Houston's Best for Ramen

Not your average cup of noodles
March 14, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Get your chopsticks ready for our roundup of the best restaurants serving ramen in Houston. 

Soma Sushi
Japanese · Washington Corridor · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.1

With sushi so "fresh" it’s "literally off the hook" , "fabulous, exotic sashimi" and some of "the best ramen in town" , it’s easy to see why fans flock to this Washington Corridor Japanese (sibling to Kata Robata); the hip, contemporary interior features high ceilings and clean lines, while outdoors the patio is a "great place to chill."
Tiger Den
Japanese · Chinatown · $

Set in a Chinatown strip mall, this bustling Japanese draws a word-of-mouth crowd for savory bowls of housemade ramen noodles and skewers straight from the robata grill. Black-and-white photographs line the walls, while rustic wooden tables and modern industrial accents round out the intimate, izakaya-style setting.
Kata Robata
Japanese · Upper Kirby · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.4

"Excellent sushi and other Japanese delicacies" from Manabu Horiuchi and his staff keep this Upper Kirby hot spot "deservedly always crowded" ; the warm interior is sophisticated yet "feels very relaxing" , and there’s a tranquil patio too; P.S. during the daytime, the "lunch bento is a great value."
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ
Japanese · Midtown · $$

Bringing a DIY spirit to the dining table, this yakiniku chain outpost in Midtown offers barbecue with a Japanese twist. Accented with classic dark-wood decor, the group-friendly setting features spacious tables topped with their own grills, ready-made for cooking marinated cuts of meat that complement an assortment of specialty sauces and imported beers.
Jinya Ramen Bar
Asian · Midtown · $$

These branches of a California-based chain offer hearty bowls of the Japanese noodle soup including a signature Black Ramen, a pork broth infused with charred garlic oil and topped with pork chashu, scallions, nori, cabbage and crunchy garlic chips. There are also chicken and vegetarian options, plus a variety of starters and sides, rice bowls and curries – and a full bar.
JINYA Ramen Bar - NASA
Ramen · Clear Lake · $

These branches of a California-based chain offer hearty bowls of the Japanese noodle soup including a signature Black Ramen, a pork broth infused with charred garlic oil and topped with pork chashu, scallions, nori, cabbage and crunchy garlic chips. There are also chicken and vegetarian options, plus a variety of starters and sides, rice bowls and curries – and a full bar.
KA Sushi
Japanese · Heights · $$

The first sushi bar in the northern Heights serves a modern Japanese menu of creative rolls, hamachi pops, small plates and bowls of ramen, along with specialty cocktails and sakes. The tucked-away, softly lit space is dramatically decked in charcoal walls and moody Japanese murals, with intimate table seating.