Sawa
Sawa

Sawa

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sawarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (305) 447-6555
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Dinner Sunday Thru Thursday 4:00pm - 11:00pm and Friday and Saturday 4:00 pm - Midnight.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Mediterranean
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cigar Room, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Several different indoor/outdoor, on-premise/off-premise options available.
  • Private Party Facilities: Sawa has several options for special events. Two element inspired outdoor lounges seat up to 20 each and are great for birthdays, corporate happy hours, graduations, and other social style occasions.

    Sawa's indoor room is available for a more private dining venue. For formal dinners, the room seats 45. For standing and social functions, the room can accommodate up to 150. This room provides direct access to the bar, can be accommodated for DJ's, has a TV and hookup for presentations, and decorating options are available.

    Outdoors we can accommodate groups of up to 70 seated. Week day restaurant buy-out options also available for max capacity of 170 people.

    We specialize in events and are very flexible in customizing your event to fit your needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Events Coordinator 3054476555x
  • Entertainment: Bellydance Performances Friday, and Saturday at 8:00pm and 10:00pm

    Theme Night Thursdays Showcase Special Themed Performances every Thursday at 8pm and pair with Drink and Food specials.


  • Special Events: Miami Spice- August 1-September 30.

    New Years Eve Dinner with elaborate entertainment

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ponce de Leon
  • Public Transit: Metrorail, Coral Gables FREE Trolley
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Mall Parking, Street Parking and Valet Parking available
A word from Sawa
Located in beautiful Merrick Park in Coral Gables, Sawa, which means togetherness, uniquely combines contemporary Mediterranean cuisine and sushi, live performance, lounging, and a fresh nightlife atmosphere to Coral Gables
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Sawa reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (18)fit for foodies (14)good for groups (12)special occasion (9)neighborhood gem (9)scenic view (7)romantic (6)hot spot (6)great for lunch (6)late-night find (4)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (2)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • top food in pleasant outdoor patio
    PinecrestGuy
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I recommend this restaurant. The food was very good. I would have given it an excellent, as the tapas were wonderful, but my wife's seafood rizotto was only mediocre. Everything else, though, was excellent. The service was friendly and attentive and the belly dancing livened things up every 45 minutes or so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, As Expected
    GMas
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    It was our second visit and everything was good. The only thing one can say was not so good has to do with the restaurant's location below a gym or something because there is frequent thumping noise emanating from above sounding almost like thunder. (not as loud) After a while the noise becomes insignificant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FrnkVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    unfortunately, everything but the food was very acceptable.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Pleasant Surprise
    GMas
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    A great first time experience with a great happy hour food menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love2eat
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    It was a little bit hot to sit outside but fans needs to stay on
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Went there for my wife's bday lunch with some friends and everything was awesome. Hummus platter was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could not have asked for more!
    borntotravel
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Ate here for Miami Spice and was delighted. The servers were great and every dish on the Spice menu was delicious. Lovely atmosphere outdoors under the palm trees ar Merrick Park. Highly recommended, especially the panna cottta!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely cuisine!
    PigFox
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Sawa offers fantastic Mediterranean and Japanese food. My boyfriend and I shared the vegetarian tapas which was a unique option to find. The service was so polite and helpful. I would definitely recommend the tempura grape leaves and that fantastic chocolate soufflé and pistachio icecream! We even had a belly dancer perform right by our table!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • exelent
    romanticdine1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    it was very good, when i visit miami i will come back
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the visit
    SteakEnthusiast
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Went for Miami Spice in the evening first time. Chef is definitely good. We ordered one of everything. 10 people and all the plates were delicious. Filet was tender and juicy,fish,ribs,ceviche,sushi all perfectly made. This time went for lunch. Only disappointment in food was that the menu changed. Ordered off of the lunch and appetizer menu. Food was delicious. They have a belly dancer which makes it a little more fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Miami Spice 2014 choice!
    yaya19
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Size of portions very generous. Great and fast service. Parking a little hard but there is valet at the hotel ($12).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vegetarians dream!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great for happy hour. Small plates and tapas list is extensive. As a vegetarian is can be difficult to eat out, sawa has more than half the menu options for vegetarians.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Little Let Down
    hooligan27
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I went with my girlfriend for trying the Miami Spice deal and we were very let down with the food. The only salvageable part was the hummus plate. The rest was very mediocre and pricey. Won't go here again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great location, nice ambience, food OK, the steak was not as tender as one would expect, ceviche was OK, the baby back ribs appetizer was very good, the dulce de leche dessert was good, and the service was good as well. May try it one more time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable
    JCJC
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Went for lunch on a saturday with my daughter. The service was very good and the food was awesome. Had the Miami Spice menu which was very reasonable to try it out. I had the mango flavored and she had the lychee flavored bellinis, they were 2 for 1 - yummy. I tried the dumpling sampler and she had the asian salad both very good. Main entrees were mushroom burger and tuna tataki both very very good. Desserts were coconut panna cotta and assorted baklavas wow the perfect touch to finish the meal. I really enjoyed the visit and the meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love Sawa!
    Bfunkyeats2000VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The Staff, the food, and the ambience are awesome!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sawa is SO SO
    CJuneVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    For appetizers, we ordered the BURRATA SALAD with heirloom tomatoes, kalamata olives, arugula, balsamic vinaigrette, It was delicious but very small The ceviche was also delicious. The main dishes: Marinated miso salmon, sushi rice, asparagus, Very good. The N.Y. STRIP STEAK 12 oz, green peppercorn butter, mediterranean broccoli, was very hard to chew and no flavor Dessert: CRÈME BRULEE vanilla custard, caramelized sugar, Very small and DULCE DE LECHE BANANA SPRING ROLL dulce de leche, banana, vanilla bean ice cream Overly fried. Overall not very enjoyable dinner It still cost us over $100 with drinks. Not a great atmosphere unless you enjoy dining with loud screaming patrons at the tables and bar.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but not great. Disappointed.
    Foodiequeen
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food was very good. Server was attentive but slow. Took forever to get entree and dessert. Smokers all around were greatest negative and huge annoyance. Left restaurant smelling like cigarettes and cigars. Will probably not patronize restaurant again because of smoking issue.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 125 reviews are from the Sawa reviews archive.
  • very nice
    mariagonzaVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    the food was excellent the service was so kind and special they have food dog thta really nice
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FrnkVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    has no indoor dining as it's just a few tables by the bar.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Happy Hour
    SFCA
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Good Happy Hour prices on drinks and a variety of nice healthy bar foods, fun atmosphere
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for a Late Night Meal
    amyjess
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Fun, energetic restaurant with bar located inside. Seating is outdoors in a nice open air setting in Merrick Park. Tapas style food. Standouts were the spare ribs & tuna tartare. Open late. Nice staff. Hookahs available.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SandiVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    In the mood for a different dining experience, try Sawa at the Village of Merrick Park. Mediterranean food at its best in a beautiful outdoor setting and a very attentive staff. The menu is vast and so are the drink choices. Try it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Good at all!
    AntonioVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This restaurant should not take reservations late night if not prepare to do it. As soon we got the table the server rush the order saying the kitchen was about to close. Terrible sushi plates, terrible soup of the day (old and dry salty) terrible Mediterranean plater.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good food..poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Food was good. Nice ambience. Liked the menu. But They didnt have enough people. Our dinner took over 1 hour. Kitchen was backed up. My dh was upset.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outdoor Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Great Outdoor Dining. Dont like the inside seating as much. I think the place is best suited as an outdoor venue.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Sawa never received my reservation through open table, thank god I called beforehand!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service!
    AnaKarenG
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    From the hostess Ana Maria to the servers Chong and Nadia to the Mgr. Pavel..Service does not get any better. Amazing staff, great wine selection and good entrees. Ih yeah, awesome hookahs! Both servers were on top of their game. Kept the coals and the wine coming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely outdoor setting
    MariTFVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    This is a great Happy Hour spot to meet friends. It has very friendly service and a lovely outdoor setting where you can have a conversation and not be drowned out by the crowd. Everything on the menu is tasty.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SandiVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    If you want good Mediterranean food and an enjoyable setting, head to Sawa. Surrounded by the shops at Merrick Park, it's a perfect break for lunch. Great kabobs and tapas. If daytime sit outside, but ask for a shaded table. Can be a bit hot in the summer months.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SAWA the Amazing Restaurant
    LaChela
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We loved, the place beautiful,The food exquisite,they have everything, fish, meat, lamb, sushi, we enjoy the beautiful show at 8:00 pm that girl dance like a Angel, gorgeous, excellent, and we make hookah awesome!! Definitely we recommend and we want to come back soon.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Happy Hour in Merrick Park
    i82dayVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    sushi and drink specials for happy hour rock. The server Lourdes is great.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very impressed!!!
    DV5150
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    It was our 2nd option for Saturday night but I think it'll be on th top of our list from now on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good overall. Staff friendly-
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Very good overall. Staff friendly- server tried hard. Stays open until 11 PM on week nights which is a plus. Pleasant, quiet surroundings outdoors.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Communication / Service
    Rodriguez26
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I was really bummed to have experience for the first time and be embarrassed with all my guest having to cancel their order after waiting for 1 hour and 45 minutes. They over booked themselves with a bunch of group parties and mines was able the one who had experience the worst , everyone was really upset and what makes it worst is that one of the waiter said " Please be patient , It looked as if you were having a good time" yeah we were however we were hungry, and patient enough to wait for 1 hour and 45 minutes for dinners and some samplers and once they brought the checks it was a mess, and nothing was even discounted.The lack of communication was horrible.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique menu in a great location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    In Merrick park, a great restaurant for date night or a night out with friends. Menu is a mix of Mediterranean and Japanese food, has hooka, and belly dancing shows. The price is high, but not outrageous, for a appetizer/dinner/wine/dessert about $100- we had a great time!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unhappy Customer
    ToDifor
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food took about 45 min to arrive (maybe longer)after placing the order. When it finally arrived, I had lost my appetite completely. In addition to that, the dish I ordered did not indicate the entire contents, which included Mushrooms that I'm allergic to. Waiters/Waitresses although super polite, could do nothing to compensate for the slow Chef/Kitchen service received. Not worth the very lengthy driving time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A- Overall
    ASAN
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food and drink was excellent though the prices were a bit on the high side. Otherwise, I am going to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love it
    loveit
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Valentine's Dinner, amazing food, hookah, great service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always consistently fantastic!
    LuvdinningVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Amazing service and friendliest staff you can find. Food is great and ambiance is perfect. Manager and waiters all go out of their way to make everyone feel special....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.