Niwa Japanese BBQ

4.8
575 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 575 people are saying
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4.7
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4.7
ambience
4.6
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TonyA
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

my only dislike was toooooooooo loud. I could not have a conversation with my wife due to the loud atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, food was excellent!!

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AshleyB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great experience and the food was amazing! The staff was super nice and friendly!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fave spot. Everything is gassss

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AndreR
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great foodie experience. The food was tasty and the service staff was friendly and knowledgeable.

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2flycutiepie
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food and drinks were all great! I did get warm in there (grills everywhere) but other than that, no complaints. I highly recommend going for the Tuesday happy hour deals!

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ShareeseH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love eating here. My favorite restaurant in Dallas!

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ivyq
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Second time having dinner here and service was okay compared to the first. We didn't have our grill switched out and unfortunately the seating arrangement in the restaurant made it so that the sun was in our eyes the majority of our meal. We sat at the two tables directly across from the bar and are unsure if the vertical bar windows had shades. Place seemed to be understaffed for a Sunday evening but the food was tasty and the value is good so I will be coming back.

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Dinner
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Service was slow and for a restaurant serving asian cuisine they brought out entrees and our party had to request for rice multiple times before it came out. Food quality was mediocre when compared to competitors like Gyu-Kaku.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and friendly, attentive service!

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Jeff
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience all around. Good food, unique atmosphere, great service, and fair price.e

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None
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Over it was a wonderful experience and the food was simply amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere and service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service.

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NiyaE
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Great atmosphere, great happy hour value

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BiancaA
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Overall good experience with really good food and drinks. On Tuesdays they have Happy Hour pricing from 6-11pm. Everything was great except our server seemed to have too many tables to really check in with us often. Also we ordered something we never had before called the 'all meat' special that's only available during happy hour. After they brought out several cuts and types of meat they dropped more proteins at our table. I was pleasantly surprised and my table mates even remarked that this was a great deal and there was more than we expected. Turns out these last two plates were an accident and at first our waiter put them on our tab. The initial response was that oh that wasn't supposed to come to y'all but since you all ate them we charged you. After my tablemate told him that 1. we never ordered this before so we didn't know and 2. while he acknowledged it was at the wrong table, no one including the server said anything to us to correct it.

Luckily after we mentioned the above, the manager agreed with us and removed the unasked for items from our bill so the evening was saved. Food is really good just make sure you ask plenty of questions to verify as things are dropped off at your table.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I come here almost weekly on Monday nights after my work out. It’s a great place to eat clean but also leave so satisfied! The flavor of all the meats and veggies never leaves you disappointed. Highly recommend the deviled eggs, the spicy edamame, short rib, and the corn. The yukarita is my go to cocktail. Service never fails here. Everyone is kind and works as a team. This place always makes me feel like I’m back in New York having a unique food experience. It gets busy so always make a reservation

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vipBarney
Dallas
41 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really fun date night. The style of preparation at this restaurant, encourage is a collaborative meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The host desk was a little unorganized and waited about 15 min after reservation time

Our server was awesome

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Steves
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Reservation was for 6pm but I was not told the restaurant didn’t open until 6pm. Lyft driver dropped us in front of the restaurant and after discovering the door locked we called an was told they wouldn’t open until 6pm. We waited in front of the restaurant for 20 minutes in a questionable neighborhood for that time.
Once in it was nothing special. No real Japanese atmosphere, food was average at best. Waiter was nice but that was the best part of the experience. I would not go back nor recommend it to anyone if they are looking for Japanese food.

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vipHCBWJF
Dallas
29 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The meats are great and the happy hour pricing is awesome. The appetizers were good. The overall timing for our food was weird. We ordered appetizers first to start, then later ordered meats, veggies and rice when our server asked for our full order. We got rice and veggies first, then 1/2 our meats came, then 1/2 our apps. Our server was never around when needed. We watched our drinks sit at the bar for 10 minutes after they were made. We asked our server for the check, 10 minutes later he came to the table asking if we wanted tequila shots. Once again asked for the check...minutes passed still no check, then he came back and asked to take our credit card (still never dropped the check for us to see). Strange experience but we’ll be back again sometime.

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JasonR
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Drinks were great. Attentive and knowledgeable server. Always enjoyable.

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KaradiM
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the experience but the downside was that they charge for everything down to the dipping sauces.

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vipStrega
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been coming to Niwa for ages...the food is always wonderful-great quality proteins as well as spot on dishes from the kitchen. Ted was our waiter this visit and he continued the fabulous service tradition created by Sarah, Mallory and Mel. Absolutely recommend; have never had a bad experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cried in the bathroom.

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VICTORIAH
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect portions! Clean and comfortable space, absolutely stellar service. Go earlier if you can, we went at 9pm on Saturday night and the dumplings and ribeye cap were already sold out. I am looking forward to making this place part of my dining rotation.

*UPDATE: retuned on a Monday night. This time had the rib-eye cap and it was AMAZING!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time here, the food was on point and so was the service. Jimmy the owner took great care of us .

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JonD
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, steak and shrimp. Portions perfect. Loved cooking at the table.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Niwa was great. Went for a Date night! Servers and hostess were attentive. Food was superb! Ordered Takoyaki as a starter which was delicious and fresh. As for the entree we ordered asparagus, onions and bell peppers, white rice along with 2 orders of beef belly, hanger steak, and pork belly. I was initially worried about small portion sizes but it was perfect. This place is more expensive compared to a traditional all you can eat KBBQ however the quality of the meats (at least the meats which we ordered) were infinitely better at Niwa. Enjoy! Will be coming back more often.

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vipBriannaB
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was amazing. I loved that they gave us times for how long to cook everything. We went on Tuesday they have a really nice happy hour that is from 6pm-close. We got 10 meats for $45 and or we could've gotten the happy hour individuals which was like 3oz for $5 bucks I could be wrong about that price. But I loved getting all 10 meats because it made me try everything and my favorite was the hanger tender. OMG so juicy and tender. Would definitely recommend! We also had rice, mushroom medley, broccolini, and zuccini as our side. More than what we needed. They also have happy hour drinks but I was there for the food. Just a fun experience with family and friends would definitely go back. Great intimate area.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time there and I can say, I’m looking forward to the next visit. The food was delicious and fresh. I wasn’t thrilled with the drink selection but that won’t stop me from visiting again.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It’s a great spot to experience nicer Korean bbq with an often wide variety of wagyu meats this is definitely a spot I would recommend.

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LouisK
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mallorie is a great server and is very attentive. We really enjoy coming back to Niwa because she takes such great care of us.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Niwa was amazing, as always! The food is delicious, the experience is so fun and our service was outstanding! Thank you for making my daughter’s birthday so special and memorable!

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vipBill
Las Vegas
27 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought our 10 year old granddaughter here and we had a great meal. Devin, our server, was great. We ordered several different kinds of meat and vegetables and were promptly served. We cooked our food on the grill at the table and it was delicious.
Good food and good service in a nice restaurant.

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Billyp
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A lot of fun. Very enjoyable

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DahliaM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

I will not return to Niwa's! The waiter was the absolute worst! The restaurant was actually more concerned with helping out a party larger than ours (we only had 6 people) and we basically were left without drinks. We were seated around 6:20-6:30 and did not even get attention until 7-7:15. Unacceptable. Next, our receipts all had items added to them that we did not order! Also, the waiter brought the wrong food and insisted that it was what we had ordered! It was an overall bad experience and they have lost a customer. I DO NOT RECOMMEND!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great!!! Best place to eat probably on the planet. Go Niwa!

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Niwa Japanese BBQ is rated 4.8 stars by 575 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.