Sawa

4.5
588 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
Miami
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Food was great, but service was poor waited over 20 mins for a drink. Great location for outdoor seating. Love the belly dancer was very entertaining.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a nice experience, food was really good however the service was not very impressive!

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nichelleh
Miami
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Food was not served hot and or at this same time. If you are ordering Sushi, be prepared to wait. I have visited several times and was taken aback with my experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great happy hr menu, the vibe was nice. Sat outside - lovely view. There was a show with a belly dancer - entertaining.

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vipLIlyo
Miami
77 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food took usually longer today than ever before. That’s a first.

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sofia
Caribbean
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Excellent food and beautiful ambiance. Drinks were slow to come but the food always came quickly. Overall would recommend.

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vipBhaveshM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting from NJ so we really enjoyed the outdoor dining experience at SAWA. The ambience was nice despite being in a shopping mall. The food and service were excellent. The 2 kitchen concept - one Japanese and the other Mediterranean, was nice especially when you can’t decide what cuisine you’re in the mood for. For example, my wife had Mediterranean appetizers and Sushi rolls for dinner.

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Fili
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Food, service, ambiance and professionalism were awesome.

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vipShelley
Dallas
124 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks and food

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DavidE
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't beat the outside seating arrangements and food quaility.

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CLD430
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Sawa has a great menu of both Japanese and Mediterranean food. Everything was prepared and cooked well. My only suggestion would be to serve better pita bread with the hummus...make crispy chips with the pita and cut them into triangles...the hummus was very good and the pita was nothing special, like you'd buy at the grocery store. The service was good, but because the outside area is so big, there were times when there were no servers available. Otherwise, I thought the food was very good.

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vipFernandoS
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outside seating set up. We felt extremely comfortable. Food was great and will be back to check different options.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience - great happy hour!

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vipLOR1220
Miami
108 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

As always the food was great. Note: We stick to Tapas and the Mediterranean fare. Service was a little inattentive, considering it was a week. That said, it was nice out to be dinning outdoors

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. The food, service, and overall experience is great.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here on a busy Saturday night so I was very surprised that our food and appetizers came out quickly and everything tasted great.

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vipSanjaS
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Got a table at the entrance to the restaurant that we did not like, asked for a table further away in the garden as my partner is high risk for COVID, and we like to be further away from everybody passing by.

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

Food was great and the ambience was nice as well

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant!! the food was delicious. For appetizer we had the margarita pizza and for entree we had churrasco, they were both splendid; definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me fascinó la comida , muy bien elaborada y fresca, la señora que nos atendió súper amable . Lo recomiendo para cualquier ocasión.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing everything

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is very tasty and the portions are large

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vipJoeF
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Good food and comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb dining experience from start to finish! We were seated right away by the friendly hostess on their lovely patio (one of my favorite places in Miami to dine outdoors!). Waiter explained they are tapas style and have 3 separate kitchens, so we took his advice and ordered everything to share and enjoyed receiving the plates bit by bit. Food was great. Cocktails were well made and balanced. Service was informed and above par for Miami. And the ambiance was perfection. This place is a gem! I will be back.

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JennyL
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

It's a great location. Parking is easy. I wasn't impressed with the food. It was really just average. Thought maybe it was what I had. My friend wasn't that thrilled with hers either. It was okay. A bit pricey for just "okay."

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful sitting outside among the palm trees. Food was delicious and a wide variety. My son loves sushi and he was not disappointed!

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AnaML
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was incredible. Menu offers a little of everything for everyone in your party.

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LazaroV
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Horrible service. Construction happening above us while we ate. Complained about it but nothing ever done. Food was not worth the horrible rude service staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the beautiful outdoor ambience of this restaurant — they have the best location you could ask for. Five of us came together to celebrate a friend’s birthday and because it was so open and airy, we felt comfortable in the location. The food was delicious, and the servers were wonderful, even bringing a complimentary dessert to our birthday person. My sushi rolls were first rate, and that can be difficult to pull off for restaurants that also offer a large variety of cooked traditional dishes. Highly recommend Sawa for dinner!

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Margie
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good safety measures ( tables are spaced). Good food, excellent service. Great ambiance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic happy hour and incredible ambiance. Great food, fantastic drinks and amazing service. Thanks Jay for such top quality service and attention.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
41 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jose is the absolute best Manager/bartender. He knows exactly what great food to recommended and he’s funny while being sweet and super attentive to your needs. I had a fantastic time for the Super Bowl and it was all because of him. Well the food and the ambiance were terrific as well. Lol will come back again. Also Sawa has one of the best Happy Hours I have ever seen innCoral Gablea and Miami. How more people don’t know about it is beyond me.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All very nice. Large menu. Outdoor seating.

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vipLOR1220
Miami
109 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a favorite!!!! Outside tables well distanced, spent a few hours enjoying tapas & good wine. We had the Grilled Octopus, Ham Croquetas, Kibbe, Kefta Fingers, Lentil Soup, Short ribs with Patatas Bravas. Great way to spend an afternoon

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vipLuv2dine
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience5

Be aware there are two separate kitchens one for the Japanese half of the menu and one for the Mediterranean half of the menu. Orders are served as ready in a tapas style. So if you order one entrée from the Japanese side of the restaurant and one from the Mediterranean they may not come out together. Our entrées came out 15 minutes apart. Not acceptable. The manager came to our table and comped us two drinks and a dessert. I will go back to the restaurant as the food and ambience were very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date place

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great experience at Sawa! Tasty food & wonderful atmosphere.

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vipBillyb
Miami
67 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant for this time of year, outdoors. Food and ambiance excellent!

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vipJustinT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Decent food, stick to tapas though- had to send back my entree as it came 40mins later and was tasteless. Service very slow - he was batch ordering... which meant we got drinks very slowly.

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vipMaggie
Miami
51 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around!! Food, Ambience and service.

FAQs

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

Sawa is rated 4.5 stars by 588 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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