About Sawa

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.

360 San Lorenzo Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33146
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Sushi, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm,
Dinner Sunday Thru Thursday 4:00pm - 11:00pm and Friday and Saturday 4:00 pm - Midnight.

Happy Hour M-F 4pm-7pm
Bar Happy Hour 7 days a week 4pm-8pm
Bellydancers Friday & Saturday 8pm & 10pm
2 for 1 Bellinis and Champagne Bottle Specials Saturdays & Sundays 11am-4pm
Half off All Wine Bottles Thursday Nights 8pm-Close

Cross Street:
Ponce de Leon

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(305) 447-6555

Website:
http://www.sawarestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Live Bellydance Performances Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm and 10:00pm

Annual Coveted NYE Dinnertainment extravaganza

Romantic Valentine's Entertainment




Catering:
Several different indoor/outdoor, on-premise/off-premise options available.

Parking Details:
Mall Parking, Street Parking and Valet Parking available

Public Transit:
Metrorail, Coral Gables FREE Trolley

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Miami Spice- August 1-September 30.

Private New Years Eve Dinner with elaborate entertainment. Reservations must be made in advance with deposit.

Sawa Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (9)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
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Good for a Date (5)
Cozy (4)
Fun (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Live Music (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Business Meals (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Romantic (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great new place to try. We were visiting from Broward County to have a late dinner to celebrate my wife's birthday.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great food and ambiance .
We went for my in laws birthday, she really wanted some Mediterranean food, Sawa was able to deliver that. Everything was delicious, and we will definitely return.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Casual, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Your best bet are the tapas and kebabs not the sushi.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We had 3 appetizers, the Yakitori, was dry and room temperature, the shrimp avocado summer roll, was almost shrimpless, tasteless and the vegetables inside it looked burned by the cold of refrigeration and not fresh at all. The shrimp pao bun, was hard as a rock on one side, obviously made many hours before. The miso filet mignon was 2 or 3 pieces of a filet, cooked medium as requested, it tasted good and was tenter, but it arrived with ultra burned Brussel sprouts, almost inedible, and not with the shishito peppers and pistachios it mentioned on the menu. The lamb kebab was cooked to order and tasted great. The chocolate soufflé, could have been anything but a soufflé, it was a hard gooey mixture of something very sweet and also arrived without the pistachio ice cream mentioned on the menu. The music was incredibly loud inside and outside at times. Service was amicable, timely and proper.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 27, 2017

My first visit here. Just needed a small Mid afternoon snack. I ordered the vegetarian stuffed grape leaves and they were delicious I’ve made the authentic Greek ones and I think I like these even better. My husband had the risotto and he loved it. We will return.

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Generally very good.
If eating indoors best to avoid Friday's with a very raucous scene by the bar. The placement of the bar area in the restaurant was not well thought out as its in the way of everybody going around including the wait staff.
But the food is very good nonetheless and innovative.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 3, 2017

My husband and I had dinner at Sawa and we loved this restaurant! We sat at an outdoor table which was very nice because we had a view of the lovely fountain at Merrick Park. Although it was a little hot and humid outside, the restaurant has fans and we had one right next to us. We chose our entrees from the Miami Spice menu and everything was excellent. We had the hummus platter as an appetizer, filet mignon with brussel sprouts and banana rolls with ice cream for dessert! We would definitely recommend this restaurant! Excellent service and food!

Tags: Tapas, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 1, 2017

The service was excellent. The food was tasty and interesting. Great lychee martini.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Fun, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 26, 2017

SAWA was better than i expected...the Miami Spice menu was very good with variety. Bar service was good and the overall service was better than good..I would return.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Although our server was kind and friendly , he was not attentive. I'm not sure if they were understaffed but didn't seem so, so not sure why he would come around every 15-20 minutes. Our dining experience lasted 2.5 hours. The timing of the dishes coming out was horrific. Medium rare meat was beyond well done, pork chops stiff. Not sure if we were just unlucky today but probably will not return.

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 (Miami)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Good experience, food was prepared well, service was intermittent. Crowded Saturday evening, shopping mall environment,

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on August 19, 2017

As always a fantastic dinner The staff amazing. Loved the fans for those summer days

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·Dined on August 18, 2017

The Miami spice menu (Aug-sept) is wide enough for every taste. The belly dancer and torches give an exotic ambience. Loved it for a special ocassion

Tags: Tapas, Happy Hour, Afternoon Coffee, Authentic, People Watching, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

First time at this restaurant and we loved it! great quality food the Mediterranean and Asia fusion really works... Best Hummus I had in a ling time the meats and also the sushi fantastic.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Authentic
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·Dined on August 14, 2017

Great atmosphere, great food, great menu and great hookah.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Groups, Tapas, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 12, 2017

I had dinner with my family at Sawa for the first time today. The food was delicious and the service was great. Although it is still hot in Miami at this time of year, the patio area is beautiful and they keep the fans on so it was very comfortable. We will definitely be back!

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 (Miami)·Dined on August 12, 2017

I was pleasantly surprised at how good the food was. The food came out a little slow, but the management dove into the issue and handled it very well. Wait staff was very nice and only wanted to know what they could do to help us. We will go back. Very convenient if you are either shopping or going to a movie at Merrick Park.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date, Quick Bite
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·Dined on August 10, 2017

Being in such a high end center I expected more with a party of 8. We had to ask for menus and water just basic things that seemed obvious. The waiter staff is not engaging and were mediocre. The food was generic and not what I expected having 7 buisness associates here from around the country including my boss and bosses boss was a little embarrassed and disappointed in the overall experience. Would not eat there again.

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 (Miami)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Great meal and service. Sushi roll kibble grape leaves and kebab was outstanding

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Humus was excellent, babaganugh was not fresh, stuffed grape leaves was delicious, tetra cheese was good. Tabuleh tasted old. Chicken kibab and soups were excellent. Worth going there again.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Consistent, in service and food preparation and presentation! A wonderful place which I frequent regularly! A great meeting place with friends and family!

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 (Miami)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Shopping at VOMP, wanted to sit inside with A/C and cool off. SAWA was the perfect place. Seated right away at a small table for 2 in the cramped middle area, I immediately requested a table in the back, larger and less noise which they provided. Shaniya was our server and she was great! Always checked in with us, provided extra napkins, water, lemons etc wonderful experience. Tour the Hummus, Edemame and Salmon Tartar were all properly prepared and my Tito's Vodka & Tonic was well prepared and worth the $10.50. Will dine at SAWA again, check it out. Enjoy!

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 (Miami)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Dined Mediterranean. Kabobs were great--lamb tender and pink. Sides of salad and kuuskuus tasty. They even had our favorite cocktail Apelruf spritzer!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Miami)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Short ribs patata brava was delicious!! To die for. Plates are small, but absolutely amazing.

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 (Miami)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Great ambiance and service. We even had some belly dance entertainment.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Everything is great about this little neighborhood gem! We will definitely be back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Cozy, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on June 19, 2017

very nice waiter...and the food was delicious.
we had a group of 10 for a meeting dinner and the meal, ambiance and service surpassed our expectations.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Miami)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We love this place! This has become our go-to restaurant! It has great food, great ambience, and great location.

Tags: Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Miami)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We keep returning. The menu is fun and diverse. Service is always great and we usually have two little ones with us.

Tags: Tapas, Fun, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (Miami)·Dined on June 15, 2017

As always, service and quality was excellent. We have been to this restaurant quite a few times and what is nice they always remember us and are friendly, welcoming and we are never rushed or pressured

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 15, 2017

The location is awesome and beautiful to sit outside. I thought the menu was creative and touches on a variety of cuisines (everything from sushi to falafel). I thought the tapas were a bit overpriced and average tasting.

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (Miami)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Great waiter! Very helpful and accomidating.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Attentive and prompt staff serving tasty tapas. The pan seared sea bass was excellently prepared.

Tags: Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Miami)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The service was incredible!! We always go to Sawa for special occasions. Mother's Day, truly they outdid themselves. It was a great experience.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Spicy, People Watching
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 (Miami)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The weather wasn't great on the day we went, and even though there were many reservations, staff managed to move us to a lovely covered seating area for our meal. They were very accomodating and attentive and the food was great.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Casual, Afternoon Tea, Tapas, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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 (Miami)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Went for Mother's Day brunch and it was excellent! Food, service, and attention to details was amazing!

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 (Miami)·Dined on May 13, 2017

This restaurant is always a great place for nice outdoor eating . However, the manager should not allow guests to sit their dogs in the lounge sofas as 3 guests showed up with huge dogs and were walking and seating on the sofas which are constantly used by other guests.

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 (Miami)·Dined on May 5, 2017

This is a terrific restaurant. Our server, Scot, was attentive without hovering. Very good with recommendations and food descriptions.
We shared everything including the grape leaves, which my husband loves. The fried pork dumplings were done perfectly, not too hard or too chewy. My husband loves the rainbow roll and I even enjoyed some altough not normally a sushi lover. The chicken kebabs with the basmati rice side was wonderful, just what we wanted.
We each had two drinks and tried something different each time. I think the pomegranete martini will be my next "go to" drink and my husband enjoyed the Lebanese pilsner.
Sawa is always good, we would highly recommend.

Tags: Tapas, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun
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 (Miami)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Although the Menu on their website looked very appealing, I was disappointed with the actual size of the dishes and the authenticity of the meal flavors. There was no ambiance inside the restaurant since the space was extremely small. As I was walking out, I noticed the outside of restaurant being 5 times bigger than the inside. It appeared people were enjoying their time there. I certainly enjoyed the service, it was A+++. Thank you for that.... great service is always important. 😊

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Miami)·Dined on April 25, 2017

Excellent diversity of food options. Good service, will go back.

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