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“Overpriced less than average food, good wine selection overall a big disappoitment!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of El Carajo

El Carajo
2465 S.W. 17th Avenue, Miami, FL 33145
305.856.2424
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Ranked #117 of 3,624 Restaurants in Miami
Cuisines: Spanish
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
New York City, New York
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“Overpriced less than average food, good wine selection overall a big disappoitment!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I found this restaurant on my recent trip to Miami by using the Tripadvisor app. According to the app, this restaurant was ranked among top 10 in Miami (out of over 1,000). This is a Spanish tapas and wine bar, located at a gas station behind a wine store, nothing fancy, but once you step into the restaurant space, it has a nice decor and atmosphere. The wine selection is extensive and for that reason a little overwhelming, so we asked for the sommelier so he can offer some suggestions, they did not have one. When the "wine expert" came by our table after 10 mins wait, we told him we wanted something that would pair well with mixed seafood and meat tapas, he suggested a Pinot Noir, which you don't have to be an expert to make this suggestion. The tapas came.....the chorizo (Spanish sausage) was swimming in a sea of oil, the octopus was rubbery and drenched with smoked paprika, the croquettes were "gluey" , we then order a crab crepe, the meat was imitation crab with mayo....need I say more! We ordered one desert which together with the wine were the only things that were decent, and for these few tapas, two glasses of wine, and one desert we paid $98! (need I remind you this was at the back of a store in a gas station, not Midtown in NYC!)

  • Visited April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Miami, Florida
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“wonderful food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

I had the best time at this place. It was a surprise to find this little restaurant inside a Deli into a Gas station.. It had to be in Miami where anything is possible. If you are in Miami go there! don;t miss it. It is a local thing and a lot of fun and delicious flavors you won't forget.
The atmosphere is great, the staff courteous the wines are pretty good.
We went there for lunch and drank the Sangria. As the main course I had Callos a la Madrileña ( 6
Tripe Stew). I will be back and strongly recommend!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Marshall, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Miami's best kept secret”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

We stopped for gas and found this jewel on the inside, had dinner on our last night in Miami and was not disappointed, food and atmosphere was outstanding!

Visited March 2013
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State College, Pennsylvania
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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Yes, it really is inside the gas station”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

El Carajo (The Crow's Nest) serves wonderful tapas and offers an extraordinarily fine selection of wines. To get there, however, you really do have to go into the gas station. As you make your way through the Coconut Grove section of Miami, just a block or so off U.S. Route 1, you arrive at what looks like a perfectly ordinary gas station, with pumps and parking spaces and a convenience store. You will think that this fine and widely-praised Miami restaurant you've heard about must be behind the gas station, or around from the gas station, or somewhere other than the gas station. But disregard those little voices of doubt in your mind. Go ahead and park in one of the parking spaces for the gas station. Walk into the gas station as if all you wanted was to buy a quart of oil, or a package of Slim Jims, or a Dr. Pepper. And when you do so, you will find in the back of the restaurant -- beyond the normal appurtenances of a gas-station convenience store -- an amazing array of wines, and a bakery whose shelves fairly groan with rich and tempting dessert items, and beyond that El Carajo, the great tapas restaurant you've been looking for.

The scale of the restaurant is intimate -- just a few tables. The look is Castilian brick-and-sandstone (fabricated, admittedly, but tastefully so), and the wait staff are unfailingly prompt and courteous. The selection of wines-by-the-glass is extraordinary; my wife thoroughly enjoyed her sangria, and I had a delightful Argentine malbec. The tapas that our party enjoyed included empanada de langosta (mini-pie stuffed with lobster), sardinas de santurce (grilled sardines), pulpo a la gallega (Galician octopus -- reminded us of being in Santiago de Compostela), and chorizo al vino (sausage in wine sauce). That list should give you a good sense of the variety of tapas, and the delightful dining experience, available to you at El Carajo. All you need to do is think counterintuitively, park at the gas station, and walk into the gas station.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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67 reviews 67 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Amazing Tapas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

This restaurant is a real find...when you find it. It is in the gas station and not well marked. The food is incredible with a wine list to match. There is something for everyone on the menu.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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