Japanese Food Spots in Osaka Area

  • Kani Douraku Main Store
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    4.0
    1038 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori 1-6-18
    One of the symbols of Osaka and the Dotonbori, this crab restaurant is easily identified by its giant moving crab sign. Here diners can enjoy fresh crab year round, sourced from locations such as the San’in region and Hokkaido as appropriate to the season. The restaurant’s signature menu option is its “kani-suki course,” with which diners can enjoy crab with the restaurant’s secret dashi stock. The colorful “kani kaiseki” course meal is also popular for parties and banquets. A popular destination for tourists, the restaurant also sells its special crab vinegar and crab rice gruel in convenient packages to take home as souvenirs.

    First off. It is expensive with the cheapest set at ¥5,500 before tax but I guess you’re getting what you are paying for. The service is exceptional even if we are English speaking tourists. It is...

  • Okonomiyaki CHIBO (Dotonbori Shop)
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    4.0
    582 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori 1-5-5
    Okonomiyaki CHIBO is a restaurant specializing in Okonomiyaki (savory pancakes), located in Dotonbori in the Chuo Ward of Osaka City. The restaurant’s original pancake mix—which is made from around 20 different types of flour mixed with high-quality onsen water—ensures plump pancakes with a mellow flavor. Okonomiyaki CHIBO pays particular attention to its sauces, which play a key role in enhancing the flavor; the restaurant’s low-calorie original sauces are made using carefully-selected fruits and vegetables. The spacious dining area, with around 200 seats, is kept spotlessly clean, and the restaurant is a popular choice for dates and for women to get together with their female friends.

    Delicious and fun watching the cooks perform. Food was great and every well priced. Portions are huge and the staff very friendly. Recommending to share one portion of okonomiyaki for two.

  • Fukutaro
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    4.5
    281 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Sennichimae 2-3-17
    Fukutaro located in Chuo Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture is an okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) restaurant and is famous with long queues. The most popular dish is the negiyaki using plenty of green spring onion produced in Osaka. It is an exclusive dish in which the homemade soy based sauce goes well with the flavor of the batter, and the Sujinegiyaki with beef sinew is particularly popular. As seafood such as octopus, scallops and oysters is purchased directly from Osaka Chuo Market, it is freshness itself. There is a range of okonomiyaki with a springy texture and a la carte menu items. Inside the restaurant, it offers an atmosphere of an old-fashioned okonomiyaki restaurant in downtown Osaka. Booking is not available.

    Amazing fresh food served. Staff are friendly and very helpful. The menu’s at the time unfortunately were only available in Japanese but the staff were kind enough to take me through in English...

  • Kushikatsu Daruma Shinseikai Main Store
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    4.0
    372 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Naniwa-ku Ebisuhigashi 2-3-9
    Kushikatsu Daruma head office is a very famous specialty kushikatsu (a grilled skewer) restaurant even for Shinsekai, a famous sightseeing place in Osaka. This well-established restaurant opened in 1929. It is also well-known as the birthplace of kushikatsu and often featured on TV and in magazines. It achieves a perfect balance by extracting the taste of ingredients with an uncompromising quality of batter, sauce and oil. The famous Original Kushikatsu, which is succulent beef in freshly fried crispy batter covered with sauce, has an irresistible taste. There are only 12 seats at the counter, so waiting in the queue is unavoidable.

    Our guide said he could eat 50 skewers. My question:WHY? In a city known for great beef, pork, seafood and vegetables, at this restaurant you get slivers of unremarkable filling in breaded skewers...

  • Takoyaki Doraku Wanaka Sennichimae Main Store
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    4.0
    320 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Nambasennichimae 11-19
    A venerable takoyaki octopus dumpling shop located next to Namba Grand Kagetsu in Osaka City’s Chuo Ward. Known as the orthodox paragon of the flavor of Osaka takoyaki, almost every day sees long lines of tourists and locals waiting outside the shop’s door. The shop’s vaunted dough, made with a kombu kelp and bonito dashi stock, is fried up crisp on the outside and chewy and viscous on the inside. In addition to standard takoyaki sauce, the shop offers soy sauce, a spring onion and salt sauce, and a seasonal sauce to popular acclaim. Eat-in space available.

    Osaka is the Japanese capital of street food and one of its signature dishes is takoyaki. In the area of Namba/Dotonbori Ive found Wanaka and during my holiday I ended up eating takoyaki there every...

  • CREO-RU Dotonbori Branch
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    4.0
    225 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori 1-6-4
    CREO-RU Dotonbori Branch located in downtown Dotonbori in Minami district of Osaka is a large restaurant where you can enjoy well-known Osaka foods such as takoyaki (octopus dumpling), okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) and kushikatsu (grilled skewer) in one place. Takoyaki which has a crispy fragrant outer and soft inner is famous as it is delicious even when cool. There are a range of fusion menu items such as a “Semi-boiled egg with plenty of spring onions” and “Pepperoncino style” as well as a standard sauce flavor. Okonomiyaki with a springy mixture blended with brown rice flour as well as kushikatsu which is fried with 100% soybean oil are also popular. Takoyaki is available for take-out. The closest station is Namba Station.

    My brothers and I had a fantastic meal here on New Years Day. We chose this place because one of them wanted okonomiyaki and the other one wanted takoyaki and this place specializes in both. The...

  • American Village Kougaryu Main Store
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    4.0
    140 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Nishishinsaibashi 2-18-4
    A famous takoyaki octopus dumpling shop located in America-Mura in Osaka City’s Chuo Ward said to be the originator of the “amikake mayonnaise” style of takoyaki, which is fast become the standard for takoyaki today. Since the shop was first opened, it has only used carefully selected, highest quality ingredients, including a specially made mayonnaise and select octopus. The dough, made with a dashi stock prepared from seven varieties of ingredients and mixed with Japanese yam, is flavorful, spongy, and addictive. In addition to standard takoyaki sauce, the shop also offers a negipon spring onion and yuzu sauce as well as a popular black pepper and salt mayonnaise. Eat-in space available.

    Hot, hot, hot! My fault I took a bite too quickly. As I said, we got here when there was no one else. The cook took her time fixing and prepping the takoyaki. It always makes a difference when...

  • Kuromon Sanpei Kuromon Market Store
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Nippombashi 1-22-25
    This fresh fish retailer is set up in the Kuromon Market, which has continued to operate since the end of the Edo period (1603-1868). The retailer started as Sanpei Fishery Co., Ltd., which handled salted salmon and fish eggs at the Osaka Central Wholesale Market. The inside of the store is lined with fresh seafood just purchased from the Osaka Central Wholesale Market. In addition to large packs for dealers, they also offer many processed items such as sushi and seafood rice bowls that can be easily purchased by tourists. With a dining area in one corner of the shop, you can enjoy a bento lunch box bought there right away.
  • Takoya Dotonbori Kukuru Main Shop
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    4.0
    149 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori 1-10-5 Chalka Building 1F
    A takoyaki (octopus dumpling) shop located in the Dotonbori area of Osaka City’s Chuo Ward easily identifiable by its unique sign enwrapped by a giant octopus. This venerable shop is famous even in Osaka, the capital of takoyaki restaurants, and its dumplings are distinguished by their spongy and viscous texture. The “meibutsu bikkuri takoyaki,” only served at the main restaurant location, features huge chunks of plump wild octopus sticking boldly out of the dumplings. In the eat-in space, octopus shabushabu and dried octopus-based oden stew are served in addition to takoyaki and akashiyaki.

    The long line should be a dead giveaway if you somehow miss the big octopus signboard (its so obvious). Really one of the best, if not THE best takoyaki in Osaka. A MUST is not an understatement.

  • Negiyaki Yamamoto Umeda EST Branch
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    4.0
    117 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Kakudachou 3-25ESTE27
    Negiyaki (green onion pancake) Yamamoto Umeda EST Branch, established in Jyuso, Higashiyodogawa Ward in 1965, is a famous restaurant as the birthplace of the negiyaki (spring onion pancake). The staff meals that the owner made for children became famous and the negiyaki, an okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) with plenty of spring onions, has become the signature dish. A popular menu item is sujinegi with beef sinew and konjac paste. It goes well with the special soy-based sauce. The restaurant is located in the corner of “EST”, a shopping complex, and is known as a restaurant where there is a queue. The closest station is Umeda Station.

    Had fabulous food after a short queue, nice service and hot plate to keep food warm is great! Price is very reasonable for a nice place in a big city. Menu is not extensive though so if you want...

  • Kushikatsu Daruma Shinsaibashi Store
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    4.0
    114 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Shinsaibashisuji 1-5-17
    The Shinsaibashi branch of the long-established Kushikatsu Daruma chain opens at 11:00 a.m. and has plenty of tables, so it attracts lots of family groups at lunchtime. The main focus of the menu is, as the restaurant’s name suggests, kushikatsu (Japanese-style deep-fried kebabs), but there is also a wide range of reasonably-priced set meals, including doteyaki (beef tendons stewed in miso and mirin) etc. Adults accompanying children who order less than a specified amount will be required to pay an additional cover charge, so it works out cheaper to order plenty of kushikatsu.

    Good kushikatsu. A bit greasy. The recommended 9 piece set is more than enough for one person. Very friendly and helpful staff.

  • Daruma Namba Main Store
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    4.0
    88 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Namba 1-5-24
    Located a five-minute walk away from Exit 14, Namba Subway Station. This is a kushikatsu restaurant of long standing which has a rule, “don’t dip skewers into sauce twice”. They put a special sauce on the skewers. The restaurant’s dark brown sauce has been developed over a long time and has been carried down to the present day. The initial crispiness, followed by a sticky food texture is unique to Daruma. The food texture of the batter is well maintained by using a fine textured batter and also due to the sauce also being well mixed. They are the right size that they are easy for women and children to also eat them. In addition to the main dish of kushikatsu, they also have seasonal items and a set menu.

    One of the Better Tasting Kushikatsu out there. If not for the dipping sauce I would have rated them 5. I find it unhygienic as to why you have to use the sauce over and over again from different...

  • HARIJU Dotonbori Main Store
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    4.0
    78 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori 1-9-17
    HARIJU Dotonbori Main Store opened in Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture in 1919 is a well-established specialty beef restaurant. It operates a butcher’s store and three restaurants in a historical building which was built in 1948 and is also a landmark of Minami district of Osaka. In particular, it boasts an exclusive Sukiyaki, a well-known dish in Japanese restaurants which impresses all gastronomes from Japan and overseas. You can enjoy the taste unchanged since the time of establishment which goes well with the secret sukiyaki stock and umami from high-quality Japanese black beef. It provides quiet Japanese-style seating as well as individual rooms which can be also used for happy events. The closest station is Namba Station.

    Came to this place after being recommended by hotel concierge. We went for the set menu which gives a great selection of japanese beef. Tried different cuts, all tasty with different texture. Great...

  • Umaiya
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Naniwachou 4-21
    A venerable takoyaki octopus dumpling restaurant located in Osaka City’s Kita Ward which has even been featured in the Michelin Guide. So delicious they can go without sauce or soy sauce on top, many fans come from far away to enjoy the shop’s takoyaki. Made according to the same recipe as when the restaurant was founded, and enhanced with dashi stock and ginger, the shop’s good, old fashioned takoyaki is crisp and toasty on the outside and soft and viscous on the inside. The shop also has an eat-in space.

    Delicious Traditional takoyaki. Batter and squid, no add-on ingredients. Brown Sauce taste sweet and ginger. We will definity recommend to our friends. Take Exit 12 or 13 of train s tation and walk...

  • Mimiu Main Restaurant
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    4.0
    71 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Hiranomachi 4-6-18 Spirit shrine in the west
    Mimiu is a long-established restaurant that traces its origins back to Mimiu-ro, a 200-year-old restaurant in Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture. The name was changed to Mimiu when the restaurant was transformed into a specialist noodle restaurant in 1925. Mimiu’s signature dish is Udon Suki (seafood and vegetable hotpot served with udon noodles), cooked using a special Kansai-style broth. Several different set meals are available at different prices. At Mimiu’s Main Branch, Soba noodles made using 100-percent buckwheat flour (with no wheat flour added) are available, up to a limited number of servings per day. All seating is in private rooms, with rooms for every occasion from small-scale get-togethers to large-scale banquets; Mimiu provides a relaxing environment tailored to meet customers’ needs.

    This is a blast from the past, a bygone era when restaurants were like houses and the decor was simple zen style. There are private rooms for intimate business dining. The speciality is noodles...

  • Dotonbori Jihey
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori 2-1-4
    A fugu and pike conger restaurant founded in 1945 and located on Dotonbori in Osaka City’s Chuo Ward. The restaurant serves high quality fugu dishes year round such as tessa fugu sashimi and techhiri boiled fugu. The seasonal fugu kaiseki courses and tecchiri course are popular. The hamo (pike conger) course, primarily served in summer, is renowned and includes hamo chiri (boiled pike conger), hamo sukinabe (pike conger sukiyaki-style hotpot), and pike conger oshizushi. The restaurant also offers a variety of seating options, including regular tables, sunken kotatsu seating, and private rooms overlooking Dotonbori.

    this is one of the many restaurants located at dotonbori. it’s relatively ‘quieter’ so we love it. most people come here for hot pots. the restaurant offers set menu for hot pots. globe fish or...

  • Tsuruhashi Fugetsu Okonomiyaki and Yakisoba Main Store
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    4.5
    57 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Tennouji-ku Shimoajiharachou 2-18
    Located around one minute's walk from Tsuruhashi Station (JR and Subway), Tsuruhashi Fugetsu Okonomiyaki and Yakisoba is restaurant that has been in existence for over 60 years that serves Okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancake), a food that has become symbolic of Osaka's gastronomic culture. Passing through the white curtain at the entrance, customers are greeted by a bright, clean interior, with large tables and seats that make it possible to really relax and enjoy your meal. The Okonomiyaki, which is served with plenty of cabbage, is prepared right in front of you. The frying is performed with great attention to detail, and so the preparation process takes around 15 minutes to complete; the end result has a crisp exterior and a soft, fluffy inside. The Cod Roe and Mayonnaise Salted Soba Noodles, which is available only in the spring months, makes for a delicious combination.

    Okonomiyaki isnt the soul food of Osakan as much as Takoyaki. Therefore, we estimate okonomiyaki restaurant very strict. I think this restaurant is good, but still I want it to be more excellent one.

  • Takohachi Dotonbori Head Shop
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    4.0
    59 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori 1-5-10
    At Takohachi, which was founded in 1979, diners can enjoy takoyaki (octopus dumplings) with a touch of soy sauce flavor. Besides the superb takoyaki, which are perfectly browned on the outside and soft and melty inside, Takohachi also offers akashiyaki (a slightly softer type of octopus dumpling), okonomiyaki (savory pancakes), yakisoba (fried noodles), ikayaki (grilled squid), and negiyaki (savory pancakes with green onions), all of which are addictively delicious. Takohachi Dotonbori Main Branch is located around seven minutes' walk from Kintetsu Railway Nippombashi Station.

    Serves up the usual fare of ‘Osaka Food’ 3 stories The restaurant one The 3rd floor Our table mixed and matches a bunches of dishes All Ok but no standouts.

  • Abeno Takoyaki (Yamachan Main Store)
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    4.0
    57 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Abeno-ku Abenosuji 1-2-34
    This takoyaki (octopus balls) specialist is found near Abeno Harukas. It's a classic crispy outside springy interior takoyaki and has been previously included in the Kansai-area Michelin Guide. You can choose the amount and type of sauce at the shop-front window, and sauce options can be mixed from soy sauce, mayonnaise, aonori (dried green laver), and sesame oil. While the shop is take away only there is an eating space available at a second store nearby that the staff can direct you to.

    staff are very friendly & helpful while asking for direction as we were sort of lost some where some how .

  • Abeno Takoyaki Yamachan 2nd shop
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Abeno-ku Matsuzakichou 2-3-53 Kawakami Building 1F
    Located a five-minute walk away from JR Tennoji Station, in addition to “Takoyaki” (savory octopus dumplings), this restaurant has a new menu which you can also enjoy which includes Akashi Yaki (pan-fried dumplings made from egg and soup stock), salted fried noodles, “omusoba” (fried noodles wrapped in a thin omelet) and “soba meshi” (soba noodles and rice cooked together along with meat and vegetables). Chicken carcass is added to the vegetable and fruit soup and a Japanese style soup stock such as kombu is blended to make a high quality batter dough. At the restaurant, they are particular about using seasonal vegetables and fruits to add to their soup. They favor the original Osaka takoyaki flavor using simple ingredients. Using a heavy custom made iron plate, they carefully grill at a high temperature, and the scent and sweetness of the hidden ingredients in the soup comes alive.

    It is on a side street just around the corner from the main store, but this one has a small interior with seating on shared tables. A humble place, but friendly, and really you go there for the...

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While Osaka prefecture is the country's second smallest prefecture, its capital, Osaka City, is the country’s third-largest and arguably one of the most popular in the Kansai region thanks to its vibrant nightlife, the Osaka people’s openness, and its much-loved cuisine, which has earned it the nickname "the nation’s kitchen."

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