9 best natural wine places in Osaka
Today, natural wines are loved by people all over the world, but I don’t think any other city loved them earlier than Osaka. Here, natural wine has been a thing for more than 20 years – before the term ‘natural wine’ even was born. In Osaka, natural wine is enjoyed in all kinds of venues, from fine dining restaurants to small relaxed wine bars. Here is the wine lovers' guide to the best natural wine spots in Osaka – enjoy!
Phone: +81 6 6147-3666
Address: 2 Chome-14−１ Kyomachibori, OsakaNishi Ward
There are many great bistros in Osaka, but I'd say that the very best is Bistro des Chenapans. It's located next to the tennis court in the beautiful Utsubo park. This is a bistro specialized in meat dishes, paired with natural wine.
Phone: +81 6 6459 7797
Address: 2階, 2 Chome-13−７ Yoshino, OsakaFukushima Ward
Daigaku is a natural wine bar located in Jigokudani, one of the main bar areas in Osaka. Daigaku is the name of the owner, who also is a well-known pioneer of natural wine in Osaka. The tiny bar is mostly made up of counters, where you can spend time with Japanese snacks paired with great natural wines.
Phone: +81 6 6258 3515
Address: 1-4-18,Higashi-Shinsaibashi,Chuo-ku,Osaka city
This place is located in a tiny building in Higashi-Shinsaibashi, one of the busiest areas in Osaka. On the ground floor, there's a shop and a bar, where you can have a glass wine and some snacks at the counter. Upstairs there's a dining room, where they mainly serve yakitori. On Mondays and every other Tuesday, they are closed.
Phone: +81 647046666
Address: 三和ビル１Ｆ, 1 Chome-1−１４ Shimanouchi, Osaka, Chuo Ward
As the name implies, this is actually a winery: There are a few wineries in the city centre, where you can enjoy a nice meal and some natural wine while watching the work in the winery from the dining room upstairs. The food is Italian-style, using produce from all over Japan.
Phone: +81 6 6443-0148
Address: 1 Chome-19-15 Edobori, Nishi Ward, Osaka
Mashika is a restaurant and bar with a focus on natural wine and craft beverages, paired with Italian-based bar food. It's located in Higobashi, the business centre of Osaka city. The small dining room is usually crowded every day and in addition to the main counter seats, there are also tables for smaller groups, as well as seats outside for warm nights. The staff is friendly and helpful, and it would be a good experience to ask them the house rules, such as how to order.
Phone: +81 6 6226-8433
Address: 2 Chome-2-19 Tenma, Kita Ward, Osaka
Nikolaschka is an okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) restaurant in Tenma, a beautiful riverside area in Osaka. In the casually decorated dining room, you can enjoy tasty dishes and traditional okonomiyaki, all served with natural wines.
Phone: +81 6 6464-0651
Address: 1 Chome-1-39 Shikanjima, Konohana Ward, Osaka
Pargolo is a lovely pizzeria with a whole building in Chidoribashi, in the outskirts of Osaka city. Even though it's in the suburbs, it is easy to visit, since it's right in front of the train station. I guarantee you that everything you eat here is wonderful: The pizzas, as well as the appetizers and plates of pasta, are delicious and you will have trouble choosing from the menu.
Phone: +81 6 6225-7464
Address: 3F Nakanoshima Daibiru Building, 3 Chome-3-23 Nakanoshima, Kita Ward, Osaka
Not only for locals but for all the wine lovers in the world, I think Pasania is one of its kind in Osaka. It's located in Nakanoshima, and their history spans over more than half a century. People come from all over the world to try their combination of local traditional Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) and natural wine. This is also a place where a lot of chefs and sommeliers go to wind down with a glass of wine after they've finished their shifts.
Address: 2 Chome-3-2 Tenma, Kita Ward, Osaka
Perche is a tiny and nice bar in Tenma, recently the hottest area for natural wine in Osaka. Here you'll find a standing counter and small tables for groups. The sommelier, Toshiya Kinoshita, is one of the best sommeliers of his generation. He knows everything about the traditional pairings of French cuisine and great French wine – but he's also very skilled and knowledgable when it comes to natural wine.