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Gaijin - CLOSED

136 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2509
+1 231-421-5466
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good33%
  • Average8%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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“ramen” (12 reviews)
“rice bowl” (7 reviews)
“tofu” (5 reviews)
Restaurant Hours Closed
Japanese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
136 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2509
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1 - 10 of 44 reviews

Reviewed June 21, 2018 via mobile

Going, going, and thankfully it is finally gone. Maybe they will convert it back to the Subway it used to be.

Thank SDT1972
Reviewed October 22, 2017

The staff was great! The noodle bowels amazing, the price really good! We have been twice in less then a month we enjoy it so much!

1  Thank kalenmith
Reviewed September 20, 2017

Gaijin just reopened and I just had one of the best meals I've ever had in Traverse City. The restaurant has been redone to simulate a Japanese dining experience. There were 4 of us and we ordered the Chef's Choice, which cost us $25 each...More

2  Thank Robert A
Reviewed September 15, 2017

I am late submitting this review and I see from their website a new menu is coming, but in July I must say the old menu was pretty doggone good.My daughter and I were excited by how different than many asian restaurants it was. The...More

1  Thank crystalhaven
Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

Go to Walmart and get a box of Ramon noodles. You will have a better meal and save a whole lot of money.

Thank SDT1972
Reviewed August 6, 2017 via mobile

Walked in on a whim and was surprised to see the blend of Asian culture. For example, we ordered the ramen bowl with kimchi and local vegetables. They also had "tacos" but the shells were dumplings. The food was really delicious and had the perfect...More

Thank Andrew S
Reviewed August 4, 2017

I've found a place in Traverse City where I can eat safely and have a great meal! Going out to eat isn't easy for me because I'm gluten free (by necessity) and have dangerous allergies. The head chef, Gabe, met with me to help identify...More

1  Thank Lucky M
Reviewed July 24, 2017 via mobile

Food is very good. Service is excellent. Music is awful. I have to grit my teeth and endure the awful, dissonant, harsh music in order to enjoy their food. If it's designed to get people to eat and leave, it's working. I could not have...More

1  Thank Taginepot
Reviewed July 13, 2017

Food is very good, service is wonderful, but the music is so bad and annoying. I couldn't have a conversation with my table mate because the music is loud and clanky. High pitched instruments and just generally not good. I have to grit my teeth...More

1  Thank Forcythia
Reviewed July 10, 2017 via mobile

We recently returned from Japan and were in the mood for some ramen. The ramen at Gaijin is very close to what we had in Kyoto. It had Outstanding flavor and was the real deal! We also had okonomiyaki. While it really was delicious, it...More

Thank Karl13Michigan
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Restaurant Details

Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 136 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2509
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
  • Phone Number: +1 231-421-5466
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