The Kansai Region Restaurants

Thanks to its history and unique culture, the Kansai region offers an unparalleled variety of Japanese cuisine. In addition to the local specialties of Osaka, Kobe, and Nara, Kansai has the same inexpensive chain restaurants as Tokyo and a good variety of international food. Outside tourist areas, restaurant staff may not speak
Thanks to its history and unique culture, the Kansai region offers an unparalleled variety of Japanese cuisine. In addition to the local specialties of Osaka, Kobe, and Nara, Kansai has the same inexpensive chain restaurants as Tokyo and a good variety of international
Thanks to its history and unique culture, the Kansai region offers an unparalleled variety of Japanese cuisine. In addit

Thanks to its history and unique culture, the Kansai region offers an unparalleled variety of Japanese cuisine. In addition to the local specialties of Osaka, Kobe, and Nara, Kansai has the same inexpensive chain restaurants as Tokyo and a good variety of international food. Outside tourist areas, restaurant staff may not speak English but often exhibit Kansai’s signature friendliness, going out of their way to help.

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  • 1. Aragawa

    $$$$ | Chuo-ku | Steakhouse

    Japan's first steak house is famed for its superb, hand-fed Kobe beef from a single farm in the nearby city of Sanda. The melt-in-your-mouth...Read More

  • 2. La Baie

    $$$$ | Kita-ku | French

    The city's premier hotel restaurant serves extremely good French food. The elegant yet relaxed atmosphere, seasonal menus, and extensive wine...Read More

  • 3. Mizuno

    $$ | Chuo-ku | Japanese

    If there is one food Osaka is known for, it is okonomiyaki. Mizuno, opened in 1945, is one of the city's best and oldest places to try this...Read More

  • 4. Wakkoqu

    $$$ | Chuo-ku | Steakhouse

    At this elegant dining room, the excellent Kobe beef is sliced thin and cooked before you on a teppanyaki grill along with fresh vegetables...Read More

  • 5. A-1

    $$$ | Chuo-ku | Steakhouse

    With a relaxed atmosphere, A-1 is known for serving thick slices of Kobe beef. The teppanyaki steak (broiled on a hot plate) is cooked in...Read More

  • 6. Aji-tei Yamazakiya

    $$ | Central Nara | Japanese

    Pungent nara-zuke will lure you into this well-known shop and adjoining restaurant. Inside, white-capped prep cooks busily prepare packages...Read More

  • 7. Akashiya

    $$ | Kita-ku | Japanese

    It may look like a hole-in-the-wall from the outside, but this tiny restaurant serves up some of Osaka's finest akashi-yaki, a much fluffier...Read More

  • 8. Batten Yokato

    $$ | Chuo-ku | Japanese

    In the basement of Kita-Shinichi's Aspa (Takagawa Umeda) Building, the hip, low-ceilinged Bat-ten Yokato serves a wide selection of very good...Read More

  • 9. Bistrot Café de Paris

    $$ | Chuo-ku | French

    This lively café offers above average French cuisine that you can enjoy on an outdoor terrace—a true rarity in Japan. The menu covers all the...Read More

  • 10. Café Freundlieb

    $$ | Chuo-ku | Café

    Housed in the former Kobe Union Church, this café exemplifies Kobe's relaxed beauty. High ceilings, arched windows, and white walls give the...Read More

  • 11. Farmstand

    $ | Chuo-ku | Café

    A collaboration between a local development group and Kobe farmers, Farmstand serves fresh deli-plates and café fare. Meals are mostly vegetarian...Read More

  • 12. Garden Restaurant Fusha

    $$$ | European

    Perfect for a romantic dinner overlooking the lights of Kobe, Fusha serves up delicious French-inspired European dishes in a relaxing, country...Read More

  • 13. Hana Goyomi

    $$$$ | Chuo-ku | Japanese

    Dining at the Swissôtel's flagship restaurant is an elegant escape from the crowds of Osaka. The seasonal kaiseki dinners are presented with...Read More

  • 14. Harishin

    $$ | Nara-machi | Japanese

    This eatery's kamitsumichi bento box, with a selection of sashimi, fried shrimp, tofu, vegetables, and homemade plum liqueur, is a bargain...Read More

  • 15. Hiraso

    $$ | Nara-machi | Japanese

    At Hiraso you can try kakinoha-zushi, sushi wrapped in persimmon leaves. What's more, you can take it away in a nicely wrapped wooden box...Read More

  • 16. Kani Doraku

    $$$ | Chuo-ku | Seafood

    The most famous restaurant on Dotombori-dori—the enormous mechanical crab is a local landmark—Kani Doraku has fine crab dishes at reasonable...Read More

  • 17. Kigawa

    $$$$ | Chuo-ku | Japanese

    There's no better place to try Osaka's kappo-ryori (a more intimate, less formal version of kaiseki-ryori ) than the restaurant that started...Read More

  • 18. Le Dimanche Boulangerie

    $ | Chuo-ku | Café

    Even among Kobe's many excellent bakeries, Le Dimanche stands out. The owners bake some of the city's best artisanal bread, seamlessly integrating...Read More

  • 19. Moriya Honten

    $$$$ | Chuo-ku | Steakhouse

    Moriya's flagship restaurant stands where the business began in 1885 as a butcher shop. Now this cozy restaurant serves excellent grade A5 Kobe...Read More

  • 20. Onjaku

    $$$$ | Nara Koen | Japanese

    Hidden down a quiet street just south of Ara-ike in Nara Koen is this intimate restaurant serving exquisitely presented traditional kaiseki...Read More

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