Niwa Japanese BBQ

4.7
323 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Barbecue
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Hours of operation
Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–6:30 pm
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Phone number
(214) 741-6492
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jimmy Niwa
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Catering
N/A
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Malcolm X
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Parking details
Lots of Parking in the Deep Ellum area
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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.
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Special events & promotions
Please call Matthew Normand at (214) 741-6492
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 323 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
12 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
3 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
9 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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d
Pittsburgh
41 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome find in the Deep Ellum neighborhood. Everything here is absolutely top notch and quite authentic. Service was stellar, as our server Shelley and the manager were more than accommodating. They must have dug us because we were given a gratis serving of prime meat to cook up on our little grill. Almost forgot -- Apps were superb along with the main courses! Overall, we just loved this place. A must go if in Dallas.

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Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty and nice ambience

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Palm Springs
68 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE LOVE NIWA
If you haven't been, you owe it to yourself to go

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Palm Springs
68 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Niwa

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AD
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

I took my cousin and had raved about the place based on my first visit months prior. The worst part of the dinner was the waitress. I have been in the service industry for over 15 years. She was nice, but for the price of the food, and quality that’s expected she was not a good fit. Our drinks took forever, but apparently there was a big party and was delaying them, which I understood. A manager came by with the sides and pulled the corn too soon. It wasn’t done. We were literally halfway done eating our meats before the waitress returned and we asked for our rice and my salad she forgot to bring. So by then you’re full and have wasted money, and not gotten the chance to thoroughly enjoy the meal. We never ordered a second drink, because her rare presence at our table didn’t allow it. I hope she gets some training, because I do want to return. And I feel bad for other guests that get waited on by her.

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KB
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time trying Korean BBQ and I will definitely being going back sooo good and the short ribs and beef belly are sooo good.

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AP
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great experiences... knowledgeable and friendly staff. Overall, one of my favorite spots in Deep Ellum!

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Palm Springs
68 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service!!

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1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The meat is fantastic, but you pay for quality. Limited sides, but reasonably priced if you like white rice. Very good drinks. Service was great. It’s pricey, but quality matches the cost.

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SH
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were going to small playhouse in Deep Ellum, so did search on best restaurants and Niwa popped up. Best search ever -- as our date night experience was fantastic.

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JW
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and fun for our kids! We will return ... love the atmosphere, which was hip, but without being offputting to our having our kids there for a delicious, hands-on meal.

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Palm Springs
68 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently a great experience

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1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Very nice experience. Bit pricey though in happy hour. Great taste. Wish veggie side portions were bigger

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a
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cool dining experience, and food was amazing!!

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Palm Springs
68 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's still awesome - Aaron is a polished professional and the food is and always is delicious

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E
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Waiters are not of a high caliber for the price level of the restaurant. They don’t have any good qualities of a very well trained waiter. They are just whatever not bad but not the best either. The food is good but they don’t have the options that other Japanese bbqs offer. Also the prices are too high for what you get. Other similar options like Gyu Kaku are tastier and cheaper. May not be as authentic as this place but I prefer Gyu over this place by a long shot since they offer authentic and more modern offerings as well.

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f
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ordered all the meats.
cooked all the meats.
ate all the meats.

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SM
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service. Attention to detail was amazing. The food was comparable to that in Japan. Couldn’t complain about the place. It’s an amazing experience overall.

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C
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is awesome. Service is always top notch and the servers are always great. The food is outstanding. As someone who tries to stay up on all the best food options locally, this one has been a great find. Been several times now and it always hits the mark. Meats are seasoned amazingly, the veggies are some of the best I've had, great beer and booze selection. Would recommend to anyone who likes great food and unique dining experience.

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Palm Springs
68 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always 😁

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BW
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and the cook your own experience is wonderful.

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C
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve gone to Niwa for simple dinner dates with my husband, taking business partners out to eat, and for family birthdays. The quality and consistency of food and service takes me back to Niwa time and time again. Depending on what you order, it can get a bit pricy. However, it is worth the price you pay. For special occasions, they will go out of their way to make you off menu items that are to die for.

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KB
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Wik be back soon. Great food and service.

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for the Meat Day special on the 29th of the month and it was amazing!!! We also had miso soup, okonomiyaki and wagyu deviled eggs. Everything was perfectly delicious. I love this restaurant. The drinks are fantastic too. The experience is so different from your everyday meal. Plus our server was so friendly and helpful. I’ve already made a reservation to go back. Love it!

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D
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food! Tuesday happy hour all day is the way to do it. Not a big fan of the dessert

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CA
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined here before and decided to partake in the restaurant week menu, and it did not disappoint! It gave us the opportunity to try some dishes we never had before, and enjoy old favorites. The rib eye cut special was fantastic. Also our server did a wonderful job taking care of us. Thank you!

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PA
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 8. The service was excellent.......Sarah did an outstanding job. Food was great and we loved the atmosphere.

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SC
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hubby and I had date night at Niwa on Saturday, August 25. We went on the early side being old fogies and the service was phenomenal. We chose restaurant week menu which was an excellent value (and even included a piece of A-5 Wagyu!) plus ordered another item or two ala carte. Flavors were off the charts. We each enjoyed a mixed drink as well. I highly recommend the Lavender Fields drink. Entire experience was amazing. Also excellent attention to detail such as a dedicated pair of tongs for the raw chicken. Bravo, Niwa. Can't wait to go back.

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RP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here during a one week vacation. I trust it that much.

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Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love this place. Our college age kids always want to come here when they are in town. Everybody gets exactly what they want and the sides (mushrooms, corn, etc.) are wonderful. The cuts of meat are tender and it's fun to cook your own food; for some reason, we always have more and livelier conversations here while everyone is cooking. Happy hour is a huge deal! Also, the hangar steak is delicious! Niwa is one of our favorite places in Dallas.

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