Top 15 Restaurants in Dotonbori Osaka

Dazzled by the neon lights of Dotonbori? Not to worry. Our guide to the best Dotonbori restaurants will help straighten you out.

Dotonbori

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Kuidaore (eat oneself into ruin) is a Japanese expression often used for describing Osaka people’s love for food. Famous for its Glico sign of a runner crossing a finishing line, Dotonbori is also a mecca for gourmets from all over the world. The dazzling neons act as a signpost for some of the city’s best restaurants, and we’ve carefully selected the 15 best.  

1) Kani Doraku

Kani Doraku

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Kani Doraku’s giant moving crab is an iconic billboard that joyfully represents the lively, colorful nature of Dotonbori. From steamed crab legs to crab sushi, course meals are – as you might have guessed – crab heavy. Kani Suki, crab hot pot with fresh vegetables and noodles, comes particularly highly recommended. Make an online reservation through the website to avoid a long wait.  

Price: ¥2,200 – 5,000

Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00

Address: 1-6-18 Dotombori, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka-fu, 542-0071 

Official Website: Kanidoraku

2) Kukuru

Kukuru

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The most popular dish at Kururu is Bikkuri (surprise) – takoyaki laden with jumbo chunks of octopus sashimi. If this doesn’t appeal, try Akashiyaki, an egg stuffed takoyaki served with a dipping soup. There is usually a long line but take the opportunity to watch the staff rhythmically flipping takoyaki ball one by one. Although takoyaki is generally street food, Kukuru also provides indoor table seats. 

Price: ¥650 – 1,450

Opening Hours: (Mon-Fri) 12:00-23:00 (Sat) 11:00-23:00 (Sun) 11:00-22:00 

Address: 1-10-5 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka-fu 542-0071

Official Website: Kukuru

3) Kamukura

Kamukura

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The ramen at Kamukura employs a chicken base for a lighter taste compared to, say, tonkotsu. Another characteristic of Kamukura is its generous helpings of cooked cabbage within the soup, which is unusual but welcome all the same. As is the option to add extra toppings for ¥100 a pop.  

Price: ¥630 – 880

Opening Hours: (Sun-Thur) 11:00 – 22:00 (Fri-Sat) 11:00 – 0:00

Address: 1-7-3 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka-fu 542-0071

Official Website: KAMUKURA

4) Zuboraya

Zuboraya

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The giant blowfish lantern in front of Zuboraya is sure to catch your eye as you wander Dotonbori. Zuboraya first opened in 1920 and specializes in the notorious  fugu (blowfish). Chefs must train for three years before being allowed to serve fugu, which, if you didn’t know, contains potentially deadly poison. Feeling brave? The set menu features fugu sushi, sashimi, tempura, nabe and even sake. 

Price: ¥2,000 – 5,000

Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00

Address: 1-6-10 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka-fu 542-0071

Official Website: Zuboraya

5) Daikisuisan Kaitensushi

Daikisuisan Kaitensushi

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At Daikisuisan Kaitensushi the sushi comes on 5 different colored dishes, each representing a different price from ¥100-500 (¥108-540 including taxes). Because the Daiki Suisan Group operates its own fish distribution network, the ingredients used in its restaurants are all certified and fresh. To order, pick directly from the conveyor belt or fill out a paper form and hand it to a clerk. 

Price: ¥1,000 – 3,500

Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00

Address: 1−7−24, Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka-fu 542-0071

Official Website: Daiki Suisan

6) Matsuzakagyu Yakiniku M

Matsuzakagyu Yakiniku M

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Matsuzakagyu Yakiniku M specializes in Matsusaka beef, one of the three major types of wagyu in Japan (along with Kobe and Mishima beef). Attentive staff members who are fluent in English and Chinese will kindly explain about different parts of the meat and grill them for you. The DX platter course meal is a popular pick. 

Price: ¥2,500 – 7,000

Opening Hours: (Lunch) 12:00-15:00 (Dinner) 17:00-24:00

Address: 1-1-19 Nanba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka-fu 542-0076

Official Website: Matsusakagyu Yakiniku M

7) Ichiran

Ichiran

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Ichiran is a tonkotsu (pork based broth) ramen chain with branches in 15 different prefectures. Expect lengthy queues, but use the time to mull your meal and fill out an order form so your food is waiting for you as you enter. You can select the firmness of your noodles, the spice level and the richness of your broth, all to ensure your ramen is just so. A basic bowl of ramen costs¥790 with the option of adding extra ingredients for¥100-150.

Price: ¥790 – 910

Opening Hours: 24 hours

Address: 7-18 1F Souemoncho Chuo-ku Osaka-shi Osaka-fu 542-0084

Official Website: ICHIRAN Dotonbori

8) Sushizanmai

Sushizanmai

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Sushizanmai is a chain restaurant where you can expect fresh sushi at an affordable price. On the menu, each item is labeled with a number and a picture. Use this to fill out your order form and hand it to the clerk. The inside is spacious, able to accommodate over 150 customers. At lunchtime, try Sushizanmai’s popular ¥1100 lunch set.

Price: ¥1,500 – 3,000

Opening Hours: 24 hours

Address: 1-7-21 Dotonbori Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka-fu 

Official Website: Sushizanmai

9) Ajinoya

Ajinoya

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The Michelin guide recently recognized Ajinoya, proof, if it was needed, that though it may not be as well known as the other two okonomiyaki restaurants covered in this list it is more than worthy of a mention. Tasty, reasonably priced and with extremely helpful staff.

Price: ¥1,000 – 2,000

Opening Hours: (Mon) 18:00-22:45 (Tue-Fri) 12:00-22:45 (Sat·Sun) 11:30-22:45

Address: 1-7-16 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka-fu 542-0076

Official Website: Ajinoya

10) Tsuru Ton Tan

Tsuru Ton Tan

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Tsuru (the sound of slurping udon) Ton (the sound of kneading udon) Tan (the sound of cutting udon) is a chain udon restaurant that has recently opened its first overseas branch in New York. Popular menu items include Nabeyaki (hot pot) udon, Mentaiko (pollock roe cream) udon and Curry udon. 

Price: ¥720 – 1,700

Opening Hours: (Mon-Fri) 11:00-08:00 (Sat·Sun) 10:30-08:00

Address:  3-17 Souemon-ch0, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka-fu 542-0084

Official Website: Tsuru Ton Tan

11) Genrokuzushi

Genrokuzushi

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Genrokuzushi is located right across from the drummer boy, another Dotonbori mascot. It is told that the founder of Genrokuzushi invented conveyor belt sushi, inspired by the conveyor belt system used in beer factories. Each dish costs¥125 (135 including tax), making this the place to go if you’re looking for decent sushi on a budget. 

Price:¥1,000 – 3,000

Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:30

Address: 1-6-9, Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka-fu

Official Website: None

12) Jyuhachiban

Jyuhachiban

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Jyuhachiban is another takoyaki place on Dotonbori that you cannot miss. With crispy rice flakes on the surface and a special pink sauce in the batter, the food itself is also inimitable. 

Price: ¥380 – 780

Opening Hours: 11:00-22:00

Address: 1-7-21 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka-fu 542-0071

Official Website: Jyuhachiban

13) Chibo

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Opened in 1973, Chibo is an okonomiyaki restaurant distinguished by its premium quality and varied ingredients. Alongside the okonomiyaki, enjoy some authentic teppan (iron plate) cuisine, made with your choice steak, seafood or vegetables. Check out the official website (below) for detailed menu and location details.  

Price: ¥1,000 – 2,000

Opening Hours: 11:00-01:00

Address: 1-5-5 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka-fu 542-0071

Official Website: Chibo

14) Kushikatsu Daruma

Kushikatsu Daruma

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Kushikatsu refers to deep fried meat on a skewer, exactly what you can expect (plus more!) at Daruma. Each skewer costs from¥120 – 240 with some of the most popular choices being asparagus, quail egg, cheese, chicken and octopus. A pot of dipping sauce is provided for each table to share but double dipping is strictly prohibited! 

Price: ¥1,500 – 2,500

Opening Hours: 11:30-22:30

Address: 1-6-4 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka-fu 542-0071

Official Website: Kushikatsu

15) Mizuno

Mizuno

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Famous for its yam flour okonomiyaki with roast pork and scallops, Mizuno has been passed down through three generations. Now Michelin recognized, the restaurant has been loved by locals and tourists alike for over 60 years now. The chefs spread meat, vegetables or seafood batter on a hot iron plate and add ingredients. When the edges start to brown, the okonomiyaki pancake is coated with sweet brown sauce and mayonnaise to finish. 

Price: ¥1,000 – 2,000

Opening Hours: 11:00-22:00

Address: 1-4-15 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka-fu 542-0071

Official Website: Mizuno

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