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Osaka - Chestnut Hill
Osaka - Chestnut Hill

Osaka - Chestnut Hill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.osakapa.com
  • Phone: (215) 242-5900
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The wait staff all seemed to be new at the job. They were pleasant, but seemed to be disorganized."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Great food, reasonably priced. We've been here over and over again, and will continue to come back."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "we have never had a bad meal at Osaka, eat in or take away it is always good."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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!!!!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "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. "
    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!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Osaka was a very nice place to go for an enjoyable night out. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Osaka is a great little neighborhood gem with excellent food and service. Always crowded ,but worth the wait!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "… and the favorites can be counted on! Kani Kami., lobster roll, lobster ravioli… mushroom soup..."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Great Sushi menu. Service was attentive and not pushy. Food was excellent."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The food was great. Service was pretty good. Reasonable price for Chestnut Hill neighborhood."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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"
    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."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Robin is back! All is well; once again!!! He is absolutely the best."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "My husband and I recently enjoyed a dinner at Osaka. This was our first time dining at this restaurant. We will surely go back. Our food was very good. The lobster ravioli appetizer was amazing! My filet mignon was perfectly cooked and had a wonderful flavor. My husband's entree was a mixture of seafood in a butter broth. The broth was delicious and a great compliment to the generous portion of seafood, the king crab was particularly good. Our desserts were also very good. We had the chocolate lava cake and the tempura ice cream, both were yummy. Our server was friendly, courteous and attentive (but not overly so, just right)."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Four hungry diners enjoyed a post-Christmas day dinner. The presentation was beautiful—both the sushi and the gorgeous bowls and platters on which it was served. I wish that my companions had taken a little more time to savor their food. It is easy to watch $100 disappear down gullets in a matter of minutes. But I could not blame them, because the color, taste and balance of flavors were too enticing to resist. Next time I will have noodles after nigiri."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Osaka delivers great, fresh and tasty sushi. The food is presented beautifully. And, the rich taste of sushi really does spike with a crescendo."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Always one of my favorite places to eat! We love the sushi and everyone who works there. However, please bring Tony back, we miss him!!! Thank You!"
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "We went to Osaka for a last minute Saturday night meal. Reservations were available with no problem a few hours before but there were few if any available tables while we were there, so make one to be safe. The food was fantastic and there was an energetic feel to the crowd. We can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 11/23/2013