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Izakaya Meiji Company

345 Van Buren St, Eugene, OR 97402-4945
541-505-8804
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Ranked #115 of 524 Restaurants in Eugene
Cuisines: Japanese
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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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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English first
Seattle, Washington
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82 reviews 82 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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83 reviews 83 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014 via mobile

Cute little restaurant down in the whit. I love going here in the summer and sitting outside and sipping on their house infused whiskey ginger. Such a different array of tapas that are meant to share. I got these rice balls with tuna and they were yummy. Their seared mushrooms are yummy and I dared to try the fried octopus... More

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Corvallis, Oregon
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78 reviews 78 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

We stopped because we were nearby and wanted to eat before going home. We were delighted with a wide menu and a fabulous whiskey menu. Be sure you have a designated driver so the rest of the party can enjoy the variety. I had some choices Frome the happy hour (excellent) and an item from the regular menu. Spicy tuna... More

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San Francisco, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

We were staying in the Whiteaker Neighborhood and tried the restaurant across the street the day before and decided to give Izakaya Meiji a try. We arrived around 5:15 p.m. and the Happy Hour menu was available from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. We ordered five small dishes (chicken yakitori, potato croquette, umbeboshi onigiri, chicken heart skewer, and Japanese pickles)... More

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7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

This is a funky whiskey bar and tapas restaurant. The food comes out just that way, as it is ready. Be open minded and try a bunch of little plates. Their drinks are all made there, from their Bloody Mary mix to their ginger press lemonade. Mondays are all night happy hour, but it gets packed! I highly recommend the... More

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