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Paitan ramen at Tsurumen in Somerville.
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Where to Eat Ramen in Greater Boston

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

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Paitan ramen at Tsurumen in Somerville.
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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. Here are some of the best around.

Further reading: Superb Soups Around Boston

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. Note that as of January 15, 2022, restaurants in the city of Boston are required to check for proof of vaccination for customers dining indoors. (Brookline and Salem have similar policies, with Brookline’s also covering outdoor seating areas.) Restaurants elsewhere that have decided on their own to require proof of vaccination are noted as such on this map.

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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Ebisuya Japanese Noodle House

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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.

Pikaichi

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Once a beloved ramen destination in Allston, Pikaichi closed 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. For a milder pick with a hint of citrus, try the yuzu shio.

Overhead view of a black plastic bowl full of a ramen with a thin brown broth, corn, pork, and a soft boiled egg.
Miso ramen from Pikaichi in Medford (via takeout).
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Tsurumen

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Tsurumen, located in 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.)

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

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Diners 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 finish their bowls, they are given the opportunity to stand up and share their dreams in front of everyone in the restaurant.

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

Sapporo Ramen

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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.

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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One Ramen & Sushi

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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.

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

Santouka Ramen

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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. Santouka also has a smaller location in Back Bay.

A white bowl filled with a reddish broth topped with sprigs of saffron
Ramen at Santouka Cambridge.
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Momosan

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This fall 2021 newcomer, located inside the Hub Hall food hall in Boston’s West End, is getting a lot of buzz — it’s the first Boston restaurant from Iron Chef’s Masaharu Morimoto. While the rest of Hub Hall’s restaurants are fast-casual, this is a sit-down spot, offering seven ramen options (spicy tan-tan, tonkotsu, vegan spicy miso, and more), kushiyaki, a bunch of hot and cold appetizers, a bit of sushi, and some A5 wagyu preparations.

Closeup shot of a bowl of ramen with ground pork, a thick yellow-orange broth, a runny egg, and other toppings.
Tan-tan ramen at Momosan.
Momosan

Muku Ramen

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This Central Square restaurant — sibling to the popular Oga’s in Natick — features tonkotsu broth in all of its ramen options, except for two made with a soy milk and vegetable broth. Spice lovers can try the Carolina reaper-spiked “red devil” ramen; those looking for a more mild option might try the charcoal-infused black miso with chashu, ground pork, and a corn fritter.

A deep black and pink bowl is filled with a thin yellow broth, corn fritter, ground pork, soft boiled egg, and greens.
Ramen at Muku.
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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, featuring a six-minute egg and Pagu’s Umami XO sauce. Proof of vaccination required for indoor dining.

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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Totto Ramen

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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.

A bowl of ramen with meat, seaweed, and greens
Spicy paitan ramen at Totto.
Totto

Isshindo Ramen

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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 few years — it opened in 2019 — Isshindo has hit the ground running, impressing with its tonkotsu ramen as well as miso- and tomato-based ramen options.

a bowl of ramen with a black spoon, slices of meat, chopped vegetables, and a soft egg
Ramen at Isshindo.
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Amateras Ramen

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Amateras arrived in Boston’s Leather District, near South Station, in the summer of 2017, featuring a wide range of ramens — shio, tonkotsu, and more — along with maze soba. It took an extended break during the pandemic, and many feared it was gone for good, but it finally reopened in late 2021. Spice fiends may want to challenge the different heat levels of the spicy miso ramen (and keep an eye out for specials, like an extra-spicy Carolina reaper-enhanced version of the spicy miso ramen). Pre-pandemic, the weekday lunch crowds were especially bustling.

Closeup on a bowl of ramen with an opaque yellow broth, soft boiled egg, ground pork, and bean sprouts.
Spicy miso ramen at Amateras.
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Tora Ramen

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Sibling to Tora Japanese Restaurant, an excellent Chinatown restaurant focused on kaisen don and sushi, Tora Ramen serves a concise menu that features black garlic tonkotsu ramen, spicy miso ramen, and a few others, with snacks such as pork gyoza and crab croquettes also available.

Thin, folded slices of pork sit in a thin brown broth with an egg, greens, and more in a deep white bowl.
Shoyu ramen at Tora Ramen.
Tora Ramen

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, diners 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.

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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Ganko Ittetsu Ramen

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This tiny Coolidge Corner ramen shop opened in late 2015, hidden inside the Arcade building, and features a selection of nine ramen options under the Sapporo-style umbrella, including the spicy gankara miso, the sesame-based tan-tan, and more. The team has also opened Gantetsu-Ya, a casual takoyaki and okonomiyaki shop in the same building.

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

Sushi Kappo

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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 bowls of ramen, each with a tonkotsu broth.

Brookline Village’s Migaku, which opened in 2019, is known in particular for its Nagasaki-style champon, noodle soup with seafood, pork, and stir-fried vegetables. The restaurant serves several styles of champon as well as spicy miso ramen, yakibuta ramen, and other hearty bowls.

Closeup on a bowl of bright yellow-orange broth topped with ground pork, sesame seeds, bok choy, and more.
Spicy sesame seafood ramen at Migaku.
Migaku

Little Big Diner

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This energetic suburban gem offers several kinds of ramen on its menu, including paitan chicken and a 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.

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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Soup Shack

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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 are also locations in Brookline and Cambridge.

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

Neponset Cafe

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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.

Hakata Ramen

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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.

Ebisuya Japanese Noodle House

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.

Pikaichi

Once a beloved ramen destination in Allston, Pikaichi closed 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. For a milder pick with a hint of citrus, try the yuzu shio.

Overhead view of a black plastic bowl full of a ramen with a thin brown broth, corn, pork, and a soft boiled egg.
Miso ramen from Pikaichi in Medford (via takeout).
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Tsurumen

Tsurumen, located in 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.)

A white bowl filled with slices of pork, chopped onions, and various toppings
Paitan ramen at Tsurumen.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Yume Wo Katare

Diners 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 finish their bowls, they are given the opportunity to stand up and share their dreams in front of everyone in the restaurant.

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

Sapporo Ramen

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.

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

One Ramen & Sushi

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.

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

Santouka Ramen

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. Santouka also has a smaller location in Back Bay.

A white bowl filled with a reddish broth topped with sprigs of saffron
Ramen at Santouka Cambridge.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Momosan

This fall 2021 newcomer, located inside the Hub Hall food hall in Boston’s West End, is getting a lot of buzz — it’s the first Boston restaurant from Iron Chef’s Masaharu Morimoto. While the rest of Hub Hall’s restaurants are fast-casual, this is a sit-down spot, offering seven ramen options (spicy tan-tan, tonkotsu, vegan spicy miso, and more), kushiyaki, a bunch of hot and cold appetizers, a bit of sushi, and some A5 wagyu preparations.

Closeup shot of a bowl of ramen with ground pork, a thick yellow-orange broth, a runny egg, and other toppings.
Tan-tan ramen at Momosan.
Momosan

Muku Ramen

This Central Square restaurant — sibling to the popular Oga’s in Natick — features tonkotsu broth in all of its ramen options, except for two made with a soy milk and vegetable broth. Spice lovers can try the Carolina reaper-spiked “red devil” ramen; those looking for a more mild option might try the charcoal-infused black miso with chashu, ground pork, and a corn fritter.

A deep black and pink bowl is filled with a thin yellow broth, corn fritter, ground pork, soft boiled egg, and greens.
Ramen at Muku.
tomos_photography8/Muku Ramen

Pagu

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, featuring a six-minute egg and Pagu’s Umami XO sauce. Proof of vaccination required for indoor dining.

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

Totto Ramen

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.

A bowl of ramen with meat, seaweed, and greens
Spicy paitan ramen at Totto.
Totto

Isshindo Ramen

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 few years — it opened in 2019 — Isshindo has hit the ground running, impressing with its tonkotsu ramen as well as miso- and tomato-based ramen options.

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

Amateras Ramen

Amateras arrived in Boston’s Leather District, near South Station, in the summer of 2017, featuring a wide range of ramens — shio, tonkotsu, and more — along with maze soba. It took an extended break during the pandemic, and many feared it was gone for good, but it finally reopened in late 2021. Spice fiends may want to challenge the different heat levels of the spicy miso ramen (and keep an eye out for specials, like an extra-spicy Carolina reaper-enhanced version of the spicy miso ramen). Pre-pandemic, the weekday lunch crowds were especially bustling.

Closeup on a bowl of ramen with an opaque yellow broth, soft boiled egg, ground pork, and bean sprouts.
Spicy miso ramen at Amateras.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Tora Ramen

Sibling to Tora Japanese Restaurant, an excellent Chinatown restaurant focused on kaisen don and sushi, Tora Ramen serves a concise menu that features black garlic tonkotsu ramen, spicy miso ramen, and a few others, with snacks such as pork gyoza and crab croquettes also available.

Thin, folded slices of pork sit in a thin brown broth with an egg, greens, and more in a deep white bowl.
Shoyu ramen at Tora Ramen.
Tora Ramen

Hojoko

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, diners 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.

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

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Ganko Ittetsu Ramen

This tiny Coolidge Corner ramen shop opened in late 2015, hidden inside the Arcade building, and features a selection of nine ramen options under the Sapporo-style umbrella, including the spicy gankara miso, the sesame-based tan-tan, and more. The team has also opened Gantetsu-Ya, a casual takoyaki and okonomiyaki shop in the same building.

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

Sushi Kappo

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 bowls of ramen, each with a tonkotsu broth.

Migaku

Brookline Village’s Migaku, which opened in 2019, is known in particular for its Nagasaki-style champon, noodle soup with seafood, pork, and stir-fried vegetables. The restaurant serves several styles of champon as well as spicy miso ramen, yakibuta ramen, and other hearty bowls.

Closeup on a bowl of bright yellow-orange broth topped with ground pork, sesame seeds, bok choy, and more.
Spicy sesame seafood ramen at Migaku.
Migaku

Little Big Diner

This energetic suburban gem offers several kinds of ramen on its menu, including paitan chicken and a 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.

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

Soup Shack

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 are also locations in Brookline and Cambridge.