Department stores, specialty stores, and luxury brands all stand side by side in Shinsaibashi, Osaka, which is famed not only for its abundance of shops but also for its tourist attractions. This article will introduce 15 amazing restaurants in this area, allowing you to combine sightseeing with delicious cuisine!
1. Kaniyoshi (Japanese Cuisine)
Crab and blowfish are high-class ingredients in Japanese cuisine that everyone should try at least once! Kaniyoshi is a restaurant which primarily concentrates on these two ingredients, and is very conveniently located - only a minute’s walk from Namba Station. The [Snow Crab Course] (5,800 JPY) is particularly recommended for this time of year. It comes with crab sashimi, charcoal-grilled crab, crab hot pot, as well as crab zosui (rice porridge) made with crab dashi (broth)! A dessert tops off this crab-filled course, making it incredibly luxurious. Kaniyoshi also has an extensive a la carte menu of crab dishes, consisting of items such as [Tempura] (1,200 JPY) and [Sashimi] (1,200 JPY).
Open: [Weekdays] From 4:00 pm (L.O. 11:30 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] From 12:00 pm (L.O. 11:30 pm)
*Some irregular holidays
Average price: [Dinner] 6,000 JPY / [Lunch] 6,000 JPY
Address: B1F, Casa Ponte, 2-2-20, Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
2. Wabaru Kai (Japanese Cuisine)
This stylish restaurant lets you savor seasonal Japanese cuisine and delicious alcohol with jazz music playing in the background. Their pride and joy are the numerous seasonal seafood dishes carefully prepared by their experienced head chef. The [Assortment of 5 Kinds of Fresh Sashimi of the Day] (1,780 JPY) consists of 5 different types of seasonal fish and is ideal for those who cannot decide on what to eat. There is also a selection of horse cuisine available as well, such as the [Sakura Yukhoe] (780 JPY), which is a dish consisting of raw horse meat mixed with egg yolk that is made in limited portions each day, and the [Horse Rib Eye Steak on the Bone] (from 2,680 JPY).
: [Monday - Thursday] 6:00 pm - 2:00 am
[Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 6:00 pm - 3:00 amClosed
: SundayAverage price
: 3,500 JPYAddress
: 1F, KT Bldg., 1-19-19, Higashi Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (Map
3. KIWAMI KAGURA (Japanese Cuisine)
Guests at KIYAMI KAGURA can expect only the best seasonal ingredients, served up at their counter seats as a la carte dishes or as part of a course menu. One of the recommended dishes is [Tempura] (from 100 JPY), which is fried right in front of you. It lets you enjoy the simple deliciousness of the seasonal ingredients. They are particular about the oil, batter, flavor, texture, and ingredients used in their tempura. It's a great dish to have as a snack with a drink or as a side dish with your meal. Another dish not to be missed out on is the mouthwatering [Juwari Soba] (1,200 JPY) (100% buckwheat noodles)!
: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)Closed
: SundayAverage price
: 8,000 JPYAddress
: 1F, Matsumura Bldg., 1-15-2, Higashi Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (Map
4. Sushi Omasa (Sushi)
Popular for their sushi and Japanese cuisine, this restaurant is located near the center of Minami, which is a shopping district in Osaka. The stylish black interior brings a sophisticated atmosphere that will no doubt heighten anticipation for their delicious cuisine. Even the local foodies, who are usually quite particular, love the [Foie Gras Chawanmushi] (1,800 JPY) (savory steamed egg custard) - not only because fantastic luxury ingredients are generously scattered throughout the dish, but also because of the way the delicious abalone, full of umami (Japanese savory taste), is hidden inside the melt-in-the-mouth foie gras and egg. This dish will no doubt whet your appetite and have you wanting more! Another favorite is the [Premium Yukhoe], where Pacific bluefin tuna is marinated in a special yukhoe sauce.
: [Tuesday - Saturday] 5:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 12:00 am)
[Sunday, National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)Closed
*Closed during the beginning and end of the year, as well as ObonAverage price
: 10,000 JPYAddress
: 1F, Mitsudera Galaxy Bldg. No. 6, 2-6-15, Higashi Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (Map
5. Kiwamidori Ebisu (Japanese Cuisine)
The driving force behind Kiwamidori Ebisu’s popularity has to be the incredible freshness of the ji-dori (local chicken) cuisine they serve. The poultry is so fresh that they confidently serve raw cuts of local brands of chicken - such as Tajima chicken, Omi chicken, and Awao chicken - in the [Assortment of Ji-dori Sashimi] (1,200 JPY). For those who prefer yakitori (grilled chicken skewers), the [Premium Thigh] (1,080 JPY) can’t be beat! The thigh cut has a rich umami, and is perfectly grilled on a teppan (iron griddle). Or, how about the [Tsukune] (1,080 JPY) (meatballs)? This homemade yakitori dish is covered in the rich yolk of a brand of egg called "Ryu no Tamago", along with a homemade sweet sauce.
: 5:00 pm - 3:00 am (L.O. 2:30 am)Closed
: SundayAverage price
: 4,000 JPYAddress
: 1F, Marshall Bldg., 1-17-4, Higashi Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (Map
6. Danro (Yakiniku)
Visitors of this top-quality yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) restaurant can relax in this sophisticated restaurant with a chic interior. From their extensive menu, the top dish has to be the [Premium Tongue] (2,680 JPY). Not only is it more generously cut than other tongue dishes, but the chef also carefully scores the meat to ensure it becomes incredibly tender. Be sure to try it with lemon salt for the ultimate experience! The [Tender Queen] (1,980 JPY), with an exquisite balance between lean and fatty meat, is also highly recommended.
: 5:30 pm - 3:00 am (L.O. 2:00 am)Closed
: Irregular, Every other MondayAverage price
: 7,000 JPYAddress
: 2-6-15, Higashi Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (Map
7. Sui (Kaiseki)
This restaurant serves a variety of Japanese dishes made with locally-grown ingredients that are beautifully arranged and pair well with alcohol. In addition to the counter seats, where customers can watch the chefs carefully preparing their meals, there are also rooms with horigotatsu (sunken kotatsu tables) for up to 8 people. Customers are free to choose the seat style of their choice depending on their personal preference. The menu predominantly focuses on the [Chef's Course] (from 9,500 JPY). You'll be able to indulge in the delicate flavors of Japanese cuisine through various dishes, such as charcoal-grilled, fatty, A4-ranked Ginzan Wagyu (a type of high-quality beef) from Shimane that's served with wasabi from Sanbe and wild watercress. There's also their famous ushio-jiru (soup with seafood broth) that has fresh clams and bamboo shoots as the stars of the dish.
: [Tuesday, Friday, Sunday] 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 11:00 pm) *Reservations are required for lunch.
[Monday, Thursday, Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 11:00 pm)Closed
: WednesdayAverage price
: [Dinner] 10,000 JPYAddress
: 2F, Shinsaibashi Stage, 1-16-20, Higashi Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (Map
8. Yamafuku (Japanese Cuisine)
Oden, a Japanese dish where ingredients such as fishcakes and vegetables are slowly stewed in dashi, is a kind of comfort food. Foodies in Osaka love Yamafuku for its wide range of oden and creative cuisine. First-timers should start with classic oden offerings like daikon (Japanese white radish), thick deep-fried tofu, and konjac. Oden is made by stewing ingredients in dashi, with each type of ingredient having its own pot, for as long as possible. This ensures that the umami from the dashi seeps into them! Meat lovers may want to consider trying the Kuroge Wagyu (a type of high-quality beef) served in the [Premium Beef Shabu-Shabu] (sliced meat parboiled with vegetables).
: 6:00 pm - 12:00 amClosed
: Sunday, National HolidaysAverage price
: 4,000 JPYAddress
: 1F, Nippo New Grand Bldg., 2-8-5, Higashi Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (Map
9. Trattoria ALBERO (Italian Cuisine)
Trattoria ALBERO stands out from the crowd with their Italian cuisine, which draws out the deliciousness of the quality ingredients that they use, such as seafood shipped directly from fishing ports and freshly harvested local vegetables. The stone-paved inner garden, as well as the high ceiling, make this place a perfect spot to relax and enjoy a meal. The [Brined Fresh Fish Acqua Pazza] (1,600 JPY for 2 people) is particularly popular. The umami of the fish is condensed by the brine, after which the fish is steamed and simmered in the oven with other ingredients like shellfish and vegetables. The type of fish used in this dish changes according to the season. For example, pike conger, a Kansai specialty, is served up during the summer months.
Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
*Closed December 31 – January 3
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Address: 2-2-30, Saiwai-cho, Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
10. Bruno del Vino (Italian Cuisine)
This charming Italian restaurant that incorporates the charms of a Spanish bar is located on 1F of HOTEL TRUSTY SHINSAIBASHI. The bright and open space lets customers experience the atmosphere of the lively towns of Florence in Italy or Garcia in Spain. The [200g of Black Angus Beef with Picual EXV Olive Oil and Maldon Sea Salt] (2,400 JPY) comes highly recommended. This dish, packed full of flavor, consists of a generously-sized cut of slowly-grilled meat. Those who prefer pasta should definitely consider the [Sea Urchin and Sweet Tomato Spaghettini] (2,400 JPY).
Bruno del Vino
: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, Dinner 5:30 pm - 9:30 pmClosed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 7,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,500 JPYAddress
: 3-3-17, Minami Semba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (Map
11. Tabiji Kitchen (Cafe)
Known for its classy wall art, this cafe serves up delicious fusion and international cuisine. The [Moroccan-style Meat Ball Tagine] (720 JPY), with its spiced and herbed lamb meatballs served in a homemade tomato sauce, is a long-standing favorite. It has an exotic feel to it, thanks to the secret ingredient of dried fruit. The [Greek-style French Fries], with their feta cheese and garlic oil flavors, are a real treat!
Open: [Weekdays, Saturday] 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
[Sunday] 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Address: 1F - 2F, 1-14-20, Kita Horie, Nishi-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
12. Sakaisuji Club (French Cuisine)
Authentic Italian and French dishes are served in this elegant and classic establishment. The Italian restaurant, known as AMBROSIA, is on the first floor, whereas the private rooms with the French menu - known as L'HISTOIRE - are located on the second and third floors. The fourth floor is reserved for weddings and parties. The Italian [Pranzo del Giorno] (1,200 JPY) comes highly recommended but is only available for lunch on weekdays. This great value course comes with the pasta of the day, an appetizer, a drink, and more. For dinner, you can’t go wrong with the French [Chef's Special: Seasonal Dinner Course] (10,000 JPY).
: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (L.O.), Dinner 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (L.O.)Closed
: IrregularAverage price
: [Dinner] 7,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPYAddress
: 1-15-12, Minami Semba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (Map
13. Kunsei Bar Motokara (Italian Cuisine)
Kunsei Bar Motokara is popular for its aged and smoked dishes, which go amazingly well with both wine and beer. The [9 Assorted Smoked Platter] (1,080 JPY for 2 people) consists of a range of ingredients, which have been smoked in different ways using different woodchips depending on the ingredient, ensuring the food remains high-quality. The bone-in chicken thigh, duck breast, and domestic pork shoulder used in the [Assorted Smoked Meat Platter] (2,200 JPY for 2 - 3 people) are all succulent and rich, with an unmistakable umami. Why not wash the deliciousness down with some [Schlenkerla Marzen] (1,500 JPY) (a type of smoked German beer)?
Kunsei Bar Motokara
: [Monday - Thursday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Dinner 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
[Friday, Sunday] Lunch 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Dinner 6:00 pm - 4:00 amClosed
: IrregularAverage price
: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPYAddress
: B1F, 7-11, Souemon-cho, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (Map
14. Butasyo (Shabu-shabu, Sukiyaki)
This restaurant has private rooms where you can enjoy your meal in peace. Their signature dish is the [Tottori Daisen Mochi Pork Shabu-Shabu] (3,240 JPY), where tender and refreshing Daisen Mochi pork - a brand of pork from Tottori - is used in abundance. Quickly dip this delicious meat into the special dashi in the hot pot before popping it in your mouth. The [Steamed Mille-feuille of Takara Pork from Kagoshima and Chinese Cabbage] (1,280 JPY) uses brand meat from Kagoshima and is another must-try!
: 5:00 pm - 2:00 am (Food L.O. 1:00 am, Drinks L.O. 1:30 am)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: 5,000 JPYAddress
: 3F, Mido-Shinsaibashi Bldg., 1-18-14, Higashi Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (Map
15. UROKO (Seafood Izakaya)
This izakaya (Japanese pub) is popular for its unconventional dishes that enhance the flavors of the seafood that they get directly delivered to them. The [Pacific Bluefin Tuna Head Tekkamaki] (950 JPY) (tuna sushi roll) comes highly recommended, especially since you can even try your hand at rolling your own! The sashimi platter, [Cho-mori] (3,280 JPY for 3 people), is also fantastically delicious - consisting of 7 - 8 seasonal pieces of seafood shipped directly from the Port of Nagashima in Mie Prefecture, as well as fresh, vibrant Kawachi vegetables. Don’t miss out!
: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 11:00 pm)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPYAddress
: 1F, Ameson Square Osaka Center Bldg., 2-8-33, Nishi Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (Map
Shinsaibashi is, no doubt, a haven for delicious food in western Japan. From Japanese cuisine to French cuisine – it’s perfect for a day-long food tour!
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.