Top 11 Best Restaurants in Osaka, Japan
Tired and hungry in Osaka? Whether it's sushi or pizza, we've compiled a list of the best restaurants in Osaka, all for your benefit.
With a population of over 19 million, Osaka is bustling with life and things to do. Don’t forget to slow down and enjoy a nice meal, however. Whether it’s their specialty takoyaki (octopus balls) or American steak, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of 11 of the best restaurants in Osaka (in no particular order):
1. Saeki 鮨 さえ喜 (Sushi)
Heralded as the best sushiya (sushi bar) in Osaka, Saeki only uses the freshest ingredients. From one of ten seats, watch the Itamae (sushi chef) masterfully prepare each piece of sushi. For this intimate experience, reservation is a must; this can be done through your hotel concierge.
Website: Saeki’s Tabelog
Hours: Mon-Fri 6:00 pm-2:00 am/Sat 6:00 pm-11:00 pm
Access: Kitashinchi Station
2. Hajime Yoneda (Two-Star Michelin French Fusion)
Chef Hajime Yoneda’s culinary philosophy, “universe, harmony, circulation, life, love,” is reflected in his French-Japanese fusion cooking. Meticulously, ingredients and techniques are combined to create delicious, well-balanced dishes. His signature dish is Chikyu (literally, “Earth”) and uses a whopping 110 ingredients!
Website: Hajime Yoneda
Hours: Sun-Sat 5:30 pm-8:00 pm
Access: Higobashi Station
3. Chitose (Okonomiyaki)
In the back alleys of Shin-Imamiya is this modest okonomiyaki restaurant. For as little as 550 yen, you get a yummy and filling okonomiyaki. That combined with Hideki’s friendliness make return visits a must.
Hours: Thu-Tue 12:00 pm-9:00 pm
Access: JR Shin-Imamiya or Dobutsuen-Mae Station
4. Yashichi らーめん 弥七 (Ramen)
With chicken broth as its base, Yashichi’s house special shoyu (soy sauce) ramen brings in hordes of hungry customers. Yashichi also offers equally tasty shio (salt) ramen and tsukemen (dipping noodles). Be sure to get there early because the line starts to form from around 10 in the morning.
Website: Yashichi (Japanese only)
Hours: Mon-Fri 11:00 am-4:00 pm
Closed: Saturday and Sunday
Address: 3-4-8 Toyosaki, Kita, Osaka 531-0072
Access: Nakatsu Station
5. Fujiya 1935 (Three-Star Michelin Spanish)
As the name suggests, Fujiya 1935 was first founded in 1935 as an udon restaurant. After several generations, it has evolved into the three-star Michelin Spanish restaurant it is today with Chef Tetsuya Fujiwara at the helm.
Fujiwara combines methods from Spain with Japanese ingredients to concoct unique dishes. These include original creations such as “sponge” bread filled with truffle cream or pea purée.
Website: Fujiya 1935
Hours: Mon-Sat 12:00 pm-1:00 pm (last order), 6:00 pm-8:00 pm (last order)
Closed: Sunday and the 1st Monday of the month
Access: Tanimachiyonchome Station
6. Abeno Yamachan 本店あべの たこ焼きやまちゃん (Takoyaki)
Abeno Yamachan was recently awarded the status of “Bib Gourmand” by the Michelin Guide for its excellent yet affordable food. No surprise when the specialty takoyaki costs as little as 400 yen and is incredibly juicy.
Website: Abeno Yamachan
Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00 am-11:00 pm/Sun 11:00 am-10:30 pm
Closed: 3rd Tuesday of the month
Access: Osaka Abenobashi Station
7. Lawry’s The Prime Rib (Steakhouse)
Missing a good old fashioned steak? Head over to Lawry’s The Prime Rib. Established in Los Angeles in 1938, this popular steakhouse has since expanded to Asia with its latest branch right here in Osaka.
Lawry’s The Prime Rib is one of the few places in Japan that does steak right. Additionally, their “Spinning Bowl Salad” is quite the sight to behold. The server prepares this salad by spinning a metal bowl of lettuce with dressing on a bed of ice right in front you.
Website: Lawry’s The Prime Rib
Hours: Sun-Sat 11:30 am-3:00 pm, 5:00 pm-11:00 pm
Access: Umeda, Nishi Umeda or JR Osaka Station
8. Endo (Sushi)
Located in Osaka Central Fish Market, this 100+ year-old establishment boasts affordable and authentic sushi. For less than 1,200 yen you get five pieces of mouthwatering sushi. Endo’s miso soup is also a great accompaniment to your meal.
Hours: Mon-Sat 5:00 am-2:00 pm
Closed: Sunday and public holidays
Access: JR Noda or Tamagawa Station
9. Kuma Kafe (American)
Located across the street from Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Kuma Kafe probably serves the best pizzas and hamburgers in town. Priced at about 1,500 yen their large, succulent Hawaiian Beef Burger is the top seller. Paul the owner is friendly and will gladly answer any questions you may have about your travels in Osaka.
Mildly interesting fact: Paul used to be a stuntman in the film Terminator 2.
Website: Kuma Kafe
Hours: Tue-Sun 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Access: Osakako Station
10. Biotop Corner Stand (Cafe)
After shopping at Tachibana Dori (Orange Street), head over to Biotop Corner Stand for a refreshing cup of coffee or tea. With greens and flora littering the place, this aesthetically-pleasing cafe just exudes a relaxing atmosphere. Come here and let your worries melt away.
Website: Biotop Corner Stand
Hours: Sun-Sat 9:00 am-11:00 pm
Access: Yotsubashi Station
11. Tsurugyu 蔓牛 (Kobe Beef)
Tsurugyu is the only place you can get Kobe beef on the cheap; each plate of meat costing no more than 3,000 yen. They offer various cuts of beef: from succulent kalbi (rib) to marbled and tender misuji (shoulder).
Website: Tsurugyu (Japanese only)
Hours: Sun-Sat 5:00 pm-12:00 am
Access: Tanimachikyuchome Station