Seattle’s famous drizzly weather means that ramen is always a good idea. It is an ideal comfort dish, and most people love it. There are four basic types of ramen: Shio, which is made with salt; Miso, which is made with soybean paste; Shoyu, which is made with soy sauce; and Tonkotsu, which is made with pork bone broth. With that said, here are the best ramen spots in Seattle.
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1222 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122, United States
The first Danbo Ramen store debuted in the Japanese city of Chikushino in 2000, concentrating on quality and taste. In the years since, it has expanded and opened several branches globally, including Seattle, from this single store. Their menu focuses on classic Tonkotsu ramen prepared in the Kyushu Hakata style, one of Japan’s most popular styles. However, you can customize your ramen and choose tasty toppings to make your own unique style while enjoying the original taste of Fukuoka. The restaurant’s soup bases are imported from Japan, produced with only the finest natural ingredients and packed with umami despite its lower salt content, resulting in a broth you will want to sip and savor to the very last drop.
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Kizuki Ramen and Izakaya
320 E Pine St Seattle, United States
Kizuki Ramen and Izakaya’s mission is to provide traditional, authentic, and tasty Japanese ramen possible to its customers without traveling to Japan. The dish is still cooked the same traditional way, using the process of roasting the bones first before boiling. Kizuki Ramen and Izakaya is the first in the Japanese ramen business to use this technique, which produces a rich, savory broth that is fragrant and complex. They are committed to recreating the great flavor of traditional Japanese ramen by using natural ingredients imported from Japan. Their noodles must be identical to those consumed in Japan, with their taste, makeup, length, width, and firmness fulfill Japanese specifications. As a result, the wavy noodles are solid to the touch and the perfect complement to the rich broth.
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5401 20th Ave NW Seattle, United States
If you ever find yourself dining in Arashi Ramen, make sure you order Pork Soup Tonkotsu. To bring forth the depth of the pork flavor, professional chefs simmer the soup for 16 hours. Special shio, shoyu, and miso choices abound, but the Arashi, a salt-based shio with three dazzling strips of pork belly, is a must-try. Try the black garlic ramen or the spicy tantan men with sesame paste and spiced ground pork for a spicier and more flavorful spin on things.
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1911 N 45th St, WA 98103, United States
This izakaya tucked away in a busy restaurant row gets far less attention and praise than it deserves. But, like the restaurant itself, the greatest of its food doesn’t scream the loudest or show off in gaudy ways. The restaurant serves fantastic but simple bowls, such as its miso broth, which perfectly balance the fermented soy bean’s rich, salty flavors with the slick slices of braised pig belly. The seafood-packed fisherman ramen and premium wagyu shoyu are also stunners.
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1144 NW 52nd St Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 659- 0082
With elements from the Japanese yatai heritage, the broths are lighter than those found elsewhere in town. Midnite started a crowdfunding effort this summer to assist fund the construction of its “50’s Village,” which would include a food cart, seating space, and extended menu. For now, its food truck opens from 5pm-9pm from Wednesdays to Saturdays making it a good spot to catch dinner.
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4138 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105, United States
Samurai Noodle is known for our Tonkotsu ramen (pork broth), but they also have a variety of other excellent alternatives. The restaurant is enthusiastic about its work and never compromises on quality. Each bowl is produced with the same dedication to provide their customers with a genuine ramen experience. The broth is produced from scratch with no pre-made condensed soup components. Make sure to keep an eye out for the huge simmering pots of pork and chicken broth.
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954 E Union St #102, Seattle, WA 98122, United States
Betsutenjin Ramen is the perfect spot to enjoy ramen with your family or friends. Their ramen is made everyday using the finest ingredients. Located in the heart of Seattle, every visit brings a warm Japanese ambiance and a sense of familiarity. Their silky broth is made from pig bones and cooked for 8+ hours every day in an innovative pressure pot. The ramen is inspired from flavors from the south of Japan.
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504 5th Ave S Suite 119, Seattle, WA 98104, United States
Noodles take center stage at Momosan. Whether you order a bowl of distinctive Tonkotsu ramen, tantan, or beef ramen, you’ll notice the level of perfection that only a talented chef can provide. And what a variety of options there are! Begin your dinner with an exclusive appetizer, such as Momosan’s salmon or tuna poke version. Stop by on your own and sit at the bar in the chandelier room or come with a group and relax at one of the tables’ ramen counters. Drink a signature sake, beer, or wine to wash it all down. Whatever path you choose in Seattle’s International District, with your dinner in the hands of Momosan, it’ll be amazing.
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1416 Harvard Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, United States
Years of hard labor, experience and a search for excellence have enabled OOINK’s dreams and concepts to be realized. The OOINK crew grew up on noodles and soup, and every dish holds memories, comfort, and nutrition. Pork takes center stage on the menu. Every ingredient that reaches the OOINK kitchen receives the chef’s complete attention, ensuring that nothing goes to waste and that no aspect is neglected. Their ramen is classic in style and has been tried and tested many times, always aiming for excellence, a labor of love that can be tasted in every sip and slurp.
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1256 Republican St #5538, Seattle, WA 98109, United States
“With care and politeness” is how the word “teinei” can be expressed. It encapsulates the core of Japanese service levels, which are widely regarded as some of the best in the world. Teinei’s goal with its South Lake Union restaurant is to provide that level of service to Seattle. Minoru Ido, the restaurant’s owner, claims that this spirit of care and politeness extends to all sectors of the Japanese restaurant industry, even including fast food.
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Hokkaido Ramen Santouka University Village
2626 NE Village Lane University Village, Seattle, WA 98105, United States
Low and slow doesn’t apply to just BBQ. At Hokkaido Ramen, pork bones are cooked for roughly 20 hours for their unique and flavorful Tonkotsu soup. Finally, after such a long, low-temperature boil, veggies, dried fish, kelp, and other tasty seasonings are added. The flavor is superb, thanks partly to the fact that it is never boiled. The restaurant takes pride in a bowl that can be consumed to the last drop, with a lighter-than-average seasoning. As a result, the ramen can be offered to children without concern. This restaurant’s soup maintains the same mild, delicate flavor it has always had, bringing out the exquisite taste of the ingredients to the utmost extent possible.