The Best Ramen Restaurants in Southern California


Southern California offers visitors sunny weather and tasty cuisine from around the world. Try a tasty ramen noodle dish while visiting the Southland. The best ramen in Southern California features a combination of traditional and innovative cooking techniques. Ramen traditionalists and novice diners alike will enjoy slurping up a bowl prepared by acclaimed chefs.

Tajima Japanese Noodle House

  • Tajima Japanese Noodle House, in San Diego, offers an assortment of noodle styles and palate-pleasing flavors. The restaurant is known for its affordable ramen dishes like the Kakuni ramen, made with a pork broth, and the spicy curry ramen. Patrons can dine on innovative udon, flour noodle, and soba, buckwheat noodle, dishes that are served hot or cold. The casual décor includes a few floral arrangements and contemporary wooden furniture. According to The Daily Aztec, Tajima Japanese Noodle House has a discounted Ramen night Thursday through Saturday.

    Tajima Japanese Noodle House
    4681 Convoy St.
    San Diego, CA 92111

Umemura Ramen

  • There are over 20 types of ramen on the menu at Umemura Ramen in Gardena. The restaurant is located in a Spanish-style building with large arched windows. A popular menu item is the Tan Men ramen served in a pork and vegetable miso soup. The dishes at Umemura come in large portions, and the chefs do not skimp on the meat. The Chashumen ramen dish has a soy sauce broth and large slices of pork placed over thick, wavy noodles. Umemura Ramen is a cash-only restaurant.

    Umemura Ramen
    1724 W. Redondo Beach Blvd.
    Gardena, CA 90247


  • Daikokuya is a ramen favorite in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo. LA Weekly awarded Daikokuya for having the Best Ramen in Los Angeles in 2008. The small restaurant has cozy booth and counter seating by an open kitchen. The pork-based broth for their ramen is marinated overnight in a secret sauce. The cold Tsukemen ramen comes with the broth on the side. Daikokya also has crisp gyoza dumplings, and sushi and bento box combos. There is usually a short wait during dinner time at Daikokuya.

    327 E. First St.
    Los Angeles, CA 90012

Ebisu Restaurant

  • Ebisu is a hidden gem located in the Ebisu Marketplace in Fountain Valley. This ramen restaurant has counter seating and very sleek décor. The menu features Japanese Kimchee ramen, soba and indulgent Japanese desserts. Patrons can select the firmness of their noodles, and the ramen comes topped with scallions. Another menu highlight is Ebisu's savory Okonomiyaki pancake topped with cabbage. Ebisu is open seven days a week and has been featured in the OC Weekly.

    Ebisu Restaurant
    18924 A Brookhurst St.
    Fountain Valley, CA 92708

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