Being Osaka’s business district, Umeda is well known for hustle and bustle. In the midst of all that, you’ll find yourself surrounded by hundreds of restaurants offering local and foreign cuisine. Here’s our list of the top ten restaurants in the Umeda district of Japan.
Restaurant, Japanese, Asian, $$$
Okonomiyaki Madonna is one of Osaka’s best okonomiyaki restaurants. Oknomiyaki means ‘grilled as you like it’ and is essentially a Japanese savory pancake in which you choose your various toppings. At Okonomiyaki Madonna, you decide whether you would like the chef to prepare and grill your pancake for you, or they can bring over the raw ingredients and prepare it on an iron girdle on your table in front of you.
Located in the B2F of the Hankyu Umeda Station, the Hankyu Sanbangai Food Museum offers over 100 different gourmet experiences. Unlike a food court, the food museum is comprised of many small individual restaurants. Lots of the mini restaurants serve traditional Japanese food like udon, Japanese curry, and sushi but you will be able to find Western-style venues as well. From dessert restaurants to savory restaurants, the Hankyu Sanbangai Food Museum introduces you to food from all over the country.
Cocktail Bar, Hotel Restaurant, Restaurant, Wine Bar, Japanese, Fusion, Contemporary, $$$
Located on the 19th floor of the Gran Via Hotel Umeda, Teppanyaki Kiryu offers you the finest Japanese beef and seafood. Teppanyaki is derived from the word teppan, which means iron girdle, and yaki, which means to grill. This creates an entire cuisine based on grilling various meats and vegetables on an iron girdle. The hotel’s restaurant offers a truly luxurious experience. Sat around a large iron girdle, be amazed as you watch your chef prepare your food with elegant execution and impeccable presentation.
Located in Osaka station itself, Niboshi Ramen Sandaime is one of Osaka’s best ramen joints. This small ramen restaurant operates on a self-service basis. You buy a ticket from a vending machine and return your ticket to the counter. Have a seat and you’ll be brought over a steaming hot bowl of ramen for you to enjoy. Ramen is a great meal option for a chilly day or even after a long day of sightseeing. The restaurant stops serving when they run out of soup, so be sure to get there by the afternoon.
Koh Samui by Chedi Luang offers award-winning Thai food in the heart of Umeda. Experience their tropical buffet at lunchtime with over 20 main dishes, Thai-style finger food and dessert. The restaurant even offers an à la carte menu for those who do not wish to dine in the buffet. The restaurant runs a café that is open from morning to 10.30pm. Be sure to stop by for their Thai take on traditional afternoon tea.
Just a minute away from Osaka station, this yakitori restaurant is known for its delicious flavour. At Nakai, they use a local chicken that’s incredibly fresh. They’re also well-known for their Belgian beers, which they use in their sauce to give extra flavour to the yakitori. The chicken is grilled on high-quality charcoal. This yakitori joint does a wide range of grilled chicken and presents them in a variety of styles. You can even get a yakitori ramen.
This luxurious Italian restaurant found on the first floor of The Ritz-Carlton Osaka has an interior reminiscent of a grand villa in Tuscany, Italy. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Splendido offers set menus, à la carte, as well buffet options. Head over for their brunch buffet which offers you over 40 dishes to choose from or head over for their afternoon buffet, open during the summer, which is packed with delicious sweet treats.
Kaiten sushi is a must-try when in Japan. In the West Kaiten Sushi is known as the conveyor belt sushi experience. You will find fresh gourmet sushi at Hakodate Kantarou, which travels around a conveyor belt through the restaurant. Simply pick off what you would like to eat and at the end you’ll pay your bill based on how many plates of sushi you’ve picked up. It’s a fun way to have a meal and to see the wide range of sushi available too. The restaurant is just a minute’s walk away from Osaka station.
Hotel Restaurant, Restaurant, Italian, Japanese, Fusion, Contemporary
Dinner with a gorgeous view of Umeda is what you can expect from Windows on the World, located on the 35th floor of the Hilton Osaka hotel. They offer an international buffet for lunch and a delicious Italian course menu for dinner. There’s an à la carte menu as well. If you aren’t up for a big meal, you can choose from their wide range of drinks and wines or simply admire the views with a refreshing cocktail while nibbling on some snacks at the bar.
Surrounded by tiny local restaurants, Umeda Hagakure prepares one of the best udon dishes in Osaka. The owner of this small restaurant, with just a dozen seats at the counter, prepares all the dishes himself and even makes his own udon noodles. The restaurant is especially busy between noon and 1pm as offices and workers flood the place to enjoy their noodles. The chef’s speciality is udon noodles accompanied by finely grated radish with green onions and lime. The owner is always more than happy to show his guests how to eat udon properly.