Niwa Japanese BBQ

4.8
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492 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.6
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OpenTable Diner
Shreveport
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! It was our first time going and we will definitely be back!

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VivianC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is excellent but the price is also high.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Very disappointed in the food as this is not my first time dining. I’m a local and bring people in from out of town. Japanese cuisine takes pride in the skill of the knife. The meat and veggies that we ate could not be eaten with chopsticks and had to be cut before out on the grill. Really unhappy. Spent $154 without tip for 2 people.

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

If you like Actual Korean BBQ...don’t do it.
I guess you pay for the area? I ordered Beef Belly, zucchini, and rice. FYI everything you order is priced separately including the rice. I believe the only seasoning that was available in kitchen was salt, everything was so beyond salty! To the point I was so grateful for the plain white rice to try to wash the meat down with.
Unfortunately my first experience there was not so good, my friend got corn, which was salty as well, and the filet. She said the filet was good, but tiny! So basically smaller than an appetizer.
Price breakdown: filet, corn, rice, cocktail =$35
Zucchini, Beef Belly (4 strips around bacon size) rice, shot of saki= $20

I was hungry after the meal..pretty disappointed.

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JonathanE
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat at with great food and an amazing atmosphere!!!

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clyde
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was having a great time and the food was awesome. Have the old fashioned and cherry oleander

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and experience! Great for special occasions or date night.

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WilliamZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Fun experience for a group. The prices on the menu are for 3.5 oz portions, so you will likely end up ordering several different items. The service was excellent and explained everything honestly and clearly.

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was good and reasonably priced. Wasn’t a fan of the cocktail before dinner and service was slow. That has to do with the restaurant being a fancy place. Leave yourself about an hour and half for dinner. Parking was hard to find as it was a Weekend.

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Madi
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVED it. We always have a great time here.

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vipTreverS
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything post seating but the check in experience was disappointing. There was a person working at check in. Answering the phone. Playing around with an iPad and very studiously ignoring the people waiting. I was politely waiting to be at least looked at when another person just pushed past me and asked for a seat. The lady

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drinks, and service were great as always.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Felt unorganized for a high end restaurant. Waiter forgot some items. For the price I don’t think it was worth it. Gyu Kaku another Japanese bbq restaurant, is amazing for the price. I think they need to take notes from them to be honest. Portion was terrible for the price at Niwa.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was fantastic for the Valentine’s Day fixed menu. The A5 Wagyu was worth every penny. My only beef was that the wait staff seemed like they were phoning it in. While this is to be expected from most restaurants where servers know they are guaranteed a check amount, I was a bit disappointed to see it at my favorite restaurant in Dallas.

Luckily the courses were so fantastic that I still had to give this place a very well-deserved 5 stars.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a fantastic first experience! Every bite was thoughtful and delicious. We were blown away, from the cocktails to dessert. Our server was accommodating, as we had a show to get to, but still kept the service top notch. We can’t wait to back with friends.

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MegF
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A great dinner! Amazing food! The room temp was cold though

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ended up having one more to our party than originally planned. Hostess (wavy dark hair with bangs and glasses) seemed very off put even though we were willing to wait an extra hour for a larger table. We waited no problem, as the fault was our own. However, her attitude rubbed me the wrong way. When we left to go have drinks while waiting my friend even commented on the way she handled me. I use the word handled because that’s how it felt. Not accommodating what so ever, just handled. I have been in the industry 10 years and definitely understand busy nights and the stress that comes with it, but we were not being demanding, honestly would’ve even been okay waiting longer.
Not what I expected and definitely caught me off guard.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh! So lovely! The food was delicious and my waitress was absolutely amazing!!!

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vipJosephW
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Niwa is always a fun experience. The food is great but a bit pricey. The service is always excellent. And the drink selection was solid.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Niwa is the most perfect spot for a date. Great environment, fast service. I absolutely love all the servers and the food is DELICIOUS. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a different date night or even girls night.

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Dessertqueen
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So worth it for the price!
Will definitely come back!

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Payton34
Tulsa
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

The service was good. The drinks and food were great, but after spending $150.00 on drinks and dinner, we felt like we needed to stop on the way home and get something to eat.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks are amazing. My wife and I love the atmosphere there. The music, the lighting and the aesthetics. Our server, Jason, was awesome and very friendly. Highly recommended

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vipJackieB
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

More of an evening spot. Great value prefix for lunch

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience4

Everything was going nice until a plate of asparagus was spilled on our party. Afterwords the manager gave us a business card and said they would cover any dry cleaning but didn’t offer any gu

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vipPeter
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Food super fresh, good service and lots of sake to pick from. I enjoyed trying all the different options in my own grill. The asparagus was my fave!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Guys night downtown! Our server Stephanie was top notch kudos to her. Meat,meat, and more meat ... that you can grill yourself “Like a Man”! Everything we ate from the belly to the tongue to the steak cuts and then our several orders of A5 to close things down was absolutely phenomenal. We will be back. Come get your meat on!!!

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vipFatManLikes2Eat
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Theres a great charm to this place. It’s comfy and quiet, overall. And since you’re cooking at your own pace, a great date experience. You can really get to know your date over drinks and dinner without a rush. The food quality is great. Nice cuts and proteins to choose from. Service was awesome. Very knowledgeable waiter. Cocktails were amazing. Will definitely be going back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a play afterwards, and they kept it moving for us.

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viptiffanys
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food3service3ambience5

I love Niwa. We eat here about 1x a month and I’m never disappointed. This last time some of the food was very slow to come out. And we were almost done with our main course when the last meat selection was brought out, after a few requests to check on it. Aside from that still one of my fav restaurants.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I love their food. But Everytime I make a reservation I always end up still having to wait approx 10-20 mins which is frustrating when I take the time to make a reservation. It is also pretty loud.

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vipSusanH
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The Japanese BBQ was something different and fun! All the choices the waiter recommended were spot on.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Niwa is becoming my go-to for a nice evening with friends and family. Consistently enjoyable, great cocktails and truly delicious food. Our server, Tyler, was excellent and the ambiance is a nice blend of popular but intimate. Don’t often leave reviews but this place has earned every star.

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vipMichael
Dallas
32 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Everything about the restaurant and meal was great, but the portions you got seemed quite small for the price paid. My date and I ordered a meat, fish, mushroom side, asparagus side, and two sides of rice. When the meat portion arrived, I was amused at the tiny eight cubes of meat. The small package of fish to grill didn't allow us to see the amount of food contained.

Overall, my first time eating here. And while it was pleasant to be able to cook my own food at the table, the pricing seemed a bit high for the amount of food served.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Delicious food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious cook in front of yourself experience. Was able to order more as we went so it ended with everyone full but not too full. Refectory happy guests when we left. Also very healthy options. I would recommend this place for casual outing or special celebrations!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - you cook your meats and veg on a hot sizzling grill. The sirloin is a great cut to select, and the cheapest of the alternative cuts.

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vipOfframp
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tyler was great, and so was the food. Felt like I was in Japan or Korea.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! My family went out for my birthday and we had a blast. Our server was the best her name was Stephanie and she led us through the menu like an expert and we loved everything she suggested from the sake to the beef tongue (IKR...just try it, sooooo good). We will be back soon

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service and quality. If you’ve never had Japanese BBQ you need to experience it and this place is phenomenal!!! Don’t be afraid to splurge and treat yourself to their rotating selection of A4 and A5 beef. Ask for Stephanie- she’s the BEST!

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