About Big Easy

About Big Easy


The Big Easy Durban Restaurant at Hilton Durban brings together a dynamic, international creative team. The Hilton Group are world leaders in hospitality,   food offering and service as well as being at the cutting-edge of restaurant design and innovation.

The vision of interior designers Virserius Studio, an award-winning hospitality interior design firm out of New York and Paris, was to create a space that was ‘beautiful, friendly and open, to ensure that everyone who visits will feel comfortable.’  The Big Easy Durban Restaurant by Ernie Els, is South African in nature; it combines several unique spaces, all tied together by inviting rustic elements such as wood-beamed ceilings, beaten copper, rich textured leather upholstery, brushed concrete and handcrafted furniture.

The open plan interior of the restaurant comprises a Chefs Table and open Kitchen, where diners can get ‘up close and personal’ with Chef Fourie and her team and watch the Chefs at work in the ‘heart’ of the restaurant.  A large Bar with an impressive wine bottle display, a dramatic floor to ceiling backdrop and a copper bar counter, dominates the east end of the space.

The Els influence can be seen throughout with the many personal touches that have been introduced.  The Lounge area is stocked with Big Easy vintage wines from Ernie Els’ own vineyard and showcases a feature wall filled with memorabilia, replica trophies and images; while in the Private Dining Room, diners have the opportunity to sit down in comfortable style, as if in the company of ‘The Big Easy’ himself.

Outside, the Terrace with upper and lower decks, for al fresco dining and chilling, features a lush green foliage wall, as well as locally-sourced furniture and accents, honouring South Africa’s rich artistic heritage and natural beauty, where guests can fully immerse themselves in the magic of the outdoors and Durban’s idyllic weather.


Alongside Ernie Els signature wines, will be an extensive collection of selected quality wines, featuring up and coming wine-makers, many of which will be available by the glass. Wine aficionados will be able to enjoy the entire Ernie Els collection comprising 10 wines.   These include three wines from the ‘Big Easy’, ‘Proprietor’ and ‘Cultivar’ ranges as well as the one ‘Signature’ wine. For the wine connoisseur, Ernie Els Vintage wines from 2002 and 2006, will also be available.