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Curry ramen from Menya Tigre in Sawtelle. Matthew Kang/Eater LA

16 Essential Ramen Shops in Los Angeles

The bowls that make LA’s ramen scene the best in the country

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Los Angeles has a long history of great ramen, but only in the past few years has the scene hit its stride. From rich tonkotsu to shoyu, shio, and everything in between, here now are the 16 essential ramen shops of Los Angeles.

Removed: Ramen Koo, Okiboru, Tengoku, Asa Ramen, Ippudo Santa Monica

Added: Ramen Nagi, Afuri, Orochon, Menya Tigre, Mogu Mogu

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1. Kai Ramen Sherman Oaks

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15030 Ventura Blvd #23
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 789-3944
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A surprisingly great ramen shop all the way in Sherman Oaks, Kai also has outlets in SGV, Koreatown, and West Hollywood. The tsukemen is a solid draw here, with rich dipping broth. The red ramen bowl comes with thick pork belly slices and a good dose of spice for an extra kick.

2. Ramen Tatsunoya

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16 N Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 432-1768
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This Japanese transplant regularly fields long lines in the heart of Pasadena. Though the tonkotsu bowl is the standard thing to order, try varying the flavors with a dose of spice and extra chashu pork.

3. Ramen Nagi

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10250 Santa Monica Blvd Ste. #2850
Los Angeles, CA 90067

This recent transplant from Northern California serves spectacular tonkotsu ramen with a deeply flavored broth and a fully customizable bowl from the noodles to the tare to the toppings. The waits here are already at least 20 minutes and upwards of an hour during prime meal hours. But it’s worth the wait.

Spicy king ramen at Ramen Nagi.
Spicy king ramen at Ramen Nagi in Century City.
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4. Iki Ramen

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740 S Western Ave #116
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(424) 335-7749
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This versatile ramen shop tucked into a sleepy Koreatown strip mall prepares everything from a classic shoyu bowl to a Tokyo-style yuzu shio that you would find at a popular Japanese chain like Afuri. But the bowls don’t stop there, with everything from burnt garlic tonkotsu to a wagyu beef ramen, which means there’s really something for everyone here. In addition to the ramen menu, there’s a wide selection of izakaya fare, from sushi rolls to fried shishito.

5. Ramen Hood

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317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013

One of LA’s most creative ramen shops has held court at Grand Central Market for years from Top Chef winner Ilan Hall. The big thing to know is that instead of pork or chicken or any meat, the broth is sunflower seed-based, which means vegans can enjoy the pleasures of ramen. Hall takes umami-rich ingredients like konbu and shiitake mushrooms, then combining roasted sunflower seeds and white miso for a rich broth that’s virtually as good as a classic broth. There’s even a vegan “egg” for a complete experience.

6. Orochon Ramen

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123 Astronaut Ellison S Onizuka St #303
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 617-1766
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One of the oldest running ramen shops in LA, Orochon is famous for their incredibly spicy ramen competition that gives a special designation for people who can finish it within 30 minutes. The other not-as-spicy bowls are great too for a taste of ramen that would’ve felt just right in the early 2000s.

Orochon Ramen
Orochon Ramen
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7. Menya Tigre

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2012 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 231-9290
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Curry ramen isn’t really a thing, but at Menya Tigre, the innovation is palpable. Japanese-style curry goes into a rich, porky broth along with hefty noodles. Menya Tigre might not be the most popular ramen spot on Sawtelle, but it’s worth trying when tonkotsu starts to feel a little bit boring.

Curry ramen from Menya Tigre in Sawtelle.
Curry ramen from Menya Tigre in Sawtelle.
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8. Killer Noodle

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2030 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(424) 293-0474
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This tantanmen ramen shop to Sawtelle comes from the prolific Tsujita group, which already has two standout noodle restaurants on the block. But what’s different about Killer Noodle is its clear homage to the spicy Chinese-inflected tantanmen, with sesame and pepper-laden noodles that come in either soups or “dry” style platters. The waits can be very long during prime house, so plan accordingly.

Killer Noodle
Killer Noodle
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9. Tsujita Annex

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2050 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

This all-ramen restaurant is right across the street from its sister, and its signature bowl uses thick noodles and a dense broth that’s chock full of garlic and pork back fat. The dip-able tsukemen, tinged with a vinegary kick, might be even better, with flat noodles that work best for slurping with gusto.

Tsujita Annex
Tsujita Annex
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10. Tsujita LA

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2057 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 231-7373
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Both the standard ramen and tsukemen are the two best offerings in LA in either category. The broth and noodles are nearly perfect (one might argue a tad salty), while the tsukemen might even be better than the ramen, with a heavy dose of fish-oriented umami to round it out. The waits can be lengthy here as well.

11. Mogumogu

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11555 W Olympic Blvd suite b
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(424) 371-5085
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When does dry ramen, or mazeman, start to just resemble pasta? Maybe it doesn’t matter, especially at West LA’s Mogu Mogu, which does have its own tonkotsu broth, but really specializes in well-sauced, fully loaded mazeman. With all the flavors and toppings like chashu and poached egg, but without a heavy-laden pork broth, it’s ramen without the bloat.

12. Afuri

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688 Mateo St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 221-7206
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Tokyo’s famous Afuri has finally opened in LA after initially expanding the Portland, Oregon area. Sporting a yuzu-tinted seafood and chicken broth, this lighter style of ramen still has plenty of flavor packed in, with soba-like noodles made on the premises and high quality toppings. The cocktails and minimalist ambience make it a really pleasant ramen experience.

Ramen and dumplings from Afuri in Arts District.
Ramen and dumplings from Afuri in Arts District.
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13. Santouka Ramen

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3760 S Centinela Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 391-1101
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The longstanding ramen spot on the Westside, it hasn't lost too much luster despite most of the new noodles shops in the city. The miso and shio ramen are tops here, available in various sizes. The broth is unreal, incredibly porky and delicious. Noodles aren't the best, but the chewy alkaline variety are more than sufficient. Available in Torrance’s Mitsuwa as well.

14. Venice Ramen

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515 Washington Blvd
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 448-8886
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This diminutive ramen shop is probably the best place for Japanese noodles on the deep Westside. With a composed, well balanced broth that's not too rich, and sporting firm, high quality noodles, it's a very good Tsujita competitor. Amp up the flavor with a spice bomb. For something a little less heavy, opt for the chuka soba, a Tokyo-style bowl with a lighter broth.

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Venice Ramen
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15. Josui Ramen

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2212 Artesia Blvd Ste B
Torrance, CA 90504
(310) 505-5124

This focused ramen shop in Torrance has polished bowls with a garlicky broth. Chashu pork is melt-in-your-mouth while the noodles are of the thin wheat variety common at Hakata-style shops. The tantanmen is comparatively mild, but the gyoza, crisped to a dark brown, are terrific.

Ramen at Josui Ramen in Torrance.
Josui Ramen.

16. Jidaiya Ramen Dining

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18537 S Western Ave
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 532-0999
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A long trip for most in the city, this ramen offering from the folks behind Torihei izakaya has an excellent tsukemen that's pure fish funk (in the best sense of the word) to go along with the intense porkiness. The standard ramen offerings can be slightly inconsistent from bowl to bowl, but when it's good, the tonkotsu is very admirable. The lighter Tokyo-style ramen has a terrific burst of bonito to round out the flavors.

Jidaiya Ramen Dining
Jidaiya.
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1. Kai Ramen Sherman Oaks

15030 Ventura Blvd #23, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

A surprisingly great ramen shop all the way in Sherman Oaks, Kai also has outlets in SGV, Koreatown, and West Hollywood. The tsukemen is a solid draw here, with rich dipping broth. The red ramen bowl comes with thick pork belly slices and a good dose of spice for an extra kick.

15030 Ventura Blvd #23
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

2. Ramen Tatsunoya

16 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

This Japanese transplant regularly fields long lines in the heart of Pasadena. Though the tonkotsu bowl is the standard thing to order, try varying the flavors with a dose of spice and extra chashu pork.

16 N Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103

3. Ramen Nagi

10250 Santa Monica Blvd Ste. #2850, Los Angeles, CA 90067
Spicy king ramen at Ramen Nagi.
Spicy king ramen at Ramen Nagi in Century City.
Matthew Kang/Eater LA

This recent transplant from Northern California serves spectacular tonkotsu ramen with a deeply flavored broth and a fully customizable bowl from the noodles to the tare to the toppings. The waits here are already at least 20 minutes and upwards of an hour during prime meal hours. But it’s worth the wait.

10250 Santa Monica Blvd Ste. #2850
Los Angeles, CA 90067

4. Iki Ramen

740 S Western Ave #116, Los Angeles, CA 90005

This versatile ramen shop tucked into a sleepy Koreatown strip mall prepares everything from a classic shoyu bowl to a Tokyo-style yuzu shio that you would find at a popular Japanese chain like Afuri. But the bowls don’t stop there, with everything from burnt garlic tonkotsu to a wagyu beef ramen, which means there’s really something for everyone here. In addition to the ramen menu, there’s a wide selection of izakaya fare, from sushi rolls to fried shishito.

740 S Western Ave #116
Los Angeles, CA 90005

5. Ramen Hood

317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

One of LA’s most creative ramen shops has held court at Grand Central Market for years from Top Chef winner Ilan Hall. The big thing to know is that instead of pork or chicken or any meat, the broth is sunflower seed-based, which means vegans can enjoy the pleasures of ramen. Hall takes umami-rich ingredients like konbu and shiitake mushrooms, then combining roasted sunflower seeds and white miso for a rich broth that’s virtually as good as a classic broth. There’s even a vegan “egg” for a complete experience.

317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013

6. Orochon Ramen

123 Astronaut Ellison S Onizuka St #303, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Orochon Ramen
Orochon Ramen
Matthew Kang/Eater LA

One of the oldest running ramen shops in LA, Orochon is famous for their incredibly spicy ramen competition that gives a special designation for people who can finish it within 30 minutes. The other not-as-spicy bowls are great too for a taste of ramen that would’ve felt just right in the early 2000s.

123 Astronaut Ellison S Onizuka St #303
Los Angeles, CA 90012

7. Menya Tigre

2012 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Curry ramen from Menya Tigre in Sawtelle.
Curry ramen from Menya Tigre in Sawtelle.
Matthew Kang/Eater LA

Curry ramen isn’t really a thing, but at Menya Tigre, the innovation is palpable. Japanese-style curry goes into a rich, porky broth along with hefty noodles. Menya Tigre might not be the most popular ramen spot on Sawtelle, but it’s worth trying when tonkotsu starts to feel a little bit boring.

2012 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

8. Killer Noodle

2030 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Killer Noodle
Killer Noodle
Matthew Kang

This tantanmen ramen shop to Sawtelle comes from the prolific Tsujita group, which already has two standout noodle restaurants on the block. But what’s different about Killer Noodle is its clear homage to the spicy Chinese-inflected tantanmen, with sesame and pepper-laden noodles that come in either soups or “dry” style platters. The waits can be very long during prime house, so plan accordingly.

2030 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

9. Tsujita Annex

2050 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Tsujita Annex
Tsujita Annex
Wonho Frank Lee

This all-ramen restaurant is right across the street from its sister, and its signature bowl uses thick noodles and a dense broth that’s chock full of garlic and pork back fat. The dip-able tsukemen, tinged with a vinegary kick, might be even better, with flat noodles that work best for slurping with gusto.

2050 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

10. Tsujita LA

2057 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Both the standard ramen and tsukemen are the two best offerings in LA in either category. The broth and noodles are nearly perfect (one might argue a tad salty), while the tsukemen might even be better than the ramen, with a heavy dose of fish-oriented umami to round it out. The waits can be lengthy here as well.

2057 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

11. Mogumogu

11555 W Olympic Blvd suite b, Los Angeles, CA 90064

When does dry ramen, or mazeman, start to just resemble pasta? Maybe it doesn’t matter, especially at West LA’s Mogu Mogu, which does have its own tonkotsu broth, but really specializes in well-sauced, fully loaded mazeman. With all the flavors and toppings like chashu and poached egg, but without a heavy-laden pork broth, it’s ramen without the bloat.

11555 W Olympic Blvd suite b
Los Angeles, CA 90064

12. Afuri

688 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Ramen and dumplings from Afuri in Arts District.
Ramen and dumplings from Afuri in Arts District.
Wonho Frank Lee/Eater LA

Tokyo’s famous Afuri has finally opened in LA after initially expanding the Portland, Oregon area. Sporting a yuzu-tinted seafood and chicken broth, this lighter style of ramen still has plenty of flavor packed in, with soba-like noodles made on the premises and high quality toppings. The cocktails and minimalist ambience make it a really pleasant ramen experience.

688 Mateo St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

13. Santouka Ramen

3760 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

The longstanding ramen spot on the Westside, it hasn't lost too much luster despite most of the new noodles shops in the city. The miso and shio ramen are tops here, available in various sizes. The broth is unreal, incredibly porky and delicious. Noodles aren't the best, but the chewy alkaline variety are more than sufficient. Available in Torrance’s Mitsuwa as well.

3760 S Centinela Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90066

14. Venice Ramen

515 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Venice Ramen Photo
Venice Ramen
Matthew Kang

This diminutive ramen shop is probably the best place for Japanese noodles on the deep Westside. With a composed, well balanced broth that's not too rich, and sporting firm, high quality noodles, it's a very good Tsujita competitor. Amp up the flavor with a spice bomb. For something a little less heavy, opt for the chuka soba, a Tokyo-style bowl with a lighter broth.

515 Washington Blvd
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

15. Josui Ramen

2212 Artesia Blvd Ste B, Torrance, CA 90504
Ramen at Josui Ramen in Torrance.
Josui Ramen.

This focused ramen shop in Torrance has polished bowls with a garlicky broth. Chashu pork is melt-in-your-mouth while the noodles are of the thin wheat variety common at Hakata-style shops. The tantanmen is comparatively mild, but the gyoza, crisped to a dark brown, are terrific.

2212 Artesia Blvd Ste B
Torrance, CA 90504

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16. Jidaiya Ramen Dining

18537 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90248
Jidaiya Ramen Dining
Jidaiya.
Tommy Y./Yelp

A long trip for most in the city, this ramen offering from the folks behind Torihei izakaya has an excellent tsukemen that's pure fish funk (in the best sense of the word) to go along with the intense porkiness. The standard ramen offerings can be slightly inconsistent from bowl to bowl, but when it's good, the tonkotsu is very admirable. The lighter Tokyo-style ramen has a terrific burst of bonito to round out the flavors.

18537 S Western Ave
Gardena, CA 90248

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