Osaka is known for its unique food culture, and “kuidaore,” or extravagantly eating oneself into ruin. There are all sorts of all you can eat restaurants in the city, such as hotel buffets or specialist restaurants, so in this article we are going to introduce our top six all you can eat restaurants in Osaka.
1. Enjoy your meal with all of your senses - Hotel Buffet NIGHT AND DAY
If you want to enjoy a full course meal, you should visit the Night & Day restaurant in the Hotel Hankyu International. With a large salad bar, oven-baked pizza cooked on site, an extravagant main dish, and more than 15 desserts made with the season’s ingredients by the patissier, as well as all sorts of other dishes, the restaurant offers a wide variety of dishes. In the live kitchen, you can watch your sirloin steak covered with a delicious truffle sauce or roast chicken prepared and cooked before your very eyes. Here you really can enjoy all the sights, smells, sounds, tastes and textures of your meal. For one person, on a weekday the lunchtime (90 minutes) all you can eat will cost 3,500 JPY(incl. tax) and on weekends or holidays 4,000 JPY(incl. tax), and dinner time (120 minutes) will cost 4,500 JPY(incl. tax) on weekdays and 5,000 JPY(incl. tax) on weekends and holidays. The atmosphere of the restaurant is great as well, making it a popular date spot as well.
2. Popular for its varied menu! Hotel buffet, Port Dining “ricorico”
Port Dining ricorico is an all you can eat restaurant offering Japanese, western and Chinese dishes. The restaurant has one of the largest breakfast menus in Japan, with approximately 90 different dishes including akashiyaki (a type of dumpling that is said to be the origin of takoyaki) and freshly grilled steak. The lunch menu includes tempura and pasta, and for dinner you can enjoy steak and sushi while enjoying the performances of the chefs. The restaurant also offers a wide range of sweets, and their homemade baumkuchen is said to rival that of dedicated baumkuchen stores. For one adult, the morning viking buffet will cost 2,800 JPY(incl. tax), the lunch viking buffet 1,800 JPY(incl. tax), and the dinner 4,300 JPY(incl. tax). As it is one of the restaurants in Hotel Universal Port, the official hotel of Universal Studios Japan, why not go there after enjoying the theme park?
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3. Enjoy the wide open space! Hotel buffet VIKING RESTAURANT VERDE
Located in the Hotel Hankyu Expo Park Hotel, close to the Expo Commemoration Park, here at the VIKING RESTAURANT VERDE you can enjoy a delicious all you can eat menu in the spacious environment of the hotel surrounded by the greenery of the park. The menu features a variety of seasonal Japanese and western dishes prepared and arranged by chefs, as well delicious sweets made by the patissier. The pizza and pasta are popular with regulars to the restaurant, so if you do visit, be sure to try them out first. For the Japanese dishes, we recommend the temaki-zushi (hand rolled sushi) where you can choose the seafood, vegetables and other ingredients you use. Despite being a hotel restaurant, the price for an adult starts from 2,100 JPY (incl. tax), making it quite reasonable and easy to go to. Please note that dinner is only available on weekends and holidays.
4. Managed by a farm - “Ohisama-no-egao”
Ohisama-no-Egao is an all you can eat restaurant operated by the “Iga-no-sato Moku-Moku Tezukuri Farm”, a farm where visitors can gain hands-on experience with farming. The menu features 60 mainly vegetable and Japanese dishes made with specially selected domestically made ingredients. Out of these, we recommend the famous the hand-made sausages made in the restaurant, the various types of bread and the gelato dessert. And with a menu for children and a g-guage model of the Kintetsu Express train running around the store, the restaurant is a great place for families with children. For an adult, lunchtime with cost 1,902 JPY (incl. tax) and dinner 2,571 JPY(incl. tax). If you like to drink, we recommend trying the Mokumoku Farm local beer (540 JPY(incl. tax)) with the sausages.
5. Their 100% domestically grown vegetable and soybean-derived dishes are popular - “Natural Garden”
If you want to try some delicious vegetable and soy bean dishes, Natural Garden is the place we recommend. The restaurant has a varied menu with around 70 dishes, included fish, meat and pasta dishes, made with the vegetable of the season, so no matter how much you eat, you won’t get bored. Popular at the restaurant is the tofu made from 4:00 am every morning from 100% Japanese soy beans, and the soy milk nabe, or hot pot, made with the tofu and soy milk. Both dishes bring out the real flavor of the of the soy beans. For one adult, the lunch (90 minutes) is 1,680 JPY (excl. tax), and the dinner which is only available on weekends and holidays is 1,850 JPY (excl. tax). You can also enjoy all you can eat sweets from a specialist sweet store, so if you have a sweet tooth, this is one place we recommend.
6. Enjoy the local vegetables - “Senshu Yasai no Buffet & Cafe”
The final restaurant we will introduce is Senshu Yasai no Buffet & Cafe, located in Aisai Land, a farmers’ market in a michi-no-eki (rest spot by the road) just outside the center of Osaka City. This is one place we recommend for people looking to enjoy Osaka’s flavorful vegetable dishes. The restaurant offers about 60 types of mainly Japanese dishes made with fresh local vegetables, including stews, ohitashi and curry. The buffet is open from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, and costs 1,250 JPY for 60 minutes. This good price makes it popular not only with tourists but the local people as well, so the restaurant is often packed on the weekends. If you are planning on going, it is probably best to book in advance.
We hope this list gives you some ideas for enjoying Osaka’s delicious all you can eat restaurants. Don’t forget that not finishing what you have taken is considered to be bad manners at all you can eat restaurants, so take only what you think you can finish!
*Please note that the prices and other information in the article may not be the most up-to-date information