The area around Osaka Station and Umeda Station is a popular dining spot that is lined with izakaya (Japanese gastropub). Here are five of the most recommended izakaya joints around Osaka or Umeda Station that locals love as they can accommodate families, couples, groups and other guests.
1. Nakanoya Lucua Osaka Branch
Nakanoya is an izakaya with a relaxed atmosphere that is located on the 10th floor of Lucua Osaka which is directly linked to JR Osaka Station. It's a shop where you can enjoy meals at any time of the day, and they take pride in how carefully selected the ingredients they use are, including including the freshest seafood shipped directly from the local sources and buckwheat that has been ground on a millstone. Here, there are seasonal dinner plans that you can order at night on top of the usual courses, the recommended daily dishes that are decided based on the day’s catch, and a wide range of a la carte dishes. During lunch on the weekdays, you can have the reasonably priced Higawari Teishoku (Daily Meal) (890 JPY (incl. tax)). All seats in this restaurant are non-smoking.
2. Toki no Izakaya Kizami Umeda Branch
With private rooms that are equipped with table heaters, igloo-style private rooms, and table seats, Kizami is an izakaya that fits any type of gathering from a date to a party. They are particular about the ingredients that they use, including fresh seafood delivered straight from the market every day and fresh vegetables sourced from contracted farmers, and offer the usual izakaya dishes and banquet courses that come with unlimited drinks. They also have an all-you-can-drink service for an unlimited time Monday through Thursday (except holidays and days before national holidays), so those who love to drink will surely be happy at this place.
3. Salute Umeda Chayamachi Branch
Salute is a casual Italian izakaya with a fancy atmosphere that serves a wide variety of alcoholic drinks ranging from sake to wine. They use carefully selected ingredients for their dishes, including vegetables directly shipped from Awaji Island and Joshu beef from Gunma. This izakaya offers a rich lineup of a la carte dishes that go well with alcohol such as salads, pastas, pizza, and main dishes with meat. Aside from the popular Nouka Chokusou 10 Shurui no Shinsen Yasai no Bagna Cauda (Bagna Cauda with 10 Fresh Vegetables Delivered Directly from Farms (980 JPY (excl. tax)) and Watarigani no Kanjuku Tomato Cream Pasta (Lady Crab in Fully Ripe Tomato and Cream Pasta (1,280 JPY (excl. tax)), the original and creative dishes that incorporate a Japanese taste with yuzu citrus and wasabi as accent are also recommended here. If you suddenly feel like drinking while in the Umeda area, try checking this place out.
4. Okageya Umeda Branch
Okageya is an izakaya that feels like a secret hideout for adults with a relaxing atmosphere, with many specialty chicken dishes for you to enjoy. The Jidori Miyazaki Akadori no Momo Sumibiyaki (Charbroiled Red Miyazaki Chicken Thigh (1,000 JPY (excl. tax)) and Okageya Tokusei Chicken Namban (Okageya’s Special Chicken Seasoned with Vinegar and Tartar Sauce) (600 JPY (excl. tax)) will treat your palate to the delicious flavors of meat to your heart’s content. A wide range of alcoholic drinks such as shochu (white distilled liquor), sake, and wines that go well with chicken dishes are also available, and you can have the 2 hour all-you-can-drink course (starts at 4,000 JPY (incl. tax)). You can make a reservation for this course over the phone on the day that you will be visiting. Okageya is an izakaya that is enjoyable even in a group.
5. Kagoshimaken Kirishimashi Tsukadanojo Umeda Gyaza Hankyu Branch
This izakaya is a vibrant pub that takes pride in its dishes using Kuro Satsumadori (Black Satsuma Chicken), the local chicken that is directly shipped from its own poultry farm in Kagoshima. The charbroiled Densho Kuroyaki (Legendary Grilled Black Chicken) (price starts at 880 JPY (excl. tax) for a small serving) bears the aroma of charcoal and is characterized by its juicy texture. The Kurobuta Yakigyoza (Fried Black Pork Dumplings) (580 JPY (excl. tax)) and Kagoshima Kurobuta Negi Shabu-Shabu (Kagoshima Black Pork and Spring Onion Hotpot (1,280 JPY (excl. tax)) for one person) are also superb dishes. Now if you want to pair your food with alcohol such as Kagoshima imoshochu (alcoholic spirit distilled from sweet potatoes), sake, or fruit liquors, then you can avail of this restaurant’s great-value meals such as the 2 hour all-you-can-drink with Tsukadanojo course that costs 3,980 JPY for one person (excl. tax, with the course available for groups of four or more people).
There are many izakaya around Osaka Station and Umeda Station where you can eat delicious food. Find a restaurant that you like and have fun there. ※The courses usually require a reservation
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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