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Osaka Soba Guide: Where to Find the Best Soba in Osaka


Looking for the best soba restaurants in Osaka? In this guide, we will teach you where to find the best soba in Osaka.


Soba is a traditional noodle dish in Japan mainly made from buckwheat flour. It is often served cold with a dipping sauce, but it can also be served hot. You can soba almost anywhere, from fast food places to fine-dining restaurants.


Since ancient times, soba has been deemed a ‘soul food’ in Japan, commonly eaten by those who are ill. Today, you can enjoy soba whether to feel that umami or feeling under the weather.


Although soba is associated with Nagano and Yamagata prefectures, Osaka is known for its soba as well, where you can find several top-rated soba restaurants. Here are our top picks for the best soba restaurants in Osaka:




1. Naniwa Okina

Serving handmade buckwheat noodles, Naniwa Okina serves one of the best soba in Osaka. We highly recommend their nissin soba with sea herring. This 30-seater soba noodle shop is also a Michelin-starred restaurant.

  • Price: From 1,000 yen

  • Hours: 11:30 AM - 8:00 PM (closed on Monday and Sunday)

  • Phone: +81 6-6361-5457

  • Address: 4 Chome-1-18 Nishitenma, Kita Ward, Osaka, Japan


2. Akari Soba

Another quite popular soba restaurant in Osaka located in Dotonbori, Akari Soba serves fresh handmade soba noodles in its quaint little restaurant by the river. We highly recommend their special ten zaru, but even their basic zaru soba is still really good.

  • Price: From 1,000 yen

  • Hours: Lunch 12 NN - 2:30 PM, Dinner 6 - 8:30 PM (Monday to Friday) / Lunch 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM, Dinner 6 - 8:30 PM (Saturday and Sunday)

  • Phone: +81 6-6212-5450

  • Address: 1 Chome-1-9 Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Japan


3. Tori Soba Zagin

A famous ramen chain in Osaka, Tori Soba serves one of the best soba noodles in the city. We recommend you to go to their main shop in Edibori and try their seafood and komb dipping soba and chicken soba.

  • Price: From 950 yen

  • Hours: 10:30 AM - 9:30 PM Daily

  • Phone: +81 6-6447-5661

  • Address: 1 Chome-19-2 Edobori, Nishi Ward, Osaka, Japan


4. Soba Takama

Open only at lunchtime, Soba Takama is worth visiting where you can try their inaki and mori soba. They have a more affordable range of soba noodles compared to other restaurants on this list, so if you are budget-conscious, this is a good spot.

  • Price: From 950 yen

  • Hours: 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM (closed on Monday and Tuesday)

  • Phone: +81 6-6882-8844

  • Address: 7 Chome−12−1, Tenjinbashi, Kita Ward, Osaka, Japan


5. Naniwa-soba Shinsaibashi honten

Mostly popular among locals, this soba restaurant in Osaka is a must-visit if you want to experience what the locals want. You will most likely enjoy its traditional Japanese vibe as well as the servers in kimono.

  • Price: From 950 yen

  • Hours: 11:00 AM - 10:30 PM Daily

  • Phone: +81 6-6241-9201

  • Address: 1 Chome-4-32 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Japan


Trust us, this list is just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many soba restaurants in Osaka worth visiting. This list is just an idea of where to go if you don’t know where to start.

 

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