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A ramen pull from Midnite Ramen.
Suzi Pratt

Where to Get Some of the Best Ramen in the Seattle Area

Fall weather is here. Head to these exceptional ramen spots for a hot bowl of comfort.

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A ramen pull from Midnite Ramen.
| Suzi Pratt

Maybe it’s the shrinking daylight hours or the intermittent downpours over the last few days, but Seattle’s ready for ramen. Whether ordering takeout — many restaurants offer to-go ramen kits — or braving the weather to huddle over a bowl of hot pork broth and silky noodles, diners have plenty of options in the city, from food truck Midnite Ramen’s Abashiri Kani Miso Ramen with crab-flavored broth to Ooink’s garlicky Kotteri Ramen with noodles made with local spring water. Here’s our guide to some of the best ramen restaurants in Seattle, listed from north to south.

All restaurants listed offer takeout and indoor dining. As of October 25, King County will require proof of vaccination for everyone ages 12+ at indoor establishments, restaurants, and bars. Studies indicate there is a lower exposure risk when eating outdoors, and the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. Please visit King County’s COVID website for resources and current information.

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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. Over the summer, Midnite launched a crowdfunding campaign to help build its “50’s Village,” a location tentatively in Ballard or Magnolia that will include the food cart, seating area, expanded menu (including a gyoza machine that can pump out 1200 dumplings an hour), and more.

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
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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. 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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7. 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. The noodles might taste even fresher these days. During the pandemic, Ooink started using local spring water to make their noodles, which they found improved the texture and overall quality. 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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8. 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
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9. Nuna Ramen

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501 N 36th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 258-3612
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The most popular dish at Nuna Ramen is the Spicy Tonkotsu Miso Ramen, made with pork, egg, kikurage, menma, and beansprouts. Nuna’s serves Shio and Shoyu ramen, as well as vegetarian broth. The cozy Fremont establishment has been around for about six years, but under ownership of Nancy Kim for the last three years. Open for dine-in and takeout.

10. Teinei

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1256 Republican St #5538
Seattle, WA 98109

Teinei is a ramen and sushi bar in South Lake Union that’s attracted a following for their handmade noodles, as well as chicken broth option. Teinei (meaning “with care and politeness”) essentials are the Tokyo Shoyu, with yuchoy, bamboo, leek, and pork, and Goma Miso. Executive chef Kenichiro Tsushima was once the resident chef of the Japanese Consulate General in Seattle. Teinei is open for dine-in for lunch and dinner, and offers takeout, including a ramen kit.

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. Over the summer, Midnite launched a crowdfunding campaign to help build its “50’s Village,” a location tentatively in Ballard or Magnolia that will include the food cart, seating area, expanded menu (including a gyoza machine that can pump out 1200 dumplings an hour), and more.

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. 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

7. 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. The noodles might taste even fresher these days. During the pandemic, Ooink started using local spring water to make their noodles, which they found improved the texture and overall quality. Customers can order takeout kits here, delivery through Doordash, and there’s limited onsite dining.

1416 Harvard Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

8. 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

9. Nuna Ramen

501 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103

The most popular dish at Nuna Ramen is the Spicy Tonkotsu Miso Ramen, made with pork, egg, kikurage, menma, and beansprouts. Nuna’s serves Shio and Shoyu ramen, as well as vegetarian broth. The cozy Fremont establishment has been around for about six years, but under ownership of Nancy Kim for the last three years. Open for dine-in and takeout.

501 N 36th St
Seattle, WA 98103

10. Teinei

1256 Republican St #5538, Seattle, WA 98109

Teinei is a ramen and sushi bar in South Lake Union that’s attracted a following for their handmade noodles, as well as chicken broth option. Teinei (meaning “with care and politeness”) essentials are the Tokyo Shoyu, with yuchoy, bamboo, leek, and pork, and Goma Miso. Executive chef Kenichiro Tsushima was once the resident chef of the Japanese Consulate General in Seattle. Teinei is open for dine-in for lunch and dinner, and offers takeout, including a ramen kit.

1256 Republican St #5538
Seattle, WA 98109

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