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Restaurants, Japanese River North
5 out of 5 stars
(7user reviews)
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsRamen at Ramen-San
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsRamen-San
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsFried rice at Ramen-San
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsRamen-San
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsRamen-San
 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha WilliamsRamen-San
 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha WilliamsRamen-San
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Paris Club closed for a few months in 2014 so owners could carve out a space for Ramen-San, an airy, clubby ramen den. Both the vibe and the cocktails at this ramen joint are cool.


Venue name: Ramen-San
Address: 59 W Hubbard St
Transport: El stop: Red to Grand, Brown, Purple to Merchandise Mart. Bus: 22, 29, 36, 65, 156.
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Average User Rating

4.6 / 5

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Ramen-San is VERY good and definitely a hot spot, but I'm partial to Oistarr in Wicker Park (and think the food is slightly better). Still giving this place 5 stars because it's super trendy right now and they play good music (if you're into old school hip hop - I think they had A Tribe Called Quest, Snoop Dogg and 2 Pac on rotation the entire time). I went on a Sunday during lunch time and only waited 15 minutes. I recommend the spicy miso bowl! 

Ramen is very important to me, and when someone needs a recommendation, especially if they are a little more on the tight-budget side of things, this is where I send them. You get tons of ramen for your buck and it's always good. My favorite is the fried chicken ramen with kimchi. It's the perfect amount of spice and a flavor profile that is different and delicious. Great cocktails, too!


Best Noodle Place Ever! Great staff, great music and great food! If you are in a funky mood, this is the perfect pick me up spot. The kimichi chicken noodle was seasoned and spiced to perfection. As well as the nicely steamed mantu bun. 90's hip hop always playing and the staff constantly checking on you! They have a diverse menu, with great items to choose from. I will refer anyone to this place.


I was there at 5 on a weekday and there were two other people seated at the bar and a handful of people sitting at tables when I arrived.

I ordered the Sticky Thai Wings. There were five large wings with a lovely garnish of chopped scallions. The wings were hot and very flavorful. For an appetizer, the presentation was very attractive and the overall portion was just the right amount. The sauce was very tasty and the wings were meaty. I would absolutely order it again.

Cute bartender greeted me by saying, "Hi, have you been here before?"  I replied that I had not and asked him for some recommendations. He described his favorite drink, the Yuzu Margarita. He then went on to explain that if I like whiskey, their whiskeys are special Japanese whiskeys worth trying.  I ordered the Yuzu Margarita with house made syrups. The margarita was rimmed with salt, garnished with a lime wedge, and served in a tall, sleek glass.

I observed a few of the bartenders and servers mingling on the side of the bar. They were watching their tables at the same time. I never observed any tables with empty glasses or any tables that appeared to be waiting for anything.

Drinks were great. Wings were fantastic. Service was excellent. I want to go back for Ramen!


Being a vegetarian, I got their vegetarian ramen. I asked for it spicy, and it wasn't spicy at all. The other dish, mapo doufu, was actually made spicy. When I asked for something to make my ramen more spicy, I was given chili oil. I forgot that adding a bunch of oil to the ramen would make the broth disgusting, so I essentially ate the noodles.. The oil didn't even make the ramen much spicier. I asked for something else and was given kung pao, but at this point it was too late. The music here is also a bit too loud for my liking. 

Flavors on flavors in this cool Lettuce Entertain You spot.  The old school hip-hop resonates through while lively people slurp their noodles. The music might be the same but this isn't Ramen you ate in college.

The fried chicken Mantou Buns and the Kimchi Dumplings are must haves for me. As far as the Ramen bowls, follow your stomach and pick whatever flavors you would like because the options are endless.

Obsessed with this upscale hip-hop vibe ramen joint. Their kitchen is attached with the French restaurant next door so the specials are always really interesting and delicious.