Osaka, one of the most famous gourmet cities in Japan, is home to a long list of fantastic foods. Here are 10 restaurants in the Namba and Umeda area where you can indulge in shabu-shabu (sliced meat parboiled with vegetables) and sukiyaki (hot pot stew) that are perfect for the cold winter!
1. Niitaka (Umeda)
Niitaka is a restaurant specializing in shabu-shabu and sukiyaki that will let you enjoy high-quality meats such as special select Kuroge Wagyu (a type of high-quality beef) and a brand of pork called Chamiton. This restaurant’s famous [Two-Color Nabe] (from 1,280 JPY (plus tax) per person) is its signature dish that was born from the clamor of customers who want to eat shabu-shabu and sukiyaki at the same time. When you order this set, you can choose the meat according to your preference and budget, so you get to enjoy two different tastes in a single pot. Another recommended dish here is the [Special [Select Kuroge Wagyu Shabu-Shabu] that is eaten by dipping prime marbled meat in a special sauce. The homemade sesame sauce and ponzu (citrus-seasoned soy sauce) are also the pride of Niitaka.
: [Weekdays, Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm / Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)Closed
: SundayAverage price
: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPYAccess
: In Takami-koji on B1F of Umeda Sky Bldg.Address
: Takimi-koji, B1F, Umeda Sky Bldg., 1-1-90, Oyodonaka, Kita-ku, Osaka city, Osaka
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2. Shabutei Nishiumeda Branch (Nishi Umeda)
Boasting excellent accessibility as it is only approximately a 2-minute walk from Nishi-Umeda Station, Shabutei is a restaurant that serves shabu-shabu in an individual pot for each customer, whether they are on the counter seats or at the table, so they get to savor their shabu-shabu at their own pace. Its bestseller is the [Carefully Selected Kuroge Wagyu Shabu Course] that will let you taste A5 grade Kuroge Wagyu. Here, you can enjoy the finest marbled beef without breaking the bank as it only costs 3,680 JPY (plus tax). The [All-You-Can-Eat High-Quality Beef & Pork Course] is also a must as it lets you relish Japanese beef and pork all in one.
Shabutei Nishiumeda Branch
: [Weekdays and Saturday] Normal hours: 11:00 - 05:00 (last order 04:30) / Lunch 11:00 - (last order 15:30) Lunch menu is available. (We also have a dinner menu available) [Sunday and national holidays] Normal hours: 16:00 - 23:00 (last order 22:30)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 2,500 JPY / [Lunch] 900 JPYAccess
: A 2-minute walk from Nishi-Umeda station. A 7-minute walk from Osaka or Umeda stations.Address
: 2-1-15 Umeda , Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
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3. Kuroge Wagyu Nikusho Ichie Koshitsu Bettei (Kitashinchi)
Kuroge Wagyu Nikusho Ichie Koshitsu Bettei is a restaurant where you can savor grade A4-A5 Kuroge Wagyu in a private space. This restaurant has exclusive contracts with cattle farms, so its owner gets to procure carefully selected meats and customers get to enjoy yakiniku (Japanese BBQ), sukiyaki, and shabu-shabu with premium Kuroge Wagyu that is characterized by its high-quality freshness and condensed sweetness and delicious flavors. The [Special Select Kuroge Wagyu Sukiyaki] (6,480 JPY) is an exquisite dish that uses rib roast, which is perfect for sukiyaki. The set also comes with udon (thick noodles) to finish off the meal and dessert for after you’re done eating, so your belly and your heart are guaranteed to be satisfied.
Kuroge Wagyu Nikusho Ichie Koshitsu Bettei
: [Monday - Friday] 18:00 - 06:00 the following day (Last order: 05:00 [Saturday, National Holidays] 18:00 - 24:00 (Last order: 23:00)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 4,000 JPYAccess
: Get of at Kitashinchi Station on the JR Tozai Line, head southeast to Eirakuchodori Street, located near the Miyakojima Taxi.Address
: Taniyasu Rowa Bldg. 1F, 1-9-9 Sonezaki Shinchi, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka MapMore Details Reservation
4. Shabu-Shabu newKOBE Namba Walk No. 3 Street Branch (Namba)
Shabu-Shabu newKOBE is a dedicated shabu-shabu restaurant that has adopted a counter-style layout so that customers will be able to easily indulge in shabu-shabu even if they’re alone. Here, you can choose the meat from pork, beef, mix of pork and beef, and Kuroge Wagyu, and then adjust your shabu-shabu amount to small, medium, or large. The beauty of this place is that you can select the ingredients you want in your pot according to your mood and how hungry you are at that time. They use high-quality copper pots that are known for their superior heat conductivity. With this kind of pot, you can cook the meat and vegetables at such a short time just by keeping the pot at a constant temperature. You should order the [Beer Set] to enjoy a cold beer with your shabu-shabu.
Shabu-Shabu newKOBE Namba Walk No. 3 Street Branch
: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm) *Lunchtime is until 5:00 pmClosed
: IrregularAverage price
: [Dinner] 2,500 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPYAddress
: 5-11, Nijinomachi, 1, Sennichimae, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka MapMore Details
5. Fukujukan (Namba)
Fukujukan, an exclusive Kuroge Wagyu restaurant that is directly operated by a well-established meat shop, is a place where you can taste the original Fukujukan beef that comes from cattle bred on its own ranch. Fukujukan beef is subject to strict control in terms of feeds and breeding environment, so it has been ranked as a premium Kuroge Wagyu that has achieved the perfect balance of taste, meat quality, and freshness. When you eat it shabu-shabu style, which has a simple cooking technique in which you lightly and quickly cook the meat in the broth, it gives it an amazing melty texture. When you eat it sukiyaki style, however, it is eaten with special soup stock, so try to enjoy the taste of roasted meat simmered in a salty-sweet stock first, and then savor a different flavor by dipping the meat in egg.
: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)Closed
: IrregularAverage price
: [Dinner] 8,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,500 JPYAddress
: 9F, Takashimaya Osaka, 5-1-18, Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka MapMore Details
6. Gomaya Chubee Namba Dining Maison Branch (Namba)
Inspired by the concept of “good for your health,” Gomaya Chubee is a restaurant where you can enjoy various sesame seed dishes made with black and golden sesame seeds. The meat served here is Egoma pork, which is bred and fed with the highly nutritious egoma (wild sesame) that is rich in α-linolenic acid. It is characterized by its small amount of fat and flavorful taste. With the [Shabu-Shabu Course], you will get to enjoy plenty of choice Egoma pork and fresh vegetables shipped directly from the farm. Make sure to also enjoy this restaurant’s other original and elaborate sesame-based dishes, such as the [Special Golden Sesame Tofu]!
Gomaya Chubee Namba Dining Maison Branch
Open: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,800 JPY
Address: 8F, Takashimaya Osaka, 5-1-18, Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
7. Kameya Tsuruhachi Umeda Branch (Umeda)
Kameya Tsuruhachi is a restaurant where you can indulge in hot pot dishes in a fully private room with a horigotatsu (sunken kotatsu table) design. Its signature dish is the [Special Pork Shabu] (2,960 JPY for 2 persons) with domestically bred pork, which is characterized by the perfect balance of fat and lean meat, that is dipped in a special sauce. There are two types of dipping sauces - sesame sauce and homemade ponzu - so you can change up the flavors while eating if you want. This restaurant also has a 90-minute all-you-can-eat course that is recommended to those who want to enjoy shabu-shabu to their heart’s content. Another famous dish here is the [Special Motsunabe] (hot pot stew of offal and vegetables) (1,960 JPY for 2 persons) that will let you choose your preferred soup, such as the secret salt and rich miso soup.
Kameya Tsuruhachi Umeda Branch
: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm) / Lunchtime Banquets (12:00 pm - 3:00 pm) *Reservation required for groups of 8 people or more. Reserve at least a day ahead. (*Same-day reservation not accepted)Closed
Closed on December 31st and January 1st.Average price
: [Dinner] 2,500 JPYAddress
: 6F, SWING Umeda, 2-15-20, Sonezaki, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka MapMore Details
8. Wa Dining Hotaru (Namba)
Wa Dining Hotaru is a long-standing Japanese restaurant founded more than 70 years ago that is located at the 8th floor of Hotel Ichiei, making it easily accessible as the hotel is directly connected to Namba Station. Here, you can enjoy various dishes that have inherited the traditional flavors of Japanese food and value the fundamentals of Japanese cuisine. One of the items in the menu that is most recommended at this restaurant is the [Special Select Sukiyaki Set] (6,600 JPY) that comes with large portions of meat with beautiful marbling. Another highlight of this spot is the dishes made with handpicked seasonal ingredients that are arranged in such a way that they also become a feast to the eyes. If you dine here, you are bound to soak in a romantic moment as you dine while marveling at the beautiful nightscape in Namba.
Wa Dining Hotaru
: Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm) *Reservation required for lunch, Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm) *Children below elementary school student age are not permitted into the restaurant during dinnertimeClosed
: Beginning and end of the yearAverage price
: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPYAddress
: 8F, Hotel Ichiei, 1-6-8, Nambanaka, Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka MapMore Details
9. Hokkai Shabu Shabu Umeda Branch (Higashi Umeda)
Hokkai Shabu Shabu Umeda Branch is a shabu-shabu restaurant that can easily be reached from various subway stations, including Higashi-Umeda and Ogimachi. It is a place where you can enjoy shabu-shabu with high-quality lamb from New Zealand, and Sangenton pork, which is known for its tender meat and sweet taste. The lamb meat has a characteristic rich, delicious taste. It does not have a lot of fat, so it is recommended to health-conscious people. The [All-You-Can-Eat Shabu-Shabu] (4,900 JPY for adults) is very popular as it lets you eat as much lamb and pork belly as you want!
Hokkai Shabu Shabu Umeda Branch
: Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 11:00 pm)Closed
: Monday, December 31 - January 2Average price
: 3,500 JPYAddress
: 1F, Tsubaki Bldg., 3-22, Togano-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka MapMore Details
10. Miyazaki Ozaki Gyuniku Kappo GIN Kitashinchi Branch (Kitashinchi)
Miyazaki Ozaki Gyuniku Kappo GIN is a meat restaurant where you can enjoy the rare Ozaki beef that is limited to stock of only 30 heads of cattle sold per month. This restaurant buys a whole cattle, so it can serve beef cooked in various ways, such as Japanese dishes and steak. They also offer shabu-shabu and sukiyaki at reasonable prices, so you can indulge in the melt-in-the-mouth texture and delicious taste of Ozaki beef to your heart’s content. Customers who are particular about the presentation of food will also love it here since they use custom-made Imashiro earthenware to serve the food. You are bound to be captivated by their elaborate service while dining in a relaxing space.
Miyazaki Ozaki Gyuniku Kappo GIN Kitashinchi Branch
Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, National Holidays and Day before National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
[Weekdays and Saturday] Lunch 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm) *Reservation required at least a day in advance
Closed: Sunday, Beginning and end of the year (December 31 - January 3)
Average price: 8,000 JPY
Address: 4F, FOODEAR, 1-3-23, Sonezaki Shinchi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
The restaurants on the list serve various types of meat that are sourced from different places, including high-grade Japanese beef and branded pork. So, if there’s a restaurant that caught your eye, make sure to visit!
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.