Sawa

4.6
391 reviews
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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.

The menu tells a story of where the East meets the Far East and dishes span the realm of tapas, kebabs, and sushi. In fact, Sawa means "Togetherness" in Arabic and "Harmony" in Japanese, a perfect key to Sawa's concept of bringing together seemingly separate cuisine elements into one great menu meant to be enjoyed and shared by everyone.

While in business, Sawa has earned numerous awards and recognition for its posh and romantic ambiance, creative cocktails, eclectic cuisine, and chic lounge atmosphere.

Entertainment is also an integral part of Sawa's story, focusing on an upscale dinnertainment concept as dinner guests are enchanted by live professional bellydance shows every weekend while they dine under the stars.
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MF
Miami
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girls night was fun and delicious

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RM
Miami
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was first introduced to you restaurant via "Gables Magazine" and I have to say that SAWA is our favorite restaurant in Coral Gables. Congrats on producing such great food and a high quality of service!

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TT
St. Louis
22 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Service a bit slow. Smoking hookah in several places around restaurants could not escape the smell.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We went for my husband’s bday with a group of 10, the food took 1 hour to come out and when it did some of the dishes were warm and not hot as they were supposed to.
The food was good, the service at the beginning was fast but then it deteriorated.
Maybe for a couple or even a group of 4 will have better luck than we did.
Overall experience and food were good, but we were expecting best.

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N
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Very Average across the board. The physical space is very nice, with a great outdoor dining setup.

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OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing! Michael was our server and he treated us so nicely.The only little issue i had was that there was a little bug in the curtain but Im sure thats because the front doors were open.Other than that it was such a pleasant experience.

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BR
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really entertaining belly dancing with fire. Very quick service. We had Shish Kabob with fish, steak, and chicken. Delicious!

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LI
Miami
58 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming here! Always the best ! Thx Stephanie for taking such good care of us.

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JR
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great and the food was even better. Great location and ambiance

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PL
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eddie was excellent and took great care of my table. The food was outstanding.

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M
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our visit but, when the bill came the "recommended gratuity percentages" were inflated. Our bill was $132 (including tax) and the recommended amount for 20% was $31+ dollars?? I always tip 20% when getting good service but, thought it was misleading to over-inflate the tip amounts at the bottom of the bill. Customers beware!

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TL
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We keep returning to this great spot for many reasons. Among them, is the great menu options, great ambiance, and great service. We will be back again very soon.

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MM
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and fabulous, diverse food and drink menu ! Reasonable prices and such a wonderful atmosphere is hard to find in Miami, much less Coral Gables. This place has it all. We love it !!!

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FR
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we came to celebrate our daughter birthday and she was so happy she even dance with the belly dancers beautiful restaurant and very good food and service

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a
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wish your review had more stars, it was perfect the food, the service it was nice and cool outside, and we had the Japanese menu, The sushi was fresh and the sangria was amazing. Thank You Sawa for making a special night Amazing

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L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

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OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing!!

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j
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and wonderful ambiance! We love to sit outside, catch up and people watch. The service is always very friendly and welcoming. Love going there when we shop at Merrick.

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J
Miami
35 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Don't waste the special evening
this is a pedestrian restaurant with average food and average service

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c
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy this place a great deal. Great place for a date and conversation.

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OT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great outside dining! Pet friendly! Loved the Doggy Menu!

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RM
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SAWA has become one of our go to restaurants in Coral Gables. I love the beef kibeh and Lychee martinis, but everything taste great on the menu. Our server Scott was great, as well as all the staff.

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LI
Miami
58 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have a wonderful time at Sawa. Great happy hour with lots of options with good and drinks. Everyone is super friendly and really strive to please you.

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday and we had the greatest time ever. The Nelly dancer was beautiful and spectacular. My husband, my daughter, our friends and I had a blast!!!

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JP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Really enjoyed the food, but service was slower than it should have been.

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F
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

An employee accidentally spilled a glass of champagne on my son’s back. Accidents happen, that was no big deal although we were going to watch a movie after lunch and couldn’t as my son’s shirt was literally dripping. The problem was with the manager who apologized to the patrons behind us which did not get wet at all. I advised her the drink had spilled on my son’s back not on the other table and she was totally dismissive.

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DL
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I'm giving them 1 star because it's needed to write a review.
The food was old and did not have a nice look, the taste was disgusting and the service slow and careless, we ordered drinks and they came after our entree was served, and because we asked for them again. The dessert came before the entree because they asked us what we wanted for dessert way before we even had our dinner. The drinks were impossible to drink, and we had to return them.
I don't understand how people goes there with Yard House being in the same mall, I wanted something new but I'd rather eat cereal than going there again.
I was sick the entire Sunday because of their food and I didn't even eat it all (because it was horrible).

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CV
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Unfortunately I was disappointed with Sawa. I was excited to go, the menu looked great, photos online looked great but it was a let down to me. We sat outside because it was a beautiful day but we felt a little left out by the service staff. The food we ordered tasted ok but was not enough or worth the price paid. The filet mignon I ordered was over done, my husband didn't even finish his food. I think our kids food was better than ours. The location was beautiful

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LI
Miami
58 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour ! Lots of choices ! Love coming here. Good food and fun drinks

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AG
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was good but service was slow

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R
Las Vegas
34 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice outdoor seating, large menu. All items we very good. Loved the chicken flatbread

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GT
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our "Date Night"at Sawa's. The service was outstanding, the food excellent and the ambiance perfect. Our waiter, Gustavo, was very knowledgeable and helpful in selecting our dinner. We enjoyed the the dinning experience before seeing a movie in Merrick Park. A great start to our special night, we will be back.

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MG
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food and service. this is our second time and will definitely come back

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OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great service good food
Will be back

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E
Miami
27 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Extensive and delicious Happy Hour menu, nice ambiance and complementary birthday dessert.

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DC
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

I think they should stick to the middle eastern menu, and make it shorter to make sure they serve quality food. The menu was Middle Eastern/ Asian, and the food was mediocre at best. I had to send back 2 dishes because they were inedible. Also, the service was way too slow.
I think they should stick to kebabs, dips, and naan pizzas, and not bother with the other items on their menu because they weren't good. I went there, originally, when they first opened a few years ago, and I went there this week because I forgot why I never went back, but now, I know why I never went back, and I'm not going to make that mistake again.

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OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food selection is very interesting, not fusion, Japanese and Mediterranean. Prepared and presented just right. Highly recomend SAWA. We will come back.

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

The salmon appetizer in the Miami spice menu was amazing! The baklava was also so good.

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K
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love going to Sawa. It’s perfect for outdoor and indoor dinning. They have a wide variety of tapas & sushi rolls. Love that you can enjoy hookah afterwards. The happy hour menu has great selections and keep in mind they serve the regular portion. Definitely recommend

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PC
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

This is usually one of my favorite spots but the service was really bad tonight. Not sure if they were short staffed but everything took FOREVER & our waiter messed up both our drink order & dessert. There was no effort to apologize or comp anything to make up for it at all...very disappointed & I really hope this was a one off event.

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