Top 10 Michelin Star Restaurants in Osaka

Japan is a hotbed of Michelin Star Restaurants and Osaka is no exception. With our guide, take a look at the 10 best Michelin Star restaurants in Osaka.

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The Michelin Star is a coveted culinary achievement for any chef, awarded to only select restaurants. It may come as little surprise that Osaka – a famously food-centric city – is home to a good few of these. In Japan, the saying goes that while people in Kyoto will spend their fortune on clothes, people in Osaka will spend it on food and drinks. The city is proud of its food culture and how better to explore it than through some of its best restaurants? To help you find the one for you, we’ve put together a list of Osaka’s top 10 Michelin Star restaurants:

1) Fujiya 1935 – 3 star

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Despite the three-star rating, Fujiya 1935 lacks the stiff, uptight environment that you might expect. As soon as you enter the restaurant, the chef’s mother warmly greets and shows you to your seat. The menu is a fusion of Japanese and French cuisines, each dish artistically presented, unique and full of flavor. Your experience in Fujiya 1935 will lead you to understand why it has been designated as one of the best restaurants in the world. 

Head Chef: Tetsuya Fujiwara
Opening hours: 12pm to 1pm and 6pm to 8pm
Location: 
2-4-14, Yariyamachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 

2) Kashiwaya – 3 star

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Having opened it’s doors in 1868, Kashiwaya has a long history. Inspiration from the Kyoto tea ceremony tradition is evident in the design of the restaurant; all sliding doors, tatami mats and shoji paper screens. A true old school Japanese experience. You’ll even be greeted and served by a kimono-clad server, well-drilled in excellent hospitality. As for the food, chef Hideaki Matsu has said: “My cuisine reflects the seasons and Japanese traditions” – each dish is thus unique in time and place. 

Head Chef: Chef Hideaki Matsu
Opening hours: : 11:30am to 1:30pm, 5pm to 8pm
Location: 2-5-18 Senriyama-nishi, Suita-shi, Osaka

3) Hajime – 3 star

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Chef Hajime Yoneda started his professional career as a design engineer before spending three years studying gastronomy in France, facts that are clearly reflected in his food. His signature dish, chikyu – which he says represents Planet Earth – consists of 110 variety of herbs, vegetables, and grains and is beautifully presented each time. Despite the French influence on the food, Japanese execution and formalities are evident in all aspects of the dining experience at Hajime. 

Head Chef: Chef Hajime Yoneda
Opening hours: 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: 1-9-11 Edobori, Nishi-ku, Osaka

4) Taian -3 star

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This restaurant offers both great food and entertainment. Consisting of 17 seats surrounding a chargrill, witness first-hand the preparation of the dishes alongside the excellent knife skills of the chefs. The chargrilled focused menu includes a variety of meat and fishes with added spiced salt and miso. The wine list is extensive and recommendations are offered to complement your dish. 

Head Chef: Chef Hitoshi Takahata
Opening hours: 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: 1-21-2, Shimanouchi, Chuo-ku, Osaka

5) Kahala – 2 star

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The exclusivity of this restaurant is evident in the fact that it only has seats for eight people, making advanced reservations a must. However, this shouldn’t put you off as the food more than makes up for the effort. Chef Yoshifumi Mori is considered to be one of the best chefs in Asia and has even been awarded the prestigious 1st Culinary Masters award. He uses local produce and shops at local fish markets in order to get his hands on the best ingredients for his dishes. For the ultimate culinary experience, give Kahala a visit.

Head Chef: Chef Yoshifumi Mori
Opening hours: 6pm to 11.30 pm
Location: 1-9-2 Sonezakishinchi, Kita-ku, Osaka

6) Masuda – 2 star 

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If you want to try kaiseki (multi-course Japanese dinner), Masuda offers the best of its kind in Osaka. As you watch the chefs carefully prepare your meals, you are witness to what can only be described as an artistic performance. The menu here is seasonal and dependent on what produce is available at the time of your visit. 

Head Chef: Chef Yoshifumi Mori
Opening hours: 6pm to 11.30 pm
Location: 2 -3-11 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka,

7) Sushi Harasho – 2 star

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Want to enjoy top quality sushi in Osaka? Don’t look elsewhere, because Sushi Harasho not only promises the best sushi in Osaka, but the best sushi in the country. Awarded two Michelin stars, this is inarguable. Much famed in Japan, you’ll need to make reservations, but a little pre-planning is worth it for the experience. 

Head Chef: Chef Kou Ishikawa
Opening hours: 6pm to 11.30 pm
Location: 3 -8-10,Ueshio, Tennoji-ku, Osaka

8) Wasabi – 1 star

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This ten seater restaurant specializes in kushikatsu, a Japanese dish of deep fried meat and vegetables. Choose from a set menu of specially selected skewers or the Wasabi menu whereby the skewers keep coming until you’re done. Big eaters are sure to be satiated with the second option. Condiments and of course the eponymous green stuff is in abundance as well. A great little place not far from Dotonbori canal. 

Head Chef: Chef Yoshifumi Mori
Opening hours: 6pm to 11.30 pm
Location: 1 -1-17, Nanba, Chuo-ku, Osaka,

9) Pierre – 1 star

 

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Imagine Japanese food with a twist of French and you’ll get Pierre. Located in central Osaka, this one Michelin Star restaurant offers both immaculate food and service. The menu is carefully selected each week according to the season and what is available locally. With an open kitchen, you can witness the skills of the chef first hand and with a choice of more than 400 wine varieties, finding a bottle to compliment your food shouldn’t be an issue. 

Head Chef: Chef Asako Onoyama 
Opening hours:
6pm to 11.30 pm
Location: 3-60, Ofuka-cho, Kita-ku , Osaka  

10) Asai – 1 star

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In Japan, the kaiseki dining style involves several small dishes presented separately according to taste, texture and appearance. Asai is one of the best kaiseki restaurants in town so expect an unforgettable experience. Again, the kitchen is open, meaning you’ll have a good view of your food even before it reaches your table.  

Head Chef: Chef Kigawa Asai
Opening hours: 6pm to 11.30 pm
Location: 1-6-19 Higashishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka

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