Osaka Japanese cuisines

Japanese

Aen Table - Japanese: Universal Studios [ Open 11am-4, 5-11pm daily. ]
A healthy Japanese buffet is the unusual concept here - all you can eat of seasonal hors appetizers and side dishes, salads and original desserts, plus rice and miso soup. Y1800 before 5pm, Y2500...
Chanto (Herbis) - Japanese: Umeda 2-chome [ Open 11am-10:30pm daily. ]
Choose from plenty of creative, original dishes at this popular izakaya chain, all at very reasonable prices.
Criston Cafe - Japanese: Umeda [ Open 5pm-4am daily. ]
If you crave an environment of religious statuary, massive chandeliers and bordello-ready plush sofas when you dine out, we've got just the place for you. The over-the-top decor and late-night hours...
En - Japanese: Umeda [ Open 5pm-1am daily. ]
The splashy modern-Japanese decor is all part of the fun at En, but the excellent food and sake are just as big a draw. It's all pretty straightforward izakaya standards - sashimi, grilled fish and...
Kani Doraku - Japanese: Namba [ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
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...
Maimon - Japanese: Umeda 2-chome [ Open 11am-11:30pm daily. ]
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...
Ootoya - Japanese: Shinsaibashi [ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
A budget teishoku shop with a difference - they serve good helpings of vegetables with your meals, with a variety of creative side dishes. Ootoya has over 100 shops in the Tokyo area (so they must...
Sasa - Japanese: Umeda 2-chome [ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
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.
Sun - Japanese: Umeda [ 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...
Sun - Japanese: Umeda 2-chome [ Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
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...
Tokuya - Japanese: Namba [ Open 4-10pm (LO; noon-10pm weekends). Open every day. ]
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...
Zipangu - Japanese: Umeda 2-chome [ Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily. ]
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...
Hakkakuan - Tofu: Tenmabashi [ Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily. ]
Tofu and yuba are the specialties here, and the menu offers some unusual dishes like soy-milk cheese fondue, nama-fu and soy-milk gratin, and hot apple pie with soy ice. You'll also find seasonal...
Umenohana - Tofu: Minami Morimachi [ 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).
Umenohana - Tofu: Shinsaibashi [ 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).
Umenohana - Tofu: Umeda 2-chome [ 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).
Sepporai - Kyo-ryori: Umeda 2-chome [ Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily. ]
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...

Sushi

Kyubei - Sushi: Minami Morimachi [ Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm daily. ]
A branch of the long-established, highly regarded sushi shop in Ginza that invented gunkan-maki (sushi wrapped in nori strips, "battleship" style). Set menus at dinnertime are priced Y6,825-24,150....
Yoshino Zushi - Sushi: Honmachi [ Open 11am-9pm. Closed weekends. ]
Established in the 1840s, Yoshino is the place to go for Osaka-style sushi. Set meals are Y2000-5000, with sushi kaiseki service priced at Y3600-10,000.
Zanmai - Sushi: Namba [Open 24 hours a day. ]
Good-value Tokyo-style sushi and convenient hours from the famous Tsukiji-based chain; this is their only Kansai outlet.

Izakaya

Hottokeya - Izakaya: Nagahori [ Open 11am-3, 5-10:15pm (LO) daily. ]
The original Japanese cuisine here includes lotus-root burgers, beef croquettes, and lots of grilled chicken. The dramatically lit interior and cave-like entrance make the most of this underground...
Kouroan - Izakaya: Namba [ Open 5-11pm (LO) daily. ]
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...
Nenohi - Izakaya: Umeda 2-chome [ Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily. ]
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...
Sangendou - Izakaya: Namba [ Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily. ]
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.)
Taz-ya - Izakaya: Umeda [ Open 5:30-11:30pm (LO; to 1am weekends). Open every day. ]
This small, nearly impossible-to-find izakaya in the back streets of Umeda has a warm and cozy atmosphere that instantly relaxes you when you walk in. It's the kind of place where you can drop in...
Toribun - Izakaya: Umeda [ Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Toribun's specialty is shamo (a game bird) served raw, oven-roasted, and on skewers as yakitori. Y4000 covers a prix-fixe dinner, or you can order a la carte. Drinks include shochu and some sake.
Toribun - Izakaya: Umeda 2-chome [ Open 11am-11:30pm (LO) daily. ]
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...
Unoya - Izakaya: Umeda 2-chome [ Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
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...
Uoman - Izakaya: Namba [ Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily. ]
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.
Nanya - Robatayaki: Umeda [ Open 11:30am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily. ]
This lively little robata-style izakaya has friendly service and a good selection of grilled meat and fish to go with your drinks.
Kuruma - Yakitori: Umeda [ Open 5pm-midnight (LO) daily. ]
Miyazaki free-range chicken is the main ingredient at Kuruma, with chicken sukiyaki and chicken shabu-shabu supplementing the usual yakitori menu. The tasteful interior is plusher than what you'd...
Nakai - Yakitori: Chayamachi [ Open 5pm-midnight daily. ]
There are plenty of places in town to get some yakitori and beer, but the beers here are Belgian craft beers and the yakitori is made from free-range Tamba birds, an heirloom breed prized for its...
Nakai - Yakitori: Tenmabashi [ Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-midnight (LO; Sun -11pm) daily. ]
Good yakitori and Belgian beers, from the Dolphins chain of Belgian beer bar-restaurants. Budget around Y3000-3500 for dinner and drinks.
Tori no Mai - Yakitori: Umeda [ Open 5-11pm (LO) daily. ]
This excellent Tokyo-based yakitori chain serves a variety of interesting chicken variations, plus a few Nagoya-style dishes, homemade tofu and an unexpected creme brulee for dessert.
Toriyoshi - Yakitori: Chayamachi [ Open 5-11pm (LO) daily. ]
Spicy chicken wings, yakitori and Nagoya miso specialties.
Kushinobo - Kushiage: Nagahori [ Open 11am-10pm daily. ]
Good-quality kushiyaki deep-fried skewers from this Tokyo-based chain. Budget around Y2500-3500 at dinnertime.
Kushiya - Kushiage: Umeda [ Open 11am-10:30pm daily. ]
All-you-can-eat deep-fried skewers of meat and vegetables, plus assorted side dishes and desserts, will set you back Y2625 (or Y1575 at lunchtime). There's a two-hour limit, so don't dawdle over the...
Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage: Namba [ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
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...
Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage: Universal Studios [ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
This popular shop lets you cook your own kushiage skewers in a deep-fryer right at your table. It's all you can eat, including various side dishes and a big variety of skewered tidbits. Y2625 per...
Mogami - Kushiage: Umeda [ 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,...

Other specialty cuisines

Ajibiru Kashin - Shabu-shabu: Umeda [ Open 5-10:15pm (LO) daily. ]
Beef shabu-shabu and sukiyaki are the specialties here, with all-you-can-eat deals from Y2300. You can also opt for mixed shabu-shabu (beef and pork) and crab shabu-shabu in season. They're ready...
Kitamura - Nabemono: Shinsaibashi [ Open 4-10pm. Closed Sundays. ]
This famous traditional shop has been serving Osaka-style sukiyaki and similar beef-based dishes since 1881. Dinners start at Y7600.
Uoman - Nabemono: Umeda 1-chome [ 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)...
Sumo Chaya Shiten - Chanko-nabe: Namba [ Open noon-2, 5-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays. ]
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...
Takoume (bunten) - Oden: Umeda [ Open 4-10pm (LO) daily. ]
The menu here is deep, with strange and unexpected variations on the oden theme - shiitake mushrooms, lotus roots, ginkgo nuts, oysters, plus a separate menu of whale delicacies. The ambience is...
Sansui no Waza - Tempura: Umeda 2-chome [ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
Does wine really go with tempura? You can find out here - Sansui no Waza offers a good selection of wine by the bottle, plus tasting sets of 2 or 3 or 4 different glasses to go with your meal.
Minami - Teppanyaki: Namba [ Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily. ]
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...
Boteju - Okonomiyaki: Umeda [ Open 11am-10:30pm daily. ]
This national chain prepares good-quality okonomiyaki, yakisoba, "modern-yaki", and interesting five-color "salads" of shredded vegetables. They also do a Hiroshima-style option. Take-out is...
Chibo - Okonomiyaki: Namba [ Open 11am-2am daily. ]
Five floors of okonomiyaki action here at Chibo headquarters overlooking the river. Actually the top floor - called "President Chibo" - specializes in grilled steaks.
Fugetsu - Okonomiyaki: Umeda [ Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Besides the usual okonomiyaki variations, Fugetsu also serves grilled seafood - a combo of octopus tentacles, shrimp, squid and oysters is Y1050.
Katsukura - Tonkatsu: Chayamachi [ Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily. ]
Katsukura prepares great Kyoto-style tonkatsu from good-quality pork, along with nice pickles and side dishes.
Bruno - Curry: Umeda [ Open 11am-10:30pm daily. ]
Bruno brings you old-school retro curry-shop decor and a nice selection of Japanese curries - including squid - all at budget prices.
Bubutei - Takoyaki: Umeda [ Open 10am-9:30pm (LO) daily. ]
This small shop serves takoyaki and akashiyaki (the Kobe-style version of the dish); take-out is available.
Takonotetsu - Takoyaki: Umeda 1-chome [ 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. ...
Shikokuya - Soba/Udon: Umeda 2-chome [ Open 11am-10pm daily. ]
The curry-flavored udon here is strangely compelling and quite filling - sort of like curry rice without the rice.
Sojibo - Soba/Udon: Umeda 2-chome [ Open 11am-10:30pm daily. ]
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.

Regional cuisines

Akashiya - Japanese regional: Umeda [ 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...
Kagaya - Japanese regional: Umeda 2-chome [ Open 11am-10:30pm daily. ]
Japanese and regional seafood dishes from the Kanazawa area in an unpretentious setting; mini-kaiseki menus from Y3990.
Kuraudo - Japanese regional: Umeda 2-chome [ Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
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;...
Mimiu - Japanese regional: Honmachi [ Open 11:30am-8:30pm. Closed Sundays. ]
This main branch of one of Osaka's most famous traditional restaurants specializes in udon sukiyaki and other noodle dishes, tempura, and seasonal fish and vegetables. Prices are quite reasonable,...
Rikyu - Japanese regional: Umeda [ 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. ...
Ringer Hut - Japanese regional: Namba [ Open 11am-11pm daily. ]
This Kyushu-based noodle shop serves tasty Nagasaki-style champon, sara-udon noodles and side dishes at budget prices.
Tsukada Nojo - Japanese regional: Namba [ Open 5pm-midnight daily. ]
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...
Tsukada Nojo - Japanese regional: Umeda [ Open 5pm-midnight (Fri, Sat -3am) daily. ]
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...
Tsukasa - Japanese regional: Umeda [ Open 11:15am-8:50pm (LO) daily. ]
Regional "Tosa cuisine" is the draw here, including lots of great fish and seafood fresh from the Kochi side of Shikoku. Dinner with drinks averages around Y5000.
Okinawa - Okinawan: Umeda 1-chome [ 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...
Omoro - Okinawan: Umeda [ Open 5pm-12:30am (LO) daily. ]
A casual, no-frills izakaya serving home-style Okinawan dishes - pork stew, stir-fried champuru with Spam - along with fiery Okinawan awamori liquor and microbrew beer.

Ramen

Chuoken - Ramen: Umeda 1-chome [ 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....
Ippudo - Ramen: Umeda [ Open 11am-3am daily. ]
Ippudo's Hakata-style ramen noodles, served in a surprisingly rich pork broth, draw the crowds here every night. It's worth the occasional wait.
Ippudo Nagahori-ten - Ramen: Shinsaibashi [ Open 11am-2am daily. ]
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....
Ippudo Namba - Ramen: Namba [ Open 11am-3am daily. ]
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.
Kinryu Ramen - Ramen: Namba [Open 24 hours a day. ]
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...