Check Them Out Before Going to Osaka! Eight Popular Okonomiyaki Restaurants

If you're ever in Osaka, you'll definitely want to try okonomiyaki, a savory pancake famous as one of Osaka's regional delicacies. But there are so many okonomiyaki restaurants in Osaka, it is hard to decide where to eat. So this time, we put together a list of "great okonomiyaki restaurants" in Osaka, including established restaurants in business for 70 years, one where you can enjoy mayonnaise art, and those where you can make your own okonomiyaki.

The Must Try Osaka Specialty, "Yamaimo-yaki"

if you're looking for an okonomiyaki restaurant in the Minami area of Osaka, Mizuno, which has been open for 70 years, will most likely be the first to be mentioned. This restaurant gets all its ingredients from specialty traders - such as fish from a fishmonger, meat from a butcher - and is able to procure them reliably based on its years of trusted relationships with them. The personal connections unique to Osaka is one of the backbones of this restaurant.

Its specialty "Yamaimo-yaki" (1,620 JPY) is its most popular item made with mountain yam, cabbage and other ingredients, but no flour. The umami flavors are sealed in by frying ingredients such as thick slices of pork and fresh scallops with butter. The okonomiyaki is grilled rare so you can enjoy the mixed texture of a soft inside and crunchy surface.


1-4-15 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

A Unique "Modern-yaki" with Unwavering Popularity

The Umeda Sky Building branch of Kiji, where you can eat a unique "modern-yaki" made by dipping yakisoba in beaten eggs, was established 23 years ago by the second-generation owner of Kiji. This branch is popular for its many creative okonomiyaki, including the "Modern-yaki" (830 JPY) that is distinguished by its soft flavors, including some that are not available at the main restaurant in Shin-Umeda Shokudogai (opened in 1969, now run by the third generation owner.)

Kiji Umeda Sky Bldg. Branch

Takimi Komichi, B1 Umeda Sky Bldg., 1-1-90 Oyodonaka, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

The Osaka Specialty "Mayonnaise Art" Is a Must See!

Okaru, which retains the feel of the Showa period, is an established restaurant that has been preserving its unique skills and taste for 70 years. It has unusual methods to create soft and plump okonomiyaki, such as steaming them with a lid and holding them in place with an iron brace. When your okonomiyaki (800 JPY and up) is ready, ask them to draw unique Osaka patterns or characters with their mayonnaise art!

Okonomiyaki Okaru

1-9-19 Sennichimae, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

Ultra Popular Originator of "Negi-yaki"

The negiyaki (savory scallion pancake) at the Umeda EST Branch of Yamamoto is a specialty dish that has been served since 1965. It was originally created by the founder to feed her children who were helping out in the shop, and was refined at the request of customers. The "Sujinegi-yaki" (1,190 JPY), which is topped with sweet and savory beef tendons simmered with konjac, is recommended!

Yamamoto Umeda EST Branch

EST E27 3-25 Kakuda-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

Fukutaro's Trademark "Beta-yaki"

The popular Namba restaurant, Fukutaro, serves a "beta-yaki" style of okonomiyaki where the batter is spread thinly on the grill and topped with cabbage and other ingredients. The okonomiyaki at this restaurant is distinguished by crunchy edges and a syrupy middle made by the cabbage-batter mixture. Fukutaro offers a wide selection of okonomiyakis to try out, including negi-yakis, such as the popular "Suji Ninniku Negi-yaki" (1,080 JPY), with garlic and an abundance of negi scallions from Matsubara in Osaka!


2-3-17 Sennichimae, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

Make Your Own Okonomiyakis in a Private Room

Hatsuse in Namba has 28 private rooms where customers make their own okonomiyaki. Its specialty "double sauce," which includes Worcestershire and special rich sweet sauces, add to the addictive taste. Follow the instructions to make okonomiyaki such as the "Buta Okonomiyaki" (788 JPY) with pork shoulder roast mixed in the batter, and enjoy the soft and juicy flavors!


2F Hatsuse Bldg., 11-25 Nanbasennichimae, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

Traditional Thick Osaka Okonomiyaki

Mifune in Umeda is a longstanding restaurant established in 1948. Its tables and seats and the system of customers making their own okonomiyaki remains the same from the time of opening. Their okonomiyaki comes with a batter with lots of cabbage mixed with just the right amount of flour and eggs so that anyone can make an outstanding okonomiyaki. The key to their recommended "Okonomiyaki Butayaki" (850 JPY) is to grill the fatty part of the pork first and mix the rest in with the batter. Enjoy making and tasting the traditional thick okonomiyaki yourself!


1-17 Komatsubarachō, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

Enjoy the Tsuruhashi Matron's Taste in Minami!

The Souemoncho Branch of Omoni is a place beloved by the people of Momodani in Osaka, as well as celebrities and K-POP artists, where you can enjoy the taste of a well-established okonomiyaki house. The standard "Omoni-yaki" (1,200 JPY) is a great deal with lots of cabbage, a crunchy texture, and an abundance of ingredients. It is a healthy dish made with as little flour as possible.

Omoni Souemoncho Branch

1F Ripple Souemoncho Bldg., 2-3-13 Shinsaibashisuji, Chūō-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka

Customers can choose their own ingredients, so combinations selected by celebrities are on the menu under the celebrities' names. When in doubt as to what to order, ask for the one with your favorite celebrity's name! [This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 06.27.2016]

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

Recommended articles for you

Can't find it in a guidebook? Looking through this app will definitely make you want to go to Japan.
Sightseeing information to make you say "Wow!", updated every day!