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“Good food, good service. Would eat here again.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sonny's BBQ

Sonny's BBQ
Ranked #12 of 44 Restaurants in Alachua
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Punta Gorda, Florida
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299 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Good food, good service. Would eat here again.”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rdqueen
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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review, April 7, 2014
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!
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Brantford, Ontario, Canada
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Mediocre food!!!!”
3 of 5 bubbles 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.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Cliff B
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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review, February 10, 2014
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.
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Goodrich, Michigan
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84 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“We were surprised how good it was!”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ruth P
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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review, January 13, 2014
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!
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133 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Not as good as it used to be”
2 of 5 bubbles 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.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Debra H
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SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review, December 16, 2013
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 feedback.
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Tampa, Florida
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52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Great meal!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2013 via mobile

The restaurant was clean, as were the restrooms. We all enjoyed our food - ribs, wings, cornbread and onion rings. You must try their sweet tea - felt like I was at a southern home. The server (Terez) was attentive and very nice. She even offered us take home cups for our drinks! All at a reasonable price. They offer a buffet and all-you-can-eat options, but we did not try any. We would definitely there go again.

Visited November 2013
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