If you visit Japan, you have to try Wagyu (a type of high-quality beef) at least once! Check out this collection of 15 recommended yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) spots in Osaka, the so-called "kitchen of Japan".
1. Sumibi Yakiniku Tsurugyu (Nipponbashi)
This yakiniku restaurant sits along Matsuyamachi Street (Matsuyamachi-dori), is highly reviewed among foodies. Here, you can have yakiniku of Tajima beef. Enjoy its incredible umami (Japanese savory taste) together with some carefully selected wine! The most recommended menu items are the melt-in-the-mouth [Premium Loin] and the rare cut called [Chuck Eye Steak], of which there is just 2kg of meat per steer. Also, once you bite into the [Bone-in Ribs], dry-aged on the bone, you'll feel the sweetness of meat instantly spread in your mouth! A-la-carte dishes like the [Homemade Jeongmal Cold Noodles], in which the noodles are made-to-order, are quite popular as well.
Sumibi Yakiniku Tsurugyu
: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:15 pm)Closed
*If it's a national holiday, it will be closed the following Tuesday insteadAverage price
: 7,000 JPYAddress
: 3-5-14, Kawaraya-machi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka MapMore Details Reservation
2. Yakiniku Soul Kitchen SEX MACHINE (Namba)
SEX MACHINE is named after a popular song by an American soul singer. In this casual restaurant and bar, you can savor luxurious yakiniku while being entertained by funky music. First of all, make sure you order the [Special Machine Set] (minimum 2 servings), an assortment of their signature meat delicacies. In particular, their special [Dynamite Loin], included in the set, is a super filling 200g cut of Kuroge Wagyu! Its umami and sweetness spreading in your mouth will put a blissful smile on your face.
Yakiniku Soul Kitchen SEX MACHINE
Open: 5:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 12:30 am)
Average price: 4,000 JPY
Address: 1F, Hanaougi Bldg., 2-4-4, Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
3. Kuroge Wagyu Dining YO-U (Nakafuto)
You can stop by this place on your way back from Universal Studios Japan or Osaka Aquarium. They serve stone-grilled yakiniku served with 4 types of salt and wasabi that truly enhance the natural umami of the meat. Their meat is dry-aged for 1 month, which gives it a super condensed flavor. If you want to taste the wonders of meat in a variety of ways, order the [Premium Kuroge Wagyu Course "IKI"], which includes a yakiniku assortment platter, as well as specialties like [Yaki Shabu] - thinly sliced meat you grill very quickly and dip in an egg yolk-based sauce - and [Otoro Aburi Nigiri-zushi], in which lightly scorched meat is used as a sushi topping.
Kuroge Wagyu Dining YO-U
: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)Closed
: Closed for dinner on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month (subject to change due to special events)Average price
: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPYAddress
: B1F, Hyatt Regency Osaka, 1-13-11, Nanko Kita, Suminoe-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka MapMore Details Reservation
4. Niku no Kiwami Yoshigyu (Kitashinchi)
You'll find Niku no Kiwami Yoshigyu in Kita Shinchi, a classy entertainment district. The jazz music playing in the background and the black-themed interior give it a stylish atmosphere. You don't have to worry about the smoke or smell, as each table is equipped with smokeless and odorless grills. Here, you can eat the best quality of Kuroge Wagyu, which has an incredibly rich umami. Starting from yakiniku options like the [Premium Selection Assortment], which comes with 2 servings of sirloin, ribeye, and ribs, the menu includes lots of appealing delicacies like Korean cold noodles hand-made from buckwheat flour, kimchi, and buchimgae (Korean pancakes).
Niku no Kiwami Yoshigyu
Open: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:15 pm)
Closed: Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays
Average price: 6,000 JPY
Address: 2F, Hishiko Bldg., 1-1-28, Sonezaki Shinchi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
5. Kita Shinchi Sugahara (Kitashinchi)
This restaurant's concept is to combine 3-year-old, A5-rank cattle - considered to be one of the finest quality meats - with traditional Japanese cuisine, made with seasonal products. Of all the menu items available, the most popular is the [Shintan], which is a super thick cut of the tongue's base. Once you order this specialty, the meat is cut and cooked exclusively for you. With a crispy outside and tender inside, the secret to its deliciousness lies in the light scoring on the back of the meat. The umami of the fat and the mouth-watering fragrance of this top-quality meat are to die for!
Kita Shinchi Sugahara
Open: 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed: Sunday, National Holidays
Average price: 10,000 JPY
Address: 2F, Building Kita Shinchi, 1-4-2, Dojima, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
6. Nikuraku-ya Tetsugyu (Taishibashi-Imaichi)
Pick this place if you're looking for yakiniku that is "light and filling at the same time." They use A4 rank or higher Kuroge Wagyu, carefully selected according to the deliciousness of its lean meat. Here, grilled meat is arranged on a Himalayan rock salt plate and eaten with wasabi on top. This way, the salt brings out the sweetness of meat, while the overall taste results in it being light and refreshing. Another recommended item is the [10-second Yaki Shabu], wherein thin meat slices are quickly grilled, stuffed with green onions, and dipped in ponzu (soy sauce with citrus).
: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)Closed
: TuesdayAverage price
: 3,900 JPYAddress
: 1-3-10, Hiyoshi-cho, Moriguchi-shi, Osaka
7. Fukushige Horumon Osaka-shinmachi Branch (Yotsubashi)
Located just 1 minute on foot from Yotsubashi Station, an area dotted with office buildings and shopping facilities. This popular restaurant is crowded basically every day. All its customers love the lively and unpretentious atmosphere of this renewed kominka. The kitchen is stocked mainly with A4-rank Kuroge Wagyu from Kagoshima, and the most popular delicacy is the [Skirt Steak], thanks to its tender texture. The meat is marinated in a sweet sauce, grilled, and then dressed in a spicy sauce, resulting in a fantastic companion for white rice. You may also want to try the umami-rich, thickly sliced [Tongue].
Fukushige Horumon Osaka-shinmachi Branch
: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY / [Lunch] 800 JPYAddress
: 1-8-9, Shin-machi, Nishi-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
8. Kuroge Wagyu Nikusho Ichie Koshitsu Bettei (Kitashinchi)
This famous restaurant that uses only A4 - A5 ranked Kuroge Wagyu, such as Wagyu from Kagoshima, was awarded the title of "Best Beef in Japan" at the National Wagyu Competition. They have an exclusive contract with a renowned ranch in Kagoshima, allowing them to constantly serve super fresh, high-quality meat directly delivered from the producer. As the owner only wants to serve "the best meat available on the day," the menu changes on a regular basis. The popular [Deluxe Lean Meat Assortment (5 Varieties)] is great if you want to enjoy different cuts of the highest rank of Kuroge Wagyu lean meat.
Kuroge Wagyu Nikusho Ichie Koshitsu Bettei
: [Monday - Friday] 6:00 pm - 6:00 am
[Saturday] 6:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 12:00 am)Closed
*If Monday is a national holiday, it will be closed on Monday insteadAverage price
: 6,000 JPYAddress
: 1F, Taniyasu Rowa Bldg., 1-9-9, Sonezaki Shinchi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka MapMore Details Reservation
9. Itamae Yakiniku Itto Tenka Chaya Main Store (Imafune)
This restaurant is a super famous and often talked about in the media. A Wagyu wholesaler directly manages it, and at the entrance, you'll find a showcase of beef carefully selected by the owner, who has 44 years of experience. There are several brands, including Miyazaki and Saga beef. The sirloin steak comes highly recommended. Its exquisite fat and fine texture make it almost melt in your mouth as soon as you take a bite. It also tastes amazing with their original citrus-based sauce. Alternatively, rare cuts like the super tender flap meat (a part of the ribs, near the tenderloin) are worth checking out.
Itamae Yakiniku Itto Tenka Chaya Main Store
: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)Closed
: MondayAverage price
: 4,500 JPYAddress
: 1-23-18, Tenga Chaya Higashi, Nishinari-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka MapMore Details
10. Sumibi (Sakaihigashi)
Head here to taste charcoal-grilled Kuroge Wagyu produced in Kumamoto. Though the restaurant looks like a kominka (traditional Japanese house), the 1st floor has a modern Japanese design. The 2nd floor, however, still has the classic style and atmosphere of ancient Japan. The menu offers a lineup of rare meat parts, of which very small quantities are available per cow. Above all, the [Premium Selection Top Blade] is so rare, and has just the perfect balance between light, lean meat and umami-rich fat! The meat turns out extra tender and juicy thanks to the far-infrared rays of the charcoal grill.
: [Weekends, National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 3:00 pm), [Monday - Thursday]Dinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Saturday] Lunch 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (L.O. 3:00 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Friday] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm)
[Friday, Saturday] Dinner 3:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Sunday, National Holidays] Dinner 3:00 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)Closed
: IrregularAverage price
: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPYAddress
: 2-3-18, Naka Kawara-machi, Sakai-ku, Sakai-shi, Osaka (Map
11. Boeuf Brasserie Yukari Kita Tanabe Main Branch (Tanabe)
A wholesaler specializing in Wagyu established this famed restaurant. As such, it boasts super fresh, top-quality ingredients and offers you a chance to savor Wagyu offal and other rare cuts that are quite difficult to find in other restaurants. Aside from that, the melty and juicy [A5 Wagyu Premium Harami] and the [Premium Selection Brisket Sukiyaki], which combines the delicate flavor of thinly sliced meat with Awaji onions and a sweet and spicy sauce, are both all-time favorites. The menu is also rich in a-la-carte dishes and desserts, so you'll be spoiled for choice!
Boeuf Brasserie Yukari Kita Tanabe Main Branch
Open: [Tuesday - Friday] 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] 4:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)
Average price: 4,500 JPY
Address: 6-16-6, Kita Tanabe, Higashi Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
12. Itamae-Yakiniku Ikkou Sennichimae Branch (Namba)
You can reach this yakiniku spot by walking 3 minutes from Namba Station. Here, you can have yakiniku, steak, and many more delicacies made with every part of Kuroge Wagyu cattle, since it's stocked whole. Above all, the chateaubriand, one of the highest quality parts of the fillet, is irresistible for its melt-in-the-mouth umami. If you want to try different parts, order the [Ikko Assortment], of which a limited number of servings are available. It comprises not only of classics like loin and skirt steak but also smaller cuts and marbled meats. There are also plenty of wines on the menu, ranging from reasonably priced bottles to upper-class brands so that you can choose yours according to your budget.
Itamae-Yakiniku Ikkou Sennichimae Branch
: [Weekdays, Saturday] 3:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)
[Sunday] 11:30 am - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: 4,000 JPYAddress
: 1F, Sennichimae Golden Futaba Plaza, 2-6-8, Sennichimae, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (Map
13. Wagyu Matsushita Hondori Branch (Kitashinchi)
This easily accessible yakiniku restaurant is only 1 minute away from Kita Shinchi on foot. They source whole cattle of premium Kuroge Wagyu and dry-age them for the number of days that best suits each cut, preserving their freshness and flavor. The chef then processes them with skillful techniques that bring out an exceptional sweetness and umami. An absolute must-eat is the luxurious shabu-shabu (sliced meat parboiled with vegetables) or sukiyaki (hot pot stew) of sirloin. Alternatively, taste and compare different meat cuts with the [Premium Selection Wagyu 5-Kind Assortment].
Wagyu Matsushita Hondori Branch
: [Weekdays] 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)
[Saturday] 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)Closed
: Sunday, National HolidaysAverage price
: 7,000 JPYAddress
: 6F, REX Bldg., 1-5-9, Sonezaki Shinchi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (Map
14. Kisshan Kita Shinchi Branch (Kitashinchi)
This restaurant buys whole cattle of two renowned brands: Saga and Matsusaka beef. 50 types of premium beef cuts that are of the best quality and have beautiful marbling are listed on their rich menu. They can be savored yakiniku style, as well as shabu-shabu and other cooking methods. A sommelier supervises the wine lineup in a cellar with strict quality control. You'll be able to find lots of popular brands from all over, carefully selected for their aroma and flavor. Inside, the restaurant is chic and classy, and there are also private booths. Give this place a try if you're in the mood for a fancy dinner with Wagyu and wine!
Kisshan Kita Shinchi Branch
: [Weekdays, Saturday] 5:00 pm - 3:00 am (L.O. 3:00 am)
[Sunday, National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)Closed
: Irregular, December 31 - January 4Average price
: 7,000 JPY Address
: 2F, FOODEAR Bldg., 1-3-23, Sonezaki Shinchi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (Map
15. Matsunaga Bokujo Kita Shinchi Branch (Kitashinchi)
This restaurant serves Matsunaga Wagyu from Shimane Prefecture. They source the animals whole and use every single part of them. Instead of ordering items separately, you'll spend less if you pick the [Matsunaga Bokujo Assortment], a convenient platter with the most popular cuts. The various condiments served with it, such as Andean rock salt, Mongolian lake salt, and French marine salt will offer you the ultimate tasting experience. The wooden interior has a somewhat nostalgic atmosphere. Several types of private rooms can suit all kinds of customers.
Matsunaga Bokujo Kita Shinchi Branch
: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
[Saturday] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)Closed
: Sunday, National HolidaysAverage price
: [Dinner] 6,000 JPY / [Lunch] 800 JPYAddress
: 3F, Nakanishi Dojima Bldg., 1-3-16, Dojima Hama, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (Map
You've just read a list of the most delicious yakiniku restaurants, where you can enjoy melty and umami-rich Wagyu! If you're planning to visit Osaka, eat at one of these!
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.