It's true, if you want Brisket Macaroni. We ordered the Brisket lunch... More 

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

Thanks for the review, RoughWaterMarine! We're glad you stopped by and hope you'll join us again soon! More 

Gainesville, Florida
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50 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

This Sonny's is always clean. There are all different price menu items for everyone. I ordered the egg rolls! Yum yum. My friend ordered the all-you-eat dry ribs and raved about the flavor. All the lemonades are good, try them all! Their baked beans are classic. But I am not super crazy about their fries. My fave sauce is the... More 

1 Thank G8rchomp
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

We're happy to hear this, G8rchomp! Thanks for your great feedback. We appreciate you stoppin' by and we hope to see you again soon for another visit! More 

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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

This food is to die for, it is so good! We definitely will make it a point to stop there again before we go back to the Midwest!

1 Thank Sarah R
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words, Sarah R.! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your visit with us and we hope to be seein' you again soon! More 

Maggie Valley, North Carolina
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47 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2016

I'm used to the outstanding local BBQ places that you find in North Carolina, but Sonny's can hold their own with any of them ... and you don't have to sit at a picnic bench.

1 Thank Jerry H
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit with us, Jerry H.! We appreciate you stoppin' by and hope to see you again soon for another visit. More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

Very unsatisfied with this restaurant had a party of 12 people waitress took 20 minutes to bring the drinks.then dropped one on the way. The salad plates came after the drinks. She definitely didn't know what she was doing. Over heard other employees say that she was way to slow to have that many people in her section.

1 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

We're sorry to hear you were unsatisfied with your visit. Let us help -- Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details, location you visited, and your contact information. We appreciate your feedback and we'd like to ensure your next visit is better. More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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143 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2016

was so disappointed to find almost NO pork on the ribs...yes I got the lunch size, but no way could you call it lunch, won't go back to this sonnys

1 Thank nags48
Belleville, IL
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139 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2016

Middle of afternoon. A good time to have a pleasant meal. Food was good, hot and served well. We enjoyed ribs, cole slaw, cornbread, appetizers and more. Waitress was on the ball and friendly. Restrooms clean and well stocked. No problem with service or food. Enjoyable meal.

Thank Jimbo1937
SonnysBBQ, Digital Media Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review, jimbo1937! We’re glad to hear you enjoyed your experience, and we can’t wait to see you again for your next visit. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $20
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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
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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