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Santouka Ramen

3760 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066 (Westside)
(310) 391-1101
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Ranked #150 of 8,580 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Price range: $7 - $15
Cuisines: Japanese
Neighborhood: Westside
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Neighborhood: Westside
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Los Angeles, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I LOVE good ramen, and I've eaten it in countless restaurants across the US so I have a good deal of ramen-eating experience. This ramen is easily the best ramen I have ever eaten. Period. The Salt Ramen has pork so tender you can cut it with your spoon (no joke), two kinds of Japanese mushrooms including the fancy black... More

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Good Broths, perfect noodles, and great service. We found another hidden gem in LA. My wife loved the eggs, and the salmon roe. It's in a Japanese grocery store so you have to look to find it.

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Los Angeles, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

My life has drastically changed forever after coming here for the first time. This is officially my favorite ramen in the world (yes, more than Daikokuya). I get the miso based broth. YUM! One of the reasons I love this place (besides it being incredibly delicious) are the size choices. I can never finish a giant bowl of ramen, especially... More

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San Diego, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

I simply love Santouka. I think I've eaten there like 50 times. Not only are the noodles simply amazing but even during rush hour you will see a long line but it moves super fast. Also, the seating area is large and I've always found seats. I even sometimes order a second order of their pork bowl side dish. Its... More

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Pasadena, California
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146 reviews 146 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

We first learned of Santouka from Jonathan Gold, the Food Critic previously of LA Weekly and now for LA Times. Indeed, Santouka makes the best Ramen in town. Their broth is intensely flavorful and rich, the noodles retains its chewy texture until the last bite. My favorite is Spicy Miso. Although they named it Spicy Miso, it is actually not... More

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New York City, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Santouka was amazing. Featured inside the Mitsuwa supermarket is this delicious gem. The ramen is amazing, but honestly even better is simply their pork over a bed of rice -this was melting in your mouth heaven. They were very busy at lunchtime, but no worries, ample comfortable food court-style tables. The food is so delicious and everyone is devouring it,... More

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San Diego, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

While Mitsuwa is a chain of Japanese grocery stores across the US, their food court is about as authentic Japanese that you can get this side of the Pacific. Be warned that all the food vendor stalls only take cash, but there was a Bank of America ATM inside last time we were there. Get the ramen bowl! My favorite... More

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Los Angeles
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74 reviews 74 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

FUN SUPERMARKET full of mystery (I can't read Japanese) fruits, vegies, freshly-dead fishes, non-perishables, but also identifiable smoked eel, seaweed, Japanese flavors of ice cream, kitchen dishes and utensils, and a refrigerated deli counter from which one can choose boxed dishes (such as smoked eel on rice with seaweed strips and a packet of soy sauce) ranging from snack size... More

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Long Beach, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

I wasn't the biggest fan of ramen restaurants since I've been disappointed enough times in my hometown and when traveling to other places. I admit I was skeptical when coming here since I've been to the "best" ramen places in California had to offer and all have left me with a terrible aftertaste. Boy was I wrong...this place rocked!!!!! I... More

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Los Angeles, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012

OK, so after researching, I ended up in the food court at the Mitsuwa marketplace for a bowl of ramen from the famed Santouka. I had the shio ramen combo with a side of rice with soybeans on top and soy egg. Ramen broth was a bit on the salty side, not quite as flavorful as it was salty. Pork... More

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