Best Ramen Restaurants In Washington Near Me

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    1. JINYA Ramen Bar - Washington DC

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    JINYA Ramen Bar - Washington DC
    Location
    5
    Price/Quality
    5
    Service
    5
    Parking
    5
    Wifi quality
    5

    Address: 1336 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

    Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM

    Telephone: (202) 588-8560

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    Amanda (WhatsDaHype): One of the best ramen restaurants in the area. I went to this location and the one in VA and they didn’t disappoint. Very flavorful and good portions given. The quality of the food is good too. I keep my bowl simple with the ingredients it comes with. One downside was the spicy bowl we ordered wasn’t spicy but it was still edible. Customer service was good. Parking is terrible but that’s DC, unfortunately.
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    Nick H.: In my opinion one of the best ramen places in DC. I love coming here the service has always been great and have never had any complaints with the food. The space is pretty small and may seem a little cramped when they are busy but it is well worth it. Even the drinks they have are good too!
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    Kahui Lim: When I first walked in, my impressions of the restaurant were that it was well maintained and cleaned. The decor was aesthetically pleasing with a modern look juxtaposed with an industrial vibe from the brick and corroded iron veneer. The bathroom was sleek and clean was well. I walked out of the restroom back into the dimly lit ambiance ready to browse the menu and order. After opening the menu from the QR code, I noticed that Jinya offers a huge selection of foods such as fusion appetizers and meals like chashu rice bowls. I went ahead and ordered a classic tonkotsu ramen with no toppings with a side of takoyaki. I waited a while for the food to arrive--on the long side for a ramen restaurant, but was excited to see that the food looked exactly it was on the online menu. Jinya did a good job on the presentation. The ajitama (egg) and the chashu slices were perfect. Slightly chilled with a melt-in-your-mouth umami feel. After finishing these, I was left wishing for more flavors and textures as there were only noodles and broth left. Though at a perfectly cooked al dente and flavorful, I wish I ordered bamboo shoots or otherwise to combat the monotonous onslaught of noodles. I could not justify ordering more toppings as its base price was already at a premium of $20. I couldn't help but to remember the fully loaded ramen bowls for roughly half the cost in the Little Tokyo district of LA. I polish off the bowl by slurping the broth. Bold, but not pungent. In the end, I thought the portioning seemed rather small even with the takoyaki (best I have ever had in terms of flavor and presentation). Had I ordered toppings to accompany the ramen bowl, perhaps the portioning would have been adequate. All in all, well done in terms of quality, but the portioning was rather small and left me wanting more. I will definitely come back again.
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    Oliver Schaefer: The menu is pretty large. I had a ramen and Mochi ice. Both very good. Plus a nice local craft beer - perfect.Great food together with friendly service - what else do you need.
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    Oil Suebsiri T.: Not the best but definitely above average quality of ramen dishes. Taste is rather authentic and the price is reasonable. A nice place for drinks too.
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    Rubie: Food is absolutely AMAZING! It was so good!!! We ordered the California Poke Bowl, Shrimp Wonton Ramen, and the Pork Chashu Rice Bowl! They were all delicious Plus they served the food right away!
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    ramona greene: This is by far the best ramen....I have eaten at this place in L.A. also and they are both consistent. For me it's all about the broth and theirs is very authentic. I get the spicy chicken ramen...add broccolini and jalapeño corn. The service here is great 👍 and the atmosphere is for family and friends...great bar too! Don't forget your vaccination card at this location or no Ramen for you!
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    Jay Lawson: One of the best Ramen places in DC. Sorry about the photos, I usually take better pics but I was in a rush because the food looked and smelled amazing! I truly wished my mouth was bigger! Their fried chicken appetizer was surprisingly good...who knew. My ramen was equally as better. Nice ambience. It was really chill. Definitely a spot worth visiting!
    Response: Thank you so much Jay

    cookiesncreme85: Ramen was delicious!My husband had the spicy pork and I had chicken(added tofu and the egg myself)I recommend the battered octopus and the Jinya sake sangria . Diego was a great server as well, very friendly. I would definitely go back.
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    Emily Jones: Top notch ramen! Food is brought out extremely fast, is delicious and reasonably priced, and staff is kind and helpful. If you're looking for amazing ramen, this is the place to go!
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    2. Haikan

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    Haikan
    Location
    5
    Price/Quality
    5
    Service
    5
    Parking
    5
    Wifi quality
    5

    Address: 805 V St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

    Telephone: (202) 299-1000

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    Lukas Gaedtke: Every time I come here, I'm reminded I need to go more often. If you can't eat cilantro, be sure to ask which menu items have it because they failed to annotate that on the calamari. Otherwise the experience is good, the food is amazing. The staff are pleasant and timely with bringing your food out.
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    Anna S: What a great experience at Haikan! From the friendly (and funny) team service, to the amazing ramen, everything was top notch. I had miso ramen with a spicy bomb and it was so delicious, but did pack a little heat, but I like that. The mochi was a great touch to end the meal! I typically don’t cover bathrooms, but this is the one area where this restaurant needs to improve. If my review was helpful, follow me and you’ll get updates about the places I visit! Thanks!
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    Brianna Rogers: Very delicious. Had the spicy ramen and veggie ramen. They were both fantastic! The crab racoon was delicious as well as the surprise of the daily special the deviled eggs. Would definitely recommend.
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    Joel McCauley: Queued up outside Haikan for the Ashe show at the 9:30 Club for 5 hours 😳 incredibly friendly staff. Chicken Katsu was good. Great location and atmosphere. Good outdoor seating. Can't say enough about how amazing the staff was, super friendly and helpful. Thank you for that.
    Response: Thank you and thank you for being amazing yourself! Can't wait to see you again!

    David Clitheroe: Best Ramen in DC! I love the ability to add whatever you like including bamboo, soft boiled eggs and pork belly. Filling for $35 out the door. Wayyy better than Toki Underground. Wayyy more authentic. Sapporo style ramen of which I’ve never actually had. I’ve been all over Japan except Hokkaido. So it was nice to experience this style for the first time!

    Sam M: This is one of the better ramen spots in DC. I was here for a quick meal before going to the concert nearby. There were a lot of people in the restaurant and I didn’t make the reservation. I waited about 20 to 30 minutes before I was seated at the bar. I just ordered a shoyu ramen with the spice bomb. The Noodles were really cooked nicely and the broth was very flavorful. I really love how that wok fried the bean spouts. It really added a depth of flavor to ramen. Also, definitely get spice bomb for the ramen too. Staffs were really friendly and attentive! I highly recommend this place for some good ramen.
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    Amanda Liaw: Nice vibes! We sat at the bar, which gave us a great view of the talented chefs. We ordered the fried calamari appetizer, which was alright, and the shoyu and shio ramens, which were nothing special but definitely solid! The small bowl looks small but was certainly filling for me. Overall, a good tasty dinner.
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    Inkmakeart TV: This vegan ramen was absolutely delicious and the broth is so rich and flavorful you would forget it’s even vegan. We would have given 5 stars but the service was not up to par, they had the host being the server or reverse we have no clue. We weren’t given a name or told we are your server or host for the evening. So don’t expect 5 star service unless they change things up by the time you go. Definitely worth going just for the ramen though if you’re vegan looking for some phenomenal ramen. Changed to five star after we went back the next day and got greeted by a host and actually had a server and found out his name which was Marvin. Did a great job on the service, way better than the night before. The flavor of the ramen is consistent unlike some places where it might be different the next day, so that is definitely a plus. Check this place out if your ever in the Washington D.C. area.
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    Ben Love: Andria was super attentative and friendly during our visit. As someone who has lived in Japan, the food was authentic and delicious. Everything here is the fill package. The matcha gin drink is MUST HAVE!.
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    S. K. Hill: A very outstanding establishment with extremely great people working for it and good food. Yesterday, I ordered a Miso Ramen bowl and it had to be the best that I had in my life. Having been to Japan before, I felt like I was there again after eating at Haikan. During my visit, I would find that they actually import their noodles from Sapporo in northern Japan. That explains the greatness. Also, I love the glazed vegetables appetizer as well. All around, Haikan is GREAT place. Easily, it is my favorite Japanese restaurant in the states.
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    3. Sakuramen Ramen Bar

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    Sakuramen Ramen Bar
    Location
    5
    Price/Quality
    5
    Service
    5
    Parking
    5
    Wifi quality
    5

    Address: 2441 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

    Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5:30PM

    Telephone: (202) 656-5285

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    Chukwudi Osondu: Really solid ramen spot, I got the DC Miso Ramen with extra bamboo shoots and it really hit the spot but it was a bit light on the portion but I guess Ramen isn’t a super filling food to begin with. The restaurant itself is a little confusing to find, but it’s located underground and was a little humid, but that’s probably due more to the weather outside than the A/C inside. Would definitely come back!

    Abigail Morales: This place has great and flavorful ramen. We are visiting from Miami and found this place suggested on Google and Reddit. We stopped in and tried the DC ramen (a plainer broth featuring cheese), the tonkotsu red (a creamier spicy broth featuring mushrooms, bamboo shoots and more) and the Shoki bowl (contains all the meats for a meat lover in one broth). My favorite was the Tonkotsu red, they offer levels 1 to 10 of spicy. I went with a 3 on the server's suggestion and enjoyed the flavor and heat balance. We also had the gyoza, and pork belly buns. The Gyoza were stuffed and delicious while the pork belly buns were tender but could have used a sauce or more flavor. They also offer a whole host of things to add to the ramen you select in case it isn't already in there- such as mushrooms, egg, corn and other add ons.

    Joanne E.: Best ramen in town. The owner was very friendy and helped us decide what to get. We wanted to try them all and we had no regrets. Jus a heads up, spicy is ranked 1 to 10(10 super spicy) ,a 5 is really spicy it would actually be a 7 or 8 in my book. But thats jus me. Loved all the food. Especially the kim chi which is the owners moms recipe😃

    Naredeen Mikhaiel: My favorite ramen place in D.C.Raman is just perfect, and they are not shy with their portions. The appetizer buns are perfectly cooked, it just melts in your mouth. The service is excellent. The chief came outside and greeted us.

    Kevin Joseph: I come here whenever I can if I'm in DC. I believe the first time I was here was 6 or 7 years ago. To this day this is my favorite ramen place anywhere. The food: 1. Bulgogi Buns - These were so good I wish I was able to fit more in my stomach. 2. Shoki Bowl - This is excellent for any meat lover. The egg is flavored delicious too. 3. Tonkotsu Red - This ones the popular one and for good reason. It's full of flavor. If you don't know which one to get, get this one.

    Kim Suh: I had this ramen 2 years ago and have been dreaming about the day that I could come back and have it again! The day is finally here. The noodles hear have an amazing bite, the broth here have a lot of body and the overall dish is actually spicy (not yt person spicy) overall would freaky recommend the place, 5 stars!

    Rekisha Pootoon: The service here is amazing! They are quite accommodating to the customers. The ramen was delicious! Four stars: The mushrooms tasted as though marinated in soy sauce and placed on the buns… I expected a more flavored dish rather than just the overwhelming soy sauce taste.

    Josh Gishi: One of the best ramen places in DC. The restaurant itself has a cool vibe and clear dividers between guests. The food was quick and delicious. It’s no Momofuko, but still pretty dang good. Pricing isn’t outrageous either.

    JP Power: Excellent place! Check the website, not Map, for if they are doing dine in because there was no Dine-In on Dec. 30th but it said they was. The food was great. One of the best dumplings I've ever had. Owner came out to check on us outside. My favourite place in DC so far.

    John Davison: Excellent eats, key aspect of ramen being still chewy almost al dente aspect of noodles, the owner from korea has great awareness of many of the menus that power her various cultural integrations. Chosen Ramen - with ribeye at spice level 4 amazi g

    4. Menya Hosaki

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    208 reviews
    Menya Hosaki
    Location
    4.8
    Price/Quality
    4.8
    Service
    4.9
    Parking
    4.8
    Wifi quality
    4.8

    Address: 845 Upshur St NW 1st Floor, Washington, DC 20011

    Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

    Telephone: (301) 818-7650

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    Yuntian Lu: I really enjoyed the ramen - you can tell they homemade the broth from scratch and you can really taste all the umami flavor released from bones after getting boiled for long hours. There were not many options on the menu but they really specialized in making each single one of the ramen on the menu. We got the triple treat and spicy tonkotsu, and the broth was delicious and rich, but not greasy. My bf literally finished all the broth for the tonkotsu. The chicken karaage was also very juicy and well-seasoned, paired well with their yuzu mayo.

    B Kang: First time visiting: The service and food were amazing. Definitely recommend the Karaage (chicken)! It's crispy, super tender and juicy; has really good flavor. We had the regular tonkotsu & triple threat which were good as well. Tonkotsu has a clean flavoring to it and thr triple threat is more on the flavorful side. The eggs in them are delicious. Highly recommend if you're looking for a good ramen place.

    Ben Multak: Definitely a top ramen spot in the city. Incredibly flavorful broths with super delicious meat preparation in every bowl. You can watch them hand make all the noodles and their efforts definitely pay off. Doesn’t seem like you can really go wrong with anything on the menu which is kept simple but really well executed. This place is small but constantly packed and does not take reservations as far as I know. Just a virtual waitlist on Yelp.

    Gabrielle Nico Reyes: Saw that this place was on the new Michelin DC Guide so we had to check it out. First of all this is probably one of the best ramens in the US let alone DC/MD/VA. The broth is very creamy and rich, the chashu had an amazing smokiness to it, and the noodles were my favorite thin rather than too thick. Service was great, just know like in Japan, it's a place to eat and leave as they only have a 1hr dining limit which is more than enough to eat and digest. The only downside is the location and trying to find parking. Other than that one of my favorite ramens in the US and can contend with ramen I've had in Japan.

    Aashti Alam: I was so excited to try this resturant after waiting on the list for 1.5 hours! I can definitely tell you it was worth it. We started off with the chicken karaage with the Yuzu Mayo. The texture was so crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. I thoroughly enjoyed it and saved some for my Ramen as well! I ordered the Sunset Shoyu and the broth was just so flavorful! I finished the entire serving in one time because it did not disappoint. My sister order the Truffle Shoyu and My God! What a unique flavor! She found it a little bland to her taste but the broth was richly flavored. I have been trying to get into this place for a year now and I am so glad I got a chance. They have a selective menu (however, accommodating to vegans) but the taste and quality is TOP Notch! Please get on the waitlist (online) and try this spot! Highly recommended! Edit: You can also order takeout if seating is unavailable.

    Christopher Lew: tl;dr: I love this place! They are very active with their community and the best ramen in DC hands down. Karaage - 5/5: *DINE IN ONLY* Perfectly crispy, with a delicious mayo sauce. Truffle Shoyu - 4/5: Very yummy shoyu broth with a bold truffle oil flavor. Pork belly is perfectly grilled on one side, but not the other =(. Noodles cooked perfectly, taste freshly made. Triple Threat - 5/5: Best Tonkatsu broth in DC. The broth is thick enough that it coats the noodles! What makes it a triple threat is that the broth is a chicken, pork, and dashi broth. Vibes - 5/5: It feels like I'm back in Japan at a local ramen shop in the heart of Japan. They do a really good job at providing an authentic experience.

    Andy Aurelio: The ramen here is fantastic! I ventured here with a buddy that swears by this place. First time going and it certainly won't be my last!! I had the spicy tonkotsu ramen which was fabulous. The pork was extremely tender, noodles were cooked well, and the overall experience was amazing! The staff was super nice and we didn't wait long until our food was ordered and on the table. Definitely worth a trip. Street parking so you might have brush up on your parallel parking, but it'll all be worth it.

    Michael Sewell: Best food we had on our tour of New England! Highly recommend the spicy ramen. Fantastic food and the hostess was very accommodating.

    Vicki: Easily the best ramen in the DMV and don't take my statement lightly. I got the spicy ramen and it had a good kick to it. The portion was generous and it had the right amount of salt in the broth. The egg was super flavorful and the pork belly was cooked to perfection. The noodles were great too and definitely fresh. I loved the addition of mushrooms to the top. I think about the ramen all the time. My search for good ramen in the area is over and this place wins.

    Sam Y.: The broth is impressively thick and flavorful. I didn’t like the ginger slices but I should have taken them out myself.

    5. DAIKAYA Ramen Shop, DAIKAYA Izakaya

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    DAIKAYA Ramen Shop, DAIKAYA Izakaya
    Location
    4.5
    Price/Quality
    4.4
    Service
    4.4
    Parking
    4.4
    Wifi quality
    4.4

    Address: 705 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM

    Telephone: (202) 589-1600

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    Niko Toscano: I was in DC for a concert and we wanted something good to eat so we looked up local spots. This one popped up and I am glad it did. The food was fast, the server was polite and explained the menu easily. The price was right and there was plenty of food. Next time I am in DC for an event I will definitely stop here again. Also, their spicy miso is delicious.
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    Mohit Mehtaji: The place gets busy and they only take walk ins plus you must have everyone in your party to be seated. Has both an indoor and outdoor seating. The staff is friendly and service was quick. The server made to go over the menu and answer any questions. All of the broth except the veggie is made from a mixture or beef, pork and chicken so if you are a vegetarian the only option is the veggie option. The ramen itself was good, not something to die for and perhaps it’s because it was the veggie broth and not the regular broth.
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    Jace J: Really enjoyed the ramen 🍜, honestly was excited to try the restaurant above once I seen the menu but it was closed. Food that knocks the cold off. The only reason this getting a two star and not at least 4 was because the meat smelt sickening ! Me and my friend didn’t care to indulge but the noodles and broth were hitting the spot ! Everything else was spot on

    Marcelo Lopez Altamirano: Really good ramen! Food is served fast and this place is always busy. The style of ramen is different I believe Sapporo style, but the noodles were chewy and the broth was very tasteful.
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    Christian Orlando: One of the best meals I have ever had. Our waiter Lucas was very knowledgeable and willing to talk about the entire menu. From the cocktails to the dessert it was an amazing experience. 10/10.

    LJ Aranda: I don't normally give low stars and rate but I think I have to be honest for this one. Disclaimer: Maybe it's just us. Maybe your experience is different. My husband and I like ramen so much, I am from Asia, and we've tried too many ramen place in my country that were really good and mouth-watering. So, he searched for a popular ramen place here and found this one. During our first try, we stopped by like 9pm (we were so late because we struggled to find for a parking spot) and unfortunately, they denied us because of the long waiting line. Second attempt, we decided to take the metro this time, and went earlier to made sure we could make it. Okay, the staff are not too welcoming. But that was fine as they were too busy too because the place was really packed. We were on a 15-30 minute waiting time so decided to walk around and checked out nearby places. When we got a text from them, we went back and was introduced to our spot. The place is kind of small (they had extended tables outside), so you have to share the table with others. I anticipated the ramen so much because we were both craving it. Our orders came, but to my disappointment, it was not as good as it was described by others. My husband's ramen soup was bland, mine was too much soy sauce flavor. Less noodles too. Even my husband agreed. NOT BAD, but also have not exceeded to our expectation. It was an expensive nice try, but won't go back there again.

    Kim Nguyen: Hands down the best ramen I’ve ever had. We came around 2 pm and was put on the waitlist for about 45 minutes. It was definitely worth the wait. We got seated by the kitchen bar and I was quite amazed of the organized, detailed, dedicated work of the chefs. We ordered the spicy miso and wow it was so divine. Two things that we didn’t like about our experience today. The spicy miso didn’t come with the nitamago egg. We had to order the additional egg on the side for $1.50. Our server forgot our order and didn’t check on us at all while we were at the bar. We waited another 45 minutes for the ramen (we had to ask her for our ramen after 35 minutes of waiting). The only reason I gave this a 5-star is because of the ramen quality. Will be back when we’re visiting DC in the future!
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    C.: My favorite ramen spot in the District. Been here about five times. Friendly staff, high quality service. The menu is sufficient with options, but not overwhelmingly so. Not for vegetarians FYI. I love the taste of their various broths and the consistency of the noodles. They do a great job, regularly. Photo is of the shio ramen with extra ground pork, onsen egg, nitamago, and butter. The playlist is always on point, too! But not loud

    India Lindsay: Not a ramen person but I loved this ramen! Cute casual lunch spot. Good quick service. Yummy food. Lots of outdoor seating. The miso ramen had a nice umami broth. They were able to accommodate gluten sensitivity by providing rice

    thelonetravelercarl: Daikaya is a famous and one of the top 8 ramen restaurants in the DC area. So, I was a bit excited. When I got into the location, the place was jam-packed. But I was welcomed and got me a seat where I can see the staff on how they prepare the food. Then, the waitress handed me the menu and I chose the shio ramen. Unfortunately, they only do walk-ins and no reservation option. As I got my order, the shio ramen looked perfectly mouth-watering that I just want to dip in my soup spoon. When I tasted it, it was so good even though I found something missing from it but I still find it perfect. I enjoyed my food. The ambience was awesome coz I got to communicate with other customers. The restaurant was better with regard to customer service, food quality and almost everything.The waitresses were friendly and accommodating. When I finished eating, I saw the queue just outside the door of the restaurant. It only means that a lot of people love the food they serve. Overall dining experience in Daikaya was 5/5.
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    6. Kofuku Ramen & Sushi

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    375 reviews
    Kofuku Ramen & Sushi
    Location
    4.2
    Price/Quality
    4.3
    Service
    4.2
    Parking
    4.2
    Wifi quality
    4.2

    Address: 815 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

    Telephone: (202) 842-5088

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    Inawis Neupane: We went here for some good Japanese food and we were not disappointed. It was a little expensive than the regular japanese places I have been to but the food was really good. I had Gyoza, sushi and ramen. There was very little to complain about.

    Rachit Agarwal: Great tonkatsu ramen. First snow of the winter.. I was cold and hungry, walked into this place, and was so delighted. Surrounded by places that were closed because of the snow.. Kōfuku was open! Got the kofuku tonkatsu ramen to go and it was delicious :)

    Rachel L: I have been craving sushi and stumbled upon this place. Our food came out very fast and it was pretty yummy. The sushi was fresh and the fried rice was delicious. It was quiet, clean and our server was kind. Not too pricey and actually decent sushi.

    Donnell Lyons: Kofuku Ramen & Sushi, was a good experience. The ramen was good, the gyoza was great and the teriyaki chicken was outstanding. The place is small, but the ramen made you for it, but it needed more miso. Overall great food and customer service.

    Amanda Prichard: This has been my go-to Ramen place for years now and I love it. The food is delicious and there's rarely a wait (other ramen restaurants in the area tend to have needlessly long waits).

    Chris Crocitta: This place requires two seperate reviews. The sushi is esquisite and delicious! The ramen not so much...it lacks flavor and pressence. Overall pretty good place, especially for the sushi. Very fresh and yummy

    Thomas Corcoran: あなたの料理は私の子供時代を思い出させた I grew up over in Japan and this was spectacular. It took me back to my childhood. Service was great and server was exceptional. I had my meal modded to extra fish cakes and no egg. They had no problem doing it for me. The spicy miso broth was full bodied and the balance of spices masterful. When an inspired chef believes that they are creating edible works of gastronomic art... this is the quality and experience that results. Thank you. I will be back.

    Candace M.: I had the Bento Box (Salmon Teriyaki) and it was delicious! I can with a group of people and we were all satisfied with the meal. The staff we nice and frequently asked us if we were good and refilled our glasses constantly. It's a small place so the whole group of 9 people weren't able to sit together, but it was the lunch rush. Definitely plan on coming here again!

    Randy Adam: This restaurant is not open to the public for eat in seating. It is also not occupied with employees.

    Htoo Myat: This place offers very good value on sushi specials, convenient for office drones and workers in the area for a quick lunch. Look for their 2-rolls and 3-rolls special. A lot of Dupont Circle and Chinatown Asian restaurants tried offering this kind of special before but they usually either charge too much, make very small rolls or just poor quality. This place offer regular sized rolls of good quality for their fair price and quick! Their ramen on the other hand, hasn't been impressive. I have made better flavored ramen out of instant ramen bags. To be fair, some instant ramen bags are very good but if I'm paying around 15 bucks, I expect more. The price is quite alright but because it's so mediocre, I feel like I should be paying less. I have also tried their bento box. It's pretty good but not a good value compared to sushi. In my opinion, there's just not enough food for lunch.

    7. RAMEN BY UZU

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    101 reviews
    RAMEN BY UZU
    Location
    4.3
    Price/Quality
    4.3
    Service
    4.4
    Parking
    4.3
    Wifi quality
    4.3

    Address: 1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

    Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

    Telephone: (301) 728-9858

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    ESB NYC: Cute little Ramen stall with friendly service and some tasty options. I felt the flavors were authentic Japanese and the broth was delicious. I think my noodles may have been slightly undercooked but not enough to ruin my meal. Reasonably priced option for a quick bite at union market… I would try again.

    Charley Varipapa: This is by far the best Ramen in the DMV. The bone broth is incredibly rich and bursting with flavor. Meat was render and delicious. UZU is the real deal!

    Kia Beachum: The customer service was really nice, but the food is so bland. I’ve had great ramen in the DMV like Toki Underground and Ren’s Ramen… but this was so underwhelming. The chicken is pretty much boiled like I would for my dog. The ramen noodles are so thick. It also had a weird smell to it. I’m not sure if it’s the bamboo shoots or the mushrooms.

    Shih-Chang Li: I had the Shoyu Ramen, the broth was great and rich taste. However I felt it had a bit more salty than the other Ramens that I had at different shops. I do like the fact that it was a Chicken broth though. Also, the portion was a bit smaller from the looks of it. Or it could just because it was in a smaller size bowl.

    Toan Phan: Good ramen inside Union Street market. A bit hard to find.

    Bruce Taylor: The ramen here is smooth, tasty and well textured. You get plenty in each bowl.

    Diana Francis: Ramen by Uzu is full of flavor and the noodles are some of the best I've ever had. With many options of cuisine at union market Ramen by Uzu should be at the top of your list. We have tried almost every variety of ramen they offer and have never been disappointed. Easy order and pick up process and safe social distancing practices currently as well.

    Allison Lau: Authentic and delicious ramen, plus the occassional okonomiyaki and tsukemen specials. Consistent quality in all my meals here. Try the pork buns too. Vegan ramen on Fridays (and they always sell out). Favorite place in Union Market!

    Allan Elsberry: Ramen is pretty tasty and costs around $13 a bowl. The downside is that seating can be challenging at times. Also, one of my favorite parts of ramen is a soft boiled egg. Sadly, Uzu just cracks a raw egg in the hot broth, so you end of with a partially-cooked egg goo in your ramen instead.

    Angela Davis: Good ramen! The broth flavor was good and rich, with satisfying toppings.

    8. Oki Bowl @ Georgetown

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    Oki Bowl @ Georgetown
    Location
    4.4
    Price/Quality
    4.3
    Service
    4.3
    Parking
    4.3
    Wifi quality
    4.3

    Address: 1608 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

    Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM

    Telephone: (202) 944-8661

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    samantha wade: This is the most quaint and wonderful little spot! It's very close quarters but set up very nicely. The decor is absolutely lovely and my boyfriend said it reminds him of some of the best little restaurants he used to go to in Thailand. You order and pay via QR code but staff is more than willing to assist if you prefer to order that way. We will definitely visit again.

    Blake Arrington: Great unique ramen with a fun vibe If you want traditional ramen this might not be the place but they have a great spin on it with unique flavors Had the curry ramen which was very good. And the fried chicken was surprisingly crisp while bring in the ramen. The Miso ramen which is more traditional was very good Also enjoyed the spiked slushy The restaurant itself is very cute and the staff if kind. It is small so I would not recommend a big group I would definitely go back

    Hui Huang: It’s obviously so good that I finished everything!!! If I can customize then I’d pick soft crab shell with egg in the oki ramen (coconut curry soup). Decorations are lovely in the store.

    M Depp: A must visit whenever I’m in GTown, though I do miss their M street location - it had the most intricate birdhouses and tiny figurines all over the walls and ceiling. This location does a similar take on the birdhouse decor but more colorful. The ceiling has pretty in pink roses matching the rest of the vibrancy in the furniture and various patterns meshing together. The service is always great with a nice playlist vibing in the background. They have a new order and pay by phone system which was easy to use especially if you already know what you want. I always order the Oki curry ramen 🍜, I’ve yet to find anything like it elsewhere. If you can take a little spice, it’s an unforgettable dish IMO. Miso is second best if you’re not a chicken fan.

    Camille DC: Food tastes good. I ordered the curry ramen and it is something new for me. My friend ordered chicken pop and says it’s a bit spicy for his liking but it’s good. We love the order thing where you scan the qr code and pay online too. I just wish that they don’t rush us when eating. Immediately after my friend finished his food the lady picked up his bowl and while I was still eating she asked me if I want a box for my ramen and I said no I’m still eating it. A few minutes later, I wasn’t done drinking and eating, lady came over again and I just gave her my ramen even if I wasn’t done. Place has great interior and is definitely ig worthy even the bathroom has design too.

    Yingxin Ye: The food is okay, but service and environment is really bad. Super hot inside the restaurant but no AC at all, only fans are turning on. Still hot with no help. And waiter seems really rush to take order and then kick you out. They rapidly took away menu after I order, and immediately took away all dishes after I stopped eating. And, the most important is, they add a fixed 18% Gratuity for customer without asking! I requested to choose tip percentages on my own.

    Amelia Capilongo: There curry Ramen bowl is worth going out of your way to get. I absolutely love the funky Viber this place. Service is always great as well

    Mario Morales: Amazing and best ramen place I have been. Food had so much flavor and staff was great! Portion was huge and worth every penny! Totally satisfied!

    Natalie Brooks: Amazing service and super great staff! My friend needed to swap out her dish for a shellfish allergy and they are super accommodating about it would recommend.

    James Wood: The food is aMAZing! I had the miso ramen with chashu pork and a marinated egg. The ambiance is wonderful too, the photos don't do it justice, there is eye kandi everywhere. Definitely my new favorite place. 😁

    9. Chaplin's Restaurant

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    Chaplin's Restaurant
    Location
    4.3
    Price/Quality
    4.4
    Service
    4.3
    Parking
    4.3
    Wifi quality
    4.3

    Address: 1501 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 4PM

    Telephone: (202) 644-8806

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    Ephraim Fields: The ramen, appetizers and drinks here are excellent and filling! I ordered the Tori Karaage, Shrimp Gyoza and Stamina Spicy. The Stamina Spicy had the perfect amount of heat for my Louisiana taste buds. The restaurant provides an 80s vibe with the music and the atmosphere was bustling during our visit. The service was quick and accommodating as well. We will definitely be back again.

    A S: Wow, great ramen, drinks, and service! Our server and bartender were both very kind. The ramen was delicious! I will definitely come back to try their cold ramen during the appropriate season.

    LoMo: During our sibling trip we decided to visit Chaplin’s. Open late for a weekday-while most everything around us closed at 10pm. Great indoor and outdoor patio dining environment. Nice bar seating too. Stephanie was awwwwesome! She picked the pork gyoza, fried wontons, and Chaplin buns for us to start. I had a ginger beer which was nice and spicy. Siblings had the Chaplin ramen and Shoyu ramen with stamina egg and bok choy. Stephanie surprised me with the Chaplin A.S.S. (Asian Spicy Sour) with butter corn! Fantastic balance of bold flavors! Ramen was perfect texture in every bowl! Will be back!

    Corey Goode: This was not good. We had two different ramens both of which tasted like instant ramen with double the packets. The drinks were... Don't get the cocktails. The gf made me mention the decor is pretty..

    Marc L: I am generally not impressed by anything around Shaw, but this incredible Michelin-worthy restaurant is a diamond in the rough (literally the rough because some of Shaw leaves a lot to be desired). We were here last night and were immediately impressed by how clean and well-lighted the restaurant is. Fourteen of us had reservations at 7, and those who arrived early sat at the bar to take advantage of their happy hour (up to 50 percent off on certain drinks). The bartender was incredibly helpful and friendly. We were then ushered upstairs at the start of our dinner. From the very beginning, our server - Mikela - was extremely helpful, going so far as to rearrange the tables to ensure none of us got trapped in a seat during the course of our dinner. For such an upscale place that serves incredible food (I got the miso ramen with extra pork belly), Chaplin’s is surprisingly affordable. With appetizers (which I highly recommend), food and copious amounts of drinks, our bill came out to about $750. I highly recommend this place (although maybe not because I don’t wan others to know it’s a hidden gem in Shaw. I want to come back!) whether it’s for a business dinner, a get-together with friends, or date night. To the manager: Mikela is a rock star and should be the lead trainer for others on how to provide top-of-the-line service. Please ensure she gets a well-deserved recognition and thank you.

    James Corney: Excellent. Nice atmosphere, and wait staff was attentive. I ordered the shoyu ramen with a fried pork gyoza add-on (on the side). It was terrific. I am accustomed to my shoyu ramen having a predominantly soy sauce flavor. I usually like that. This one was much more subtle, making a strong emphasis on the pork and pork broth. I split pork and pork up here not because of the chashu but because of the ground pork that had a surprising depth of flavor, reminding me of a broken up Chinese lions head meatball. The noodles were cooked well and all together really hit the spot. The pork gyoza add-on provided three plump fried gyoza which were delicious on their own. Fried crispy with a thin skin and stuffed with a lovely pork filling that had no unnecessary large or stringy bits. Perfect for biting in half to enjoy the texture of the fry. I got them served on the side rather than letting them soak in the broth, which I recommend.

    Elias Chelala: Amazing food and delicious drinks. Some of the best fried Gyoza I've had so far in DC. Make sure you try the Tokyo Tea and Devil's Pass frozen drinks. I also ordered the Edmame, Pork Shumai and fried wontons. The service was good and I'll definitely be coming back to this restaurant again to try the Ramen.

    India Lindsay: A casual eatery for flavorful ramen. The outdoor seating options are great and they also offer cold ramen for the summer months. Offer gluten free options for those gluten sensitive, no options for those highly allergic / celiac due to use of soy sauce. We ordered tan tan men, the Chaplin, and the Kakuni pork belly as an appetizer. Everything was delicious Kakuni is a slightly sweet marinated pork belly dish. It comes with 4 sections of meat. Tan tan men is a flavorful bright ramen with crumbled pork. It has the signature spicy and oily flavor in many East Asian dishes and contains depth of flavor. The Chaplin is a creamy black sesame broth. It’s rich but still on the lighter side.

    Justin Tholl: Amazing pork ribs and the Chaplin ramen was fabulous! They also offer a side of spicy sauce to mix in, so good! Service was on point, thank you for a wonderful meal!

    Felicia: Random spot I went to and the pay off was great. Had the Tan Tan Men (vegan) and vegetable gyoza (steamed). No drinks but I’ll definitely be back.

    10. KAIJU RAMEN 怪獸拉面

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    KAIJU RAMEN 怪獸拉面
    Location
    4.6
    Price/Quality
    4.6
    Service
    4.7
    Parking
    4.6
    Wifi quality
    4.6

    Address: 525 8th St SE STE 1, Washington, DC 20003

    Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM

    Telephone: (202) 481-2278

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    T C: Good vibe environment and decorated with many Japanese well known figures (top shelves above kitchen). Really like the Kaiju Nest Tempura, very crispy and fun to pull them apart. The tako corn dog is just a piece of octopus wrapped inside corn dog batter, nothing too special. For ramen, we tried the chicken, Tokyo, vegetable, black miso cheese, tonkotsu (spicy and no spicy) and the group consensus was it's not bad but also not the best ramen. Half of us felt the soup base was way too greasy, you can see the layer of oil. We all like the soft-boiled eggs, still liquidy inside and good flavors. Now both the chashu and the chicken....chewy and a bit on the dry side, not juicy. The noodles are the curly type, didn't see they offer other noodle types. For drinks, I tried the jelly sake 🍶 is refreshing citrus flavor with lots of jelly in it, goes well with 🍜 ramen. For dessert the matcha cheesecake is average, not very smooth but really love the matcha creme brulee, silky smooth, not too sweet and there's a subtle green tea taste to it.

    Anna S: Great experience! Service was spot on and the ramen was very tasty. Server invited us back in the evening to the bar downstairs, which look like a nice lounge atmosphere with a DJ. So, we’ll have to go back and try that space out.

    Sarah Oyekoya: Great ramen and atmosphere. Everything was cooked to a T we loved the flavor we got the fried rice gyoza and chicken wings. The chicken wings were cut into 4th or maybe halves i can remember but either way not worth the price but the taste was great so I guess it’s a hit and a miss. The fried rice was delicious and ramen 10/10. They also have a fyeeeeeeee speak easy at the bottom

    Madi Kreitz: Probably the best ramen restaurant I've been too and I've had my fair share of ramen. First off the music is such a vibe it's foreign but it just fits so well. It was pretty packed when we went (understandable) but the staff was so nice and accommodating. They do have a bar menu but if you want your drinks you should go downstairs to their speak easy which was so cute! You definatly don't have to but it is a sight to see. I highly recommend the Voodoo drink which was also recommended to me by our waiter. Definaly stir it tough otherwise it's going to taste a little strong. You can't tell but the 3rd picture are the gyozas it's Crispy on top and then the dumplings are attached on the bottom. Brilliant! I loved the crunch with the dumplings it gave it nice texture! The food was great, staff was friendly and the vibes were good. I highly recommend going!

    Raphael Tisch: Add Kaiju to the list of very tasty Ramen bars in DC. Boasting a menu with many broth types and additions, there is something for everyone. They have a nice selection of interesting appetizers as well (try the cheese Mochi), and a small but tasty selection of sake. If you're feeling adventurous, check out the sake bar downstairs. It's hidden... Can you find it!?

    comfyfuton -: Delicious! I've had my eye on this place since they opened and I'm glad I was able to go. Had the Spicy Tonkatsu Ramen and it was very tasty. We also had gyoza for the appetizer and it was also great. I thought the drinks menu was pretty cool, there was a good variety of beer to choose from, ended up getting a Lucky Cat. Would love to come back.

    Blaine: Super fun ramen joint with a cool downstairs bar space. The vibe is fun/casual, the staff were super attentive, and the food and drinks were . A dumpling junkie in my party gave the gyoza top marks, the cheese mochi felt like close (and tasty) cousins of pao de queijo, and everyone raved about the perfect crunch on the monster claw chicken. For ramen, the Tokyo-style broth had a clean, simple finish that was really refreshing, while the black miso cheese ramen was a funky, savory, standout experience that I plan on going back for!! The sake list was short but perfect, and we especially enjoyed the nama sake. After dinner we headed downstairs for a few rounds of (really tasty) drinks and had fun chatting with the bartenders and vibing to the music.

    Dewayne T: Decent. Great atmosphere. Attentive servers. $65 waygu ramen was interesting but in a good way. Love the art in the bathroom and speakeasy in the basement. Def worth checking out.

    Danielle Ivey: Excellent waitstaff! They were so attentive and answered my questions about the menu. I had the gyoza and spicy chicken ramen. Delicious! Would absolutely go back.

    Austin Graff: Capitol Hill's newest restaurant is the neighborhood's first ramen spot and it's a good one. In between local favorites Ambar and Cava Mezze along Barracks Row, one block from the Marine Corp's oldest active post, comes monster-themed ramen Kaiju. Here's why you should go: 1) Ramen: There are nine ramens on the menu, each made with broth that simmers for 10 hours in-house, creating a rich experience. The ramens range from $16 to $66 (for their wagyu ramen). There's a lobster ramen, spicy ramen and one made with squid ink. Several ramen come with a whole chicken leg in it. If meat on the bone is not your thing, I recommend the black miso cheese ramen. The deep black broth and cheese make it unique while maintaining the flavors of ramen we love. There's a vegetable ramen made with butternut squash. 2) Food: While ramen is the main course, Kaiju sells appetizers too. There's a seaweed salad, gyoza, fried rice and a potato salad made with lotus roots. More unique dishes include a cheese mochi and an octopus corn dog. 3) Takeout: They offer takeout via UberEats. Another option is to go inside and wait at the bar. (They'll bring you ice water to enjoy as you wait.) I went in on a Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. and placed a ramen takeout order. My wait was between 7-10 minutes. 4) Space: They make good use of a small Barracks Row space. There are group tables, small tables, booths and a long bar in the back. Fluorescent lights and funky art on the walls make you feel like you stumbled upon a Japanese eatery. 5) Location: Barracks Row is a perfect area with easier-to-find parking nearby (if none are along 8th Street SE, try the nearby neighborhood), plenty of bars, restaurants and shops next door and the Eastern Market Metro a few blocks north. There are also plenty of Capital Bikeshare docks close. If you have time after ramen, wander down the alley directly across from Kaiju to find The Fridge, an art space, murals and a gin garden (The Betsy).

    11. Reren Lamen & Bar

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    Reren Lamen & Bar
    Location
    4.2
    Price/Quality
    4.1
    Service
    4.1
    Parking
    4.1
    Wifi quality
    4.1

    Address: 817 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM

    Telephone: (202) 290-3677

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    Anthony M: Everything was really good and you can tell the noodles are made in house. The Grandmas pancakes were excellent and the Dan Dan noodles were particularly enjoyable. The location is convenient from the conference center, and somewhat small. However, the service is friendly, quick, and excellent. I will have to revisit this location to try the Ramen sometime.
    Response: Anthony, Thanks for your review. First of all, I would like to thank you for your visit, we appreciate your feedback and value your service. We do our best in serving our community by providing high-quality ingredients brought fresh daily, providing large portions, and training our staff to provide the best customer service in the area. Make sure to check us out on Instagram/Facebook for daily/weekly updates/deals. If you have any requests prior to visiting feel free to message me here and I will do my best :)

    Adam N: I cannot find good soup dumplings where I live now. So when I travel I have to try the nearest place. These soup dumplings were pretty good. Right in the middle of everywhere I've tried. I would go back for them. As for the rest or the menu I have no idea.
    Response: Adam, Thank you for your wonderful review. We are happy you've found your favorite soup at Reren. We are proud to have a wide variety of options for our customers and we like to use clean ingredients to keep our food on the healthier side! We stand for the highest quality ingredients and authenticity compared to any Chinese restaurant in the area. We are a family-oriented business and love to serve our community the best we can! Make sure to check us out on Instagram/Facebook for daily/weekly updates/deals. If you have any requests prior to visiting feel free to message me here and I will do my best :) @rerenlamen

    arun varughese: A decent place for ramen. I had grilled chicken Leren. The service was quick as I got the item in 10 mins. Chicken noodle leren : The broth was very nice and kind of carried the dish. The chicken felt very less in quantity and tasted very bland. The noodles felt a bit overcooked. Overall it is an average dish for the price. The overall quantity of noodles and soup is good. I was expecting a much stronger flavor from an Asian dish, maybe that’s why I was a bit underwhelmed.
    Response: Arun, Thank you for sharing your experience. At TNR's we use the highest quality and fresh ingredients. When anyone thinks of Chinese culinary it has to be fresh food made from scratch. We always advise our customers to please let us know your taste preferences so we can provide you with the best experience. We hope to have you try us again & please let us know your preference so we can adjust anything accordingly. Feel free to check us out on Social media (Instagram & Facebook) for the latest updates. @rerenlamen

    Albert Wu: The house soup noodle has three pieces of pork that taste fine but there’s too much fat. The vegetable doesn’t look great. The soup base is average. The noodle is chewy but not spectacular. The fish ball soup is unimpressive. The edamame is good. The DC Chinatown is not as exciting as Chinatowns in San Francisco, Los Angeles, or even Boston. Should not expect too much from the Chinatown restaurants in DC
    Response: Albert Wu, Truly sad to hear that! We actually use the highest quality ingredients. Unlike most restaurants in the area, we get our ingredients fresh and from the best suppliers in the nation. I advise you that many restaurants in not just in the DMV area but all over the states use US Foods pre-packaged food full of preservatives. That could be some customer's taste preference and we do not oppose it by any means but at Reren we always believe in the freshest and highest quality ingredients. Every single ingredient is prepared in-house! Our staff is always trained to make sure to provide the best experience to our customers. We believe in the best products for our customers. If there is ever any desire on food taste etc please feel free to let us know the specifics on how you may want your dish prepared. We will try to do our best for you :) Hope to have you dine in again and we will prove why Reren is loved by the entire community.

    Kim Nguyen: This was my first time having lamen. I ordered the Reren Signature Lamen and the Chen Duong spicy wontons. The food was okay. It wasn’t as tasty as I was hoping it to. However I do like the texture of the lamen noodle. It was worth a try.
    Response: Kim, Thank you for your feedback. We stand by the highest quality ingredients, large portions, authentic food, and hygiene which makes our community value us. We are always open to alter our dishes according to your taste and preferences!

    Nikkicole8890: My boyfriend took me here for dinner for my first time in DC and I absolutely loved it! We had Bao buns that were so scrumptious! I've dreamed of these since my trip up there 🤤🤤 We also had pork dumplings and the pork soup dumplings that were the best dumplings I think I've ever had in my life! We also ordered milk tea before we left and it was delicious! I had strawberry coconut and my boyfriend had passion fruit (I think) his was a little on the tart side but still enjoyable and I loved mine!!
    Response: Nikkicole8890, Thank you for taking the time and writing such an amazing review. We are so happy you enjoyed our food and have found your favorites. We look forward to serving you again and please let us know how we can assist you prior to any of your visits. We are here for you every day. We are active on Facebook and Instagram where you can check out our daily/weekly specials & food photography. @rerenlamen

    Sok Hwee Tay: We are in DC for a few days. We ate here the first night of our stay and it was so good we returned again. Their drinks are really good too. Must try.
    Response: Sok Hwee Tay, Thank you for taking the time to share your 5-star rating. We look forward to seeing you during your next visit.

    Kayode Yussuf: This is my most visited restaurant in DC. I love the coconut bubble tea. Staff is friendly and Price is also reasonable. I usually will get the General Tao Chicken and rice. Stirred fried noodles is also exciting
    Response: Kayode Yussuf, Thanks for your review. First of all, I would like to thank you for your visit, we appreciate your feedback and value your service. We do our best in serving our community by providing high-quality ingredients brought fresh daily, provide large portions and train our staff to provide the best customer service in the area. Make sure to check us out on Instagram/Facebook for daily/weekly updates/deals. If you have any requests prior to visiting feel free to message me here and I will do my best :) @rerenlamen

    Lord Eldwyn: Broth was a huge standout, and the noodles cooked to perfection. The soup dumplings were phenomenal. Great service, and staff was very attentive. Come early because things can sell out. Only complaint is that I dont live in the area and can't return more often.
    Response: Lord Eldwyn, Thank you for your positive feedback. We are so proud to serve the food that is worth everyone's attention:) We pride ourselves on our food quality, sourcing the best ingredients, and providing a safe and sanitary experience for all of our guests. We would love to have you back for dining-in. You should consider moving into the area! Make sure to check us out on Instagram/Facebook for daily/weekly updates/deals. If you have any requests prior to visiting feel free to message us here and we'll do our best :)

    Andrew Douglas: This place is just incredible, I had the spicy Kung Fu Ramen and some pork dumplings and they were just plain delicious. I highly recommend this place to anybody getting off the DC metro at Gallery Place or anyone stopping by DC! Great first stop in the city :)
    Response: Andrew Douglas, Thank you for taking the time and writing such an amazing review and we are so happy you enjoyed our food. We look forward to serving you again and please let us know how we can assist you prior to any of your visits. We are here for you every day. We are active on Facebook and Instagram where you can check out our daily/weekly specials & food photography. @rerenlamen

    12. Toki Underground

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    Toki Underground
    Location
    4.4
    Price/Quality
    4.5
    Service
    4.4
    Parking
    4.4
    Wifi quality
    4.4

    Address: 1234 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

    Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM

    Telephone: (202) 388-3086

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    Nadezhda Mouzykina: Great place, great service, and delicious food. It's very tight and seating is limited, so there's a time limit on your visit. My friend, who visited Japan, noted the food was authentic and so was the vibe, for the most part. One thing that I didn't like was the volume of the music. In such a tiny place, it felt more like a club than a dinner spot. And if you don't like rap, you might not enjoy your time there.

    Katelyn Bodwell: Absolutely delicious and such a cool vibe inside! I had the Toki Classic and highly recommend! The place is upstairs and small, so you’re sitting close next to other people along the edge of the room and there is alway late 2000s music playing! Definitely a great date spot, might not be great for more than two people. Make a reservation ahead of time. A must visit place for Ramen in DC!!

    Kali Smith: Delicious! Vegan options available (vegan dumplings) and also amazing cauliflower bao. We also ordered the full chicken bao and the chicken thigh in eel sauce-- both amazing. Both bao had good spice and left your lips a little tingly. The chicken thigh was cooked so well and the skin made it taste like it was wrapped in bacon??? We got takeout and it was still good when it got home. Can't wait to go back!!

    Nayeli and Matthew: Nayeli's: honestly if you are going to try ramen for the first time ever, this is the place to go. I got the kimchi ramen, it has a spicy flavor to it but its not so spicy. it was still very good because it felt like the spiciness was very well balanced out. The broth is thick which makes it even better. The noodles are so good, its just an amazing place to get ramen. My bf and I then decided to get the fried chicken steamed buns. It was sooooo gooooddddddd!! the buns were so soft and the chicken had so much flavor. I would dip my bun in my broth and it tasted so good like that as well. The place is a bit cramped but its not bad at all. It has a nice bar theme to it. The decorations were cute as well. Matthew's: All I need to say is, best ramen place in D.C, and possibly in the whole DMV itself. No overexaggeration, all truth. 100%. Also tried the fried chicken steamed buns and those were amazing too. I got the Tonkotsu Tsukumen that comes with the broth on the side. Broth was flavorful and tasted good, so good that you wanna drink the whole damn bowl. Best ramen.

    Hannah: Such a cute little restaurant! The best ramen in DMV. Get a reservation if you plan on coming here because in the evening it usually fills up and there aren’t many seats. Drinks are good. They kick you out after a certain amount of time but it’s worth it.

    N T-K: Terrible service by the receptionist who is always on her personal phone instead of seating customers! Her attitude is so bad too! She acts as if we are begging her to eat here. Also, the staff hovers and watches you constantly. The environment is just not great! The food on the other hand is good! The stars are just for the food. We will not be going back and we encourage you all to try somewhere else! So many places taste just as good plus better service and environment!

    Keith Muller: Since we no longer live in Washington DC, we always make eating at Toki Underground one of our top priorities. We were excited to learn they now offer reservations. Absolutely my favorite place to eat in DC. The food is delicious and super consistent. The staff is next level. My wife mentioned we had our first date ten years ago at Toki, and the staff made us feel like a million dollars. I can’t say thank you enough. We look forward to our next visit.

    Caleb Newman: Wow, what a fantastic experience. The vibe of this place is extremely inclusive and upbeat. Great music and close proximity bar seating makes you feel like you’re at lunch with a bunch of friends. The servers and staff were kind and attentive; a special shout-out to Michael for his service and recommendation of the Fuyu Mizunara whisky. The classic ramen seemed like the go-to menu choice and for good reason, the pork was literally melt-in-your-mouth tender. You definitely need reservations, and now I can see why this place is always packed. We’ll be back!

    Laura Garnett: Here lies an authentic Japanese Raman bar, hidden right in the heart of H Street. You can find some of the best ramen here, and it's a huge bonus that there are gluten-free options. This place is a must! Recommend advance reservations, since it is quite popular. It's places like this that make me never want to leave the city. Fantastic!

    Jordan Richardson: The ramen was amazing! Had the Toki classic and added the the spice bomb and it was phenomenal. Great noodle to meat ratio. This ramen would turn a vegan into a meat eater. The staff was super nice as well. Highly recommend!

    13. Basebowl Ramen

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    Basebowl Ramen
    Location
    4.2
    Price/Quality
    4.2
    Service
    4.3
    Parking
    4.2
    Wifi quality
    4.2

    Address: 1201 Half St SE, Washington, DC 20003

    Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM

    Telephone: (202) 975-1066

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    Dondré: Let me caveat this review by saying I initially went for the sushi but didn't get any because I couldn't find it on the online menu. I did not try the ramen. The food I did have was awful, very bland and just off the mark. Maybe they were having a bad night. The service was good though regarding my interactions when picking up the food.
    Response: Hi Dondre! Thank you for your honest feedback with your unpleasant take out experience with basebowl. Every customers’ review matters to basebowl. I am so sorry to hear what you have experienced, from the pictures, I think you have order our poke tuna nachos, sake ginger spring rolls, and smoked eel rice bento.(for to go service, all the sauces are on the side which will help to remain the crispy texture of our fried food) Sushi online ordering is available from Wednesday to Sunday. On basebowl website, there is a quick link of online ordering. Please give us another try next time, for some sushi and ramen, and let us know! Thank you Dondre!

    Jason Clayton: A decent reminder of Asian flavors with a bar! They don’t know what fish sauce is or how to use it, and there are plenty of good choices here. I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat here, and it is close to Nationals park.

    Heidi Liou: Solid/standard ramen spot, they had some rice bowl options for lunch as well. Didn’t give it 5 stars because the ramen portion was on the small side. Loved sitting outside on a sunny day!

    Austin Graff: Before going to an event at Nats Park, my family of three stopped into Basebowl, a fast-casual Asian restaurant literally next door to the stadium. Here's our experience: 1) Food: Their menu offers a wide range of options from ramen to bento boxes to dumplings. My wife and four-year-old daughter split the teriyaki chicken rice bento box (it comes with soup and a salad). They found it tasty. I ordered the Strike Out ramen bowl (green curry ramen with fried chicken on the side). I enjoyed it, but it wasn't as flavorful or filling as H Street NE's Toki Underground fried chicken ramen bowl. 2) Service: It's impeccable. Our server was attentive, friendly and rushed everything since she knew we were on a time crunch. Top notch service! 3) Space: It's a fast-casual joint, but they make good use of the space. There's bar seating and tables inside. Outside there's a sidewalk patio with heated huts during the winter. If you're in the area and need heated outdoor seating, consider Basebowl.

    Tommy Tang: Good in general. Servers are pretty nice! Ramen noodles and the Unagi bento box are good but a fan of the tuna nachos.

    Samantha Choa: Ramen taste like instant not even hot. When we got our bill they charge the the half aji-tama $2 but in the menu it was $1 only. I asked the server she said she will bring the menu but i took a photo of it and showed to her the price printed. She spoke to the manager and said “oh, that is what our system is showing”. I did not argue but never 👎 again. Not worth the price.

    Kim: YUMMY PRE GAME MEAL SPOT- we enjoyed every dish we had here. Very friendly staff, quick service and large portions. Good Saki liar as well. Would definitely go back.

    Christopher Lee: Ate the taiwanese popcorn chicken dressed as karaage, gyoza, and the beef ramen. the appetizers were very good, the ramen was just good. The noodles had good texture and springiness. We ordered cocktails that took longer to show than the meals, were not very good, and inconsistent. Place was a little quiet on a weeknight and seemed like they were ready to shut down.

    Mr. R: The ramen and sushi I had was decent. It definitely wasn't the best ramen I've had, but it's worth a try. Most imoortantly, the customer service was excellent!

    Jamie Oung: I highly recommend this ramen restaurant if in the D.C. area. The broth was rich and flavorful, ramen cooked to perfection, and meats tender and savory! We ordered the Signature Bowl, Wonton Ramen, and the Strike Out. As a starter we ordered the Ume Kaarage, which was crispy and delicious!

    14. Toryumon Japanese House

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    Toryumon Japanese House
    Location
    4.5
    Price/Quality
    4.4
    Service
    4.4
    Parking
    4.4
    Wifi quality
    4.4

    Address: 1901 Pennsylvania Avenue NW #0001, Washington, DC 20006

    Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

    Telephone: (202) 785-4600

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    Elizabeth Dou: This was the perfect place to stop by during such a cold and windy day. The food came out hot and everything tasted fresh. There was a lot of flavor and sizable meat portion within the ramen. We only ordered one sushi roll and it was just okay. It was missing something maybe it needed more sauce or something. We ordered strawberry mochi for dessert and it was absolutely delicious. This place had a great atmosphere and our server was friendly. I’d definitely come back and try other things on the menu.

    Liliya Susong: Great food, everything was very fresh and very tasty (note that whatever is marked “spicy” on the menu is not terribly spicy in fact). Served very fast too. The restaurant was clean, casual but cozy, with a true Asian vibe and friendly staff. We absolutely enjoyed our dinner here and will definitely bring the guys more business.

    Promiti Ghose: Absolutely love this place! We were visiting and found this place right by the Marriott. Friendly servers and great food. Good comes in quick. They have a bar and serve alcohol. Noticed they also served take away . Highly recommend for a good sushi , Asian food place

    Ryan Beigel: Super yummy! I got the winter chicken ramen which was good and not too salty (I've had very salty ramen at other ramen shops in Dc). The noodles were chewy and delicious. The sushi was fresh! We shared a yummy roll (that's the name). The service was fast and pleasant. The place was clean and it was bustling with people but they sat people quickly. We'll be back

    Sisi: I am and was a regular customer during the pandemic— before they had opened back up the restaurant in person. And let me just say that this is most definitely one of my favorite sushi spots in DC. In my opinion, better than the sushi they serve in Chinatown. A few key points to keep in your mind when you come to this restaurant. 1. Very clean! 2. Definitely try the speciality sushi rolls, they are amazing (tried the Toryumon, Truffle, and Dragon rolls so far!) 3. During rush hours, you may not able to have a waiter fast enough as you were during there chill hours. Thanks for reading my review! You should definitely come to this spot!

    Jennifer Parker: This place is UNREAL. For the price, the sushi rolls are MASSIVE and delicious! You definitely get the a lot of bang for your buck. We also had several appetizers, which were all amazing. We will definitely be back...I'm excited to try the ramen next time!

    Rodney Houston: I really like this place. They have got the freshest sushi I've ever tasted. It's like they have the fish still alive in the back waiting for you to order. Please excuse the photos, I was really hungry and everything looked so good thar I started digging in before I snapped a pic. The food is presented beautifully.

    George Zoto: Great place with the best ramen 🍜 I've had in town. Highly recommended. Their mochi and red tea are also delicious 😀

    Chris Nicholson: Would have walked right past it if not for Google maps. Below street level. The staff is exceptional. Friendly attentive and make sure everything is the best it can be. Order a bunch of different things which range between solid to good to great. Pricing was pretty reasonable for D.C. as well. Would definitely stop in again.

    Zoe Rabago: Great spot for sushi/ramen/other Great price for the portion they give you Was seated fast with reservations Friendly staff Attentive server Good food

    15. Boru Ramen

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    Boru Ramen
    Location
    4.3
    Price/Quality
    4.4
    Service
    4.3
    Parking
    4.3
    Wifi quality
    4.3

    Address: 2915 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204

    Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

    Telephone: (703) 521-2811

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    Brenda: Boru Ramen has amazing ramen! The Crab Meat Ramen 🍜 dish was my favorite. It was very flavorful and I even added extra eggs, bamboo shoots and Nori. They added a good amount of seaweed to the seaweed salad 🥗 plus the Yakitori 🐙was really delicious. My boyfriend ended up getting a delicious Tan Tanmen ramen dish which was delicious with a spicy and flavorful broth. I appreciated the good service despite being the last two people who came in close to the kitchen closing. I’m definitely coming back!

    Tenny Kristiana: Went for dinner and it isn’t that packed. Nice interior. Ramen was okay, wouldn’t say my favorite but the service is so nice. For someone who doesn’t like sweet, I feel their bamboo shoot is too sweet

    occupy redskinspark: Party of six (2 adults & 4 kids) dine-in and we had a good time. We arrived shortly after 4 pm and there were plenty of seats and staff on shift. We ordered five ramens, one curry, and an extra yakisoba noodle dish for the table. The food was good. The service was good. No complaints. We found free street parking a block away on Columbia Pike.

    Verissa F: Parking in the back or side of the building. Prices reasonable. Not busy for a Thursday night and easily visible from the main street. Though it was a bit of a wait to get the check. Ordered 2 Tonkotsu and one Takoyaki. The order was mixed up but it was fine because my husband and I were able to add and switch some of the ingredients.

    Reishi J: The broth here is the best, not too salty and not too sweet in my pov. I have come here a couple times and most of the dishes here never let me down. The only thing is there is not too many meat slices. But overall i would recommend this ramen place!

    Priyank Shah: Had amazing vegetarian Ramen at Boru Ramen! For Vegetarians, recommend the Tofu-Edamame Ramen in Soy sauce broth. Stumbled upon them as were actually heading for Bangkok 54, their neighboring Thai place, but in the end decided to try them out, and so glad we did. Nice cozy place with good service, perfect ambience and was not overly busy on a Saturday evening. For fans of spicy food, be warned about the Fried Chili Oil that can be requested on the side to spice it up. It is Extremely Potent! We learned the hard way after pouring an extra dose of it, it literally set the dish on fire. A few drops is all it takes. Only thing that can be improved is probably some more vegetarian options in the appetizers, there is unfortunately nothing currently other than the basic Edamame.

    Alonzo Thompson: Very quick and friendly service. Had a hot bowl of Hokkaido Miso in under 10 minutes. It was perfect for a cold rainy night after work.

    Ashlee A: We ordered the Karedon as the appetizer and ramen to our liking. The Karedon was really good but there were many parts of it throughout that were freezing cold so I’m not sure of the heating process there. Our ramen was good! WARNING: Yheir chili oil is the real deal and NOT to be messed with. Our waitress said “oh, you like spicy huh” and boyyyy she did not tell me that was a different level of spice. I physically could not drink the broth or they would’ve been calling 911 for ya girl. I know better next time to just add a pinch haha. I always ordered some mochi to cool me down but they personally are not a favorite of mine.

    Urangoo Munkhbold: OMG! Best Ramen in area! Have been craving for Ramen but couldn’t find anything good. We got most popular bowls as our server recommended which were Tan tan men (a little spicy), and Tonkutsu Hakata. Pork comes with Tonkutsu was so so good! We would definitely come back and I’ll try the Yakisoba! Service was also perfect! Such a pretty place!

    Mr. R: Fair prices and tasty food. The spicy mixo ramen wasn't the best, but passable.

    16. Hatoba by Daikaya

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    Hatoba by Daikaya
    Location
    4.1
    Price/Quality
    4.1
    Service
    4.2
    Parking
    4.1
    Wifi quality
    4.1

    Address: 300 Tingey St SE #170, Washington, DC 20003

    Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

    Telephone: (202) 488-4800

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    Brandon Sousa: This was the worst service I’ve had in quite a while. Very confused, inattentIve, and they auto-grat everyone with a 22% service charge. There were, apparently, three servers for our table, but they didn’t clear plates or show up often, or ever take our menus away, or bring serving plates until we asked for them, or ask if we wanted more cocktails, or really pay much attention to us, though they were standing at the bar nearby. The food is mediocre, overcooked kebab, Mayo-soaked coconut shrimp. It wasn’t bad, but can’t imagine going again. A very nice space though, with good music, and the outdoor space looked like a good area for evening cocktails. The cocktails were reasonably good, if you can get one. Sweet, but enjoyable. Also prices for this restaurant are very reasonable for Navy Yard. You just don’t get much for it, and pay overmuch for bad service.

    Dondré: Hatoba is in a great area, the service here is great, our server Marvin was fantastic. He had some great suggestions as well as a great break down if the menu. All of the food on the menu sounds amazing so I'll definitely be going back to try some of the other options. The outdoor seating is plentiful, another plus.
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    Brenda Cosby: Came into Hatoba almost near the close of lunch. Ordered a poke bowl and WOW WOW WOW it was quite delicious and a superior portion size. We were lucky enough to meet Marvel, who owns/operates and chatted about music and travel and food. He was so approachable and friendly! I randomly talked about musubi and he had some freshly made! It was so amazing to eat such a great. I highly recommend eating here for a new cuisine you may have never tried or something that is delicious every time.
    Response: That is so good to hear! We appreciate you and look forward to seeing you on your next visit. Thank You very much!

    Marissa Gamache: This place is so amazing for happy hour! Great servers and yummy apps. Haven’t had their regular menu, but everything I have tried on the hh menu has been bomb for the price. Also, all day hh on Saturday and Sunday for drinks. People complain in reviews about portion size, but let’s be honest, you’re not at Applebees. For DC, this is a great spot.
    Response: Thank you! We appreciate you very much and look forward to seeing you again!!!

    DeVon Wiley: It was a rather cool afternoon when I walked into this place. The hostess made me glad I had when she gave me a seat right in front of the noodle brutes. Those miscreants that later assaulted my palate relentlessly and cealessly for fifteen straight minutes. Before they savaged me, I sat and watched as they worked in unison under the watchful eye of their captain. There was a newcomer there that day, doing a collaboration with the assailants. Their delicious yet devious conspiracies served them well that day. For as I left, there was a line forming. A line of people that would share my fate.
    Response: Love it!

    Bria Nicole: Average at best. Came in and it was empty. Said we could not be seated at tables due to reservations, so we opted for the bar instead. When we left plenty of tables were empty. Only one option for vegan ramen which was tomato curry. It didn’t have many noodles or toppings. A good spice. I enjoyed it tho although I wanted more noodles. The beef teri stick was good and is only enough for one person. A bit over priced the amount they give you.

    Inkmakeart TV: So we walked up and immediately was greeted by Will the manager which was amazing. Gave us a quick tour of the new restaurant and let us choose where to sit and we decided to go outside. Then we were greeted with water before the server Marvin came to introduce himself and get our drink order. Have to say this place is pretty amazing, modern and up to date. Ended up with the shoyu ramen and it was out less than 10 min after we ordered and it was pretty busy. Got a check back after the food came out as well to make sure everything was great. Definitely recommend this place if your looking for a Japanese ramen spot or even a little bit of Hawaiian food. We got the check and a little dairy free ice cream on the side and we have to say some of the best ice cream we have had since we started our vegan journey.
    Response: Thanks!!

    Lauren K: I’ll admit you guys hit a hot button today. The food was good - though I miss some of your old offerings. The service was efficient, friendly, and gracious. And yet I still left your restaurant with a terrible taste in my mouth. Why? I have a major objection to you adding automatic 22% gratuity for a small table at lunchtime (in an empty casual dining establishment where there was no such documented policy). I’m going to tip over 20% anyway and so will most people, especially during COVID. If you had a policy for doing this with larger parties or wrote a policy on your menu I would not object. I would have tipped at least 20% anyway because your staff did a good job. But including the tip without notice tells your customers you think they are cheap; over 22% takes away my ability to reward exceptional service (or puts the burden on me to renegotiate gratuity on my bill after the fact). I paid $75 for lunch - two bowls of soup, a watermelon appetizer, and a drink. If I wanted to save money I would have had a nice toasted sub at Potbelly across the street. Come on, guys. And if you need to do 22% to properly compensate your team it’s probably time to to raise your menu prices.

    Sam N.: Absolutely loved this place. We sat at the bar and got to interact with the cooks and see them do their magic. Really nice ambience, delicious food (my partner and I ordered the spicy red miso ramen) food value is amazing! Everyone was super friendly even though we went in the last hour of their closing time. Highly recommend this place.
    Response: Thank very much

    Sam Viola: super delicious desserts i got the butter mochi and haupia - only complaint is that they don't sell haupia by the gallon - also the decor was real cute

    17. Umaya Izakaya

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    Umaya Izakaya
    Location
    4
    Price/Quality
    3.9
    Service
    3.9
    Parking
    3.9
    Wifi quality
    3.9

    Address: 733 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM

    Telephone: (202) 290-3443

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    Vladimir Dasic: Terrible service. The server got annoyed that we have questions, dropped off food like it was a gas station employee working the register at 2am at night. Food came out randomly, all separate. No communication on when the rest is coming After we asked for the bill, we were ignored for 20 min before I had to stop him and hand over the card. The food is good! Small portions and a bit overpriced, so we went out to eat somewhere else after, since we were still hungry. It's worth noting that the other female server seemed really nice, so maybe this guy had a bad day, or something.

    K J: Food is ok, nothing special. The service can be greatly improved. The bar tender also serves as a waiter but wouldn't come to you for placing order nor providing the bill. No water was refilled during the whole dinner. You gotta call him or other waiters for doing anything. The females waiters there are pretty friendly so hope you good luck to have her as your waiter.

    Rachel Greathouse: Really enjoyed the large selection they had and fun cocktails. Skewer highlights were the duck and brussel sprouts! The pork belly and mackerel are always winners too. Croquettes were all very well done with distinctive flavors, but I wish there were different sauces between all 3 of those and the takoyaki. Overall great service and experience.
    Response: Thank you Rachel! We appreciate your feedback and we are super happy you enjoyed your visit with us. Don’t worry though we are constantly changing engineering our menu with different takes on Japanese cuisine. We hope to see you back soon. Best, Umaya Management

    Chanpen Tee: The broth is tasty the ramen noodles is soft and tender. The grilled menus are good too. The service is fast and friendly
    Response: Thank you for your feedback! We are glad you had a positive experience with our food and service and we hope to see you back soon. Stay Safe, Umaya Management

    Danny Boyd: Delicious and light, but filling. The Seafood Yakisoba was fantastic. Also had the Shrimp Shumi for an appetizer. Great service made it easy to do a work lunch since we didn't have to wait long.

    Norbert Powell: Great service. Not very busy. Good vegan options. I was really hungry so I got the beef yakisoba AND the short ribs. The yakisoba steamy, flavorful, and filling. It came on a huge plate and I added extra bok choy ( although I didn’t need to cause it already comes with a good amount). It came out piping hot which I loved. A healthy portion of vegetables and the sauce is delicious. After ordering my friend who is vegan decided to get the vegetable yakisoba. We found out that normally the sauce for the dish is made with chicken stock but my letting the chef know his dietary restrictions they were able to substitute for a plum sauce making the dish completely vegan. The short ribs were also very delicious. They came with a side of kimchi. The ribs were Japanese style so super chewy with that great umami flavor. Two negative thing ms about the visit was there was a lot of kids and babies crying during our visit. As well as a slightly funny smell in the restaurant. I would definitely go back despite those slight issues. Ps the lamb chop looked scrumptious. If you’re thinking about it. DO IT!

    Sandeep Wilkhu: Lunch was excellentDelicious ramen, noodles and roll. Service was good. Good food

    R. Michael Burns: When I lived in Japan, there were a couple of izakaya (basically, a Japanese bar and grill) that I visited often. They are great places for socializing and drinking while dining on a number of small, mostly salty dishes. Umaya wasn't EXACTLY that -- we caught them right at the end of their lunch time so it was kind of quiet, and the plates were a tad more expensive than you'd like for ordering lots of them to share. That being said, the food was the real thing. I had the kara-age (fried chicken) and the curry tonkatsu (breaded fried pork cutlet) and it was exactly what I would have expected in Japan. The kara-age was crispy and salty with a delicious savory sauce with just a hint of a gingery kick. The katsu was also crispy, the sauce loaded with that wonderful umami goodness, the curry mild (as Japanese curry usually is) but full of flavor. The portion sizes were fair, too, for the price, even if the value wasn't quite what you would get in your neighborhood izakaya in Japan. All in all, a very nice dining experience.

    Z W: This is a criminally underrated restaurant in DC! The sushi was presented well and was packed with flavor, without needing to dip every roll into soy sauce. We also tried some grilled entrees like sea bass and an entire squid. Everything was delicious and pairs well with a Japanese whiskey or cocktail. The atmosphere is spacious and you never feel like you're screaming at your friend across the table, during a dinner rush or otherwise.

    George Lerma: I originally came in for the Yakatori- little skewers of awesomeness barbecued over coals. I had the filet mignon, chicken hearts, oyster mushrooms and miso sea bass. All were cooked perfectly and seasoned nicely. I could have tried them all but it can get pricey. I ordered the poke bowl to go (pictured) for later at my hotel and that was loaded pretty well. It was nice to have a variety of fish in it as well.

    18. Gaijin Ramen Shop

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    Gaijin Ramen Shop
    Location
    4.3
    Price/Quality
    4.4
    Service
    4.3
    Parking
    4.3
    Wifi quality
    4.3

    Address: 3800 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22207

    Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM

    Telephone: (703) 566-9236

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    Ashley Mattiello: Stopped here to have dinner on our way back to MD and the ramen was one of the best we've ever had. My child and I both had the tonkotsu ramen only exception was I had spicy version and my child did not. I also got the kimchi which was fantastic. The staff was very polite. Food was a reasonable price. Everything was delicious. Definitely would recommend this place to others and will return next time we're in VA.
    Response: Thank you so much for stopping by! We appreciate your business very much and this good review.

    Vu Tran: We we craving for ramen and came here. The ramen soup was just right and not salty like other places. Customer service was excellent. The two gentlemen that were there served us and they were super friendly. Aside from the ramen soup, we also ordered the spicy chicken buns and man they were so delicious. We ended up ordering two more spicy chicken bun orders. 💪
    Response: Thanks so much for your business and we appreciate the review very much!

    Benjamin W.: Good ramen that won't break the bank. Very fast service. Interior could use a bit of TLC. One third of the lobby is taken up with kitchen supplies. I like that they carry uncommon foreign beer, such as Sapporo black. I'd go here more often if I lived closer.

    Michael Welch: Surprisingly it was delicious. My fiancee's son wanted to go there we actually drove an hour and a 1/2 to get there. It was delicious!!!
    Response: Thanks for your review! Why surprisingly? Haha! We were voted the "best ramen" in Arlington by Arlington Magazine readers. :) We appreciate your business and hope to see you again.

    Joseph Comfort: Underwhelming at very best. “Out” of ingredients included on the menu item were not noted. “Ramen” garnished with scallions, sesame seeds and commercial fried garlic is NOT ramen it’s a piss-take. When called with a complaint, no solution was given - a stone wall of excuses was presented. Many other choices that are legit - Manekanieko or Kizuna offer a properly garnished and delicious bowl for the same price as this place’s “basic” and “customizable” bowl of misery. Enjoy the deeper reviews where the owner makes the complainants wrong - classy. Washingtonian “cheap eats” gets it all wrong. Hard pass - you were warned! Below are pics of part of our $60 take-out of shame.

    Dana M: Ordered on Uber eats: edamame, vegetable gyoza, gaijin garlic ramen, and tonkotsu ramen. Food arrived hot and fresh, the broth is amazing, gaijin original spicy paste is SO good and flavorful and also very very spicy. Highly recommend this place, I would dine in/order again.

    A P.: $14 for instant ramen. No egg included. Noodles are cheap quality, tasteless. Very disappointing quality for price. Many good reviews seem to have had different experience, but this was shocking.

    Aracely: Tonkosut Ramen and Boba tea was so good 👌

    Bob Laigo: Came to try this place out after seeing a friend post about it. Tried their Gaijin Garlic. I'd say it was good but definitely not the best ramen out there. The broth was delicious, I feel like it should be served hotter though. Place was okay. Service was good, got seated and served pretty fast. Parking can be challenging. There is a small lot behind the building but I can see where this might be a problem if it was a busier time of the day/week. Also just be careful of you're planning to visit on snowy/really cold days. The sidewalk of the building was untreated. Hopefully this was just today.

    Jason Janora: I get the tonkotsu/spicy tonkotsu every time i come here and it is spectacular! Add in pork belly and you’re set. That stuff is to die for. A rare 5 stars from me.

    19. ZAO Stamina Ramen

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    ZAO Stamina Ramen
    Location
    4.4
    Price/Quality
    4.4
    Service
    4.5
    Parking
    4.4
    Wifi quality
    4.4

    Address: 7345 Wisconsin Ave unit B, Bethesda, MD 20814

    Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

    Telephone: (301) 312-8399

    Guy: Ramen restaurant



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    M. Marzulla: Delicious ramen spot in Bethesda. Had the Tokyo Tonkotsu which was excellent, tried the Tom Yum which was equally delicious. Service was quick and friendly and it was super easy ordering through your phone when dining in.
    Response: Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a review! We are very glad that you enjoyed our ramen and service. Can't wait to see you again :)

    Jasraj Singh: Awesome staff and amazing ramen. I ordered the first ramen which was very spicy but delicious. Added pork butt and corn as well. Will definitely be back. Served with tons of flavor and extra care.
    Response: Thank you Jasraj for stopping by! It was great seeing you two the other day. We always can adjust the spice levels on both our Stamina and Gekikara Stamina. Can’t wait to see you guys again :)

    Bryan J: Pretty decent ramen, albeit different. Not sure just yet if I think that’s a good different or a bad different. They use chicken stock for the majority of their broth, which is lighter. I think I can appreciate it for what it is, not as hardy as pork broth. Personally makes it a bit confusing for me in terms of taste, tastes more Chinese than it does Japanese. I did like their choice of noodles. Chewy and tastier than some of the other ramen bowls I’ve had in the area. I’m definitely not feeling the cha shu that they plopped in there. Tastes boiled, not roasted!! They really should reconsider that presentation, chewy rubbery pork fat is not appealing. Will be coming back to try some of the other bowls. (FYI I had the Stamina bowl)
    Response: Thank you for leaving a review Bryan! If you do prefer something porky, we recommend our Tokyo Tonkotsu Ramen. It comes with pork broth and the Pork Belly Chashu you're looking for. If you want to add some spice, you are welcome to do so as well. Sorry if our menu didn't inform you enough, but our Stamina comes with thin sliced pork belly which is different from our Pork Belly Chashu, but you always can substitute with it if you prefer. Our recipe is passed on from an old fashioned ramen shop in Tokyo, which explains why majority of our ramen are chicken broth based (Tonkotsu is originally a regional thing in ramen industry) Hopefully we can make your ramen experience better next time. Thank you again :)

    Takahiro Kinoshita: Rising star for Ramen in the DMV! Overall staying true to the original Japanese roots of having subtle broth flavors and great toppings.Got to try their tsukemen most recently and the broth was so good I ordered a second serving of noodles!
    Response: Thank you so much for stopping by!! Hopefully see you soon again :)

    Kenji Nagayoshi: The service was very attentive and friendly, and the atmosphere was great. However, I was slightly disappointed with the Shoyu Ramen that I ordered. It didn’t have a lot of flavor, and it had a little too much oil in the soup. Nevertheless, it is still a great ramen restaurant, and I would love to visit again and perhaps try their Stamina Ramen.
    Response: Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment Kenji. We will keep on improving, hopefully you will have a better experience with us next time!

    Lotte Wiley: This restaurant, with its delightful atmosphere and attentive staff, could’ve been an absolute gold mine if the food had been held to as high a standard. The food wasn’t bad. I didn’t regret coming here but I won’t be back. The appetizers we got were fine. The karaage were flavorful and crispy but the chicken was slightly underdone for our tastes. The pork bun had light and fluffy buns but was over drenched in a yummy yuzu mayo. It would have better balanced with less Mayo and perhaps some rice vinegar pickled vegetables. The real weakness was the ramen. The miso ramen tasted like a slightly boring chicken noodle soup. There was no complexity in the stock and the chashu was flavorless. I struggled to even taste the miso. The highlight of lunch, not counting the staff and atmosphere, was the mazesoba. While still lacking a truly interesting taste, the spice helped elevate the stock-less noddles above the rest of the meal. The meal we had wasn’t bad, it just tasted as if every short cut that could be taken had been.
    Response: Thank you so much for leaving review. We will go over with our recipe and menu so that we can make things better.

    Eric: Sad to say, but only slightly better than packet ramen. We ordered a stamina ramen and shoyu ramen. Was pretty excited when the bowls hit the table but unfortunately appearances completely bely taste. There was a distinct absence of flavor in both - a sprinkling of "ajinomoto" (aka MSG) would have helped a bit. Weirdly, I've never had pork that was this bland anywhere and the egg was quite undercooked. Both broths were weak and watery. If Ren's Ramen (Wheaton) is a 10 and Jinya (Rockville pike) is an 8, this is probably a 4. I hope they get better.
    Response: Sorry Eric for the experience you had. We will look through our menus and routines so that we can make some improvement. Thank you for your review!

    Isabelle Ku: June 2021 Decent ramen, though too expensive for the quality and quantity. The staff were very nice when we picked up the food, if surprised that we knew what we wanted for dinner in advance (we had placed the order about 5 hours before). Note none of the staff were wearing masks when we picked up our food. They have an interesting (and sorta annoying) way of packing ramen for takeout. One order is placed in a bucket (you COULD call it a bowl, but I don't) with the soup in the bottom and everything else in a separate tray on top. The top tray basically hangs above the soup, and yes, the bottom of the tray does get splashed with soup as you move the bucket. You can eat your ramen in the bucket, but I would advise against it. The bucket is tall and the opening is relatively narrow, so it's awkward to reach into the bucket for the noodles and soup. We got the Miso ramen and the Stamina ramen. The miso was ok if a bit salty. The stamina was also fine (and very spicy). Both were decent, but not really worth $14. Plus the small portion size, and I would say the price should have been less than $10. In all, will most likely not come again.
    Response: Sorry about the experience you had. We will make things better for your next to go order.

    Soraya H: Great service and delicious ramen, they have three vegan options which was a pleasant surprise. Great for a casual bite.

    Htoo Myat: I have been to a few ramen place around DMV area but this is the first time I ran into tom yum ramen, personally. I always loved tom yum soup and loved ramen so I decided to try it. There was a pouring rain outside and I thought it'd be fitting. I also added some pork belly and an egg as add-ons. That was probably one of the best ramens I've tried. The place is located right near Bethesda station, easy to get to. It has a warm atmosphere, you can see the chefs working in the kitchen and and a cool place just to chill with your friends. If you're in MD/Bethesda area, this place is probably worth a try. It has great ramen and decent appetizers. Now, it's 5 stars because I loved the food but there are things I wished they had. One thing I really wish offered was shrimp tempura and perhaps we seafood kinda options. Also the teas offered in menu aren't hot versions of those teas. They're bottled japanese teas. I was told that they're acquiring alcohol license and a bar is coming up though.
    Response: Thank you Htoo!

    20. Oishii Ramen Cafe

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    Oishii Ramen Cafe
    Location
    4.6
    Price/Quality
    4.5
    Service
    4.5
    Parking
    4.5
    Wifi quality
    4.5

    Address: 4901 Fairmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

    Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM

    Telephone: (240) 956-4156

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    Aramis Penland: I would rank Oishii right behind Menya Hosaki and Oki Bowl in terms of best Japanese ramen/soup spots in the DMV. Yep, it's that good! Not only do some offerings hit peak level deliciousness (and that isn't just the ramens, but some of the BEST BOBA out there), but the sheer creativity in the menu will keep me coming back over and over again. Dish/drink ratings below: 1) Tarantula Ramen (5/5) - Sometimes, when you throw a variety of cool sounding ingredients together, it doesn't work, so when I saw soft shell crab tempura + shrimp + squid, I was a bit skeptical. But wow does this all go together! The lobster broth gives such a warming feeling with its smoothness and subtle spiciness. And the addition of fresh chunks of mushroom are a perfect compliment. It's hard not to compare this ramen to Oki Bowl's soft shell crab offering, which is cheaper and gives you a bigger portion of crab, though I think I'd rate this slightly higher overall due to the broth and other ingredients that work in such harmony. 2) Volcano Ramen (2/5) - Even though Oishii is unquestionably 5 stars, this was a big miss. Not only did none of the ingredients go together, but the broth itself was unpleasant to the taste. I had never tried pork bulgogi in a ramen, and it just didn't taste of high quality nor pair with the broth or noodles at all. 3) Tidal Special Drink (5/5) - Within the context that BOBA IS MY HAPPY PLACE, this was one of the best ones I have EVER had. $8.99 might seem hefty, but there is a lot of ube, a lot of fresh mango, and a lot of pudding in this, all of which was scrumptious. Trust me, you get your money's worth, and each of the ingredients is separated in a way that you can taste them distinctly, or mix together at your discretion (choose your own adventure!). SO FREAKING GOOD. 4) Tsunami Special Drink (4.5/5) - With tons of strawberry, pink boba, and cheese mousse, it's kind of like drinking a strawberry cheesecake if you dropped it in the Quantum Realm! It's super sweet in a good way, and the only reason I didn't give it a 5 is because of a bit too much cheese mousse vs. actual drink ratio. My only small gripe with Oishii is the prices feel just a bit too high. $19.99 for some ramens, even if they have unique ingredients, is a bit much, and its hard not to look at Menya Hosaki and Oki Bowl and feel like the prices should be more comparable (as in lower). That being said, Oishii is amazing overall, and I can't wait to come back to try the other ramens (such as the ribeye steak) and drinks (basically every single one on the special menu).

    Max K: This is a SOLID ramen place. Everything was on point. Springy, chewy noodles, savory broth, great toppings. Their takoyaki was also great! Prices are alright as well (though they do charge $4.99 for hot tea... )

    D'Atra Montgomery: Definitely will go back and try their specialty ramen bowls. The gyozas and buns are good, but a bit pricey and i believe they could be better ( I must admit I’ve tried A LOT of different gyozas and buns from several places.. so my judgement may be flawed) I also got the spicy Tonkotsu. I wish it was spicer, but nice portion size. Hands down though, I had a great experience with customer service. Knowledgeable staff and very friendly. I stopped by for lunch on a Tuesday, so that could have played a factor in it. So, if you’re in the mood for ramen and in downtown Bethesda, try Oishii!

    Isabelle Ku: Dec 2021 We ordered online for takeout ramen and bubble tea. Good food, good service, but the prices are a little too expensive for me. The place is rather small, with a few tables and a bar along the front window. Note there are only high chairs. I think there's outdoor seating, but I can't remember. All the staff wore masks. Interesting details on the packaging. First, they stored the drinks in the fridge while waiting for us to come pick them up. So the cold drinks are separate from the hot soups. They also put cardboard on the bottom of both the drink and ramen bags; helps stabilize them and reduces the likelihood of tipping over. The ramen were packaged in that two compartment bowl thing, where the noodles and other ingredients are in a separate, smaller, compartment of a big bowl that has the soup. When you're ready to eat, you just dump everything from the smaller compartment into the big bowl. It's a neat way to keep the ingredients from getting soggy, but I still feel like the overall bowl is too high and narrow. Makes it a bit awkward to eat. Also note the bottom of the small compartment may be wet from splashing soup. We got the Oishii and Tsuke ramen. Both were very good with good portions of meat. Interestingly, the Oishii ramen had thinner noodles (what you usually think of when it comes to ramen) while the Tsuke ramen had wider noodles. The soup was delicious, flavorful, and not too salty. However, I'm not sure if they were really worth $16-20. The drinks were also very good. The Taro Milk Tea had lots of taro flavor, but that also could have been the taro smash topping. Note if you get the smash topping, you may have to do some shaking to blend it into the drink. The special Tsunami drink had lots of mango and strawberry flavor. I'm honestly not sure what the cheese mouse is, maybe cream? Note the puree toppings do include fruit chunks. Overall, excellent food and service. But the prices mean I'm more likely to come back for the drinks than the ramen.

    Li Ju: Ordered 2 special soup ramen noodles, one is like Tom yum soup another chicken noodles is way too salty and I am not able to eat it… another dish octopus balls is fine. Very disappointed , service is just okay and average ☹️ will not come back again

    Bryan J: Pretty solid ramen spot! Walked in on a Saturday at 1 pm, immediately noticed how clean the place was. Prices are a touch higher than I’d expect, but I guess that comes with the location. Ordered spicy tonkotsu ramen and pork gyoza. Gyoza felt overpriced for the quantity, I’ll be honest. The ramen was pretty delicious! Not too spicy, and the cha shu was roasted well. The broth was heavy on the roasted garlic, and the noodles were wonderfully chewy. The shining star though was the soft boiled egg in the ramen. Best I’ve ever had, seriously. It had a slightly sweet note to it that was surprising! The place filled up (its a tiny spot), and had to wait about 25 mins for my food. Just keep that in mind. Might want to stop by on an off hour.

    tim lowery: If you're craving ramen this place is delicious! I had the tonkotsu. It came out fast and hot! The staff is friendly and it's a nice little place. There isn't a lot of seating inside so it might be hard to find a seat at busy times! Will definitely be back!

    JennyLovesGogi 제럽고 (제니럽스고기): I ordered spicy donkotsu ramen and tsukemen! Felt like I were in Osaka, Japan.The host was friendly and helpful. I would go there again, soon❤️

    Edward A. Cook: True Japanese ramen here! Check out my ramen reviews. I know ramen and this my friends, is a rich, creamy bowl of spicy ramen (spicy tonkatsu) . I'm thinking about getting seconds! I will be back

    Rachel Oswald: Coming from Los Angeles, I’d say I’m pretty spoiled when it comes to ramen. Oishii was easily as good if not better than most of the restaurants I’ve eaten at in LA! The ramen was delicious (I devoured it before I could snap a good photo) and the boba was also quite tasty. The staff were very friendly, sweet, and accommodating as well. I will be coming back and I recommend others visit here too to show this new and excellent business some support!! :) Edited to add a photo of ramen from another visit