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Niwa Japanese BBQ, Dallas, TX

Niwa Japanese BBQ

4.8
4.8
795 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 795 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Dallas - Fort Worth

    Japanese

  • Dallas

    Best Food

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  1. PH

    PaulH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Those pickles were everything I needed in life.
  2. NH

    NikkoH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was good food great service and definitely will come back
  3. JH

    JonnyH

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tattered with authentic Japanese cultural relevance, Niwa didn’t disappoint. Wagyu (best item on the menu), short rib, pork and beef belly were the right choice. Any combo of veggies would be worth it, but the shishito peppers were iconic and the mustard based sauce was truly what God intended for a dipping sauce. Japanese old fashioned was phenomenal. The only feedback: I would prefer they supply actual chopsticks instead of the cheap wooden ones you can get with kung pao chicken at Panda Express and real cloth napkins instead of paper ones. You don’t pay 300$ for meal when some aspects are a 10$ experience.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Everything comes quickly and it’s never not good lol I love Niwa
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience4
    Used to come here quite frequently and was always fantastic- substantial decline in overall quality. Service was great Went at 6pm on a Thursday, music was beyond loud and ridiculous. Ordered 12+ of the meats for our group, large majority was uneaten and just low quality.
  6. TF

    ThomasF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food and wait service were excellent. My only suggestion is to change the club music or at least turn it down. Would have liked to speak with my gf at a normal volume. It's a restaurant not a nightclub.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    awesome and great food
  8. MG

    MichelleG

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant with lots of options and excellent service! We especially enjoyed the veggie options, short rib, and the Yukarita drink.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was headed to a concert and my husband and I needed somewhere to eat prior and near the venue and I randomly came across this restaurant on my maps. It was close to the venue so we decided to check it out and it was AMAZING! We had no clue what we were about to experience and everything from start to finish was DELICIOUS! Best deviled eggs I’ve ever had and every piece of meat was like butter melting in our mouths. Service was also impeccable. Will definitely be back a ton more!
  10. PD

    PatrickD

    Dallas

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is amazing. Joe was a great server!
  11. HR

    HildaR

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks are delicious at Niwa. Tried the Beef Belly. Super tender and flavorful. Tried the Lavender Fields cocktail…refreshing. The Yakiniku set is a must which includes a miso soup, salad (creamy sesame🥰), and white rice for the protein. Will continue to return.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    Long wait even with reservations. Hostess was kind but overwhelmed. Waiter seemed rushed. Felt like a Vegas club.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Came right at reservation time, but had to wait an additional 15 minutes.
  14. JD

    JacquesD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent, def try the yakurita, amazing miso, loved the short rib and pork belly.
  15. DB

    DianneB

    Dallas

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Their food was excellent! Just wish there had been another burner for our party of 6.
  16. D

    David

    Denver

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    It was fine as it was very noisy but the service was very good. We ordered 4-5 different beef plates and vegetables but I think I will pass it next time. The parking was really tough so it deters to go there next time.
  17. KP

    KarenP

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time dining here and Jason could not have been a better waiter. He walked us through our entire dinner and capped it off with a surprise treat! The food was amazing and such a fun experience to grill meats on your own at the table. The service is excellent, the price was incredible for the amount of food we got, and the ambience in the restaurant is great. We will definitely be back! Loved it!
  18. L

    Lucky

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Went during restaurant week, the food was delicious, the service was even better.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All the food was great. Everything is full of flavor, can not wait till we go back..
  20. SS

    SarahS

    Dallas

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fresh ingredients, good portions. Friendly service although the robot server was more in the server's way than helpful but was fun to watch lol
  21. YG

    YvonneG

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great, Joe our server was nice and the food was delish!
  22. JH

    JackH

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    5 oz of meat for $18~$22, the quality of the meat isn't particularly stand out. To me the foods served are normal quality. The server wasn't very attentive except the beginning and toward the end of meal. It was difficult to find my server after orders were taken; I had to flag down other servers who is service the tables next to mine, to make additional orders, drink, and check on the food that was delayed. The salad which was ordered in the very beginning never show until I ask a random server to assist checking. And right away I was being told it usually take a long time to prepare....lol. His first reflex is to blame the food itself; sure enough 3 minutes later he returns with the salad. I feel the menu is overpriced considering the food quality and the service level presented.
  23. C

    Cowtex

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

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

    SharonG

    Dallas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience1
    The restaurant was loud and seemed to be trying too hard to be trendy.
  25. KL

    KatyLiz

    Dallas

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    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!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    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.
  27. m

    murielf

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

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

    ShoTime

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    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!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a good place for a date, but only if you like her. The wagyu beef is expensive but good.
  30. 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.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Happy hour was the best ! The drinks were strong with an amazing bartender who was on point . Please keep Rashad ! Food was amazing & seasoned to perfection . I would give 5 stars ! Will be returning for another date night.
  32. 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!
  33. n

    northoakclifffoodie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a lovely place to take out of town friends to for a good meal
  34. 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!
  35. 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.
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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!
  39. HR

    HildaR

    San Antonio

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Drinks were amazing. Similar experience to what Ive had in Japan.
  40. 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!!!!

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 4.8 stars by 795 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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