10 Best Michelin Star Restaurants in Osaka

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Bryce was born in California, but raised from the age of 3 near Seattle, Washington. He’s been living in Tokyo for about 7 years, and graduated from Temple University, Japan with degrees in economics and international business. He loves traveling of course, but also cooking, snowboarding, some video games as well. His biggest interest is songwriting/music production, more specifically electronic music… (think Skrillex, Marshmello, Daft Punk, etc.) He also has terrible humor as you’ll notice, but he hopes you’ll enjoy it!

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Welcome to Osaka, the vibrant epicenter of Japanese cuisine, where Michelin-starred restaurants are the shining jewels in the city’s gastronomic crown. Osaka, being one of Japan’s biggest cities, offers an incredible amount of interesting things to do and contains an impressive array of famed destinations. In this bustling metropolis, culinary artistry knows no bounds, so let’s go on a sumptuous journey through the most exquisite Michelin-starred establishments. From the timeless allure of traditional Kaiseki to the boundary-pushing innovations of modern fusion, each restaurant promises an unforgettable experience, a fusion of culture, flavors, and unparalleled dining. Join us as we delve into these culinary treasures that paint a vivid portrait of Osaka’s rich culinary tapestry.

1. Kashiwaya Osaka Senriyama

Nestled away within a serene Japanese garden, Kashiwaya Osaka Senriyama offers a serene escape from the urban clamor. Being awarded with three Michelin stars consecutively since 2010, this restaurant is a sanctuary for Kaiseki enthusiasts- the intricate multi-course dining experience that celebrates the ebb and flow of seasons. The setting is intimate, with 7 private rooms for a very refined dining experience. The decor immerses you in Japanese traditions as do the intricate flavors of each dish.


2. Hajime

Hajime, also adorned with three Michelin stars, redefines the confluence of culinary traditions. Chef Hajime Yoneda masterfully weaves his idea of the dishes being “a dialogue with the earth” into intricate culinary techniques, resulting in a dining experience that transcends boundaries. His former profession in design engineering is reflected beautifully through the incredible thought and detail in each course.  Be sure to focus on his signature dish “Planet Earth”, which includes 110 different vegetables, herbs, and grains.


3. Shunsaiten Tsuchiya

For devotees of tempura, Shunsaiten Tsuchiya beckons with its 2 Michelin stars consecutively awarded since 2012 making it the only tempura restaurant to achieve such a high level. Here, tempura is elevated to an art form. Chef Tsuchiya’s discerning eye for seasonal ingredients ensures each tempura morsel bursts with flavor and texture. The zen architecture elegantly creates a relaxing atmosphere of japanese minimalism and authenticity. This intimate ambiance and counter seating provide an authentic and immersive tempura experience.


4. Koryu

Koryu is a quintessential ode to traditional Japanese dining, graced with two Michelin stars. Its specialty lies in Kaiseki cuisine similar to the first two options, and is an intricate exploration of seasonal ingredients. Nestled within a charming wooden townhouse with minimal decoration that exudes exclusivity, Koryu’s ambiance radiates warmth and authenticity, making it a favored destination for those seeking an immersion in Japanese culture.


5. Fujiya 1935

Fujiya 1935, commanding two Michelin stars, bridges the culinary traditions of Europe and Japan in a contemporary, chic setting. Here, flavors are harmoniously woven together through the careful selection of ingredients and the intricate techniques developed over long years and various environments. Chef Tetsuya Fujiwara’s innovative creations are a testament to his passion for local and international culinary treasures.


6. Sushiyoshi

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Sushiyoshi is a haven for Sushi aficionados, boasting two Michelin stars. Chef Hiroki Nakanoue’s mastery shines through in every piece of Sushi he meticulously crafts. Unusual to typical Sushi culture, Nakanoue did not learn from a mentor. Instead he developed his own skills over time and has proved himself by continuously providing impressive displays of Sushi perfection. The intimate counter seating and personalized service ensure an authentic sushi journey, where every bite is a revelation.

7. Yunagibashi Takoyasu

Specializing in Fugu, or blowfish, chef Koji Kimura strictly selects only the best wild-caught fish. Furthermore, he only uses specimens that weigh over 6 kilograms as they are the tastiest. Being the third generation owner of the shop, Kimura is a master of his family’s culinary legacy and continues to perform their techniques at an expert level. For those who may not know, eating blowfish that is not prepared properly can be fatal as it is highly poisonous. Fortunately, you’ll be in the best hands at Yunagibashi Takoyasu.

8. Yakitori Torisen

Yakitori Torisen pays homage to the art of skewering and grilling chicken. The cozy ambiance and fragrant aromas create an inviting atmosphere. The chickens are carefully sourced from producers that also share the same level of desire for intricacy and quality. Each skewer is carefully prepared, and all parts of the chicken are used. Parts too small to be skewered can be enjoyed as Gyoza, and the bones are used to create a tasty soup. If you enjoy Yakitori, this is the spot for you to realize just how amazing it can be.

9. La Cime

La Cime, the crown jewel of Osaka’s culinary scene, proudly bears three Michelin stars. Chef Yusuke Takada’s innovative French cuisine masterfully intertwines local and international flavors. The restaurant’s chic, modern interior that still retains the elegance of traditional elements, and breathtaking views of Osaka make it a top choice for those seeking an extraordinary dining experience. The restaurant is revered by many chefs and is a strong presence in the french dining scene in Japan.


10. Kitashinchi Fukutatei

Kitashinchi Fukutatei, is your opportunity to enjoy Wagyu, or Japanese Beef, in opulence. With a variety of ways to enjoy the high quality A5 grade beef, such as a chateaubriand steak sandwich that is a recurring recommendation of patrons, you’ll surely be in heaven as it melts in your mouth. Their selection of fine wine pairs perfectly with their tender steaks and innovative side dishes. Using the renowned Bincho charcoal to give the steaks a magnificent aroma and flavor, the furnace cooking method guarantees a refined taste every time. Chef Hiroshi Ukai only uses meat from female cows that have not given birth, as their fat has a lower melting point allowing for more tenderness. 

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