Osaka restaurants

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 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 Okonomiyaki in Osaka

Chibō

One of Osaka's most famous okonomiyaki (savoury pancake) restaurants, Chibō almost always has a line, but it moves fast because there's seating on multiple floors (though you might want to hold out for the coveted t…
Top Choice Tempura in Osaka

Yotaro Honten

This two-Michelin-starred restaurant specialises in exceptionally light and delectable tempura served at the counter where you can watch the chefs, or in private rooms. The tasty sea bream dish serves two to three p…
Top Choice Sushi in Osaka

Endo Sushi

Trek out to Osaka's fish market to taste the exceptionally fresh sushi at cosy Endo, in business for over a century. You can choose from four different sushi sets of five pieces each; we recommend starting your day …
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 Japanese 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 staff at one of the area's oldest and most revered udon specialists. Try kitsune udon – noodles topped with soup-soaked slices of fried tofu. Look …
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…
Sushi in Osaka

Kaiten Sushi Ganko

This reliable kaiten-sushi (conveyor-belt sushi) shop is a popular choice for many a hungry commuter, meaning the two whirring tracks of plates are continuously restocked with fresh options. It can get crowded at me…