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El Carajo

#60 of 3,384 Restaurants in Miami
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Spanish, Wine Bar
As featured in MIA by GIG
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2465 S.W. 17th Avenue, Miami, FL 33145
+1 305-856-2424
12:00 - 22:00
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Sun 13:00 - 21:00
Mon - Wed 12:00 - 22:00
Thu - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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51 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016 via mobile

You pull up to a garage and start wondering where is the restaurant then you realize you must go inside the gas station and there you be something good because the place is packed. I recommend making reservations. We ended up sitting at the bar and it worked out fine. We order white sangria which was very good and not... More 

Thank Odalys0524
Los Angeles, California
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30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

My mother went on and on about taking me to the "gas station" so I finally got to go and it was one of the best meals I've had in Miami. We ordered several items; bacon-wrapped dates, Gambas Al Ajillo (shrimp in spicy oil), patatas a la brava (fried potatoes), skirt steak, lobster bisque, chorizo in wine. All dishes were... More 

Thank Lysa S
Aventura, Florida
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98 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016 via mobile

When you order a lobster empanada, at a supposedly a "Spanish" tapas place, you know you are in for some treat. I have been to several cities in Spain and I have never seen an empanada at a tapas menu. This version at El Carajo is purely some tasteless seafood (lobster?) and LOTS of red and green peppers which will... More 

1 Thank lgoncalves
Miami, Florida
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016

Read about El Carajo restaurant in the paper and just wanted to give it a try, very happy that we did , we were able to select our owns wine of the self, service and food was great >>>>

Thank denmik1273
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82 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016

First: the service (javier) was not just perfect but amazing!! Second: food was exquisite. You should try the crab crepe and sardines! Drinks: sangria was 10 pts. Overall just perfect: plus the ingredient of being inside a gas station was a plus!

1 Thank Alexbell19
Miami Beach, Florida
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37 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016

Great place for wine choice (more than quality of its selection, the ridiculous prize you pay for wine bottles sat within a restaurant contest). Indeed, while you can select a wine by yourself almost at wholesale price, you can enjoy a varied selection of tapas. Worth trying the short ribs a la canaria, bacon wrapped dates (finally a place actually... More 

Thank Antonio R
Huntington, West Virginia
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016 via mobile

We had been told about this place, then we saw it in a write-up of 7 hidden gems of Miami. It did not disappoint. The croquets, both ham, and chorizo were great! We also had the garlic shrimp, chicken rice, ribs, and assortment of cheeses and meats. All were great. Perfect for sharing with the entire family. We sampled many... More 

Thank WVCAgirl
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016

I love tapas and restaurants that are "off the beaten path." This was heaven for that. Yes, you go through a Mobil station, yes, some people might think the route to get there is sketchy if you take the streets or avenues. However, the small restaurant is cute! The food was incredible! Regular wine selection is just okay, quite lacking... More 

Thank 305KMD
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

Excellent sangria! The tapas are amazing and the paella is really good! The restaurant is very cozy and the service is excellent!! When you get there do not get disappointed by the look of the place from the outside, once you get inside it is completely different. The place is very nice!!!!

Thank Jojamifaje
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

As a native New Yorker I'm a little jaded. Speakeasy and speciality dining experiences are everywhere so I wanted to try this place because its something new, and by NY standards that's major. Pulling up to the FOOD MART my husband gave me a hard side eye[if you don't know what that is seriously stop reading now because this entire... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Spanish, Wine Bar
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
13:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2465 S.W. 17th Avenue, Miami, FL 33145
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Miami
  • Phone Number: +1 305-856-2424

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