Osaka Restaurants – Top 10 Buffet and All You Can Eat Deals
All that exploring left you hungry? Go all out on Osaka’s finest food with our top 10 picks of the best buffets, all you can eat and all you can drink restaurants.
If your travels to Japan have brought you to the wonderful world of Osaka, you have officially entered “Japan’s kitchen”. Any trip to Osaka is sure to give you a peek inside the city’s overflowing fridge of colorful cuisine. The people of Osaka are so familiar with spoiling themselves with good food that they even created the word kuidaore, meaning “to ruin yourself by extravagance in food”.
Now what better way to do just that than by filling yourselves to the brim with a viking (buffet) or tabehoudai (all you can eat)? These deals can be found all over Osaka and often go hand in hand with a generous nomihoudai (all you can drink) deal for scarily low prices. The ingredients for your ultimate experience in Japan’s third largest city include a dash of culture, a pinch of partying and one big dollop of culinary indulgence. Whoever said that you need to make a choice between quantity and quality? Go for both with these ten tabehoudai restaurants.
Before tucking in, check out our guide to buffet and all you can eat etiquette.
1 – All You Can Eat Sushi – Wa 和 (CLOSED)
Can’t get enough of Japan’s favorite fishy bites? At Wa you’ll have 30 minutes to fill up on as much sushi as you can for just ¥1,000. Although not the most classy approach to eating this sophisticated food, the fish is still of great quality and freshness as it comes directly from the central fish market every morning. With limited time and 20 different varieties of sushi to choose from, you better be quick with your chopsticks.
Address: In this area but be sure to follow our access instructions.
Access: Yotsubashi Subway Station. Follow the signs to exit 1 and make your way into the adjoining Mizuho bank building. Go down to level B1 and exit onto the street where you’ll find a photography shop. Turn down the street to your left and you will find Wa sushi shop.
Prefer to take your time with your sushi, there are plenty more sushi restaurants in Osaka.
2 – Crab Buffet – Nomidouraku 呑道楽
With Osaka Bay close enough for the crabs to scuttle their own way onto your plate, it’s not surprising that crab dishes are aplenty in this bustling metropolis. Crab prices start reasonably high in most restaurants but if you’re willing to make the 30-minute trip south out of Osaka to Nomidouraku you can dine like royalty on an unlimited amount of our favorite fresh and meaty crustaceans. At ¥6,000 it’s not a cheap eat but unmissable for any seafood lover.
Access: Midosuji line to Kita-Kagaya Station
3 – Shabu Shabu & Sukiyaki – Shabuya しゃぶ屋
Tempted by a big pot of steaming broth, some healthy veggies and an unlimited stack of finely sliced beef after a wander around the busy streets of Namba? Choose between two of Japan’s most tasty hot pots at Shabuya: shabu shabu and sukiyaki. Shabu shabu onomatopoeically describes the action of dipping and swishing the beef in the soup, which then cooks it to perfection within seconds. If you’re looking for a stronger, sweeter taste sukiyaki offers a sauce of soy, sugar and sake with an addition of tofu in the soup. Sukiyaki also gives you the extra challenge of the raw egg dipping sauce – It’s time to unlearn your distaste for raw eggs and enjoy that sweet, slimy sensation.
Once there’s a bubbling broth in front of you, the cooking’s over to you. Be sure to add the vegetables straight away and call over the waiters as many times as you like for top-ups of meat and vegetables. This it the perfect bottomless dish to warm your cockles over the colder months.
Address: 2-10-70 Nanbanaka, Naniwa-ku, Osaka
Access: Located in Namba Parks shopping complex next to Namba Station.
Opening hours: Weekdays 11am – 3pm, 5pm – 11pm
Weekends 11am – 11pm
Price: Lunch – ¥1,000. Dinner – ¥2,500 – ¥3,900. All you can drink – ¥1,000. Children eat for free.
4 – Olympia Restaurant (Hotel New Hankyu) オリンピア
You don’t have to be staying at the swanky Hotel New Hankyu to benefit from the impressive views and generous all you can eat buffet at their restaurant, Olympia. With 110 dishes inspired by Japanese, Chinese and Western cooking even the fussiest of eaters will be satisfied with this feast; whether it’s sushi, oven-baked pizza or the salad bar. The breakfast and lunch buffets start at ¥3,000 and ¥4,700 for the dinner buffet. As long as you’re not put off by the hotel vibes of this restaurant you can enjoy the chefs’ far-stretching menu which includes an incredible spread of 15 desserts.
Access: JR – Right in front of JR Osaka Station Midosuji exit. Cross over the bridge on the north side. Subway – Umeda station.
Price: Breakfast – ¥1,944. Lunch – ¥3,000 – ¥3,700. Dinner – ¥4,700. All you can drink – ¥1,500 – ¥2,500.
5 – All You Can Eat Churrasco – Barbacoa Grill バルバッコア
For those of you who would happily eat, breathe and live meat, Barbacoa Grill is the one for you. Churrasco is one of the most popular exports from South American cuisine and is a meat lover’s fantasy with its irresistible chunks of tender barbecued beef. At Barbacoa Grill you can choose what cut of meat you want and exactly how you want it cooked. If you don’t have a clue, leave it up to the trustworthy chefs. The restaurant sticks to a Brazilian theme including side dishes of varied breads and rice dishes, as well as Brazilian desserts.
Access: Shinsaibashi subway station
Opening hours: 11.30am – 3pm, 5.30pm – 11pm
Price: ¥2,000 – ¥4,500 depending on all you can eat deal. All you can drink – ¥1,000 – ¥2,500. Children eat half price.
If one meat feast isn’t enough, we’ve got 10 more steakhouses around Osaka hidden up our sleeve.
6 – Vegetarian-Friendly Buffet – Aen Table アエン・テーブル
Whether you’re strictly herbivore or just feeling deprived of fresh vegetables, Aen Table offers an affordable solution to filling up on the healthy stuff. Although this veggie-filled buffet couldn’t resist the opportunity to display an array of Osaka’s freshly prepared seafood, there are numerous vegetarian and vegan options to please everyone’s palette. The individually prepared pumpkin, tofu salads and vegetable tempura will also give you a real insight into the wonders of Japanese home cooking.
Access: 3-minute walk from Yumesaki Line Universal City Station
Opening hours: 11am – 4pm, 5pm – 11pm
Price: Lunch – ¥1,580. Dinner – ¥1,980. All you can drink – ¥1,800.
7 – Bread Buffet – Chayamachi Factory Cafe 茶屋町ファクトリーカフェ
“I love rice! I’m never going to eat bread again; rice is so much healthier.” The famous last words we all utter after a couple of days in Japan. But just imagine, for one second, the soft doughy texture of bread complimented beautifully by soft melting butter. Salivating yet? Quickly, head on down to Chayamachi Factory Café to feast on a comforting array of savory and sweet forms of baked goodies, as well as quiches, meat dishes, salads, soups and desserts. Although Parisians would most certainly turn their noses up at the quality of the bread and pastries, there’s variety and, come on, it’s all you can eat! This trendy spot, fitted out with a spacious terrace and dining and lounge areas, has become a real hit with the locals so brace yourselves for the queue, especially if you’re planning a trip at the weekend.
Access: 2-minute walk from Umeda station, Chayamachi exit. 5-minute walk from JR Osaka station.
Opening hours: 11am – midnight
Price: ¥3,500. All you can drink – ¥1,000.
8 – All You Can Eat Fried Food – Kushiya Monogatari 串屋物語
Osaka’s answer to meat fondue, Kushiya Monogatari gives you the chance to try your hand at deep frying up all kinds of seafood, meats and veggies on skewers. With the fryer bubbling away at your table, watch your vegetables transform into tempura making sure to finish them off with one of the many sauces and dips on offer. Salads and sides are available to avoid oil overload and don’t forget to save space for the chocolate fondue dessert for that last bit of indulgence. Mini cakes, marshmallows, Japanese desserts and matcha ice cream all perfected with a generous slathering of melted chocolate.
Address: HEP branch
Opening hours: 11.30am – 3pm, 4pm – 11pm
Price: Lunch – ¥1,260. Dinner – ¥2,800
9 – Dessert Buffet – Sweets Paradise スイーツパラダイス
Eat your heart out Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Sweets Paradise is in town and it’s the real deal. Unleash your inner child and load up your plates with creamy cakes, power puddings and indulgent ice creams. If you’re feeling particularly sensible, you can have a quick dip into the selection of pasta and salads between your sweet courses. The light, fluffy-textured Japanese desserts may take a little longer to fill up on than their Western counterparts but let’s not fool ourselves, this is the ultimate indulgence and that’s what we love so much about Sweets Paradise.
Access: 5-minute walk from Umeda station
Opening hours: 10am – 9.30pm
Price: From ¥1,530
10 – Fruit Buffet – Miki Fruits Café ミキフルーツカフェ
Japan is renowned for its overly-priced, overly-packaged fruit. With a supermarket watermelon costing up to ¥10,000, fruit fans, we suggest you give up the search for cheap fruit in the stores and make a trip to Miki Fruits Café to get your fruit fix in one fell swoop. Although the choice of fruit is limited to what’s in season, you shouldn’t feel deprived with the spread of fresh, vitamin-filled goodness, accompanied by mixed juices and smoothies, beautifully presented fruit and cream sandwiches and fruit-based desserts. Here’s one day you’re guaranteed to get your five a day!
Access: Nishi-Ohashi subway station
Opening hours: 11.30am – 8pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Price: Approx. Lunch – ¥3,500. Dinner – ¥4,300.
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