Sawa

4.3
779 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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience5

I love eating here but today wasn’t the best experience as it took over 20 mins after being seated to acquire the attention of any server for even water and even then it was when they were at another table. People came to the tables next to us after we arrived, ate and left before we’d even received our food. It was almost an hour before any food arrived and it came over 45 mins with constant requests for the missing dishes. Not sure why our table was so difficult to serve. I booked via open table and ordered sushi and appetizers..every drink came out wrong too. Won’t stop me going back but at 3pm in the afternoon to get a table I’d have hoped for better

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Nenena19
West Palm Beach
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience5

It took them more than an hour to bring the food...I was calculating 1.5 hrs to eat, and an hour after we were still waiting for the food 😞

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vipEATLIKECHRIS
Miami
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely outside restaurant with great music and ambiance. Our waiter Erik was very attentive and gave us great customer service. The starters (crispy brussel sprouts and steamed vegetable dumplings) arrived quickly and were delicious. Our special drink requests (skinny spicy margarita) were also quite yummy! For the main course, we ordered miso glazed salmon and chicken kebabs! Both dishes has great portions, beautiful presentation and delivered 100% on taste!

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vipPumpkinbuns
Miami
33 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

As always the food is great. We wanted to catch the extra hour of HH at the bar. They actually had a few high-tops outside so we opted to sit out there. The bartender came out to take the order. Sorry I forgot her name but she has long hair and braces. She is awesome and put two high-tops to hold our multiple HH food items etc. The service was super quick. Actually too quick as we had 6 appetizers. The servers were bringing them out every 5 minutes, which was really fast. Felt pressure to eat them quickly before they got cold. Other than that it was great as usual.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great place!!

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JCJC
Fort Lauderdale
18 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was very good and the food was so delicious. We enjoyed the outside dining and the ambiance was very nice.

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Foodfighter
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall, we had a very enjoyable dining experience at SAWA. The food was excellent, the service was prompt, the atmosphere casually open yet intimate. Belly dancers were a plus. Definitely a keeper!

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vipNelsonM
Naples
15 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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vipLIlyo
Miami
93 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour !

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

family reunion

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vipMiami
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We showed up for our 12pm reservation only to be told the restaurant decided to open at 1pm. They never notified us

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

New Years Eve

This was the most terrible New Year Eve in my 60
Years of living , the Arabic music was for 1 table alone everyone else had to suffer in misery with this mid eastern music, . The food and wine did not reflect the $250 per
Person which was paid . Horrible in everything

Never again .

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Patricia
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food2service4ambience5

The show and music made the new year amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

It was ok. The food was also ok. The service was so so. They left plates on the table after we were done and when asked to take server said ok and left the table. Someone else came later to pick up.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Bathrooms were very dirty. The food we ordered were not tapas and they still arrived a very different times, way too long between each person getting their dish. Waiter kept forgetting our sauces. Food was good, but service could have been better. Not a wow experience, but an okay average restaurant experience.

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vipcindyg
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I’m hoping things were off.. due to lack of staff and no manager on premises. Took 45 minutes for them to deliver a simple martini (3 tries).
Normally this place is great. I’ll give it another chance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall2food4service5ambience4

We went for brunch and they had no tea or coffee to serve. Only soda. We don’t drink sugar so we had water. Don’t think we will go back.

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JoelW
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good food.

Fair prices

Ate outside because of Covid

One table a little close under the circumstances (if not Covid, it would not have mattered) but people in it facing opposite direction

eaten there in the past and will return

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vipunknowneater
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing menu. Wide variety of middle eastern and Japanese dishes. Something for everyone. Make sure to try a lamb dish. The service is great. Been a few times and will keep coming back.

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AndR
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor restaurant with good food, perfect for accommodating vegan or keto dietary requirements.

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vipNicscot
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The wurst meal we’ve ever eaten. The waiter recommended the Angus Butger. It was ordered rare and was served well done. The waiter also suggested a new menu item which was crispy quail appetizer. It was the driest, most disgusting dish.

I have eaten at Sawa once before and had a vegetable kebab and that was fine. But based on this past experience, I will definitely not eat at Sawa again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Excelente lugar , un poco lento el servicio y falta un menú de cockteles

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vipSeaman
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always we had a great time, food was delicious as well, the only thing was the wine I ordered wasn’t available, but overall everything was good

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Chacha07
Miami
32 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Nuestra experiencia no fue buena. Cuando nos sentamos pedimos los tragos y vimos el menú. Cuando volvió el que sirve pedimos la comida 20 minutos después de los tragos. Un entrante y una comida. Le informamos al que servía que queríamos los tragos antes que la comida. Pero qué pasó, ignorando nuestro pedido, trajeron los tragos juntos con el segundo plato, sin haber traído el primero que era sopa caliente. Un chaos.

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vipShelley
Dallas
145 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday great food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
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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vipcindi
Tampa
210 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The service was good to begin. Then the server brought the wine and just poured it without asking if we wanted to taste it. In due time, we got 3 of the 5 items we ordered. Then nothing. We waited another 20 minutes, then canceled the rest.
Nice ambiance. Good food, but I would not return due to negligent service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
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 on December 4, 2021
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 on December 4, 2021
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 on December 3, 2021
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 on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value for Happy Hour on a beautiful Coral Gables evening

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vipOpenTable Diner
Treasure Coast
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipWoozie
Miami
24 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
27 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
8 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
77 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.

FAQs

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

Sawa is rated 4.3 stars by 779 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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