Provo >Food & Dining > Osaka Japanese Restaurant
46 W Ctr St, Provo, UT | Directions 8460140.233385 -111.664846
Mon. - Sat. 11am - 10:30pm;Sun. CLOSED
Neighborhoods: Central Business District
The Best Food In Provo – My wife and I have eaten at Osaka's for years. My wife "LOVES" the pot stickers. And I love the sushi. Everything on the menu is outstanding. I would recommend spending a special date in the traditional rice paper rooms in the back. It is a blast. My little girl loves to be able to sit on the ground and eat. It is a great place for families. There prices are great as well. If you are thinking about going to Osaka's, just do it. They rock.
Great Prices, Friendly People, Good Food – I usually eat at Osaka once a week (almost always for lunch). I love the Udon and every entree I have tried I have enjoyed. I don't recomend the sushi but for the price it is pretty good (I am just willing to drop some big money for some really good sushi). The service is great, they know me and my lunch mates and usually know what we are going to order. It is a fun atmosphere and you won't find another restaurant in the area that has this quality of food and you can easily spend under $10. I recomend this to many of my coworkers and friends and everyone has been pleased.
service with a smile and very personable – Don't care for sushi but Tonkatsu and Torikatsu is wonderful! The owner comes to the table and automatically knows what we want pointing at me and says Tonkatsu and my wife saying Torikatsu. The katsu sauce is what we like and as simple as the lettuce salad it, it is accented by the wonderful flavor of the sesame seed dressing. We even started getting a Christmas card from them every year. If I had a choice of a "last meal" it would be at Osaka.
Awful management and fish not fresh. – I tried to get them to fix an error on my well over $40 check in the amount of $4 and they refused. I ordered a side order as well as my meal and I received my side order but was not given all of my meal(I should note that this happened to EVERYONE at my table). When I received my check I pointed that out to our waitress and she said she was sorry and that she would have the side order(which was $2) removed to even it out then she came back and said that the manager would not let her do this. We then talked with another waiter who also said there was nothing he could do. I said you would think that the customers happiness would mean something and he said that there is new management and that he has had quit a few complaints since. Also, my friend ordered the salmon(she order's it everywhere) and said that it was very fishy tasting and she thinks it was not very fresh.
Also our chef did not even talk with our table the entire time.
The most peaceful spot in downtown Provo! Good prices, good food, nice people. – This restaurant is so quiet and peaceful. The decor and lighting sets a very tranquil mood that can easily be called romantic if that is what you are after. We were served by a nice Japanese lady (presumably a wife of the chef and owner). They brought us both miso soup and salad at no extra charge, even though only one of us ordered a plate that came with them. I found the soup and salad to be good, but nothing exceptional.
The two tatami rooms looked like they would be a very private and intimate dining experience. However, when we were there, a group in one of the tatami rooms obviously didn't realize how much their voices would carry througout the otherwise quiet restaurant or they might not have been so loud or "comfortable" in their language.
The food was good but not incredible. The portions are small. My fiance ordered a beef and tempura shrimp terayaki combo. The steak was good, but surprisingly small. If it would have been my order, I would have been rather unsatisfied, but it worked just right for her. On the other hand, the two shrimps were very big, flaky, and juicy but surprisingly rather tasteless. Sushi was good for the price, but nothing exceptional. The best part was definitely the atmosphere though. While I like the food at De Mae slightly better (another cheap Japanese restaurant on the same block), the atmosphere and service is so much better at Osaka. I'll go to both, depending on what I feel like. There are higher quality options around, but not for the price.
YUMMY – This place is so great! The service is always wonderful and I've never had to wait long. The portions aren't huge but they fill you up. Their salad and miso soup are delicious and most of the dishes come with both. The restaurant itself has a very peaceful Japanese feel to it. If you want meat or vegetarian they have the best of both.
Osaka, more like Osucka – I have waited for a long time for a good Japanese restaurant to come to the Layton area. After giving Osaka three tries, there customer service is poor, the food tastes alright, and the prices are outrageous. If you are looking for good Japanese food at a good price go to Salt Lake. Don't want to go to Salt Lake? Go to Ogden. If you don't want to go to either give them a chance, but bring your wallet because this place is pricey.
Pleasant Reflections – I have been to Osaka many, many times and keep coming back because I love the atmosphere. The food is quite good for the price range, and the waitresses have always been very sweet and accomodating. My favorite thing is to call ahead to reserve a tatami room for added romance or simply to enjoy the privacy. Overall, I simply love coming here because it is always a pleasant evening!
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