Buffet restaurants

Osaka

Hong Kong Chonlong - Dim sum: Namba [ Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily. ]
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...
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...
Tavola 36 - Italian: Namba [ Open 11:30am-11:30pm daily. ]
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...
Ab - Buffet: Umeda [ 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.
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...
Amadeus - International: Umeda [ Open 6:30am-11pm daily. ]
This bright and airy dining room offers a far more interesting menu than the typical hotel coffeeshop, with many organic and vegetarian dishes in the "Nature Cuisine" section. There's also a popular...
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...
Mango Tree Osaka - Thai: Umeda [ Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Better-than-average, accessible casual Thai cuisine from the Tokyo-based chain. There's a sumptuous lunchtime buffet priced at Y2500; budget around Y5000 at night. Six wines are served by the glass...
Chedi Luang Herbis Ent - Thai: Umeda 2-chome [ Open 11am-2:30, 5:30-10:20pm (LO) daily. ]
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...
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...
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...

Kyoto

Kamo - Japanese: Karasuma [ Open 7-10, 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily. ]
A specialist in Kyoto vegetables, Kamo offers a nice vegetable-centered buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast is Y490, lunch is Y880 (60-minute limit), and dinner is Y1350 (80-minute...
Old Hong Kong - Chinese: Karasuma [ Open 11:30am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily. ]
A branch of a popular Kobe Cantonese restaurant, Old HK is known for their impressive dim sum lunches (Y3400 for all you can eat, with a 90-minute limit) - they even have dumpling trolleys making the...
Harvest - Japanese: Kawaramachi [ Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily. ]
Turning out one of the best natural-foods buffets in town, Harvest's kitchen focuses on farm-fresh vegetables and traditional Japanese recipes, with more than sixty dishes to choose from. Weekday...
Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage: Kawaramachi [ Open 4-11pm 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...
Tagoto - Japanese: Kawaramachi [ Open 11:30am-3, 4:30-9pm daily. ]
Although it's just steps away from the busy Shijo-Kawaramachi intersection, Tagoto is hidden away behind a narrow entrance and a long, lantern-lit passageway. The food menu includes budget-friendly...
Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage: Kyoto Station [ 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...
Kyohyakusai - Kyo-ryori: Kyoto Station [ Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Obanzai-ryori - Kyoto home-style cooking - is the specialty here, and you can choose from a wide selection of local delicacies in tiny portions. At lunchtime you get one main dish (tempura, fish,...

Kobe

Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage: Harborland [ Open 11am-10pm 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...
Sabbath Brasiliano - Brazilian: Harborland [ Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily. ]
Churrasco-style Brazilian grilled meats (beef, pork, chicken) are served here, and the waiters will keep bringing you meat until you tell them to stop; all-you-can-eat deals cost around Y2450 per...
Patrie - French: Kitano [ Open 11am-2, 5-8:30pm (LO) daily. ]
With excellent food and a comfortable, casual atmosphere, Patrie also delivers good value for money - full-course dinners are around Y6000, and their lunchtime buffet is Y2300.
Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage: Nishinomiya [ 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...
Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage: Sannomiya [ Open 4-11pm (Sat, Sun 11:30am-) 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...
New Mehfil - Indian: Sannomiya [ Open 11am-3, 5-10pm daily. ]
Good Indian food and plenty of atmosphere, from the tapestries on the walls to the movies playing on the video system. At lunchtime there's a Y1000 buffet.
Premium, The - Buffet: Sannomiya south [ Open 11am-10:30pm daily. ]
The large and varied all-you-can-eat buffet is served in a pleasant, library-themed dining room. Y1800 before 5pm, Y2200 after.