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Osaka Restaurants

Where to Eat in Osaka

Fondly known as the ‘kitchen of Japan’ the Kansai region has an abundance of dining options offering everything from traditional kaiseki course meals to the more home-style cooking of okonomiyaki and sukiyaki. Osaka itself is the birthplace of a number of famous Japanese dishes now available throughout the country.

Okonomiyaki or the savoury Japanese pancake is made with wheat flour, cabbage, eggs and water and is topped with any number of selected items from shrimp and squid to capsicum and even cheese. Yakisoba, fried noodles also originated in Osaka as did the iconic takoyaki, octopus balls; these wheat flour dumplings are cooked in a special griddle pan and are available on almost any street corner.

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Maimon

The extensive menu at Maimon presents a tempting array of fresh seafood and grilled chicken plus a notable list of limited-edition sakes. Enjoy a selection of over 20 kinds of oysters, charcoal-grilled abalone or succulent steamed spiny lobster. The cooking action takes centre-stage on a large illuminated counter around which the seating is configured. More private seating is available upstairs.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 - 23:30
  • Subway: Umeda station, Midosuji line
  • Address: 5F Herbis Plaza Ent, 2-2-22, Umeda
  • Tel: +81 (0)6 6456 2388
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Price Range: Pricey
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Hon Sekiguchi

For over 130 years Hon Sekiguchi has served delicious Kansai-style sukiyaki and shabu shabu to hordes of hungry customers. Made with top quality black cattle beef the appetizing meals are served to patrons on traditional tatami mat floors or western seating if preferred.

  • Opening Hours: 16:00 - 22:00
  • Subway: Nippombashi station, Sennichimae line
  • Address: 2-2-7 Sennichimae, Chuo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)6 6641 2303
  • Cuisine: Sukiyaki, Shabu-shabu
  • Price Range: Affordable

Kani Doraku

This landmark restaurant is famous due to its huge 6.5m mechanical crab drawing attention outside the restaurant. Despite its commercial appearance Kani Doraku crab restaurant serves the delicious crustacean in a variety of ways from crab kaiseki to sushi to salad to crab shabu shabu. 

  • Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 – 23:00
  • Subway: Namba Station, Sennichimae, Yotsubashi or Midosuji lines
  • Address: 1-6-18 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)6 6211 8975
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Japanese
  • Price Range: Lunch: affordable, Dinner: pricey
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Mimiu

Popular since the 1920s, Mimiu dedicates itself to serving udon sukiyaki as well as other noodle dishes in combination with tempura, seasonal fish and vegetable dishes. The signature udon sukiyaki a mix of chicken, shrimps, shells and seasonal vegetables is simmered at the table for ultimate freshness and warmth. Nabe is another popular item on the menu. 

  • Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 11:30 – 20:30
  • Subway: Higobashi Station, Yotsubashi line
  • Address: 4-6-18 Hirano cho, Chuo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)6 6231 5770
  • Cuisine: Sukiyaki, Shabu-shabu
  • Price Range: Lunch: budget, Dinner: affordable
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Mizuno

For the real taste of authentic Kansai okonomiyaki head to Mizuno, a family-run restaurant with excellent quality fare. The expert chefs will cook your okonomiyaki for you on a huge iron plate. Choose from many toppings including the freshest shrimp, fish, squid or some with western flair such as cheese or avocado.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 – 22:00
  • Subway: Namba Station, Sennichimae, Yotsubashi or Midosuji lines
  • Address: 1-4-15 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)6 6212 6360
  • Cuisine: Okonomiyaki
  • Price Range: Affordable

Toribun

This famous Osaka izakaya is the place relax with a cold beer and some snacks such as the premium free-range chicken tempura, healthy organic vegetables and top quality beef sushi. Fish and seafood from different regions of Japan are also available.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 - 23:30
  • Subway: Umeda Station, Midosuji line
  • Address: 5F Breeze, 2-4-9 Umeda
  • Tel: +81 (0)6 6343 5444
  • Cuisine: Izakaya
  • Price Range: Pricey
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Tokuya

Try the controversial meal of whale meat at Tokuya. The deluxe minke whale set here features whale sashimi, stewed blubber, whale burger, deep-fried whale and stewed whale tongue. A traditional hari-hari whale stew is a spicy alternative.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 16:00 – 22:00
  • Subway: Namba Station, Sennichimae, Yotsubashi or Midosuji lines
  • Address: 2/3F Kamigata Bldg, 1-7-11, Sennichimae
  • Tel: +81 (0)6 6211 4448
  • Cuisine: Japanese whale
  • Price Range: Luxury
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Edobori Yamaguchi

A good place for your first encounter with Japanese food, the staff at Edobori Yamaguchi are happy to teach customers the basics of traditional Japanese cuisine and dining etiquette. Enjoy a traditional kaiseki course meal made from excellent fresh ingredients and learn about the intricacies of Japanese gastronomy. 

  • Opening Hours: 11:30 - 14:00, 17:30 - 22:00
  • Subway: Higobashi Station, Yotsubashi line
  • Address: 3-6-49 Edobori, Nishi-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)6 6441 4901
  • Cuisine: Kaiseki
  • Price Range: Pricey

Kankoku Katei Ryori Minzokumura

Serving a delectable array of home-style Japanese foods Kankoku Katei Ryori Minzokumura is popular with celebrities particularly from Korea who enjoy the restaurant’s Korean hot pot dishes. The menu also presents teppanyaki, sukiyaki and seafood hot pots.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 15:00 – 04:00
  • Subway: Oebashi Station, JR Osaka Loop Line
  • Address: 1-22 Soemon-cho, Unagidani, Chuo-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)6 6212 2640
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Price Range: Pricey

Isshin

Seasonal ingredients dominate the Isshin menu with a great assortment of sashimi, crab, tempura and seafood dishes. The omakase, Chef’s recommended menu, is a good way to sample some of the best items. Generous portion sizes and a premium list of sake demonstrate the Osaka fondness for food of good quality and quantity.

  • Opening Hours: 11:30-14:00, 17:00-23:30. Closed Sundays
  • Subway: Yodoyabashi Station, Midosuji Line
  • Address: B1 Oshima Bldg., 4-12-2 Nishi-Tenma, Kita-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0)6 4709 3020
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Price Range: Pricey
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