Sawa

4.5
573 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 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
4 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
107 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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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.

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Lopez
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good, delicious food. Nice ambiance. Good location

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vipRipper
Miami
33 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food wise is usually very good but service is consistently poor.

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DianaS
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

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. 👎

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Just a day out with my husband

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LPM8934
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience3

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.

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RaimundoR
New England
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sushi and Mediterranean food, as well as cocktails, were all excellent.

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vipErnie
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour and ambiance

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vipAdrianoM
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great Mediterranean food with a beautiful ambiance.

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vipParadiseCityBaby
Miami
27 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipLOR1220
Miami
108 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service in Miami

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KiaraD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it!!! Everything was great food, the place we spent new years eve there and the performance was also fantastic.

FAQs

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

Sawa is rated 4.5 stars by 573 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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