Located in the south part of Osaka, Namba is a lovely area to visit. You can stroll down Namba walk and try out some of Osaka's best restaurants. Here's a list of 12 outstanding places to have a meal, each featuring a different type of cuisine (except for okonomiyaki, for which we listed 2 shops).
Before we start, here's some bonus info about some awesome food experiences in the area! Skip to the next section for an introduction to our 12 best restaurants.
Foodie tour of the area
Without a doubt, one of the best food spots in Osaka is the vibrant and fun Dotonbori nearby Namba. You can try virtually all the iconic foods of Osaka, including takoyaki, in this one spot. So what better way to discover this area than with a friendly Osakan foodie!
This tour by Magical Trip is hosted by English-speaking local guides that will not only make you eat some delicious Osakan foods and show you the iconic spots of the area but also guide you through some hidden back alleys and to some ancient temples.
Kitamura not only has a prestigious Michelin star, but is also one of the oldest sukiyaki restaurants in Japan, being in operation since 1881! Anyone who wants to try truly outstanding Kansai-style sukiyaki in a restaurant with nearly 140 years of history should choose Kitamura. It's slightly more expensive than an average sukiyaki restaurant, but worth it for the experience and excellent sukiyaki!
If it's your first time to visit, the restaurant's classic 'Sukiyaki' is definitely the recommended choice. Delicious, premium wagyu beef slices are cooked in a thick soup-like sweet and salty sauce with vegetables and tofu. In addition to sukiyaki, Kitamura also serves 'Mizutaki,' a hot pot-style dish and 'Batayaki,' which is the same premium wagyu beef cooked with butter on a hot griddle. Anything is absolutely delicious and definitely won't disappoint!
Ramen is really big in Japan, and Osaka alone has lots of tasty ramen restaurants! Ganko Ramen offers simple yet super tasty ramen. It is located in the back street of Namba Grand Kagetsu and takes around 5 minutes from Namba Station or Nihonbashi Station. Don't be intimidated by the bone hanging from a chain outside!
The specialty here is ship ramen (salt ramen), which is just ¥750 for a standard bowl. You can add either shrimp oil or green onion oil to the soup, which adds a delicious and fragrant accent. The flavors come together so well and aren't overpowering, so you can finish everything to the last drop.
If you are looking for more information on ramen restaurants in Namba, check out the link below!
Tempura Daikichi is located 3-minutes walking distance from Namba Station. It is a popular store and there will most likely be a line outside, to check it out outside of peak lunch or dinner hours. It's a fun place to have great tempura in Osaka!
A big plus here is that the portions are quite generous and filling! There are different types of seasonal and classic ingredients to try and the tempura batter is wonderful. It's not too heavy and crisps up perfectly. Anyone looking for a solid tempura meal in Namba should definitely consider Daikichi!
If you want to eat something hearty and filling, check out Imai for their tasty udon. The restaurant is around a 7-minute walk from Namba Station. It is hidden away in the Dotonbori area, but is famous for its incredible udon! Their recommended menu item is an assorted nabe udon, which is hot pot udon that comes with a variety of toppings!
Udon is a simple and delicious traditional Japanese noodle soup that is filling and satisfying. The udon is served in a dashi (fish stock broth) which nicely brings out the flavour of each type of topping. This is a must-try any time of the year in Osaka as you can have it either hot or cold.
Yakitori is always a wonderful experience! You can order as many or as few skewers as you want to fill full and it goes perfectly well with beer or Japanese spirits. The best part about having it in Osaka is that people from Osaka are known to be friendly and very approachable, especially in such a setting where people are drinking a lot and sitting close to each other. You'll make friends and they can recommend delicious yakitori to try.
Enya is a popular Yakitori restaurant where you can eat delicious and unique Yakitori dishes for a really cheap price! It's just a 4-minute walk from Namba station. If you're in the mood for chicken, this is highly recommended!
If you want a light snack, try Wakana, where they serve authentic takoyaki! The takoyaki stand is about a 6-minute walk from Namba Station. It is open from 8:30 am during the weekends, so if you want a savory and quick breakfast, check it out!
Takoyaki is one of Osaka's many meibutsu (famous dishes), so if you don't try it while you're in town, you're definitely missing out! There are loads upon loads of Takoyaki shops in the city, but Wanaka is one of the stand-outs that is very popular. Check it out!
Looking for a place to have Osaka's soul food, Okonomiyaki? Try Fukutaro, located just a 5-minute walk from Namba Station. It is a popular Okonomiyaki restaurant so you may encounter a huge line, but it's worth the wait! Try their must-try item is probably the Negiyaki (a thinner version of Okonomiyaki with green onions!).
Okonomiyaki is another of Osaka's meibutsu, and you definitely shouldn't leave the city without giving it a try at least once. Typically at okonomiyaki restaurants, you will cook your food for yourself on a hot iron plate, which is a fun experience in itself. Pair that with a few beers and you got yourself a fun evening out!
Mizuno another okonomiyaki restaurant that is super popular in the Namba area. Their signature menu is called 'Yamaimo-yaki,' which is made of yam and is delicious! Their classic 'Mizunoyaki,' which includes pork, mince, squid, shrimp, scallops, and octopus is also a must-try!
One okonomiyaki will run you between ¥1,000 and ¥1,600, which is fairly standard, despite the huge popularity of the restaurant. It was recently added to the Michelin Guide as a Bib Gourmand restaurant, which is proof of the quality, but also means that it's ion more peoples' radars these days. The restaurant is just a 5-minute walk from Namba station.
Daruma is perhaps the most famous Kushikatsu restaurant in Osaka! They have stores all across the city, but the Namba location is one of the most popular. You definitely can't leave Osaka without trying Daruma's Kushikatsu at least once.
Kushikatsu is yet another of Osaka's meibutsu, and should be on everyone's Osaka food hit-list. The cuisine consists of a variety of different ingredients placed on a skewer, which are then deep-fried. There is a box with some sauce in front of every customer that is for dipping the skewers into. Be careful! This sauce is for everyone and will be used by the next customer as well, so be sure NOT to double-dip.
Sushi Keyaki is a small sushi restaurant located Near Shinsaibashi Station. Their lunch and dinner are both really popular because they serve very high-quality sushi courses at a more reasonable prices than other sushi restaurants of a similar caliber! Check it out if you are looking for a place to eat authentic counter-style sushi in the Namba area.
Keyaki is a bit hidden away, but you'll be glad when you find it! The owner has years of experience under his belt and serves delicious sushi and tsumami (small dishes) in fantastic omakase courses. Make sure to make a reservation if you plan to go because the space is quite small and seats are limited.
Whether you're a seasoned ell-lover, or have never even tried delicious Japanese grilled eel before, Unagi no Nedoko is worth a visit! The restaurant is known for its grilled eel skewered on a stick! It's not something you'd get at a normal eel restaurant, so you should definitely give it a try.
Even if you've never had eel before, the way it is prepared and cooked makes it deliciously addictive. The special "tare" sauce used gives the umami-filled, charcoal-grilled eel a wonderful accent that really makes it impossible to stop eating! Unagi no Nedoko is just an 8-minute walk from Midosuji Line Namba Station.
The last restaurant on this list is a bit of a departure from the Japanese restaurants listed so far, but is too good to leave off! Have you heard of HILLMAN before? It's a restaurant that is really famous and popular in Singapore which opened its first Japanese branch in Osaka! Their "paper chicken" is a must-try food, and they also offer chili crabs too. Enjoy Singaporean cuisine in the back street of Namba, just a 2-minute walk from Nankai Namba station!
Singaporean food is completely different than Japanese food but is surprisingly difficult to find outside of Singapore. If you want to try something different, or maybe you want a break from Japanese food, try this amazing restaurant where you can have many different authentic Singaporean dishes. Bring it on!
Eat, eat and eat!
As you can see, Namba has lots of restaurants, and there are way more excellent places to get a meal than could ever fit on a list like this! Get out there and eat! Also, check out the link below for more information on things to do in Namba, and other places in Osaka.