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Dotonbori area

Takohachi (Takoyaki). 06-6211-7808
Located on a quieter side street of Dotonbori, this cute little shop prepares takoyaki, okonomiyaki, yakisoba and an "Osaka set" that includes all of the above plus ikayaki (squid balls) for Y1500.
SunDotonbori 1-8-7. (one block E, one block S of Kani Doraku - the giant crab restaurant ) Open noon-10:30pm. Closed Mondays.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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

Alioli Cucina (Italian). 06-6635-1520
Cheap and cheerful Italian - pastas, pizzas and dinnertime "sets" from Y2000. The dining area is attractive and quite spacious; there's also a small outdoor section.
SunNanbanaka 2-10-70, Nanba Parks 6F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Entrepot (Wine bar). 06-6634-3440
With its unfashionably rustic decor in the middle of sleek Namba Parks, Entrepot stands out more for its inexpensive wine selection - many bottles are priced at just Y2940, and many more are Y3000-6000. Food includes grilled meats, Spanish hams, galettes and assorted tapas-like small dishes. Budget around Y4000.
SunNanbanaka 2-10-70, Nanba Parks 7F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
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.
Hinone Mizunone (Yakitori). 06-6636-0158
Sumibiyaki (charcoal-grill) is the focus here - skillfully prepared grilled meats and fish, plus unusual tofu dishes like "yuba cheese maki." The dining space is sleek and modern, but with a tasteful traditional touch that softens the edges.
SundecorNanbanaka 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.
Tori no Mai (Yakitori). 06-6636-2380
An upscale designer yakitoriya, with great peppery fried chicken wings (their most famous item) and interesting seasonal specials.
SundecorNanbanaka 2-10-70, Nanba Parks 7F. 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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Updated 2012/05/07
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