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Sonny's BBQ

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3635 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608-2400 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
+1 352-375-6667
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10:45 - 22:05
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Sun - Thu 10:45 - 21:35
Fri - Sat 10:45 - 22:05
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Lakeland, Florida
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I were on our way back from blue ridge Georgia going to Lakeland . We were hungry from driving all day . So we stopped by Sonny's my wife ordered baby back ribs and I was craving chicken barbecue. We were seated fast and ordered our food it came out in reasonable amount of time .it was... More 

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Thank Robert N
Gainesville, Florida
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Nothing wrong with Sonny's but it's a large multi-state BBQ chain. If you're afraid to try the local BBQ by all means go here.

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Thank ckadams2015
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for takin' the time out to write your review, ckadams2015! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. See you again soon! More 

Greensboro
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60 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

We stopped into Sonny's for lunch. This was the first time we have tried Sonny's BBQ. My wife got the Pulled Pork Plate, I got the Sweet Carolina Sandwich Plate. The food was very good and plenty of it. The place was clean and staff friendly. The service was a little slow. We will return to Sonny's again.

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

We’re glad to hear you enjoyed our Pulled Pork Plate and Sweet Carolina Sandwich Plate during your visit, Larry P. Thanks for writin’ your review. See you again soon! More 

New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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109 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

I'm not a big BBQ person but I was pleasantly surprised...the meat wasn't dried out and there were lots of options for BBQ sauce....the corm nuggets were great and you could get them with or without powdered sugar

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Thank 2011-CO
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

We’re glad to hear you enjoyed our corn nuggets during your visit, 2011-CO. Thanks for writin’ your review. See you again soon! More 

Medford, Massachusetts
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Travelled to Gainesville for business, in route back to airport looking for quick bite to eat. Colleague saw the sign, made a u-turn and we pulled in. I ate from the salad bar (I am a vegetarian) along with a side of fried pickles. My colleague had a pulled pork sandwich and sweet potato. Everything was great! Service was super... More 

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

Thanks for the great review, Maria! Hope we'll see you again soon. More 

Orlando, Florida
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44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

We've been stopping by this location before and after Gator games for years. It was just remodeled with a snazzier look but nothing has changed as far as the excellent food and service. Most recently, after a late afternoon football game concluded (around 8 p.m.) it was crowded but the attentive staff quickly directed us to a high-top in the... More 

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

Thanks for the kind words, bluecrown! We hope we'll see you for another visit soon. More 

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4 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

The food at this is inconsistent...at times it is very good and at times it is mediocre. Service is great initially but as you sit and eat it is hard to get the wait staffs attention

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

Thank you for bringing this to our attention, Cynthia. Please email social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details of your experience, along with your contact information and the location you were at. We would greatly appreciate your feedback. More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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168 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

I have been going to Sonny's since I was a student at U of Fla was back in the 70's. It has only gotten better with age. This new location is so nice, modern and comfortable without losing the feel of a Sonny's. I had the pulled pork plate with a sweet potato & green beans and it was outstanding!... More 

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Thank SharonWS1982
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

We're glad to hear this, SharonWS1982. Thanks for the great review and we look forward to your next visit. More 

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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

The lean brisket we ordered was dry and not flavourful. Food is average at best. Service is also average.

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Thank S452DAandrewk
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thank you for bringing this to our attention, S452DAandrewk. Please email social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details of your experience, along with your contact information and the location you were at. We would greatly appreciate your feedback. More 

Gainesville
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153 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

I have to say although I don't know that I would expect it, the service was very good and fast. Food is good as long as you know the things you like at this place. New restaurant is nice change from the old one with a decent bar too.

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

Thanks for stoppin' by and leaving us a great review, John! We look forward to seein' you again soon. 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
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 20
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
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: 3635 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608-2400 (Formerly Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
  • Phone Number: +1 352-375-6667
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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