After a dozen years in business, Kawa still offers good value in a pleasing environment. You’ll be delighted with the thick-sliced sashimi. Ask or take note of what glistens at the sushi bar—“Nice hamachi!”—that dominates Kawa’s entrance. Entrées, such as ginger pork and salmon teriyaki, are cowboy-size, and delivered—along with miso soup and a crunchy-sweet salad—by a team of dutiful, beautiful waitresses. This family-friendly restaurant is huge, with a full bar and teppan-yaki room, where chefs cook in front of diners on a iron griddle at each table. Yet, the main dining area, with its latticed wood and soft lighting, feels modern, airy, and intimate. Good selection of sake and Livermore Valley wines. Lunch Sun.–Thurs., dinner daily.