Restaurants

Top Choice Sushi in Osaka

Yoshino Sushi

In business since 1841, Yoshino specialises in Osaka-style sushi, which is hako-sushi ('pressed sushi'). This older version of the dish (compared to the newer, hand-pressed Tokyo-style nigiri-sushi) is formed by a w…
Top Choice Street Food in Osaka

Wanaka Honten

This famous tako-yaki (octopus dumplings) stand, just north of Dōguya-suji arcade, uses custom copper hotplates (instead of cast iron) to make dumplings that are crisper on the outside than usual (but still runny in…
Top Choice Okonomiyaki in Osaka

Chibō

Chibō is one of Osaka's most famous okonomiyaki restaurants. It almost always has a line, but it moves fast because there is seating on multiple floors (though you might want to hold out for the coveted tables overl…
Top Choice Kaiseki in Osaka

Shoubentango-tei

That this kappō-ryōri (Osaka-style haute cuisine) restaurant isn't more expensive is surprising considering its pedigree: established over 100 years ago, it was a literati hangout in the early 20th century. Even the…
Top Choice Kushikatsu in Osaka

Ganso Kushikatsu Daruma Honten

Daruma has branches around town but, for many Japanese, a pilgrimage to the original shop in Shinsekai – opened in 1929 and said to be the birthplace of kushikatsu – is a necessary part of any visit to Osaka. There'…
Top Choice Udon in Osaka

Imai Honten

Step into an oasis of calm amid Dōtombori's chaos to be welcomed by kimono-clad staff at one of the area's oldest and most revered udon specialists. Try kitsune udon – noodles topped with soup-soaked slices of fried…
Soba in Osaka

Denki Soba

The soba, which is actually quite good, is only nominally part of the experience here. The rest is the atmosphere – carefully orchestrated by the proprietor who mixes ambient sounds on analogue synths – and the inte…
Noodles in Osaka

Umeda Hagakure

Two storeys underground and three decades old, this shop is cramped and workmanlike, but locals queue for udon noodles made before your eyes. Cold noodles are the speciality; try refreshing nama-jōyu (with soy sauce…
Izakaya in Osaka

Robatayaki Isaribi

Head downstairs to this spirited, friendly izakaya (pub eatery) for standards such as skewered meats, seafood, veggies fresh off the grill and giant pieces of tori no karaage (fried chicken). The best seats are at s…
Gyoza in Osaka

Harannaka

This one-man show, set to a tribal soundtrack, revolves around a single hob, framed by a drum can, where a large pan of gyōza is set to sizzle. Service is slow, but reverential. The interior, hand-built by the owner…