Review of Osaka Japanese Restaurant

7 Old S St, Northampton, MA 01060

Overall Rating


Had hibachi here last night and was a little underwhelmed based on previous reviews about them having GF. Yes- they have GF San-J Soy sauce on hand but the hibachi chefs aren’t super knowledgeable about how to make the meal safe for a celiac. If you’ve been to hibachi before, you know they cook the food in stages The rice, veggies, and then the meat. As he was cooking the rice the chef portioned out my rice, added the GF soy sauce and then served it to me. He was about to cover the rest in regular soy sauce before my family (thankfully we didn’t have any strangers at our table) told him to stop and just make the whole thing with the GF soy sauce. He was VERY confused by this idea. Thankfully my family understands- the regular soy sauce would have contaminated the grill and spatula he was using. He made the veggies and chicken with the GF soy sauce too and after serving my chicken- added teriyaki sauce for everyone else. It would be a LOT easier if they also had GF teriyaki sauce so they could TRULY make the whole meal GF for you. We did feel that the hibachi chef was offended by our instructions but he was really not prepared to make the meal with a GF person at the table. Im celiac and I didn’t get sick but be careful and specific with your needs when you go because they need to be coached !!

Updated 1 year ago