Restaurants in Osaka

Osaka is known as a foodies’ paradise, and the city is crammed with an eclectic range of restaurants. Given the city’s proximity to the sea, the sushi and sashimi here is always fresh and delicious. The local cuisine is especially good and it’s easy to find tasty okonomiyaki (a savoury pancake crammed with vegetables, seafood or meat) and piping hot takoyaki (octopus dumplings) even from street stalls.

The Osaka restaurants below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over ¥6,000)
Moderate (¥3,000 to ¥6,000)
Cheap (up to ¥3,000)
These Osaka restaurant prices are based on the cost of a three-course meal for one including a half bottle of house wine or equivalent, tax and service. Tipping is not expected.

Honkogetsu

Price: Expensive

Honkogetsu serves modern Japanese kaiseki cuisine (a series of small, intricate dishes) using only the best seasonal ingredients. The restaurant is only open in the evenings and there’s really no menu to order from – it’s up to the chef what will be served. Each dish is a delicate concoction of the freshest seafood and vegetables.

Address: 1-7-11 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan
Telephone: (06) 6211 0201.

Hajime

Price: Expensive

This small specialist restaurant serves a fusion of modern Japanese and French cuisine. Most of the dishes on the menu are vegetable-based, and great care is taken in the preparation and presentation. Hajime has a reputation for offering an innovative and fun dining experience.

Address: 1-9-11 Edobori, Nishi-ku, Osaka, Japan
Telephone: (06) 6447 6688.

Gyuho

Price: Expensive

This small Japanese beef kaiseki (small, intricate dish) restaurant is a gourmet meat-lovers’ treat. Gyuho is only open in the evenings, and the menu is limited to the chef’s recommendations. However, dishes vary from a sashimi selection of heart and liver, to shabu-shabu and even roast beef. The food quality and service are exemplary.

Address: 1-2-30 Sonezakishinchi, Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan
Telephone: (06) 6341 0029.

Dynamic Kitchen & Bar Sun

Price: Moderate

This is a great place to enjoy modern Japanese gourmet cuisine in Osaka. With stunning night views over the Kita area, the location and the food are truly a dynamic combination. There are a number of excellent-value dinner courses to choose from - fresh seafood, Osaka beef and Kyoto vegetables are just some of the local and seasonal dishes on offer.

Address: 6F 4-15-10 Nishi-Tenma, Kita-ku , Osaka, Japan
Telephone: (06) 6367 5512.

Absinthe Solaar

Price: Moderate

This rooftop restaurant is very popular with young Osakans and has an inviting outdoor lounge area, perfect for enjoying the evening breeze during Osaka’s fiendishly hot summer months. The menu is Mediterranean with a delicious selection of Greek and Middle Eastern dishes, all with a Japanese twist.

Address: 8F 5-1-18 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan
Telephone: (06) 6633 1445.

Kani Doraku

Price: Moderate

This restaurant is probably most famous for the huge mechanical crab moving around on its outside wall, and it has become a symbol of the Dotonbori area. The menu has a vast array of crab dishes prepared in all possible ways - from crab shabu-shabu (cooked at the table in boiling water) and crab kaiseki (very small, intricate dish) to crab salad and crab sushi. The portions are generous and the service is friendly. An English menu is available.

Address: 1-6-18 Dotonbori, Osaka, Japan
Telephone: (06) 6211 8975.

Tsurutontan

Price: Cheap

This extremely popular udon restaurant serves delicious bowls of the thick white noodles in massive salad bowls. What’s also interesting is the variety of noodles Tsurutontan have on their menu – from the traditional tastes of bean curd and sour picked plums, to more modern and western-influenced variations such as carbonara udon and curry udon. Expect to queue at the door during busy times.

Address: 3-17 Soemon-cho, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan
Telephone: (06) 6211 0021.

Nawazushi

Price: Cheap

Nawazushi serves super-fresh sushi in a traditional Osakan atmosphere. Customers sit around the main counter and can watch the chefs expertly slice sashimi and form delicious morsels of nigiri sushi. There are daily and seasonal specials. The atmosphere is boisterous so don’t be shy to yell out your order!

Address: 2-14-1 Sonezaki, Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan
Telephone: (06) 6312 9891.

Nanbantei

Price: Cheap

Tucked away behind the Shin Kabukiza Theatre is this popular yakitori restaurant. It has a huge range of skewer food, including grilled chicken, leek and green pepper. The atmosphere is friendly and there’s an English menu. Because of its popularity, dining time is limited to two hours per group.

Address: 4-5-7 Nanba, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan
Telephone: (06) 6631 6178.
Edited by Tina Banerjee
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