Osaka

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ShermansTravel experts know where to find the best meal in town at the best price. Our restaurant reviews sift through the mountains of menus to highlight neighborhood gastronomic institutions and up-and-coming foodie hotspots – not to mention where to go for affordable, dependable fare complemented by a charming atmosphere.

Top Restaurants in Osaka

Bar Tachibana

House brewed beer, tofu prepared in more ways than you thought possible, and other local specialties make this well-located Kabuki actor hangout a charming choice.

1-9-19 Dotombori, 011-81-6-6212-6074
Tags: moderate | japanese | beer

Fugetsu

Hip décor, pop music, and okonomiyaki (a Japanese standard similar to an omelet, with meat or fish, vegetables, and noodles) attract young fashion trendoids.

1-6-14 Nishi Shinsaibashi, 011-81-6-6258-5189
Tags: budget | trendy | japanese

Hanagatani

Swanky retreat with Japanese staples like tempura, sushi, and kaiseki cuisine arranged to perfection on exquisite tableware and overlooking a Japanese garden.

The Ritz-Carlton; Umeda; Kita-ku, 2–5–25 Umeda, 011-81-6-6343-7000, www.ritzcarlton.com
Tags: expensive | japanese

Irifune

Counter seating for only 10, this unassuming find serves the best sushi in town at reasonable prices. Saavy Osakans and true sushi-lovers have dined and tippled here since the ’60s.

3-18-1 Higashiobase Higashinari-ku, 011-81-6-6971-1963
Tags: budget | local favorite | sushi

Kamon

Chefs expertly wield samurai-like knives against a backdrop of city views at this delectable restaurant known for its Japanese beef and seafood dishes, grilled tenpanyaki style.

Imperial Hotel 24th Floor; Kita-ku, 8-50 Temmabashi 1-chome, 011-81-6-6881-1111, www.imperialhotel.co.jp
Tags: seafood | expensive | smart splurge | views | japanese

Tavola

This hotspot on the 36th floor of the Swissôtel dishes up a lunchtime Italian buffets (including a will-weakening gelati bar), a High Tea in the Sky, and nightly romance with its Mediterranean dishes, light-studded view, and chic interior.

Swissôtel Nankai Osaka; Chuo-ku, 5-1-60 Namba, 011-81-6-6646-1111, www.swissotel-osaka.com
Tags: moderate | views | italian

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