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
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.
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.
Where Are These Places Located?See these places on the Inside Osaka Google map:
- Open the Osaka map
- You will see the list of places on the left hand side. (Click the 3-line icon in the top left corner if not). Scroll down or use the map search (the magnifying glass icon) to find the place you want.
- Click the name of the place in the list. Its location pin will be highlighted on the map.
- Map pins are color coded - BLUE: Hotels / Ryokan / Guesthouses | VIOLET: Ryokan | PINK: Places to Eat | GREEN: Shops | YELLOW: Things to See and Do
- If you're using the map on your phone, open the map and then search for the name of the place. The map will then zoom in on its location.
Osaka Vacation Checklist
- For all the essentials in a brief overview, see my First Time In Osaka guide
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- Need tips on where to stay? See my one page guide Where To Stay In Osaka
- You can buy a Japan SIM card online from Klook for collection on arrival at Osaka's Kansai International Airport. Or rent an unlimited data pocket wifi router.
- View my comprehensive Packing List For Japan
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- If you're visiting more than one city, save a ton of money with the Japan Rail Pass - here's why it's worth it
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