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Sonny's BBQ

2700 NE Waldo Rd, Gainesville, FL 32609-3323
+1 352-378-7881
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good16%
  • Average22%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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“baked beans” (5 reviews)
“ribs” (8 reviews)
“cole slaw” (2 reviews)
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American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
2700 NE Waldo Rd, Gainesville, FL 32609-3323
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Reviewed July 10, 2017

I have eaten here for YEARS! It is hands down the best BBQ, no matter what you order-ribs, pulled chicken, pulled pork, and their sides are awesome! Best cole slaw around!

Thank Helene H
Reviewed July 10, 2017

Great ribs and smoked turkey! The food always arrives hot and the servers go out of their way to make it a good experience. Family friendly, which is great when we have visiting grandchildren.

Thank Maureen M
Reviewed June 15, 2017

Cassie took great care of my wife and I on our lunch date. I can honestly say that no waitress/waiter has ever taken more care of making sure that my wife got her gluten-allergy properly handled, EVER! On top of all that, the food was...More

Thank psyclone241
SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded June 20, 2017

We’re glad to hear Cassie took great care of you and your wife durin’ your last visit, psyclone241. We appreciate you taking the time to write your review and hope you’ll stop by again soon!

Reviewed May 7, 2017 via mobile

I love BBQ food. Pulled pork and ribs specifically. Being from Canada we are unfamiliar with sonnys so we thought we'd give it a chance and boy am I glad we did. We had the 13.99$ all you can eat ribs that comes with 2...More

Thank tlang5
Reviewed April 11, 2017

This is an extremely busy place at lunch. The staff are friendly and very efficient. Turnaround time is very good considering how busy they are.

Thank Tybeej
Reviewed April 10, 2017

All the southern charm one could ask for in a BBQ joint. Great meats, sides and salad bar. Wash it down with Iced Tea outstanding.

Thank oncefuzzy
Reviewed November 29, 2016

Original location service has gone down hill in the evenings, it was not busy. We were seated by a very tall server blonde who sat us in his section, he came to the table a few mins later to get our drink order, and brought...More

Thank bcrystal67
Reviewed August 16, 2016

Sonny's started in Gainesville and has the reputation of having loyal, longtime employees. Friendly service and huge portions - ask for the Big Deal - Drink sizes are huge!

Thank EALGator
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2016

Thanks for the great review, EALGator! We hope you'll join us again soon for some more friendly service and huge portions!

Reviewed July 26, 2016

Best BBQ in Gainesville. Quick, friendly service. They have the best homemade Hamburgers around. They take about 15 minutes to cook, but worth the wait!

Thank Linda D
Reviewed June 9, 2016

Best pulled pork, awesome baked beans, tender moist smoked chicken, everything smoke to perfections. Gainesville has at least three Sonny's and nearby Alachua has one as well. All are fantastic

Thank 30jacquelinef
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded June 13, 2016

We're glad to hear you had a great visit with us, 30jacquelinef. Thanks for stoppin' by and we hope to see you again soon for another visit!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Large groups
Open Hours
10:45 AM - 9:35 PM
10:45 AM - 9:35 PM
10:45 AM - 9:35 PM
10:45 AM - 9:35 PM
10:45 AM - 9:35 PM
10:45 AM - 10:05 PM
10:45 AM - 10:05 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2700 NE Waldo Rd, Gainesville, FL 32609-3323
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
  • Phone Number: +1 352-378-7881
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Sonny's BBQ offers a variety of barbeque meats, including St. Louis Cut Ribs and Sonny's Signature Baby Backs, Pulled Beef Brisket, Pulled and Sliced Pork, Sliced Turkey, and Chicken, all smoked slowly over a hardwood fire. Today, with 126 restaurants in nine southeastern states, Sonny's BBQ is one of the largest, most popular barbeque chains in the country. Our secret? We cook it up slow and serve it up fast and friendly.
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