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Sawamura Japanese Steakhouse

1624 SW 13th St, Gainesville, FL 32608
352.373.1076
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Ranked #155 of 461 restaurants in Gainesville
Cuisines: Japanese, Steakhouse
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations
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  • English first
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English first
Gainesville, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

This restaurant exemplifies the phrase, "Don't judge a book by its cover." The outside is nothing special but the atmosphere inside is very nice. We were seated pretty fast even though we were still waiting for half of our party and it was graduation weekend. It did take some time for the chef to come to our table but I... More

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Florida, USA
Top Contributor
309 reviews 309 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

I went here with friends last night for dinner. The place is a little run down, both on the inside and outside, but the staff was really friendly and we were seated at once. They brought out hot moist towels for us before we ate. The prices were in line with what you would expect to pay at a hibachi... More

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South Florida, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Good food and fun while eat it! Entertains the kids if you are doing a family night at dinner. They have kids meals on the menu which helps too!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013 via mobile

Worth the drive, were usually the only ones there on a week night. Great portion sizes and friendly staff. Chef was kind and explained how to make the perfect rice, and joked with us. Foo was delicious and very filling. Prices aren't bad either a lot better than competitors in town. YOU WON'T REGRET IT!

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Gainesville
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49 reviews 49 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

I paid for extra shrimp and had a difficult time telling if I got any extra. I thought they had accidentally given them to a lady next to me because she had almost double what I had, but I asked her and found out that she ordered extra too. Just doesnt go over well when your plate is right next... More

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Gainesville
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49 reviews 49 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

They have done this for decades now and although their restaurant may not be the prettiest, I like the food better there and enjoy how they treat you. It is a family business and they put forth the effort.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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69 reviews 69 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Was there with family and although a small restaurant the food was delicious and great and plenty. We arrived during the "early bird" session so had to wait for a table but luckily we 6 got a grill and chef all to our selves.

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Gainesville
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21 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

Although i am not a fan of Yamato's Food ,staff or quality products ,knowing the quality ,we decided to try the above Japanese steakhouse.Unfortunatly this was not that good as far as i am concern.Although i felt the owners were much more appreciated.The Chefs were pleasant and the wait staff were friendly.I think i will just stick with sushi.And please... More

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Wesley Chapel, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

My wife and I have been coming here since 1999. We love this place. It is one of the few nice romantic places to dine in Gainesville. I really enjoy all asian foods and this is a fun experience as well. The chefs cook in front of you, and the food has been great every time we go here for... More

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Gainesville, FL
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8 reviews 8 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2011

Wow! I was a little skeptical when I saw the 4 star average, but I decided to give Sawamura a shot for my birthday dinner. The exterior is very old and has graffiti on the sides. But, I promised not to make any judgements. On the inside, I was impressed. They added a stream and a little bridge on the... More

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