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Ramen-san

4.6
4.6
605 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
RAMEN-SAN is a lively, neighborhood restaurant and bar in River North reminiscent of traditional ramen shops in Japan. The space is raw, anchored by exposed brick and reclaimed wood, which makes for an understated, yet inviting ambiance. Ramen-san marks the partners’ fourth collaboration with Japanese designer Kota Bando, who created a comfortable, approachable space where diners can enjoy noodles in a casual setting for dinner and late night.

Not bookable

Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network. To see if they take reservations and have availability, please contact the restaurant directly or visit their website for more information.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Asian, Contemporary Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Sun: 12 PM - 12 AM Mon - Fri: 11 AM - 12 AM Sat: 11 AM - 1 AM

  • Phone number

    (312) 377-9950

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Doug Psaltis

  • Neighborhood

    River North (Chicago)

  • Cross street

    Clark Street

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

What 605 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. K

    Kens55

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was outstanding the food was unbelievable service was great outstanding we will go back
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere!
  3. c

    catmandu

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This spot is always on my list of favorite ramen places. Cool ambience and wonderful, informative service, it's great for ramen lovers and great for first-timers. Even the cocktails are wonderful. I always recommend this place!
  4. AT

    AmyT

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A friend moved away and came back to Chicago for a visit. He was one of the first customers when the place opened years ago and he was so excited to grab a bowl of Tonkotsu for his first meal in Chicago. Ramen-San was amazing and everything he had hoped the place would continue to be. Thanks for a lovely time!
  5. KG

    KatieG

    Chicago

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My go to for ramen in Chicago. LOVE their choice in hip-hop.
  6. CV

    CharleneV

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's one of my favorite spots to grab a bite when I'm in Chicago for work. I've taken customers as well as family here and it's always a huge hit. Ramen-San Rocks!!!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2017

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was super tasty, beer was cold and plentiful, service was quick, music was fun. Noisy ambiance but didn't think it was supposed to be an intimate date place. Only detractor-there was a very long wait for our ramen because of mobile/Grubhub orders, which also made it awkward because there was a huge line of people around our table.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Their Tonkatsu Ramen is the best I've had in the city - and I used to live in Chinatown.
  9. PP

    PPatel

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Tasty! Definitely recommend the kimchi and fried chicken, it's got a great level of heat.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and the music was on point ! The choices was good and even had the description on the back of the menu!
  11. FS

    FrancieS

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, fun restaurant for the whole family. Very authentic and food was incredibly fresh.
  12. GW

    GraceW

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the food
  13. R

    Rizelle

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2017

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I am big on ramen and picky about where I go, and this place did not disappoint. The appetizers were all delicious. We tried the raw tuna and wings. As for the ramen, I got the spicy miso. It definitely was very spicy with a great broth. The noodles were well done as well. I will come back again!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Ramen in Chicago
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very good food and experience. Will definitely go again!
  16. g

    girlsdinner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner. Amazing atmosphere. Great all around!
  17. KM

    KiraM

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    This place is awesome. I have a shellfish allergy, but the kitchen substituted some meat (I think it was pork) in a ramen dish due to the marinade for chicken, and my dish turned out really delicious. It's definitely a more casual jeans and sweater kind of place, with shared seating. We ended up making friends with the people next to us (who randomly also happened to be lawyers) - it's the type of place where I think you're meant to talk to the people sitting next to you, which is kind of cool. If you're looking for a dressy, swanky, romantic river north date night, this may not be the place (it's pretty casual, and you'll leave in a food coma) , but the ramen is damn good.
  18. AH

    AlfonzoH

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service and food is always great here! Love the music too.
  19. CS

    CynthiaS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time there, really liked it!
  20. AB

    AngelaB

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wish this were closer to home! We loved the choices and drinks. We would eat here weekly if we could. The ramen was perfect texture. The specials and combinations are perfect for both vegetarians and carnivores. The broth was unforgettable. I had a lobster special that had a kick to it; I think about it often.
  21. F

    Foodie

    Minneapolis

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    lovely weather to sit outdoors & enjoy our ramen bowls and appetizers. Food was very good
  22. JJ

    JayandJolene

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Such an amazing restaurant we have always had amazing meals here! We always take people visiting from out of town!
  23. D

    Debb

    Chicago

    124 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    124 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2017

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    My husband and I live in the neighborhood and have tried many Ramen type restaurants in the city. Neither of us were impressed with our meal. We both ordered the brisket special that was recommended by our waitstaff. The broth flavor was overpowering and the two pieces of brisket seemed more like thinly sliced roast beef from the corner deli. The dining room was very warm making it uncomfortable to eat hot soup.It was a 90 degree day and they had the door propped open. We could not wait to run outside when we finished. I normally find Lettuce Entertain You restaurants to be superior when it comes to details....but not this time.
  24. J

    Joanne

    Phoenix

    119 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    119 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Could not get in on a Saturday night...wait was about an hour, but Sunday...no wait at all. Service was attentive and the food-- I had fried chicken ramen-- excellent. I will return!
  25. j

    jaimeg

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our children's birthdays and eberything was phenomenal.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really fun dinner spot. Good music, good food & good sake.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good ramen!
  28. SJ

    SherylJ

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    All our food was great- smoked salmon nigiri, pork bun, smoked pork ramen and fried chicken&kimchi ramen.
  29. v

    victorw

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Always enjoy food, nice ambiance and great service for reasonable price
  30. DM

    DougM

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The atmosphere was upbeat and modern, and the food was legit. Service from the waitstaff was attentive and easy. Overall a fun experience.
  31. WC

    WayneC

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ramen-awesomeness!
  32. H

    Happycamper

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2017

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    We had the tuna appetizer - yummy. Split a bowl of tonkatsu ramen and ordered some extra broth ($2). The waiter forgot about the wine order and we had to remind him, and then we had to ask again about the broth. He redeemed himself with a free order of donuts for my birthday and they were the BEST thing we ate - amazing with a miso vanilla glaze. My sister Loved the entire meal
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding food quality on every dish asked for fair price. Service is very good too. Cushion on the chairs would be my only recommendation for improvement.
  34. JF

    JoyF

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2017

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    Food comes out slowly, but it is delicious. I can't believe they don't pass out bibs to keep the slurping dribbles off clothing.
  35. JM

    JeffreyM

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent fatty ramen and hot wings. Pretty loud night club upstairs
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2017

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Took my wife and toddler here. This place is not kid friendly unless you get a low table or booth along the walls. Kimchi ramen and salt and pepper chix are infants were great accompanied by a tall asahi beer.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved this place so much that this trip it was a must return after seeing Hamilton.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible experience, highly recommend. Wanted to try everything on the menu.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Place is vibrant with a younger crowd. Quite loud. Food is very good. Would still prefer Misoya Ramen on E Ohio St for more authentic Japanese taste.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2017

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We love ramen San but went on a Saturday and it was very busy. We must have waited 30 min and the ramen cane out before the apps, and both were served like warm. Usually we have a great experience but unfortunately it was lacking on a weekend night.

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Ramen-san is rated 4.6 stars by 605 OpenTable diners.

Not bookable

Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network. To see if they take reservations and have availability, please contact the restaurant directly or visit their website for more information.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Clark Street

  • Neighborhood

    River North (Chicago)

  • Hours of operation

    Sun: 12 PM - 12 AM Mon - Fri: 11 AM - 12 AM Sat: 11 AM - 1 AM

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Asian, Contemporary Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Doug Psaltis

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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