The Best Ramen in Chicago

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!

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:SUSHI-SAN, The Izakaya at Momotaro, Juno
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Japanese
Neighborhoods:Chicago, West Loop, Lincoln Park
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

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 space with seating in...

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The Izakaya at Momotaro

$$$$·Japanese·
West Loop
434 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion

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 tightly executed cuisine a...

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Juno

$$$$·Japanese·
Lincoln Park
1,065 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion

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 consistency in food and overa...

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Japanese in Chicago

Macku Sushi

$$$$·Sushi·
Lincoln Park
266 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 signature sushi with innova...

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Serai

$$$$·Malaysian·
Logan Square
162 reviews
  • Spicy

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 let the simple storefr...

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True Food Kitchen - Chicago

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
1,984 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies

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 best ramen in Chicago...

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Healthy in Chicago / Illinois

Sunda - Chicago

$$$$·Asian·
River North (Chicago)
6,376 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies

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 floors and long communal ...

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Asian in Chicago / Illinois

Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar

$$$$·Sushi·
River North (Chicago)
1,914 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 ramen in Chicago. Lo...

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Sushi in Chicago / Illinois

Miku Sushi

$$$$·Sushi·
Lincoln Square
213 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date

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 dark wood seats and ...

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Sushi in Chicago / Illinois

Little Goat

$$$$·American·
West Loop
5,079 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies

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 for locals and touri...

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Great for Brunch in Chicago / Illinois
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UMAI Japanese Kitchen & Sushi

$$$$·Japanese·
South Loop
535 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

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 and the owners did a ...

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Roka Akor - Old Orchard

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Skokie
1,210 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

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 place by the fire in Jap...

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Steakhouse in North Suburbs

Untitled Supper Club

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
1,898 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Live Music

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 acclaim and many consider...

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Hot Spot in Chicago / Illinois
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Wakamono

$$$$·Japanese·
Lakeview / East Lakeview
211 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

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-back and lovely and d...

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Japanese in Chicago / Illinois

BITES

$$$$·Chinese·
Lakeview / East Lakeview
597 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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 flavors of the Chica...

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Gyu-Kaku - Chicago, IL | Streeterville

$$$$·Japanese·
River North (Chicago)
2,115 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Happy Hour

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 of the week. Traditi...

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Japanese in Chicago / Illinois