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The Best Ramen in Boston

As one of the historical and cultural "Hubs" of the United States, Boston boasts a diverse, young population and innovative economy. The restaurant scene in "Beantown" remains one of the city's most prominent features. Gathering a wide range of influences, restaurants with the best ramen in Boston put their own spin on the Japanese dish with a touch of local flare. But where are Boston's savviest, most experienced diners heading out to when they crave ramen in "The Hub"? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. Here, we've pored through data from in-the-know Boston diners to put together a list of the best ramen in Boston. From college-kid neighborhood favorites to upscale downtown fusion restaurants, the best ramen in Boston makes any trip to Beantown worth it. Make a reservation and enjoy!

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16 Restaurants
Updated 26 February 2020
Restaurants:Oishii Boston, Hojoko, Banyan Bar + Refuge
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Sushi, Japanese, Asian
Neighborhoods:South End, Kenmore Square / Fenway
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Oishii Boston

$$$$
Sushi
South End
4.6
2177 reviews
One of the prime sushi bars in the city also boasts some of the best ramen in Boston. Take a trip out to Boston's happening SoWa neighborhood to find the creative dishes at Oishii. The menu includes pork belly ramen soup, spicy seafood udon soup, and squid ink noodles with sauteed calamari. For dinner, the uni pasta is a standout. This dish includes home-made spaghetti noodles, shaved truffles, and poached egg. Don't miss Chef Ting's fried race, featuring beef, chicken, or shrimp with mixed vegetables. Seafood lovers should try the Chilean seabass with ginger and citrus soy sauce.

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Hojoko

$$$$
Japanese
Kenmore Square / Fenway
4.4
680 reviews
This "rock and roll" Japanese tavern is one of the top places in the Fenway neighborhood. A lively place with some of the best ramen in Boston, Hojoko is only steps away from Fenway Park. Created from a former Howard Johnson's space, the restaurant features an exciting menu to match the vibe. Start with the funky chicken ramen, with a 48-hour chicken broth, soy egg, and robata grilled Koji chicken. Another top choice is the spicy miso ramen, with hatcho miso, spicy pork, and corn tempura. Head to the robata grill menu to try the kurobata pork belly skewer with maple cure and spicy grated apple and daikon.

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Banyan Bar + Refuge

$$$$
Asian
South End
4.6
972 reviews
In the middle of Boston's South End neighborhood, the Banyan Bar + Refuge is one of the most acclaimed restaurants in the city. Banyan boasts a creative menu of modern Asian favorites. Try the ginger shoyu udon with soy pork broth and chashu pork belly, or the Thai basil pesto with ramen noodles and tofu ricotta. A spicy "dragon noodles" dish includes rice noodles, Szechuan pork, chili oil, and Korean peanuts. One of the menu highlights is the Banyan burger, with a double-smash patty, American cheese, and sambal aioli.

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Brassica Kitchen

$$$$
French American
Jamaica Plain
4.9
1243 reviews
A few quick subway stops away from downtown Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood is one of the city's hidden treasures. This quiet and hip neighborhood includes some of the best restaurants in the city. Brassica Kitchen is one of those highlights, with an eclectic menu and modern vibe. Visitors and locals can stop in for the weekly "Ramen Tuesdays," with a creative menu of ramen dishes changing weekly. Menu ingredients come in from local farms and outlets from around New England. Pair the ramen with some of the restaurant's signature cocktails.

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FuGaKyu Japanese Cuisine

$$$$
Japanese
Brookline
4.5
1369 reviews
Only steps away from Brookline's lively Coolidge Corner, FuGaKyu features some of the best ramen in Boston. This classically-styled Japanese restaurant is one of the hot spots of Brookline. It's a fun and charming spot with plenty of locals and visitors taking in the traditional and creative dishes. The Yaki ramen features a sauteed noodle with vegetables alongside miso soup. The restaurant's "surf and turf" features sauteed lobster, shrimp, scallop, and beef with seasonal vegetables. Pair those with the restaurant's braised duck with spicy sauce or shrimp beef roll with asparagus.

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Glass House

$$$$
Contemporary American
Kendall Square
4.5
256 reviews
Cambridge's Kendall Square is the home for some of the most exciting restaurants in Boston. Glass House is at the top of those rankings. This sleek and upscale spot just north of the Charles River features some of the most creative dishes in town. Don't miss the unique ramen at Glass House. It includes house-roasted turkey, sesame-miso broth, a soy egg, and kimchi. Start the meal with the house poutine, featuring seasoned fries, lamb and ale gravy, and cheddar curds. Glass House also boasts an excellent beer menu, with selections from the Maine Beer Company, Night Shift Brewing, and Wormtown Brewery.

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Ward 8

$$$$
American
West End
4.5
1097 reviews
This sleek and engaging restaurant by Boston's North End is a great place to go after a day spent sightseeing. Head into this lively hot spot for the signature house ramen. The dish features a special broth, pork belly, "69-degree eggs," and mushrooms. Another highlight at Ward 8? The macaroni and cheese with house-made elbows and a three cheese blend. Don't miss the daily specials, with highlights like fish tacos, braised short ribs, and meatloaf. Ward 8 is also a standout location for brunch in Boston. On the weekend, stop in for biscuits and gravy, an acai bowl, or the famed Lucky Charms waffles.

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Fat Baby Sushi and Cocktails

$$$$
Sushi
South Boston
4.7
298 reviews
Boston's South End is one of the hippest places in town. This lively section is on the cutting edge for excellent bars and restaurants. One of the prime destinations in the South End is the engaging, funky Fat Baby. This lively Asian restaurant is home to some of the best ramen in Boston. Stop in for dinner to try the spicy miso ramen, made with Chashu pork, garlic broccolini, and green onion. Traditional rolls include California with blue crab and cucumber and the shrimp tempura with spicy aioli and fried basil. Don't miss the snacks like waffle fries with cheese sauce and crab rangoons with sweet chili plum sauce.

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The Merchant

$$$$
Contemporary American
Downtown Crossing
4.4
893 reviews
In the middle of downtown Boston's financial and business district, The Merchant is a hot-spot for visitors and professionals in the city. This hot spot features one of the city's best beer lists and some of the best ramen in Boston. Try the spicy miso ramen, with wild mushrooms, snap peas, and baked tofu. Other favorites on the "mains" menu include organic chicken "Al Mattone" and fish and chips with dayboat cod. The Merchant's draft beer list consists of some of the best brews from New England. Try the Cloud City from nearby Lamplighter Brewing or the fabled Fiddlehead IPA from Vermont.

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Gyu-Kaku - Cambridge, MA

$$$$
Japanese
Cambridge
4.7
622 reviews
Right across the river from Boston, Cambridge's Harvard Square is one of the must-visit sites in the city. It's also the location for some of the best ramen in Boston. Harvard Square's Gyu-Kaku is a prime spot for Japanese-Korean barbecue and superb ramen. Stop in at lunchtime for the special "Ramen Set" deal. This dish features a lunch salad, fried pork gyoza dumplings, and Goma Negi sho ramen. Another signature dish on the Gyu-Kaku menu? The sukiyaki bibimbap set, with miso soup, fried pork dumplings, and beef sukiyaki bibimbap.

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Wagamama - Prudential Center

$$$$
Asian
Back Bay
4.4
202 reviews
Right in the heart of downtown Boston, the Prudential Center is the spot to go for some of the best shopping in town. After a day spent strolling the different shops at "The Pru," stop into the center's Wagamama for an excellent ramen dinner. This always-popular spot features a full menu of highlight ramen dishes. Go for the restaurant's signature Wagamama ramen, with sliced grilled chicken, barbecue pork, and shell-on prawns. Another restaurant treat is the short rib ramen. This dish features an on-the-bone short rib with noodles in a rich chicken broth.

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Wagamama - Faneuil Hall

$$$$
Asian
Faneuil Hall
4.1
155 reviews
For those visiting the fabled Faneuil Hall section of Boston, the nearby Wagamama is a must-visit. Trek over to this popular hot spot after enjoying the nearby Freedom Trail or the many shops at the Hall. Wagamama features some of the best ramen recipes in Boston. Try the shirodashi pork ramen, with slow-cooked pork belly in bulgogi sauce. For a spicy kick, try the chili chicken ramen with sliced grilled chicken on top of noodles in a spicy broth. Grilled duck ramen features a crispy duck leg with cilantro and ponzu sauce served on top of noodles.

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Gyu-Kaku - Boston, MA | Brookline

$$$$
Japanese
Brookline
4.6
952 reviews
Boston's installment of the acclaimed Japanese chain features some of the best ramen in town. Stop into this acclaimed restaurant in Brookline to try some of the house-specialty Goma Negi shio ramen. It's an excellent option for a hearty lunch in the city. Try one of the lunch combos with chuck rib, bistro hanger steak, or premium sirloin with sweet soy tare. Poultry includes chicken breast, garlic chicken thigh, and duck breast. A special "lunch course" includes miso soup, white rice, chicken karage, and a selection of special barbecue items.

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Article 24

$$$$
American
Brighton
4.6
561 reviews
The Brighton neighborhood of Boston is one of the most up-and-coming sections of the city. Only a few steps away from Soldiers Field Road, Article 24 is a Brighton highlight. This colorful and engaging restaurant boasts an excellent beer selection, incredible decor, and some of the best ramen in Boston. Ramen comes in spicy chicken, shrimp, or vegetable styles. Other mains include duck breast with maple mustard and Brickhouse chicken with mashed potatoes, green beans, and mushroom sauce. Pair dinner with one of the local Harpoon stouts or session IPAs.

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Douzo Modern Japanese Restaurant

$$$$
Japanese
Back Bay
4.6
1289 reviews
Boston's Back Bay neighborhood is the perfect spot for visitors and locals enjoying the South End or Theater District neighborhoods. A welcoming and fun area of Boston, the Back Bay features some of the city's top restaurants. Douzo is a sushi and ramen place that excels in both. Stop in to try the Yaki udon or ramen with vegetables, chicken, shrimp, or beef. Noodle soup udon or ramen includes miso vegetable or spicy seafood. Diners should also try the eel ishiyaki, eel served in a hot stone bowl alongside rice.

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Avenue One at the Hyatt Regency Boston

$$$$
American
Theater District
4.3
835 reviews
Located in the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Boston, Avenue One is a creative hotel restaurant that's ideal for a meal after a day seeing the city. It also features some of the best ramen in Boston. The restaurant's ramen features pork, shrimp, vegetables, and a ginger-soy broth. Avenue One also features a special Asian barbecue flatbread, with chicken, hoisin, and cilantro salad. The five-spice salmon burger with sriracha and sesame-vegetable slaw is another local favorite.

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