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 ¥10,000)
Moderate (¥5,000 to ¥10,000)
Cheap (up to ¥5,000)
These Osaka restaurant prices are based on the cost of a meal for one, excluding drinks. Tipping is not expected.

Honkogetsu

Price: Expensive

Honkogetsu has two Michelin stars and 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: +81 6 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: +81 6 6447 6688.

Koryu

Price: Expensive

Seating is limited - there are only 12 seats surrounding the chef's preparation area - so make sure you reserve in advance. There's only one menu, but what you'll get is inventive and seasonal and often looks too good to eat. Prices are reasonable for the quality, too, given that the restaurant has three Michelin stars, although the chef doesn't speak English.

Address: 1-2-30 Sonezakishinchi, Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan
Telephone: +81 6 6347 5660.

Matsuzakagyu Yakiniku M

Price: Moderate

Located on a narrow alleyway lined with quaint shops and restaurants behind Hozenji Temple, this is a deservedly popular Japanese BBQ spot. Seating is in private booths, and tables have in-built BBQs. Cook your own wagyu steak with delicious garlic rice as an accompaniment.

Address: Hozen Ji Yokocho, 1-1-19 Namba, Chuo , Osaka, Japan
Telephone: +81 6 6211 2917.

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 decor is Moroccan in style, and 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: +81 6 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: +81 6 6211 8975.

Tsurutontan Soemoncho

Price: Cheap

This extremely popular udon restaurant chain 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: +81 6 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: +81 6 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: +81 6 6631 6178.
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