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Sparky's Roadside Barbecue

#337 of 3,515 Restaurants in Miami
#371 of 3,813 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 - 8:00 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: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Authentic BBQ in downtown Miami

This is something of a hole in the wall, a little challenging to find but well worth the effort. The menu was full of tasty BBQ options and our meals did not disappoint. We washed down our tasty BBQ with a selection of craft beers. Unfortunately, the portions were too large to permit enjoying... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Karen D
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is something of a hole in the wall, a little challenging to find but well worth the effort. The menu was full of tasty BBQ options and our meals did not disappoint. We washed down our tasty BBQ with a selection of craft beers. Unfortunately, the portions were too large to permit enjoying dessert too, though those options were... More 

Thank Karen D
Hampshire, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

My fiancé and I ate here as we were looking for somewhere quick and easy before collapsing with jet lag. Boy this food is good! The pulled pork and brisket buns were absolutely delicious. Service was good and the selection of BBQ sauces was a cool touch! We would definitely come here again next time we visit Miami!

Thank ddd9
Taipei, Taiwan
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68 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

When visiting Miami area, I usually stay in Miami Beach and rarely wander into City of Miami itself. However, I found this place when I stayed in Hyatt Hotel Downtown for a business trip couple of years ago. Last year, when I came off a cruise in Port of Miami and ended up in Downtown Miami, I found this place... More 

Thank Saricie_Q
Oxford, Michigan
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015 via mobile

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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229 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

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
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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
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3 reviews
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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56 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 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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126 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 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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91 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 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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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: Large groups, Special occasions, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Families with children
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?