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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.

  • 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

  • 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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Menu

Limited Edition

available through 10/27

  • Chicken Shio Ramen$16.00

    classic chicken broth, chicken chashu, buttered corn, scallions, molten egg, nori

    Specialties

    • salad-san$7.00

      carrot-ginger dressing

      • karaage chicken nuggets$12.00

        lime kosho aioli

        • raw tuna$13.00

          sesame crisps, poblano, avocado

          Mantou Buns

          • fried chicken$5.00

            shredded cabbage, japanese mustard

            • pork belly$5.00

              spicy mayo, kimchi cucumber

              • tempura shiitake$5.00

                spicy mayo, mixed greens

                Chicken Wings

                (5 pc)

                • spicy szechuan$12.00

                  • sticky thai$12.00

                    Dumplings

                    • chicken & vegetable gyoza$8.00

                      • crispy berkshire$10.00

                        • xoxo shrimp & pork$13.00

                          Ramen

                          all ramen are served with tokyo wavy noodles from sun noodle

                          • tantan-san$15.00

                            vegetable broth, cremini, bok choy, tofu

                            • tonkotsu*$16.00

                              traditional broth, chashu, molten egg

                              • kimchi & fried chicken$16.00

                                fried garlic, buttered corn

                                • spicy miso$15.00

                                  ground pork, kung pao chilies, napa cabbage

                                  • katsu tonkotsu*$16.00

                                    panko breaded pork loin, mustard miso, molten egg

                                    • sumo*$19.00

                                      chashu, xo wontons, spicy crushed egg

                                      Ramen Additions

                                      • fried garlic$1.00

                                        • sesame chili$1.00

                                          • molten egg$1.00

                                            • buttered corn$1.00

                                              • bok choy$2.00

                                                • fresh tofu$2.00

                                                  • karaage chicken$4.00

                                                    • chashu pork$5.00

                                                      • xoxo wontons$6.00

                                                        • kae-dama!$4.00

                                                          noodle refill

                                                          Veg Sides

                                                          • FRIED BRUSSELS$5.00

                                                            • CHINESE BROCCOLI$5.00

                                                              • SPICY KIMCHI$5.00

                                                                Late Night Fried Rice

                                                                available after 9pm through 10/27

                                                                • OG$13.00

                                                                  roasted chashu, spicy kimchi, buttered corn

                                                                  Last updated: October 16, 2021

                                                                  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

                                                                  NoiseModerate

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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

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                    Dined on August 18, 2017

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Great food and atmosphere!

                                                                  3. c

                                                                    catmandu

                                                                    Chicago

                                                                    17 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    17 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

                                                                    33 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    33 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

                                                                    12 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    4.0

                                                                    12 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

                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    3 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

                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    4 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

                                                                    29 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    4.0

                                                                    29 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

                                                                    8 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    8 reviews

                                                                    Dined on August 3, 2017

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                                                                  19. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Chicago

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on August 3, 2017

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    First time there, really liked it!

                                                                  20. AB

                                                                    AngelaB

                                                                    Chicago

                                                                    23 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    23 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

                                                                    21 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    21 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

                                                                    122 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    2.0

                                                                    122 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

                                                                    109 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    109 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

                                                                    16 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    16 reviews

                                                                    Dined on July 21, 2017

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                  26. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Chicago

                                                                    25 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    25 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

                                                                    19 reviews

                                                                    4.0

                                                                    19 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

                                                                    19 reviews

                                                                    4.0

                                                                    19 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

                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                    3.0

                                                                    5 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.

                                                                  FAQs

                                                                  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.

                                                                  • 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

                                                                  • 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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