The Best Ramen in Chicago

The OpenTable Team

Chicago has always been referred to as the "Second City," but when it comes to travel destinations, it's a hard place to top. It's a big city with a small-town feel - where else can you enjoy a day at the beach, a hike on the 606 urban hiking trail, live comedy and world-class art, all without breaking your budget? The city is also known for its culinary treasures. It gets a lot of hype for hot dogs, deep dish pizza and Italian beef sandwiches, but Chicago also has plenty of amazing Japanese food if you know where to go. We've asked the savviest foodies in the nation where they are going these days so we could put together this list of where to find the best ramen in Chicago. Grab a table and enjoy!

Restaurants:SUSHI-SAN, Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar, The Izakaya at Momotaro
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Japanese, Eastern European
Neighborhoods:Chicago, Ukrainian Village, West Loop

SUSHI-SAN

$$$$·Japanese·
Chicago
794 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
  • Hot Spot
Sushi-San is an upbeat, bright and lively sushi joint that serves up lots of fresh fish and other Japanese specialties in a boisterous environment with live DJs. It’s a convivial sRead more
91% recommended
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Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar

$$$$·Eastern European·
Ukrainian Village
208 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Heritage Restaurant and Caviar Bar is somewhat of an anomaly. You might not think of caviar on the menu as a “casual” choice but they make it work! It’s laid-back, which is invitinRead more
95% recommended
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The Izakaya at Momotaro

$$$$·Japanese·
West Loop
336 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • Creative Cuisine
The Izakaya at Momotaro is tucked away down on the subterranean level of Momotaro in the vibrant Fulton Market District. The restaurant is focused on chef driven concepts of tightlRead more
92% recommended
Romantic in Chicago
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Juno

$$$$·Japanese·
Lincoln Park
874 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Juno is a quiet and refined Japanese restaurant in the heart of Lincoln Park. Executive Chef/Owner BK Park heads the team here and cultivates a combination of quality and consistenRead more
89% recommended
Japanese in Chicago / Illinois
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Macku Sushi

$$$$·Sushi·
Lincoln Park
247 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Authentic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Macku Sushi in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago is a casual upscale Japanese restaurant that stands out with its ultra creative menu offerings. They serve delicious signatuRead more
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Serai

$$$$·Malaysian·
Logan Square
145 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for Groups
  • Good Vegetarian Options
Serai is a casual, budget-friendly restaurant in Logan Square that features a wide selection of Southeast Asian items plus a number of dishes from Singapore and Indonesia. Don’t leRead more
100% recommended
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True Food Kitchen - Chicago

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
1,675 reviews
  • Healthy
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Vegan
True Food Kitchen is a bright, lively and open restaurant in River North that is one of the best places for a healthy food option during week. In fact, many locals claim it’s the bRead more
98% recommended
Healthy in Chicago / Illinois

Sunda

$$$$·Asian·
Chicago
6,221 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Sunda is the fancy “New Asian” spot opened by the same team that did Rockit and Underground. It’s a trendy scene here and locals love it. The space is gorgeous, with all wood floorRead more
91% recommended
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Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar

$$$$·Sushi·
River North (Chicago)
1,843 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Happy Hour
There’s no shortage of great Japanese food in Chicago, that’s for sure. But Union Sushi is one of the first names you’ll hear real foodies recommend if you’re looking for the best Read more
96% recommended
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Miku Sushi

$$$$·Sushi·
Lincoln Square
151 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
The husband and wife team at Miku Sushi also opened Sala Bua in Chinatown and are somewhat of local celebrities in Chi-town. The restaurant feels very authentically Japanese, with Read more
89% recommended
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Little Goat

$$$$·American·
West Loop
4,732 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch
Little Goat opened in 2012 and Chicagoans have been flocking here in droves ever since. It has a cozy and familiar feel and a perfect West Loop location that makes it an easy stop Read more
94% recommended
Great for Brunch in Chicago / Illinois
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UMAI Japanese Kitchen & Sushi

$$$$·Japanese·
South Loop
534 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
Umai is a fine dining Japanese place located in the South Loop, right on Painter’s Row. The goal here was to create a series of sensations that diners could share and linger over aRead more
91% recommended
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Roka Akor - Old Orchard

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Skokie
1,028 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Roka Akor is tops when it comes to Japanese fine dining. The restaurant itself is beautiful, featuring thoughtful design and a very sleek, serene setting. Roka means gathering placRead more
94% recommended
Steakhouse in North Suburbs

Untitled Supper Club

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
1,502 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
The Untitled Supper Club, located on West Kinzie in the River North neighborhood, is a modern take on the traditional supper club. Open since 2012, they have received tons of acclaRead more
93% recommended
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Niu B Sushi & Robata - South Michigan Ave

$$$$·Sushi·
South Loop
152 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
Niu B is a popular Japanese place located right on South Michigan Avenue in the South Loop. It’s the second location of this restaurant to open in Chicago and locals love it for thRead more
91% recommended
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Niu Japanese Fusion Lounge

$$$$·Sushi·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
617 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
Open since 2007, this spacious Pan-Asian eatery in the River East neighborhood has a wonderful combination of original design and eclectic foods. The dining room is casual but luxuRead more
90% recommended
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Wakamono

$$$$·Japanese·
Lakeview / East Lakeview
128 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Wakamono serves super authentic Japanese food inspired by owner Mr. Kai Togami’s travels through Asia after his fishing village was wiped out by a tsunami. The restaurant is laid-bRead more
95% recommended
Japanese in Chicago / Illinois

BITES

$$$$·Chinese·
Lakeview / East Lakeview
369 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
Located in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, BITES is a casual, stylish restaurant and bar that serves Asian-American comfort food. The menu shows off both familiar midwestern Read more
95% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Chicago / Illinois

Gyu-Kaku - Chicago, IL | Streeterville

$$$$·Japanese·
River North (Chicago)
2,038 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
Gyu-Kaku is a DIY barbecue chain that has taken Chicago by storm! There are locations all over the city and they all fill up with locals, tourists and Japanese ex-pats every night Read more
96% recommended
Japanese in Chicago
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Blowfish Contemporary Sushi

$$$$·Creative Japanese·
Edgewater
181 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
Blowfish Contemporary Sushi Restaurant opened in the Edgewater neighborhood in 2015 and has been serving high-quality sushi and Japanese fare ever since. It is the brainchild of suRead more
100% recommended
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