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Ramen-san

Ramen-san Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ramensan.com
  • Phone: (312) 377-9950
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday: 4 PM - 1 AM
    Monday: 11 AM - 1 AM
    Tuesday: 11 AM - 1 AM
    Wednesday: 11 AM - 1 AM
    Thursday: 11 AM - 1 AM
    Friday: 11 AM - 1 AM
    Saturday: 4 PM - 2 AM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Asian, Contemporary Asian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, Takeout

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Clark Street
  • Parking: No
A word from Ramen-san
Ramen-san is a lively, neighborhood restaurant and bar in River North reminiscent of traditional ramen shops in Japan. The space is raw, anchored by exposed brick and reclaimed wood, which makes for an understated, yet inviting ambiance. Ramen-san marks the partners’ fourth collaboration with Japanese designer Kota Bando, who created a comfortable, approachable space where diners can enjoy noodles in a casual setting for dinner and late night.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Great date spot, great service, food was amazing, reasonably priced, what more can you ask for!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I live in river north area and I have seen this ramen place open recently. I wanted try it for so long and I finally went in when my friend from out of town is visiting me. I would say the ramen is very authentic compare to the ones I have had in Japan."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Tuna and smoked salmon were delish. Old fashion was awesome. Ramen was tasty. Looking forward to going back."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Nice little place in a trendy neighborhood. The food was pretty good. But feels like the portion seems to be small for the price."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Fun ambience, good service. terrible wine (fair enough for an Asian restaurant) but good cocktails, and food that generally ranged from 'blah' to too salty. The raw tuna app was great. The buns, blah. The eel and foie gras tasted weirdly like blue cheese (?!?!?!) and all our ramen were OK but really salty. Maybe an off night?! I wouldn't say don't go, it's just not something is recommend. Apparently the take out/delivery was better (said my friend)."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We have been before this and will continue to come back great good! Best ramen we have had since moving here from NYC."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I expected more but was disappointed. The broth was not as tasty as other ramen places I have been like Strings. The ramen noodles was also not as good. This is probably because it was not made at the restaurant and it is the commercial type. It is not bad but not as good as advertise."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had a fun, casual meal here. We had an ahi tuna appetizer and the pork and chicken buns and all were very delicious. Great selection of sake and Japanese whiskey, too. Very reasonably priced -- although Ramen noodles can be had for 25 cents at the Jewel. We brought a friend from Minneapolis who could not believe that people would actually pay money to go out to eat Ramen noodles. But that said the three ramen noodle dishes we tried were all delicious and plentiful. And of course they taste nothing like the 25 cent package -- fresh noodles, good broth, all kinds of other ingredients from spicy pork to kimchi to beef brisket. No one left hungry. This would be a very fun place for kids too."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Very unique menu provides some great tastes. Don't let the short menu fool you into believing there is little to try. Its very good stuff."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Great ramen, delicious, large portions, full of young professionals."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Great food. Great drinks. Plenty of Japanese whiskey. Went on a Tuesday around 930pm and while still plenty busy not overly packed."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Service and cocktails were very good and the restaurant has a fun atmosphere. For food, we had the gyoza appetizers and a duck bun to start, both were amazing and made us very excited for dinner. However, the ramen didn't live up to the appetizers.I had the spicy miso bowl which was very very spicy, as I expected, but didn't really have any meat in it. My boyfriend's sump bowl was better, and very meaty, but still nothing to write home about."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Good spot for Ramen, their signature tonkotsu had terrific texture, milkiness/creaminess to it, but needed drops of the spicy oil and ramen pepper on the table to give it some oomph. Noodles were perfectly cooked. I'd recommend the gyoza over the baos. They have a casual industrial vibe to the place, decent Japenese whiskey selection, and friendly staff. Our check averaged $45 a person, but it included drinks, dessert and apps"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "This was a fun, unique dining experience. Casual atmosphere. Drink menu was very interesting.the Yamasaki old fashion was yummy! Dinner Portions were plentiful and served hot. We ordered the fried chicken mantu buns as an appetizer. What a treat! Also had the shrimp and duck wonton. Our server was very accommodating to our fellow diner who had some food issues. All in all service was really good. It wasn't very crowded when we arrived but by the time we left the place was teeming. All in all, quite a treat."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Love this place. The ramen is fantastic. Appetizers are also great. Love the buns-duck is the best. Gyoza is unique and not to be missed. Ice cold Asahi perfect compliment to food. Cocktails are creative. Great sound track. On warmer days the front of the resturaunt is open-keeps you connected to the city. Service is well timed. Allow you to finish apps before ramen is brought out. Meal is well paced. Servers are friendly."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Found this spot by doing a search of what was available around me local. I was in Chicago on business. This place popped up. Glad it did. The chicken wings are amazing. Their version of the pot stickers were ok but king of vinegary/salty. The ramen was really good. When in town again, I would come back. Hope they get their front windows up. OH and they play the BOMB old Hip Hop there."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Felt a bit rushed by server. Nigiri was very good. Mushroom bowl a bit bland."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Best Ramen this side of the Pacific. Amazing. We ate the king crab ramen special. BLOWN AWAY. Nothing else I have eaten in the states even comes close."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I liked this place. I'm no expert on authenticity, but the ramen was tasty. The chicken and kimchi ramen had a good kick to wake things up, and the tonkatsu was satisfying and well-balanced. The buns were our favorite, but pass on the wontons, which were mundane. The cocktails were up to par for coming from Paul McGee. Although the sake bombs were fun, they definitely weren't worth $8 each. Our server was pretty attentive and helpful with navigating through the menu. The interior of the place is pretty cool, but it really needs some daylight because when you're in a windowless room, you feel like you might as well be in a basement. Overall, I'd recommend it, but keep in mind that it will cost more than you'd think for being a ramen place."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Great atmosphere, food, music, service! Small, tight menu but plenty to choose from -- all excellent."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "A new ramen spot in RiverNorth, it is comparable to the other notable ramen places in Chicago. Some of the ingredients are a little different (on the good side), so I chose a non-traditional ramen dish (not the shoyu or tonkotsu) and was very pleasantly surprised by the strong mushroom and garlic flavor. The brisket was very well cooked - lots of flavor and perfectly tender. I will definitely add this restaurant into my ramen spots rotation."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Chicago was late to the ramen scene but attacked it with a vengeance but mostly with pretty disappointing results. I still had to head out to Mitsuwa or Misoya for a decent bowl but I must say that Ramen-san is pretty darn okay. I'd still come here for the proximity. Also, the service is super friendly and the cocktails were good. I had the old fashioned and the Japanese whiskey was delish and my dining companion had some girly cocktail and she looooved it. I receommend this place for the city."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Limited apps, very tasty and big portion ramen, but terribly expensive for drinks! $9 for a VERY small margarita is ridiculous!!! Would recommend everyone try the Mantou buns, we had all three and thought the fried chicken was the best. We had 4 of the others apps and none of them were too impressive. Sashimi Salad was ok. Kimchi ramen was good but hotter than expected and the sumo bowl was the favorite at our table. The ramen bowls are perfect to split for a couple but can be a bit messy with noodles splattering. Go for cheap ramen meal - everything else makes it pretty pricey"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We were a group of 6 ranging in age from 16 - 49 and were delighted to see a group of about 15 Japanese businessmen and women show up for dinner. The peking duck mantou bun was terrific as were the spicy chicken wings. Several of us had the Sumo bowl - and it is just that - Sumo-sized! HUGE portion - very tasty. Our group was very happy with our meal, and we have dined on ramen in Japan. We would definitely come back. The ambience was for a younger, hipper crowd - mostly because of the loud hip/hop techno pop music, even at an early 6:30 pm reservation. The meal was made perfect by our wonderful waitress. She was super friendly, helpful, and very informed about the menu. Loved Ramen-san!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The appetizers were fantastic. Had the mantao buns and chicken wings. Ramen could be improved though. Not much broth and it was just warm (not hot). Also, they forgot to give us the egg, part of the dish! :( But I'll definitely give it another try though. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "We are loyal LEYE gold card holders and Ramen-san was about what we expected: average. The brisket/black garlic ramen is good (somehow the brisket that they get from Bub City is WAY better than what they actually serve there). The tonkotsu ramen broth was too sweet and the pork was all fat. Appetizers were a little overpriced and the ones we sampled were quite salty but in a fairly balanced way. The yuzu sake drink was very good, along with the cold draft beer. Service was prompt and friendly enough but nothing beyond average. West Coast rap played loudly on a Tuesday night but quiet crowd, awkward at times. And all of the smoke from people smoking outside of Paris Club (how Parisian of them!) kept coming in the door, really gross. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Skeptical from the first week of reviews, my standards were low so I was pleasantly surprised. Sumo bowl and the chicken broth w/brisket and black garlic: Both delicious and recommendable, depending on what you're going for. Creamy and heavy - go for the sumo (traditional tonkatsu broth), lighter desire - go for the chicken. Flavors were balanced, none too salty or in need of additional seasoning, in fact they come with a lot of contrasting ingredients that are a pleasure to taste. The sumo is also significantly larger - definitely for sharing or taking home. Yes, they're more expensive than your neighborhood ramen joint, but one would expect nothing less from River North. Pork belly bun is tasty and comes with a generous amount of meat."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "This is a great new choice in the restaurant scene on Hubbard. Unlike anything else it is a must try. We went in not knowing what to expect and came away trying great new tastes. The staff is very knowledgable and help you understand the menu. We will go back again especially on a casual night in the city or after a game "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Had dinner there before the theater on Saturday and it was a hit! The tuna appetizer was awesome. We sampled each of the buns and they were really good. We had the Spicy and Salt and Pepper wings and each was outta this world! The special crispy Thai fish was super and each of the Ramen bowls was really great. Thank Heavens for Chefs that deliver delicious robust flavors without holding back! The drinks were very well received and our waitress couldn't have been nicer. For a great meal in a hip new spot at reasonable prices, you can't beat this place!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Delicious ramen, friendly service and black sesame ice cream! "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "I started my dinner off with the house old fashioned, and it was very good. Our appetizers included a duck bun - duck meat like candy - and the salmon nigiri, which I thought was ok. I ordered the Tonkotsu ramen & added fried chicken to it. Next time, I would probably add more meat as well. It was very good, but very salty. My husband ordered the Mapu ramen & he thought that it was too peppery & would probably order something else next time. The top of his soup was pink from the pepper. We finished off our dinner with the small black sesame ice cream cones which were a very nice taste and texture at the end of the meal."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Awesome ramen, asahi on tap with a frosty mug was great! Definitely check it out, I will be returning."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Very lively atmosphere, great late night spot after a night out on the town. The food still needs some work, including the ramen. The mantou are pretty solid though. Definitely a place to be seen, but don't go for the food just yet. I'm hoping they'll make some necessary adjustments and then it'll be worth returning for."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Hard to find good ramen close to the loop and River North, but Ramen-san was fantastic! Lots of flavor and perfect-sized portions! Great music too."
    Dined on 5/12/2014