The Best Ramen in San Francisco

The OpenTable Team

As one of the most scenic places in the country, San Francisco blends culture, charm, art, and music with world-class restaurants. San Francisco has one of the best culinary scenes in the country and, while they offer everything from sushi and tacos to amazing ethnic cuisine, sometimes you just crave a simmering bowl of ramen. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out for ramen in San Francisco? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. When in the mood for a hot bowl of noodles, book a table from this list of the best ramen in San Francisco.

Restaurants:August (1) Five, State Bird Provisions, Pabu Izakaya San Francisco
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Indian, Californian, Japanese
Neighborhoods:Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, Western Addition, Financial District / Embarcadero

August (1) Five

$$$$·Indian·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
1,277 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Good for Anniversaries
August (1) Five is a modern Indian restaurant named after the date India gained independence from Britain. Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Civic Center neighborhood, it is Read more
100% recommended
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State Bird Provisions

$$$$·Californian·
Western Addition
1,591 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Fun
  • Local Ingredients
State Bird Provisions is an adventurous, inventive, delicious restaurant which started out as a recipe for serving quail, the California state bird. They specialize in fine dining Read more
92% recommended
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Pabu Izakaya San Francisco

$$$$·Japanese·
Financial District / Embarcadero
1,149 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
PABU is a casual elegant Japanese restaurant located in San Francisco’s Financial District / Embarcadero neighborhood. Chef Ken Tominaga heads up the kitchen here and offers a modeRead more
86% recommended
Japanese in San Francisco Bay Area
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3rd Cousin

$$$$·Californian·
Bernal Heights
539 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Cozy, intimate and romantic, 3rd Cousin is a perfect restaurant for a date or small gathering with friends. Chef Greg Lutes has created a unique, innovative dining spot in the BernRead more
90% recommended
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ANZU

$$$$·Californian·
Downtown / Union Square
2,317 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
ANZU is a vibrant dining spot serving contemporary Japanese cuisine in the Downtown / Union Square neighborhood of San Francisco. They are open for breakfast, lunch, brunch, happy Read more
84% recommended
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Ozumo - San Francisco

$$$$·Japanese·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,806 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
Ozumo Santana Row is a Japanese restaurant located in the Financial District / Embarcadero neighborhood. It has a serene, elegant, Zen-garden feeling to it, inspired by traditionalRead more
88% recommended
Scenic View in San Francisco

Morimoto - Napa

$$$$·Japanese·
Napa
6,373 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
Morimoto never fails to put together an elegant atmosphere, amazing service, and a fantastic menu. This Napa Valley restaurant is no exception. He infuses traditional dishes with WRead more
90% recommended
Japanese in San Francisco Bay Area
312 people mentioned the Omakase

Benihana - San Francisco, CA

$$$$·Japanese·
Japantown
2,092 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date
Benihana is a casual Japanese restaurant that has been a beloved dining spot all over American for years. They offer a dining experience unlike any other where guests sit at communRead more
Good for Groups in San Francisco Bay Area
29 people mentioned the Fried Rice

Hana Japanese Restaurant

$$$$·Japanese·
Rohnert Park
978 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
Hana is an elegant Japanese restaurant located in Sonoma County, perfect for folks on the wine trail who want to stop for a delicious meal. The restaurant prides itself in offeringRead more
96% recommended
Japanese in San Francisco Bay Area
27 people mentioned the Fresh Fish

I Privé - Sushi Sake Spirits

$$$$·Sushi·
Burlingame
155 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Executive Chef and Owner Stanley Chen has been working in the restaurant business since 1982. After perfecting his techniques for so long, he has created an amazing omakase menu heRead more
85% recommended
4 people mentioned the Edamame
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Zen Sushi Bistro

$$$$·Japanese·
California
304 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
Zen Sushi Bistro in Millbrae is a refreshingly cool restaurant that provides a casual dining experience in a hip and friendly environment. Sano, the head chef, offers a varied menuRead more
88% recommended
8 people mentioned the Ramen
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Mokutanya Yakitori Charcoal

$$$$·Japanese·
Burlingame
616 reviews
  • Late-night Find
  • Good for Groups
  • Romantic
Mokutanya Yakitori Charcoal is in Burlingame, on the Peninsula and is an awesome place for foodies to stop for dinner. They have a cheerful staff, delicious menu and a welcoming enRead more
86% recommended
Good for Groups in Peninsula
71 people mentioned the Ramen

Bushido

$$$$·Japanese·
Mountain View
464 reviews
Bushido Izakaya is often called the best Japanese restaurant in Silicon Valley and also has some of the best ramen in San Francisco! The ambiance is lively and festive, modeled aftRead more
34 people mentioned the Okonomiyaki
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Akemi Berkeley

$$$$·Japanese·
Berkeley
330 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Akemi is the latest incarnation of the restaurant Miyuki in North Berkeley and features a revamped interior and exterior. The new vibe is chic and modern feeling and it’s a lovely Read more
88% recommended
20 people mentioned the Ramen
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Ozumo - San Jose

$$$$·Japanese·
San Jose
161 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot
Ozumo Santana Row is a Japanese restaurant located in Silicon Valley, right in the heart of San Jose. It’s a more casual spot with a different menu than it’s sister restaurant in SRead more
4 people mentioned the Blowfish
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Gyu-Kaku - San Mateo, CA

$$$$·Japanese·
San Mateo
558 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Casual
  • Kid-friendly
Gyu-Kaku is a Japanese BBQ restaurant concept brought to you from Japan. The literal translation of the work means grilled meat, and here they serve a variety of meats and vegetablRead more
83% recommended
13 people mentioned the Gyu Kaku

Sushi Kosho

$$$$·Sushi·
Sebastopol
167 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
Sushi Kosho, located in Sebastopol in wine country, is a modern Japanese and sushi restaurant with a progressive focus on food, local ingredients and sustainability. They use localRead more
87% recommended
9 people mentioned the Miso Soup
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