Niwa Japanese BBQ

4.7
355 reviews
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Japanese
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

What 355 People Are Saying
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VM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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g
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 9, 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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HH
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Dallas!!! Love love love. Excellent service, food, ambience.

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TC
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic fun with cook it yourself meats!! Excellent quality ingredients, marinates, and sauces. Super yummy and highly recommend for a family or date dinner!

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Palm Springs
72 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you haven't experienced Niwa, my heart is sad for you

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IJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, lots of fun, good drinks and great food.

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London
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for a meal with a few clients and it was a great bonding experience to cook the food together. Will do it again for sure.

Great cocktails as well!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant
Great service
Fun dining experience!
Would go again!

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KP
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was busy but where we wwre sitting, easy to hear conversation. Great service and yummy food.

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

If you go on happy hour it is a wonderful value!

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GS
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good cocktails and it was fun to cook the food on the table. Great place to go with friends and not expensive!

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JO
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

It was surprisingly busy for a Monday night. We had reservations but still had to wait awhile for a table to be ready. There were a few others who also had reservations who needed to wait. After we were seated it took awhile for a server to get to us, but once they did they checked on us at good intervals. We each ordered specialty cocktails that were inventive and used unexpected ingredients and we were pleased with our drinks. This restaurant has a grill at each table so while you can order some finished items from the kitchen the main meal is cooked at the table by the diners. We enjoyed the meats and vegetables that we grilled, as well as a couple things that came ready to eat from the kitchen. The grills are big enough to cook a few bites at a time. It allows for good conversation while waiting for each thing to finish cooking. The quality we received was good, but I felt the portions were a bit small for the prices.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was absolutely amazing. The bar took extremely great care of us and walked us through the entire process.

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KD
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my fiancé here for ber birthday and she was thrilled. We sent on a Saturday at noon and it was not crowded at all. High quality and delicious. The food, drinks, dessert, and service was exceptional. We had the brunch for two, +filet minon, side sauces (next level good), hamachi crudo (sashimi), every now and zen cocktails, and the matcha cake dessert. Sooo good! Highly recommend everything we had. It was pricey but will definitely go back for special occasions.

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Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Went here for a birthday dinner food and service were good however not great

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1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

It was something different .. I didn’t cook my food as well as a chef could . Neat I idea but not really my thing .. probably wouldn’t go back .. nothing negative .. but for a $100 dinner I don’t want to cook, plus for that price the staff should where something nicer than t shirts. I loved the atmosphere , service , location and the items from the kitchen.

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IN
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is SO fantastic in every aspect. The atmosphere is wonderful, the staff is so friendly and funny, and the food is just UNBELIEVABLE!!! We went here for my birthday and my family and I were stunned with this place. Would recommend!

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

Anniversary - they were prompt, great server, great explanation and education of cook times and experience. This was our third time and it is always fun and a nice, cute date place!

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

Amazing food. Fast, excellent and efficient service.

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AL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Super knowledgeable staff re: Gluten Allergy needs!

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PR
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Japanese BBQ. Wide variety of land (meat and veggies) as well as sea. Grills worked well with downdraft, no smoke and the grills were replaced frequently. Great craft cocktails as well. We were lucky enough to show up on the 29th when they feature some special meat platters. Very fun and high quality selections!

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Palm Springs
72 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you haven't experienced Niwa yet, go, you'll be glad you did 😁

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AV
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was great. However had to wait even after having reservations. Waiting isn’t a pleasant experience for anyone.

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DD
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Niwa is the highest quality Japanese BBQ we’ve had in Dallas and we’ve been to almost all of them. The staff were wonderful and the owner was present to check on everyone and make suggestions. Highly recommended, great for dates or hosting visiting friends like we did. 5 stars.

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SF
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though we live 25 miles+ away, this is my wife’s favorite restaurant. We celebrated her birthday with 8 and an infant, including my wife’s 85 yo mother. Could not have gone any better.

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ES
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was good, and an interesting concept. I had high expectations and although it wasn’t bad it wasn’t as good as I hoped. The server could have been a little more informative because the menu was foreign to me and confusing. I am a pescatarian so there was some options but not as much as I hoped.

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JW
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was my second at Niwa and once again I was very happy with the experience. Niwa has exceptionally good decor and ambiance with solid Japanese food. The small plates I've had are all exceptional and worthy of their above average price. Same goes for the grill items, although the maple smoked short rib left something to be desired.

All in all a great place for a nice meal. The added bonus of cooking at the table is also a nice novelty if you're not used to that. I'll be back.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The deals available on Meat Day (the 29th of every month) are a great value! Everything is delicious as always!

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Austin
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so good, and relatively inexpensive. We got drinks, and 7 meats (order the short rib, it’s amazing), a hot dish, rice, and 6 vegetable plates. Amongst 5 people paying it was only $33. I’d highly recommend for a fun night out, with good food that won’t break the bank.

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M
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Japanese bbq is Texas! Food & Service are awesome. Everything on the menu is Good🍽 I always leave with the anticipation to return.

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TM
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food is decent, but portions are small. It has the new Dallas mentality where the servers are more interested in recommending things that increase your tab than increase your dining experience.

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MM
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

$3 rice was amazing!

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AW
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time to Deep Ellum and we decided to stop in here to eat just because it sounded good. It exceeded our expectations though. Our waiter was very knowledgable and friendly, the food was amazing, and we had fun being there. Definitely made a great first impression for us going to visit Dallas. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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KS
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Was our first time there. We really had a nice time had a good server that explain everything really good

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AW
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Not enough food for the price. 32 bites of meat for $45

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