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May 20, 2018

What's your recommendation for the best (cheap) restaurant in Osaka?

I have family visiting Osaka and I'm in charge of choosing the eating establishments... I'm not necessarily looking for Osaka-specialty foods (kushikatsu, okonomiyaki, takoyaki, etc.) Just some typical Japanese shokudo-style restaurants that really stand out in your mind. Also, I don't eat red meat so no tonkatsu / yakiniku / etc. please! And preferably near the city center (Osaka/Umeda station or Namba)! Thank you :)

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  • genkidesu

    on May 21

    I've had friends rave about Naniwa Okina, a soba place that still has super reasonable prices but got a Michelin Star...they're cheaper at lunch which is pretty standard across Japan with the meals being around 1200 yen. Not the cheapest, but for quality and a cool experience it's come highly recommended to me. https://gurunavi.com/en/kcm2900/rst/?__ngt__=TT0e4cfa5e4000ac1e4ae0751YwhB-hEVHUkx7A8dhXdwD

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  • hellonihon

    on May 21

    @genkidesu Ugh! I actually had that place first on my list... But turns out they're closed on Sundays, which was the only day we had free to go :( I'm thrilled to hear that it's as good as it's hyped up to be though!

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  • genkidesu

    on May 22

    @hellonihon ugh! That's always the way...but I guess on the positive side you already knew it was going to be closed then. I've had too many times to count where I've turned up to a cafe or restaurant expecting it to be opened and it was their scheduled closed day! Hopefully someone else has some tips or suggestions...the times I've been to Osaka I basically loaded up on street food so I'm not much help!

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  • helloalissa

    on May 23

    I'm not super familiar with Osaka and ate the typical kushikatsu and street food while visiting, but how about one of the typical chain family restaurants? Something like Matsuya might be fun? To buy your meal ticket from a vending machine is a weird Japanese experience, yet they have a variety of inexpensive foods that aren't too scary for visitors. (Maybe mostly meat dishes though...) Tempura also seems like a good option for lots of veggies and seafood. (Also something I know my parents aren't scared of as opposed to most Japanese food.) Tempurayasan is open on Sundays and near Namba Station: 〒556-0011 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Naniwa-ku, Nanbanaka, 3 Chome−7−8 Hopefully someone who has spent more time in Osaka will chime in with the right place for you.

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  • Eli

    on Jun 11

    It is not a restaurant but street food, but when I went to Osaka last month I ate Takoyaki at Takoyakikun in Namba. They claim they have the best Takoyaki in Osaka and they were really cheap and tasted good. A box with 8 was below 300 Yen. The funny thing is that close by is a different shop that claims they have the second-best Takoyaki and they are more expensive.

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  • Jackson

    on Jun 15

    I found a super cheap kushiage restaurant in the tsutenkaku area. Forgot the name, but it was all you can eat kushiage for 60mins for just 1000yen per person. They served the food quickly too. Very much worth the price and experience.

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  • Judith

    on Jun 19

    Stand Sonoda near Tanimachi 6 chome is a great place to eat for not that much!

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