Osaka - Chestnut Hill
Osaka - Chestnut Hill

Osaka - Chestnut Hill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.osakapa.com/
  • Phone: 2152425900
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch:
    Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner:
    Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Harrison Kim
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Tuesday nights feature a local jazz band to create a warm ambiance while enjoying a relaxing meal.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Evergreen Ave
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Osaka - Chestnut Hill
Since 2003, Osaka has been a hidden gem located in the heart of Chestnut Hill, satisfying guests with a menu that is both familiar and unique. Its personable and knowledgeable staff functions in a warm and hip atmosphere, providing an intimate and fun dining experience for any occasion.

Preparing traditional sushi, as well as elegant, nouveau dishes, Osaka's innovative chefs integrate orthodox Japanese techniques with international flavors to create stunning, mouth-watering bites for an eclectic crowd. From seasonal, exotic fish, Tuesday night jazz, an excellent, affordable wine list, to reasonably priced lunch boxes, Osaka is a promising destination for all to enjoy and share.
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Osaka - Chestnut Hill reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (25)fit for foodies (17)good for groups (10)special occasion (8)great for lunch (7)kid-friendly (5)romantic (4)notable wine list (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (2)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Lunch for four was excellent. We found enough variety to please some who particularly enjoy different sorts of Japanese fare and one who does not. Everything was well presented, service was attentive, we had a good time, and plan to return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Appetizer
    Dffitz
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Raw scallop appetizer was awesome Loved the plating of the shared sushi on the bridge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JSENC
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Have never had a bad meal here and there are always more desirable things on the menu than I can order at one time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good kobe beef
    Lani
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The miso soup with tofu and garden of ginger salad weren't as good as I've had elsewhere (notably at Ooka), but the kobe beef tataki in ginger ponzu was especially good. Service was very fast; attentive without being ever-present.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All 4 of Our Bdays!
    NewZagats2VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We celebrated all four of our Birthdays and it was WONDERFUL!! :-) The specialty rolls are fantastic! Especially the Kani Kamikase and the live sea scallop is a favorite!!! … very strange was the green tea tempura!… We had FUN!!! :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissappointed.
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Have visited this restaurant several times, and this was the first time we were very disappointed. The food was served semi warm and the service left lot to be desired. We will return, however, after a lapse of time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice, but noisy
    fudegirl
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Though nice and the food was very good, we were really put off by the LOUD "conversational noise". It was really difficult to hear the waitress when she recited the specials, as well as, difficult to hear our friends speaking to us. It would be so nice if some noise-absorbing material could be installed to tone down the chatter. I don't think it's appropriate for young kids, though there appeared to be young teens present. I would recommend it for the food, but not for a relaxing dinner meal. Eat and leave promptly is the best recommendation I can make.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CeneVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The wait staff all seemed to be new at the job. They were pleasant, but seemed to be disorganized.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My wife and I have been here many times, and the food is always great! We've recommended Osaka to everyone we talk to. Keep up the great work! And please keep the crab wonton's with lobster cream sauce! Our personal favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Sushi close to the Burbs
    hungryperson
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great food, reasonably priced. We've been here over and over again, and will continue to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Longtime Cust. sadly disappointed
    Time2DineVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    My sashimi entree & all others were delicious, well prepared as well as decoratively presented but we were disappointed. As a result of this restaurant's having a captive audience in Chestnut Hill our waitress's naïveté about the menu (& ? our ??) and that there was NOTHING served with any of the entrees - left us wanting (the most sought after Japanese restaurants in Phila & NYC offer a little salad w/ ginger dressing or small bowl of Miso soup w/ $20+ entrees). In addition, although I'd reserved on Open Table and even made it 15 min. later, we had to wait for the restaurant to set up our table for 5 which turned out to be in a very crowded and noisy corner. The only hot sake took 15 min. to be served barely warm.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great for a get-to-know-you meal!
    nocookingtonight
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We just met our daughter's boyfriend, who had spent time in Japan and speaks the language. He was impressed with Osaka's menu, food, and ambience. We had a memorable dinner! Especially appreciated the spider maki, the Hong Kong dragon maki, the warm saki, and beautiful sashimi.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • always good
    sushihound
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    we have never had a bad meal at Osaka, eat in or take away it is always good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wasn't impressed with the food!
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Looking for good sushi and heard great review, however, was a little disappointed after tasting it. The food was average for the price range. I guess our search continue for our favorite sushi place.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • better than most
    callmasicm
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Hard to find really good Japanese in the Philly burbs. This place is one of the more consistent and has a fun bar vibe to it. Delicious spicy seafood soup, good rolls, and a nice varied menu. Prices seem to be creeping up---getting close to the point of being prohibitive. Hope they take note.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet and Perfect for the Occasion
    QualityFirstVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I had a very pleasant lunch with a friend who I had not seen in quite some time. We had a quiet booth which was perfect. the food was very good, as we have come to expect, especially, the sushi and sashimi.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LynB
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We asked to be placed so that we could have a conversation with old friends...which Osaka had prepared for us; the food was delicious, service terrific, and we had a great time together!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 150 reviews are from the Osaka - Chestnut Hill reviews archive.
  • Best Sushi in Philly
    MarriedAChefVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We love Osaka! And will continue to go back. Robin is amazing, we love him, as well as the other sushi chefs. Kani Kamikaze is a must try!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Introduce a friend to this gem!
    nocookingtonight
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Two of my oldest friends from college days and I came for dinner and had a really great time. The food was exceptional, the service attentive but not intrusive, and we could sit over dessert and coffee long enough to really make an evening of it. We had the appetizers of the evening, followed by tempura, crab cakes, wine, and hot saki. Then came the mochie dessert and coffee. This place is great to bring your teens and 20-somethings to, just to prove you are not a dolt! Or a special someone, to ply with sushi and cocktails in the romantically lit ambiance. Osaka is so classy. Really!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Suburban Sushi
    LaFleurVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Nice no-frills place to grab top quality sushi in the burbs. Great apps and entrees too. Friendly staff. Love the maki rolls and the seafood toban yaki.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth trying at least once
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Our waiter was friendly and provided good service. In addition, he was very knowledgeable of the menu. However, it was a bit on the noisy side and the tables were very close to each other making conversations almost "multi-table". Also, keep in mind, it's not cheap! We had a $100.00 gift certificate and had to add an additional $30.00 for two appetizers, two entrees, two drinks, and a dessert.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back After a Long While
    desslok
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Was impressed by the quality of food with reasonable pricing for sushi, right in Chestnut Hill. Need to get back there more frequently!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Evening out
    lynn
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Osaka was a very nice place to go for an enjoyable night out.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • reservations- restaurant CLOSED
    kleslie
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We had a reservation for dinner on Easter SUnday confirmed by Open Table and the restaurant was CLOSED. Very sloppy. Someone should have closed the loop with OPen table or at least called us the next day when they realized. Disappointing- we are frequent patrons of this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    vc55
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    I have been here several times and the food is always excellent. Best sushi I have had outside of Hawaii, and plenty of non-raw options (sushi and otherwise). The waiters are always very friendly and polite. We were celebrating a birthday and had requested in our Opentable reservation that something special be done if possible, and a complimentary dessert with a candle was brought to our table. Very enjoyable experience!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food for foodies!
    Hamchi
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Osaka is a great little neighborhood gem with excellent food and service. Always crowded ,but worth the wait!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always fresh and perfect!
    1NewZagatsGuideVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    … and the favorites can be counted on! Kani Kami., lobster roll, lobster ravioli… mushroom soup...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Inexperienced service
    chestnuthillfanVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I normally have had a good experience at this little Chestnut Hill gem and I'm just chalking up my last experience to an inexperienced wait staff. Appetizers were brought with no servicing dishes; I specifically asked for brown rice instead of white rice for my dinner and received white rice; and finally we were hounded by the staff whenever our fork/chopstick was on our plate to see if we were done. Please hire more experienced servers or offer better training for your staff.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite restaurant i
    Beth
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    I have been coming to Osaka for years. It never disappoints. Great sushi. Excellent appetizers, the best age dashi tofu I have ever had. Interesting and varied menu not just a typical sushi restaurant. Try the crab cake on purple rice for example. My Australian friend says it is her favorite restaurant in the world. We come at least once every time she visits. Great for lunch too! Very competent and friendly wait staff as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great and always fresh!
    NewZagats2VIP
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    A great, local place you can really count on to be fabulous! :-) Thank you!! :-) Leonel thanks you, too! From Kani Kamikazi to lobster ravioli to hong kong dragon roll, to live sea scallop… seafood udon, or mushroom… it's all wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sushi menu. Service
    Rollymon
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Great Sushi menu. Service was attentive and not pushy. Food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Sushi for 2
    steviestevenson37
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    The food was great. Service was pretty good. Reasonable price for Chestnut Hill neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Osaka Saturday
    MsLadyDinesVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I dined at Osaka - Chestnut Hill on a Saturday evening with my son. It was his 10th birthday and he had told me that this year he wanted to go somewhere he could have sushi. I thought about going to Chinatown or somewhere more common but then someone told me about this neighborhood gem. I didn't have to travel far plus I didn't have to pay for parking. The weather had been terrible so I didn't expect it to be too busy which was somewhat true. The atmosphere was nice (aroma, lighting and noise level) and very calming. Our waiter was great with suggestions & being attentive, he even brought my son a Shirley Temple after he brought out the sprite he had ordered. We had mussels, maki rolls & terayaki (no room for dessert). I'll go again!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Sushi
    TCkauai2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Wow. We had the Kobe beef appetizer. We also had 5 rolls (kamikaze, lobster, honeymoon, white tiger, and dynamite roll. Best sushi I've ever had and we've had sushi from many different places. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    KayLovesFood
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    This restaurant had amazing food. The servers were very nice and friendly. Food was received in a timely manner. I loved the salmon and their tempura ice cream
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelming
    Philly
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    I reported and told the host that I had a reservation. He did not confirm my name, but did seat me promptly. The food was just okay, not memorable in anyway. It is a convenient moderately priced place for lunch. The noise level was excellent primarily because there were fewer than 10 diners in the entire restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Robin is Back!
    MarriedAChefVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Robin is back! All is well; once again!!! He is absolutely the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food is tasty, the service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    The food is tasty, the service is good and thr prices are in line with the area. For Japanese food foodies, it's your basic made-in-America version of Japanese food, not a taste-of-Japan joint.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must Go
    Lime
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Osaka had a wonderful selection on the menu. The nigiri was wonderful! My fiance ordered a seafood dish with crab and scallops and the broth was so good. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't go wrong!
    Steve
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    This Chestnut Hill mainstay has become one of our go-to spots for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, and the like. We are frequent patrons in the upper dining room, which is quite insulated from the lively action downstairs in the sushi bar. The last time we were there, our good-natured but tired server was just finishing up a long double shift, and had a few glitches, but the food and the ambience were, as always, top shelf. We spend half of each year in the San Francisco area, where great sushi bars are as plentiful as great little Italian places in South Philadelphia, and we've never been disappointed with the quality or the creativity of the kitchen staff at Osaka.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.