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Santouka Ramen

3760 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066 (Westside)
(310) 391-1101
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Ranked #200 of 8,468 restaurants in Los Angeles
Price range: $7 - $15
Cuisines: Japanese
Neighborhood: Westside
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Neighborhood: Westside
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89% Recommend
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English first
Los Angeles, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Altadena, California
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136 reviews 136 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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
13 reviews 13 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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10 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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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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Manila, Philippines
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126 reviews 126 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2012

Love the variety of stuff in their supermarket, love the restaurants specially Santouka, love the service...Price can be a bit of challenge if you compare with other commonly known groceries. Parking is sometimes also a problem. Longer store hours please and maybe include a lotto station inside. More Japanese confections please. A yakitori place is still lacking in the food... More

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Los Angeles
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64 reviews 64 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2011

We love Santouka just like all the reviews here. We love it so much that when we were first going to santouka, we would bring our own tupperware to take ramen home and eat it(we have 2 small children and sometimes its just easier at home). We then found out they at least give you to go boxes and cartons... More

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