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El Carajo

#55 of 3,352 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
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Wed 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

Something about having to walk thru a gas station to find a restaurant. Start off by picking your own wine in the gas station and walking in with your wine selection before sitting down. ( Cork fee $10 ). You cannot go wrong with your selection of tapas. We tried gambas al ajillo, bacon wrapped dates, fried garbanzos, chorizo al... More 

Thank Victor M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

A fantastic find. We were in Miami for vacation and found this place. It's located in a gas station, but wouldn't be out of place in South Beach. We parked and walked into the quick mart and were quickly impressed. Besides the tapas restaurant, they have a bakery and an ample supply of retail wines. We entered the restaurant and... More 

Thank Grant C
Saint James, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

This restaurant is a find. So funny to walk into a gas station and find this great restaurant in the back. We loved almost every item we had. so full of flavor. Since its a wine bar, you know the selection was great. The bacon wrapped figs were amazing. so was the chick pea dish. The Paella with Valencia rice... More 

Thank jeffstravels123
Latrobe, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

My friend warned me this eatery is more than the gas station facade. And, right he was. The offerings for breakfast are varied and cost effective. Most importantly, there was taste to whatever I ordered unlike some bakeries that tote lovely looking pastries only to find they taste like cardboard. My guava and cheese danish was outstanding as well as... More 

Thank LvmjV
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

I lived in Spain for many years so judge this is easy. In Spain it would be just an average restaurant. But in Miami is a good one. You can order here Jabugo ham, best in the world, but here it was served cold instead of room temperature. Garlic shrimps were fine, but in Spain they are a lot better.... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

El Carajo is a big surprise! When you arrive you are in a gas station, and the restaurant is located inside what used to be the gas station's convenience store. Once inside, the selection of wines and the traditional Spanish decor will astound you. The food was excellent, as was the sangria. Service was very good and elegant. Make reservations... More 

Thank AreWeHavingFunYet
Bali, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016 via mobile

It is definitely a surprise to park at a has station, and think you can have a good meal.... Once you pass the gas station store area, the restaurant El Carajo, has a great ambience, resembling a wine cellar. The food is traditional Spanish cuisine and extremely good and well priced. We order the Calamares fritos (fried calamari), the Chorizo... More 

Thank CCRM0105
Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

It was an unexpected experience (in a good way), because my husband just told me the place was located in gas station. But once you get there is another story. Exellent atmosphere, service and food. The paella is delicious, the BEST. Nice selection of wines. And you need to try the lobster stuffed empanada and the dates wrapped with bacon,... More 

Thank IOrtiz
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Spanish, Wine Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2465 S.W. 17th Avenue, Miami, FL 33145
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Miami
  • Phone Number: 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?