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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
  • "I have been to eat lunch and dinner, and I love it. All the Ramens are great, and the service is amazing!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Love the food, music and location. Try something from each category and be sure to order the black sesame ice cream"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Everything was great and we look forward to coming back!! Best Ramen in chicago for sure!!!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Servers were friendly and helpful in this bustling restaurant. The wings were very good, salmon appetizer yummy too. We split two ramen bowls between four of us. 2 liked the brisket better, two liked the mushroom ramen. Both had nice flavor. Not sure I would go back tho. A bit expensive for ramen."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Iwasa there 5 times. The temperature of the Ramen soup is always terribly low and not warm never hot enough gas Ramen we do not call it Ramen in Japan."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Love the ramen. Noodles are some of the best I've had. Don't miss the black sesame ice cream."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The drinks were tasty, but tiny. $10 for a margarita served in a 6 oz. rocks glass, really? The Mantou buns made delicious appetizers, especially the pork belly. They arrived relatively quickly, but then our server seemed to disappear for while. We each ordered a bowl of ramen for dinner. My husband likes his piping hot, which is how bowls of ramen are usually served. When dinner finally came, the broth was just a step above lukewarm. That's OK for me, but he sent his back. Two minutes later the server appeared with the same bowl and said, "My manager says you have to stir it up first." Did. Still cold. It took forever for a new one, which was just hot enough. Were they expecting him to stir it so fast it would make heat through friction?"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Love the fried chicken sticky buns! Everything is delicious!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Food was all great. The ambiance was energetic. Drinks were also good. Try the cilantro lime margarita"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "This is the Best Ramen Soup restaurant I've ever been too.Our table wasn't quite ready when we got there (the restaurant was packed) the hostess and manager kept us informed of the situation and were very apologetic even though I don't think our wait was no more than 15 minutes and it was by our choice to specifically wait for booth seating.(The time passed quickly just people watching every one out and about)After being seated and ordering drinks to our surprise a complimentary appetizer was brought to us. The waitress explained all of the Ramen options and gave very good descriptions of the various choices. This was by far the best Ramen I had in a long time. The experience definitely made our last night in Chicago a very memorable one."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Great ambiance, service and IDEA...ramen was not great. Apps were good and not authentic, but good. Steak was disgusting (undercooked and/or fatty?), the rest is just fried bar food."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "One dish was salty/-the pork. The shiitake mushroom was great. Won ton appetizer was fab. Will go back to try other dishes."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "We enjoyed a delicious lunch that included two different Ramen, tuna tartare and gyoza. The raw tuna on sesame crackers was especially delightful!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Thought it was OK compared to other Ramen I have had recently. The apps were nothing to brag about, but they have my favorite beer, Hitachino, so that was a plus."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Went for lunch and loved the express lunch japanese lunchbox. The tonkotsu ramen has a full flavored thick broth and the noodles are al dente delicious! The molten egg was not cold as previous reviews have mentioned and the pork was moist and melted on the tongue. The salmon with rice was moist and tender and I loved the side of kimchi and the side salad was substantial and had a great selection of fresh cut vegetables. It was much more than the typical ice berg lettuce served at a lot of asian restaurants. There were nice touches such as a whole fire roasted pepper and tomato on top of the rice dish. I am counting the days until I return!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Tried Ramen-san because we saw a write up in a local magazine. Hip looking decor, young crowd, good food and service. The only downside was the music was too loud so it was difficult to carry on a conversation. The traditional Japanese "bowl" was delicious and if the noise level were reduced just a bit, I'd go back to try another dish."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We have been vegetarian for 30 years and this was the only Ramen restaurant to have a veggie option and it was great. Music was a little overwhelming, rap in a Japanese setting?? Over all experience was great."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "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