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

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Casual (8)
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Tapas (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Authentic (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
People Watching (3)
Romantic (3)
Business Meals (3)
Cozy (2)
Live Music (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Scenic View (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (Miami)·Dined 3 hours ago

Our waitress Nicole
Was exceptional

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 (Miami)·Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful Valentine’s Day celebration they had a wonderful trio playing romantic music,a rose for the women ... the evening was wonderful on the patio and the service and food were wonderful !

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The restaurant is in a good location and have a great menu with fair price options. However the service is not their strength, we went there with my husband, the hostess wasn't at her desk an we waited like 10min for her to come back and sit us... apparently nobody else is allow to sit you, then we ordered our drinks, but somehow the couple that arrived after us and had a different server got their drinks and food while we were still waiting for our drinks and nobody had taken of food order yet. Service needs to improve and they would be a great restaurant all around.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We ordered appetizers and main courses. We also ordered a round of drinks. after the drinks arrived we never saw our server again until our main courses arrived. Our apps were not delivered until after we got our main courses and we had finished our drinks well before our main courses came but could not get a second round while we waited for our meals.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was excellent. Service was a bit sporadic, meaning our waiter would come by then disappear for an extended period and when we had almost given up hope on ever seeing him again, he’d reappear. He was friendly but not attentive.

Tags: Fun, Tasting Menu, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Not very good sushi. They something else, if you eat here.

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Our Party sat outside and enjoy a beautiful night in Coral Gables. The service was excellent and the food was delicious.

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent service, live belly dancers. We had a great time.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great happy hour at the bar! Cheap tapas and drinks

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on January 20, 2018

It’s just OK. Not bad but nothing to write home about. If you’re a food snob you will find it just ok or maybe not even like it.

Tags: Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Tapas, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Quick Bite
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We had a lovely lunch outside. Perfect Professional service by Nicole. Healthy, relaxing, delicious! Brussel sprouts were divine!

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 6, 2018

This would have been a 5 star review except I ordered the grilled octopus as appetizer and the waiter came back to say they were out. I settled for the fried calamari and was disappointed, they were completely flavorless. My fiancé ordered the lamb lollipops and they were so delicious we wished it were an entree. His steak (Ribeye I think) was also very good and so was the Alaskan Roll I ordered. Also, the dancer was entertaining even though she only came out once.

Tags: Tapas, Happy Hour, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on January 5, 2018

I have been to Sawa many times. This was the first Time the meal was very disappointing. The soup was cold and the rest of the dishes were mediocre at best. It is a shame.

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Like to bring out of town guests here as the mediterranian/sushi menu means that, usually, everyonce can find something. As always the food and service were excellent.

We had a cold snap in the weather and they called us a head of time to see if we preferred inside seating over the, usual, outside seating. We appreciated the opportunity to sit inside and that they planned a head.

This is one of our favorite restaurants.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Nice ambiance, large selection of food options, good service. We will definitely be back.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Food was delicious as usual however the steak yakitori was not very hot- must have been sitting a while before it was served. The patatas bravas with short ribs was delicious and could have been a meal by itself. We went during happy hour and it was an Overall good value for the food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 21, 2017

A beautiful experience. Eating lunch in the garden area of Merrick Park was absolutely delightful.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Excellent tapas, soup and desserts. We had a great time and service was excellent.

Tags: Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 5, 2017

I have been to Sawa many times and always enjoyed the atmosphere, food and friendly staff.
Unfortunately this evening was terrible. I had made a reservation to sit outside. The hostess put us at a back table next to 4 people smoking a hookah and blowing it in our faces. We asked to be moved to another table away from The smokers. The hostess then seated us and we realized again we were next to hookah smoking. The third time I mentioned an empty table with no smoking around. The hostess got very nasty and told us it was reserved. Well we also reserved a table, she didn’t want us sitting there and told us if we didn’t like the smoking not to come to the restaurant, as they were a hookah restaurant. We were getting ready to leave when a gentleman came over who may have been a manager and gave us the empty table.
The hostess was so rude I don’t think I will ever return. What a shame
They need to put all the hookah smoking in one area.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Always good after several visits food service and ambiance can be counted on

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great ambiance!

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We’ll keep coming back. It wasn’t the first time and it won’t be the last. We love SAWA.
👍😏

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 17, 2017

They have s varied menu that suits all tastes. Fish, vegans, meat, sushi, Latin ok wine list.

Tags: Vegan, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 11, 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 13, 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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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 2, 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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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 2, 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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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 19, 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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 (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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 (México)·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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vip
 (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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 (Miami)·Dined on August 13, 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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