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The Best Ramen in Greater Boston

The cold weather is officially here, which means it’s time to eat ramen

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The cold weather is (unfortunately) very much here, and ramen is the warm blanket of the food world, providing solace through the changing of the seasons. The Boston area is a treasure trove for this comforting Japanese dish, and plenty of restaurants serve a variety of bowls that should not be overlooked.

These are 18 of the best around — some at restaurants that exclusively serve ramen, some in spots that serve a wider Japanese menu, and some hiding among dishes from other cuisines at non-Japanese restaurants.

Please note that a number of Boston restaurants have resumed dine-in service, and the level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in the area, please visit the Massachusetts coronavirus website.

Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

This map was originally published February 22, 2017; it is updated periodically, and the date of the most recent update appears above.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ebisuya Japanese Noodle House

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64 Summer St
Malden, MA 02148

This Malden ramen shop is a spinoff of a popular market that attracted customers with its “ramen Sundays.” Now, Ebisuya Japanese Noodle House is a direct source for that same ramen, including spicy and non-spicy miso versions.

Ebisuya is open for indoor dining, and pickup and delivery via the restaurant’s website.

2. Pikaichi

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123 Boston Ave
Medford, MA 02155
(781) 777-2555
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Once a beloved ramen destination in Allston, Pikaichi shuttered that location in late 2017 before reopening in Medford a few months later. Pikaichi serves eight types of ramen, two of which have a vegetable-based broth. Heat-seekers should opt for the spiciest ramen on the menu, the jigoku ramen, which has a spicy soy sauce base and comes topped with a shrimp hot oil.

Pikaichi is open for takeout.

A dark brown broth with three pieces of pork, chopped green onions, and noodles in a white bowl
Tokyo shoyu ramen at Pikaichi
Pikaichi/Official Site

3. Tsurumen

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420 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 764-0588
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This addition to Somerville’s Davis Square is a no-frills spot with a short menu that focuses on Osaka-style ramen. Try the paitan ramen, which has a thick, chicken-based broth and comes topped with pork chashu and scratch-made noodles. (Note: Get there now, because Tsurumen — by design — is not permanent.)

Tsurumen is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery. (Best bet: Order a ramen kit, and cook it at home so the noodles don’t get soggy.)

A white bowl filled with slices of pork, chopped onions, and various toppings
Paitan ramen at Tsurumen
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4. Yume Wo Katare

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1923 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 714-4008
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Before COVID-19, diners would line up outside for a taste of the ramen at this popular Porter Square restaurant. The bowls of jiro ramen, made with thick noodles and pork broth, are among the best in Greater Boston. As the restaurant says, "Your choice is simple: two slices of pork, or five?" When diners finished their bowls, they were given the opportunity to stand up and share their dreams in front of everyone in the restaurant.

Yume Wo Katare isn’t open for indoor dining during the pandemic, so you’ll have to stand up and share your dreams at home. Limited takeout is available, and meals need to be pre-purchased online via Ona. Watch Instagram for updates on hours and what’s available; sometimes it’s the classic ramen (in kits or ready to eat immediately; find a place to slurp outside), sometimes ramdon, sometimes even pizza.

Ramen noodles and slices of pork are stacked impossibly high in a white bowl, topped with ample garlic.
Ramen at Yume Wo Katare
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5. Sapporo Ramen

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1815 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 876-4805
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Located inside the Japanese food-filled Porter Exchange, just down the street from the Porter MBTA red line stop, Sapporo Ramen has 10 different recipes, all made with yellow noodles and slow-cooked broth. There is a spicy miso version for those who appreciate the extra kick, and the house ramen comes with pork, egg, bean sprouts, nori, corn, and scallions.

Sapporo Ramen is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

A brown bowl filled with miso ramen, springled with red spice, corn, and a soft egg, with a white spoon resting in the bowl
Spicy miso ramen at Sapporo
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6. One Ramen & Sushi

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1759 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 864-6299
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Open since mid-2018, One Ramen & Sushi rounds out the substantial Porter Square ramen scene with nine different options, including spicy sesame ramen, beef shoyu ramen, and more. Plus, as the name suggests, there are plenty of sushi options on the menu.

One Ramen & Sushi is open for indoor dining and takeout.

A black bowl with a creamy ramen broth topped with seaweed, a soft egg, corn, and more
Ramen at One Ramen & Sushi
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7. Santouka Ramen

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1 Bow St
Cambridge, MA 02138

The first of two locations of this Japanese chain to open in the Boston area, Santouka in Cambridge offers a variety of ramen dishes, including shio, shoyu, miso, spicy miso, char siu, and tokusen toroniku. There is also a vegetarian option made with a soy-based vegan broth, menma kikurage mushrooms, soy sauce-marinated fu (or wheat gluten), and umeboshi. There's also a smaller location in Back Bay.

Santouka is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery via DoorDash, Grubhub, Seamless, and Uber Eats.

A white bowl filled with a reddish broth topped with sprigs of saffron
Ramen at Santouka Cambridge
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8. Shabu & Mein

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168 First Street
Cambridge, MA 02421
(617) 577-7888
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With nine different kinds of ramen, including vegetarian and gluten-free options, Shabu & Mein has much to offer in the way of warm soups (not to mention the restaurant's other highlight, hot pots). The vegetarian dish is made with a mushroom base and tofu, while the meatier options feature char siu pork, soft-boiled eggs, and much more. Diners can swap in a few different types of noodles, too.

Shabu & Mein is open for takeout and delivery.

A white bowl filled with brown broth, slices of meat, a halved soft egg, and corn
Ramen at Shabu & Mein
Shabu & Mein/Official Site

9. Pagu

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310 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 945-9290
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A few years back, Pagu owner Tracy Chang was part of a crew that hosted a popular pop-up event, Guchi's Midnight Ramen, on several occasions. Now, the spectacular Guchi's midnight ramen lives on on the Pagu menu, packed full of pork belly, umami oil, and a six-minute egg. At the moment, it exists as a “ramen survival kit” that serves four.

Pagu is currently open for takeout (order via Toast) and delivery (order via Caviar), as well as grocery pickup.

A milky broth fills a black bowl, with a soft egg on top and seaweed, green onions, and meat submerged
Guchi’s midnight ramen at Pagu
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10. Totto Ramen

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169 Brighton Ave
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 202-5075
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Originally from New York, this small ramen chain has local outposts in Allston, Somerville (at Assembly Row), and Dorchester (at South Bay Center). While much of the Boston ramen scene focuses on pork-based broths, it’s all about the chicken at Totto; there are three variations of a chicken paitan ramen on the menu, as well as a vegetarian option.

Totto is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery via Grubhub, Postmates, and Uber Eats.

A bowl of ramen with meat, seaweed, and greens
Spicy paitan ramen at Totto
Totto/Official Site

11. Isshindo Ramen

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1 Brighton Ave
Boston, MA 02134
(617) 987-0201
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Isshindo had big shoes to fill, taking over the space of the beloved Pikaichi at Super 88. (Fortunately, Pikaichi didn’t close for good; it relocated to Medford, and it remains among the area’s best ramen spots — see more details above.) But in its first two years — it opened in early 2019 — Isshindo has hit the ground running, impressing with its tonkotsu ramen as well as miso- and tomato-based ramen options.

Isshindo is open for takeout and delivery.

a bowl of ramen with a black spoon, slices of meat, chopped vegetables, and a soft egg
Ramen at Isshindo
Terrence B. Doyle/Eater

12. Hojoko Boston

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1271 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 670-0507
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This swanky Fenway izakaya features a "funky chicken ramen" on its menu amid sushi, snacks, and more. The dish is made with 48-hour chicken broth and comes with a soy egg, menma, and robata-grilled koji chicken. For an extra $1, guests can kick up the spice with a side of fermented chile relish. There’s also a spicy miso ramen with pork, corn tempura, and a soy egg.

Hojoko is open for indoor dining, and takeout and delivery via the restaurant’s website.

A colorful bowl filled with ramen broth, noodles, a soft egg, and toppings with a pink spook alongside it
Ramen at Hojoko
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13. Ganko Ittetsu Ramen

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318 Harvard St Ste 3
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 730-8100
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This tiny Coolidge Corner ramen shop opened in late 2015, hidden inside the Arcade building, and keeps to a simple menu with six ramen dishes, including tantan, miso, shio, and shoyu versions. The team has also opened Gantetsu-Ya, a casual takoyaki and okonomiyaki shop in the same building.

Ganko Ittetsu Ramen is open for indoor dining (limited seating) and takeout.

A large bowl of ramen shows an oily broth, a slice of meat, and toppings of a soft-boiled egg and vegetables
Gankara miso at Ganko Ittetsu Ramen
Ganko Ittetsu Ramen/Official Site

14. Sushi Kappo

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86 Peterborough St
Boston, MA 02215

While the main menu item at Sushi Kappo is indeed sushi, not to mention sushi burritos and poke bowls, the Fenway restaurant also serves several kinds of ramen, including four tonkotsu dishes and one vegetarian version made with mushroom broth.

Sushi Kappo is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery via Grubhub and Uber Eats.

15. Little Big Diner

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1247 Centre St
Newton, MA 02459
(857) 404-0068
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This energetic suburban gem offers several kinds of ramen on its menu, including paitan chicken, chili paitan, and miso ramen that can be ordered spicy (pictured) or not. There's also the "chef's ultra ramen," which features chashu pork, chicken thigh, and chile ground pork, plus white kimchi. This casual sibling of nearby Sycamore also serves up rice bowls, karaage fried chicken, and more.

Little Big Diner is open for indoor dining (limited seating) and takeout.

A large bowl of ramen shows broth filled with meat, greens, sprouts, corn, and a soft egg
Spicy miso ramen at Little Big Diner
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16. Soup Shack

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779 Centre St
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 477-9805
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Soup is rightfully the main attraction at Jamaica Plain’s Soup Shack, and it’s not just ramen. The restaurant provides a bit of a culinary tour of Thailand and Vietnam, too, with various Thai-style noodle soups and Vietnamese pho. On the ramen side, there are six options, from spicy miso to yasai, a vegetarian ramen. There is also a location in Brookline.

Soup Shack is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery via DoorDash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats.

A bowl of ramen with sliced meat, corn, and green onions has a pair of chopsticks laid across the rim, with a plate of gyoza alongside and two halves of a soft egg on another plate
Ramen and more at Soup Shack
Soup Shack/Official Site

17. Neponset Cafe

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400 Neponset Ave
Dorchester, MA 02122
(617) 506-8021
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This casual spot debuted in Dorchester in late 2018, serving cafe fare and a compact selection of breakfast, lunch, and dinner entrees, including four types of ramen. Three feature pork chashu, while the fourth is a vegetarian miso ramen with vegetables and fried tofu.

Neponset Cafe is open for takeout and delivery.

18. Hakata Ramen

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673 Hancock St
Quincy, MA 02170
(617) 773-8828
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With sister locations in Boston’s Back Bay and in Waltham, Hakata’s Quincy spot is a popular choice for its ramen, featuring a dozen options, most of which are made with a pork-based broth. Also on the menu: sushi burgers and sushi burritos.

Hakata is open for takeout and delivery.

1. Ebisuya Japanese Noodle House

64 Summer St, Malden, MA 02148

This Malden ramen shop is a spinoff of a popular market that attracted customers with its “ramen Sundays.” Now, Ebisuya Japanese Noodle House is a direct source for that same ramen, including spicy and non-spicy miso versions.

Ebisuya is open for indoor dining, and pickup and delivery via the restaurant’s website.

64 Summer St
Malden, MA 02148

2. Pikaichi

123 Boston Ave, Medford, MA 02155
A dark brown broth with three pieces of pork, chopped green onions, and noodles in a white bowl
Tokyo shoyu ramen at Pikaichi
Pikaichi/Official Site

Once a beloved ramen destination in Allston, Pikaichi shuttered that location in late 2017 before reopening in Medford a few months later. Pikaichi serves eight types of ramen, two of which have a vegetable-based broth. Heat-seekers should opt for the spiciest ramen on the menu, the jigoku ramen, which has a spicy soy sauce base and comes topped with a shrimp hot oil.

Pikaichi is open for takeout.

123 Boston Ave
Medford, MA 02155

3. Tsurumen

420 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02144
A white bowl filled with slices of pork, chopped onions, and various toppings
Paitan ramen at Tsurumen
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

This addition to Somerville’s Davis Square is a no-frills spot with a short menu that focuses on Osaka-style ramen. Try the paitan ramen, which has a thick, chicken-based broth and comes topped with pork chashu and scratch-made noodles. (Note: Get there now, because Tsurumen — by design — is not permanent.)

Tsurumen is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery. (Best bet: Order a ramen kit, and cook it at home so the noodles don’t get soggy.)

420 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144

4. Yume Wo Katare

1923 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
Ramen noodles and slices of pork are stacked impossibly high in a white bowl, topped with ample garlic.
Ramen at Yume Wo Katare
Yume Wo Katare [Official Photo]

Before COVID-19, diners would line up outside for a taste of the ramen at this popular Porter Square restaurant. The bowls of jiro ramen, made with thick noodles and pork broth, are among the best in Greater Boston. As the restaurant says, "Your choice is simple: two slices of pork, or five?" When diners finished their bowls, they were given the opportunity to stand up and share their dreams in front of everyone in the restaurant.

Yume Wo Katare isn’t open for indoor dining during the pandemic, so you’ll have to stand up and share your dreams at home. Limited takeout is available, and meals need to be pre-purchased online via Ona. Watch Instagram for updates on hours and what’s available; sometimes it’s the classic ramen (in kits or ready to eat immediately; find a place to slurp outside), sometimes ramdon, sometimes even pizza.

1923 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

5. Sapporo Ramen

1815 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
A brown bowl filled with miso ramen, springled with red spice, corn, and a soft egg, with a white spoon resting in the bowl
Spicy miso ramen at Sapporo
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Located inside the Japanese food-filled Porter Exchange, just down the street from the Porter MBTA red line stop, Sapporo Ramen has 10 different recipes, all made with yellow noodles and slow-cooked broth. There is a spicy miso version for those who appreciate the extra kick, and the house ramen comes with pork, egg, bean sprouts, nori, corn, and scallions.

Sapporo Ramen is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

1815 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

6. One Ramen & Sushi

1759 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
A black bowl with a creamy ramen broth topped with seaweed, a soft egg, corn, and more
Ramen at One Ramen & Sushi
One Ramen & Sushi/Official Site

Open since mid-2018, One Ramen & Sushi rounds out the substantial Porter Square ramen scene with nine different options, including spicy sesame ramen, beef shoyu ramen, and more. Plus, as the name suggests, there are plenty of sushi options on the menu.

One Ramen & Sushi is open for indoor dining and takeout.

1759 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

7. Santouka Ramen

1 Bow St, Cambridge, MA 02138
A white bowl filled with a reddish broth topped with sprigs of saffron
Ramen at Santouka Cambridge
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

The first of two locations of this Japanese chain to open in the Boston area, Santouka in Cambridge offers a variety of ramen dishes, including shio, shoyu, miso, spicy miso, char siu, and tokusen toroniku. There is also a vegetarian option made with a soy-based vegan broth, menma kikurage mushrooms, soy sauce-marinated fu (or wheat gluten), and umeboshi. There's also a smaller location in Back Bay.

Santouka is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery via DoorDash, Grubhub, Seamless, and Uber Eats.

1 Bow St
Cambridge, MA 02138

8. Shabu & Mein

168 First Street, Cambridge, MA 02421
A white bowl filled with brown broth, slices of meat, a halved soft egg, and corn
Ramen at Shabu & Mein
Shabu & Mein/Official Site

With nine different kinds of ramen, including vegetarian and gluten-free options, Shabu & Mein has much to offer in the way of warm soups (not to mention the restaurant's other highlight, hot pots). The vegetarian dish is made with a mushroom base and tofu, while the meatier options feature char siu pork, soft-boiled eggs, and much more. Diners can swap in a few different types of noodles, too.

Shabu & Mein is open for takeout and delivery.

168 First Street
Cambridge, MA 02421

9. Pagu

310 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
A milky broth fills a black bowl, with a soft egg on top and seaweed, green onions, and meat submerged
Guchi’s midnight ramen at Pagu
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

A few years back, Pagu owner Tracy Chang was part of a crew that hosted a popular pop-up event, Guchi's Midnight Ramen, on several occasions. Now, the spectacular Guchi's midnight ramen lives on on the Pagu menu, packed full of pork belly, umami oil, and a six-minute egg. At the moment, it exists as a “ramen survival kit” that serves four.

Pagu is currently open for takeout (order via Toast) and delivery (order via Caviar), as well as grocery pickup.

310 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

10. Totto Ramen

169 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134
A bowl of ramen with meat, seaweed, and greens
Spicy paitan ramen at Totto
Totto/Official Site

Originally from New York, this small ramen chain has local outposts in Allston, Somerville (at Assembly Row), and Dorchester (at South Bay Center). While much of the Boston ramen scene focuses on pork-based broths, it’s all about the chicken at Totto; there are three variations of a chicken paitan ramen on the menu, as well as a vegetarian option.

Totto is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery via Grubhub, Postmates, and Uber Eats.

169 Brighton Ave
Allston, MA 02134

11. Isshindo Ramen

1 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134
a bowl of ramen with a black spoon, slices of meat, chopped vegetables, and a soft egg
Ramen at Isshindo
Terrence B. Doyle/Eater

Isshindo had big shoes to fill, taking over the space of the beloved Pikaichi at Super 88. (Fortunately, Pikaichi didn’t close for good; it relocated to Medford, and it remains among the area’s best ramen spots — see more details above.) But in its first two years — it opened in early 2019 — Isshindo has hit the ground running, impressing with its tonkotsu ramen as well as miso- and tomato-based ramen options.

Isshindo is open for takeout and delivery.

1 Brighton Ave
Boston, MA 02134

12. Hojoko Boston

1271 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215
A colorful bowl filled with ramen broth, noodles, a soft egg, and toppings with a pink spook alongside it
Ramen at Hojoko
Brian Samuels

This swanky Fenway izakaya features a "funky chicken ramen" on its menu amid sushi, snacks, and more. The dish is made with 48-hour chicken broth and comes with a soy egg, menma, and robata-grilled koji chicken. For an extra $1, guests can kick up the spice with a side of fermented chile relish. There’s also a spicy miso ramen with pork, corn tempura, and a soy egg.

Hojoko is open for indoor dining, and takeout and delivery via the restaurant’s website.

1271 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215

13. Ganko Ittetsu Ramen

318 Harvard St Ste 3, Brookline, MA 02446
A large bowl of ramen shows an oily broth, a slice of meat, and toppings of a soft-boiled egg and vegetables
Gankara miso at Ganko Ittetsu Ramen
Ganko Ittetsu Ramen/Official Site

This tiny Coolidge Corner ramen shop opened in late 2015, hidden inside the Arcade building, and keeps to a simple menu with six ramen dishes, including tantan, miso, shio, and shoyu versions. The team has also opened Gantetsu-Ya, a casual takoyaki and okonomiyaki shop in the same building.

Ganko Ittetsu Ramen is open for indoor dining (limited seating) and takeout.

318 Harvard St Ste 3
Brookline, MA 02446

14. Sushi Kappo

86 Peterborough St, Boston, MA 02215

While the main menu item at Sushi Kappo is indeed sushi, not to mention sushi burritos and poke bowls, the Fenway restaurant also serves several kinds of ramen, including four tonkotsu dishes and one vegetarian version made with mushroom broth.

Sushi Kappo is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery via Grubhub and Uber Eats.

86 Peterborough St
Boston, MA 02215

15. Little Big Diner

1247 Centre St, Newton, MA 02459
A large bowl of ramen shows broth filled with meat, greens, sprouts, corn, and a soft egg
Spicy miso ramen at Little Big Diner
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

This energetic suburban gem offers several kinds of ramen on its menu, including paitan chicken, chili paitan, and miso ramen that can be ordered spicy (pictured) or not. There's also the "chef's ultra ramen," which features chashu pork, chicken thigh, and chile ground pork, plus white kimchi. This casual sibling of nearby Sycamore also serves up rice bowls, karaage fried chicken, and more.

Little Big Diner is open for indoor dining (limited seating) and takeout.

1247 Centre St
Newton, MA 02459

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16. Soup Shack

779 Centre St, Boston, MA 02130
A bowl of ramen with sliced meat, corn, and green onions has a pair of chopsticks laid across the rim, with a plate of gyoza alongside and two halves of a soft egg on another plate
Ramen and more at Soup Shack
Soup Shack/Official Site

Soup is rightfully the main attraction at Jamaica Plain’s Soup Shack, and it’s not just ramen. The restaurant provides a bit of a culinary tour of Thailand and Vietnam, too, with various Thai-style noodle soups and Vietnamese pho. On the ramen side, there are six options, from spicy miso to yasai, a vegetarian ramen. There is also a location in Brookline.

Soup Shack is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery via DoorDash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats.

779 Centre St
Boston, MA 02130

17. Neponset Cafe

400 Neponset Ave, Dorchester, MA 02122

This casual spot debuted in Dorchester in late 2018, serving cafe fare and a compact selection of breakfast, lunch, and dinner entrees, including four types of ramen. Three feature pork chashu, while the fourth is a vegetarian miso ramen with vegetables and fried tofu.

Neponset Cafe is open for takeout and delivery.

400 Neponset Ave
Dorchester, MA 02122

18. Hakata Ramen

673 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02170

With sister locations in Boston’s Back Bay and in Waltham, Hakata’s Quincy spot is a popular choice for its ramen, featuring a dozen options, most of which are made with a pork-based broth. Also on the menu: sushi burgers and sushi burritos.

Hakata is open for takeout and delivery.

673 Hancock St
Quincy, MA 02170

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