Are you finding yourself craving something warm and rich? Maybe you want a hot bowl of ramen for dinner? Worry no more as we’re giving you the ultimate guide to the best ramen in San Diego!
These are tried and tested from local favorites and popular haunts to be the best SD has to offer. You can choose from traditional flavors to creative ones that’ll amaze you.
Check out these 15 best ramen in San Diego!
For the first ramen place on this list, we’re gonna go bold and different with Underbelly.
Underbelly’saesthetic is a futuristic steampunk version of Tokyo that’s so cool to see. Aside from their standout decor, their ramen and drinks are simply amazing.
They offer traditional ramen flavors and have a lot of experimental ramens for you to try. Their popular ramen option is the Belly of the Beast. In it, you’ll find beef brisket, oxtail dumplings, and hoisin-glazed short ribs.
Their cocktails are also eccentric. They’re creative and make clever use of Japanese ingredients.
Top Review:“Delicious!!! I love the bowl of noodles I got there it was fantastic!! The appetizers were also really good and for sure different than most places which I enjoyed. The drinks were awesome and the place was really cool with the half inside half outside feeling.” – Alex M.
Top Review:“Been going here since more than 10 years ago, I believe. The menu has definitely changed but only to add more options. More and more ramen shops have opened up in San Diego but I always crave their ramen every now and then. It’s still one of the best for me. Simple and very delicious!” –Marinelle A.
Top Review:“My all-time favorite ramen spot in San Diego. The first time I tried this ramen was back in 2009 with my sister when she first moved out here. They play some throwback slaps here, which I really enjoyed. It definitely made my experience here great.” – Rona D.
Top Review:“I’m going to dub HiroNori Craft Ramen as San Diego’s best ramen restaurant. The staff is always incredible, sweet and attentive. I’ve been here over a dozen of times already, and the statement continues to stand true. Order the Tonkotsu Ramen with a side of spicy and garlic sauce. Ask for al dente noodles for your bowl, and trust me, you will not absolutely regret it. You’ll be served a piping hot, delicious and flavorful bowl of absolute perfection.” – Chinsin S.
Top Review:“Beshock is an East Village institution. I have been coming here for years. They have amazing Ramen, great drinks, and an awesome happy hour. Their service for a casual restaurant thanks to their awesome waiter Chris and their whole staff is amazing. Some of my favorites are their Spicy Miso Ramen, Cajun Chicken Karaage, Crispy Spicy Tuna, and if you’re vegan their vegan gyozas and vegan ramen are amazing.” – Ryan S.
Top Review:“Doesn’t look like much is going on in this quiet part of Mission Hills, accept for the line out the door for this Hole in the wall Ramen place! The food is great, always fresh. We like the Hakata Ramen toppings with the Shoyu broth. Ask for extra green onions! Service is always quick and polite!” – Jonathan T.
Top Review:“I’ve been here a number of times and have tried almost every type of ramen. It’s all excellent. The last time I came here I got the Tonkotsu ramen. I had the pleasure of sitting at the bar and watched the staff work. You can sense the precision and care they put into every bowl and the flavors really show. This place has a long wait for a reason!” – Jonathan B.
Top Review:“The Spicy Tonkostu Ramen was tasty and filling. The broth was so delicious and the right amount of spicy. The Steamed Pork Dumplings were perfect, I loved the dipping sauce that came with them. The Pork Belly Yakitori took a little longer to come out but it was great. The Kanazawa Curry Rice Deluxe was shockingly amazing. Every bite of that dish was incredible and so worth the price. I loved the Fried Chicken Wings; I want to say we got the original seasoning or whatever the house seasoning was. My absolute favorite item was the Grilled Whole Squid. It was a huge portion and cooked perfectly.” – Kristin J.
Top Review:“My go-to ramen recommendation for all of my friends asking for recommendations when they visit San Diego! There’s a reason why I love this place so much, but it really all starts with their unique Smoke Bomb Black Ramen. Black might be an unusual color for ramen, but once you taste it, there’s an umami bomb that goes off in your mouth. The garlic and meat flavors all combine together beautifully. Noodles are always perfectly cooked, and the chashu is always tender. I have never been let down whenever I order this!” – Golden H.
Top Review:“Onto the ramen! I shared with my hubby and we got the Black edition which is one of their more popular dishes. The soup was delicious and they gave a decent amount of meat- we chose char siu.. BUT the thing I was most surprised about was how flavorful they boiled egg was.. definitely worth getting extra on the side because oo it is yummy!” – Thuyvu P.
Top Review:“The stone soup ramen is really good if you are someone who enjoys bold flavors. Definitely order all the add-ons: garlic chips, half an egg, and spicy. The spiciness is very tolerable and really adds to the flavor of the ramen but you can also order the spice on the side and decide on how much to add yourself.” – Alexa M.
Ajisen Ramen has multiple locations worldwide, and for a good reason.
Their extensive menu includes favorites like gyoza, karaage fried chicken, and sushi. But their ramen options also shine.
Their noodles are made fresh every day and have that chewy characteristic. Their all-time star is the Ajisen Best Combo. This includes pork slices, barbecue pork, and pork ribs. What more can you ask for?
Top Review:“This is my new favorite Ramen place! They have so many choices in the menu but we always go here for Ramen. The Ajisen ramen is a favorite! The Seafood Ramen is a little bit lacking in taste. The portion is perfect. And the best thing, you can ask for more soup! It’s the base soup, so it doesn’t have a lot of flavors. You have to really blend it with the things in your bowl.” – Vee T.
Top Review:“I loved my food here! The service was amazing and the meal was very fairly priced tasting a lot better than most ramen places I’ve tried. Their broth is very distinct and unique but in a very tasty way. The rice burger was delicious as well and I highly recommend their miso soup! Staff was amazing. I will definitely be coming back to this small but very comfy and delicious restaurant!” – Cole H.
You can find Karami Ramen on a spot on Convoy Street. This restaurant is known for its hot and spicy flavors. Eating here can be a new and pleasantly surprising experience.
Their flavor profile includes miso tonkotsu, shio, shoyu, and truffle. They also incorporate many spices from habanero, curry, Thai, Korean, and Indian chili. It all adds to a completely unique bowl of ramen with layers of flavors.
They have two specialty broths: tori paitan chicken broth and seaweed & soybean vegan broth.
Top Review:“Hole in the wall family-owned ramen over corporate “hipster” ramen everyday! This place was so great. The service is amazing and the food is delicious! We got the miso tonkotsu and the Thai shoyu and both were great. I would highly recommend checking this place out!” – Emma L.
Top Review:“This local ramen joint has been the best that I have tried in San Diego. Me and my wife had the Donkey Kong Ramen which had the perfect amount of spice that gives you great heat that adds to the flavor of the dish without taking over. We also had their Tuna Poke which had perfectly cooked sticky rice and they gave more tuna than poke places normally do. We also had the California roll. Overall, great ambiance for a date, and we brought our dog inside and they were super dog friendly.” – Christian G.
These are just some of the best ramen in San Diego! There are still a lot more than you can explore and try out. You’ll find so much variety in the city, from traditional and straightforward flavors to something more adventurous!