Osaka Hibachi – Top 10 Teppanyaki-style Restaurants in Osaka

In Osaka and craving great Japanese hibachi and its wonderful textures and flavors? Then you should definitely check out this list of the 10 best hibachi Restaurants in Osaka.

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While there is not much confusion as to what exactly hibachi is in North America, in Japan it usually means something quite different. Hibachi in Japan is a traditional pot which is set over a fire to cook. Later, stoves were also dubbed hibachi, a term which has seemingly stuck in the US. Today, in Japan, however, hibachi as a term is rarely used and teppanyaki is a much more common name for hotplate bbq. Teppanyaki (鉄板焼き) consists of two parts. Teppan, meaning iron plate, and yaki, meaning to grill. So basically it simply means to grill something on a hotplate. 

Hibachi or teppanyaki is supremely popular in Japan but can get quite expensive, so you really want to make sure you know where you’re going. Also, with so many specialized restaurants serving, for example, only seafood or only meat with veggies, your preferences are important. The “kitchen of Japan” plays host to many a teppanyaki restaurant so you’re sure to find your perfect match in Osaka. Have a peek at our list and get eating!

1. Teppanyaki Steak Restaurant Heki

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Heki, named after the color of the Okinawan sea and just as inviting, is special in that it employs only female staff, apparently due to the belief that women make better hosts than men. True or not, there’s no argument over the quality of the food, all made with only the best ingredients. You’re in for a treat should you decide to visit this Okinawan teppanyaki restaurant.

Heki is conveniently located in the Grand Front Osaka mall right beside Osaka Main Station and is surrounded by quite a few shopping opportunities, potentially perfect for working up an appetite. 

Opening Hours

lunch  11.00am – 4.00pm

dinner  5.00pm – 11.00pm

Price

upper moderate – high

Address

530-0011 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Kita Ward, Ofukacho 3-1

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Teppanyaki Steak Restaurant Heki

2. Steak Misono Osaka (Original Teppanyaki)

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If you want to be connected to the history of teppanyaki this is the place to eat. Misono was the first restaurant to officially make teppanyaki steak with Kobe beef, all the way back in 1945. In the wake of the war, Kobe was in ashes, but Misono’s idea to grill high-quality beef on a hotplate nevertheless caught on. There are now five Steak Misono restaurants spread between Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe.

The Steak Misono Osaka branch is located not far from Osaka Main Station and is easily reachable on foot. It’s quite a classy setting, so it’s best to dress for the occasion. The restaurant is great for business meetings and outings with friends alike, so why not reserve a seat and have some Kobe beef at a historic restaurant chain?

Opening Hours

lunch  11.30am – 2.00pm

dinner  5.00pm – 10.00pm

closed  Sundays

Price

high – luxury

Address

530-0002 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Kita Ward, Sonezakishinchi 1-11-19

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Steak Misono

3. Teppan Yarou

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Teppan Yarou literally means “frypan” (teppan) “dude” (yarou), echoing the laid back atmosphere this popular restaurant is known for. It’s moderately priced and offers a variety of meat and veggie dishes to choose from. It’s a great place to go for a casual dinner with friends and have a drink or two, or three… (just don’t forget to catch the last train).

It’s located between Namba Station and Nipponbashi Station, so you might have to travel a bit to get there if you’re near Osaka Main Station, but Namba City mall and Namba Parks are close by if you’re in the area.  

Opening Hours

Wed – Mon  6.00pm – 2.00am

closed  Tuesdays

Price

moderate

Address

542-0073 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Chuo-ku, Nipponbashi 2-5-20

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Teppan Yarou

4. LUXE Tajimaya

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Up for some luxurious food in a stylish setting? Priding itself on creating an “adult” atmosphere where you can drink high-grade alcohol and eat top quality food in a lounge-like setting – LUXE Tajimaya may be exactly what you’re looking for. This place definitely has a dress code, so no flipflops and beach shorts. Understandably, LUXE is popular for business meals and dates, but you’re sure to enjoy yourself no matter the occasion. 

This place, again, is located close to Osaka Main Station and is just a quick stroll from the HEP FIVE shopping mall.

Opening Hours

lunch  11.00am – 3.00pm

dinner  5.00pm – 11.00pm

Price

luxury

Address

Official Website

LUXE Tajimaya

5. Hikari

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Hikari (炫 ひかり) literally means “light” or “to shine” in Japanese, surely a nod to the freshness of the food and the deftness of touch with which it is made here. The art of teppanyaki is on full show at Hikari, all made with ingredients such as fresh fish, lobster, beef and more. The courses can rip quite a hole in your wallet, so go for the lunch menu or à la carte if you want to keep the damage minimal.

The central location, adjacent to Namba Station, means you’re all set to have a drink somewhere after your meal as there are plenty of izakaya in the area to choose from. 

Opening Hours

lunch  11.00am – 3.30pm (last order 2.30pm)

dinner  5.00pm – 10.30pm (last order 9.30pm)

Price

luxury

Address

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Hikari

6. Minami Teppanyaki Restaurant (Swissôtel)

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A very calming but stylish interior awaits you, should you decide to dine at Minami Teppanyaki Restaurant in the Swissôtel in Osaka. An intimate seating arrangement means you get an up close look at the chef’s skills and there’s even live music from local and international artists for extra entertainment. On the top floor of the hotel, it’s a very fashionable setting, but the food is anything but an afterthought, placing as it does great emphasis on fresh ingredients and exquisite presentation. You’ll definitely enjoy your dinner here, should you chose this teppanyaki place. 

Opening Hours

lunch  11.30am – 3.00pm

dinner  5.30pm – 9.00pm

Price

high – luxury

Address

542-0076 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Chuo-ku, Nanba 5-1-60

Official Website

Minami Teppanyaki

7. Teppanyaki Kiryu (Granvia Hotel)

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High-grade ingredients, a polished setting and high standards throughout? But of course. If you’re the type to go for all of those, you might want to pay Teppanyaki Kiryu in the Granvia Hotel in Osaka a visit. The dark wood and low lights set the mood for some great entertainment and dining here on the 19th floor of the hotel, right beside Umeda Station. Though you might think this place is too high-class for you, check the menu online: it’s not extreme and you might just find it’s worth a visit for a rounded experience of Osaka’s culinary landscape. 

Opening Hours

lunch  11.30am – 4.30pm

dinner  5.30pm – 10.30pm (Mon – Fri)

dinner  5.00 – 10.30om (Sat – Sun)

Price

high – luxury

Address

530-0001 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Kita Ward, Umeda, 3-1-1 19F

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Teppanyaki Kiryu

8. Chibo Dotonbori

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Chibo is a chain with various branches around Japan and has even begun expanding overseas. The venue is particularly popular for allowing a choice of seat: regular table, low table equipped with an individual teppan or a counter seat, right in front of the chefs. This place is fantastic for groups and if you get the chance to go you’ll bear witness to the authentic Japanese teppanyaki cuisine on offer. Choose from seafood, beef, Okonomiyaki, Yakisoba and vegetables.

There are various Chibo restaurants in Osaka – 22 in the region as a matter of fact – so if you check their site (link below) you’ll be able to find the closest one to you and make a reservation or just drop in if your group isn’t too large.

Opening Hours

Mon – Fri  11.00am – 1.00am

Sat – Sun  11.00am – 12.00am

Price

upper moderate

Address

Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Chuo-ku, Dotonbori, 1-5-5

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Chibo Dotonbori

9. Steakhouse Juju

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This is another place that offers a great atmosphere and high-quality food (including A5 grade beef, the highest grade you can get). You can go for the reasonable lunch menu, the à la carte meals or the full-on dinner course, each of which is well worth its price. Their beautiful venue makes Steakhouse Juju a great place to go and you’re sure to have a lot of fun. The name Juju is written with a double kanji (Chinese character used in Japanese language) for “congratulation” (寿々 じゅじゅ) and nicely reflects the festive atmosphere the restaurant has about it.

Opening Hours

lunch  12.00pm – 2.30pm

dinner  4.00pm – 11.00pm

closed  Sunday lunch is available by reservation only

Price

high – luxury

Address

Official Website

Steakhouse Juju

10. Okonomiyaki Chitose

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Okonomiyaki Chitose is one of those slightly shabby but lovingly maintained teppanyaki restaurants that lives through the passion of their owner. A typical teppanyaki place where you’ll get an authentic Japanese atmosphere, locals chatting away and great Osakan cuisine prepared right in front of your eyes. Definitely mingle and get some tips and insights while you’re there.

The place is close to Osaka’s Spa World which offers fantastically relaxing and refreshing facilities from all around the world, so why not combine dinner at Okonomiyaki Chitose with a visit to Osaka Spa World to complete a great day?

Opening Hours

Thu – Tue  12pm – 9pm

closed  Wednesdays

Price

moderate

Address

557-0002 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Nishinari-ku, Taishi 1-11-10

Official Website

Okonomiyaki Chitose

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