Everyone should enjoy trying the seafood when they're in Japan! Whether it's sashimi, sushi, or grilled fish, there are so many types of seafood dishes to choose from. This article will introduce 15 recommended izakaya (Japanese pubs) in Osaka that offer delicious seafood dishes.
1. Binbiya (Kitashinchi)
This izakaya is located in Kitashinchi, Osaka's most famous nightlife district, and is only a 3-minute walk from Kitashinchi Station. The chef here skillfully prepares seasonal fish sourced from all over Japan. A range of seafood dishes are on offer, from the delicious and beautifully presented [Sashimi Assortment] (2,500 JPY), to grilled and stewed fish dishes. If you're not sure what to order, the [Chef's Selection] course is a great choice. A monthly lineup of 20 to 30 types of sake (Japanese alcohol) is also available, all of which pair well with seafood. This izakaya's interior features warm wood accents and a quiet atmosphere. Counter seating is available, giving you a chance to watch the chefs at work while you dine.
: [Weekdays, Day before National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 1:00 am)
[Saturday] 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm (L.O.)Closed
: Sunday, National HolidaysAverage price
: 7,000 JPY (7,000 JPY to 8,000 JPY)Address
: 1-7-26, Sonezaki Shinchi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka MapMore Details
2. Kaizoku (Namba)
Located a 5-minute walk from Namba Station, Kaizoku is an izakaya that specializes in shellfish dishes. The menu here features all the major types of shellfish you would expect, as well as a varied lineup of rarer types as well. A staple of the menu is the [3-Piece Shellfish Sashimi Assortment] (1,280 JPY). The lineup of fresh shellfish that appear in this assortment changes daily. Another popular choice is the [Kettle-Cooked Hiroshima Oysters] (from 1,470 JPY), which consists of large oysters steamed in their shells in a large kettle. This dish is not just delicious, its presentation makes a real impact as well. The alcoholic drink menu is based around sake and wines that pair well with shellfish.
: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: 4,000 JPY (4,000 JPY to 5,000 JPY)Address
: 4-8-2, Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka MapMore Details
3. Shubo An no Ume (Namba)
This izakaya is located a 2-minute walk from Namba Station. A range of luxurious dishes are on offer, including [Bluefin Tuna Sashimi (Otoro, Chutoro, and Akami)] (2,500 JPY plus tax), a dish where you can savor wild-caught bluefin tuna, and [Fugu Shabu Nabe] (2,500 JPY plus tax), a shabu-shabu* dish made with high-grade fugu (blowfish). All items can be ordered one serving at a time, so you can take your time and sample a variety of dishes. This izakaya takes pride in their sake selection, with local sake from all over Japan available here.
* Shabu-shabu is a style of cooking where ingredients like thinly-sliced meats are quickly cooked in a pot of simmering broth, then dipped into sauces before eating.
Shubo An no Ume
4. Sandaime Umekichi (Shin-Fukushima)
This izakaya is located a 1 minute walk from Shin-Fukushima Station. Run by a tuna wholesaler, a variety of dishes made with carefully-selected tuna sourced from all over Japan are available here. Here, you can enjoy classic sashimi as well as a range of other dishes that are sure to please tuna lovers, including [Real Nakaochi] (580 JPY), which is a luxurious serving of lean red meat attached to the bone, or the [Assortment of Rare Cuts] (690 JPY), which gives you a taste of the rare parts of tuna. Another interesting dish is the [Grilled Bluefin Tuna Harmonica] (from 780 JPY), which can be ordered only once a day. This dish is made using the "harmonica" cut of the tuna, an extremely rare part located where the dorsal fin is attached to the body. A wide range of sake that matches perfectly with the dishes here is also on offer.
: [Weekdays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Food L.O. 10:00 pm, Drinks L.O. 10:30 pm)
[Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 1:45 pm)
[Saturday] 1:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Food L.O. 10:00 pm, Drinks L.O. 10:30 pm)Closed
: Sunday (please enquire about opening hours on national holidays)Average price
: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY (3,500 JPY to 5,000 JPY) / [Lunch] 690 JPY (690 JPY to 1,000 JPY)Address
: 5-9-15, Fukushima, Fukushima-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka MapMore Details
5. Uoza Okinoya (Esaka)
This izakaya is located a 3-minute walk from Esaka Station. It offers a variety of dishes made with seafood caught that very morning. The [5-Type Sashimi Assortment] (980 JPY per person) is a combination of 5 types of seasonal fish beautifully arranged together on a plate. The firm texture of this fresh fish is irresistible! [Sea Urchin and Beef] (500 JPY per piece), featuring broiled Kuroge Wagyu beef topped with sea urchin, is another item that is popular for its rich flavor and Instagram-worthy presentation. This izakaya has a fully open counter that allows customers to enjoy a view of the dishes being prepared. Private rooms are also available.
: [Tuesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm) *Closes 11:00 pm Sunday (L.O. 10:30 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm)Closed
: MondayAverage price
: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,080 JPYAddress
: 2F-C, No.3 Ronche Bldg., 3-11, Enoki-cho, Suita-shi, Osaka MapMore Details
6. Hoippo (Miyakojima)
Hoippo is located a 3-minute walk from Miyakojima Station. You can enjoy a range of seasonal dishes here, including sashimi made with the season's fresh fish, all in a comfortable interior accented with warm wood tones. A popular menu item is the [Shrimp Mayo] (1,000 JPY), featuring fried shrimp dressed with mayonnaise. The [Premium Thin Crust Pizza] (900 JPY) is also recommended. This dish features a delicious combination of creamy melted cheese, seafood, and mushrooms. In addition to seafood, there is a range of other dishes available, so everyone will be able to find something they'll enjoy. A wide range of shochu (another kind of Japanese alcohol) and sake that all pair well with Japanese cuisine is also on offer.
: [Tuesday - Friday] Lunch 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
[Tuesday - Saturday] Dinner 5:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 12:00 am)Closed
: MondayAverage price
: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 700 JPY Address
: 3-25-7-15, Miyakojima Hon-dori, Miyakojima-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka MapMore Details
7. Imafuku Omiya (Imafuku-Tsurumi)
Imafuku Omiya is a relaxed izakaya located a 3-minute walk from Imafuku-Tsurumi Station. This izakaya is characterized by its exciting "hamayaki" style of cooking, where guests use stoves at their table to grill a range of ingredients like shellfish, shrimp, or squid. Their sashimi and stews made with longtooth grouper and other high-grade fish are also popular. The alcohol menu is mainly focused on local sake. There are also specials on drinks like the draft beer every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (excluding national holidays).
: [Tuesday - Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)Closed
: Monday (closed any Tuesday following a national holiday that falls on a Monday)Average price
: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 780 JPYAddress
: 1-8-26, Imafuku Higashi, Joto-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka MapMore Details
8. Yasu (Osaka-Uehommachi)
This izakaya is located a 5-minute walk from Osaka-Uehommachi Station. Its menu focuses on seafood dishes, such as sashimi and tempura, prepared using items caught that very day from Akashi, Hyogo. The [Special Dashi Ochazuke* Sea Bream] (880 JPY plus tax) is made with Akashi's specialty, sea bream, and allows you to experience this fish's refined aroma and flavor. Another great point is this izakaya's wide-ranging drink menu, offering 20 types of sake with an additional 10 seasonal kinds to try.
* Rice topped with hot tea or dashi (broth)
: [Monday, Wednesday - Sunday] Lunch 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Monday, Wednesday - Friday] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pmClosed
: Tuesday (open the Tuesday before a national holiday)Average price
: [Dinner] 3,300 JPY / [Lunch] 750 JPYAddress
: 1F, Ueshio Kaede Bldg., 3-6-1, Ueshio, Tennoji-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka MapMore Details
9. Ochibi (Shin-Fukushima)
Locating in a remodeled kominka (traditional Japanese house), this izakaya specializes in seafood dishes and sake. Shellfish are kept live in fish tanks here and are prepared to order for optimal freshness. Recommended dishes include the [3-Type Assortment of Shellfish Sashimi] (from 1,900 JPY), made with a selection of seasonal shellfish. It's typical to eat sashimi with soy sauce and wasabi, but here it is served with the restaurant's blend of lemon-flavored salt. This blend of herbs and salts brings out even more flavor from the shellfish. A full range of sake sourced from all over Japan is available, including some hard-to-find limited-edition types. This izakaya is a 1-minute walk from Shin-Fukushima Station.
: [Weekdays, Saturday] Dinner 4:30 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 11:00 pm) (some irregular closures monthly)Closed
: SundayAverage price
: 4,000 JPYAddress
: 2-10-5, Fukushima, Fukushima-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka MapMore Details
10. Gochisou Marche (Namba)
This izakaya serves yoshoku (Western-style Japanese cuisine) and is located a 3-minute walk from Namba Station. A varied menu is available to choose from, but you'll want to try the dishes made from seafood kept live in tanks. You can enjoy the rich flavor of dishes like [Herb Grilled Fresh Lobster] (2,180 JPY), made with a whole lobster, and [Tomato Pasta with a Whole Swimming Crab] (1,050 JPY). The [Daily Omakase Carpaccio with 3 Types of Fresh Fish] (980 JPY) is also recommended not just for its taste but its stunning presentation.
: Lunch 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm) (reservations accepted only for course menus), Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:30 pmClosed
: None (closed for New Year's)Average price
: [Dinner] 2,500 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPYAddress
: 3-1-29, Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka MapMore Details
11. Furusato (Bentencho)
You can enjoy fresh seafood in a relaxed atmosphere at this izakaya. There is a varied lineup of seafood on offer here, including scallops, crabs, turban shells, sea urchin, and fugu. Particularly recommended is the [Ise Boat Assortment] (8,000 JPY), which serves 3 - 4 people. This dish comes with a generous serving of spiny lobster and sashimi made from seasonal fish and is accompanied by miso soup flavored with spiny lobster head. Aside from the seafood, another dish you'll want to try is the [Furusato Doteyaki] (600 JPY), made with beef tendon and konjac simmered in a specially-made miso sauce. Its traditional flavor has remained unchanged since the izakaya opened. Furusato is located an 8-minute walk from Bentencho Station.
: Normal hours: 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm (last order 10:30 pm)* Reservations may also be made for lunchtime.Closed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 4,500 JPYAccess
: About 8 minutes on foot from JR south exit and subway exit number 3. About 15 minutes by car from USJ Kaiyukan.Address
: 2-1-8 Isoji , Minato-ku,Osaka-shi, Osaka
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12. Yamanoya (Hommachi)
This izakaya is located in the Semba Center Building, found directly outside Hommachi Station. In a relaxed atmosphere, partake in their varied menu that includes sashimi, grilled, and stewed dishes. Dishes like the [Kobore Sushi], topped almost to overflowing with a generous serving of seafood, are popular for not just the delicious taste but also the beautiful presentation. You can also enjoy high-grade seasonal seafood all throughout the year, including conger eel in summer and tiger globefish in winter. Another appeal of this izakaya is their impressive alcoholic drink menu, with 30 types of local sake and 15 types of shochu on offer.
: [Weekdays, Saturday] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (seatings after 3:00 pm available by reservation only), Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (party reservations accepted from 1:00 pm)Closed
: Sunday, National HolidaysAverage price
: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY / [Lunch] 800 JPYAddress
: B2F, No.9 Semba Center Bldg., 3-3-9-B221, Semba Chuo, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka MapMore Details
13. Fugukiyo (Sakaihigashi)
This stylish, modern Japanese izakaya specializes in fugu - more specifically, tora-fugu (tiger blowfish), known as the "king of fugu." It is a 4-minute walk from Sakaihigashi Station. The fugu fish used here are kept alive in fish tanks for optimal freshness. A range of dishes is available, including tessa (fugu sashimi), tecchiri (stewed fugu), and fried dishes. One recommendation is the [Grilled Fugu] (2,300 JPY), which you can enjoy grilling yourself on a shichirin (charcoal brazier). They also offer a variety of course meals depending on your budget.
: [Weekdays, Saturday, Sunday] 5:00 pm - 1:00 amClosed
: NoneAverage price
: 6,000 JPYAddress
: 2-1-16, Nakakawara-machi, Sakai-ku, Sakai-shi, Osaka MapMore Details
14. Dainosuke (Juso)
Dainosuke is at a 3-minute walk from Juso Station. It offers a lineup of fresh fish sourced from all over Japan. The types of fish available vary from day to day, and there's also a chance you'll find some rare fish on offer. Recommendations from the menu include the [Chef's Sashimi Assortment] (from 980 JPY for a 2-person serving), which offers a taste of the fish currently in season. Another must-try is the [Grilled Fish], which is not just delicious but beautifully presented as well. Guests can enjoy this dish together with a range of sake that changes from season to season. Counter, table, and private room seating are all available.
: Lunch 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
[Monday - Thursday] Dinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 3:00 am (L.O. 2:00 am)Closed
: 1-7-32, Juso Hon-machi, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka MapMore Details
15. Shinken (Gamo 4-chome)
Shinken is located a 1 minute walk from Gamo 4-chome Station. Its fully private rooms styled in a modern Japanese style make this a great place to relax over a meal. Its menu is based around seafood sourced fresh from the Osaka Municipal Wholesale Market Honjo. They are particularly careful about sourcing their raw tuna, which is prepared in a variety of styles including sashimi and flame-seared. The [Broiled Salmon and Avocado Yukhoe] (680 JPY plus tax) which comes dressed with a sweet and spicy sauce is also recommended. The alcohol menu centers around Japanese sake brands with fruity notes. Even those who aren't normally fans of sake should give these a try!
: Dinner 5:00 pm - 3:00 am (L.O. 2:30 am)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: 3,000 JPYAddress
: 1F, Akix G4 Bldg., 3-1-4, Imafuku Nishi, Joto-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka MapMore Details
If any of these restaurants seem good to you, why not end your day of sightseeing in Osaka with some delicious seafood and sake?
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.