Sawa

4.4
754 Reviews
$30 and under
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.
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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Eeeh! An average service, average food and average everything! Ok for the price. Convenient for a quick bite after shopping :-)

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience3

We tried Japanese dishes. Miso salmon was too salty. Rolls were mediocre. The server was very nice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each time I dine at Sawa, i feel I have traveled miles across the ocean to the Mediterranean Seas! Sawa has an amazing ambience of casual elegance, beautiful background music, on the weekend, in the middle of the beautiful park-like grounds of Merrick Park. I truly enjoy the belly dancing performances and music!

The menu is varied and delicious. Even when restaurants are torn by pandemic staffing shortages, the caring and concern by the owner and manager ensure that the experience is amazing!

My highest recommendation for Sawa!

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vipOpenTable Diner
West Palm Beach
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Extremely disappointed that Grilled Octopus was taken off menu!
It has always been my favorite at SAWA!

Bring it back!

Kate was wonderful as our server!

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HollyL
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Our server was great. Unfortunately there was only one sushi chef and so the sushi took very long to come out. Our server was very attentive though. I understand there are labor shortages. So I took that into consideration. Luckily I was not in a rush. I will come back.

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AstridS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value for Happy Hour on a beautiful Coral Gables evening

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Waiter was slow at times abs not accurate on our order.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a perfect evening for outdoor dining and the food was very good

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vipWoozie
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the atmosphere ( outside seating ) was Incredible! Belly dancer was an extra surprise! Our waiter, Douglas, was superb! Delicious wine. The weather was cool and enjoyed the Beautiful Christmas Tree! All in all it was a Magical night spent with close friends! As if you didn’t know, I highly recommend this place! 😇👌🏻

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vipJCeats
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great lunch with the family. The Med and meat platters are great values and a lot of fun to share among guests. Service was a little slow. I take that the place had a full house and not enough hired staff. This is being experienced all over Miami and I hope it returns to normal soon. They need to install permanent umbrellas to provide shade in all seating areas and to avoid having to move them around and having people switching from sun to shade. Overall a great experience.

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NThom
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff and amazing food and drinks!

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RalphV
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The noise level was a bit higher than I would have wanted but we were seated outside. I'm sure inside seating would be different. That said, the ambiance outside was gorgeous.

The service was outstanding and I highly recommend the Chilean Sea Bass. It was likely the best I've ever had.

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vipMarshaL
Fort Lauderdale
73 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nothing terrible just meh! The churrasco steak was okay but a little tough and chewy. Not returning.

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NL2014
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Booked table inside. Was given a table outside, in the drizzle.

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Shelley
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I Have been to this restaurant numerous times and I am always happy with my meal. The food is wonderful and the ambulance is terrific. However last night at my birthday we placed our orders for dinner and instead of bringing out the salads first the entire dinner was brought out at the same time! Not only was there no room on the table for the dishes of food, but the meal’s hot portions got cold. The kitchen should not prepare all the food at the same time.!!!!!
We were compensated with free dessert after complaining. That was well received by all!

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Elizabethemaryannsmithey
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

In our party of 5, we received 3 meals
20 minutes later the 4th meal was delivered , no 5th meal, when inquiring about we were treated incredibly rudely by the staff . It was a very unpleasant lunch, 1 person never even was served, no apologies , just rudeness .

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing experience both for your palette and your entertainment. The restaurant has a beautiful setting under the stars in the center of Merrick Park shopping center. You are taken by this setting…the tasteful background music…and finally…the amazing belly dancers! Always an experience to remember! Highly recommended!!!!

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CatherineM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our grandson’s 21st birthday with dinner at Sawa. It was a first visit for all of us and my grandson chose it because the menu was interesting. We enjoyed sharing each of the sampler platters a a selection from the Sushi menu. Everything we ate was tasty and perfectly prepared. We had traveled to Miami to celebrate and the food service and ambiance made it a perfect evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my boyfriends birthday and all I can say is wow. Ambiance is beautiful and not too noisy, the staff are great and very accommodating. I’m vegetarian to which they had menu options as well as spoke with the chef about making a dish for me accommodating to my needs. Belly dancers where amazing and very engaging! Would definitely come again!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time and I highly recommend this place. I love the variation in the menu. The food was outstanding, the service amazing and the food exquisite. I am definitely going back. It exceeded my expectations.

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vipLIlyo
Miami
92 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best happy hour in the gables.

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vipNelsonM
Naples
14 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad to Scott is back he is the best

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Shelley
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my third visit to Sawa and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I plan to go back often as I love the menu selections. The wait staff is very good and gives One the attention that they deserve as a client.I give it very high marks.

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Alinaa
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing , very gently staff

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RobertM
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

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AETguest
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Service was very slow. 1 item in our order was incorrect another one item was omitted .

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Patricia
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Christian ensured we had a great evening. The food was fenomenal

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AviW
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had a wonderful birthday meal in their spacious outdoor seating area. The Mediterranean inspired small plates were great to share at the table plus some nice entrees'. The prices were decent for Coral Gables and the food was good. The service was good despite the place being busy on a Saturday night.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family get together… our server Lorenzo was great! Very accommodating with our dietary limitations, knowledgeable, kind and attentive. The food as always was over the top delicious. I will most definitely be returning. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent experience, great food and service.

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BrittS
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect date spot to enjoy on a beautiful evening.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant great ambiance

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patrician
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed Sawa and the food, service, atmosphere was great.

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vipClaram
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I don't remember the servers name. It was female and she was phenomenal.

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Carlos
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place, amazing food, outstanding service.

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vipTamaraR
Fort Lauderdale
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were delicious. Great happy hour.

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vipAlexanderC
Naples
25 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Basing this review solely on my most recent experience. Had the fettuccine chicken Alfredo, chicken tasted like nothing. Service was beyond horrible our waiter came to take the order and we never saw him again! Had to ask another waiter to please bring us our checks so we can pay and leave. Never got refills on our drinks, asked for salt and it came 30 minutes later. Not sure if it was an off night for them, but probably not returning here anytime soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food was amazing but after we received our main course the wait staff took forever to provide the rest of our request.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

food was delicious and the atmosphere was great except the service was very slow. our waiter did not really check up on us and we ended up being there for about 2.5 hours.

FAQs

Sawa offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (305) 447-6555.

Sawa is rated 4.4 stars by 754 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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