Tonbo Ramen

4.7
106 Reviews
$30 and under
Ramen
The aroma of the broth will welcome you. The heartiness of the noodles will give you sustenance. And the flavors of the ingredients will bring you strength – in mind and spirit. This is Tonbo Ramen. A place of comfort and warmth. Where delicious, authentic ramen made from scratch can be enjoyed in the company of friends, loved ones or even in blissful solitude. Happy Slurping!
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.5
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4.5
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was excellent, as far as the service, eh it needed more spice

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tasty Christmas Eve COVID dinner.

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Louie
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply Amazing!! Food was great, the atmosphere was relaxed and chill. Definitely adding to my “Favorites” short list.

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EricaE
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was tasty and the environment was intimate and comfortable. Would highly recommend it.

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NaomiT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Start with a (now) INSIDER TIP: We booked bar seating through the OpenTable app, however, once we checked in they told us bar seating is first come first serve (they had a table held for us anyway). Regardless, ask to sit upstairs! Downstairs looks unfinished and not very cozy; upstairs is where the “dinner date” ambiance is at. Luckily the bar was open and we were helped by the nice man working the bar. He made a great cocktail recommendation for me and whipped it up fast (something with dragonfly in the name I think). The food came out very quickly and hot and was delicious. Highly recommend starting with the fried cheesy ramen bites. My boyfriend said he had ramen once and didn’t like it, but now he does after trying it at Tonbo. :)

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JoshC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily one of the best meals I've ever had. Will definitely be back again and again!

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ChadR
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food eat it multiple times a year great food for a good price

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were visiting Raleigh and decided to grab lunch at Tonbo. All I can say is what and incredible find! We tried a pork bun as our appetizer, a couple of bowls of ramen for our meal and the mochi donuts for desert. Everything was perfect. The pictures on the menu are exactly what the food looks like when it is served. Picture perfect, and super tasty. The workers are all super friendly too. Great experience all around, cannot wait to come back!

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FrankE
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Su, was our server again. And was just as awesome last time. Food was amazing. Would recommend to anyone.

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jeff
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go for dinner. Food was incredible, and we highly recommend it to others.

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RussellW
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sue was our waitress, Great service, Food and Drinks.
Very Reasonable,
FOOD was Spot on!
Will be back! Soon

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StevenB
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff who are taking this pandemic seriously. Food was exceptional and a great vibe in the restaurant. Will definitely be coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great. Service was good. They are taking social distance serious.

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DaleB
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always great. I’ve been several times. I just Hope neighborhood improves. Several sketchy individuals hanging around outside.

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ThomasP
Poconos
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service.my girlfriend and I both got ramen bowls and we split an app. Plenty of food. I personally would have liked to see more veggies but flavor was on point. We will be back

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FrankE
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

About the only issue was finding parking, but there is free parking on weekends and there is a parking lot about a block or so away. AMAZING food, out of this world cocktails. Would recommend to anyone anytime. Definitely going back!!! Also very family/kid friendly. Sue our waitress was outstanding!!!

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DesheliaW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for authentic Ramen! Great spacing accommodations with Covid19. Waitstaff service was great and very friendly!

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vipMiamiDiner55
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time coming here and this will definitely be a go to spot for us! The pork belly Ramen was amazing!! The pork belly was so tender it would actually melt in your mouth. We also had their special salad of the day which was a French cut lollipop lamb chop with a sweet glazing served over a Mediterranean style salad with feta cheese.

I would definitely recommend us as it’s very authentic Ramen.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I had the seafood ramen.. it was AMAZING. I can’t wait to come back

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SMCM
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The noise level was high af because of the birthday at the time, but I’ve always loved the place and their ramen and I will keep going back

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Duncan
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my friend here for his birthday this week and had an excellent experience. We reserved a table online and when we arrived we were quickly seated. The food was amazing and the service was good. At the end of our meal we ordered an additional item for my friends wife to bring home to her and it was prepared quickly and efficiently. For dessert we had the mochi. It was delicious. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a good Ramen restaurant.

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JasonC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I drive to Tonbo every now and then from Rocky Mount about a 45 minute drive just to get some Ramen. Best Ramen I have found in in Raleigh.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sauce for the cauliflower salad was delicious, definitely try that for a starter. I've been here numerous times and had each of the ramen bowls. They are all so rich and tasty. Start with the tonkotsu, the pork belly just falls apart.
If you're adventurous for drinks, the sweet flight of sake, you won't be disappointed.

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vipCruisegal
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Made a reservation on line for 6/13, Saturday night. Got a reminder email. Showed up at 7:30 for reservation, all chairs on tables, no service in dining room. Showed our reservation to receptionist and asked why we just drove 30 minutes if they are closed. She pointed at manager-owner - i don't know? Did not identify herself. Just said....closed.
Tried to make a reservation quickly somewhere else, couldn't - we were locked out of Open Table. We received confirmation of reservation, reminder of reservation, how was our reservation, how was our meal. They are STILL ACCEPTING reservations. Don't go without calling. Very disappointing. Even more disappointing they did not care. Have turned them into Open Table as well. :(

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CaraG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My friends and I loved the food and everything. I enjoyed my very first sake and have recommended the location to coworkers.

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BobRacha
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty. Best ramen in the area

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Amazing food. The ramen and the bento box we ordered were delicious. Will certainly come back again.

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KathyV
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The broth and dumplings were outstanding

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ErickaW
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tonbo was awesome! I’ve been looking for a good ramen restaurant and I think I found my new favorite spot!

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vippinkygizzard
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal! Our waiter was extremely helpful with ordering and steered us in the perfect direction. Can't wait to go back or get takeout. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. The restaurant was busy due to Valentine’s Day so the service was a bit slower than usual but our waitress was a sweetheart. Definitely recommend!

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vipFoodie
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tonbo Ramen has great food and the service was awesome!

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Danielle
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

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JoshuaB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Mediocre ramen and I'm pretty sure they brought me the wrong beer. Will keep searching for a solid ramen restaurant in Raleigh

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RobynM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal! Would recommend this to others to enjoy as well

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Gabriela
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Waited 15 minutes for the server to get our order and 45 minutes to get our food
I was hoping that the time we waited was worth it because the food would be delicious but it was average.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Came here for birthday party. Seated immediately which was great. Table was waiting.

Bbq pork and shrimp buns were really delicious. Perfect appetizers. Tempura was excellent with a great dipping sauce.

The ramen bowls were where things went a little down hill. We order 3 different varieties and none were great. Not bad but just not very tasty. There were so many ingredients and noodles that you couldn’t see any liquid. Maybe this was normal but was hard to enjoy the broth. The broth recipe was off once you found it. Maybe this is personal preference and others will disagree.

We’ve been to another Ramen shop on Cary and I think this is what I was hoping the ramen broth would taste like.

Still we had a good time and was glad to have visited.

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vipDavidR
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food!

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Adele
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Favorite place for great ramen, relaxed atmosphere, welcomin staff - attentive without hovering

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DarioB
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time at Tonbo with family. One of the best ramen we had so far in the triangle area. Nice ambient, good service and a lot of choices from the menu. We'll definitely come back again.

FAQs

Tonbo Ramen is rated 4.7 stars by 106 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.