13 Recommended Shopping, Entertainment, and Izakaya Spots in Kyobashi, Osaka

Publish-date: Nov 24 2017 Update-date: Nov 19 2018
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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13 Recommended Shopping, Entertainment, and Izakaya Spots in Kyobashi, Osaka

Known as the "gateway to the East" in Osaka, Kyobashi is a very lively place that has grown as an area for dining and entertainment. This article will feature some highly recommended izakaya spots that are located in this area. Check them out!

1. Osaka Osake Dining Tsugumi

1. Osaka Osake Dining Tsugumi

Dine here if you wish to enjoy your meal in a quiet atmosphere. The restaurant mainly serves charcoal-grilled dishes from various meats, which include carefully-selected, same day-caught fresh chicken from a well-established wholesaler. Aside from that, they also have a variety of creative dishes. It is said that the restaurant has plenty of creative dishes that are perfect with alcoholic drinks. One of them is their original takoyaki, which is made from a unique recipe created through a lot of research and development.
Another highly recommended dish is anything made with their same day-caught fresh chicken - be it fried, sashimi, broiled, or grilled. However, it seems that their [Fresh Chicken Rare Katsu] (breaded meat which is crispy on the outside, but juicy on the inside) is one that should not be missed. Since the restaurant only serves freshly caught chicken, their rare katsu can be safely and deliciously enjoyed like sashimi - dipped in soy sauce or rock salt. Although the restaurant is known for its quiet atmosphere, it is welcoming for both solo guests and groups. They have counter seats for solo guests, tables for couples or groups, and even a private room for parties.

Osaka Osake Dining Tsugumi

Open: [Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holiday] 5:00 pm - 3:00 am (L.O. 2:30 am) 
[Monday-Thursday] 5:00 pm - 00:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
Closed: Sunday
Average price: Dinner 3,500 JPY
Access: From Kyobashi Station, walk along Keihan Mall to the building across Kyobashi Police Box (2nd floor)  
Address: 2F, Nagai Bldg., 2-2-20, Higashi Noda-machi, Miyakojima-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

2. Ryukyu Tapas no Okinawa Bar Jimmy Nine

2. Ryukyu Tapas no Okinawa Bar Jimmy Nine

This is the place to be if you wish to enjoy local gourmet at Kyobashi.
Its selling point is its authentic Okinawan cuisine prepared by Okinawan chefs using ingredients directly sourced from Okinawa. They are known to serve both popular dishes, as well as those rarely served by restaurants. Also, it is said that the restaurant owner runs a fruit and vegetable shop that also has dishes made with fresh vegetables. The restaurant's must-try dishes are the [Goya Chanpuru] (stir-fried bitter melon) and [Rafute Chahan] (Okinawan braised pork belly with fried rice). Their [Goya Chanpuru] has generous servings of Okinawan ingredients that include fresh vegetables, pork, and corned beef, while their [Rafute Chahan] is made with their specially-prepared braised pork belly. Once you get a taste of these lovely dishes, you won't be able to get enough! 
Jimmy Nine also serves Awamori (Japanese alcohol) from Okinawa. Needless to say, this restaurant is the perfect place if you wish to enjoy authentic Okinawan cuisine.

Ryukyu Tapas no Okinawa Bar Jimmy Nine

Open: [Monday-Thursday, Sunday, National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 2:00 am (L.O. 1:00 am) 
[Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 2:00 am (L.O. 1:00 am)
Closed: None  (except for New Year's holiday)
Average price: Dinner 3,000 JPY
Access: 2 minutes walk from JR Kyobashi Station West Exit and Kyobashi Station Exit 2 (Keihan Main Line). Located on the 1st floor of the building in front of Daiei Supermarket.
Address: 1F, Uemuro Bldg., 2-4-8, Kata-machi, Miyakojima-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Source: Hitosara (Japanese)

3. Vegetable and Wine Kyohashi Bar Nine

3. Vegetable and Wine Kyohashi Bar Nine

This restaurant is the best place to go to if you are thinking about a girls-only party or any other kind of party. They serve Italian food, and they are known for their seasonal vegetables and wine. Thanks to their red walls and large windows that also serve as their menu, it will not be difficult for tourists to find the place. The restaurant is popular among customers who wish to enjoy dishes made with fresh seasonal vegetables. Also, it is said that the relatives of the restaurant owner run a fruit and vegetable shop, so they get the freshest vegetables daily. This will surely become a haven for vegetable lovers. 
One of their bestsellers is the [Pumpkin Gratin]. Unlike the usual gratin, it is made and served inside a whole pumpkin, so diners will surely enjoy gratin with a twist of real pumpkin. This dish is really delicious, with a sweet taste, as well as a soft and flaky texture. It really goes well with the gratin. It seems that the dish is popular, especially among female diners. In addition, their [Bagna Càuda] made only from fresh vegetables also tastes good. Aside from their delectable food menu, their bar also features a lot of drinks. The restaurant is dominated with red - both inside and outside - and also features an open space that exudes a bar-like atmosphere, which makes it an ideal place for both normal dining and parties.

Vegetable and Wine Kyohashi Bar Nine

Open: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. for food 2:00 pm, L.O. for drinks 2:30 pm)
 [Monday-Thursday, Saturday, National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. for food 00:00 am, L.O. for drinks 00:30 am) 
[Friday, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 5:00 am (L.O. for food 4:00 am, L.O. for drinks 4:30 am) 
Closed: Sunday If Monday is a national holiday, then it will be open on the Sunday before it. 
*If you make a reservation, then the restaurant will be open on off days as well. Please inquire.
Average price: Dinner 3,000 JPY  Full course meals from 3,500 JPY
Access: 3 minutes walk from JR Kyobashi Station South Exit. Located at the back of Daiei along Neyagawa River.
Address: 1F, Daihatsu Bldg., 2-2-40, Kata-machi, Miyakojima-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
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4. Fue

4. Fue

This family-run izakaya is known for their delicious okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancake), teppanyaki, and skewers. Their first store makes okonomiyaki, while the second one (our feature) makes teppanyaki and skewers, which is said to be their selling point. As expected from a restaurant known for its kushiage (deep-fried skewers) and kushiyaki (grilled skewers), the restaurant seems to have a lot of specialties considering the range of food choices. Each stick of their classic [8-piece Omakase Kushikatsu] (Chef's choice of deep-fried skewers) is so hot, crispy, and satiating. They also serve [Beef Tongue Stew]. Based on observations of surrounding tables, it was determined that it seemed delicious and well-braised. Despite the restaurant's compact space, the family's dedication in managing their restaurant contributes to the utmost comfort and feel-at-home vibe that it provides diners.

Fue

Open: [Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 2:30 am (L.O. 2:00 am) 
 [Weekdays, Sunday] 5:30 pm - 00:30 am (L.O. 00:00 am)  Lunch: 11:45 am - 2:45 pm
Closed: None
Average price: 1,001 JPY - 1,500 JPY
Address: 5-2-8, Higashi Noda-machi, Miyakojima-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Source: Hitosara (Japanese)

5. Izakaya Toyo

5. Izakaya Toyo

There are a lot of izakaya spots in Kyobashi, but this is one of the most popular among the locals. It is so popular that despite being a bit pricey compared to other spots, it still does not run out of queuing diners. This spot is known for their fresh tuna and seafood choices. One of the most recommended dishes is their [Otsukuri] (sashimi) and [Maguro Hohoniku Aburi] (broiled tuna cheek meat). They offer different types of sashimi, but a personal favorite, the [3-piece Assorted Sashimi] made of chutoro (medium fatty) tuna meat is one that should not be missed. Whether it is made with chutoro, sea urchin, or salmon roe, their sashimi dishes are all very filling and undoubtedly delectable. In addition, their [Maguro Hohoniku Aburi] has a perfect balance of aroma and fat - you will never get enough once you have a taste of it. Their dishes may be a bit expensive compared to other izakaya spots, but you will get your money's worth considering the taste.

Izakaya Toyo

Open: [Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday] 3:30 pm - 9:00 pm 
[Saturday] 2:30 pm - 8:00 pm Business hours changed to one hour earlier.
Closed: Monday, Thursday, Sunday, National Holidays
Average price: 2,001 JPY - 2,500 JPY
Address: 3-2-26, Higashi Noda-machi, Miyakojima-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Source: Hitosara (Japanese)

6. Manzokuya

6. Manzokuya

Among the many tachinomi izakaya (standing bars) in Kyobashi, Manzokuya offers seats for its guests with the prices of a standing bar. The place is surprisingly wide, as it features a counter, as well as a space that serves as a standing bar. In addition, the bar has a unique vibe compared to other establishments within the vicinity, and its interior has a very lovely and bright atmosphere. Thanks to this, the bar is filled with guests that make it very lively every night. The dishes in their menu are typical izakaya dishes; however, diners can get a great deal more for their money than in other izakaya spots. 
Diners should not miss their [Dashimaki] (Japanese-style omelette with dashi) and [Kushiten] (grilled/deep-fried meat and vegetable skewers). They also have [Kushiten no Moriawase] (an assortment of grilled/deep-fried skewers) that come in 8 sticks of seafood and vegetables. All of their seafood skewers come in large servings, so each stick is very satiating. Plus, they are also deliciously hot and crispy. On the other hand, their dashimaki has a perfect balance of fluffiness and juiciness. Manzokuya is perfect for solo drinkers and even for groups, so it is a great place to relax and hang out with friends.

Manzokuya

Open: 10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Closed: December 31 - January 2 
Average price: 1,500 JPY - 2,000 JPY
Address: 3-5-18, Higashi Noda-machi, Miyakojima-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Source: Hitosara (Japanese)

7. Sakanaya Keihan Kyobashi Branch

7. Sakanaya Keihan Kyobashi Branch

The second branch of the famous Sakanaya, a restaurant known to serve premium and rare fresh fish from all over Japan at a reasonable price, is located in Kyobashi. This place is a must-try for those who want to eat fresh and delicious fish. Sakanaya Keihan always strives to offer dishes made only with the freshest ingredients, so they take pride in cooking dishes immediately after the ingredients have been caught. Needless to say, diners can surely enjoy delectable dishes made from freshly caught fish. That being said, you should not miss their sashimi and sushi assortments. Given their excellent taste, they are far more reasonable in terms of prices compared to any other sushi restaurant in the area. The restaurant has a counter for solo diners, as well as tables and private rooms for those in groups, offering convenience that will attract a lot of diners.

Sakanaya Keihan Kyobashi Branch

Open: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm/4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed: New Year's holiday
Average price: 2,001 JPY - 2,500 JPY
Address: 2-3-28, Higashi Noda-machi, Miyakojima-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Source: Hitosara (Japanese)

8. Taishu Nomidokoro Tokuda Saketen

Although there are many places for solo drinking in Kyobashi, it would not be an exaggeration to say that Tokuda Saketen is the most famous pub among the locals. It seems that the bar has been around since the Meiji era. Despite being a typical pub, it has a remarkable exterior that is unlike other pubs in the area. It has a clean, wooden interior that features a U-shaped counter, as well as large tables, providing a sense of a large space. They serve a variety of dishes, from sashimi to home-cooked meals, fried foods, and other classic izakaya dishes. All dishes are priced reasonably. Their dishes made with horumon (beef, chicken, or pork entrails) and [Liver Katsu] are must-tries. The entrails, whether boiled, grilled, or fried, all share a chewy texture. Also, their liver katsu does not have a typical liver smell, so it is great even for those who do not normally eat liver dishes. This izakaya is a perfect place to indulge one's time, whether it be drinking solo, going with a group after work, or relaxing during a holiday.

Taishu Nomidokoro Tokuda Saketen

Open: [Weekdays] 3:00 pm - 00:00 am
 [Weekends, National Holidays] 12:00 pm - 00:00 am
Closed: None (except on New Year's holiday)
Average price: Lunch and Dinner: 2,000 JPY - 2,999 JPY 
Address: 2-2-2, Higashi Noda-machi, Miyakojima-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Source: Hitosara (Japanese)

9. Kyobashi Nitoryu

Check out this restaurant if you are looking forward to celebrating an anniversary, a dinner out with family or friends, or even just for entertainment. Kyobashi Nitoryu is known for their cuisine made with fine seasonal fish, meat, and vegetables sourced from all over Japan. Their fresh fish and seafood, brought straight from the sea, are sourced from places like Toyama, Oita, Fukushima, or Yawatahama. Also, their farm-fresh meat is sourced from high-grade meats, such as Iwate's Platinum Pork, first-class Wabuta Mochibuta pork loin, same-day caught Daisen Chicken, and premium Miyazaki Kuroge Wagyu beef. Their vegetables are from organic farmers in Wakayama. With that being said, the restaurant is very committed on providing dishes made with only the best ingredients. Their course meals are a must-try if you want a taste of these premium ingredients. You can get generous servings of fish, meat, and vegetables in one dish while enjoying a laid-back dining atmosphere. Kyobashi Nitoryu has counters, tables, and private rooms for solo diners and groups, providing the utmost convenience to all diners.

Kyobashi Nitoryu

Open: 5:00 pm - 00:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
Closed: None
Access: 5-10 minutes walk from Kyobashi Station. Located right after entering the Amijima Market intersection along National Route 1.
Address: 4-5-44, Higashi Noda-machi, Miyakojima-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka
Source: Official Website (Japanese)

Disclaimer:All information is accurate at time of publication.




Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.

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Publish-date: Nov 24 2017 Update-date: Nov 19 2018
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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