Osaka Namba

Dotonbori area

Sumo Chaya Shiten (Chanko-nabe). 06-6211-4158
This chanko-nabe specialist has been in business since 1946. Full-course chanko dinners start at Y3990, and there are plenty of seasonal side dishes if you're still hungry. Lunch is by reservation only.
SunNanba 1-1-7. Open noon-2, 5-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Kani Doraku (Japanese). 06-6211-8975
The giant mechanical crab outside this shop has become an iconic symbol of the Dotonbori neighborhood and Osaka dining in general. Inside, the huge menu includes crab shabu-shabu, crab kaiseki and grilled-crab kaiseki menus. Lunchtime crab kaiseki starts at Y2000, and dinner with drinks averages around Y5000.
SunDotonbori 1-6-18. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Sangendou (Izakaya). 06-6636-8355
This branch of the popular gourmet izakaya serves great sake, sashimi, oden and grilled chicken, all at budget-friendly prices. (Around Y3000-3500 at dinnertime.)
SunNanba 3-1-28. (about 1/2 block south of Bic Camera) Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Kinryu Ramen (Ramen). 06-6211-3999
This all-night Dotonbori landmark with the gigantic dragon on top serves a very popular Kyushu-style tonkotsu (pork broth) ramen. Help yourself to unlimited garlic, kimchi and pickles from the toppings station. There are a few more branches in the neighborhood in case this one is full.
SunlateDotenbori 1-7-26. Open 24 hours a day.
Tsukada Nojo (Japanese regional). 06-6214-0702
First-rate Miyazaki chicken dishes, regional Kyushu fare and local shochu brands are the specialties at this reasonably priced, unpretentious Miyazaki-based izakaya chain. Budget around Y3000-4000 for dinner with drinks.
SunDotonbori 1-7-21, Nakaza Cui-daore Bldg 3F. Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Zanmai (Sushi). 06-6484-2280
Good-value Tokyo-style sushi and convenient hours from the famous Tsukiji-based chain; this is their only Kansai outlet.
SunlateDotonbori 1-7-21, Nakaza Cui-daore Bldg 1F. Open 24 hours a day.
Nyantsume (Cat cafe). 06-6213-6100
The scrapbook introducing Nyantsume's twenty resident cats is unusually detailed - not only do you learn each cat's breed and birthday, but English-language descriptions like "sensitive," "innocent" and "narcissist" give you some insight into their personalities as well. The residents here are a diverse mix of attractive breeds, including Selkirk Rex, Scottish Fold, Maine Coon cat, Munchkin and Ragdoll. Two rather outgoing Bengals seemed to be among the ringleaders out on the floor. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunDotonbori 1-1-7, 3F. Open 10am-8pm (last entry 7pm). Closed Mondays.
Tokuya (Japanese). 06-6211-4448
The deluxe full-course minke whale dinner here includes whale sashimi, stewed whale tongue, deep-fried whale, stewed blubber, whale burger and udon noodles; they also prepare a traditional spicy "hari-hari" whale stew. Around Y8000 for lunch or dinner, or more for the deluxe menu.
SunSennichimae 1-7-11, Kamigata Bldg 2/3F. Open 4-10pm (LO; noon-10pm weekends). Open every day.
Chibo (Okonomiyaki). 06-6212-2211
Five floors of okonomiyaki action here at Chibo headquarters overlooking the river. Actually the top floor - called "President Chibo" - specializes in grilled steaks.
SunlateDotonbori 1-5-5. Open 11am-2am daily.
Kuromon Market (Attraction).
Starting just a block south of Nipponbashi station near the east end of Dotonbori, this lively local market supplies local restaurants as well as residents. The north-south arcade runs several blocks, and is lined with dozens of specialty shops as well as bigger general-purpose stores.
Sun (from Nipponbashi station walk 2 blocks S, one block E)

Namba station area

Meal Muji (Cafe). 06-6648-6472
Like the Muji shop itself, Meal Muji is deceptively simple and always tasteful. The all-day cafeteria serves various "deli" dishes in small plates - Y780 for three items or Y930 for four, plus Y200 extra for coffee or Y250 for wine. Lunch is served till 3pm, with cafe time from 3-5:30pm.
SunNamba Sennichimae 12-22, Namba Center Bldg B2/3 F. Open 11am-10pm daily.
Ringer Hut (Japanese regional). 06-6630-6660
This Kyushu-based noodle shop serves tasty Nagasaki-style champon, sara-udon noodles and side dishes at budget prices.
SunNamba Sennichimae 14-13. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Yamaya (Liquor shop). 06-6644-0531
Discount wines and liquors, plus a miscellaneous assortment of imported foods.
SunMinatomachi 1-4-1, O-Cat Mall 3F. Open 11am-9pm daily.
Kouroan (Izakaya). 06-6647-1717
Tiny lanterns light the pathway through the faux bamboo grove upstairs, but we prefer the entertainment at the big counter down on the main level. House specials include free-range chicken from Kochi (both grilled and raw), charcoal-grilled beef, pork and fish, homemade tofu and oden. Dinner with drinks costs around Y4000. (Kaiseki lunches are also available for groups of 8 to 40.)
SundecorNanbanaka 1-6-8, Hotel Ichiei 1/2F. (upstairs from Nanba subway station, exit 6, inside the Hotel Ichiei) Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Camp (Curry). 06-4396-0056
Vegetable-centered Japanese curries are the specialty at this small (twelve-seat) outlet of the popular Tokyo-based shop. Variations include asparagus-seafood; eggplant, tomato and cheese; and BBQ spareribs, and most curries are priced in the Y990-1590 range.
SunNamba 5-1-18, Takashimaya Osaka 7F. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Minami (Teppanyaki). 06-6646-5128
Top-quality domestic beef and seasonal seafood dinners start at Y13,860; lunches run from Y5428. The pleasant dining room looks out over the rooftop gardens of the Swissotel directly above Namba station. The drinks menu features Dom Perignon.
SunNanba 5-1-60, Swissotel Nankai. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Tavola 36 (Italian). 06-6646-5125
Buffet brunches (Y4000) and weekday lunches (Y2700) with a great view are the daytime draw at this skylit hotel restaurant. Dinner prix-fixe menus start at Y6300, but there's a cheaper a la carte menu as well.
SunNanba 5-1-60, Swissotel Nankai. Open 11:30am-11:30pm daily.
Ippudo Namba (Ramen). 06-4397-6886
A branch of the famous Hakata ramen chain, featuring thin, slightly chewy noodles in a pork-based broth ("red" or "white"), with or without extra chashu. You can add your own freshly grated garlic.
SunlateNambanaka 3-1-17. Open 11am-3am daily.
Yukicharyo by Solviva (Cafe). 06-6644-2782
This is health food in an attractive cafe setting, with plenty of brown rice and soy milk. The extensive drinks list includes matcha cappucino, black sesame smoothies and plenty of Chinese teas; food ranges from brown-rice onigiri and vegetable curries to organic cakes. Weekend hours start later (10am), and there's no smoking.
SunNanba 5-1-60, Nanba City 2F. (on the way to Nanba Parks) Open 7:30am-10pm daily.

Namba Parks

Gumbo and Oyster Bar (Seafood). 06-6644-3627
The small but highly focused menu here includes several varieties of raw oysters, seafood stews, soup-like "pan roasts," and spicy Cajun-style gumbos.
SunNanbanaka 2-10-70, Nanba Parks 6F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Hong Kong Chonlong (Dim sum). 06-6635-0882
Decent all-you-can-eat Chinese fare, including a popular Y2000 dim sum lunch buffet. The red-themed dining room is divided up into several sections, with an open kitchen at one end filled with big steamers.
SunNanbanaka 2-10-70, Nanba Parks 6F. Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Kua 'Aina (Sandwiches/ burgers). 06-6635-1610
Thick, meaty hamburgers and a good assortment of sandwiches are served at this Hawaii-based shop. There's some terrace seating.
SunNanbanaka 2-10-70, Nanba Parks 6F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Kushiya Monogatari (Kushiage). 06-6649-0126
It's do-it-yourself deep-fry fun at this popular kushiage chain - pick as many of your favorite skewers as you like along with unlimited side dishes and desserts. Y2625 at dinner, plus an extra Y1000 for all you can drink.
SunNanbanaka 2-10-70, Nanba Parks 6F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Shijan (Korean). 06-6641-0167
Shijan promises "Korean and Japanese harmony" - fresh, top-grade Korean-market ingredients adapted somewhat to Japanese tastes (i.e. not quite as spicy as Seoul). The menu features a number of inexpensive teishoku featuring chige and other stews.
SunNanbanaka 2-10-70, Nanba Parks 6F. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Syukakusai (Western). 06-6649-7655
Syukakusai is famous for their whole roast chicken, prepared with ten different herbs and served with your choice of six kinds of sauce. They also brag about their homemade bread; budget Y2500 at dinner, Y1000 for lunch.
SunNanbanaka 2-10-70, Nanba Parks 6F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
To The Herbs (Italian). 06-6635-1590
Interesting and unusual pizza and pasta variations at budget-friendly prices are TTH's forte. There's some outdoor seating in the warmer months of the year.
SunNanbanaka 2-10-70, Nanba Parks 6F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Uoman (Izakaya). 06-6636-8170
This lovely modern-style izakaya serves great seasonal sashimi and seafood dishes, grilled chicken, and well-chosen premium sake. Around Y4000 for dinner and drinks.
SunNanbanaka 2-10-70, Nanba Parks 7F. Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
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