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About Big Easy Winebar & Grill
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.
Miami, FL 33130
South African, American, Grill
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday - Saturday 11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
S. Miami Ave & 8th St.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parking is available in multiple near by garages or through the East Hotel Valet located directly below the restaurant.
Metro Mover - 8th Street station
Private Party Facilities:
For all large party requests and to book our private dining room.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Big Easy Winebar & Grill Ratings and Reviews
Must get the pork belly lollipops - excellent
The old fashion with the house bourbon was great.
We shared the bison- was a juicy tender cut.
Side of Brussels sprouts with bacon
They were out of the Nutella bread pudding but supposedly that is their top dessert.
Really nice place, great service. The waiter, Alex, was excellent. The menu has a nice mix of very high quality meats and steaks, fish, as well as rices and curries. The starters are original and very nice, and they have a great wine list. I am not going to recommend my favorite... I am surprised they actually have it :)
So freaking delicious! Very un-expecting being in the middle of City Centre but it was amazing. Our server was great and very helpful. Our table split the Big Easy red blend and it was really good. We split the lollipops, octopus, duck curry and papaya salad - all were incredible. This is a hidden gem for sure.
We were celebrating my husband's birthday, and he is from Cape Town South Africa. He really enjoyed the south African infused cuisine. We highly recommend the peri peri chicken livers and pork belly lollipops starters. The bunny chow is an exceptional entree if you reall want true Durban fare, so was the bison rib eye...all their steaks are exceptional actually. The brussel sprouts with bacon marmalade side dish is not to be missed! Save room for dessert. The South African malva pudding is delicious. The wine list did not disappoint either. We enjoyed the Ernie Els Rosè from the Stellenbosch region of South Africa.
We were a party of 6 and everyone enjoyed their meal.
The space is beautifully decorated.
My only complaint is that the service was not very attentive. Our waiter was very nice, but he never seemed to be around.
Thanks for a great meal!
This is a very pretty but expensive South African steak and fish restaurant. Unfortunately, the food is just average and certainly not worth the price. I had steak and found both sauces to be unimpressive. The mushroom sauce tasted like canned New England clam chowder (without clams) and the bar-b-que sauce was similarly unimpressive. The steak (very small) was fine but not a reason to go. Service was excellent.
SAFETY HAZARD!! DO NOT EAT HERE!! WORST EXPERIENCE OF OUR LIVES!! I don't usually have the time to write reviews nor like affecting anyone's business with a bad review but in this case others need to know! On Friday 9/29/17 around 9pm we were just getting started with two appetizers (pork belly lollipops and Peri-Peri Chicken Liver) when my wife started making a weird look about something she was trying to chew on, she apparently could not bite through it as it seemed to be solid, when she took it out of her mouth thinking it was maybe a bone or something we were shocked to see a VERY SHARP MEDIUM SIZED PIECE OF METAL which seemed to be a piece of can or who knows??!!...it was the most disgusting and disappointing eating experience, the server was quick to bring me another drink without me even asking for it and the manager Bryan Kelley shortly followed with an apology and took care of the check as it was obvious we were not staying for dinner . We are not the type of people to complaint about anything but this is unacceptable...it ruined our night as my wife felt sick to her stomach and with more than enough reason. I'm thankful she did not hurt her gums while trying to chew her food as the piece of metal had extremely sharp edges but we are still worried she could have ingested any other smaller piece of metal without noticing...who knows what else could have been in the food!!! We did not take pictures of the metal piece as we immediately called the server over and showed it to him, he took the plate right away. DO NOT EAT HERE!!
Food was amazing and def will be back. Only a bit disappointed with the service tonight. Maybe cause in the past that was a lot better but our waiter was very slow when it came to ordering, refilling wine and water glasses... etc. It was a busy evening so maybe that was the reason but there is def room for improvement
This was my first time dining at Big Easy and I have to say it was not a good dinner choice at all! We sat a the bar to have drinks while waiting for friends. My cocktail (a Cosmo) was extremely small and the taste was not as expected (not your typical Cosmo in a Martin Glass). We then proceeded to have dinner and I wish we had not. The portions are overall EXTREMELY small. From the appetizers (crab cakes) to the Entrees (the Filet Mignon 6 ounce) looked more like a 3 ounce steak. Really Big Easy?!! The sides are extra and they are no larger! We are foodies and are always looking for great places to eat with reasonable sized dishes, unfortunately Big Easy was a huge disappointment. I understand you guys have to pay top dollar for the rent at Brickell City Center, but unless you re-evaluate your food portions, and Martinis' compared to other local restaurants nearby, you will end up having to re-locate very soon. I do not plan on coming back or recommending this place for dinner. At best, have a beer at the bar and watch a game. That is all.
my boyfriend is from a South African and was craving food from home. The standouts were the peri peri chicken livers app... the bunny chow main course (big enough to share!) and save room for the desserts Malfa pudding and Dom Pedro...SO GOOD! Maria our server was exceptional. The decor and ambience is beautitful. We will go back for sure !
I've been to Big Easy before and have really enjoyed myself. This time in particular we went for Miami Spice. Our waiter was not the greatest. Apparently there was a large back up in the kitchen, and our entrees came out before the salads - well three of our five entrees. And this was about 40 minutes after we ordered. Our waiter barely came to check on us, but he was very invested in his other tables. The fourth entree came out, but by the time I got my entree every one was finished with their meal. The manage came and comped two of our meals and he was very kind, but it was another 10-15 minutes before our waiter brought the check. In total we were there for about an hour and a half.
I will definitely be back because I think the food is delicious, but the restaurant needs to sort out it's wait and kitchen staff to avoid something like this again. It's a high end restaurant with high prices, bad service does not entice me to pay those prices.
We wanted to head down to Miami and enjoy Brickell City Center, a place that we haven't been to yet. Since my girlfriend is South African, whenever we get a chance to enjoy South African food, we try to do so. And so once I found out that Ernie Els, the golfer opened up The Big Easy here in Florida, we just had to try it.
Although we were the first to arrive for Sunday lunch, shortly thereafter, the place started to fill up. The decor is beautiful and we had our choice of tables. We typically try to taste many dishes by splitting the portions and we were able to do so here at the Big Easy. I enjoyed my Mimosa. The Boeri Bites were a take on South African cuisine and we enjoyed the three versions of these bites. Afterwards, the kitchen split our Bloody Mary Gazpacho. As I told the waiter, this Gazpacho was the best I ever had. I didn't think Gazpacho was a South African dish, but it didn't really matter, since the restaurant has other dishes that are not South African.
For our main dish, we ordered the Corvina which was a white fish that was rubbed with South African spices on top of a risotto which was fabulous. The side of fingerling potatoes were also excellent.
We would go back in a heart beat! The servers were all so nice and inviting and suggested that we try their new Seasonal menu that was coming out next week. We live about an hour away, so when we do come back to Miami, in all likelihood, we will be back, since we had such a great experience there.
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