Sawa

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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Sawa Restaurant & Lounge opened with a contemporary Mediterranean & Japanese dual-concept cuisine in early 2010 in the beautiful upscale Shops at Merrick Park.

Sawa's dual-concept tapas-centric menu was created to encourage a shareable dining experience. The menu tells a story of when the East meets the Far East and the unique offerings of contemporary Mediterranean & Japanese dishes merge an innovative sushi menu with a memorable ensemble of tapas and entrees. Guests can explore traditional Lebanese dishes, such as hummus, kibbeh, and falafel and expand into nouveau Mediterranean and Japanese flavors, as Sawa fuses together creative cuisine elements into one great menu.

While Sawa is known for its inclusive & creative menu and beautiful outdoor ambiance, entertainment is also an integral part of Sawa's story, focusing on an upscale eater-tainment concept as dinner guests are enchanted by live professional bellydance shows every weekend while they dine under the stars.
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Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant with excellent service. It was just a bit too hot to sit outside for me but lovely setting. There were 4 of us for lunch and we shared several plates, some of which were excellent (calamari, sushi, chicken flatbread) but some just so-so (babaganoush, Kufta). Overall, very nice and would definitely return, especially for dinner outside when it’s not quite so hot!

RM
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love eating at SAWA as it is always a great experience. Ever since being introduced to SAWA by Gables Magazine it is one of our go to restaurants in the Gables.

P
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This is my go to spot at Merrick park...from HH to weekend 2 for 1 Bellinis it is always fun. I love sitting outside under the umbrellas with a fan pointing in my direction. The service is always good and the food well done. This past weekend they were packed so service was slower than usual, but acceptable. We tried the Miami spice menu and the food from beginning to end was great.

PP
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation for 8 but 2 more friends wanted to join. I couldn’t add 2 more through OpenTable. I called Sawa & they added 2 more right away. Drinks & food was delicious for all 10 of us. Live belly dancing was interesting. Loved the decor. Service was great. We will definitely dine there again.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Place was very nice and waiter was extremely friendly and helpful in answering our questions and making great suggestions! I will definan come back!

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most magnificent dining experiences in all of Miami!

e
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good happy hour

YA
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was my birthday celebration. The food and service was good.

LH
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Japanese/Arabic the menu was a little overwhelming .....the food was great tho and so was the service .... the food did take a while tho to reach the table but besides that I would def recommend

KS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for the MiamiSpice lunch menu, as on paper it was one of the best options in the area. We were not disappointed. All four of us tried everything on the menu and enjoyed both the drinks and meal. Ambiance good, service impeccable. Overall a break lunch/brunch experience.

OT
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! Foods and staff! 2 Times in 4 days for us and we''ll be back as we Can 👌🏾🙌🏾👍🏾

M
Miami
41 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and good quality of food. Beautiful ambiance and relaxing atmosphere. Highly would recommend for groups and celebrations.

OT
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in all points 👌🏾🙌🏾
Great foods, great staff

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday Celebration and Miami Spice Menu

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress did an amazing job in recommending items from the menu. All the food was delicious. I went to celebrate my sisters birthday, and they sang for her and brought a dessert plate. Very happy with the experience.

DL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good drinks, food, service and ambiance. Fair price.

S
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

WENT FOR MIAMI SPICE. IT TOOK 45 MINUTES TO GET THE APPETIZER, WHICH, BY THE WAY WAS THE BEST PART OF THE MEAL. THE MAIN COURSE, STEAK WAS OVERCOOKED AND TOUGH. BUY HAVE BEEN THERE OTHER TIMES AND LET'S JUST SAY THAT WHEN I WAS THERE THIS TIME, IT WASN'T THEIR NIGHT.

L
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has amazing food!
Thanks to Luana our sweet waitress, she made our experience outstanding!

M
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

RP
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great dinner. I had a naked sushi roll and grilled octopus. Amazing.
My husband had skirt steak which was a bit chewy done medium. Great truffle fries.
The music and belly dancing was tasteful and fun.
Would definitely return.
Great server!

CN
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I had dinner here following a trip to the Landmark cinema at Merrick Park. We found the service to be friendly, very welcoming, and attentive throughout our visit. The food was splendid. Everything we had was well prepared, plated and tasty. We enjoyed a variety of tapas from their eclectic selection of both Mediterranean and Japanese cuisine. When the bill came, we discovered that the server had graciously extended us the happy hour discount. This welcome and pleasant surprise brought the entire cost for our date night out to an amount well under what we would have spent at Cinebistro. All with a much better selection of foods and better ambiance. Thanks Sawa.

CM
Miami
38 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

We thought giving Sawa another chance this last Saturday. No more chances after then. Its a shame because we liked this place a lot at the beginning a few years ago. Actually they had a very good Miami Spice menu then. Unfortunately the food quality has deteriorated. While our server tried to accommodate, she disappeared for extended lengths. Always had to flag someone down from afar. Worse, our main courses arrived almost right after our appetizers before even halfway through. The manager that night certainly not supervising, the staff needs training. Only got worse as they brought the main courses again. The manager promised they would be re-done, definitely didn't think so. If so, they only did things worse the second time.
Basically, we've been to Sawa for the last time unless they announce changes in management and chefs. Then perhaps if we have a weak moment.

JD
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can count on Sawa to always deliver. Fresh food, perfectly mixed drinks, by servers who care.

OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food and service mediocre. We were told the sangria was the best in Miami, not even close!

GS
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Place, good food, good service. Perfect Place to have Dinner outside

R
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Scott was the best. Very attentive. The food was delicious. We made
It for Happy Hour and sat outside. Just lovely.

JR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the wide variety of menu items - everything we ordered was an absolute delight. Our graduation celebration at Sawa was perfection. Everyone loved the food - just when we thought one dish was the best ever, another delicious one was served. The waitstaff was excellent, friendly, knowledgeable, attentive, but never obtrusive. The atmosphere was great...coming from a cold NY winter, we were so happy to sit outside...a little worried about the mall setting, but it was so pretty, it was easy to forget where we were! Would go back in a heartbeat.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation dinner

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e
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 stars restaurant

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Easter lunch

j
Miami
47 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We shared a number of Tapas plates, and each one came out perfectly timed. The portions were a good size.

CD
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant in a very nice shopping mall. Having valet services at the door is also a plus.

RG
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience!

L
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was impecable... food and drinks were wonderful...
Their food and service are consistently excellent.,.,
Staff is very friendly and always wanting to please..

F
Miami
83 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place in Merrick Park !
Food & service always consistently excellent

YS
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Calamari served cold. Server did not know what he was serving.

J
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, great atmosphere and delicious food. And if you go at happy hour, it’s incredibly affordable.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, fast service & kind staff!

NM
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Sawa is aways a good experience! Nice environment and good food.

EL
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was solid, and the price was just right. Sitting outside when the weather is nice makes for a scenic and enjoyable dinner. My only complaint was that they forgot to bring our appetizer first because the main course came out first. Overall, good service, good restaurant

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