I’m so glad two-thirds of my kids like sushi! It makes it extra-fun to go to restaurants like Meiko Sushi, which we went to while visiting family in Northern California. Mr. Diner and Amazing Diner are partial to nigiri and sashimi, while Sweet Diner and I love all the rolls.
Meiko has a fun environment; they have a regular dining area, a sushi bar, and then (our choice) – private dining rooms. They have two sizes of private dining rooms, both with nice sliding doors. The smaller seats about four while the larger seats eight to ten. It’s nice to have a private space – romantic for couples, nice for private conversation, and if you bring young children, you feel less disruptive.
In fact, Meiko was pretty child-friendly. They had a nice plastic divided plate for our youngest, kids meals, and ice cream at the end of the meal for our little diners. And for those who don’t like sushi, there are plenty of non-sushi Japanese options.
Blueberry Sprite – I had never had a Blueberry Sprite before. Refreshing, but I would have loved to have real blueberries instead of just blueberry syrup. It’s pretty, though, isn’t it?
Side Salad – Bento boxes are served with miso soup, edamame, rice, & this common green salad with ginger dressing. Yum – I love that dressing!
Volcano Roll $10.95) – this roll was fully loaded with tuna, salmon, unagi, & avocado, then fried and topped with lots of sauces (some spicy), green onion, & tobiko. Washington Roll ($11.95) – Spicy salmon & cucumber topped with more salmon and lemon.
Kids Meal ($8.95) – Comes with rice, salad, tempura, & a choice of six items (Sweet Diner chose California Roll). I was pleased with the variety of choices…and none of them were chicken nuggets or hot dogs; all were Japanese foods.
Two-Item Bento ($12.95) – With California Roll & Tuna,Albacore, & Salmon Nigiri
Two-Item Bento ($12.95) – With Salmon, Tuna, & Albacore Nigiri and Shrimp Tempura.
Three-Item Bento ($15.95) – Beef Teriyaki (hidden behind the rice), Salmon Nigiri, & Shrimp Tempura
Three-Item Bento ($15.95) – California Roll, Beef Teriyaki, & Shrimp Tempura
Two-Item Bento ($12.95) – With Beef Teriyaki & Shrimp Tempura
We loved the private rooms at Meiko and the thoughtful kid options. The beef teriyaki and the tempura were both very good. I thought the Volcano Roll was great and the other rolls were good. The nigiri was less flavorful than most I’ve had, which was a bit disappointing. Service was helpful and polite, but a little slow. Lunch prices are a little less than dinner.
Overall, Meiko is a good option if you want to sit in a private dining area and/or if the kid-friendly features appeal to you. I’d lean toward the bento boxes and the more-flavorful rolls. Otherwise, there are better options in town.
4301b Valley Ave
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Entrée Price: $$
Average Fork Rating: 4.1
Mr. Diner: 4
Mrs. Diner: 4
Amazing Diner: 5
Sweet Diner: 3.5
Little Diner: 4