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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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Travelers Rest, South Carolina
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've eaten at Sonny's before, mostly in Georgia. I don't know why I go back because it's barely average. If you want BBQ, it would be better to find a locally-owned BBQ joint. Sonny's has taken BBQ and made it fast food. The service and the quality of the food are both the same--average at best. Also, consider that this... More 

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

Thank you for reachin’ out, Jonutsu. We appreciate you takin' the time to leave your review. Could you please email Social@SonnyBBQ.com with the details about your experience, including the location, along with your phone number? We would greatly appreciate your feedback. More 

Salisbury, United States
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Got the all you can eat ribs and definitely got our money's worth! Feeling FAT (Full And Thankful). Great food along with efficient and friendly service made for a great experience.

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Thank John and Angel T
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review, John and Angel T! We’re glad to hear you enjoyed your all you can eat ribs, and we can’t wait to see you again for your next visit. More 

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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Sonny's is one of the all time great bbq places in the nation. I have tried many places and I still look forward to Sonny's for a great meal.

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

Thanks for takin' the time to leave your feedback, Ed L. We're glad to hear you enjoyed and look forward to seein' you again real soon! More 

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56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been going to Sonny's for over 30 years. My dad was friends with Sonny Tillman the founder of Sonny's and I hate to say it but corporate Sonny's is just average. Our visit was highlighted by a non attentive waitress and ribs that tasted as though they had been microwaved. My how far you have fallen Sonny's.

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Thank Tdgator1
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thank you for takin’ the time to write your review, Tdgator1. We’d like to try to help—please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with further details, along with your phone number and the location you were at. We do appreciate your feedback, and we hope to hear more from you. More 

Gainesville
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The title says it all. Day off from work, so i was in super chill zone when all of a sudden my stomach screams "food now f÷/[er!!" So i hop in car after a couple drops of eyes drops I'm ready to go. I knew i wanted bbq, big portions and good. So i went to sonny's. I got baby... More 

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Champaign, IL
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103 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I came here one evening for dinner. I want to point out that I came to eat AFTER 8pm, so the evening dinner crowd was done and it was a day when U of F basketball was playing so they were most likely busy. The service was great! The waitress I had did an exceptional job of making my dining... More 

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

Thank you for takin’ the time to write your review, ShooterfromChambana. We’d like to try to help—please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with further details, along with your phone number and the location you were at. We do appreciate your feedback, and we hope to hear more from you. More 

Fort Lauderdale, United States
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48 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I miss the Brunswick stew. But, consistent food that has a lot of healthy options. The one in Stark has the best salad bar.

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

Thanks for reachin' out to us about this, Steven B. Our Pitmasters are always cookin' up new ways to keep things interesting, which is why you may have noticed some changes. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon! More 

Gainesville, Florida
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

The ribs have some very good sauce. The garlic bread and sides are very good too. Ice tea is good and comes in a very big glass.

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

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

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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Best part about the visit, hardly anyone present on a Friday at noon. The food compared to the ole Sonny's not so good. The service well..get ready to sit back and try to relax on the uncomfortable bench. It took awhile.

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

Thank you for takin’ the time to write your review, Gaskill K. We’d like to try to help—please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with further details, along with your phone number and the location you were at. We do appreciate your feedback, and we hope to hear more from you. More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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135 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

Unlike the run-of-the-mill Sonny's, this one has a distinctly modern ambiance, including garage doors that likely open up the restaurant during certain times of the year. The BBQ experience was no less satisfying than any of our previous trips to the nearest Sonny's. Only one restaurant has been average in our experience, but of course this was not the one.... More 

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Thank John W
SonnysBBQ, General Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review, John! We’re glad to hear you enjoyed your visit, and we can’t wait to see you again for your next visit. 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
US$10 - US$20
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
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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