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Dotonbori's Top Restaurants

Embrace kuidaore food culture

By Veronica Carnevale    - 3 min read

Osaka's Dotonbori street, located along the canal of the same name, comes to life when the sun goes down.

The renowned party area is an explosion of neon lights, mouth-watering street food, clubs, shops, and izakaya and is one of Osaka's top tourist destinations. With popular spots such as Shochiku-za theater and recognizable icons like Glico Man and Kuidaore Taro all within walking distance, the area is an Osaka must-see. Aside from its notable landmarks, the street's main claim to fame is its food offerings.

A popular saying associated with the street is kuidaore, which roughly means to go bankrupt after spending an enormous amount of money on food. Not surprisingly, the street is one of the best places to experience Osaka cuisine. Grab a bite to eat on the go as you explore Dotonbori's wonders or sit down and have a meal at one of its unique restaurants. The street is filled with Japanese food staples like okonomiyaki (a savory pancake often mixed with vegetables, meat, and eggs), ramen, sushi, takoyaki, sukiyaki, and much more. You will need multiple nights to taste all the delicious food.

The bright lights, energetic chatter of passersby, and intoxicating food aromas all add to the street's one of a kind dining adventure. For a personalized and unforgettable experience, book a food tour with a local who can guide you through the best spots.

Listed below are some of Dotonbori's most popular eateries. Follow your nose, and find your next favorite dish!

Kani Douraku

'Kani Douraku'
'Kani Douraku' (Photo: Not Quite a Photographr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Characterized by a larger than life crab on its storefront, Kani Douraku is famous (of course) for its crab cuisine! Dine inside or purchase some crab street food to enjoy on the go while you search out your next meal.

Address: 1-6-2 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka

Hours: 11am–11pm (open daily)

Website: https://douraku.co.jp

Harijyu

'Sukiyaki & ShabuShabu'
'Sukiyaki & ShabuShabu' (Photo: Border. garaku / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Harijyu is a restaurant that specializes in Japanese beef dishes with menu items such as sukiyaki, shabu shabu, beef cutlets, and more. The establishment has been in operation in Dotonbori since 1948, so you know it is good!

Address: 1-9-17 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka

Hours: 11:30am–9:15pm (closed Tuesdays)

Website: https://www.harijyu.co.jp

Dotonbori Kukuru Konamon

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Dotonbori Kukuru is a popular spot for Osaka style takoyaki (octopus dumplings) and is hard to miss thanks to the giant octopus sculpture decorating its entrance. Try the Bikkuri takoyaki, which is a special type of takoyaki original to Osaka that has octopus legs sticking out of the dumplings.

Address: Chuwa Daiichi Bldg. 1-6-12 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka

Hours: 11am–10pm (Mon–Fri) and 10am–10pm (Sat, Sun, and Holidays)

Website: http://www.shirohato.com/konamon-m/

Kushikatsu Daruma

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Kushikatsu Daruma is a renowned spot for warm and crispy kushikatsu, which is deep fried meat, fish, or vegetable skewers served with a savory sauce. With origins in Osaka, Dotonbori is the perfect place to try this signature food.

Address: 1-6-8 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka

Hours: 11:30am–10:30pm (open daily)

Website: http://www.kushikatu-daruma.com

Kinryu Ramen

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Kinryu Ramen has multiple restaurants in the area and has visually intriguing store fronts, which feature dragons seemingly bursting from the walls. The restaurant is known for its mild tonkotsu broth and is open 24/7.

Address: 1-7-26 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka

Hours: open 24/7

Getting there

Dotonbori extends between Daikokubashi and Nippombashi bridges and is about a 5-minute walk from Namba Station.

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Find out more about Dotonbori.

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Elizabeth S 3 weeks ago
This is where I got hooked on okonomiyaki and takoyaki.
Sleiman Azizi 3 weeks ago
Dotonbori is where I discovered that my favourite takoyaki is negipon. Yum!
Kim 3 weeks ago
I want to go back!