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Niwa Japanese BBQ, Dallas, TX

Niwa Japanese BBQ

4.9
4.9
769 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Barbecue, Yakiniku

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Tue, Thu–Sun 6:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Tue 6:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (214) 741-6492

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jimmy Niwa

  • Catering

    N/A<br />

  • Private party facilities

    One room available. Private Dining Room - 28-35 guests located on the East side of the restaurant. 7 roaster tables

  • Private party contact

    Matthew Normand: (214) 741-6492

  • Neighborhood

    Deep Ellum

  • Cross street

    Malcom X

  • Parking details

    Lots of Parking in the Deep Ellum area

  • Public transit

    DART - Green line located 3 blocks over at the Baylor University Medical Center Station. (0.2 miles - less than a 5 minute walk).<br /><br />Uber - Available to pick up/drop off in front of restaurant. <br />

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 769 people are saying

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.7Value

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  1. C

    Cowtex

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time at Niwa! The food was great as was all of our servers! I would definitely recommend!!
  2. KL

    KatyLiz

    Dallas

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Niwa is always fantastic! We had gyoza, spicy edamame, and deviled eggs to start, followed by a variety of meats and veggies. Standouts were the beef belly and ribeye cap, but everything was absolutely delicious. The service was top notch, with everyone seemingly working together. I highly recommend!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First restaurant we chose to go to for restaurant week and it did not disappoint. Every course was delicious but the star of the entire meal was the miso skirt steak. It was so flavorful, tender, and juicy. Also a fun experience at a Japanese grill getting to grill the meats. Would definitely go back again.
  4. m

    murielf

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent quality of everything, from cocktails to meats. Super friendly and efficient service. Cool decor.
  5. ST

    ShoTime

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came for restaurant week and drove nearly an hour and a half to try this place out. Normally the table side grill places offer lower quality meats and sides, but we really enjoyed the food here and could tell they provided a better selection of food. We ordered the shishito peppers and pork belly appetizer, along with the specialty dumplings. The dumplings were average, the peppers were so good! We also tried the wagyu deviled eggs, which everyone LOVED. I thought they were so good until I tasted the touch of wasabi, which isn’t a knock to the dish, just my personal preference. We also ordered the spring mix salad and the newly-added cabbage salad. For something different, I would recommend the cabbage salad. It was refreshing with the sesame dressing. We also had the miso soup and edamame, which were average. We ordered the shrimp (delicious), the chicken thighs (smaller portions but good seasoning), the short rib (delicious) and the pork belly (my favorite), which was seasoned with what seemed like an herbed kosher salt but was so good!! The meal came with a fresh veggie plate to grill, and the veggies were perfect. Also included was white rice, to which I added their special garlic butter - mmm! The manager Jimmy came by and thanked us for driving out to visit and offered us a dessert, which we had to decline for our own personal keto goals (don’t mind the white rice!). The service was excellent. Our main server was Joe, and he had quite a few table runners who were all so helpful. Our waters were kept full and our table continually cleared. Although this place isn’t close enough to be on our weekly dining list, we will certainly be stopping by with family and friends coming into/out of town since the airport is nearby. Thank you for a great meal! Be sure to note they do not open until 6 pm!
  6. LF

    LFellows

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and the atmosphere great! Service was quick and helpful.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    I felt rushed almost but the food was delish! Drinks were delish!
  8. E

    Erika

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambiance! First time trying Japanese bbq and our server helped us out with any questions and gave us great suggestions! Would definitely come back here!
  9. a

    ayerfoo

    Dallas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Incredibly rude staff, it’s an issue every time we come but the food is great so take that as you will. Reservations are really just for your peace of mind, usually still an hour+ wait wether you called ahead or not.
  10. J

    Joshua

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Great place, great vibes, delicious food. The place is just too loud for conversations but really enjoyed the food and the friendly staff
  11. EM

    ErickM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice most definitely I will be going back. My guest enjoyed it too
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Niwa is one of my favorite restaurants to dine at when I’m in Dallas. I am never disappointed!
  13. HR

    HildaR

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Drinks were amazing. Similar experience to what Ive had in Japan.
  14. LG

    LindseyG

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing!! Jose was our server and he was the best you could ask for!! The only complain I would have if any at all is that the music was a little loud and that there was a $20 cake cutting charge and it was just my husband and his parents with a very small cake. We didn’t need them to do anything and instead we had to go back to my in laws afterwards to do it since she couldn’t there (the $20 cutting fee would’ve cost more than she paid for the cake!) so we went for his bday which ended up not being celebrated at all while we were there. As someone that is very involved in the food industry It doesn’t take much to make someone feel special especially when you’re paying the amount you’re paying at a place like this. Other than this it is amazing and I would definitely go again!!!!
  15. A

    Angelica

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great night. Food was amazing our server was very knowledgeable as well. Experience over all 100!
  16. AV

    AmberV

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience2
    We always LOVE Niwa and we’ll definitely go back sometime. However at this visit they had an issue with their AC and we were absolutely burning up while trying to enjoy our meal in the small side room. When we commented the waitress said the staff knew of the issue but there was nothing to do. I would preferred to not have people sat in that area because it was miserable.
  17. FF

    FoodFan

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Awesome experience and definitely recommend going with a group
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Jose was our server, and he did a great job greeting us and taking our order. The items came out at random times compared to other visits, but it was slightly crowded. He was a bit overwhelmed not frequenting the table as I’d expect, but overall he was attentive the best he could be. The chili sauce side for the price is extremely small and quite frankly not spicy. I asked if there was anything else spicier, and he said no. Not his fault, so I ordered a total of 4. Disappointed there. Everything else was tasty and fresh. Will be back.
  19. DG

    DeniseG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my daughter for her bday last night. She wanted to try something new so this was our first time at a place like this. Definitely worth it! Servers and staff were so polite kind and full of energy. Food off the map tasty delish! They explained everything to us well and gave grest recommendations! Jason was our server, and he was so cool! Ambiance and vibe was awesome! Music kept the positive enegy flowing..and fantastic location in deep ellum..not one of the busy corners.. we actually ordered quite a few things and were super full but in a good way. Not overwhelming. And price wise.. like going out for a great strak dinner somewhere else but the quality if meat here was much better! Definitely coming back soon :-)
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The service was great, very attentive staff and quick turnaround on orders. Our cocktails were very good, we especially enjoyed the Yukarita. Portions are on the smaller side and they were out of fried rice which was disappointing but all of the food was very well seasoned. We started with the dumplings (amazing) and spicy edamame (a little messy but tasty. Next we got the filet, shrimp, and skirt steak which were all delicious. The dipping sauces were a great complement to the protein. For sides we had the broccolini and white rice and they were nothing special but went along with the rest of the food well. As an extra protein our server recommended the pork belly and we both usually really enjoy it so we added it to our order but when it arrived we were surprised to see it looked exactly like bacon. I’m pretty sure it actually was bacon! Sliced thin and lined up exactly like you’d see in a package at the grocery store. We followed instructions placing it around the perimeter of the grill but it ended up grey and limp after a few minutes. Super unappetizing and not at all what we expected. We told the waitress we’d like to send it back and she seemed hesitant and surprised we were unhappy with it but the manager agreed to take it off our bill. Overall Niwa was a fun experience for date night and we were happy with almost everything. I don’t see us putting it in our regular rotation but glad we went!
  21. ZA

    ZakA

    Mobile

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an excellent experience for us. Food was excellent, and service was fantastic. We were enjoying being there. We will be back for sure.
  22. KF

    KFinky

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    My only real complaint is that if you are going to have happy hour prices but then give less meat than when it’s a normal price day, that does not make it a better value. Yes you are paying less, but you are also receiving less which ends up evening out to the same that you pay on a normal day. Also check up service to order more drinks, etc. can be slow. Quality of food is good though.
  23. T

    Tallulah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite restaurant in Dallas, every time. Everything is authentic and the vibe is young and fresh..The staff is awesome.
  24. JL

    JohnL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such delicious food, cocktails, and sake. The staff were friendly, attentive, and offered great recommendations. This was my first time and I can't wait to go back!
  25. a

    alainalovee

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Niwa is always a must! We bring our friends and family here when they’re in the DFW area and it’s consistently good.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always! I’m here every other month
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Best Japanese BBQ in DFW!!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Maddie is the best server.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have an excellent experience at Niwa! The specials on Tuesdays for Happy Hour and on the 29th of every month always make it worth the trip! Don't miss the Miso Skirt Steak or the Beef Belly!
  30. ES

    EssenceS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place… great customer service and great food… Love the intimate setting.. This place is a hidden gem… I love the veggies and corn is my favorite.. the meats are fresh and delicious!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience4
    The good is good but for the price it was a little to high for the portion of food we ordered.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Go here all the time with my boyfriend love their food
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service, ask for Jason he’s great.
  34. CH

    CarlyH

    Austin

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the happy hour!!!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was probably my 10th visit, but it was a first for my date. He enjoyed it. The server was attentive. Happy the shishito peppers are back. Had the beef belly and ribeye with the soup salad rice option and zucchini broccolini and chili sauce. Was all great. The old fashions are awesome.
  36. KC

    KCsc

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great quality food every time!! and the drinks are also top notch.
  37. g

    greggus

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We love the staff at Niwa. They do a great job or providing great service. Most have been working there for a while and their team work shows.
  38. JR

    JoseR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service would definitely be coming back………..
  39. SK

    StephanieK

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We go here for our standing date night every Monday. The staff works seamlessly to maintain and clean tables.
  40. B

    Brandon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is amazing! Skirt steak, NY strip, and sirloin are my favorite.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks

FAQs

Niwa Japanese BBQ is rated 4.9 stars by 769 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today
Google Map for Niwa Japanese BBQ

2939 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Malcom X

  • Neighborhood

    Deep Ellum

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Tue, Thu–Sun 6:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Tue 6:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Barbecue, Yakiniku

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Lots of Parking in the Deep Ellum area

  • Public transit

    DART - Green line located 3 blocks over at the Baylor University Medical Center Station. (0.2 miles - less than a 5 minute walk).Uber - Available to pick up/drop off in front of restaurant.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jimmy Niwa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (214) 741-6492

  • Catering

    N/A<br />

  • Private party facilities

    One room available. Private Dining Room - 28-35 guests located on the East side of the restaurant. 7 roaster tables

  • Private party contact

    Matthew Normand: (214) 741-6492

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