Sawa

4.2
678 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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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipVinocat
27 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Sawa has a huge outdoor dining area and a menu that, while described as Mediterranean, has a strong Japanese influence with large sections devoted to sushi, sashimi and a variety of rolls and dumplings. The food is often unadorned and average quality. Dumplings have a good skin but bland filling, while the rolls struck me as having more ingredients than necessary and are served with a thick sweet sauce. I had to specially request soy sauce from an unfortunately inattentive staff. I also tried the fried calamari that seemed baked or reheated - it had good flavor but was surprisingly dry with some tough dehydrated pepper slices alongside. My biggest gripe at Sawa is the tipping policy - the staff is often absent but when you check finally arrives they with intentionally or cluelessly miscalculate the suggested tip. Claiming a 20% tip on a $67 post-tax total is $16.19 is just false. Do the math - it’s less than $15 even if I calculate it with the tax. That is high even if the service were far better. I have no plans to return

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vipOpenTable Diner
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Excellent food.... only drawback was slow service.

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Lnthga
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The service was excellent although the menus were difficult to access. It’s a very pleasant setting with nicely restrained noise levels. The food was unseasoned and disappointing —far too much parsley in the tabouleh. Other dishes might be better but I doubt we’ll go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sawa has amazing food, great ambiance, and the wait staff rocks! There is a great variety of food and drinks…. I highly recommend the Paloma. My go to place for happy hour….. can’t beat the price.
Recommended for all

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MikeT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

As it was raining all day, I call the restaurant directly to ask to be moved to an inside table, this was confirmed. When we arrived we were taken to a table on the street, and when I asked what happened to our inside table we were told that they were all occupied (even though an inside table had been confirmed by phone!).
The street table was poor quality and noisy, service was not good, only QR menus were available. it also took a while to serve our food.
Although my friend and I had an enjoyable evening, it was not enhanced by SAWA.
This is my third visit to SAWA, the last two have been quite disappointing, so I will consider other restaurants for future business or leisure dining.
SAWA does not meet the standards I expect to find at Village of Merrick Park

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vipDontCookDineOut
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. We sat outside and had a wonderful time.

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vipLIlyo
83 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Girls get together

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MarilynC
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was terrific. Erik was a very accommodating server and we hope to have he pleasure of having him again.

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vipBryttenC
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Food was not free. Mold on the olives. Rotting mint in the drinks. Took 20 mins for server to approach the table to say she would be back. We finally got our drinks 45 mins after sitting down .

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vipMItch
10 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Service was terrible. The servers did their best, but you needed more waiters and service personnel. Can't drink warm red wine. Get a wine cooler!
Food was good

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industryperson
43 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The service was just ok. Server didn't have much knowledge on the food or drinks. octopus was a little tough and overcooked. the Server left the old menus on the table under our food for most of the meal. Atmosphere is nice , food ok, service below par.

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vipkco10038
17 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was good but the service was terrible. Took forever for drinks to come out, we were asked if we wanted all the food to come out together, we said yes. The sushi we ordered didn’t come out with the rest of our food. When they came to clear some plates, we told them to cancel the sushi as we’d finished our meal. They never canceled it, and ended up bringing it out 20 mins later, we sent it back. We’d read the service was poor from other reviewers but thought maybe it was an off day, it wasn’t.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Service has become poor in the past few visits. Drinks take a long time to arrive. They try to charge you regular price if you don’t mention Happy Hour specials... ( during happy hour )

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vipMaggie
58 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Sawa is a nice outdoor restaurant in Coral Gables, Florida We have been there many times for happy hour, and also for a lite dinner on the weekends. They get busy and sometimes the service can be SLOW. But overall they give good service and the food quality is tasteful. Prices are reasonable for the portions. Drinks are great, however please remind your server if you order an Old Fashion, that the cherries are supposed to be BLACK not Red. Bartending 101 -- they need to fix that!

See you soon!

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vipARLY
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Service is majorly lacking. Went 3 times in the last few weeks. Each time the food was great and the service was very poor.

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Finedineme
7 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful experience!! We always enjoy the patio dining. The food is delicious-with so much variety.

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vipMB3403
14 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was excellent
Service was fair at best

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LuisG
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience ! I recommend this restaurant 100000%

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PATRICIAV
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Doesn't like the drink, Lychee Martini... last time I was there, same, the drink doesn't good.

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AugustoT
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice environment, service and food. I recommend it.

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vipWolfgangTravels
58 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Made reservations for lunch. Arrived on time and were shown to our table right away. After 15 minutes no waiter to take our order. Called the restaurant and spoke to someone and told him we were sitting there and still waiting for a waiter. The guy said “you are calling from the restaurant”? And I said “yes”. He hung up!!!! Then we went to the hostess table. She said “just a minute”…. Finally someone came to take our order…. 25 minutes after sitting down…. Then waited 30 minutes and they served food which we did not order! One hour later…. What a bad experience. By the time a manager came to apologize we were too upset to stay one minute longer. Thank you for offering us a free appetizer and free dessert. But this was too late by then.

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vipSanjaS
19 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience4

The last 3 times we were there the drinks were not served as we asked for, rum & Coke had no lemon or lime. Then last night our friends’ drinks did not come out at all, they already finished their food, and we had to go inside to talk to somebody at the bar. Our girl server was really nice and was trying to make it right, but if management doesn’t know how to run the place or jump in to help, it’s just going to get worse. It’s been quite a steep decline.

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vipOpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience5

With a twenty minute wait time for drinks happy hour was delayed signficantly. However the ambiance and our apologetic and kind server saved the day.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always love coming here. Thankyou for always giving great service, servers are extra nice and sushi is affordable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

La atención estuvo bien pero le faltó ser más atento y retirar los platos todos juntos

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vipSavvyEater
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very lovely presentation of food.
Everything was fresh and the greek/sushi mix of options is great!

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vipKaterinC
7 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. We will be going back again.

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JoeRivers
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, beautiful location. Love the outdoor tables at Merrick Park. The diverse menu, a Mediterranean- Japanese fusion, has something for everyone. The dumplings, the tuna sandwich roll and the grilled octopus we ordered and shared, were delicious.
You can never go wrong at Sawa!

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CristianG
7 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food and the service it wasn’t too good.
Dirty table during our dinner, they never cleaned it

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rawlicious69
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance. We enjoyed finally going out again together. Happy Hour is a great value

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Although service was a little slow, we had a great time. Our server, Art was always checking in to make sure we were taken care of. It was as always a great time.

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vipCorinneR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, yummy food but very buggy

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PabelG
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

We celebrated my husband birthday at this restaurant. The food was good, but the service terrible. First, we did not have the table serve with all the cutlery for six people as my reservation said. Second, the beverage that we asked come after one of the appetizers and we did not asked about for a cocktail 🍹 that you have to prepare. We order beer and a glass of wine. The sake that we order came late and it was not the one we ordered, they never went to the table to tell us that the one we ordered was not available, they just sent us a different one. And the food came all at a different time, my stepdad was waiting more than 15 minutes to start his salmon waiting for the rest of us 😦

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

If you are looking fir Mediterranean please don’t go to SAWA

The tabouleh has no flavor they didn’t add any lemon or salt or even olive oil
We ordered two Kibbeh plates the first one came with mayonnaise and the second one can with tahini
Unfortunately we waited for almost 50 minutes to get a manager who can follow up on our meal that arrived after 20 minutes
We were party of 4 and the funny thing after all, we get 3 of the main courses and the last one came in 15 minutes after our entree !!!
Was a ver disappointing Mother’s Day dinner

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JEBs
Denver
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was good. Service was good until our waiter left and another one replaced him. He never returned to our table for any service and we had to track him down to get our check. It would have been nice for the restaurant to acknowledge Mother's Day with a flower or small treat. I would still come back again and recommend this restaurant to my friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Was really disappointed with the service. We didn’t get any consistent service for the duration. Even the hostess outside looked annoyed at our arrival. The food was alright (just alright) but I won’t be heading back here anytime soon. Really a shame given the great location.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience!! The belly dancer was amazing, the food, the drinks. It definitely made it an authentic experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place to eat. Great location. Enjoy sitting outdoors.

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vipGables2Dine
Denver
32 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Beautiful outdoor eating area. The belly dancer was a nice touch. The food is good, but the service was OK at best. It took a while to get a waiter to come to the table and then items that were requested were forgotten more than once.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are fantastic!

FAQs

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

Sawa is rated 4.2 stars by 678 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 bookings at the moment.

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