I want to share few restaurant places and areas to visit when you might get hungry in Osaka/Kyoto! I do not fancy myself so much Japanese food and that is why we did not eat so much in any fancy restaurants/cafeterias but here is now few places I remember.
St-Marc Cafe Choco Cro in Osaka - great place to rest your feet while exploring the city or to start day with nice cup of coffee and croissant - or like I did with deeelicious pancakes!
Pablo in Osaka: Great cheese cake to taste! You can go eat in the restaurant or to have a take out - we enjoyed the cheese cake in Minoo park with the view of the beautiful waterfall! The price rate is bit over normal but you can order a small piece of cake or share a dish with a friends.
Yoshinoya in Kyoto - Great spot for fast lunch but still more local than McDonalds right ;)? We had a lunch at this Japanese fast food chain and if you do not need gourmet food, this is the place! Also the price for dishes was like 400-600 yen! And their green tea which came with the food, delicious!
Yodobashi in Osaka or Kyoto - This is super huge (something like 8-10 floors) mall which is great experience to walk through itself. In the one of the upper floors is totally for restaurants and this is a great place to go if you still do not know what you would like to eat and would like to compare different menus under the same roof. Price rate for dishes depends totally on the restaurants but I would say that cheapest dish is for 700 yen and most expensive...well I did not look for those back then haha.
Shinsekai in Osaka - The place full of restaurants! Only negative factor is that every restaurant has exactly same menu and when I am not huge fan of Japanese food so it was bit difficult for me to find place where to eat! The menu consists mostly of fried meat & vegetables and price range is not high!
The good thing in Japan is that they tend to have these visual menus in the window's of the restaurants with identical plastic copies of the dishes. This enables you to get a better picture what are restaurants serving and what are you ordering. Many of the restaurants had also images of the meals in the paper menu when entering in.
Plus! You can even find the stores which makes these plastic dishes in Osaka and buy a magnet or key chain of some food as a souvenirl