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Sparky's Roadside Barbecue

#287 of 3,715 Restaurants in Miami
Certificate of Excellence
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Downtown
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204 NE 1st St, Miami, FL 33132-2504
305-377-2877
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Today
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Delivery, Late Night

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  • 45
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Wow! Great barbecue

Very sketchy outside. A bit sketchy inside. But the food is amazing. Our group loved the barbecue. The sides were really good. And the service was terrific. A great choice right near the American Airlines arena in Miami, but a great choice just to go there to eat. The servers took time to explain... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
Mudge828
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
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Miami, Florida
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This is a popular downtown eatery because it offers something unique (BBQ) in a trendy setting. A good BBQ place would drive Sparky's out of business. The kitchen is very slow and if you are one a tight schedule, go elsewhere. Don't think the staff will attempt to accomodate you, because they will not. It is obvious they are over-confident... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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79 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Very sketchy outside. A bit sketchy inside. But the food is amazing. Our group loved the barbecue. The sides were really good. And the service was terrific. A great choice right near the American Airlines arena in Miami, but a great choice just to go there to eat. The servers took time to explain how the barbecue was made, offered... More 

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New York City, New York
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64 reviews 64 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We were going to go to a Heat game but did not want to eat in a Sports' bar . We heard about this on Yelp and decided to give it a try. The restaurant is about two blocks away from Biscayne Blvd but it seems somewhat sketchy neighborhood. Under the Metromover line, we saw homeless people etc. The restaurant... More 

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Miami, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I have being going to this joint for the past 3 years. Lately i have noticed that the quality has deteriorated. I love to order the Tyler sandwich which is one of their signature sandwiches. It used to melt in my mouth, lately the meat is overcooked not on one occasion but multiple times. when meat is overcooked it becomes... More 

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Big Pine Key, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

1st off, very good BBQ. Had a brisket sand. Very good flavor large portion. Fries thin, crunchy, artificially flavored. Price normal for the area. Location small fairly crowded and Busy, but then it was lunch hour. Wait staff friendly. Would recommend and go back

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Miami, Florida
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Great source for bbq in downtown Miami. Very authentic. Good prices. close to metro mover stop. I suggest going for take-out.

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Hollywood, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Really .... I don't know what kind of deals the people giving this place a good review have gotten BUT, this is by far one of the worst "Barbecue" place I have been to, after living in Texas for over 10 years and traveled to more than 40 states I think I know what to expect and get , as... More 

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Deer Park, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Not just your average barbecue joint. This place has so much to choose from whether it's traditional or unusual such as barbecued duck with hoisin sauce, to die for. Friendly place though a bit hectic, parking in this area is also difficult, but worth the trouble.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Horrible food! No BBQ flavor at all! Ribs cool, chicken wings taste like from 3 days! People go to real BBQ places before come here.

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Bear River, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

stumbled across this unassuming diner while walking around the downtown area. Decided to try it out and pleased we did. Excellent draft beers and pulled pork sandwich and burger. Very good service and prices.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 204 NE 1st St, Miami, FL 33132-2504
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Miami>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 305-377-2877

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 12
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?