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Osaka Umeda 2 chome
Osaka Umeda 2 chome
This section covers Umeda 2-chome (Herbis Ent, Herbis Plaza, Hilton West, etc.). Sections to the east of here (but west of Midosuji) are covered in the JR Osaka station and south section, and those further east and north are covered in the Hankyu Umeda area guide.

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Umeda 2-Chome

Burdigalia (Wine bar). 06-6343-7108
Under the same management as the Enoteca wine shop chain (a branch of which is located right upstairs), Burdigalia offers mostly French and Italian wines. The list covers more than 400 bottles (priced Y3000 to Y100,000), with around 30 wines by the glass. Food ranges from cheeses, pizzas and appetizers to a full-course Tuscan dinner (Y7350).
SunUmeda 2-5-25, Herbis Plaza B2F. Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
Chanto (Herbis) (Japanese). 06-6343-7116
Choose from plenty of creative, original dishes at this popular izakaya chain, all at very reasonable prices.
SunUmeda 2-5-25, Herbis Plaza B2F. Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
Enoteca (Liquor shop). 06-6343-7175
Enoteca's wine bar corner is a convenient place to stop for a quick glass or two and a small snack to nibble on. Food includes wine-friendly fare like smoked duck, beef carpaccio, and cheese, and there are usually a dozen wines (mostly French) ready to pour at any given time. Tasting sizes (100ml) start at Y550.
SunUmeda 2-5-25, Herbis Plaza 2F. Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
Flanders Tale (Belgian rest/beer bar). 06-6344-5258
Nine Belgian beers on draft and many more by the bottle are served at this sprawling pub-restaurant. The food menu includes Belgian standards like mussels and frites, plus teppan-grilled meats and seafood, sausage and charcuterie platters and of course Belgian waffles. Festive group revelers can take advantage of several different all-you-can-drink party plans.
SunUmeda 2-5-25, Herbis Plaza B2F. Open 11am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Kagaya (Japanese regional). 06-6343-7115
Japanese and regional seafood dishes from the Kanazawa area in an unpretentious setting; mini-kaiseki menus from Y3990.
SunUmeda 2-5-25, Herbis Plaza B2F. Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
Sojibo (Soba/Udon). 06-6343-7106
Branches of Sojibo can be found all over the city; along with good, inexpensive soba they offer fresh wasabi that you grate for yourself and add to your dipping sauce.
SunUmeda 2-5-25, Herbis Plaza B2F. Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
Benoit (French). 06-6345-4388
A mid-priced bistro-style menu served in a flashy skyscraper dining room, from French celeb-chef Alain Ducasse. Unlike the Michelin-starred, pan-Mediterranean Benoit Tokyo, the Osaka branch is more classically French. Typical entrees include roast baby rabbit with carrots and green onions; and braised halibut with champagne sauce and creamed spinach. Prix-fixe dinners are Y5700-8000 or a la carte; lunch is Y2600-5200.
SundecorUmeda 2-4-9, Breeze Breeze 33F. Open 11am-2, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Hiro Osaka (Italian). 06-6343-6966
Upscale Italian in an attractive dining room from this Tokyo-based restaurant. Prix-fixe dinners are Y5,000-10,000; lunch is Y1,500-4,000.
SunUmeda 2-4-9, Breeze Breeze 5F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-9pm (LO) daily.
Nenohi (Izakaya). 06-6442-8190
Managed by a Nagoya-area sake brewery with a 300-year-history, Nenohi offers premium seasonal and limited-edition sakes along with excellent grilled chicken and regional dishes. The dining room is quite spacious and attractively laid out. Budget around Y6000 for food and drink.
SundecorUmeda 2-4-9, Breeze Breeze 5F. Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Sepporai (Kyo-ryori). 06-4797-8738
Beautifully grown and prepared Kyoto vegetables are the star here, along with other local specialties like yuba (tofu skin) and market-fresh seafood and meats. The interior is quite pleasant, in a very tasteful Kyoto sort of way. Luxurious lunch-box sets are Y2,000-3,000, and set dinners start at Y4,000.
SundecorUmeda 2-4-9, Breeze Breeze 5F. Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Toribun (Izakaya). 06-6343-5444
The draws at this famous Osaka shop are premium free-range chicken (including chicken tempura), organic vegetables, premium-beef sushi, and fish and seafood from around Japan. Budget around Y4500 at dinnertime.
SunUmeda 2-4-9, Breeze Breeze 5F. Open 11am-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Zipangu (Japanese). 06-4797-3311
Modern Japanese cuisine with cross-cultural touches (spicy tuna rolls, Korean namul vegetables, Chinese stewed pork) from the famous Nadaman group. The decor is quite lovely, starting with the impressive wine cellar at the entrance and continuing on to the semi-private dining alcoves and a big room with a view. Full-course dinners from Y6300, lunch from Y3990.
SundecorUmeda 2-4-9, Breeze Breeze 33F. Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Al Avis (Cafe). 06-6346-2588
A spacious Italian-style cafe in the basement of Herbis Ent, serving panini sandwiches during the day, and wine, cocktails and light dishes after work.
SunUmeda-2-2-22, Herbis Plaza Ent B2F. Open 10am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Chedi Luang Herbis Ent (Thai). 06-6344-6116
The lunchtime buffet here presents a good variety of Thai flavors, although the dessert selection is rather minimal. Lunch runs Y1315 on weekdays, Y1620 on weekends. Budget around Y4500 at dinnertime.
SunUmeda-2-2-22, Herbis Plaza Ent 5F. Open 11am-2:30, 5:30-10:20pm (LO) daily.
Kihachi (Italian). 06-6456-5061
One of the flagships in the Kihachi restaurant group, with extremely elegant dining rooms that look like they could be the library and ballroom of a European private mansion. The food is upscale Italian, with dinners from Y6300 and lunches from Y3600.
SundecorUmeda-2-2-22, Herbis Plaza Ent 5F. Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Lawry's The Prime Rib (Roast beef). 06-6343-3344
The American-based chain serves prime-rib lunches from Y4000, dinners from Y4500.
SunUmeda-2-2-22, Herbis Plaza Ent 5F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Maimon (Japanese). 06-6456-2388
Exquisite seafood and grilled chicken, an impressive limited-edition sake list, and a highly dramatic dining space - this sister shop of Megu in New York is definitely one of Osaka's most exciting new restaurants. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SundecorUmeda-2-2-22, Herbis Plaza Ent 5F. Open 11am-11:30pm daily.
Roll Madu (Cafe). 06-6346-4877
Given their prime location at the underground entrance to the splashy Herbis Ent complex, Roll Madu would probably be full if they only sold coffee in styrofoam cups. Instead they offer a nice variety of desserts, including Belgian waffles and their namesake "roll cakes".
SunUmeda-2-2-22, Herbis Plaza Ent B2F. Open 10am-11pm daily.
Sansui no Waza (Tempura). 06-6347-1688
Does wine really go with tempura? You can find out here - Sansui no Waza offers a good selection of wines by the bottle, plus tasting sets of 2 or 3 or 4 different glasses to go with your meal.
SundecorUmeda-2-2-22, Herbis Plaza Ent 5F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Sasa (Japanese). 06-6342-5051
Sasa serves Japanese fusion cuisine with lots of European touches, plus an extensive wine list that includes many choices by the glass. Budget around Y4500 for dinner, Y1200 for the buffet lunch.
SundecorUmeda-2-2-22, Herbis Plaza Ent 5F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Il Pinolo (Italian). 06-6342-0080
This is the first Kansai branch of an excellent Ginza Italian place known for its first-class food and wine. The dining space is tastefully and conservatively appointed, with well-separated tables for a bit of privacy. The wine list is unusual in that most bottles are priced at either Y6500 or Y8500 (although there's also a reserve list of "Super Tuscan" wines for those special occasions). Unfortunately there's no a la carte menu, only prix-fixe (from Y4500 in the evening, Y2000 at lunch).
SundecorUmeda 2-2-2, Hilton Plaza West 5F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Kuraudo (Japanese regional). 06-6345-1356
The stunning modern interior here is quite inspired - an exciting architectural experience. As for the food, the menu features free-range chicken, horsemeat and seafood flown in direct from Kyushu; dinners start at Y5000, lunches at Y2000.
SundecorUmeda 2-2-2, Hilton Plaza West 6F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Minsei (Chinese). 06-6345-5435
This branch of a famous Kobe Chinatown shop sports a charming "modern retro" decor with an unusual birdcage motif. The menu is wide-ranging, from inexpensive noodles and dim sum to lavish Cantonese banquet fare; full-course dinners range Y3500-6000.
SundecorUmeda 2-2-2, Hilton Plaza West B2F. Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Sun (Japanese). 06-6345-8163
Another architecturally inspired branch of Sun, this one featuring a dramatically lit garden of raked sand spread out beneath a raised seating area along one wall. The menu includes well-crafted izakaya standards (grilled chicken and pork, homemade tofu) and creative originals. There's a nice selection of premium sake from around the country and a smattering of interesting New World wines.
SundecorUmeda 2-2-2, Hilton Plaza West 6F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Tokokuro (Chinese). 06-6342-5657
Tokokuro's elegant dining room doesn't look like a Chinese restaurant, and we mean that in a good way - the tasteful white stone dragons at the entrance are one of the few Chinese motifs. The main branch is in Nara, and the specialty of the house here and there is Peking duck. Full-course dinners start at Y5000.
SundecorUmeda 2-2-2, Hilton Plaza West 5F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Unoya (Izakaya). 06-6345-0855
Unoya offers a fun dining space (with curtained-off semi-private booths) and an entertaining menu (unusual sushi rolls and other creative dishes), plus a good choice of original cocktails. Y3000 per person should cover ample food and drink.
SundecorUmeda 2-2-2, Hilton Plaza West B2F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Bar Mar (Spanish). 06-6346-7222
This cozy, cave-like Spanish wine bar serves tapas-size servings, including grilled Iberico ham and good fish and seafood dishes. Most wines are priced at Y2500/bottle; budget around Y2500 per person with wine.
lateUmeda 2-1-14, Umeda Nichome Hanshin Bldg 2F. (across from the Dunhill shop in the back of Hilton Plaza West) Open 5pm-1am (LO). Closed Sundays.
Shikokuya (Soba/Udon). 06-6341-4598
The curry-flavored udon here is strangely compelling and quite filling - sort of like curry rice without the rice.
SunUmeda 2-5-2, Shinsankei Bldg. B1F. (entrance on N side of Sonezaki-dori) Open 11am-10pm daily.
Outback Steakhouse (American). 06-6457-7121
Sometimes we all get the craving for old-fashioned barbecued ribs or chicken, or Outback's main specialty - American-style steaks. (Lunch is available only on weekends.)
SunUmeda 2-1-24, Shinsakurabashi Bldg. 1F. (upstairs from Nishi-Umeda station, Yotsubashi-line exit 10; N side of Sonezaki-dori just W of Sakurabashi crossing) Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.

Listings are continued in the JR Osaka station and south section.

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Updated 7/26/2014
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