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Sonny's BBQ

3635 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608-2400
+1 352-375-6667
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good33%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“ribs” (32 reviews)
“pulled pork” (16 reviews)
“chicken” (21 reviews)
Open Now
10:45 AM - 9:35 PM Hours
American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
3635 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608-2400
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

They have consistently good food. We come here every time we visit our friends here and like it. Some of the items are great and some are just good. I will go back the next time I visit.

Thank xcapeohio
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

This location was recently torn down and rebuilt. Very clean and the food is consistently good. Try the redneck eggrolls for a tasty appetizer.

Thank FairR8ting4You
Reviewed 12 March 2018

I took 50 students and 6 chaperones to dinner at Sonny's on our way to Busch Gardens. The team was awesome. The service for such a large group was very fast and the food selections that they offered us was outstanding and made everyone in...More

Thank 3,843
Reviewed 10 February 2018

Stopped for Pork BBQ's after the Gator B-Ball game. Did not disappoint. Service was fast and friendly--portions on sandwich as well as fries was more than sufficient. Ice tea keeps coming. I'm from Jacksonville---nice to see the same quality in Sonny's in Gainesville. Always worth...More

Thank Greg D
SonnysBBQ, Guest Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2018

Hi there, Greg. Thanks for takin' the time to share your feedback with us. We appreciate your loyalty and look forward to seein' you again soon. We value what our guests have to say and would like to know how we could earn 5-stars in...More

Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

Stopped in for a quick bite to eat for lunch. Parking is ample, wait times are short. Service is good and staff is friendly. Ordered Redneck Egg-rolls, Endless Salad Bar and Sweet Teas. Drinks came out quick, along with our egg rolls. The sauce served...More

Thank Becca R
Reviewed 3 February 2018

Back in the day this was my go to order. Well things have certainly change. The beans were the size of a side order. So I recommend your side orders should be beans. Because you don't get enough beans otherwise. Still delicious.More

Thank TexasRLW
SonnysBBQ, Guest Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2018

Hi there, Thanks for sharin' your feedback about your recent order. It sounds like we haven't met your expectation on your latest visit and we're sorry to hear that. We'd like to connect with you to learn more about this and any other changes you've...More

Reviewed 2 February 2018 via mobile

We love to get the feast for four when we come here with another couple. It’s a great deal with a good variety of the food offered by Sonny’s. We have rarely been disappointed when we dine here.

Thank Angelia S
Reviewed 30 January 2018

I graduated from University of Florida, 40 years ago. I come ack to Sonny's (Fat Boy's) whenever I am in the area. This chain originated in Gainesville, and t hasn't missed a beat! My favorite is their sliced pork. Smoky, full of flavor, and a...More

Thank russellp117
Reviewed 16 January 2018

Good time in sonny's barbecue ! I take a good dinner with pork meat very good and tasting with good price. People inside where very kind and I enjoyed my stay there. I'll come back for sure.

Thank Leonepg
Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

Been several years since we have eaten here. This is the new Sonny's with a total rebuild and a more open modern look. Food is still the same they offer every kind of barbeque, beef, turkey, pork and chicken. Their BBQ Chicken is better than...More

Thank Don N
SonnysBBQ, Public Relations Manager at Sonny's BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2018

Hey there, Don! We're glad to hear you enjoyed and hope to see you again soon.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:45 AM - 9:35 PM
10:45 AM - 9:35 PM
10:45 AM - 9:35 PM
10:45 AM - 9:35 PM
10:45 AM - 9:35 PM
10:45 AM - 10:05 PM
10:45 AM - 10:05 PM
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
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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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