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Best Izakaya Guide Osaka: 5 Izakaya to Visit in Dotonbori, Osaka

Osaka is never short of izakaya, a traditional pub or tavern popular among locals for casual dining and drinking. What better way to experience this quintessential Japanese merriment than heading to Dotonbori?

Dotonbori is Osaka’s heart. This famous entertainment and nightlife district is distinct for its bright neon signs, towering buildings, and variety of restaurants and bars. Some of the most popular attractions in Dotonbori include the Glico Running Man sign, the Ebisubashi Bridge, and the Dotombori Canal.

Surrounding this vibrant area are places to eat and meet, including dozens of izakaya. Visiting izakaya can be really fun, so be prepared to mingle with locals and people you don’t know. It’s okay to share food, laugh together, and drink together.

Sounds fun? Here are some of the best izakaya in Dotonbori, Osaka:

1. Isomaru Suisan Dotonbori

This izakaya gets booked easily. The good news is they have multiple chains around the area, so try one of them if you’re out of luck here. Go for their crab innards and sashimi!

  • Price: From 330 yen

  • Hours: 5:00 PM - 5:00 AM (Mondays to Sundays)

  • Contact: +81 6-6484-2850

  • Location: 1 Chome-4-18 Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Japan

2. Motsumaru Honpo

This tiny izakaya restaurant is located right along the canal, so expect to be greeted by the hustle and bustle of Dotonbori. From okonomiyaki to mushrooms to chicken steak, you’ve got so many options here!

  • Price: From 400 yen

  • Hours: 5:30 PM - 1:00 AM (Thursdays to Tuesdays)

  • Contact: +81 6-6214-0222

  • Location: 1 Chome-1-12, Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Japan

3. Oboradaren

If you want something out of the ordinary, Oboradaren offers live performances from mostly independent artists from across Japan. Their menu is also highly based on Okinawan cuisine.

  • Price: From 750 yen

  • Hours: 5:00 PM - 12:00 MN (Fridays to Sundays) | 5:00 PM - 11:30 PM (Mondays to Thursdays)

  • Contact: +81 6-6484-0800

  • Location: 2 Chome-4-7 Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Japan

4. Kaisen Monogatari Dotonbori

Smack dab in the middle of Dotonbori is an izakaya that’s widely lauded for its incredible selection of delicious food. Sashimi and sushi are particularly a crowd favorite, but you will surely enjoy their other offerings.

  • Price: From 400 yen

  • Hours: 5:00 PM - 2:00 AM (Sundays to Thursdays) | 5:00 PM - 3:00 AM (Fridays and Saturdays)

  • Contact: +81 6-6212-0252

  • Location: 2F Nikoh Bldg, 1 Chome-6-12 Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Japan

5. Sandaime Dotonbori

Located along the canal, you might be distracted by the foot traffic in front of you. Don’t! Because the real star is the flavor-filled menu of this restaurant. Go omakase where the chef will choose the food you will eat!

  • Price: From 300 yen

  • Hours: 5:00 PM - 12 MN (Tuesdays to Sundays)

  • Contact: +81 75-525-2089

  • Location: 1-Chome-5-7, Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Japan

That ends our list of the best izakaya in Dotonbori Osaka! There are dozens to choose, so be sure to pick according to your taste and budget!


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