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$15 - $30
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Japanese, Sushi, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed September 11, 2021

I asked for the miami spice menu and it wasn't good at all. They didn't even had the desert that was on the menu. The bathroom had no water and the air conditioner wasn't working. I don't recommend it

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 15, 2021

My friend and I dined on a Sunday evening. Their website said they were open till 11PM. We arrived approximately 9PM. Our waiter took our drink and app orders then between 9:30PM and 10:00PM advised us they were closing. We then put in our dinner...orders. Later the waiter arrived with the check. We asked where our entrees were. The waiter said, and I kid you not, "I thought you were just talking. I did not think you were ordering". No joke. You can look at my other reviews and see I offer fair and balanced views of my experiences.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed June 24, 2021 via mobile

What a great restaurant .…we wsat outside……(lots of 🪰 flys)…..they need to invest in some bug zappers…..that’s my only complaint…..The good stuff: Evo was delicious 😋……we started with the crispy Brussels sprouts ($7.99)…. MFantastic!!!….Mediterranean Sampler ($23.99) also super good!!…..we had sushi rolls …..all good and...big….average price of the rolls is $15.00 it well worth it….the miso salmon was cooked to perfection and I highly recommend it ($25.99)….oh, we were a party of 4 adults and 3 children…I managed to steal some French fries 🍟 from the kids and they were really good…..they have a good menu online, I would suggest you check it out before you go…..there’s so many great items that it’s hard to make a decision…..Enjoy 🤩More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 20, 2021 via mobile

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 betterMore

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 20, 2021 via mobile

The 2 waitresses made me wait at the door, other guests looking at me like I was anything except a client. They were greeting a friend of them, hugging and laughing... while I was standing by the door... such irresponsable, direspectful. A waiter came and...did his best. At least great service. The waitress who served the drink was pretty mad and looks upset.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed March 17, 2021 via mobile

Restaurant is located in a gorgeous outdoor mall and courtyard surrounded by high end shops and other restaurants. The menu has no identity it’s Japanese, Mediterranean, Peruvian etc. Service was very slow but the servers were very nice. Would not recommend.

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed January 27, 2021 via mobile

We were given a great outdoor table, all seats are definitely 6ft apart. We ordered drinks and a few tapas which were all excellent. However, trying to order a second drink and further food proved very problematic - i ordered a main course which took...a further 40 mins to arrive... this was after finishing out tapas. When it did -the Vegetable Kebab - it was tasteless and very sad. We sent it back as everyone had started to think about leaving anyway! They took the meal off the bill. Overall, I’d probably go back... but order all my tapas at one time, and not bother with an entree. Our server was batch ordering so everything was taking far too long.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed September 5, 2020 via mobile

Wow, Sawa, you are amazing!!!! I went for an event and Sawa surprised us with a Japanese and Lebanese Feast. They decided to preview the Miami Spice Menu that day, and it was sensational Basil Hummus: the color was so different, it was green with...a hint of flavored basil. The texture was perfect as well as the taste. Regular Hummus: it was so nicely presented as you can see in my pictures. The texture was perfect as well as the taste, almost as good as mine ;) Beet Hummus: oh wow this was so pretty, that color looked beautiful on the table and the flavor was even better. The texture was perfect and I ate it without the pita bread so I can enjoy that amazing flavor. Sushi: perfect presentation, taste, and quality. Poke Bowl: one of the best I have tried, so fresh, flavorful, and filled with many ingredients. These people didn't spare into the making of this meal. Fatouch Salad: it looked so organically fresh, but I couldn't eat it. My friend said it was delicious. Falafel: great taste and they also made one with quinoa. Kibbe: with meat and the vegetarian one. I loved the veggie kibbe, this was my favorite of the day!! the flavor reminds me of my grandmother, who is from Lebanon. Chicken and Salmon BBQ: I had the salmon one, and it was perfectly seasoned with Arabic spices and made fresh right there for all of us. Chicken/Cheese with angel hair crispy pasta: tender chicken with melted cheese that went great with the crispy pasta. White and Red Sangria: served at the moment by a nice lady and a gentleman at the bar. So many fruits in each glass and so refreshing. Virgin Mojito: for those who don't drink alcohol. Knafe: this dessert was pretty and taste wise was exactly like the one I used to eat when I was young. Service was on point too, everyone helped out with huge and pretty smiles on their faces.​ I can't wait to go back for more and also enjoy their belly dance show.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed February 23, 2020

Went here to lunch, and the grilled octopus was heavenly, Not even in Madrid had an octopus like this. The cocktail was great too. Everything was an experience, form the attention, to the vibe, and the greatest of all: The food

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 20, 2020

I have been to this special place several times. Everything is tasty and you will not be disappointed. If you are lucky enough to have Roli as your waiter, you'll be happy to be in the hands of a pro and genuine guy! Grilled octopus--just...try it, you'll love it. Lollipop lamb chops--perfectly done! Rolls are a delight. Drinks are perfect & hit the spot. The best time to go is for happy hour when all is 1/2-pricde, you won't be rushed, and will enjoy the outdoor seating as sunset turns into a night sky with lighted torches. I cannot say enough about this place. They have something that speaks to everyone's taste. Lots even for happy hour when everyone else slims down their offerings. Put them on your list!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Sawa Restaurant & Lounge is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5