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Okonomiyaki / Monjayaki / Takoyaki Spots in Osaka Area

  • 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)
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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.
  • TAKOPA (TAKOYAKI PARK)
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    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
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    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
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    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
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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.

    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...

  • Mizuno
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    4.0
    434 Reviews
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    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
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    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)!

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Dotonbori Ichiaki
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    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.
  • Negiyaki Yamamoto Umeda EST Branch
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    4.0
    96 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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.

    There are probably more famous okonomiyaki restaurants in Osaka but what we liked was the distinctly local feel (and the queue outside which is always a good sign). Other similar restaurants have...

  • Sennichimae Hatsuse
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Nambasennichimae 11-25 Hatsuse Bldg 2F
    Sennichimae Hatsuse is a long-established okonomiyaki restaurant which began in 1945. As it used to be operated as a ryokan (Japanese style accommodation), all seating is in relaxing individual rooms. Double sauce with a secret mixture combining four types of flour and Japanese stock covered with two types of sauce is the key to the taste. Mix, a main dish with pork, squid and prawn as well as Butatama (a pork topping) are popular. The Hatsuse set meal which allows you to enjoy a pork hot plate pot, squid tempura (deep fry) and other items is also well-received. As you can cook by yourself on a hot plate at each table, groups and families can enjoy their meals while having fun. The closest station is Namba Station.
  • Hozenji Yokocho Alley Yakizen
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    4.0
    33 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Namba 1-1-18
    Yakizen is an okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) restaurant and located in the corner of Hozencho yokocho (a side lane), a laneway where there is a row of small Japanese cuisine restaurants and bars. A yellow Zenchan doll in front of the restaurant is the landmark. The Modern Yaki featuring uniquely blended flour is famous, and you can enjoy a unique Osaka taste with a perfect combination of the springy mixture and secret sauce. Negiyaki (spring onion pancake) with a special soy-based sauce is also popular with women. There are a range of a la carte dishes. Inside the Japanese-style restaurant, there is counter and table seating in a quiet atmosphere, so can be used by both couples and groups. The closest station is Namba Station.

    Okonomiyaki at yakizen was delicious, not quite Hiroshima level but almost. Served in a hot plate, and gobbled up in a second.

  • CREO-RU Dotonbori Branch
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    4.0
    186 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.

    Came here with my friends. I had the takoyaki and they were very delicious. Good atmosphere and price as well.

  • Fukutaro
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    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.
  • Hanadako
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    4.0
    189 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Kakudachou 9-16 Shin Umeda Esophagus Street 1F
    Hanadako located in Shin-Umeda Shokudogai (food arcade) right next to Umeda Station is known as a takoyaki (octopus dumpling) restaurant where there is always a queue. A largish takoyaki fried on a high flame is attractive with a springy texture. It has the taste of a main Osaka dish with the soft, fragrant flavor of the stock, and the standard sauce as well as Negimayo topped with heaped spring onions are also popular. In the eating area, there is only seating for six with a standing-bar style. It is a popular restaurant with many visitors including regular local customers, shoppers and tourists.

    Takoyaki is one of my comfort foods in our country but nothing compares to the original and authentic ones that they serve here! Truly a must if youre in osaka, i would recommend the one with green...

  • KYO CHABANA Kitashinchi Branch
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    4.5
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Sonezakishinchi 1-2-28
    This original okonomiyaki restaurant is located in the Kitashinchi area along with luxury shops and first-rate eateries. With healthy and stylish dishes on the menu such as okonomiyaki topped with plenty of tomatoes and yakisoba (fried noodles) with avocado, this restaurant is popular with the ladies. The teppan-kushi (skewered food grilled on an iron plate) made with meat and seafood with vegetables or cheese is a Kitashinchi Branch original dish and tastes great with a glass of natural wine. Course meals such as risotto and Wagyu steak are also popular choices. In addition to counter and table seats, they also have private rooms which can be used for wining and dining. The nearest station is Kitashinchi Station.

    The variety, ingredients, taste and presentation were all amazing. Came across it by chance and this was our best meal of the trip!

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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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