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5 Best Michelin Restaurants in Osaka

If you’re looking for the best Michelin restaurants in Osaka, look no further!

There are 193 Michelin restaurants in Osaka as of this writing. Authentic Japanese cuisine is not hard to find in the city. In fact, on every corner, you will find incredible restaurants, cafes, and food stalls. But if you are looking to try the best of Japanese cuisine, it’s always a good idea to take it from Michelin. Here are the best Michelin restaurants in Osaka:

1. Taian

Unlike the formalities observed at kaiseki restaurants, this three-star Michelin restaurant in Osaka forgoes old rules in favor of openness. Of course, the foundation of their cuisine is still deeply rooted in tradition. Chef Hitoshi Takahata makes sure guests experience the best of both traditional and modern Japanese haute-cuisine, with the inviting presence of the chef’s wife greeting guests at the door. The course is exquisitely prepared to stimulate all your senses. With a lot of the ingredients derived from French cuisine, Tain delivers a unique fusion of Japanese and French cuisine.

Location: 1-21-2 Shimanouchi, Chuo-ku, Osaka

Price: 35,000 yen

Open: 5:30 p.m.

Closed: Monday

Phone: +81 6-6120-0790

2. Kashiwaya

Kashiwaya has a deep appreciation for tea ceremony and traditional art where you get to experience Wabisabi, an old aesthetic that finds beauty in nature’s flaws. As you walk into the restaurant, you’ll be greeted with pine trees and soft-lit lanterns, while the smell of the incense will transport you to a heavenly dimension. Founded in 1977, Kashiwaya exudes modernness, which current owner-chef Hideaki Matsuo assembled while retaining a lot of its original architecture. This three-star Michelin restaurant in Osaka has seven private dining houses.

Location: 2-5-18 Senriyamanishi, Suita, Osaka

Price: 28,500 yen

Open: Lunch 12:00 p.m., Dinner 6:00 p.m.

Closed: Sunday

Phone: +81 6-6386-2234

3. Sushi Harasho

Sushi Harasho is a two-star Michelin restaurant in Osaka that specializes in — you guessed it — sushi. Though founded on traditional Edo principles, Sushi Harasho approaches cuisine in a minimalistic way, banking on the strong pure flavor of fresh fish. Instead of marrying strong vinegar sauces like those in the now popular red vinegar sushi and aged sushi, Sushi Harasho lets the fish and Shiga rice stand out.

Location: 3-30 Uenomiyacho, Tennoji-ku, Osaka

Price: 25,000 yen

Open: Lunch 11:30 a.m., Dinner 6:00 p.m.

Closed: Sunday

Phone: +81-6-6773-5518

4. Shunsaiten Tsuchiya

At Shunsaiten Tsuchiya, quality is the name of the game. Chef Yukihiko Tsuchisaka delivers an extraordinary tempura course with hints of classic kaiseki techniques and seasonal flavors. This, in fact, is one of the best Michelin restaurants in Osaka that specializes in tempura, the go-to place among gourmands who like to enjoy a peaceful dining experience in the northern part of the city.

Location: 41-4 Toyotsucho, Suita, Osaka

Price: 17,500 yen

Open: Lunch 11:30 a.m., Dinner 5:30 p.m.

Closed: Sunday

Phone: +81 6-6338-2288

5. Hajime

Hajime has a distinct take on Japanese cuisine, not exactly for the taste but for how owner-chef Hajime Yoneda does things. Their menu is based on the theme, “A Dialogue with the Earth,” which follows seasonal changes to include story-like messages in the chef’s cuisine. The star of the menu, called “Chikyu,” which means “Planet Earth” represents Hajime and what it offers. Gourmands are so enamored by Hajime, giving way for the restaurant to earn three Michelin stars faster than any other in the world.

Location: 1-9-11 Edobori, Nishi-ku, Osaka

Price: 40,000 yen

Open: 5:30 p.m.

Closed: Depends

Phone: +81 6-6447-6688

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