Niwa Japanese BBQ

4.7
388 reviews
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LOCATED IN THE HISTORIC DEEP ELLUM NEIGHBORHOOD OF DALLAS, TX.
Niwa provides an authentic yakiniku experience, featuring premium in–table smoke–free grills.

Prepare premium grade beef, seafood, vegetables and more at your own table while enjoying a wide selection of Japanese sake, beer, and craft cocktails. Eating at Niwa is always an exciting experience, perfect for dinner with family, or a fun night out with friends.

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Sun 11:00AM - 2:00PM
Mon - Fri 4:00PM - 6:15PM
Sat 11:00AM - 2:00PM

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Aguascalientes
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with friends who have never experienced this type of cuisine and they loved it. The quality of food was great. The server was informative and knowledgeable. Will go back for sure. Hope more people discover this gem in deep ellum.

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SC
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Used to driving up to 35 and emerald. Glad this lil gem is much closer. Had a time change on our reservation due to a late flight.
When we finished dinner...all of us commented on how this was the first time in a LONG time that service drinks and food were spot on.
My only recommendation is that they do something with the patio.

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DH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been twice and loved everything we ordered each time. It is a beautiful restaurant and the service is wonderful. My husband who is not a spinach lover was crazy about the spinach, it is seasoned perfectly! It is a great experience and really fun for a small group as you are cooking the meal yourselves and sharing.

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Palm Springs
77 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently Excellent - a rare quality in "new" restaurants in Dallas.
Highly recommend

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter knew the menu extensively, and recommended the yellowtail crudo. The fish was so fresh and paired so exquisitely we gobbled it up in not time at all! The fun of the grill started, and our waiter brought us our corn pouch. The flavors were amazing, and colorful! We grilled our shrimp, chicken, and New York strip, with each bite being better that the last! We will absolutely be coming back! I think I have found my new favorite restaurant In Dallas!

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Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first visit and it certainly won't be our last! The food and service were incredible! You even made me a fan of silken tofu. A big thank you to Jason for the complimentary "birthday" dessert. It made my time with my son and his roommate extra special!

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Palm Springs
76 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply wonderful

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Las Vegas
23 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and Outstanding service

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RF
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Niwa was amazing from start to finish. The hostesses were accommodating, and the service was impeccable. As soon as a glass or plate was empty, somebody would be by to pick it up. The food was awesome, and we had a blast cooking it. Great value, too. Highly recommend!

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VW
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience dining at Niwa. We were in town for a special event and couldn't have picked a better restaurant to kick off our evening. The staff was extremely helpful in explaining how everything worked and they even took time to give us some pointers on the rest of our evening in Dallas. The food was delicious and fun to make and the craft cocktails were unique. Can't wait to come back!

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CC
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Service was very good, but compared to other Japanese BBQ we have been to the portions were very small and over priced.

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CG
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was good but service was somewhat lacking-- The server checked in very rarely and had to make several requests to other staff members about status of order and drinks

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JP
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had never been to a Japanese BBQ before, and as this was our first experience, we were needing a little guidance in what to do. Our server explained everything well and made good recommendations. It was fun and fast which was great because we were trying to make a show afterward. Basically you are in control of how long or short your experience is since you are in near complete control of the preparation of your food. I would highly recommend this place to anyone.

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RS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Food was great, service was very limited. Waiter was polite but didn’t introduce himself, walk through menu, offer suggestions, or say more than a dozen words the entire time. Disappointed as previous experience had been very positive!

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J
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner experience! Nice atmosphere, good food and good service! Perfect place for a preshow meal, close to Fair Park and not over crowded!

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Nice place with nice staff. But it’s overpriced for the food

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PC
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

"I will return"!!! It was 6 of us and we were celebrating (2) 60th birthdays and had a blast!!! New experience, great food, wonderful service, good location. What else could you ask for? Go early afternoon, if you can. It gets crowded in the evening. I love the relaxed feel of this place. Grilling your food right at your table was fun! The food is very good and everything turned out great! We all loved the experience. Thank you Niwa...we will be back!!!

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PH
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place to visit and experience. Had a good time

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night! Wonderful experience and will go back soon for certain!! ❤️

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun resturant to catch up with friends and make some good food.

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1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious! Wonderful hospitality, fun atmosphere and great energy.

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Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was fantastic and the service was amazing! Couldn’t have asked for a better experience!

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Houston
7 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing service. They have a great teamwork mentality which makes your dining experience flawless. The food was spectacular. Our server Shelly had great recommendations and personality. We will be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at this style of dining and Niwa really set the standard! The service was awesome, the menu had a great selection and the food itself is fantastic! I’ll definitely be back!

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J
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and awesome experience at a reasonable price!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Food and service always great

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Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Dallas. I’ve been here 20+ times and it’s good every time. I came here for my birthday because it’s the best

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DS
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We only discovered Niwa less than a month ago and have been there 3 times already. It's a unique, collaborative dinner experience which we love. Great for clients or just a fun night out with friends.

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YC
New England
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was good. The portion is a bit small. Would definitely go to try out some other dishes.

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JG
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food and ambiance is great.
The waiter did neglect us from beginning to end.

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Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went here for a birthday—really awesome experience! Staff did well to explain how the dining worked and were generally attentive for a busy night.

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JS
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Glad to see the new menu and changes -- good waiter with many recommendations. We got some of the foods on happy hour -- so, yay. Good bar drinks too.

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VM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Arrived for 6:30 reservation at 6:32. Overheard hostess and serving staff panicking that there were 6 reservations and 2 open tables. Waited until almost 7pm for our table. Food is served raw since you cook it at the table. We ordered 2 veggies, 3 meats (raw), and one item from the kitchen. Veggies were brought out and cooked. Got 1 small plate of meat 10 minutes later. Then had to wait another 20 minutes for two small plates of meat. Ordered the “skewers.” On the menu as plural. Received 1 skewer. Told the “s” was a typo. Our waiter was very nice, but overall the service was terrible because the kitchen couldn’t keep up with the demand even though they didn’t do much cooking in back. Disappointing. Was extremely loud. Bad for birthday date night.

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b
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Management seemed a little unorganized. But table service was great. It's the best choice for yakiniku we have in DFW.

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BD
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Initially underwhelmed when hostess tried to tell us we didn’t have a reservation and made up a tale about someone with the same name taking our reservation. After we eventually got seated, food was fine. Our waiter was helpful. Wish there was an opportunity to learn more about the various sakes offered. Would go again.

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g
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Niwa was AMAZING! Food delicious - and what fun to cook ourselves - seriously the whole experience was unique and stellar and we cannot wait to return. Refreshing to go to a restaurant as unique as Niwa!

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DR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great service and a fun and different dining experience. Food is so good as well.

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D
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was good but service was lacking... the first time I came here with friends our server went over the menu, cooking process, etc with us and was much more friendly and helpful, so I brought my partner assuming we would have the same experience. Unfortunately we didn’t... the server didn’t really give us an explanation of anything and we felt rushed. We were also charged for rice we never received. Overall it was ok and the food was very good, but probably won’t be back.

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R
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

Portions are very little with high price but the food are good just small portion and expensive service is slow

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JB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

I had high hopes for this place. I made reservations three weeks in advance and put on my reservation it was a Birthday. Upon arrival and checking I was told there was at least a 25 minute wait. Then why did I make reservations? Talked to an Asian man who in short said oh well too bad. Lucky the waitress Donna grabbed another gentleman who cleaned off a table and allowed me to vent...still had to wait and get upset on my Birthday celebrations!! The server didn’t know it was Birthday..service was ok...not bad but not Birthday worthy! Portions are small and not worth the trouble of trying bc the service was ok. There are much better places to go to have this style of BBQ.

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