Best Restaurants

Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore Osaka dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Osaka Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

9 Wolfgang Puck Cafe
For those accustomed to innovative cuisine and excellent service at Wofgang Puck's International Cafes, the Osaka version does not disappoint. Surrounded by contemporary decor, diners can start with skewered curried beef grilled to perfection, followed by the likes of a custom made pizza or California style sushi. This bayside Cafe, skirting the edges of Universal Studios Japan, prides itself on offering a wide variety of International cuisine put forth in inventive and original presentations. (81 6 6465 7000)

8 Windows on the World
Spectacular views await diners at this bountiful buffet well known for its superior selection of fine Western and Asian dishes. Found on the 35th floor of the Hilton Osaka, Windows on the World offers mouth-watering Italian main dishes in the evening, accompanied by cocktails; a top-notch pastry buffet is presented each afternoon. The semi-formal atmosphere with sights of the busy city far below makes a perfect choice for a romantic outing for two. (81 6 6347 7111)

7 Mod di Ponte Vecchio
This preferred destination for rich, savory Italian food is well liked for its attentive service and healthful menu options by way of various vegetable sauces. The Chef's recommended menu includes marinated mackerel laden with sweet tomato sauce, lobster with truffle sauce, linguine with oysters, pappardelle chicken smothered in cabbage sauce and chestnut tiramisu bordered by caramel ice cream. Classy and casual define the atmosphere of Mod di Ponte Vecchio with its hand-crafted eclectic mix of tables, chairs and dishes. Full bar and English menus are available to patrons. (81 6 4795 8888)

6 Okonomiyaki Madonna
Embraced by patrons for its flavorful rendition of the dish that some like to call Japanese stuffed pizza, this Okonomiyaki restaurant is a hometown favorite. Okonomiyaki resembles a pancake made of cabbage and yams, which is packed full with tasty ingredients like pork, shrimp and vegetables, then covered with hoisin-like sauce. Let the friendly staff show you to the counter for casual dining as you watch your okonomiyaki be prepared. (81 6 6347 7371)

5 Mimiu
Locals will confirm that Mimiu's is the best place to go for udon sukiyaki, a traditional Japanese noodle stew with cabbage, clams, eel, yams and other varying seasonal ingredients like shiitake mushrooms and mitsuba. Mimiu's popularity started in the late 1920s and has only increased since it began serving udon several years after opening. Each pot of stew is simmered at the table, making for piping hot, fresh flavor. (81 6 6231 5570)

4 Cui-daore
The drum-beating bespectacled clown in front of the restaurant stands as a popular icon for fun and casual dining in the busy Namba district. Tasteful Japanese selections can be found on eight floors of dining, starting with the modern family-friendly ground floor, moving up to a second floor pub and finishing with top floors serving appetizing Japanese favorites including sukiyaki, shabu-shabu and kaiseki meals that change each month. The proprietors make choosing one of their mouthwatering selections very easy by providing numbered models of each entree. (81 6 6211 5300)

3 Banjara
This genuine Indian dining experience has become a fixture with Osakans and international visitors alike. Guests delight in tastes and smells inspired by the exotic maharajas of Rajasthan while Indian chefs furnish an exceptional selection of curries, breads and tandooris. Mutton boti kabob is proprietor's choice with its delectable blend of spices cooked to perfection. The establishment boasts a refined Indian marketplace atmoshphere as well as impeccable service. A full bar is offered with well-chosen wines. (81 6 4802 0326)

2 La Baie
Dine at La Baie at the Ritz-Carlton and you'll find yourself ensconced in the essence of a British country house complete with rich, wood paneled walls, a fireplace and landscape paintings. Savory Franco-Japanese fusion dishes are put forth with inventive presentations sure to bring guests back for more. Carefully chosen wines, selected by an award winning sommelier, complement full-course menus. Faultless service, elegant atmosphere and delicious entrees appoint this restaurant a front-runner. (81 6 6343 7020)

1 Kani Doraku
If it's crab you're after, make your way to the Kani Doraku where this favored crustacean reigns supreme. Whether you like it boiled, roasted, in a salad, with sushi or as a croquette, you'll find it here in large portions. The restaurant itself is hard to miss as a giant crab replete with moving arms and legs is fastened to the front of the building. Multiple floors allow patrons to enjoy views of the Dotombori River. Set meals on display and English menus make ordering convenient. (81 6 6211 8975)


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Windows on the World 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Italian
Dining Options: Parties / Private Rooms
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Mod di Ponte Vecchio 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge
Cuisine: European, Italian
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Okonomiyaki Madonna 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese
Dining Options: Counter Seating
COST: $$$$
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Mimiu 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese
COST: $$$$
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Cui-daore 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese
Dining Options: Family Friendly
COST: $$$$
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Banjara 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge
Cuisine: Indian
COST: $$$$
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Cuisine: European, French
Dining Options: Sommelier
COST: $$$$
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Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Seafood
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