Ramen-san

4.6
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605 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Asian, Contemporary Asian
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Hours of operation
Sun: 12 PM - 12 AM
Mon - Fri: 11 AM - 12 AM
Sat: 11 AM - 1 AM
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Phone number
(312) 377-9950
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Doug Psaltis
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Cross street
Clark Street
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Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
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4.6based on all time ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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K
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was outstanding the food was unbelievable service was great outstanding we will go back

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere!

c
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

AT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

KG
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

CV
New England
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

PP
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

FS
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

GW
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food

R
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Ramen in Chicago

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good food and experience. Will definitely go again!

g
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner. Amazing atmosphere. Great all around!

KM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

AH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there, really liked it!

AB
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

F
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JJ
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

D
Chicago
115 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

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.

J
Phoenix
75 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

j
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good ramen!

SJ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

v
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy food, nice ambiance and great service for reasonable price

DM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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

WC
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ramen-awesomeness!

H
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

JF
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

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.

JM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

OT
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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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