Check Out 10 Best Ramen Joints in Los Angeles

The city of angels holds a myriad of cultures, making it a major attraction for unique tastes. Be it from the desi flavors, to the Mexican fiery burritos, or the fresh Mediterranean salads, this city has it all; not to mention some delicious ramen joints. For an exquisite ramen eating experience that perfects the broth and the noodles to the core, make sure to head to these top ten Ramen in Los Angeles.

1. Ramen by Omae

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If you’re looking for a ramen joint not too far into the outskirts of the city, head to Ramen by Omae, located smack dab in the middle of Sherman Oaks mall. Though a modest interior, the restaurant’s larger than life menu makes up for it. This includes seven basic ramens, over ten additional toppings, three fried rice options, nine appetizers, ten sushi rolls just to name a few of the goodies! Between the two most popular kinds of ramen, the pork broth is thick and creamy as opposed to the slightly more liquid chicken broth.  But wait there’s more! You’ll also find a ramen burger or a juicy beef patty stuffed between two flat burgers made out of noodles. Extra points also go to the tender chicken wings, moist dumplings, and edamame prepared with so much care.

Average cost for two: $22-60 (Rs. 1500-2000)
Address: 14425 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

2. Tsujita LA Artisan Noodles

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Super fast service and equally delicious ramen variety are what you’re asking for at the Tsujita LA Artisan Noodles! Located in the corner of Japantown, the long lines that move surprisingly fast will be your giveaway. All the hype that one may hear about this place definitely is true. An unbelievably brilliant twist of flavors along with just the perfect consistency of broth is what you will find in the ramen. The super specials include the Spicy Tuna Don and the Char Siu Tsukemen. What stands out is the dipping broth with a boiled egg submerged in it making the meal far more enjoyable.

Average cost for two: $22-60 (Rs. 1500-2000)
Address: Edit
2057 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Sawtelle

3. Daikokuya

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A veteran in the ramen game for ages now is the infamous little ramen shop wedged in the corner of Japantown. This Ramen joint in Los Angeles remains crowded, as the lines keep getting longer over the years.  While waiters shout long and complex orders in Japanese, you enjoy a piping hot bowl of standard ramen. The flavors are quite ordinary yet it’s the old-school charm that makes it a crowd favorite. Chewy noodles submerged in rich and creamy broth is an absolute delight peppered with condiments such as garlic and ginger for that additional kick.

Average cost for two: $22-60 (Rs. 1500-2000)
Address: 327 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Little Tokyo, Downtown

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4. Men Oh Tokushima

So it’s said that this place gets a lot of comparisons to Daikokuya, especially when it comes to their stir-fried pork flavored broth. Modeled after a modern Japanese style sports bar, this place has been the talk of the town since 2012. The spicy tonkotsu, shoyu, and vegetable ramen are the specialties where you just can’t go wrong. The toppings remain as authentic as they can be with the perfectly cooked soft egg, chashu, stir-fried pork belly and even menma (bamboo shoots). A must-try!

Average cost for two: $22-60 (Rs. 1500-2000)
Address: 456 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Little Tokyo, Downtown

5. Tsujita Annex

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Need an udon fix? Head to the Tsujita Annex. With over ten different Udon bowls, such as tempura, beef, tofu, and even a few soupless bowls, this joint does not disappoint! This place also experiments with its condiments replacing the standard ginger and garlic with toppings like the hot mustard leaf and sesame seeds. The Jiro-styled ramen in Los Angeles is your best bet to experience the authentic flavors of ramen found in Tokyo. Another specialty is the Tsukemen ramen, complete with the richest broth found in all of LA! The perfectly soft-cooked egg is an added bonus for sure.

Average cost for two: $22-60 (Rs. 1500-2000)
Address: 2050 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Sawtelle

6. Shin-Sen Gumi

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The Shin-Sen Gumi never gets old and stands as a revolutionary ramen joint in the town of Los Angeles. A relatively long wait on a weekend makes it all worth it after the delicious bowl of spicy ramen is placed right in front of you. Customize your bowl to give it your personal spin. You can decide anything from the strength of the broth to the consistency of the noodles to the variety of toppings. Go wild!

Average cost for two: $22-60 (Rs. 1500-2000)
Address: 132 S Central Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Little Tokyo, Downtown

7. Silver Lake Ramen

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Another place that scores the perfect combination of creamy broth with chewy noodles is the Silver Lake Ramen. Quite quaint in location and relatively small in size, their power packed menu is one that will win you over. The spicy tonkotsu ramen is the star of the show, packing a multitude of pungent flavors in one bowl. You get to choose to eat it with pork, chicken, or tofu (for all the vegetarians out there). If you’re on the daring side, you can choose to kick up the spiciness as well. But do make sure to stand in line early on to get your spot!

Average cost for two: $22-60 (Rs. 1500-2000)
Address: 2927 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Silver Lake

8. Santouka

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Change it up a little bit by venturing into this food court ramen shop at the Mitsuwa Marketplace. With some wonderful combo options, you’re set for an incredibly satisfying ramen meal both for the taste buds and your pocket. Some of the popular ramen meals include the Shio and Shoyu ramen, with perfect consistency and saltiness. You can get a side of ikura don (salmon and rice) or chashu don (stewed pork with rice). Make sure to get here early though to beat the crowd.

Average cost for two: Under $10 (Under $650)
Address: 3760 S Centinela Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Mar Vista

9. Asa Ramen

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A bit hard to recognize, this small shop complete with foreign characters plastered up front, makes it to our list of favorites simply because it’s amazing. The kotteri shoyu ramen with its rich array of flavors and thick broth does wonder. This place also makes it to our fav list due to its high quality of ingredients prepared with utmost delicacy and authenticity. And it’s been a crowd favorite since 2007!

Average cost for two: Under $10 (Under $650)
Address: 1120 S State St
Orem, UT 84097

10. Tatsu Ramen

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Go high tech with this ‘oh so fancy’ ramen restaurant complete with iPads to place an order! The ambiance really goes with the super futuristic vibe theme. Fun and quirky shapes fill up the ceiling as cool retro music plays in the background. The unique creations include the Cheeky Ramen and the Hippie Ramen that are both renowned for the vegan broth. You can customize the bowls here as well, even for the non-veg folks! The overall experience of both food and ambiance is a win!

Average cost for two: $22-60 (Rs. 1500-2000)
Address: 2123 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

If you need to satisfy those ramen cravings, these are the places you need to head to. You can thank us later.

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