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About Ramen-san

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.

59 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60610
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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

Cross Street:
Clark Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 377-9950

Website:
http://www.ramensan.com/

Executive Chef:
Doug Psaltis

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Ramen-san Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (8)
Fun (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
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Hot Spot (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Spicy (4)
Authentic (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Great Beer (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Healthy (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
People Watching (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Cozy (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Organic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2017

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great food and atmosphere!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 18, 2017

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!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 17, 2017

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!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 16, 2017

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

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·Dined on August 14, 2017

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!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 14, 2017

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.

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·Dined on August 13, 2017

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

Tags: Fun, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined on August 11, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 10, 2017

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

Tags: Vegan, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Love the food

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 6, 2017

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!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Best Ramen in Chicago

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Very good food and experience. Will definitely go again!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Amazing dinner. Amazing atmosphere. Great all around!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 4, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 3, 2017

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 3, 2017

First time there, really liked it!

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 30, 2017

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

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 29, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 26, 2017

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.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 24, 2017

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!

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 21, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 18, 2017

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Very good ramen!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 14, 2017

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 12, 2017

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

Tags: Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 12, 2017

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

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Ramen-awesomeness!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 12, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 11, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 8, 2017

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

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Spicy, Casual, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 29, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Fun, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 29, 2017

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 25, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 24, 2017

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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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Service was friendly and the food was very good. It was a nice time with family. Approachable and trendy. We highly recommend!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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