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Dotonbori Imaihonten

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Dotonbori, Chuoku, Osaka 542-0071, Osaka Prefecture
+81 6-6211-0319
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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Local cuisine

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  • 42
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  • 13
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  • 4
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Awkward eating

We were lured to this venue based on the glowing reviews and the fact it was a stone's throw from our hotel. The food was ok - nothing to write home about - but the experience was so awkward. We arrived about 20 minutes before last orders and there were quite a few diners. For some reason (not... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed October 1, 2014
Ryan Y
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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115 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Osaka, Japan
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

For genuine Udon, try local restaurants outside the tourist spots or even the train stations. I only came here because a friend said it was recommended on Trip Advisor. I had told them that I knew good local udon places after living here 2 years, but they insisted they wanted to try this one. The prices arent bad, the atmosphere... More 

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We were lured to this venue based on the glowing reviews and the fact it was a stone's throw from our hotel. The food was ok - nothing to write home about - but the experience was so awkward. We arrived about 20 minutes before last orders and there were quite a few diners. For some reason (not being Japanese?)... More 

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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Superb. Noodles are done so perfectly. Also very local place with no tourists in the middle of a tourist area

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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

The simple Kitsune Udon (Udon with sweet tofu) is excellent. The Udon is nice and chewy and the soup so tasty. Or try the Udon with Tempura for a simply amazing meal.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Was lured to this establishment by the Lonely Planet guide and was not too impressed. Food was good, no doubt, only just your typical Japanese fare and you can get similar eats and more variety along the Dotonbori area.

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
133 reviews 133 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

The food is not bad, but it is certainly not great. I'm a little puzzled with the glowing reviews and rather steep prices for something so usual. Food was at best, average. Given the choices around dotonbori, I wished I had utilised my stomach capacity elsewhere.

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hong kong
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

The restaurant was highly rated, but we found the noodle quite ordinary, and really do not understand why the hype and glowing reviews from so many visitors. I had tried many other noodle restaurants much better than this one, so I must be missing something on this one. The soup is very clear, but all in all, it was really... More 

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hong kong
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

I don't get what the glowing reviews are about. The place is expensive and lacks the level of courteous service that is so common in Japan. They gave me an English menu which seemed very clearly overpriced. I can't believe they charge so much for tempura and other standard fare. I ordered the katsune udon, it was fine. The one... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

1500 yen for generic udon you can get on the street for 400 yen elsewhere. Cannot recommend it to others. Also, very small portions. After spending 3000 yen here, we went down the street to get more food because we were still hungry

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Singapore, Singapore
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Had the Nabeyaki Udon. So delicious. I used to think that I do not like to eat Udon until I tried the udon at Dotonbori Imai.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Dotonbori, Chuoku, Osaka 542-0071, Osaka Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Osaka Prefecture  >  Osaka
  • Phone Number: +81 6-6211-0319

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 8
  • Cuisine: Noodle

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine

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