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Japanese Food Spots in Osaka Area

  • Taiko-En
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Miyakojima-ku Amijimachou 9-10
    Taiko-en was the former estate of a preeminent Kansai financier, Denzaburo Fujita created in luxurious style. Visitors can escape the hustle and bustle of the city in places such as the Yodogawa Tei restaurant which was used for the G8 Financial Minister's Summit dinner, Amijima where you can enjoy the chef grilling teppanyaki right in front of you, Luxele where you can taste French cuisine while viewing the gardens changing each season, and the bright cafe Brillervert overlooking the garden.
  • Kani Douraku Main Store
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    4.0
    958 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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.

    Fabulous experience with different ways of feasting the crabs. Goes well with Sake. Must book in advance

  • Okonomiyaki Yukari restaurant (Sonezaki flagship store)
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    4.5
    76 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Sonezaki 2-14-13
    Okonomiyaki Yukari is a long-established Okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancake) restaurant that opened in 1950. The Sonezaki flagship store is located in the Ohatsutenjindori Shotengai shopping arcade in the Kita Ward of Osaka City. Okonomiyaki Yukari achieved fame and lasting popularity by being a pioneer in the development of innovative Okonomiyaki recipes that feature ingredients such as Mochi rice cakes, cheese, etc. With a soft, sticky pancake base covered with a wide variety of toppings (including meat, fish, seafood, etc.), the restaurant’s Okonomiyaki are both delicious and filling.

    We had great Okonomiyaki at this place that has a very authentic vibe to it and is frequented by many locals. Staff is friendly and the level of English spoken is satisfactory. They have an English...

  • Okonomiyaki CHIBO (Dotonbori Shop)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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.
  • TAKOPA (TAKOYAKI PARK)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Konohana-ku Shimaya 6-2-61 Universal/City Walk Osaka 4F
    This is a Food Theme Park located inside Universal Citywalk Osaka in Konohana Ward, Osaka City, Osaka. Based around the theme of Osaka's soul food, takoyaki (fried octopus dumplings), TAKOPA brings together six of Osaka's famous takoyaki restaurants. It's well known as the originators of takoyaki, offering the distinct flavor of the ''eat-till-you-drop'' Dotonbori district, as well as an array of flavors from up-and-coming new talents. TAKOPA is open until 10 p.m., making it a popular evening meal spot for those returning home from Universal Studio Japan.
  • Takonotetsu Kakuta Store
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Kakudachou 1-10
    A takoyaki (octopus dumpling) restaurant first opened in 1979 which gives diners the chance to make their own takoyaki using the iron takoyaki frying molds installed in each of the tables. The batter and fillings all make use of carefully selected ingredients, including a secret dashi stock and fresh raw octopus, as well as kujo negi spring onions and other vegetables stocked from specially contracted farms. The shop also offers a variety of sauces for topping your takoyaki with, from a special house sauce to an Akashiyaki-style tsuyu sauce. In addition to takoyaki, the restaurant offers a variety of Kansai favorites, including okonomiyaki and yakisoba. Don't be worried if this is your first time making takoyaki; the staff are there to help anyone having difficulty getting their takoyaki right.
  • Takoyaki 18 ban Dotonbori Branch
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori 1-7-21 Kudaira Building 1F
    A takeout takoyaki octopus dumpling shop located on the first floor of the Nakaza Kuidaore Building in the Dotonbori area of Osaka City's Chuo Ward. The shop's takyoyaki is distinguished by its creamy dough made with dashi stock and milk accented with the flavors of sakura shrimp powder and red pickled ginger. The secret to the shop's crisp takoyaki dough is the abundant sprinkling of tenkasu deep fried dough bits. Designed to be a shop easy for women to enter, the restaurant sees long lines on weekends and holidays.
  • Takoya Dotonbori Kukuru Main Shop
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    4.0
    124 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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.

    A place for yakitoki food in Dotombori. Some sort of octopus or cheese balls yakitoki. Not my favourite food in Osaka. Four beers and eight yakitoki balls:1800 yens I found yakitoki not as good as...

  • Takoyaki Doraku Wanaka Sennichimae Main Store
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    4.0
    265 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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.

    Before coming to Osaka, several places said that despite being a chain, Wanaka did the best and tastiest takoyaki in the city. Walking around Namba there were several dozen places to choose from...

  • Blowfish Cuisine Zuboraya Dotonbori Branch
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    4.0
    85 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori 1-6-10
    A venerable fugu (puffer fish) restaurant founded in 1920 famous for its giant fugu-shaped lantern hung out front. This popular restaurant serves dishes made with wild, domestic fugu at reasonable prices. The shop’s signature “techhiri Benten course” comes with appetizers, fugu sashimi, tecchiri boiled fugu, deep fried fugu, zosui rice gruel, and dessert, and is a popular choice for year-end parties and other events. The restaurant’s gunkan sushi made with fugu milt, a particularly rare fugu delicacy, is also quite popular. This renowned shop is one of Osaka’s most famous and is a popular destination for many tourists as well. The closest station is Namba Station.

    One of the most renown restaurant in Osaka specialized in fugu or puffer fish, was disappointing. The only reason to visit it is to try the fugu, ( the sashimi fugu is tasteless ) and the other food...

  • Mizuno
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    4.0
    434 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori 1-4-15
    A venerable okonomiyaki savory pancake shop located in Osaka City’s Chuo Ward founded in 1945 in the postwar devastated Minami area. This restaurant sees an unending line of patrons waiting to get in consisting not only of long-going regulars but also tourists from throughout Japan and the world. Harnessing the distinct deliciousness of the ingredients used, the shop’s okonomiyaki taste good even without sauce and are made according to an old fashioned, secret recipe passed down over the years. The shop’s most popular menu item is its “yamaimo-yaki,” a type of okonomiyaki made with Japanese yams instead of flour along with hearty portions of scallops, pork, and shrimp.

    There is no denying that the food here is top class. The okonomiyaki is cooked in front of you and is delicious. Be ready to wait in line especially in peak times.

  • Dotonbori Akaoni
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Namba 1-2-3
    A famous takoyaki octopus dumpling restaurant located in Osaka City’s Chuo Ward which has even been featured in the Michelin Guide. The shop uses raw instead of the more conventional boiled octopus and makes no use of chemical seasonings, resulting in a more delicately flavored takoyaki that has won much renown. The shop also takes great care in the dashi stock used to flavor the dumpling batter. The shop’s takoyaki is so delicious you might be tempted to eat it as-is, but Akaoni also offers conventional sauce and soy sauce for diners to enjoy their takoyaki with. Eating “chapuchapu” style—dipping your takoyaki in a cup of warm dashi stock—is also popular. The shop uses no beef or pork in any of its dishes, making it a good choice for tourists from outside Japan with dietary restrictions.
  • Umaiya
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    4.0
    19 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.

    No fancy fillings, sauces or flakes. Pure traditional Takoyaki balls. We were lucky to wait just 15 mins before we tucked into these popular balls. Easily gulped down 16 pcs (2 pcs)!

  • Kushikatsu Bon Kitashinchi
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Doujima 1-3-16 Dojima Mary Center Bldg. B1
    A kushikatsu deep fried breaded skewer restaurant located in Osaka’s Kitashinchi area, a neighborhood crowded with first class and renowned restaurants. This famous shop has even been awarded a Michelin star. The restaurant focuses on four areas: ingredients, oil, temperature, and spirit, serving true culinary gems woven together from seasonal ingredients ordinarily reserved for the highest classes of cuisine woven together by the hands of a master. Here diners can enjoy kushikatsu that are a little different from the usual downtown, downhome treat served in Osaka, such as Hungarian foie gras and A5 rank wagyu beef chateaubriand. The restaurant elegantly decorated and, in addition to typical counter seating, there are also semi-private booth tables. The closest station is Kitashinchi Station.
  • American Village Kougaryu Main Store
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    4.0
    121 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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.

    Like seriously. Even though I’m so used to Singapore’s version of Takoyaki with crispy exteriors and fluffy interiors, the takoyaki here was so amazing!!! They were soft but had a strong fragrance of...

  • Dotonbori Jihey
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    4.5
    8 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...

  • Nihonichi no Kushikatsu Yokozuna Shinseikai Main Building
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    3.0
    79 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Naniwa-ku Ebisuhigashi 2-4-11
    Japan’s No.1 Kushi katsu (fried pork skewers) Yokozuna Shinseikai Main Shop near the tourist attraction, Tsutenkaku Tower is a specialty kushikatsu (grilled skewer) restaurant. A gigantic statue of a Biliken god with a total height of four meters standing in front of the restaurant is a landmark. There are both counter and table seating on the first floor and a Japanese style floor on the second floor so it is convenient to relax and enjoy kushikatsu in groups as well as a banquet with many people. The famous kushikatsu is bigger than the standard size and hearty. A tabehodai (all you can eat) course with unlimited kushikatsu with about 30 choices such as beef, pork and prawn is popular. At the banquet, Chanko Nabe (a sumo wrestlers’ stew) using an exclusive stock is also popular. The closest stations are Dobutsuen-mae Station and Shin-Imamiya Station.

    An appalling encounter of the lack of Japanese courtesy. The waiter promised a 10% of the bill due to a big group order. We ordered more food due to that. When I settled the bill with the manager...

  • Aiduya Umeda Branch
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    4.0
    68 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Umeda 3-2-136 Plum Three path
    Aiduya Umeda Branch in Umesankouji, a specialty shop arcade located right next to JR Osaka Station, is a popular takoyaki (an octopus dumpling) shop. The main restaurant is known as the birthplace of takoyaki and it has preserved the traditional taste which is free from sauce and red ginger since the beginning. It boasts an exclusive takoyaki with a fragrant soy sauce flavor which is still delicious even when cold. It is small and bite size so is popular as a snack with beer. Inside the shop, there is a place to eat.

    Very special place for those Takoyaki lovers!!! They serve Takoyaki in a bit different ways then the normal street store we tried. Some are served with hot soup and some are not served with Teriyaki...

  • Ageha Grand Front Osaka Branch
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Ofukachou 3-1 Grand Front Osaka South Building 7F
    Ageha Grand Front Osaka Branch on the seventh floor in the south annex of Grand Front Osaka, a shopping complex located right next to JR Osaka Station is a specialty kushikatsu (a grilled skewer) restaurant. You can enjoy an original combination of kushikatsu and wines selected by a sommelier. There are always more than 30 types of kushikatsu with a commitment to texture and decoration using seasonal vegetables from contracted farmers, high quality meat and seafood. Among these, the Angel Prawns full of sweetness and umami are popular. A lunch set with eight skewers of kushikatsu, a salad and rice is also popular.
  • Dotonbori Ichiaki
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori 1-6-12 Nicoville B1F
    Dotonbori Ichiaki is a restaurant where you can enjoy okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake), a famous Osaka dish, as well as a view of the Dotonbori River, and is popular with both locals and tourists. The okonomiyaki is made from vaunted ingredients which the owner himself purchases. There is a full range of okonomiyaki from the standard fare to original items. The Osaka tsuruhashi yaki (pancake) which has a superb flavor made by mixing in slowly stewed beef sinew and kimchi (a fermented Korean pickle) is popular. The heart-shaped Osaka omoide yaki is also popular with couples. There is table seating inside the restaurant as well as terrace seating where you can glaze at the Dotonbori River nearby. The closest stations are Namba Station and Nippombashi Station.

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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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