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Izakaya Meiji Company

345 Van Buren St, Eugene, OR 97402-4945
541-505-8804
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Ranked #106 of 523 Restaurants in Eugene
Cuisines: Japanese
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Dining options: Late Night
Description: Specializing in Japanese small plates, old school cocktails and whiskey bar but thank goodness no sushi. The theme is based on a Japanese tavern or sake house. sake
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Aloha, Oregon, USA
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62 reviews 62 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Having come up in Eugene in the 70's it is hard to wrap my head around the Whitaker Neighborhood being trendy, but there you have it. Back in the day about the only reason you'd go to Whitaker was for The Tiny Tavern's chili and cheap beer. This restaurant is is one of the reasons things have changed. I have... More

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Austin, TX
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44 reviews 44 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Our grad student son lives in Eugene, in the uber funky Whiteaker neighborhood, where one of the coolest little restaurants in town is located. Eugene has a surprising number of good eateries for a town of its size, but none more unique than Meiji. They are primarily a whiskey bar, but they have a decent wine selection and will let... More

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Top Contributor
156 reviews 156 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I was referred here by a local who enjoys the small dish options and nice drink selections. I ordered a bourbon & ginger and we'll now be on the hunt to get a comparable version elsewhere. Fantastic drink made with fresh ginger. My husband and I weren't starving so we stopped after ordering 3 dishes. The mackerel dish was about... More

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Tampa, Florida
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192 reviews 192 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

My wife and I shared three small plates. One, the fried calamari was a bit over cooked and was bland testing. Lacked sufficient seasoning. We also got the special fried egg plant. It was good but again lacked sufficient seasoning and was sitting in a soup of soy sauce. Our final dish the grilled mackerel was excellent. The service here... More

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Seattle, Washington
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82 reviews 82 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

But for drinks and light (small) food plates it would be perfect. We went with our two kids and we were starving. Because we had never been before we asked our waiter to explain the theory behind the menu and what to expect. He explained that we should order several things and plan to share. And he warned us that... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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94 reviews 94 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The nicest people in the world live and work in Oregon. Unfortunately not at Izakaya Meiji. I have to say this was the worst, most abusive service I have ever received in a restaurant. We were a party of eight. I was the least hungry and only ordered one dish -- a burger (having had a great Asian dinner the... More

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Tonight we took our kids out for a different type of dinner experience. It was a family style dinner yet very elegant. We ordered numerous small dishes to pass. Spinach with black sesame sauce, Spicy Tuna Cocktail, Calamari, Grilled chicken and grilled steak kabobs, pickled cucumbers and more that I just don't recall the names. Their restaurant drink which the... More

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Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Liked the menu and decided to pay a visit. The cocktails were $1 off and were quite tasty. We ordered quite a few dishes and most were enjoyable, even the funny fermented squid. Definitely something to try for the adventure-seekers. We were somewhat disappointed by the bbq fish. I think it was mackeral. The fish seemed like it wasn't cooked... More

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Veneta, Oregon, United States
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64 reviews 64 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

The concept is truly confusing at first - kind of an Asian cowboy fusion tapas whiskey bar. Somehow it works, though.Hip atmosphere. Indoor and outdoor seating. Our server was friendly and fast enough, and misc employees seemed to rotate in delivering food and taking away plates. Happy hour has $1 off select appetizers and drinks. The cocktail menu is interesting,... More

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Eugene, Oregon
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014 via mobile

Funky, but enjoyable. Sometimes it feels like they try too hard to be different, but it's still worth a visit if you haven't been here. It's great that so many restaurants are in the Whitaker neighborhood now. Happy Hour all night on Monday which we didn't know, pleasant surprise. It's not a significant savings of $1 off the listed small... More

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