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Kizuki Ramen and Izakaya serves some of the area’s best tonkotsu.
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Where to Get Some of the Best Ramen in the Seattle Area

Many places now offer kits to go

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Kizuki Ramen and Izakaya serves some of the area’s best tonkotsu.
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Ramen’s popularity has skyrocketed in Seattle in recent years. During the pandemic, the dish hasn’t always made for an obvious takeout choice, but many of the best restaurants around town offer to-go kits, separating the silky noodles from the broth and other accompaniments, which helps the ramen hold up better in transit. Even with the weather getting warmer, these bowls of comfort always hit the spot, listed from north to south.

All places listed offer takeout, but a number of Seattle restaurants have resumed indoor and outdoor dining as well. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the King County’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Midnite Ramen

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1144 NW 52nd St
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 659-0082
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This roving operation from veteran chef Elmer Komagata — once praised by renowned food writer Ruth Reichl for his work in LA — regularly appears at Obec and other breweries in north Seattle (diners should keep an eye on the official website for dates and locations. The broths are lighter here than at other places around town, with influences from the Japanese yatai tradition. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience from a true master of the craft.

A man wearing a white head scarf enters a small mobile food cart with red flags displaying Japanese characters and an orange glowing paper lantern out front.
Elmer Komagata brings practices from the Japanese yatai to Seattle.
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2. Yoroshiku Japanese Restaurant

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1913 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 547-4649
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Shoyu and shio are both solid here, but the true star is miso ramen, with its excellent depth of earthy flavor. Yoroshiku has some of the fattiest pork of all the area’s ramen restaurants — so good that it’s worth an upgrade to extra chashu. The offshoot Yoroshiku East (in Bellevue) features the basic ramen menu plus the dipping style known as tsukemen. Open for takeout, limited dine-in, and delivery via Grubhub, Uber Eats, and Doordash.

3. Jinya Ramen Bar

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15600 NE 8th St
Bellevue, WA 98008
(425) 590-9548
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Jinya is a Japanese-based restaurant that found success in Los Angeles before spreading throughout North America. The menu has a couple of varieties of tonkotsu preparation: tonkotsu red has thick noodles, while tonkotsu black bursts with garlicky flavor, and the chashu pork is some of the best around. Open for takeout with online preordering and delivery through Postmates.

A red bowl of tonkotsu spicy ramen with pork.
Tonkotsu spicy ramen
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4. Ramen Danbo

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1222 E Pine St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 566-5479
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Ramen Danbo serves Hakata-style tonkotosu ramen, available in shio, miso, and negi-goma (scallion and toasted sesame) options. Diners can specify noodle thickness and firmness, thickness of broth, amount of lard, and amount of spicy sauce. Diners can order takeout via phone, and delivery is available via Uber Eats, GrubHub, or Chowbus, plus there’s limited indoor seating.

A bowl of tonkotsu ramen with pork, egg, and scallions, and a pair of chopsticks lifting up noodles.
Classic tonkotsu ramen
Jay Friedman/Eater Seattle

5. Menya Musashi

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1510 Belmont Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 257-4289
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This 24 year-old Japanese chain has a Capitol Hill outpost, which is open for takeout kits and delivery via GrubHub. It has built a reputation over the years for both its basic ramen and excellent tsukemen, which comes in five different varieties and has an array of customizable toppings. There are also beer and sake options to go, and limited dine-in service.

6. Ooink

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1416 Harvard Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 568-7669
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Ooink references chef-owner Chong Boon Ooi’s name and his signature silky pork broth, though he doesn't call it tonkotsu. This inconspicuous spot is serving some of Seattle’s best ramen, rich and wonderful from the variety of tares and two types of noodles made on-site. Customers can order takeout kits here, delivery through Doordash, and there’s limited onsite dining.

Shoyu pork ramen in a white and blue bowl topped with egg.
Shoyu silky pork ramen
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7. Betsutenjin

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954 E Union St Ste 102
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 849-2567
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Though it's dairy-free, the pork bone broth at Capitol Hill’s Betsutenjin is milky and silky. It’s quite the canvas upon which to lay down a delicious custom bowl of ramen. Even better is the prawn miso ramen, with a limited number of bowls served daily. Open for takeout, limited onsite dining, and delivery through Doordash, Postmates, and Uber Eats.

A bowl of ramen in a black bowl with crispy onions, corn, seaweed.
Prawn miso ramen
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8. Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

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103 Bellevue Way NE Ste 3
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 462-0141
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After opening several outlets in Japanese supermarkets in the United States and Canada, Santouka debuted its first free-standing American restaurant in Bellevue in 2014, and has now expanded to University Village as well. This Japanese import serves up high-quality tonkotsu ramen with wavy noodles to catch more of the slurp. Open for takeout, limited onsite dining, and delivery via Grubhub, Uber Eats, and Doordash.

A white bowl with tonoktsu shio ramen and chopsticks lifting noodles.
Tonkotsu shio ramen
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9. Kizuki Ramen and Izakaya

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4203 SW Alaska St
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 420-3831
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The restaurant formerly known as Kukai is a chain from Japan that opened in Bellevue in 2012 and is spreading quickly throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond, with Seattle-area locations in Northgate, Capitol Hill, West Seattle, and Bellevue. The garlic tonkotsu shoyu is good, and even better is the yuzu shio with a light broth that achieves a nice balance of salt and Japanese citrus. Open for takeout, limited dine-in, and delivery via Postmates, Uber Eats, and Grubhub.

A white bowl of yuzu-shio ramen with greens and pork.
Yuzu-shio ramen
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10. Arashi Ramen

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17045 Southcenter Pkwy
Tukwila, WA 98188
(253) 220-8722
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Founded in Tukwila and expanded to Ballard, Arashi focuses on the tonkotsu ramen associated with Kyushu, though the restaurant's chef is from Kyoto. The porky broth is available in shio (salt), shoyu (soy sauce), miso, and spicy miso varieties, with black garlic as a good twist on the tonkotsu miso option. Open for takeout, limited dine-in, and delivery via Postmates, Uber Eats, and Chownow.

A black bowl filled with black ramen, topped with pork and and egg.
Black garlic (salt-based) ramen
Jay Friedman/Eater Seattle

1. Midnite Ramen

1144 NW 52nd St, Seattle, WA 98107
A man wearing a white head scarf enters a small mobile food cart with red flags displaying Japanese characters and an orange glowing paper lantern out front.
Elmer Komagata brings practices from the Japanese yatai to Seattle.
Suzi Pratt

This roving operation from veteran chef Elmer Komagata — once praised by renowned food writer Ruth Reichl for his work in LA — regularly appears at Obec and other breweries in north Seattle (diners should keep an eye on the official website for dates and locations. The broths are lighter here than at other places around town, with influences from the Japanese yatai tradition. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience from a true master of the craft.

1144 NW 52nd St
Seattle, WA 98107

2. Yoroshiku Japanese Restaurant

1913 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Shoyu and shio are both solid here, but the true star is miso ramen, with its excellent depth of earthy flavor. Yoroshiku has some of the fattiest pork of all the area’s ramen restaurants — so good that it’s worth an upgrade to extra chashu. The offshoot Yoroshiku East (in Bellevue) features the basic ramen menu plus the dipping style known as tsukemen. Open for takeout, limited dine-in, and delivery via Grubhub, Uber Eats, and Doordash.

1913 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103

3. Jinya Ramen Bar

15600 NE 8th St, Bellevue, WA 98008
A red bowl of tonkotsu spicy ramen with pork.
Tonkotsu spicy ramen
Jay Friedman/Eater Seattle

Jinya is a Japanese-based restaurant that found success in Los Angeles before spreading throughout North America. The menu has a couple of varieties of tonkotsu preparation: tonkotsu red has thick noodles, while tonkotsu black bursts with garlicky flavor, and the chashu pork is some of the best around. Open for takeout with online preordering and delivery through Postmates.

15600 NE 8th St
Bellevue, WA 98008

4. Ramen Danbo

1222 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122
A bowl of tonkotsu ramen with pork, egg, and scallions, and a pair of chopsticks lifting up noodles.
Classic tonkotsu ramen
Jay Friedman/Eater Seattle

Ramen Danbo serves Hakata-style tonkotosu ramen, available in shio, miso, and negi-goma (scallion and toasted sesame) options. Diners can specify noodle thickness and firmness, thickness of broth, amount of lard, and amount of spicy sauce. Diners can order takeout via phone, and delivery is available via Uber Eats, GrubHub, or Chowbus, plus there’s limited indoor seating.

1222 E Pine St
Seattle, WA 98122

5. Menya Musashi

1510 Belmont Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

This 24 year-old Japanese chain has a Capitol Hill outpost, which is open for takeout kits and delivery via GrubHub. It has built a reputation over the years for both its basic ramen and excellent tsukemen, which comes in five different varieties and has an array of customizable toppings. There are also beer and sake options to go, and limited dine-in service.

1510 Belmont Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

6. Ooink

1416 Harvard Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Shoyu pork ramen in a white and blue bowl topped with egg.
Shoyu silky pork ramen
Jay Friedman/Eater Seattle

Ooink references chef-owner Chong Boon Ooi’s name and his signature silky pork broth, though he doesn't call it tonkotsu. This inconspicuous spot is serving some of Seattle’s best ramen, rich and wonderful from the variety of tares and two types of noodles made on-site. Customers can order takeout kits here, delivery through Doordash, and there’s limited onsite dining.

1416 Harvard Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

7. Betsutenjin

954 E Union St Ste 102, Seattle, WA 98122
A bowl of ramen in a black bowl with crispy onions, corn, seaweed.
Prawn miso ramen
Jay Friedman/Eater Seattle

Though it's dairy-free, the pork bone broth at Capitol Hill’s Betsutenjin is milky and silky. It’s quite the canvas upon which to lay down a delicious custom bowl of ramen. Even better is the prawn miso ramen, with a limited number of bowls served daily. Open for takeout, limited onsite dining, and delivery through Doordash, Postmates, and Uber Eats.

954 E Union St Ste 102
Seattle, WA 98122

8. Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

103 Bellevue Way NE Ste 3, Bellevue, WA 98004
A white bowl with tonoktsu shio ramen and chopsticks lifting noodles.
Tonkotsu shio ramen
Jay Friedman/Eater Seattle

After opening several outlets in Japanese supermarkets in the United States and Canada, Santouka debuted its first free-standing American restaurant in Bellevue in 2014, and has now expanded to University Village as well. This Japanese import serves up high-quality tonkotsu ramen with wavy noodles to catch more of the slurp. Open for takeout, limited onsite dining, and delivery via Grubhub, Uber Eats, and Doordash.

103 Bellevue Way NE Ste 3
Bellevue, WA 98004

9. Kizuki Ramen and Izakaya

4203 SW Alaska St, Seattle, WA 98116
A white bowl of yuzu-shio ramen with greens and pork.
Yuzu-shio ramen
Jay Friedman/Eater Seattle

The restaurant formerly known as Kukai is a chain from Japan that opened in Bellevue in 2012 and is spreading quickly throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond, with Seattle-area locations in Northgate, Capitol Hill, West Seattle, and Bellevue. The garlic tonkotsu shoyu is good, and even better is the yuzu shio with a light broth that achieves a nice balance of salt and Japanese citrus. Open for takeout, limited dine-in, and delivery via Postmates, Uber Eats, and Grubhub.

4203 SW Alaska St
Seattle, WA 98116

10. Arashi Ramen

17045 Southcenter Pkwy, Tukwila, WA 98188
A black bowl filled with black ramen, topped with pork and and egg.
Black garlic (salt-based) ramen
Jay Friedman/Eater Seattle

Founded in Tukwila and expanded to Ballard, Arashi focuses on the tonkotsu ramen associated with Kyushu, though the restaurant's chef is from Kyoto. The porky broth is available in shio (salt), shoyu (soy sauce), miso, and spicy miso varieties, with black garlic as a good twist on the tonkotsu miso option. Open for takeout, limited dine-in, and delivery via Postmates, Uber Eats, and Chownow.

17045 Southcenter Pkwy
Tukwila, WA 98188

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