The Best Ramen in San Diego

The OpenTable Team

Often referred to as America's Finest City, San Diego boasts gorgeous beaches, a mild climate, and sunny skies. Now locals and tourists alike can add the city's amazing food selection onto that list! Tons of new restaurants have opened up in the last few years, and diners can indulge in everything from casual tapas and elegant sushi to authentic Indian cuisine. Japanese chefs have started cooking up savory noodle soups, contending for the best ramen in San Diego. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker Lists. We've looked at thousands of restaurants to find the favorite places among OpenTable's expert, seasoned diners. Book a table at one of these restaurants to taste the best ramen in San Diego.

Restaurants:The Grass Skirt, Ocean Terrace - George's at the Cove, Albert's Restaurant - San Diego Zoo
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Polynesian, American, International
Neighborhoods:Pacific Beach, La Jolla, North Park

The Grass Skirt

$$$$·Polynesian·
Pacific Beach
616 reviews
  • Fun
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
The Grass Skirt is San Diego’s spot for diners who want to escape into a tiki scene. Located in Pacific Beach, the restaurant combines the fun, carefree vibes of tiki culture with Read more
89% recommended
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Ocean Terrace - George's at the Cove

$$$$·American·
La Jolla
4,126 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Waterfront
George’s at the Cove, located in the La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego, offers gorgeous views of the Pacific coastline. Diners love it here for the food and the atmosphere - it isRead more
89% recommended
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Albert's Restaurant - San Diego Zoo

$$$$·International·
North Park
1,290 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
Albert’s Restaurant is located in the heart of the San Diego Zoo and is a great place to stop off for a relaxing bite after touring through the best zoo in the country! It’s a fullRead more
83% recommended
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Nishiki Ramen

$$$$·Japanese·
Kearny Mesa
Nishiki Ramen is a famous Japan-born chain and this U.S. outpost has been serving up some of the best ramen in San Diego since 2015. Located in the Kearny Mesa neighborhood, it’s aRead more
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Rakiraki Ramen & Tsukemen

$$$$·Japanese·
Mission Valley
Rakiraki Ramen and Tsukemen is definitely to go-to spot for what many think is the best ramen in San Diego. Chef and Owner Junya Watanabe makes every dish with detailed precision, Read more
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Hachi- Costa Mesa

$$$$·Japanese·
Costa Mesa
64 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
Originally the location of Artisan Bento, Hachi now focuses its attention on ramen - some might say the best ramen in San Diego! The restaurant takes up a small, cozy space in BankRead more
90% recommended

Ramen Yamadaya

$$$$·Asian·
Torrance / Carson
Ramen Yamaday is known for its amazing tonkotsu ramen, which the kitchen simmers all day to produce a light and delicious pork broth. Many diners think the black garlic oil-infusedRead more
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BeShock Ramen & Sake Bar

$$$$·Japanese·
Downtown / Gaslamp
10 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
Head to the East Village to see if this restaurant qualifies at the best ramen in San Diego - it is also thought to be one of the most authentic options in the city. They serve nooRead more
100% recommended
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Tajima Ramen Bistro

$$$$·Asian·
Banker's Hill
This chain was started by Chef/Owner Sam Morikizono and is now one of the most popular names in Ramen throughout San Diego and into Tijuana. Part of what makes this a great choice Read more
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Ajisen Ramen

$$$$·Asian·
Alhambra
For those looking for the best ramen in San Diego along with a quick, no-frills eating experience, Ajisen is the place to go. This chain has over 700 locations around the globe andRead more
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Santouka Ramen

$$$$·American·
Costa Mesa
Nestled inside the Mitsuwa Market in the Kearny Mesa neighborhood, Hokkaido Ramen is based on the original restaurant in Asahikawa, Japan. For those unfamiliar, that is by far the Read more
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Yakyudori

$$$$·Japanese·
Kearny Mesa
This popular noodle shop on Convoy Street in San Diego features an illustrated menu so diners can check out what goes into each bowl before ordering. They feature a shio broth withRead more
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Underbelly

$$$$·Grill·
Downtown / Gaslamp
Head to Little Italy to see if Underbelly’s noodle soups qualify as the best ramen in San Diego. They have a North Park location as well but the Little Italy eatery is known for beRead more
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Sushi Ota - San Diego

$$$$·Japanese·
Pacific Beach
1 review
For diners who want sushi along with other Japanese specialties, head to Sushi Ota in Mission Bay. Open since 1990, it’s one of the city’s old standbys when it comes to quality JapRead more
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