The 25 unmissable restaurants in Kyoto and Osaka area, March 2019

Publish-date: Mar 25 2019 Update-date: Jun 17 2020
The 25 unmissable restaurants in Kyoto and Osaka area, March 2019

Planning a trip to Kyoto and Osaka area and looking for something specific to eat? There are plenty of restaurants to suit every tastes. Discover the best places to eat here, from traditional meal and quintessentially comfort food to western-style dishes and varied ethnic cuisine.

1. Ramen Iccho

Ramen Iccho cuisine
Ramen Iccho floor
We pride ourselves on carefully prepared local ingredients, which includes Kyoto's famous kujo scallions and local Kyoto pork for our roasted pork filet. On top of that, our noodles are made with domestic flour from Kyoto's Fushimi area and feature a medium-fine level of thickness to them. When it comes to our staple dish, our signature Tonkoku Ramen (rich pork broth ramen) is a flavorful ramen made from a thick white pork broth. Its rich soy sauce flavor is sure to become your new favorite. We also prepare kits for you to take home and enjoy. When you come to dine with us, the owner loves to welcome patrons and we make every effort to create an enjoyable atmosphere with delicious food. That’s why the entrance of the shop features a "wai" statue expressing our gratitude to customers. The shop’s interior has an Asian-inspired decor with an ambiance that’s perfect for families, couples, or the solo diner. Ramen Iccho is along the national highway and is conveniently located for your next road trip.

Ramen Iccho

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday] Opening hours 11:00 - 01:00 / [Sunday, Holidays] Opening hours 11:00 - 00:00
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 980 JPY / [Lunch] 980 JPY
Access: From the Maizuru exit of the Maizuru-Wakasa expressway take Route 27 north. At the "Ote" intersection take the turn for Miyazu and it is on your right.
Address: 82 Hiranoya , Maizuru, Kyoto (Map)
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2. Kushi Ikuzo

Kushi Ikuzo cuisine
Kushi Ikuzo floor
We receive a high reputation serving exquisite grilled skewers with fresh chicken and unique deep-fried skewers. We welcome you with our  relaxing Japanese space with an atmosphere of Kyoto, serving grilled skewers using fresh chicken stocked from Kyoto, and deep-fried skewers made with rare ingredients. Especially our grilled skewers are seasoned with a dipping sauce made with a secret recipe which has been used for more than 30 years. Our owner sticks to using charcoals to grill them. We are also suited for banquets such as farewell parties, as we offer reasonable courses with all-you-can-drink in addition to various dishes. Please visit us to fully enjoy our exquisite grilled and deep-fried skewers using high-quality ingredients. 

Kushi Ikuzo

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday] 5:30 pm - 0:00 am (Food L.O. 11:00 pm, Drink L.O. 11:30 pm) [Sunday, National Holidays] 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (Food L.O. 10:00 pm, Drink L.O. 10:30 pm)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY
Access: 2 minutes walk from Higashi Muko Station on Hankyu Kyoto Line. 3 buildings away from [Dream Home Higashi Muko Station branch] along the railroad 
Address: 3-27, Shibukawa, Terado-cho, Muko city, Kyoto

3. Restaurant Shin

Restaurant Shin cuisine
Restaurant Shin floor
Our restaurant, popular especially among ladies, is in an old Kyoto-style house called [machiya] with impressive white walls fitting in a town of Kyoto with atmosphere. Our beautiful dishes look nice also on SNS, such as vegetables harvested that morning at our contracted farm in Sonobe, Kyoto, and [Fricassee with Grilled Half Omar Shrimp and Live Mussels from Canada], an elegant dish using high-quality seafood. Our spacious relaxing space is ideal for a date to celebrate an anniversary with someone special, or a gathering of ladies at lunch time to relax and enjoy conversation. We are also ideal for a birthday party, as you can order [Restaurant Shin's Special Birthday Cake]. Please have an unforgettable moment for your anniversary with someone special.

Restaurant Shin

Open: [Tuesday - Sunday] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm) *Reservations for lunch are accepted only on the phone / Dinner: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)
Closed: Monday
Average price: [Dinner] 9,000 JPY / [Lunch] 4,000 JPY
Access: 8 minutes walk from Jingu Marutamachi Station. Across Kamogawa river, go west, turn left on Teramachi-dori street, then on the right side
Address: 667-1, Kueninmaecho, Takeyamachi Sagaru, Teramachi, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto

4. Le Steak Frites Gaspard zinzin

Le Steak Frites Gaspard zinzin cuisine
Le Steak Frites Gaspard zinzin floor
Our steak dishes are prepared in French style. We use meat in the best condition. The meat is grilled and kept at the best temperature for a while so that the savory taste is sealed inside. Our steak prepared in such a way that it is browned on the outside and juicy and moist on the inside. An abundance of savory meat juice comes out when you take a bite. Our steak is served with organic French fries and carefully-selected red wine that brings out the savory taste of the meat. Our antique bistro style restaurant has brick walls with antique posters as accents. We are ideal for a date, girl's party, and to casually entertain your clients. Have fun and enjoy our exquisite steaks.

Le Steak Frites Gaspard zinzin

Closed: Monday
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Access: 3 minutes walk to north from Hankyu Karasuma Station, or from the exit 21 of Subway Shijo Station.
Address: B1F, Shijo Karasuma Star Bldg., 650, Karasuma-dori Takoyakushi Sagaru Tearaimizu-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto

5. Ramen Hanaten Takarazuka branch

Ramen Hanaten Takarazuka branch cuisine
Ramen Hanaten Takarazuka branch floor
[Hanaten] serves very delicious rich ramen (noodles in soup), such as favorite [Sesame Miso Ramen] where sesame and our original blended miso paste are added in a white chicken bone soup. The savory taste of matured miso is very addictive. We also recommend [Tsukemen (cold noodles accompanied by a sesame miso dipping soup)]. Our other specialty is [Tonkotsu (pork bone) Ramen] where several kinds of pork bones are slowly boiled for 24 hours for the soup to realize its rich mild taste. It is as tasty as [Sesame Miso Ramen] which is the NO.1 popular. Also enjoy our wide variety of side dishes, including [Home-Made Roasted Pork Fillet] and [Hine-dori (old hen) Marinated with Ponzu (citrus seasoned soy sauce)], with chilled beer. Our crispy pot sticker is also popular for the take out. Please casually visit us, whether alone or with your family.

Ramen Hanaten Takarazuka branch

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, Sunday, Day before National Holidays] 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 am)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 1,000 JPY / [Lunch] 800 JPY
Access: From [Obayashi Station] on Hankyu Imazu Line walk for 6 minutes to the east. Near the Komyocho Intersection.
Address: 23-23 Komyo-cho, Takarazuka, Hyogo

6. Chinese Restaurant Ryukaso

6. Chinese Restaurant Ryukaso
Chinese Restaurant Ryukaso floor
We choose the most delectable vegetables of the season with large-sized shrimp and scallops, prepared simply with a seasoning of salt to bring out their natural flavors. The key to unlocking the savory deliciousness of fresh seafood cooking is in the ingredients. We select the largest whiteleg shrimp and other seafood possible, and we always buy local scallops and other shellfish domestically if we can. We prepare our meals with the freshest ingredients possible, too. Our kitchen is an open concept, and if you take a seat at the counter you can talk with us. There will be times where we're too busy preparing your meals to chat, but we aim to socialize with our guests as much as we can.

Chinese Restaurant Ryukaso

Open: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday, Holidays, Days before holidays]Lunch: 11:30-15:00Hours: 17:00-21:00
Closed: Mondays
Average price: [Dinner] 800 JPY / [Lunch] 800 JPY
Access: A 3-minute walk south from the east exit of Motomachi station. Go west from the Motomachi Shopping Street, then turn south on the second road from there and we will be nearby
Address: 1-4-8 Motomachidori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo (Map)
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[HELLO KITTY SMILE PARTY Balcony] is a place to enjoy high tea of mainly desserts made with Awaji Island ingredients, while surrounded by Hello Kitty. It is an Asian-style cafe located within [HELLO KITTY SMILE] complex, which was opened in order to communicate the appeal of Awaji Island through Hello Kitty widely. It offers three Hong Kong British-style high tea courses with a choice of drinks from English tea, Chinese tea, Japanese tea, coffee and more. The Chinese flowering tea [Jasmine Dress], with Jasmine flowers that open up when hot water is poured in, is popular. This is a wonderful place where you can immerse yourself in the world of Hello Kitty in a luxurious space, whether inside or on the terrace, with unobstructed views of the Seto Inland Sea (Seto Naikai).


Open: [Monday, Wednesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Closed: Tuesday
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY
Access: Take the Honshi Kaikyou or Awaji Kotsu bus to Awaji IC. 10 minutes on a free shuttle bus from Awaji IC
Address: 985-1, Nojima Hikinoura, Awaji, Hyogo (Map)
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8. Yakitori Style Izakaya Torikkusu

Yakitori Style Izakaya Torikkusu cuisine
Yakitori Style Izakaya Torikkusu floor
From his experience as a wandering gourmand in his youth, our chef has made "Negi Massugu" (Onion Straight-shot), which consists of two skewers weighing in at over 75 grams. He wanted to "have people eat a skewer bigger than anywhere else." All jumbo yakitori (grilled selections of poultry neck, chicken meatball, and pope's nose) are priced the same. The arrangement is from the old sauce of a famous shop he trained at before opening his own in 2009. A whole chicken is simmered slowly over twelve hours and finished off with Hiroshima's Miyajima soy sauce. The eight-salt blend, which was made especially in consideration of poultry, is the jewel in our crown. Though we can't do a five-star hotel reception here, we won't be beaten when it comes to a place where you, the customer, can relax. If you keep the conversation coming, we'll be happy, too. Refills of cola and ginger ale are free on weekdays. Also, if you register for the shop's mailing list, refills of oolong tea are also free, so try it out. The manager also has a blog, so please give it a read.

Yakitori Style Izakaya Torikkusu

Open: [Sunday/Holiday] Sunday 18:00 - 00:00 (last order23:30) Last order for food: 23:00. [Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday] Normal hours 18:00-01:00 (last order00:30) Last order for food: 24:00
Closed: None
Average price: -
Access: 2.5 km west of Agaho Station, just on the west side of Babyface. 2 km east of Otsu Aeon.
Address: 11-1 Hirohata-ku Kosaka , Himeji-shi, Hyogo

9. La Fontaine

La Fontaine cuisine
La Fontaine floor
Located inside an inn in Arima Onsen called "Kosenkaku", this restaurant that was designed to look like a lodge in a nature-lush setting offers a warm and friendly wooden space that's perfect for unwinding and enjoying a nice meal. Their delicious and satisfying course meals, made by the skilled chef, consist of things like Kobe beef, teppanyaki of carefully selected Kuroge Wagyu, and dishes packed full of seasonal ingredients. Those coming for lunch can dip into their indoor hot spring that takes its water straight from the source. The restaurant also offers to pick them up from Arima-Onsen Station or the bus stop for free. It's the perfect chance to fully enjoy Arima Onsen!

La Fontaine

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00pm) *On especially busy periods like weekends, national holidays, Golden Week, Obon, and New Year's, this is split into two admission times at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm / Cafe 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 4,500 JPY / [Lunch] 3,024 JPY
Access: 35 minutes from Kobe City, 30 minutes from Shin-Kobe Station on the shinkansen (bullet train), 30 minutes from Itami Airport, 2 minutes by car (428m) from Arima-Onsen Station.
Address: 1455-1, Arima-cho, Kita-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo

10. Kappo Ryokan Shimizu

Kappo Ryokan Shimizu cuisine
Kappo Ryokan Shimizu floor
Using plenty of fresh conger eel, our dish, ana-ju, is grilled thoroughly without losing its moisture, and so allows you to savor the innate deliciousness of the ingredients. Please relish the softly-cooked meat and the specially-prepared sauce. Iejima has long been active in its fishing industry. Seafood caught locally is kept live at the kitchen and left to swim: the boast of this restaurant is seafood cuisine that brings out the ingredient's freshness. We devote ourselves daily to culinary training and research to make our customers smile. Our motto is, "Present a flavor that we ourselves find truly delicious and that will have our customers wanting to return time after time." The pride of our culinary hotel is a space where you can enjoy a view of the sea along with fresh seafood cuisine. Please feel free to use this space not just with your family or friends, but also for a couple's anniversary or even with a tour group.

Kappo Ryokan Shimizu

Open: Normal hours 11:00 - 21:00
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 8,000 JPY / [Lunch] 3,200 JPY
Access: Five minute walk from Miya Ko.
Address: 85 Ieshima-cho Miya, Himeji-shi, Hyogo (Map)
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11. Yakitori only Restaurant Sakuraya

Yakitori only Restaurant Sakuraya cuisine
Yakitori only Restaurant Sakuraya floor
We're proud of our "Akadori (a breed of chicken) Goteyaki." Tender, juicy chicken thighs are grilled over aromatic charcoal, then seasoned lightly with Nagasaki salt, as well as a blend of yuzu (citrus) from Kyushu and premium pepper. Enjoy the savoriness of the Akadori chicken with the sweet smell of the yuzu. Our spit-roasted chicken meat comes from local Tamba. We are yakitori specialists and pride ourselves on our unique cuts, perfect grilling and secret sauce that brings out the best flavors in the ingredients, putting us ahead of the competition. Delivering delicious food at low prices is part of the joy we take in our work, of course, but so is getting in touch with our diners. We try to learn what you like, make a connection and maintain it. Here at Sakuraya, we want you to enjoy delicious, heartfelt food, so whether we're waiting on tables or seeing you off after a meal, every member of our staff works together to provide you with their very best service. Please feel free to tell us exactly what you need.

Yakitori only Restaurant Sakuraya

Open: [Mondays-Thursdays] 18:00-23:00 (last order 22:30) [Fridays] 18:00-23:30 (last order 23:00) [Saturdays] 17:00-23:30 (last order 23:00) [Sundays, Holidays] 17:00-23:00 (last order 22:30)
Closed: Wednesdays
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY
Access: Ten minute walk from Ono Station on the Shintetsu Ao Line
Address: 1F, 80-8 UeHommachi , Ono, Hyogo (Map)
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12. XsiX Kushi

XsiX Kushi cuisine
XsiX Kushi floor
Enjoy our innovative and creative evolutional skewers at [Xsis Kushi]. The name of the restaurant means [fusion of Japanese, Italian, and French cuisines] and [Creativity]. We offer course meals such as Omakase course (chef's recommendation course) which you can decide when to stop anytime you want,  and banquet courses to enjoy from appetizers to desserts. We use refreshing and healthy rice oil to deep-fry the ingredients, and butter made with bread crumbs mixed with sakura shrimp, spicy rice cracker, and herb, etc. depending on the ingredient. Enjoy rare skewers which are difficult to find in other restaurants, such as [Beef Fillet Rossini]. Counter seats are recommended for couples, and tatami rooms are recommended for banquets and for entertaining your clients.

XsiX Kushi

Open: [Tuesday - Sunday] 6:00 pm - 0:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
Closed: Monday
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY
Access: 3 minutes walk from Exit No.2 of [Shin Fukushima Station] on JR Tozai Line. Near to Kamifukushima Post Office
Address: 3-8-10 Fukushima, Fukushima-ku, Osaka city, Osaka

13. Sushi Futabaya

Sushi Futabaya cuisine
Sushi Futabaya floor
Enjoy the fresh seafood with their Japanese cuisine such as sushi and sashimi at [Sushi Futaba], in which they take particular care in freshness. The chefs go out to the markets to find quality fish that is fresh and in season. Though sushi made by a chef behind the counter is normally thought to be pricy, this is all offered at an affordable price - amazing! All of this is also available for takeaway so that you can enjoy all this delicious food in the comfort of your own home. The restaurant has counter seating for 8 and Japanese-style private rooms. The menu also comes in English, Chinese, and Korean, so it has become a popular place for foreigners. Relax and enjoy sushi that has garnered the attention of people from all over the world.

Sushi Futabaya

Open: Dinner: 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY
Access: Walk for 5 minutes to the north from [Kintetsu-Nippombashi Station], then head west at the Nipponbashi Kitazume intersection for 100m.
Address: 3-4, Souemon-cho, Chuo-ku, Osaka city, Osaka

14. Kitashinchi Harami Hozenji Yokocho branch

Kitashinchi Harami Hozenji Yokocho branch cuisine
Kitashinchi Harami Hozenji Yokocho branch floor
Fully enjoy skirt steak of Japanese black beef stocked from all over Japan at our [Kitashinchi Harami Hozenji Yokocho branch]. We serve various original exquisite dishes, such as [Special Skirt Steak] where skirt steak with a rich savory taste is grilled in front of you, and [Highest-Grade Tongue, Thickly-Cut at 10 mm] to enjoy high-quality beautifully-marbled tongue. Also enjoy other attractive dishes using skirt steaks and other luxurious ingredients, such as truffle and caviar. As we also serve a wide variety of wine carefully-selected by a sommelier, it is also recommended to enjoy the marriage with our exquisite dishes. Our hideaway-like restaurant, with a stylish space using an abundance of wood, is ideal for entertaining your clients and for dates with someone important. Have a happy moment with our exquisite cuisine in a sophisticated space. 

Kitashinchi Harami Hozenji Yokocho branch

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday] Dinner 5:00 pm -11:00 pm
Closed: Sunday
Average price: [Dinner] 9,000 JPY
Access: 7 minute walk from [Namba Station]. On the first floor of Nakatani Bldg. in Hozenji Yokocho
Address: 1F, Nakatani Bldg., 1-7-8 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka city, Osaka (Map)
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Palm Garden Maishima by WBF is a restaurant where you can enjoy a BBQ on an open terrace with a view of Osaka Bay. It is near Maishima Yuhigaoka Park, which has been selected as one of the top 100 spots for sunsets in Japan, so you can enjoy a beautiful sunset on a clear evening. The location is designed in the image of Miami, giving it a stylish atmosphere. The voluminous [A Set], which includes beef, pork, and chicken, is recommended. The cooked ingredients are served directly on washi (Japanese paper). You can draw pictures and messages on the paper, so it's great for taking a snap to post on social media. There is a spacious area that is set up for all weather conditions and can accommodate parties of over 100. The BBQ is available by reservation only, so you can enjoy four full hours of uninterrupted fun.


Open: Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm by reservation only, Dinner 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm by reservation only
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 5,000 JPY
Access: Take the Maishima Active Bus from [Sakurajima Station]. Alight at Hotel Lodge Maishima-mae Bus Stop, and it's a 2-minute walk
Address: 2-3-57, Hokuko Ryokuchi, Konohana-ku, Osaka, Osaka (Map)
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16. felicibo

felicibo cuisine
felicibo floor
[felicibo] is especially popular among ladies from Namba. Our female chef Hasegawa, who improved her skills in Italy, creates nutritious dishes using carefully-selected high-quality seasonal ingredients. Enjoy our recommended dishes using fresh vegetables from Omi and seafood caught in the near sea, such as [Acqua Pazza with Wild Sea Bream from Akashi] with an impressive savory taste. As we also serve as many as 20 kinds of pasta dishes with seasonal ingredients, including the pasta of the day, you will never get tired even if you visit us every day. We are also suited for a girl's party or an anniversary dinner, offering 3 different kinds of reasonable yet gorgeous [Courses of Chef's Recommendation]. The name of our restaurant is the combination of the Italian words [felice (happy)] and [cibo (meal)]. As the name shows, we give you power for tomorrow with our happy cuisine.


Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] 6:00 pm - (L.O. 9:30 pm)
Closed: Sunday
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY
Access: 5 minutes walk from the exit No.5 of [Namba Station] on Osaka Municipal Subway Midosuji Line, Yotsubashi Line, and Sennichimae Line / 2 minutes walk from [Namba Station] on Nankai Lines
Address: 1F, Namba Bldg., 3-9-1 Namba Naka, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Osaka  (Map)
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17. enye

enye cuisine
enye floor
5 minutes walk from Sakaisuji-honmachi Station on Sakaisuji line of the Osaka municipal subway. Newly opened [Enya] is a modern Spanish restaurant. The owner chef Sunada has a brilliant experience as a chef at 3-star restaurants including [Akelare]. His modern style is a reproduction of authentic techniques of Spanish cuisine presented on small plates in a harmony of selected seasonal ingredients. Only 1 course is available with 15 small portioned dishes. His creative originality attracted gourmet's attention and the restaurant is busy with booked guests every day. Advance reservation is requested.


Open: [Weekdays except Monday, Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 6:30 pm - (L.O. 8:30 pm) [Weekends] Lunch 12:00 pm - (L.O. 2:00 pm) Lunch only at weekends
Closed: Monday
Average price: [Dinner] 13,000 JPY / [Lunch] 7,000 JPY
Access: About 200m from Exit 12 of Sakaisuji-Honmachi Station on Chuo Line Line/Sakaisuji Line of Osaka Municipal Subway
Address: 1F, Estem Plaza Honmachi kurosu, 1-6-3, Azuchi-cho, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka (Map)
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18. Furusato

Furusato cuisine
Furusato floor
We use a special miso recipe that existed since establishing the restaurant in our dote-yaki, a carefully simmered stew of beef tendon and konnyaku jelly. Finished off with the "Furusato Original Flavor", this classic tavern staple is a must-try on your next visit. No matter what time of year, we always offer the freshest seasonal fish. Naturally, we are able to judge quality by ourselves, but we have a long, trusting relationship with a great merchant which gives us peace of mind, and our customers seem to enjoy his delicious and flavorful fish as well. We offer nothing but the best dishes, which take advantage of each ingredient's natural flavors. We have regular and traditional tables with dug-out seating, as well as more spacious private rooms for parties, which lets us provide you with the perfect space for your time with us. From dinner with the family to events of a larger scale, we'll make sure you can relax with delicious food and drinks by wholeheartedly providing you with a pleasant experience.


Open: Normal hours: 16:00-23:00 (last order 22:30)* Reservations may also be made for lunchtime.
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 4,500 JPY
Access: 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 (Map)
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[NISHITANI] is a restaurant that serves [Yakuzen Nabe] (medicinal hot pot dishes) with carefully selected meats and vegetables. Five-star lamb, Takara pork procured directly from a contracted farm in Kagoshima and Waton Mochi pork from Hyogo are served in a special dashi (broth) made with 10 types of medicinal herbs. It is an extremely healthy dish with plenty of Kawachi vegetables delivered directly from a contracted farm in Osaka. The [Lemon Shabu-shabu] (sliced meat parboiled with vegetables with thinly sliced Lemon from Setouchi) is popular for its refreshing flavors. It can be ordered as a la carte, but it is recommended to order as a course menu so that you can sample a variety of other dishes as well. They have an all-you-can-drink option so it's perfect for banquets and other gatherings. The whole restaurant can be booked for parties of up to 36 people. This is a restaurant that is appropriate for a variety of different occasions.


Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY / [Lunch] 900 JPY
Access: Located approximately 300m from Exit 8 of [Higobashi Station], a 4-minute walk.
Address: B1F, Higobashi Bldg., 1-23-13, Edobori, Nishi-ku, Osaka, Osaka


In this Mexican bistro, you can sense the affection of the staff towards Mexico everywhere. Our colorful and fun interior bistro has a very lively atmosphere. Our bistro is always filled with the laughing voices of the guests. Our specialty is [Kaitendori (roast chicken)] where the whole chicken is roasted on a rotisserie. Its refreshing and juicy taste without extra fat makes it very popular. Our tacos shell and salsa sauce are all home-made. Also, enjoy just-baked tortilla made with a machine purchased in Mexico by our owner. Our bistro is located under a railway viaduct, a 3-minute walk from JR Fukushima Station. Our large space consists of the 1st and 2nd floors, which can accommodate groups. Mexican items such as a hat (sombrero) are decorated in our bistro, and livery Latin music will heat up the atmosphere. 


Open: 3:00 pm - 0:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 2,000 JPY
Access: JR Loop Line - Fukushima Station - 3-minute walk
Address: 7-2-6, Fukushima, Fukushima-ku, Osaka city, Osaka

21. Izakaya Tsunofuri

Izakaya Tsunofuri cuisine
Izakaya Tsunofuri floor
This old-established izakaya (Japanese pub) is in a convenient location, 1 minute by foot from Kintetsu Nara Station. Our restaurant, with its flowing stream and sophisticated modern-Japanese space, was fully renovated in July 2011, to create a more convenient space with all private rooms, so that our guests could relax and fully enjoy our popular creative Japanese cuisine made with seasonal local ingredients from Nara. These ingredients are cooked in various ways by the first-rate French and Italian chefs in our kitchen. Also enjoy a very wide variety of alcohol, including rare seasonal local sake (Japanese alcohol) from small breweries in Nara prefecture, plum wines from all over Japan, and various shochu (Japanese liquor). In this time and age sticking to high-quality ingredients, our concept [to use safe vegetables handled by ourselves as much as possible] is highly accepted.   

Izakaya Tsunofuri

Open: With reservations: 10:00 am - 3:00 am (L.O. 2:30 am) [Weekdays] 5:00 pm - 1:00 am (Drink L.O. 0:30 am) [Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] 4:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 0:30 am) 
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 2,850 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk to the south (to the direction of Nara Park) from Exit B of [Kintetsu Nara Station] on Kintetsu Line / 10 minutes walk to the east along Sanjo-dori Street from [Nara Station] on JR Lines 
Address: B1F, Nara Kanko Kaikan, 21 Higashimuki-minamimachi, Nara city, Nara (Map)
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22. Kuki Suigun

Kuki Suigun cuisine
Kuki Suigun floor
In a large 3-story space created in front of Nara Station, our restaurant consists of various Japanese-modern rooms to relax comfortably, such as large and small-sized private rooms and a grand ball room. Inside the restaurant has a waterfall and a seat layout with which feels as if you were on a battleship. Enjoy our various tricks to enjoy with your close friends or children. Our owner is a descendant of Yoshitaka Kuki, who was also known as a gourmet. Our various innovative dishes, using fresh ingredients carefully-selected directly by our owner, will surely surprise you. Our No.1 recommendation is a big water tank reproduced in the restaurant! Enjoy catching fish swimming there on your own and immediately tasting them, which is popular regardless the gender or age. Not only seafood, but also enjoy our wide variety of dishes such as rare Yamato-Beef, Yamato Nikudori-Chicken, vegetables from local farms, and sake (Japanese alcohol) from local breweries, sticking to [local production for localconsumption].

Kuki Suigun

Open: [Weekdays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 0:00 am [Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 4:00 pm - 0:00 am
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from the Konishi-dori Street Exit of [Kintetsu Nara] Station. Along Konishi Sakura-dori Street
Address: 1-5 Konishi-cho, Nara city, Nara  (Map)
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[PIZZERIA ICARO], with an impressive garden with different atmospheres along the seasons, serves authentic Naples pizzas. Our chef, who accumulated training in Naples, carefully uses a wood-burning oven to bake pizzas crispy outside and chewy inside. You can select your pizza dough, either flour or gluten-free. All pasta served at the restaurant is gluten-free so that even those who are allergic to flour can safely enjoy. The exquisite bagna cauda, with the original savory taste of vegetables, uses organic pesticide-free vegetables from our contracted local vegetable farms. Your pets can accompany you at our terrace seats. How about thoroughly enjoying the authentic taste at our relaxing restaurant?


Open: [Tuesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:30 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm) / Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: Monday
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,500 JPY
Access: From Nijo Oji Minami 5-chome Intersection on National Route 1, go east and turn left at the first intersection, then immediately on the left.
Address: 5-2-48 Nijo Oji Minami, Nara city, Nara (Map)
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24. Sumibi Yakiniku And Steak Banka

Sumibi Yakiniku And Steak Banka cuisine
With almost 40 years of training at a butcher shop, our well-experienced owner/chef prepares sirloin, tenderloin, and chuck steaks right in front of the customer. For example, our signature Special Selection Sirloin Steak features an extra thick cut of meat that is freshly prepared right at the counter. Furthermore, we only source A5 grade virgin Japanese Black (high-quality Japanese beef) at Sumibi Yakiniku And Steak Banka. We purchase entire body of A5 grade virgin Japanese Black so customers can enjoy hard-to-find selections of beef that are always freshly cut to order by our owner/chef. In order to give our customers the tasty experience of delicious freshly prepared meat, we wait until we've gotten an order, cut up the meat at the counter, and bring it directly to the customer’s table. Just as we are proud to offer freshly prepared meat, we also offer fresh made-to-order salads. We always do our best to keep our customers from waiting, and with jazz playing in the background, you can truly relax at our restaurant.

Sumibi Yakiniku And Steak Banka

Open: [Weekdays/Saturday/holidays/day before holidays] Lunch 11:00 - 14:00 (last order 13:30) / Dinner 17:00 - 23:00 (last order 22:30)
Closed: Sunday
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 900 JPY
Access: 2-minute walk from Shin-Omiya Station on the Kintetsu Nara Line. Follow along the railway to the east, and you will see a sign for the restaurant.
Address: 2-11-16 Shibatsuji-cho, Nara, Nara (Map)
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25. HAMAYAKI TARO  Yamato-yagi branch

HAMAYAKI TARO  Yamato-yagi branch cuisine
HAMAYAKI TARO  Yamato-yagi branch floor
HAMAYAKI TARO Yamato-yagi Branch is popular for its warm, welcoming and lively atmosphere. The biggest appeal of the place is that the food is cooked by the customers themselves. Here, you can not only enjoy the process of cooking but can cook the food exactly as you like. The courses all come with a 2-hour all-you-can-drink option and are perfect for parties or nights out with friends. The entire restaurant can be rented out for parties of 40 or more guests. The all-you-can-drink plan is also available for those who order a la carte. The drink menu includes ji-zake (local sake) from Nara among others, so it's perfect for anyone visiting from afar. This is a restaurant to enjoy a fun night with many laughs, along with plenty of seafood and a wide selection of alcohol.

HAMAYAKI TARO  Yamato-yagi branch

Open: [Monday - Thursday, Sunday, National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 12:00 am  [Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 3,800 JPY
Access: Walk 2 minutes from the South Exit of Yamato-Yagi Station
Address: 2F, Skypia Ueda Bldg., 1-2-15, Naizen-cho, Kashihara-shi, Nara (Map)
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Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.
Publish-date: Mar 12 2019 Update-date: Jun 17 2020

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