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LA's 16 Essential Ramen Shops
Killer Noodle by Tsujita is one of LA's 16 Essential Ramen Shops.

1. Killer Noodle by Tsujita

2030 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Nudelhaus · West Los Angeles · 14 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: What’s different about Killer Noodle is its clear homage to the spicy Chinese-inflected tantanmen, with sesame and pepper-laden noodles that come in either soups or “dry” style platters. Cash only. Mehr erfahren.

Hakata Ikkousha Ramen is one of LA's 16 Essential Ramen Shops.

2. Hakata Ikkousha Ramen

21605 S Western Ave Ste J, Torrance, CA
Nudelhaus · Olde Torrance · 10 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: The hakata-style ramen uses a rich but not overly fatty tonkotsu base while throwing in chili or garlic oil to boost flavor. Comparable to Shin Sen Gumi but with a bit more finesse. Mehr erfahren.

Ramen Shack Takumiya is one of LA's 16 Essential Ramen Shops.

3. Ramen Shack Takumiya

1550 S Pacific Coast Hwy #A, Redondo Beach, CA
Asiatisches Restaurant · South Redondo Beach · 1 Tipp

EaterEater: This Redondo Beach chain prepares classic tonkostu-style ramen and seared chashu pork at reasonable prices. There are various spice levels for any adventurous diners looking to amplify the flavor. Mehr erfahren.

Tsujita Annex is one of LA's 16 Essential Ramen Shops.

4. Tsujita Annex

2050 Sawtelle Blvd (at Mississippi Ave), Los Angeles, CA
Nudelhaus · West Los Angeles · 53 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: This all-ramen restaurant from the popular izakaya just across the street serves a completely different bowl here, using thick noodles and a dense, porky broth that's chock full of garlic. Mehr erfahren.

E.A.K. Ramen Melrose is one of LA's 16 Essential Ramen Shops.

5. E.A.K. Ramen Melrose

7455 Melrose Ave (Vista and Melrose), Los Angeles, CA
Ramen-Restaurant · Mid-City West · 9 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: The thick cut noodles here pick up more broth with every slurp, and additions like chopped onions and garlic oil ensure one doesn't get bored on repeat visits. Mehr erfahren.

venice ramen is one of LA's 16 Essential Ramen Shops.

6. venice ramen

515 Washington Blvd, Marina del Rey, CA
Restaurant · Venice · 16 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: This ramen shop is the best place for Japanese noodles on the Westside. Amp up the flavor with a spice bomb. For something less heavy, opt for the Chuka Soba, a Tokyo-style bowl with a lighter broth. Mehr erfahren.

Jidaiya Ramen Dining is one of LA's 16 Essential Ramen Shops.

7. Jidaiya Ramen Dining

18537 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA
Ramen-Restaurant · Northeast Torrance · 11 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: The standard ramen offerings can be slightly inconsistent from bowl to bowl, but when it's good, the tonkotsu is very admirable. The Tokyo-style ramen has a burst of bonito to round out the flavors. Mehr erfahren.

Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle is one of LA's 16 Essential Ramen Shops.

8. Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle

2057 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Nudelhaus · West Los Angeles · 203 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: Both the standard ramen and tsukemen are the two best offerings in LA in either category. Formerly just a lunchtime affair, the original Tsujita now serves ramen day and night. Mehr erfahren.

Ramen Tatsunoya is one of LA's 16 Essential Ramen Shops.

9. Ramen Tatsunoya

16 N Fair Oaks Ave (Exchange Aly), Pasadena, CA
Ramen-Restaurant · Old Pasadena · 24 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: This transplant regularly fields long lines in the heart of Pasadena. Try varying the flavors with spice and extra chashu pork. To avoid a wait, go in the middle of day, or right before dinner. Mehr erfahren.

Santouka is one of LA's 16 Essential Ramen Shops.

10. Santouka

3760 S Centinela Ave (at Venice Blvd), Los Angeles, CA
Japanisches Restaurant · Mar Vista · 104 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: A big chain in its native Japan, Santouka in the Misuwa Marketplace offers some of the freshest, most delicious traditional-style ramen in LA. [Eater 38 Member] Mehr erfahren.

Tentenyu is one of LA's 16 Essential Ramen Shops.

11. Tentenyu

2012 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Ramen-Restaurant · West Los Angeles · 8 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: The focus at Tentenyu is on chicken ramen, with the broth made from scratch and boiled for ten hours, until it becomes rich in the same way you might think of pork-based ramen to be. Mehr erfahren.

Ramen Yamadaya is one of LA's 16 Essential Ramen Shops.

12. Ramen Yamadaya

11172 Washington Blvd (at Commonwealth Ave.), Culver City, CA
Nudelhaus · West Los Angeles · 65 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: Yamadaya boasts a thick, umami-rich tonkotsu broth and thin noodles. The tsukemen broth has a fishy intensity while the thicker noodles make slurping easier. Mehr erfahren.

Shin-Sen-Gumi is one of LA's 16 Essential Ramen Shops.

13. Shin-Sen-Gumi

132 S Central Ave (btwn E 1st & E 2nd St), Los Angeles, CA
Ramen-Restaurant · Little Tokyo · 117 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: The Hakata-style is one of the most recognizable types of ramen. Completely customizable this loud, raucous dining room will surely remind one of Japan. Mehr erfahren.

Kotoya Japanese Ramen is one of LA's 16 Essential Ramen Shops.

14. Kotoya Japanese Ramen

11901 Santa Monica Blvd (at Armacost Ave), Los Angeles, CA
Japanisches Restaurant · Westgate · 26 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: This broth doesn't overwhelm in fattiness like a tonkotsu, and the noodles are slightly better than average alkaline, but the whole bowl adds up to a delicious umami-bomb thanks to high quality sides. Mehr erfahren.

Ramen Jinya is one of LA's 16 Essential Ramen Shops.

15. Ramen Jinya

11239 Ventura Blvd Ste 109 (Studio City Plaza), Studio City, CA
Ramen-Restaurant · Studio City · 97 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: With an evenly balanced bowl and Hakata-style noodles, it's like old faithful in the landscape of all these new shops. Jinya has a fun fast casual shop in Hollywood & Highland as well. Mehr erfahren.

Asa Ramen is one of LA's 16 Essential Ramen Shops.

16. Asa Ramen

18202 S Western Ave (182nd St), Gardena, CA
Nudelhaus · Harbor Gateway South · 16 Tipps und Bewertungen

EaterEater: The noodles here makes this one of LA's classics. With a dated but charming interior and a wide menu of karaage, dumplings, and takoyaki, it's a perfect late night ramen joint in the South Bay. Mehr erfahren.