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.
Excellent all around!! Food, Ambience and service.
Very good, delicious food. Nice ambiance. Good location
Food wise is usually very good but service is consistently poor.
Love this place, safe outdoor dining, food is great, atmosphere very nice, service could be a little improved, servers seemed overwhelmed. Overall delicious and a good time with family.
As a professional chef 👨🍳 I was very disappointed in the overall performance of this restaurant. It was a horrible dining experience. Apparently the Chef was fired the same day I visited the restaurant and needles to say the food being served by the cooks were over or under cooked. The appetizers took 1 hour to reach the table. We had about 3 rounds of drinks before our first bite. Guest were very upset and leaving without paying. The manager was trying to buy us drinks in order to keep us content. The server was not knowledgeable of the menu and failed to tell us what was the reason for the delay. I always try to find the best of the dining experience but this one was just damaging to the culinary industry. It’s a shame because the place is nice but, the food and service awful. 👎
Just a day out with my husband
We were celebrating our 22nd anniversary and wanted to go somewhere new, with great food. After reading the reviews, we thought Sawa was the perfect place. Sadly, it’s not likely we will return. When I reserved our tables, I selected to sit inside because temps were in the mid 50s. Unfortunately, we felt very neglected indoors; we easily waited 15-20 minutes before our server greeted us and just as long for us to get our drinks. Note: There are just a handful of tables inside (maybe 6) - it’s mostly outdoor seating (which is best). After a bit, we asked to be moved outside but they informed us there were no tables available (I saw reservations available online though but let it go). So, we decided to stay and make the best of it. Unfortunately, it didn’t get much better. I suspect our waiter had tables indoors and outdoors, which is probably unfair to him but as a result we received very slow service.
The other problem was the food. We ordered two large appetizers and one dessert - not a large meal. We ordered our apps together with our drinks. The food took so long to come out that we were there for two hours. We finished our first app and waited for our second one to come out. The food was just ok - the hot appetizer wasn’t hot. Finally, the dessert was the worst I’ve ever had - Dulce de Leche banana spring rolls (suggested by the server), which probably had a 1/2 teaspoon (at most) of Dulce de Leche.
Lastly, Open Table and the restaurant website says they have belly dancers on Saturday’s. This was not the case (we never saw them). TBH, we didn’t even bother to inquire with the waiter. We just added this to our long list of disappointments.
Sushi and Mediterranean food, as well as cocktails, were all excellent.
Great happy hour and ambiance
Great Mediterranean food with a beautiful ambiance.
The food is consistently delicious at this place but the service in the past has been spotty. Tonight there was a noticeable improvement because our server, Luana was on point & very courteous. Definitely recommend the lamb chops and short rib over spicy potatoes aka Patatas bravas
Great experience, it had been a couple oy years that we had been here, will now make it a regular place to visit. Outdoor seating is very well set up to maintain social distancing. Our server Luana was great, she sugested we try the Short Ribs with Patatas Bravas and it was a winner. She also kept providing updates re: kitchen / food status, we were in no hurry so not an issue. As an appetizer also had the Grilled Octopus which was delicious.
For entrees we had the Chicken Kebab w rice & Rack of Lamb w Cranberry Couscous. A plus. They have an extensive Tapas Menu, will go back to just order several. Good wine selection
Best service in Miami
We love it!!! Everything was great food, the place we spent new years eve there and the performance was also fantastic.
The food was excellent as usual. However, the service was not good. My family and I still made the best out of it. This is the first time that I was disappointed with the service at SAWA. I think the contributing factor is that the server added a 20% gratuity to my bill, party of three and he knew he didn’t have to work for it. The easiest $62 he earned all night. Something that I will think about before going there again to celebrate a special occasion.
New Year’s Eve
This place is a gem. The food was great and the sangria was delicious. Great fo a girls night out!
Ambiance is nice. All wait staff were friendly. Overall, food was good.
Two desired menu items were out.
The entrees delivered to table timing was misaligned.
Ok for what we wanted which was outdoor dining. No bellydancing at 8 though.
It was all great
It was a pleasure to eat at Sawa. There is outdoor seating, very friendly service and easy to get a healthy option to eat.
Very nice happy hour Value for drinks and a variety of tapas style dishes
We ended up at happy hour so great specials.
29th Anniversary. Champagne was given to us upon greeting. We will return
Very mice ambiance outdoor with view of the merrick xmas tree ..
Lots of tapas to share w/ friends
Birthday! Really nice
Excellent service, good food i wll return and recomed
It was our first time in the restaurant and we have a great meal, first was the soup, Lentil soup, delicious. After I have sushi and my husband have a Churrasco. Both were oustanding. The service was good. Also I have a Leech Martini and it was delicious. We will come back for dinner and for Happy Hour.
Nice ambience, friendly service. Food was good, but not special. I ordered aJapanese food. perhaps Mediterranean foods are better.
Lots of happy hour choices at great prices
I loved this place. Very relaxing, professional service and good quality food. Unfortunately, hookah isn’t allowed but it should be back soon.
Food was fresh and delicious. No hookahs because of the mall.
I've been to this restaurant many times and it always is a great experience. The food is delicious and the service was great.
The salmon kabobs are well seasoned. Loved my Mango Tango Martini as well. Can't wait to go back.
Two of us dining. One was served 30 minutes before the other received their food and it was brought out only after we complained. The grilled octopus was great but the mahi ceviche was totally tasteless. The two redeeming factors: the place was lovely and our waiter AMAZING!
Excellent all around! Good Covid restrictions and practices, even in the indoor seating.
Always great to visit there. On-site parking is a hassle though.
As always yummy food and service. Always sitting outside due to Covid. Had brunch with my friends Sunday. Needed to move seats since they no longer have the fans running outside in the courtyard. I was told this was due to the circuits overloading. So they only have them outside by the front door and archway underpass. We had to move our seats in that area due to the heat. Not nearly as nice an ambiance. However, the food, drinks and service were great as always.
Sawa offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (305) 447-6555.
Sawa is rated 4.6 stars by 547 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.