Sprinkled throughout the glorious cityscape of Osaka are countless dining experiences. If you’re not sure where to start or which restaurant or stall to check out in Osaka, use this gastronomic guide for your ultimate Osaka food trip. Here’s what and where to eat in the second largest metropolitan area in Japan:
You may have to squeeze yourself into the list of customers Manger serves. The restaurant is said to have the best tonkatsu in Japan. Arrive two to three hours in advance before their opening so you can write your name and number and secure your seat. You can freely choose your pork from Kurobuta, Tokyo X, and Spanish Iberico Pork for your tonkatsu. The priciest they have is the Spanish Iberico tonkatsu. But don’t miss their gorgeous foie gras tonkatsu, which is made of goose liver stuffed inside the pork and deep-fried.
2-3-22 Yokoen Yao Osaka
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 5 – 9P M
*Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Harukoma is the best place for quality but affordable Osaka ramen. Order their season special and don’t miss their fatty tuna or toro.
5 Chome-5-2 Tenjinbashi, Kita, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 530-0041, Japan (Nearest station: Tenjimbashisuji Rokuchome)
11:00 AM – 10:30 PM
Watch okonomiyaki being cooked in front of you on a hotplate. Pair your okonomiyaki with octopus or bacon.
2-3-17 Sennichimae Chuo-ku Osaka
5 PM – 12:30 AM, weekdays; 12 PM – 12 AM on Saturday and Sundays
If you’ve been dying to taste authentic Takoyaki, the famous Takoyaki Yamachan is the go-to place and super popular among locals and tourists. As you sink your teeth into this Takoyaki, you will enjoy the hot and creamy stuff inside and its perfect texture.
Yamachan, 1-2-34 Abenosuji Abeno-ku Osaka Osaka
11 AM – 10 PM
To enjoy your delicious tonkatsu ramen at Muteppou, you can request the amount of richness or thickness of your broth. You could make the texture of the soup almost feel like gravy.
1-5-21 Ebisuhonmachi Naniwa-ku Osaka Osaka near Imamiyaebisu Station
11 AM – 3 PM, 6 PM – 11 PM closed on Mondays
Is omurice on the top of your Japanese must-eat list? Meijiken is known for sumptuous Omurice and Kushikatsu. Don’t forget to try their Japanese Curry Rice too!
1-5-32 Shinsaibashisuji Chuo-ku Osaka
11 AM – 3:50 PM, 5 PM – 10 PM
Zerohachi Yakiniku Restaurant
Sharpen your fangs when you visit Zerohachi, a yakiniku restaurant known for its mouth-watering grilled meat. You can choose an all-you-can-eat package with 60 items to choose from. Taste their Omi beef and juicy seafood. Order your Osaka Zerohachi Yakiniku Restaurant vouchers now and enjoy a complimentary drink from KKday.
B1, Urban Stage APEKS, 4-21, Matsuyamachisumiyoshi, Chuo-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka 540-0017
11:00AM-3:00PM, Monday to Saturday; 5:00PM-10:00PM, Sunday and Holidays
Kou Ga Ryu
Locals and tourists crave about the texture and flavor of Ko Ga Ryu’s Takoyaki. Located right across Triangle Square, Kou Ga Ryu uses sashimi-grade octopus and home-made mayonnaise for their Takoyaki. You can choose between the classic sauce-and-mayo combo and the shoyu-mayo duo for your topping.
2-18-4 Nishishinsaibashi Chuo-ku Osaka
10:30 AM – 8:30 PM
Isomaru Suisan Bar
The Japanese beachfront house vibe does a good job making people feel cozy, but it’s their array of fresh seafood that is the star of the show here. At Isomaru Suisan Bar, which is open 24/7, you can enjoy sashimi, crab, and scallops. You won’t want to miss their dishes featuring pork and chicken as well. Reserve your Isomaru Suisan Bar – Seafood Izakaya vouchers in advance.
1-4-18 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Open 24 hours
Menya Jouroku is famous for its black soup made with quality chicken and oozing with spicy taste.
6-16 Sennichimae Nanba Chuo-ku Osaka-shi Osaka-fu 542-0075
11:30 AM – 3 PM, 6 PM – 9 PM
Jihey Fugu Restaurant
This tried-and-true seafood restaurant will bedazzle you with its ambiance, 400 amazing seats, and friendly service. Feast on their fresh seafood and dishes featuring fugu, squid, crab, and Wagyu beef.
Reserve your JIHEY Fugu Restaurant vouchers now and get a complimentary drink from KKday.
3-1-22, Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka, 542-0076
Dip their grilled rice dumplings and sake buns in their spectacular sauce!
1-4-2 Honmachi Jyuso Yodogawa-ku Osaka
8 AM to 11 PM
Hop from one restaurant to another using your JR West Kansai Area Pass!