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Most people rely on review websites to choose a restaurant, but sometimes that can mean missing out on some gems. This article will help you choose a great restaurant without being misguided by others' tastes and ratings. After all, you can never go wrong with a restaurant known for its classic flavors! Here are some restaurants that serve gourmet dishes with classic flavors that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
1. Sennichimae Hatsuse
Established in 1945, Sennichimae Hatsuse is known as the oldest okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancake) restaurant in Namba. Each table is enclosed in a private room, where you can enjoy cooking your own okonomiyaki and yakisoba. Since the restaurant uses natural dashi (broth) and flour for the okonomiyaki batter, anyone can make a delicious okonomiyaki!
[Mix] - Made by an Osaka native, this combination of classic okonomiyaki flavors is loved by everyone in Osaka.
Since the restaurant’s tables are private, couples and families can enjoy a relaxing time while cooking and eating okonomiyaki.
Open: [Weekdays] 11:30 am - 12:00 am
[Weekends, National Holidays] 11:00 am - 00:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)"
Average price: [Dinner] 2,000 JPY
[Pork Okonomiyaki] 735 JPY, [Draft Beer] 525 JPY
[Lunch] 1,000 JPY
[Mix-tama] costs 819 JPY for females only until 6:00 pm on weekdays!"
Access: 3-minute walk from Namba Station
Address: 2F, Hatsuse Bldg., 11-25, Sennichimae, Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Source: hitosara (Japanese)
2. Chugoku Ryori Taiseikaku
The restaurant was established in 1957, and it has been serving classic, sophisticated Beijing cuisine ever since. Depending on what you're using the restaurant for - lunch, dinner, parties, and even weddings - you can choose which floor to use. They will serve exquisite, authentic Beijing cuisine that matches the seasons.
They have 2 chic Western-style private rooms, as well as 7 Chinese-themed private rooms that can accommodate small and large groups.
They also have the classic [Tokusei Buta-man] (Special Steamed Pork Bun)!
Chugoku Ryori Taiseikaku
Open: Lunch 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, Dinner 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY *Courses start from 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 840 JPY
Access: 2-minute walk from Exits 5 and 6 of Shinsaibashi Station
Address: 1-18-12, Higashi Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Source: hitosara (Japanese)
3. Yakiniku Heiwa
Heiwa has been known for its signature bonito-flavored sauce since 1956, which even today’s generations enjoy. The sauce enhances the original flavor of their meat-based dishes, and is also perfect with vegetables. Their delicious, high-quality grilled meat has been made with the same recipe for 40 years, which you can enjoy for a very reasonable price.
[Kuppa (Gukbap)] (hot soup with rice) - Egg-based soup that matches perfectly with the tender meat dishes available in the menu. Very light on the stomach.
Must-try [Jo Moriawase] - 5 kinds of high-quality assorted meats for grilling.
Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] 11:30 am - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
Restaurant is open on national holidays
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY
Average price for group meals starts from 4,000 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from Tennoji Station
Address: 4-17, Hidenin-cho, Tennoji-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Meijiken has been serving authentic Western cuisine since 1926. The restaurant is known in the Shinsaibashi area for its flagship dish, [Omurice], which is made with a recipe that has been kept intact for around 88 years. The dish is loved by many because of the rich sauce that smothers the omelette. If you want authentic, classic Western dishes, this long-established restaurant is the perfect dining destination. You will surely want to come back once you have tried them once!
If you want to eat to your heart's content, the [Meijiken Special Set] is a must-try. The set comes with unlimited refills of rice.
Soaked in rich sauce, the taste of their famous [Omurice] has not changed since its conception in the Showa era (1926 - 1989).
Open: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)
*Closed between 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm on weekdays.
*Every Tuesday, last order is at 9:00 pm and the restaurant closes at 9:30 pm
Lunch 11:00 am - 3:30 pm (L.O. 3:20 pm)
*The lunch menu changes depending on the day.
(if Wednesday is a national holiday, the following Thursday will be closed instead)
Average price: [Dinner] 1,500 JPY *Discuss with them to host group meals, parties, class reunions, and other functions (starts from 3,000 JPY). / [Lunch] 850 JPY *The restaurant prepares a standard lunch menu and daily specials!
Access: 5-minute walk from Shinsaibashi Station
Address: 1-5-32, Shinsaibashi-suji, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
5. Joyato Toyosaki Honke
If you want simple yet tasty dishes, a long-established restaurant like Joyato Toyosaki Honke is the perfect place to go. People in the Kansai region call oden (a type of hot pot) "Kanto Daki" (dish from the Kanto region), but at this restaurant, they have made a unique version that they call "Kansai Daki" (dish from the Kansai region). It may not be a high-end restaurant, but they spare no effort in making their dishes. Their dishes are simple yet so delicious, which are sure to suit the taste of every common Osaka native!
Rice cooked in the oden dashi (broth) . This excellent post-drinking meal is best enjoyed by pouring more dashi soup over the rice.
Try sitting at the counter seat to experience the culture and heart of Naniwa.
Joyato Toyosaki Honke
Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 1:30 pm *Closed for lunch on Saturday
[Weekday, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed: Sunday, National Holidays
Closed for lunch on Saturday
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY / [Lunch] 800 JPY
Access: 5-minute walk from Exit 1 of Nakatsu Station
Address: 2-8-14, Toyosaki, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Directly run by a ryokan (Japanese inn) that has been operating since the Meiji era (1868 - 1912), Kitazuien is known for serving kaiseki cuisine (traditional Japanese course cuisine). They have skillfully prepared [Yaki Hassun] - a vividly colorful assortment of delicacies, carefully yet creatively prepared [Wan-mono] - a dish of Japanese broth served in a bowl, and many other kaiseki cuisine that are high-quality and luxurious down to the last detail. Despite being made in a traditional style, the dishes still have a modern touch that captivates diners, making them come back!
[Furumai Tenshin] (dim sum) is recommended for lunch. It is especially perfect for ladies' gatherings.
Excellent customer service by kimono-clad staff in a well-established ryokan.
Open: [Weekdays, Saturday] 11:00 am - 10:00 pm, closed 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
[Sunday, National Holidays] 11:00 am - 9:00 pm, closed 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Closed only at the beginning and end of the year (December 29 - January 4)
Average price: [Dinner] 8,000 JPY
Access: 2-minute walk from Kitashinchi Station
1 minute walk from Umeda Station
Address: 3F, ax Bldg., 2-3-21, Sonezaki Shinchi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
7. Naniwa Kappo Kigawa
With a long-established reputation, Kigawa in Hozenji Yokocho is known to serve Naniwa kappo-style dishes (traditional dishes of Osaka, formerly known as "Naniwa"). However, they are continuously redefining this genre of cooking, even going so far as to adopt French cooking techniques! The restaurant prioritizes the principle of maximizing flavor and minimizing waste, so they make use of every part of the fish or meat. This is the perfect dining destination for those who want delicious meals prepared with a creative combination of cooking styles.
Sit at a counter seat to witness Naniwa-style cooking right in front of you.
The restaurant has private rooms - perfect for those who want to relax and chit-chat while enjoying their meals.
Naniwa Kappo Kigawa
Open: [Tuesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Average price: [Dinner] 15,000 JPY / [Lunch] 8,000 JPY
Access: 5-minute walk from Namba Station
Address: 1-7-7, Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
8. Wa Dining Hotaru
Directly connected to Namba, Hotaru is located on the 8th floor of Hotel Ichiei, allowing diners to enjoy the night view. They specialize in dishes made from seasonal ingredients, and take great care in providing the best Japanese cuisine for not only your tastebuds and stomach, but also for your eyes. No matter what you order, every dish on the menu will surely be satisfying. They also have private rooms available for use on a variety of occasions, such as corporate functions or group gatherings.
Have a relaxing girl's party at the restaurant while enjoying the night view of the Minami area. Private rooms are available for groups of at least 4 people (reservations required).
The restaurant allows you to enjoy the night view of Namba, so it is a perfect place for anniversaries and romantic dates.
Wa Dining Hotaru
Open: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm) *Lunch is only available with a reservation. Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm) *Bringing children below elementary school age to the restaurant is discouraged.
Closed: Beginning and end of the year
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY
3,500 JPY, 5,000 JPY (they have [Tsuki-gawari Hana Kaiseki] *reservations required at least a day in advance)
[Lunch] 1,500 JPY *10 kinds of lunch menus (reservations for dinner courses are also available)
Access: Directly accessible from Exit 6 of Namba Station, 5-minute walk from Namba Station
Address: 8F, Hotel Ichiei, 1-6-8, Namba-naka, Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Source: hitosara (Japanese)
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.