Santouka Ramen

Restaurants, Japanese Mar Vista
5 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
Ramen set B at Santouka in Mitsuwa Market
Photograph: Wayne Parsons Ramen set B at Santouka in Mitsuwa Market

Located in the food court of West L.A.'s Mitsuwa Japanese supermarket, Japan's ramen chain offers some of the best bowl of noodles in L.A. Choose from shio (salt), soy, miso or spicy miso ramen. Hungry diners can add the optional set option which includes a rice bowl—we like the ikura-topped savory side—and soy-flavored egg. Those dining along or eating on-the-go can snag a booth or stool and expect a wait on weekends and at lunchtime. Remember to hit the ATM before dropping into this cash-only joint. 


Venue name: Santouka Ramen
Address: Mitsuwa Marketplace
3760 S Centinela Ave
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Daily 11am-8:30pm
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Although I am more of a tempura fan, Santouka Ramen always gets the most attention at Mitsuwa.

Their ramen comes in several versions, and if you don't feel that hungry, there's always the option to choose among their small bowls  for less than $4!

Their broth is either soy or miso-based, so you won't find the broth that's been cooking for 24 hours like in the famed spots on Sawtelle, but still, their bowls are just as savory and delicious.

Great place for a quick & easy stop ( it's within a mall, so you 'll find plenty of parking)), where you'll find yourself fully satisfied for as little as ten bucks)


This ramen is on par with the well-lauded spots you'll find on Sawtelle or in Little Tokyo, but infinitely easier to deal with. Parking in the free (!) lot is ample, there's rarely a line that takes longer than ten minutes, and there's plenty to browse in the market and gift shop while you wait a few minutes for your food. The ramen is delicious and there are many options to make it exactly how you like it. Cash only, there's a Bank of America ATM in the food court if you need it.