Big Easy Winebar & Grill

4.7
177 reviews
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$31 to $50
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South African
The Big Easy Winebar & Grill is an unpretentious yet sophisticated dining destination hailing from the stunning Western Cape region of South Africa – inspired by the lifestyle and spirit of South Africa’s most recognized export, Golf-icon Ernie Els (whose nickname is "Big Easy", based on his easygoing personality and effortless golf swing. No – there is no connection to New Orleans.

If one term could describe Big Easy, it would be the Afrikaans word of ‘Gesellig’ – sociable with friends, amicable, affably companionable, friendly, convivial, cordial.
Fun and relaxed, it is at the same time, the place to hang out with friends, to a place to take your loved ones for a glass of wine and an unpretentious meal any day of the week.

It is a culinary experience that is first and foremost a superb grill restaurant featuring outstanding meats and fresh local fish, yet inspired by Ernie’s travels around the world and the cultural crossroads of South African Heritage.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
South African, Steakhouse, Grill
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Hours of operation
Mon–Thu 11:30 am–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm
Sun 11:30 am–9:30 pm
Happy Hour
Daily 4:00 pm–7:00 pm
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Phone number
(786) 814-5955
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Leo Pablo
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Private party facilities
For all large party requests and to book our private dining room.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
S. Miami Ave & 8th St.
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Parking details
Parking is available in multiple near by garages or through the East Hotel Valet located directly below the restaurant.
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Public transit
Metro Mover - 8th Street station
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 177 People Are Saying
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JS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, wine, and good service. Will definitely return.

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OT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Food was good service not so good waiter not to attentive

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A
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Treated my family and me with such excellent and caring service, and the food was absolutely amazing. Definitely try the pork belly lollipops and the Nutella bread pudding. Perfect for every day dining and also for those nights you want to celebrate a little more.

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IP
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Muy buen ambiente y servicio, una aceptable carta de vinos algo limitados en Merlot y no tenían el de la casa (Ernie Els-Merlot), pedimos el pork belly lollipop y estaba verdaderamente buenísimo, cocinado a la perfección jugoso y crujiente con una deliciosa salsa de bbq algo picante pero muy bueno y sobre todo su relación. Precio/calidad. De plató fuerte compartimos un Cowboy Rib Eye on the bone de 46 0z muy bien logrado su punto de cocción medió jugoso y sabroso acompañado de unas Brussels sprouts en una mermelada de bacon que es de las mejores sprouts que he comido en mi vida (y me gustan siempre para acompañar una buena carne) recomendadisimas, las seasoned fries nada del otro mundo pero si las Acompañas con la mayonesa de la casa y a la misma le Mezclas los ajos rostizados que vienen con la carne estamos hablando de que se eleva la experiencia de las papas
De postre un delicioso galette de manzana muy bien logrado con una pata de croissant de verdad maravilloso

Cena para dos con botella de Pinot Noir Californiano de $80 total $250 tip incluido en la cuenta del 18%

Buena experiencia

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V
Miami
38 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was excellent. Try the b "boers bites" and the "mussels" for great flavor. Service was uneven, but otherwise a very good experience.

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was just okay. Vibe was cool though.

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b
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoy , the south african food choices,and other global dishes ,ambience, great location,

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MB
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I've been to the original Big Easy restaurant in Stellenbosch, South Africa and was therefore very much looking forward to dining at the Miami location. I went once for dinner and my expectations were more or less met. However, I returned for lunch and the experience was wholly negative. The food took ages to prepare and even though I ordered a medium-rare filet, it came out well-done. Naturally, I sent it back and had to wait another eternity but this time they'd done it right.

The waiter was courteous and professional but the kitchen was slow. Moreover, the manger also did a good job. Unfortunately, an experience which should be defined by the culinary experience merely managed to disappoint, especially when the original is so excellent.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!

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JF
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit! Outstanding service! Great atmosphere, Great food and Cocktails!!

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V
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Service was very poor but other than that the food was high quality. The desserts are especially good

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Miami
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carlos our waiter was very nice and service was amazing.

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TN
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great South African food as well as other Food to offer

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K
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with my husband because we wanted to try something different. It was wonderful. The decoration, service and food was awesome. The dessert was super yummy! Will go again. Service is included

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FR
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ci siamo stati l’ultima l’ultima sera in USA perché volevamo assaporare i gusti locali prima di tornare in Italia. Prezzi alti, soprattutto del vino, ma qualità allineata: hanno fortunatamente kids menu per i bambini. Unica nota negativa non ci hanno portato il pane, quindi siamo rimasti ad aspettare il main course senza nulla da sgranocchiare ...

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F
Miami
52 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the fact that for a mall restaurant , it offers a cozy, friendly , tasty and different kind of experience !
The name is deceiving but truly depecting the originality of flavor !
Very unique place in Miami offering a different culture “South African Cuisine”

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EE
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time. I ordered the grouper and wife ordered the filet mignon. I wasn't disappointed in the fish but it didn't crack my top 5 dishes. The Durban Bunny Chow is still my favorite!

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OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service has always been great here and they continue to do a great job. The open table dinner menu was outdated and had an item that was supposed to be lunch only but they were more than happy to accommodate. Many great dishes on the menu and I would especially recommend the lobster ravioli, although the steaks are great also. I would definitely recommend it.

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Miami
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted by the most personable host at the front door. I’m mad I didn’t catch his name. Jeff was our server and he was such a gem. Our waiter assistant was also very personable. The bartender Alejandro topped off our night and I cannot explain how amazing our experience had been tonight.

The food was phenomenal. We had the lobster lasagna, prawns, and I had the lamb chops. Everything tasted superb, worth every bite. The drinks snuck up on us but made with perfection. Everything on the menu was explained perfectly by Jeff and we felt confident while waiting for our dishes. Everything tasted amazing. We are so impressed. We would highly recommend this restaurant and the service. Thanks for an amazing Sunday night to prepare us for a busy week ahead.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My visit to Big Easy was great. It was such a great experience. I’ve never had South African food and can’t wait to have it once again. I felt so comfortable with the staff they made it feel like home. I can’t wait to go back and looking forward to it. Pork belly lollipops I will see you soon.

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S
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I like to try octopus at every restarant i go to. WOW.... Big Easy , hands down has the best. Surpasses Peruvian, Greek, and specialty seafood restaurants. The prawns were the largest and the coconut curry sauce was out of this world. I will be back often.

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RP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This is a nice restaurant in Brickell City Center. The Big Easy name made me think this was a New Orleans style restaurant but in fact it claims to be South African cuisine. The entire service team was very nice and the restaurant ran on time. We ordered Fried Green Tomatoes and Lobster Flatbread both appetizers were very good. The entrees were the burger, the grouper, the KC Strip and the Bison Ribeye. The sides were French fries and Brussel Sprouts. While I don't have anything bad to say about the entrees their was nothing really memorable about them either. I believe the restaurant really misses the mark in two areas 1. The french fries tasted like they had thrown every spice in the rack onto them. The waitress confirmed proudly that they had 20 spices in them. Not sure why French fries need 20 spices. They just tasted like "we're trying too hard". The other problem is the bar. You're paying premium bar tab for the bartender to measure out a shot of scotch to pour on the rocks. With restaurants like Hillstone's and DocB's out there pouring generous drinks they need to catch up with the times. I don't mind paying a premium for a good dining experience but they have a lot of work to do to catch up to some of the better restaurants out there. Still trying to figure out what was so South African about the very American cuisine we had in a New Orleans named restaurant. Sorry but this was a one time restaurant for me. The short version is Not bad...Not Great.

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m
New Orleans
19 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The waiter we had was hovering around our table interrupting every few minutes making us very uncomfortable. The staff station was right behind us where we heard servers being reprimanded, swearing and complaining about customers. Very unprofessional. The food was fare but over priced. We will never go back

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B
Miami
21 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience again. This time there were 8 of us and we are perfectly attended to. Great meal.

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AP
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very loud restaurant, not good for a date. I was seated with the servers station right behind me and I could hear their conversations better than my date. They need to put up a glass screen or something there to avoid that. Mentioned it to our server and he gave me a dirty look.

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MC
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent waiter in the form of a menu- informed part-time actor. Good lamb chops and Corvina. Great Nero D'avola and Martinis. What's not to like.

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good. Great location.

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M
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Personal having been to South Africa I truly enjoyed the South African inspired menu. There is something for everyone. Wonderful service, reasonably priced, and good portions. The only negative is the wine was overpriced compared to other similarly priced restaurants I've been to. But I would still highly recommend The Big Easy to anyone who wants great service and delicious food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday celebration

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A
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The BEST restaurant in Brickell City Center hands down!!! The Peri Peri “African Chilli” Chicken is so delicious and you must try the Pork “lollipops”.

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l
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food. Apps better then mains. Drinks were great. Bar tender was very nice

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TG
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great on Mondays 50% off bottles of wine Amazing food

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JB
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was high qualityand the service was excellent

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OT
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Delicious peri peri cocktail!

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CP
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We got there about 9:10pm, got seated right away. The location was a bit difficult to find but had a great view in front of the restaurant on the veranda worth the time it took to locate.

The cuisine was unique, had so much variety and the flavors really were a great combination all around. The service was exceptional had several people come by and check on us various times. Would recommended going close to closing time, we practically had the place to ourselves.

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r
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent flavorful food and extremely attentive service. Not cheap but well worth it. We’d come back.

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MC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Food and service were excellent. We bring visitors from out of town to the Big Easy. This was my 2nd visit and loved it as much as the first. Peppardelle (sp) shrimp was fantastic and I highly recommend their Big Easy burger! We will be back.

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c
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great new restaurant with excellent and very interesting cuisine, great South African wines and terrific wait staff. Will definitely return.

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D
Miami
170 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Overly spiced food. When you can’t taste the potato or pork but just the spice, it’s not good.

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