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An eye-catching black-and-white striped bowl is full of a brothless udon garnished with sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, scallions, and ground meat
Mad tiger udon at Futago
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10 Utterly Delicious Udon Spots Around Boston

Where to eat bouncy, chewy noodles in a multitude of preparations

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Mad tiger udon at Futago
| Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Just a few years ago, if you were looking to get your hands on a bowl of udon in Boston, you might expect to turn to one of the last pages of a menu to find just a few options. But with a growing number of incredible udon-focused restaurants and Japanese hot pot spots opening, it’s getting easier for Bostonians to try a great bowl.

Udon noodles are wheat noodles that are typically thick, springy, bouncy, sticky, and chewy. They are a labor of love because their perfect texture relies on the noodle-maker building up the gluten and resting it properly. Udon is versatile: hot, cold, stir-fried, immersed in soup, with a light dipping sauce on the side, in any of the multitude of hot pot broths, or topped with tempura. There are no wrong choices.

Here are 10 excellent options for udon in and around Boston.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Tampopo

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Tampopo’s udon has a great bite to it while still being soft. It’s served with a light broth and tempura shrimp, Japanese eggplant, and other veggies. And you can’t go wrong with a side of the karaage chicken.

Tampopo is open for takeout and delivery; find it inside the Porter Exchange.

Overhead view of a bowl of udon, topped with three crispy tempura shrimps. The bowl is black, and it’s on a wooden table.
Shrimp tempura udon from Tampopo
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Yume Ga Arukara

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If you don’t dream of udon yet, Yume Ga Arukara may make it impossible not to. The udon noodles are house-made, and you can taste the unbelievable freshness. Every element is balanced, and with this level of perfection, you only need to choose: hot or cold? and spicy or mild?

Yume Ga Arukara is open for takeout; like Tampopo, it is inside the Porter Exchange.

A black plastic takeout bowl is filled with udon and thinly cut beef. It’s all topped with a lemon slice, green scallions, and seaweed. The bowl sits on green grass.
Classic cold udon from Yume Ga Arukara
Karen Wilber/Eater

Shabu & Mein

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While the ramen is a standout here, the fact that you can have udon with 14 kinds of hot pot soup bases does not go unnoticed. (Try the bacon-wrapped enoki skewers too.)

Shabu & Mein is open for indoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery (DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmates). 

There is something addicting about the hot crunch of tempura alongside a chewy udon noodle. This unassuming Japanese-Korean spot delivers on not only that, but yaki udon (stir-fried) and sansai udon (topped with “mountain vegetables”) as well.

Kayuga is open for indoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery

Red White

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Red White describes its vegan offerings as part of a tradition of Japanese Buddhist monks that’s more than 1300 years old. Unique flavors like “special truffle salt” and “creamy sesame” come with a variety of toppings, including vegan meat substitutes, vegetables, vegan butter, and more. Each noodle dish includes a choice of gluten-free rice noodles, ramen noodles, and, the reason for its inclusion here: udon noodles.

Red White is open for indoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery.

Tsurutontan Udon Noodle Brasserie

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Tsurutontan’s love for noodles is in its name — “tsuru” refers to the sound of slurping noodles, “ton” to the sound of the kneading and shaping, and “tan” to the cutting of the udon. In addition to house-made noodles featured in over 20 different udon dishes (sesame fans: try the spicy tan tan), the restaurant also serves “udon pon dumplings,” which are made from an udon dough and served with a spicy crunchy chile sauce. Come hungry: Tsurutontan — which is part of a chain with roots in Japan — offers huge portions.

Tsurutontan is open for indoor dining, outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery. 

Closeup of a teal-colored ceramic bowl full of udon, topped with sliced cucumber, black seaweed, a shiso leaf, and a red scoop of caviar
Caviar udon at Tsurutontan
Nick Solares/Eater

Futago Udon

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Futago means “twins” in Japanese, giving a very cute reason behind the name of this Brookline udon establishment that opened in 2019. The udon is house-made each day, and the menu features a huge range of hot and cold udon choices, including a hot sukiyaki udon and, pictured, a spicy miso pork-topped cold udon.

Futago is currently open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

An eye-catching black-and-white striped bowl is full of a brothless udon garnished with sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, scallions, and ground meat
Mad tiger udon at Futago
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

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This Japanese barbecue spot is not messing around with its garlic udon noodles. You can expect an explosion of pungent garlic weaving its way around perfectly soft stir-fried udon. For a garlic-loving group, consider the mega garlic udon noodles with shoyu chicken — a triple serving of this fan favorite. 

Gyu-Kaku is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery at its three Massachusetts locations (Brookline, Cambridge, and Dorchester).

Close-up show of a black plastic bowl full of udon noodles, topped with shrimp and sliced scallions. Grass is visible in the background of the photo.
Garlic noodles with shrimp from Gyu-Kaku
Karen Wilber/Eater

Shiki offers a few udon options, with a particularly unique one — Inaniwa udon — which features thin udon noodles. This is a specialty of the Akita prefecture of Japan. The thin noodles come immersed in a soup with shrimp tempura on the side.

Shiki is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery (DoorDash, Uber Eats). 

Fugakyu Japanese Cuisine

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The menu at Fugakyu is expansive, with sushi, karaage, tempura, and rice dishes, just to name a few. But don’t skip over the noodle section, which features soba, ramen, and udon (pretty much the trifecta of beloved Japanese noodles). Try the zaru udon, which comes with cold udon noodles served with tsuyu, a dipping sauce that is light but delightfully savory and sweet.

Fugakyu is open for indoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery.

Tampopo

Overhead view of a bowl of udon, topped with three crispy tempura shrimps. The bowl is black, and it’s on a wooden table.
Shrimp tempura udon from Tampopo
Karen Wilber/Eater

Tampopo’s udon has a great bite to it while still being soft. It’s served with a light broth and tempura shrimp, Japanese eggplant, and other veggies. And you can’t go wrong with a side of the karaage chicken.

Tampopo is open for takeout and delivery; find it inside the Porter Exchange.

Overhead view of a bowl of udon, topped with three crispy tempura shrimps. The bowl is black, and it’s on a wooden table.
Shrimp tempura udon from Tampopo
Karen Wilber/Eater

Yume Ga Arukara

A black plastic takeout bowl is filled with udon and thinly cut beef. It’s all topped with a lemon slice, green scallions, and seaweed. The bowl sits on green grass.
Classic cold udon from Yume Ga Arukara
Karen Wilber/Eater

If you don’t dream of udon yet, Yume Ga Arukara may make it impossible not to. The udon noodles are house-made, and you can taste the unbelievable freshness. Every element is balanced, and with this level of perfection, you only need to choose: hot or cold? and spicy or mild?

Yume Ga Arukara is open for takeout; like Tampopo, it is inside the Porter Exchange.

A black plastic takeout bowl is filled with udon and thinly cut beef. It’s all topped with a lemon slice, green scallions, and seaweed. The bowl sits on green grass.
Classic cold udon from Yume Ga Arukara
Karen Wilber/Eater

Shabu & Mein

While the ramen is a standout here, the fact that you can have udon with 14 kinds of hot pot soup bases does not go unnoticed. (Try the bacon-wrapped enoki skewers too.)

Shabu & Mein is open for indoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery (DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmates). 

Kayuga

There is something addicting about the hot crunch of tempura alongside a chewy udon noodle. This unassuming Japanese-Korean spot delivers on not only that, but yaki udon (stir-fried) and sansai udon (topped with “mountain vegetables”) as well.

Kayuga is open for indoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery

Red White

Red White describes its vegan offerings as part of a tradition of Japanese Buddhist monks that’s more than 1300 years old. Unique flavors like “special truffle salt” and “creamy sesame” come with a variety of toppings, including vegan meat substitutes, vegetables, vegan butter, and more. Each noodle dish includes a choice of gluten-free rice noodles, ramen noodles, and, the reason for its inclusion here: udon noodles.

Red White is open for indoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery.

Tsurutontan Udon Noodle Brasserie

Closeup of a teal-colored ceramic bowl full of udon, topped with sliced cucumber, black seaweed, a shiso leaf, and a red scoop of caviar
Caviar udon at Tsurutontan
Nick Solares/Eater

Tsurutontan’s love for noodles is in its name — “tsuru” refers to the sound of slurping noodles, “ton” to the sound of the kneading and shaping, and “tan” to the cutting of the udon. In addition to house-made noodles featured in over 20 different udon dishes (sesame fans: try the spicy tan tan), the restaurant also serves “udon pon dumplings,” which are made from an udon dough and served with a spicy crunchy chile sauce. Come hungry: Tsurutontan — which is part of a chain with roots in Japan — offers huge portions.

Tsurutontan is open for indoor dining, outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery. 

Closeup of a teal-colored ceramic bowl full of udon, topped with sliced cucumber, black seaweed, a shiso leaf, and a red scoop of caviar
Caviar udon at Tsurutontan
Nick Solares/Eater

Futago Udon

An eye-catching black-and-white striped bowl is full of a brothless udon garnished with sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, scallions, and ground meat
Mad tiger udon at Futago
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Futago means “twins” in Japanese, giving a very cute reason behind the name of this Brookline udon establishment that opened in 2019. The udon is house-made each day, and the menu features a huge range of hot and cold udon choices, including a hot sukiyaki udon and, pictured, a spicy miso pork-topped cold udon.

Futago is currently open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

An eye-catching black-and-white striped bowl is full of a brothless udon garnished with sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, scallions, and ground meat
Mad tiger udon at Futago
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

Close-up show of a black plastic bowl full of udon noodles, topped with shrimp and sliced scallions. Grass is visible in the background of the photo.
Garlic noodles with shrimp from Gyu-Kaku
Karen Wilber/Eater

This Japanese barbecue spot is not messing around with its garlic udon noodles. You can expect an explosion of pungent garlic weaving its way around perfectly soft stir-fried udon. For a garlic-loving group, consider the mega garlic udon noodles with shoyu chicken — a triple serving of this fan favorite. 

Gyu-Kaku is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery at its three Massachusetts locations (Brookline, Cambridge, and Dorchester).

Close-up show of a black plastic bowl full of udon noodles, topped with shrimp and sliced scallions. Grass is visible in the background of the photo.
Garlic noodles with shrimp from Gyu-Kaku
Karen Wilber/Eater

Shiki

Shiki offers a few udon options, with a particularly unique one — Inaniwa udon — which features thin udon noodles. This is a specialty of the Akita prefecture of Japan. The thin noodles come immersed in a soup with shrimp tempura on the side.

Shiki is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery (DoorDash, Uber Eats). 

Fugakyu Japanese Cuisine

The menu at Fugakyu is expansive, with sushi, karaage, tempura, and rice dishes, just to name a few. But don’t skip over the noodle section, which features soba, ramen, and udon (pretty much the trifecta of beloved Japanese noodles). Try the zaru udon, which comes with cold udon noodles served with tsuyu, a dipping sauce that is light but delightfully savory and sweet.

Fugakyu is open for indoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery.

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