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Sparky's Roadside Barbecue

#427 of 3,564 Restaurants in Miami
#464 of 3,788 Places to Eat in Miami
Certificate of Excellence
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204 NE 1st St, Miami, FL 33132-2504
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11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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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, Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Haters gonna Hate (ignore them! This is great BBQ!!)

No idea why so many negative reviews. It usually means some new BBQ place opened and they are trying to discredit existing BBQ.. I had a half rack of the St. Louis dry rub ribs with two sides - collard greens and baked beans. I finished it with their signature banana pudding. The prices are fair... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Stamford, CT
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
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Oxford, Michigan
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Food was ok but not the cleanest or most comfy environment. Cool decor to look at tho. Lots of bbq sauces to try and within walking distance to several different shops.

Thank Lorry G
Stamford, CT
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224 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No idea why so many negative reviews. It usually means some new BBQ place opened and they are trying to discredit existing BBQ.. I had a half rack of the St. Louis dry rub ribs with two sides - collard greens and baked beans. I finished it with their signature banana pudding. The prices are fair. The food is really... More 

Thank bush242
Miami beach
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

I have been to this place several times over the past few years. I work in downtown Miami. I LOVE good BBQ. This place is good but I cant give it a good rating due to the price and service. Its the kind of place where you get your food but you are never asked again if your sandwich is... More 

Thank David_Sobe
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

So I was in the mood for some good BBQ. Not pollo tropical BBQ, but slow cooked, special sauce BBQ. I searched and searched online, because I'm not from Miami. I was originally looking for another location, but they were closed. Starving I revised my search and this place came up with decent reviews. I was severely disappointed! Let start... More 

Thank Trypheana C
Miami, Florida
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50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 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 

Chicago, Illinois
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127 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 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 

1 Thank Mudge828
New York City, New York
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84 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 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 

Thank Sankarmukh
Miami, Florida
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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 

1 Thank verax2015
Big Pine Key, Florida
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61 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 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

Miami, Florida
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63 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 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.

Thank Kimberly S

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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: Families with children, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Dining on a budget


Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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