Best Osaka Restaurants

Here is our list of the best restaurants in Osaka, divided by type of cuisine, with location and price range indicated to make it easy to choose.

Dotombori Canal in Minami
Dotombori Canal in Minami
Here, I’ve chosen the best approachable restaurants in Osaka. They’re all located in areas you’re likely to visit (ie, the main urban hubs). Yes, in some cases there are better restaurants in Osaka, but they’re not good for casual visitors to the city (ie, they’re inconveniently located, they’re too expensive or they’re difficult for foreigners to reserve or to enter). The restaurants listed here are places you can actually go to and enjoy, most without any reservations.

For information about Osaka specialties, restaurant costs and where to find the best restaurants, see my What and Where to Eat in Osaka page.

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Best Restaurants in Osaka by Type of Cuisine
Best Takoyaki in Osaka
Yamachan (Tennoji Area; budget)
This is certainly the only takoyaki restaurant ever to be listed in a Michelin guide!
Best Okonomiyaki in Osaka
Kiji (Kita; budget)
Brilliant okonomiyaki near Hankyu Umeda Station.
Ajinoya (Minami; budget to moderate)
Fantastic okonomiyaki in the Dotombori Arcade.
Chibo (Minami; budget to moderate)
Yes, it’s a chain, but it’s a good one. In the Dotombori Arcade.
Jibundoki (Central Osaka; moderate)
Near Honmachi Station, this okonomiyaki and teppanyaki place is one of our favorites.
Kyochabana Shin-Osaka Eki (Shin-Osaka Area; budget)
For a last (or first) meal in Osaka, try this spot on the 2nd floor of the Shin-Osaka Hankyu Building.
Best Kushikatsu in Osaka
Bon (Kita; moderate)
Superb kushikatsu in the Kita-Shinchi entertainment district.
Kushikatsu Daruma (Tennoji Area; budget to moderate)
This Shinsekai joint is the place to try this local specialty.
Tengu (Tennoji Area; budget to moderate)
This Shinsekai izakaya specializes in kushikatsu and they’re damn good.
Best Sushi in Osaka
Aoki (Kita; expensive)
A bit of a hike from the middle of the Kita district, this sushi is worth the trip!
Sushidokoro Tada (Kita; expensive)
Sublime sushi in the Kita-Shinchi entertainment district.
Sushitokorojinsei (Minami; expensive)
For brilliant sushi when in Minami, try this wonderful restaurant.
Best Ramen in Osaka
Gunjou (Kita; budget)
This ramen and tsukemen (soup on the side noodles) specialist is one of the best in Kita.
Resshishouyumenkoubousanku (Kita; budget)
The incredible ramen here is worth the wait at this awkwardly named ramen joint.
Ryukishinraizu (Minami; budget)
The thick soup at this Minami ramen shop is mouth-watering good.
Tsukemen Nidaime Misawa (Minami; budget)
This Shinsaibashi ramen shop specializes in tsukemen and it’s great.
Gekiryuu (Minami; budget)
Try the memorable noodles at this Namba ramen shop.
Chukasoba Kazura (Central Osaka; budget)
If you’re craving ramen when in Central Osaka, give this place a try.
Ramen Kasumi (Central Osaka; budget)
Very meaty ramen near Utsubo-koen Park.
Menya Ageha (Osaka Castle Area; budget)
For tasty and meaty ramen within walking distance of Osaka Castle Park, try this popular local eatery.
Ramenuroko (Shin-Osaka Area; budget)
One stop south of Shin-Osaka Station, this ramen specialist is a great place for lunch or dinner.
Ramen Kingu (Shin-Osaka Area; budget)
One stop south of Shin-Osaka Station, this is another great ramen specialist.
Best Izakaya/Sake Specialists in Osaka
Binbiya (Kita; moderate)
This izakaya in the Kita-Shinchi entertainment district is one of the best in the city.
Chirori (Shin-Osaka Area; moderate)
One stop south of Shin-Osaka Station, this izakaya has an incredible variety of sake, which they serve with great seafood and other izakaya dishes.
Best Soba in Osaka
Takama (Kita; budget to moderate)
A bit of a walk north of the Tenjimbashisuji Rokuchome Station, this artisanal soba spot is one of the best soba restaurants in Kansai.
Arabompu (Kita; moderate)
This artisanal soba specialist is a must for fans of real soba.
Teuchisobaakari (Minami; budget to moderate)
This handmade soba specialist on the Dotombori Arcade is one of the best soba restaurants in Minami.
Nishiya (Minami; budget to moderate)
This popular and long-standing udon restaurant is a great place for a hearty bowl of udon noodles while shopping in Shinsaibashi.
Shuhari (Osaka Castle Area; moderate)
In Tanimachi 4-chome, not too far from Osaka Castle Park, this soba specialist serves excellent soba noodles and tempura in relaxes surroundings.
Sobayoshi (Shin-Osaka Area; moderate)
One stop south of Shin-Osaka Station, this soba specialist serves some mouth-watering soba sets.
Best Udon in Osaka
Umeda Hagakure (Kita; budget)
If you love thick and hearty udon noodles, you must try them here at this casual and approachable udon specialist in Kita.
Kamatakeudon (Minami; budget)
This rough and ready udon specialist in Namba serves one of the best bowls of udon noodles in the city.
Tokumasa Udon (Osaka Castle Area; budget)
Near the southeast corner of Osaka Castle Park, this restaurant serves a mean bowl of curry udon.
Best Tonkatsu (deep-friend pork cutlets) in Osaka
Takuya (Kita; moderate)
If you like tonkatsu, you’ve gotta try them here! It’s a short walk southeast of Umeda/JR Osaka stations.
Best Yakitori in Osaka
Goichi (Kita; moderate)
For brilliant yakitori in a casual atmosphere, try this popular local place about 15 minutes’ walk east of Umeda/JR Osaka stations.
Tsuki no Odori (Minami; moderate)
This yakitori-ya on the Dotombori arcade is a cut above your typical yakitori joint.
Best Curry Rice in Osaka
Shinsaibashi Madras 5 (Minami; budget)
This excellent shop at the south end of Amerika Mura is a great place to sample Japanese-style curry rice.
Mannenkare (Osaka Castle Area; budget)
If you’re a fan of Japanese curry rice, then you’ll probably love this place a short walk from Osaka Castle.
Best Vegetarian in Osaka
Saijiki (Minami; budget to moderate)
Located on the 6th floor of the huge Namba Parks shopping complex, this fine vegetarian restaurant serves an all-you-can-eat vegetarian buffet for Y1,888.
Best Unagi (eel) in Osaka
Yoshitora (Central Osaka; moderate)
On the east side of Honmachi, this hidden unagi (eel) specialist is a great place to try sublime unagi in refined and relaxing surroundings.
Nishihara (Osaka Castle Area; moderate)
A short walk east of Osaka Castle Park, this unagi (eel) specialist serves a mouth-watering version of this classic Japanese dish.
Unagiya (Shin-Osaka Area; moderate)
A few minutes’ walk southwest of Shin-Osaka Station, the unagi here is sublime.
Best Kaiseki/Other Haute Cuisine in Osaka
Iroha (Kita; expensive)
In the Kita-Shinchi nightlife district, this kaiseki/kappo place deserves the star it got from Michelin.
Momen (Minami; expensive)
This superb little Shinsaibashi counter restaurant serves some of the most sublime dishes you’re likely to encounter anywhere.
Shimanouchi Ichiyo (Minami; expensive)
On the far east side of Shinsaibashi, this wonderful kappo specialist serves out-of-this-world seafood.
Asai (Minami; expensive)
This one-star Michelin pick is a great place to try kaiseki in Minami.
Satou (Shin-Osaka Area; expensive)
One stop south of Shin-Osaka Station, this elegant restaurant serves beautiful courses of kaiseki and kappo (Japanese a la carte) dishes.
Best French in Osaka
Hajime (Central Osaka; expensive)
This Michelin three-star French restaurant is considered one of the best restaurants in the city.
Épais (Kita; moderate)
This fine little French place in the Kita-Shinchi district offers reasonably priced set meals for lunch and dinner.
Best Resutoran-gai (Food Courts) in Osaka
Shin-Umeda Shokudogai (Central Osaka; restaurant complex)
This is one of the cheapest places to eat in central Osaka. It’s packed with tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurants that are popular with local office workers.
Lalaport Expo City (Northern Osaka; budget to moderate)
The Lalaport Expo City shopping mall, near Banpaku Memorial Park, contains an almost endless selection of great eateries, covering all the bases of Japanese food, as well as many famous Western chains and specialties.
Universal City Walk Osaka (Osaka Bay Area; budget to expensive)
Located outside Universal Studios Japan, this huge American-style dining and shopping complex can be visited for free (ie, without paying to enter Universal Studios Japan). The complex is filled with American chain restaurants and some local options.
Tempozan Marketplace (Osaka Bay Area; budget to moderate)
Located between the Tempozan Ferris Wheel and Osaka Aquarium, this large shopping and dining complex has heaps of fast food and family restaurants.
Naniwa Kuishinbo Yokocho (Osaka Bay Area; budget)
Located inside the Tempozan Marketplace (see previous entry), this is a faux Edo-era shopping street lined with small restaurants selling all the usual Osaka specialties like okonomiyaki, tako-yaki and kushikatsu.

10 best food experiences in the world lonely planet

To celebrate some of the most mouth-watering foodie experiences around the world, Lonely Planet has ranked 500 delicious dishes based on their taste, cultural importance, and the atmosphere of the location. From sampling pintxos in picturesque San Sebastián to devouring a margherita made by the world's best pizza chefs, here are the top 10 foods to try from the travel guide's Ultimate Eatlist. more:

1 Pintxos in San Sebastian, Spain
Pinxtos in Spain
Mark Read/Lonely Planet
Plates of pintxos are often piled high at Bar Gandarias, one of the most popular bars in San Sebastian. "To get the full pintxos and San Sebastián experience, have a lazy day in the city and surrounds, take an afternoon nap, and then head out around 9pm," say the experts at Lonely Planet.

2 Curry Laksa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Foodie travel experiences
The spicy curried soup is traditionally made with rice noodles, bean sprouts and prawns, chicken or tofu. It can be found at the vibrant street restaurants located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

3 Sushi in Tokyo, Japan
Sushi server in a restaurant
For the best sushi in town, head to a counter restaurant in Tokyo’s Ginza district, or the Tsukiji Central Fish Market.


4 Texan beef brisket
Foodie travel experiences
Wyatt McSpadden / Courtesy of Franklin’s
There are no shortage of barbecue restaurants in Texas, but Franklin Barbecue, one of the newer establishments, is said to have built a "cult following" since it opened in 2009.

Som Tum in Bangkok, Thailand
Som Tum in Bangkok, Thailand
Matt Munro/Lonely Planet
Thailand's famous salad, made from shredded papaya topped with a sweet and sour dressing, can be found throughout southeast Asia. In Bangkok, tucking in to Som Tum on the street is a "rite of passage" for any tourist.

Smørrebrød in Copenhagen
These open rye-bread sandwiches can be enjoyed with a variety of toppings, from smoked salmon to roast beef. Lonely Planet recommends Copenhagen's Hallernes Smørrebrød for well-priced snacks and beers.


Crayfish in Kaikoura, New Zealand
Crayfish in Kaikoura, New Zealand
Gary Blake / Alamy Stock Photo
For seafood lovers, no visit to Kaikoura - a coastal town on the South Island - would be complete without sampling the local catch of the day, crayfish.

8 Bibimbap in Seoul, South Korea
Foodie travel experiences
This traditional rice-based dish is topped with vegetables, meat or seafood and an egg. It's an old favourite when it comes to casual dining in South Korea.

9 Pizza margherita in Naples, Italy
Foodie travel experiences
Montegia/Getty Images/iStockphoto
Thanks to the quality of the ingredients and the traditional cooking methods, there's no better place to enjoy this classic pizza than in the home of the margherita. When it comes to finding the best, these are just some of the contenders.


10 Dim Sum in Hong Kong
Dim sum
Hong Kong's Temple Street night market is the place to track down cheap eats, including these delicious bite-sized snacks traditionally served in small steamer baskets.

What is food

Food makes your body work, grow and repair itself. The kind of food you eat can affect the efficiency of these processes. Body function and the food that sustains it is infinitely complex. Food is in fact one of the most complicated sets of chemicals imaginable.more: persian food

Getting to know which nutrients are in which foods can help you to understand something of this complex relationship between your food and your body.

Chemicals in food

Food is composed of many different chemical substances - 'macronutrients' (major nutritional components that are present in relatively large amounts, such as protein), 'micronutrients' (major nutritional components that are present in relatively small amounts, such as vitamins), water, and roughage (dietary fibre). Many other components can also be present in food (see Figure 1).

Food may contain colours (natural and synthetic), flavours, pharmacologically active substances (such as caffeine, steroids, and salicylates, which chemically affect the body), natural toxicants (naturally occurring poisons, such as cyanide), additivesFind out more about this term, and various contaminants (substances resulting from a contaminated environment, such as pesticides). Even characteristic flavours such as those of oranges and passionfruit can depend on the presence of a dozen or more chemicals.

The chemical nature of food is changed by storage, preservation and, especially, by cooking. Food chemicals can also interact amongst themselves within the body. For example, the availability to the body of iron from plant sources depends on the amount of vitamin C present in the food eaten. The way in which carbohydrate is absorbed from the bowel depends to some extent on the presence of dietary fibre, even though the fibre itself is not absorbed.

Physical form of food

Food is also more than just the chemicals it contains. Its physical characteristics are important. The size of food particles can affect the extent to which nutrients are digested and made ready for absorptionFind out more about this term by the body. For example, eating an intact apple has nutritional value different from drinking all the same chemicals in an apple purée. Ground rice is more rapidly digested than unground rice. Nutrients can be more easily absorbed from peanut butter (paste) than from peanuts eaten whole.

Acid or alkaline

The acidity and alkalinity of food are physical properties often thought to be important. In fact, they are only important insofar as they might alter the rate of emptying of the stomach, digestion in the small bowel and the acidity or alkalinity of the urine. Our bodies can cope with a wide range in food acidityFind out more about this term and alkalinity without much problem. Acid foods are generally sour while alkaline foods often have a slightly soapy taste. The use of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) can make foods alkaline. It can also cause loss of vitamin C and contribute to our intake of sodium.



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