Niwa Japanese BBQ

4.7
300 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
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri–Sun 12:00 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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Sun 11:00AM - 2:00PM
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What 300 People Are Saying
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Dallas
7 reviews
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cool dining experience, and food was amazing!!

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Palm Springs
61 reviews
5.0Dined 3 days ago
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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Dallas
17 reviews
3.0Dined 3 days ago
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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Dallas
3 reviews
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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SM
1 review
5.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
62 reviews
5.0Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always 😁

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BW
1 review
5.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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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Austin
2 reviews
4.0Dined 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
1 review
5.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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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Vancouver
3 reviews
5.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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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N
1 review
1.0Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The meats and sides were very salty and the service was not that great.

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RP
San Francisco
2 reviews
5.0Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Some of the servers are a bit scattered and even though we made reservations it seemed like the receptionist didn’t know we were coming.

Regardless our experience was great and while the service was a bit here and there, our servers were very nice and accommodating.

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SF
Dallas
61 reviews
5.0Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated my birthday here and it was a lot of fun. It was different and delicious and made for a memorable night. The Niwa salad was very good with a roasted sesame dressing, but it was huge! The karage (fried chicken) was delicious dipped in the sauce with the twang of the pickle. The spinach package was so buttery and perfectly seasoned as well as the shrimp and asparagus. The rib eye and filet mignon were fork tender and just the right size. We ended the evening with pork jowl which was my favorite. Strips of tender pork cooked very quickly.....how can you go wrong? We were having such a good time cooking the meats and trying everything that we forgot to order rice, but I don't think you need it.

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Dallas
3 reviews
5.0Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent is an understatement! The entire staff, the food, the entire experience was incredible from start to finish. My wife & I will definitely be back and invite friends & family! A very special thank you to our server, Sarah, who was knowledgeable and walked us thru each step. Thank you Niwa for a great 23rd wedding anniversary dinner!

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MG
1 review
5.0Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love Niwa. The A-5 is my favorite. Tried to corn for the first time as well and it’s amazing. I will be back soon!

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GW
1 review
4.0Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Great food and unique atmosphere. They were very busy on a Friday night and I would have liked to see the server a little more considering the nature of how you order several dishes one after the other here.
(Our server seemed to disappear for about 10-15 minutes at a time.)

Overall, good experience and food was great. Just a little slow with the service. (Drinks and food took longer than I would have expected.)

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Palm Springs
62 reviews
5.0Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience every time 😁

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1 review
4.0Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great however we ordered so much that we didn’t realize they forgot our shrimp until we got home

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1 review
5.0Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went on a date with my girlfriend on a Monday. Nicole was our server and was absolutely amazing. Previously, I’ve been there and was so good I had to share my experience.

It’s a hidden gem. - Service, food, ambiance, etc., impeccable.

Moving forward this will definitely be one of my go-to spots!

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AC
San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come here just about every other week, always a great time

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Caribbean
1 review
4.0Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food an service were good, but the pace at which the entrees arrived was overwhelming- they could do a better job of spreading items out

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WE
1 review
5.0Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun and Fabulous!! Great food and great service! We had a little bit of everything, our favs were filet mignon and the beef belly. Enjoy!!

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m
Dallas
13 reviews
5.0Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great meal. Food awesome, staff awesome, experience awesome. Whoever owns this place knows how to train a staff and kitchen. Everything was beyond great!!!

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Palm Springs
62 reviews
5.0Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience as always

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R
Dallas
5 reviews
5.0Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m obsessed with this place. Please don’t go here and make them busy and potentially hinder my chances of being able to walk in and get the table of my choice. Did I mention I’m obsessed with this place? The food is fresh and consistent and delicious. And fun! Love loooooove love Niwa!!!

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Dallas
9 reviews
5.0Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tuesday night happy hour is the best meal in Dallas. I will be back every opportunity i have!

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k
Omaha
6 reviews
4.0Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We are visiting Dallas this week and made reservations in advance at Niwa. We got pretty lucky in that Tuesday is all day happy hour, so the food and drink prices were great! I read a lot of reviews and was a little worried about the service, but I have to say, that was the best part of the whole night. The service was amazing - our main waiter was so attentive and helpful and all of the other people working there were on top of us for water refills, clearing the table, etc. We were there with our 3 kids - age 17, 10 and 9. All loved it, as did we. This is saying a lot, as my husband was very skeptical going in.

Our favorite for the food was: Miso Skirt Steak, Hanger Steak, and the veggie sides (zucchini, shishito peppers, and mushrooms).

The Lavender Fields is a great cocktail for those who don’t want a sweet drink and live gin and bubbles! Delish!

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Palm Springs
62 reviews
5.0Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, Service, Vibe...all Aces
Great dining experience.

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JM
1 review
5.0Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took girlfriend there for her birthday and immediately became our favorite restaurant. It was an exceptional experience and we look forward to going back.

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AW
1 review
4.0Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Look the food is super good quality. The people I love in this world had fun. What else matters.

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TM
Houston
2 reviews
5.0Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Adriel was our server for the 3rd time. He recognized us as soon as we walked in and greeted us with such warmth and it makes coming here THAT much better. Way to go yall..

We always look forward to coming here cause the food is always phenomenal and it is such a fun experience. The wait can and does get long on the nights and weekends but it's always worth it. Cocktails are amazing too. 10/10 will return many times.

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ES
1 review
5.0Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was spectacular! I love the experience. The bartender ane hostess we're absolutely fabulous. My only complaint would be that our waitress was a little dry and inattentive however the rest of the staff was so good I had no time to complain. Loved it!

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JK
Dallas
4 reviews
5.0Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, good ambiance. My husband and I are huge fans of Japanese food and usually skeptical but Niwa did not disappoint!

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