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Sonny’s BBQ

5097 University Blvd W, Jacksonville, FL 32216-5937
+1 904-737-3383
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good21%
  • Average17%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible14%
24 Jan 2017
“Good Barbeque”
30 Jun 2016
“Not as good as other Sonny's”
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American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
5097 University Blvd W, Jacksonville, FL 32216-5937
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went for a special of all you can eat ribs and you couldn't even eat ONE RIB it was so bad!!The ribs were cold as ice and they was No meat on the bone only fat. The sides we ate were cold!! They USE...More

Thank mvergara2017
SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We’re very sorry to hear you were disappointed with your recent visit, mvergara2017. We’d like to try to help—please email Social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details of your experience, including the location, and your phone number. Your feedback is important to us.

Reviewed 14 March 2017

Clean, friendly and very efficient staff. Food was excellent. We stopped by for lunch, and restaurant was about 3/4 full. Families, couples, local workers. Pleasant atmosphere.

Thank Elaine S
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2017

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

Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Our ribs we dry as though they had been cooked hours before. The French fries were cold and greasy and the price is high for what you get. I used to love Sonny's but the past few I have eaten at have been lousy.

SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2017

Thank you for bringin’ this to our attention, NCGAMECOCK1. Please email social@SonnysBBQ.com with the details of your experience, along with your phone number and the location you were at. We would greatly appreciate your feedback.

Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Use to be a favorite. However, lately it seems it's hit or miss. Some days the ribs are wonderful, tender. Other days hard and dry, seems leftover from lunch or previous day.

Thank Tina S
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2017

Thank you for your review, Tina S. We appreciate you takin' the time to leave your review and will be sure to pass this along to our team. Thanks for your feedback and we hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

We are on our way home from a trip and stopped here for dinner. I am really disappointed in everything. First of all I walked in the bathroom and there was a drug test on the floor someone must have dropped. The waitress took several...More

Thank Angie G
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2017

We appreciate you bringin' your experience to our attention, Angie. Can you please send these details, the location, and your phone number to Social@SonnysBBQ.com so we can make things right?

Reviewed 14 November 2016

Not sure why, but this is the best Sonneys in Jacksonville. We have one within a mile of our home, but prefer this one. Ribs are always so tender.

Thank Tina S
Reviewed 30 June 2016

I don't rave about Sonny's in general, but it's decent BBQ, and the sides are good southern comfort food. This location seemed to be below average quality, however. The appetizer was smaller and not cooked as well, and the baked sweet potato tasted ok but...More

Thank Clint C
SonnysBBQ, Digital Manager at Sonny’s BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2016

We're sorry to hear this, Clint C. Please email the details of your visit, location you visited, and your contact information to Social@SonnysBBQ.com so we can help. We appreciate your feedback and we'd like to make things better.

Reviewed 27 May 2016

Great place to eat. The food is really good, service is nice and the food arrives hot and fast. I will be back when I'm in the area.

Thank JWF1234
Reviewed 14 April 2016 via mobile

It might taste pretty good, but there is nothing healthy about Sonny's food. The meats come from factory raised, GMO feed eating animals. The vegetables and salads come from factory farms and are severely lacking in nutrition, phytochemicals, minerals, etc. People in the South have...More

Thank johnnymars
Reviewed 22 March 2016

Every time I am in Jacksonville, I have to stop and Sonny's and have yet to be disappointed! Their BBQ chicken is excellent and the corn bread is the best I have had. Service is great, they will get you out quick if needed while...More

Thank 155loril
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5097 University Blvd W, Jacksonville, FL 32216-5937
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Jacksonville
  • Phone Number: +1 904-737-3383
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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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