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Sonny's BBQ

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2700 NE Waldo Rd, Gainesville, FL 32609-3323
+1 352-378-7881
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10:45 - 21:35
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Gainesville, Florida
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 them back as he asked us if we were ready to order we told him... More 

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Thank bcrystal67
Gainesville, Florida
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 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!

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

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

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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 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!

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Thank Linda D
Gainesville, Florida
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 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

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Thank 30jacquelinef
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

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! More 

Gainesville, Florida
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016

We've been eating at Sonny's for years. You always know the food is going to taste great no matter which Sonny's restaurant you visit. We love the salad bar and have to either get it and add a meat, or order an entree and add a salad bar. It's that good. :)

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

We're happy to hear you enjoyed your visit with us, Melissa W.! Thanks for takin' the time to write us a review. We hope to see you again soon for another visit! More 

Gainesville, Florida
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016

Clean salad bar with lots of choices including soup. Tables are wood with benches, but they are happy to detach one and bring a chair for disabled customers. Tables are a little close if you use a wheelchair or walker, but it is passable, but the rest room was a little tight with the walker.

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

Thanks for takin' the time to write us a review, DawnRosini. We appreciate hearing your feedback and we hope to see you again soon for another visit. More 

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178 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

This is where it all started. The best BBQ anywhere anytime. The other locations are okay, but their food is not as good. Some other stores cook on gas in stainless steel ovens, a travesty. This is where the original pit was designed and built. It's been copied many times, but this is #1.

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Thank JHudsonGainesville
Kingsford
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107 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

I was disappointed in the quality and quantity of this place. I've eaten at other locations over the years thought better of them.

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

We're sorry to hear you were disappointed with your visit, javo. Let us help -- Please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details, location, and your contact information so we can help. We appreciate your feedback! More 

Gainesville, Florida
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40 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016

We had a very pleasant visit here. Our waiter Elijah was awesome. He was very friendly but not over friendly. He made sure to bring fresh plates for the salad bar. Salad bar was very neat and clean. No food floating where it shouldn't be. The person tending to it was on point. My waiter brought my chicken and dumplings... More 

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Thank KEENA61
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

We're happy to hear Elijah took such great care of you, KEENA61! We appreciate you stoppin' by and we can't wait to see you next time. More 

Bryson City, North Carolina
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128 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

This is the second Sonny's we have been to in the last month that did not have turkey available. The first said there was a shortage, this one had stickers on their menu that it was temporarily unavailable. I suspect the plan is to eliminate it altogether as super markets have plenty of birds. Had the chopped brisket which was... More 

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

Hi Rick F., thanks for taking the time to write us a review. Unfortunately, we are out of turkey due to a growing nationwide shortage. We are currently looking at all sourcing options. If you'd like to discuss the details of your visit further, please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details of your experience, location, and your contact information. We appreciate... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
10:45 - 21:35
Monday
10:45 - 21:35
Tuesday
10:45 - 21:35
Wednesday
10:45 - 21:35
Thursday
10:45 - 21:35
Friday
10:45 - 22:05
Saturday
10:45 - 22:05
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
Description
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?