Osaka - JR Osaka area

Umeda 3-chome

Ab - Buffet [ Open 11am-3:30, 4:30-11pm daily. ]
This lively hotel restaurant is worth knowing about for its lunchtime buffet (Y1890 weekdays, Y2100 weekends). They also offer a dessert buffet if you're in need of a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
Modo di Ponte Vecchio - Italian [ Open 11:30am-2, 6-9:30pm. Closed 1st, 3rd Mondays. ]
This stunningly appointed restaurant offers serious modern Italian cooking at accessible prices - full-course lunches are Y2100-4725, and dinners start at Y5775, although the bill climbs quickly when...
Rikyu - Japanese regional [ Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Good charcoal-grilled beef tongue from this Sendai-based chain. You'll also find beef-tongue curries, stews, sausages and other yoshoku-style dishes, along with regional sake from Miyagi Prefecture. ...
Umenohana - Tofu [ Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily. ]
Excellent home-made tofu is the core of the menu here, with tofu-centered set meals at various price levels (Y4000-10,000).

Umeda 1-chome

Ashoka - Indian [ Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-9pm (LO). Closed 3rd Monday. ]
Good curries at budget prices in this basement branch of Kyoto's famous Indian-restaurant landmark.
Bali Lax - Misc. Southeast Asian [ Open 5pm-midnight daily. ]
The elaborate interior here looks like it was airlifted from a beach resort in Bali, and the space is set up for parties of up to 100 people at a time. The food is a fun mix of various Southeast...
Chuoken - Ramen [ Open 11am-10pm. Closed 3rd Monday. ]
One of the rare places in town where you'll find Nagasaki-style noodle dishes, including sara-udon - stir-fried seafood, pork and vegetables in a thick sauce served on a bed of crunchy ramen noodles....
Takonotetsu - Takoyaki [ Open 11am-11pm. Closed 3rd Monday. ]
Sure you can get takoyaki anywhere in town, but here the metal takoyaki grills are actually built into the tables, and the grills also serve as a motif for the decor here, if it can be called that. ...
Craft Beer Base Seed @Hanshin - Liquor shop [ Open 10am-8pm daily. ]
Located in the liquor section of Hanshin department store's food hall, this outlet of the Western-Umeda beer shop offers around 100 craft beers and Belgian beers for sale. Prices are slightly higher...
Hanshin Department Store - Retail [ Open 10am-8:30pm daily. ]
One of Umeda's biggest food floors is located in the basement of Hanshin.
Cafe Biblioteque - Cafe [ Open 9am-11:30pm daily. ]
This hip little cafe with attached art-oriented bookstore is a relaxing place for a break from shopping in E-ma or nearby. There's a substantial, inexpensive food menu featuring quiche, stews and...
Uoman - Nabemono [ Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
The big counter area visible from the entrance only hints at the marvels that lie within - this tastefully decorated dining bar is a cut above the average izakaya, with an excellent (and inexpensive)...
Okinawa - Okinawan [ Open 5-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays. ]
The very popular Restaurant Okinawa fills up soon after work lets out, probably because of their cheap drinks. The Okinawan food - dishes like champuru stir-fries and pig's ear - seems mainly...

South of Kita-Shinchi

Mogami - Kushiage [ Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Earthen walls with backlit niches and the spacious dining room at Mogami elevate the humble kushikatsu (fried morsels on skewers) to a feast. There are 36 different kinds, from fish to vegetables,...
Ron - Steak house [ Open 11:30am-2, 5-9:30pm. Closed Sundays. ]
A classic old-style Kansai steakhouse that looks like it was frozen in time at some point in the late 1970s; the picture of Bill Clinton on the wall dates back to when he was a governor. Dinner...
Sun - Japanese [ Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm daily. ]
One of the older branches of Sun (they opened in 1996), with first-rate izakaya fare, pleasant decor and panoramic views in several directions. Full-course menus start at Y5500, or you can order a...
Portugalia - Portuguese [ Open 11am-2, 6pm-2am (food LO 10:30pm). Closed Sundays. ]
You'll find authentic Portuguese cuisine prepared by a native chef in this homey little restaurant. The food is very down-to-earth - rabbit stew, garlic-fried shrimp, grilled meats, codfish...
Akashiya - Japanese regional [ Open 5pm -2am (LO). Closed Mondays. ]
The prices on the menu outside Akashiya are in U.S. dollars and the sign reads: we have loco food. Does this mean crazy or local? It's a little of both. Masa, your congenial host, will cook up an...
Loreley - German [ Open 6-10:30pm (Sat -9:30pm). Closed Sundays. ]
Run by a long-term German resident of Osaka, this pub has been going strong since 1974. The menu offers meaty German cuisine and a good variety of German beers from all over the country.
Amelie - French [ Open 11:30am-3am daily. ]
The provincial cuisine of Bretagne (Brittany) is the specialty here, including some 40 varieties of galettes (savory buckwheat crepes). Lunch is served till 3pm, and in the evenings the bar is open...