The Big Easy

★★★★★
  • 222 Fayetteville St

    Raleigh, NC 27601

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  • 919-832-6082

About The Big Easy

Hours
Monday To Thursday From 11:00 AM To 11:00 PM Saturday To Sunday From 11:00 AM To 02:00 AM
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I've never dined Downtown before. Yesterday was my birthday and my "Special Friend" took me out...it was absolutely BEAUTIFUL! The weather was great, the sax player was playing and the service was the best! I would definitely dine here

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I've never dined Downtown before. Yesterday was my birthday and my "Special Friend" took me out...it was absolutely BEAUTIFUL! The weather was great, the sax player was playing and the service was the best! I would definitely dine here

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My wife and I eat there about once a month and have never been disappointed. We love the French Quarter ambience, the live sax player (5 nights a week), and the very good bands playing on weekends.\r
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Our favorite dishes include the

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My wife and I eat there about once a month and have never been disappointed. We love the French Quarter ambience, the live sax player (5 nights a week), and the very good bands playing on weekends.\r
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Our favorite dishes include the

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My husband and I eat out at least 3 times a week cooking is not what I do and we choose to eat at The Big Easy at least once a month. The staff is quick, the menu is diverse and the food is excellent! We have never had a bad meal there. We

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My husband and I eat out at least 3 times a week cooking is not what I do and we choose to eat at The Big Easy at least once a month. The staff is quick, the menu is diverse and the food is excellent! We have never had a bad meal there. We

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I went with another companion to this restaurant, because we both enjoy Creole food and she was looking forward to the fried oysters. \r
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From the time we entered the restaurant, we had issues. The table we were seated at was dirty

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I went with another companion to this restaurant, because we both enjoy Creole food and she was looking forward to the fried oysters. \r
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From the time we entered the restaurant, we had issues. The table we were seated at was dirty

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I was not impressed, the food was not good, service was inadequate. If you are driving into Raleigh for dinner don't waste your time or money here.

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I was not impressed, the food was not good, service was inadequate. If you are driving into Raleigh for dinner don't waste your time or money here.

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I went there for lunch during the weekend. The place was virtually empty. The sandwich I had was boring/tasteless and lacked effort. Nothing special at all. We went out to eat 5 times that weekend and both my friend and I said this was the

3
★★★★★

I went there for lunch during the weekend. The place was virtually empty. The sandwich I had was boring/tasteless and lacked effort. Nothing special at all. We went out to eat 5 times that weekend and both my friend and I said this was the

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Alligator Bites were soggy, gumbo tasted old, smelled and tasted bad. Shrimp tasted like it was cooked in old oil. Soup was greasy. Would not eat here again.

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Alligator Bites were soggy, gumbo tasted old, smelled and tasted bad. Shrimp tasted like it was cooked in old oil. Soup was greasy. Would not eat here again.

Cons: Bad food!!

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Amazing food, great service, nice atmosphere. If you are looking for good cajun inspired food, this is the place to go. The restaurant is in North Carolina, not Louisiana, so you have to keep that in mind and don't go with any 'Ive been

3
★★★★★

Amazing food, great service, nice atmosphere. If you are looking for good cajun inspired food, this is the place to go. The restaurant is in North Carolina, not Louisiana, so you have to keep that in mind and don't go with any 'Ive been

Pros: Great spicy food, live music, good service

Cons: no place is perfect

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This place pretends to be something out of New Orleans but in actuality, it's just a wanna-be as most other Cajun places this far east always are. Their daily specials are always the same and as one of the others posted, the artichoke crab

3
★★★★★

This place pretends to be something out of New Orleans but in actuality, it's just a wanna-be as most other Cajun places this far east always are. Their daily specials are always the same and as one of the others posted, the artichoke crab

Pros: Pleasant atmosphere

Cons: Not fresh ingredients, terrible food

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This place has all the staples - red beans and rice, gumbo, etouffee, etc. Great atmosphere, good food.

3
★★★★★

This place has all the staples - red beans and rice, gumbo, etouffee, etc. Great atmosphere, good food.

Pros: Great traditional cajun selections

Cons: None.

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I've been a couple of times and the food just isn't spectacular. Tastes like a lot of stuff is premade and frozen. Nothing fresh. Even the "specials" are the same time and time again. Kind of like amped up bar food. Also found a lot

3
★★★★★

I've been a couple of times and the food just isn't spectacular. Tastes like a lot of stuff is premade and frozen. Nothing fresh. Even the "specials" are the same time and time again. Kind of like amped up bar food. Also found a lot

Pros: Something different

Cons: Nothing Spectacular

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The Big Easy used to have some great salads, but the quality continues to get worse and worse. The past few times I've picked up a salad for take out, the chicken on it has been horrible and nasty. The chicken used to be fresh, juicy,

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★★★★★

The Big Easy used to have some great salads, but the quality continues to get worse and worse. The past few times I've picked up a salad for take out, the chicken on it has been horrible and nasty. The chicken used to be fresh, juicy,

Cons: Salads continue to go downhill

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The salmon was terrible. Basically it was a mediocre dry rub and the salmon, then they over cooked it. (I guess it was healthy ,no fat either from the salmon or the rub) They cooked it out!! I also ordered a Caesar salad. This was a

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★★★★★

The salmon was terrible. Basically it was a mediocre dry rub and the salmon, then they over cooked it. (I guess it was healthy ,no fat either from the salmon or the rub) They cooked it out!! I also ordered a Caesar salad. This was a

Pros: great location

Cons: food was terrible

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I really enjoy the food and atmostphere in this restaurant. The Po Boy sandwiches and the soft pretzel with crab dip are my favorite. It's a great location downtown and I love the decor of the restaurant inside, giving it a French

3
★★★★★

I really enjoy the food and atmostphere in this restaurant. The Po Boy sandwiches and the soft pretzel with crab dip are my favorite. It's a great location downtown and I love the decor of the restaurant inside, giving it a French

Pros: Good food

Cons: What are the drawbacks?

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On my first trip here I ate a meal with friends before heading over to the history museum. The food was alright, no one had any complaints, but it wasn't anything noteworthy. They offered large portions and the service was good. I decided to go back for lunch a few months later with a friend and it took about 20 minutes from when we placed our order to receive our appetizer. We ordered oysters on the half shelf for our appetizer and in its place we were given fried oysters. After we told the waitress that wasn't what we ordered she claimed oysters on the half shell weren't on the menu. We didn't want to place another appetizer order since it took so long to receive the fried oysters, so we accepted them. To be fair, she did offer to discount us for her error and apologized. The fried oysters were the best thing we ate. Our entrees arrived one minute after the appetizer. We ordered the Seafood Gumbo, which happened to arrive with oysters on the half shell in it. Amazing that they aren't available as an appetizer, but are in the gumbo. How long was the soup sitting around? Obviously, the quality was not very good and the seafood was definitely not fresh. We did receive a large portion of the gumbo, but I will take quality over quantity any day.

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On my first trip here I ate a meal with friends before heading over to the history museum. The food was alright, no one had any complaints, but it wasn't anything noteworthy. They offered large portions and the service was good. I decided to go back for lunch a few months later with a friend and it took about 20 minutes from when we placed our order to receive our appetizer. We ordered oysters on the half shelf for our appetizer and in its place we were given fried oysters. After we told the waitress that wasn't what we ordered she claimed oysters on the half shell weren't on the menu. We didn't want to place another appetizer order since it took so long to receive the fried oysters, so we accepted them. To be fair, she did offer to discount us for her error and apologized. The fried oysters were the best thing we ate. Our entrees arrived one minute after the appetizer. We ordered the Seafood Gumbo, which happened to arrive with oysters on the half shell in it. Amazing that they aren't available as an appetizer, but are in the gumbo. How long was the soup sitting around? Obviously, the quality was not very good and the seafood was definitely not fresh. We did receive a large portion of the gumbo, but I will take quality over quantity any day.

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i had dinner at big easy when they first opened. the service was great, and the food was delicious. i recently visited there again for lunch and my experience was completely opposite from my first visit. we walked in and there was a group

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i had dinner at big easy when they first opened. the service was great, and the food was delicious. i recently visited there again for lunch and my experience was completely opposite from my first visit. we walked in and there was a group

Pros: average food, located downtown

Cons: not that great of service

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It has to be the best restaurant there is in down town raleigh for it being so cheap. Lets just say you get your money's worth! I strongly believe that if you went you would love it.

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It has to be the best restaurant there is in down town raleigh for it being so cheap. Lets just say you get your money's worth! I strongly believe that if you went you would love it.

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As a repeat customer, I think this place is great! I went there on a Thursday and it was actually crowded. Having been there before, seeing a crowded room was a first. The service was great, my salmon was cooked and seasoned perfectly,

3
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As a repeat customer, I think this place is great! I went there on a Thursday and it was actually crowded. Having been there before, seeing a crowded room was a first. The service was great, my salmon was cooked and seasoned perfectly,

Pros: Food, Staff, Music, Atmosphere

Cons: Timing on food delivery

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I know I haven't been to the heart of the Bayou so I can't compare to true Creole food but I found my experience at the Big Easy a great one. Wait staff were friendly and prompt, food was great, and the live sax player was awesome. I have

3
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I know I haven't been to the heart of the Bayou so I can't compare to true Creole food but I found my experience at the Big Easy a great one. Wait staff were friendly and prompt, food was great, and the live sax player was awesome. I have

Pros: Awesome space. Tasty Food, Live Music

Cons: I was hoping for more impressive bathrooms!

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I decided to try this place for lunch with a friend. It took about 20 minutes from when we placed our order to receive our appetizer. We ordered oysters on the half shelf for our appetizer and in its place we were given fried oysters.

3
★★★★★

I decided to try this place for lunch with a friend. It took about 20 minutes from when we placed our order to receive our appetizer. We ordered oysters on the half shelf for our appetizer and in its place we were given fried oysters.

Pros: Location

Cons: Food

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The Big Easy should be renamed to The Big Letdown. I grew up in and about New Orleans and I can tell you the food at the Big Easy is anything but authenic. I placed a take out order of over $50 and when it arrived it was cold, salad was

3
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The Big Easy should be renamed to The Big Letdown. I grew up in and about New Orleans and I can tell you the food at the Big Easy is anything but authenic. I placed a take out order of over $50 and when it arrived it was cold, salad was

Pros: touristy

Cons: pricey for the the size portions and terrible food

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I have not tried many things on the menu. What I can verify are the crab cakes, shrimp burger and the spinach. Sometimes, they can be a lil' heavy handed with the salt. Yet, since you know this, ask for it to be light and add as preferred.

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I have not tried many things on the menu. What I can verify are the crab cakes, shrimp burger and the spinach. Sometimes, they can be a lil' heavy handed with the salt. Yet, since you know this, ask for it to be light and add as preferred.

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A co-worker and I tried the Big Easy today for lunch. I ordered the shrimp po' boy with onion rings for my side. She had the half and half po' boy--one half oysters and the other half shrimp--with fruit salad for her side.\r
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As soon as

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A co-worker and I tried the Big Easy today for lunch. I ordered the shrimp po' boy with onion rings for my side. She had the half and half po' boy--one half oysters and the other half shrimp--with fruit salad for her side.\r
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Pros: Quick Service During Lunch

Cons: Inconsistent Portion Sizes and Canned Fruit Salad

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Classic cajun/creole food is not so much hot but full bodied, with celery, bell pepper and onions. Roux is the base of most dishes and is cooked slowly. Big Easy was a disappointment. Battistella's New Orleans Kitchen in the Crabtree

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Classic cajun/creole food is not so much hot but full bodied, with celery, bell pepper and onions. Roux is the base of most dishes and is cooked slowly. Big Easy was a disappointment. Battistella's New Orleans Kitchen in the Crabtree

Pros: Great looking place

Cons: Food

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I work right next door and have tried three times to eat there (more than I would usually give) and both times have come up short. They are not cheap, that is for sure. The food is really not good. Most dishes are extremely salty!!

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I work right next door and have tried three times to eat there (more than I would usually give) and both times have come up short. They are not cheap, that is for sure. The food is really not good. Most dishes are extremely salty!!

Pros: nice place visually, drinks good

Cons: bad food

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The Big Easy in Raleigh NC. A horrible choice for a meal or good times! Food is average, definitely not authentic Cajun! The worst part is the Poor Customer Service! From the time you get seated the process of continual let down begins.

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The Big Easy in Raleigh NC. A horrible choice for a meal or good times! Food is average, definitely not authentic Cajun! The worst part is the Poor Customer Service! From the time you get seated the process of continual let down begins.

Pros: Great Drinks!

Cons: Poor Customer Service

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The Big Easy is a fun place to go on a Friday or Saturday night, but I would never make the mistake of wasting my money there for dinner again. Honestly, there is nothing else to say except that it sucked. \r
The prices aren't cheap and

3
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The Big Easy is a fun place to go on a Friday or Saturday night, but I would never make the mistake of wasting my money there for dinner again. Honestly, there is nothing else to say except that it sucked. \r
The prices aren't cheap and

Pros: nightlife

Cons: food

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I?d been wanting to check out the Big Easy for a long time and apparently, so did a bunch of my compadres, so we went last Saturday night as a group. They did a great job with the atmosphere for this restaurant?I was disappointed in only

3
★★★★★

I?d been wanting to check out the Big Easy for a long time and apparently, so did a bunch of my compadres, so we went last Saturday night as a group. They did a great job with the atmosphere for this restaurant?I was disappointed in only

Pros: Drink List, cozy and authentic feel

Cons: Food isn't quite up to par

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Went on a first date here and it was perfect. Can't beat this place on what you get for the price. Food, service, bar was good. Will go here again.

3
★★★★★

Went on a first date here and it was perfect. Can't beat this place on what you get for the price. Food, service, bar was good. Will go here again.

Pros: Good all around

Cons: Too much food.

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I went after work on friday to enjoy a beer and met some really great people that worked there. They were all friendly and helpful. I loved the whole atmosphere of the place. Very relaxed. The bartender suggested the preztel appetizer

3
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I went after work on friday to enjoy a beer and met some really great people that worked there. They were all friendly and helpful. I loved the whole atmosphere of the place. Very relaxed. The bartender suggested the preztel appetizer

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My husband and I are traveling this week and we are from New Orleans. My daughter suggested coming here over the weekend and it was surprisingly wonderful. The food was great. The soft pretzel & crab was great. the Creole sauce

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My husband and I are traveling this week and we are from New Orleans. My daughter suggested coming here over the weekend and it was surprisingly wonderful. The food was great. The soft pretzel & crab was great. the Creole sauce

Pros: Very Authentic

Cons: It's in Raleigh and not in New Orleans

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I travel very often but I will make sure when I end up in Raleigh I will be back at The Big Easy. Food was GREAT and the menu is huge. Service was good and I enjoyed the bartenders company. Live Jazz music was a Great touch!

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★★★★★

I travel very often but I will make sure when I end up in Raleigh I will be back at The Big Easy. Food was GREAT and the menu is huge. Service was good and I enjoyed the bartenders company. Live Jazz music was a Great touch!

Pros: Great Food, Large Menu, & good personnel

Cons: N/A

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This is a great place to take someone out for dinner. The atmosphere is very condusive to a wonderful evening. Food was great and the service was fantastic!

3
★★★★★

This is a great place to take someone out for dinner. The atmosphere is very condusive to a wonderful evening. Food was great and the service was fantastic!

Pros: Atmosphere, Food, Service, Price

Cons: They close at 2 AM.

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DO NOT EAT HERE. I got food illness and the doctors are currently testing to find out what it is. Sanitation score is only 88.5 (subtracted 2 pt education credit). Stay away.

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DO NOT EAT HERE. I got food illness and the doctors are currently testing to find out what it is. Sanitation score is only 88.5 (subtracted 2 pt education credit). Stay away.

Cons: Bacteria

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I was in from Chicago visiting family and was taken to The Big Easy. What a great place to eat, Food was excellent, atmoshere awesome, and the owner, Christina was wonderful. I highly reccoment eating at The Big Easy!

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I was in from Chicago visiting family and was taken to The Big Easy. What a great place to eat, Food was excellent, atmoshere awesome, and the owner, Christina was wonderful. I highly reccoment eating at The Big Easy!

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Food is Great!!! Service is awesome!!! Had a great dinner and we stayed longer for drinks afterwords. The Louisiana Pretzel is awesome and was a wonderful start to our meal. We were recommended the pork medalions and pasta fras

3
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Food is Great!!! Service is awesome!!! Had a great dinner and we stayed longer for drinks afterwords. The Louisiana Pretzel is awesome and was a wonderful start to our meal. We were recommended the pork medalions and pasta fras

Pros: Great Food and Service!!!

Cons: Seemed to get a little crowded off and on.

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We were walking down Fayetteville St Saturday afternoon and just happened to pass the Big Easy. Having already eaten down the street we planned on just going in for a drink or two. The customer service was awesome - everyone was so

3
★★★★★

We were walking down Fayetteville St Saturday afternoon and just happened to pass the Big Easy. Having already eaten down the street we planned on just going in for a drink or two. The customer service was awesome - everyone was so

Pros: inviting atmosphere

Cons: parking is hard to find without using the decks

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I unfortunately was a patron of the Big Easy earlier today. My girlfriend and I were served RAW chicken tenders! They were uncooked except for the outer crust portion. When we brought to this to the attention of the waitress she didn't

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★★★★★

I unfortunately was a patron of the Big Easy earlier today. My girlfriend and I were served RAW chicken tenders! They were uncooked except for the outer crust portion. When we brought to this to the attention of the waitress she didn't

Cons: Raw food!!! Horrific service!!!!!

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The kids (3) and I took Dad out for Father's Day today to "The Big Easy". I decided that The Big Easy sounded like a pretty decent place. We were seated, and the table was horrible, it's very low, and if you leaned on it, it got lower.

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The kids (3) and I took Dad out for Father's Day today to "The Big Easy". I decided that The Big Easy sounded like a pretty decent place. We were seated, and the table was horrible, it's very low, and if you leaned on it, it got lower.

Pros: Our server Beau was great, a really nice guy

Cons: Slow service, zero rating for food presentation

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I really enjoy going to the Big Easy. The good is pretty good and very close to what Cajun should taste like. I would go back.

3
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I really enjoy going to the Big Easy. The good is pretty good and very close to what Cajun should taste like. I would go back.

Pros: Great Cajun flavors-Awesome crab cake and alligator

Cons: Not enough alligator

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After searching City Search for a few fun places to attend after graduation I came across The Big Easy. Perfect, no reservations, fun drinks and food, etc. etc? Warning you will run into the worlds most unprofessional hostess when you

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After searching City Search for a few fun places to attend after graduation I came across The Big Easy. Perfect, no reservations, fun drinks and food, etc. etc? Warning you will run into the worlds most unprofessional hostess when you

Pros: Great Drinks

Cons: Poor Staff

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Being born and raised in Lousiana makes it difficult to find food "worthy" of praise in other parts of the US, but this restaurant is well deserving of the praise. I had become so tired of trying restaurants that claimed to be "Authentic

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Being born and raised in Lousiana makes it difficult to find food "worthy" of praise in other parts of the US, but this restaurant is well deserving of the praise. I had become so tired of trying restaurants that claimed to be "Authentic

Pros: Awesome Authentic Cajun Food - Jambalya doesn't get much better than this!

Cons: Didn't experience any cons

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Needs something more. I really liked the look and feel of the place. Three of us sat at the bar, had drinks and dinner. The service was quick, but unenthusiastic. I don't mind that type of service later in the evening when its just about

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★★★★★

Needs something more. I really liked the look and feel of the place. Three of us sat at the bar, had drinks and dinner. The service was quick, but unenthusiastic. I don't mind that type of service later in the evening when its just about

Pros: Cool space, drinks, food, prices

Cons: bar service, no music, parking

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I've been in Raleigh a couple of years, constantly looking for food as good as I could easily find in New Orleans. We finally found it last Friday at the Big Easy. The seafood and chicken gumbo was as good as any restaurant gumbo I've

3
★★★★★

I've been in Raleigh a couple of years, constantly looking for food as good as I could easily find in New Orleans. We finally found it last Friday at the Big Easy. The seafood and chicken gumbo was as good as any restaurant gumbo I've

Pros: Loved it!

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We are transplants from New Orleans. We have been looking for some good down home cooking from a local rest. (We found it.) The Big Easy is like New Orleans in Raleigh. We did read these reviews before trying The \r
Big Easy. We must say.

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We are transplants from New Orleans. We have been looking for some good down home cooking from a local rest. (We found it.) The Big Easy is like New Orleans in Raleigh. We did read these reviews before trying The \r
Big Easy. We must say.

Pros: Food Variety, food flavor, authenticity and ambiance

Cons: wait staff needs some work

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I have had the oppoitunity to dine at Big Easy and was very impressed with the number of items on the menu as well as the variety of Louisiana favorites. The Louisiana Pretzel is definitely the best appetizer on the menu. The burgers are

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★★★★★

I have had the oppoitunity to dine at Big Easy and was very impressed with the number of items on the menu as well as the variety of Louisiana favorites. The Louisiana Pretzel is definitely the best appetizer on the menu. The burgers are

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I recenly moved to Raleigh from New Orleans and have been missing New Orleans style food. Last Friday my family and I ate at The Big Easy and enjoyed every last bite. For an appetizer we tried the Louisiana Pretzel and the crab-stuffed

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★★★★★

I recenly moved to Raleigh from New Orleans and have been missing New Orleans style food. Last Friday my family and I ate at The Big Easy and enjoyed every last bite. For an appetizer we tried the Louisiana Pretzel and the crab-stuffed

Pros: Wonderful food and atmosphere

Cons: Waistaff could use a little bit of work.

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I so wanted to love this place. Great location, great name. I'd read and heard fairly lousy reviews but when I walked in the door I had a hope that the critics were wrong. The lanterns and old town look were inviting. Alas, the food was

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★★★★★

I so wanted to love this place. Great location, great name. I'd read and heard fairly lousy reviews but when I walked in the door I had a hope that the critics were wrong. The lanterns and old town look were inviting. Alas, the food was

Pros: Nice location, inviting interior

Cons: The food

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This place used to have great food. When I went there the first time the food was great. i hadnt gone back in a while but i went the other night and it it completly changed. The menu was different but looked great. It seemed liked every

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★★★★★

This place used to have great food. When I went there the first time the food was great. i hadnt gone back in a while but i went the other night and it it completly changed. The menu was different but looked great. It seemed liked every

Pros: atmosphere

Cons: waitstaff and food

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I saw this restaurant one night in one of my many journeys downtown and vowed to sample their wares. Upon making it in to dine, the atmosphere is great. The bar placement and lay out are unique and inviting. That?s about where the

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★★★★★

I saw this restaurant one night in one of my many journeys downtown and vowed to sample their wares. Upon making it in to dine, the atmosphere is great. The bar placement and lay out are unique and inviting. That?s about where the

Pros: Atmosphere, Location

Cons: Service, Quality of food, Food Temperature

 

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