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UnderBelly

Gastropub and Ramen Restaurant$$$$
Little Italy, San Diego
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  • Kirti D.
    "Get the Belly of the Beast, the oxtail dumplings are superb."(5 Tips)
    Chris L.
    "Excellent Underbelly Ramen and excellent interior design."(3 Tips)
    Anita H.
    "kimchi ramen with pork broth and side of oxtail dumplings"(3 Tips)
    Laura D.
    "For buns, the pork belly and fried chicken buns are the best."(3 Tips)
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  • Shay B.
    Shay Ben Yacov1 week ago
    Amazing cool Ramen Asian restaurant in downtown San Diego
  • Hudson Sutler
    Right in the heart of Little Italy is...the best Japanese comfort food in town. For ramen, it's expensive, but if there's a chill in the air you'll definitely be glad you stopped in. Read more
  • Cristina O.
    Best ramen in San Diego!!!
  • Laura D.
    Try the Tonkotsu ramen with oxtail dumplings. For buns, the pork belly and fried chicken buns are the best.
  • Ron D.
    Ron DFebruary 17
    Belly of the Beast Ramen
  • Andrekka L.
    Andrekka LanierNovember 21, 2016
    Delicious cocktails, great atmosphere and I loved the shrimp gyoza and fried chicken bun. I was not a fan of the ramen. It tasted bland, I tried the Belly of the Beast and Veggie w/chicken.
  • VelvetCrate
    VelvetCrateAugust 5, 2016
    BRISKET BUNS
  • loran j.
    loran jonakJuly 7, 2016
    Small spot in Little Italy with outdoor seating and a very respectable beer selection. Friendly staff also.
  • Matt M.
    Matt MartinJune 30, 2016
    Pork belly bun: unbelievable
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BoudinotMay 27, 2016
    Belly of the beast and fried chicken buns
  • Toreya S.
    Toreya SheaMay 25, 2016
    I'm a late night eater, so this place is perfect. Don't complain about the flies or lack of spoons, suburban folks. Put your big girl pants on and act like a downtown girl. This place is sexy.
  • Wil R.
    Wil ReynoldsMarch 9, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Belly of the best ramen, do it. No beers outside remember. Speak stairs upstairs are tough of you are bringing anyone over 50.
  • Kris E.
    Kris EstradaDecember 30, 2015
    Get the tonkotsu ramen and add vegan noodles to it! Pork belly and pulled pork add to as well! They have a really great beer list too!
  • Liliana G.
    Liliana García-RiveraDecember 16, 2015
    Belly of the Beast!
  • Jenn M.
    Jenn MicheleDecember 11, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    RIP kurabuta sausages 😢😢😢 I'm so sad right now.
  • Chris L.
    Chris LeeDecember 1, 2015
    Excellent Underbelly Ramen and excellent interior design.
  • Andy W.
    Andy WangNovember 28, 2015
    Hipster ramen joint. Very friendly service and great selection of beer. Noodle was awesome and al dente. Broth is not bad but not nearly as good as Ramen Dojo in NorCal. Worth a try
  • Morena_jojo
    Morena_jojoNovember 25, 2015
    "sous vide pork belly" soo tender👌🏼& delicate😋 & for the ramen, get the "belly of the beast" & pls. pls. Add extra char-siu👍🏻 that way it's like gettin' a taste of 2 ramen bowl🍜
  • Yvonne K.
    Yvonne KwanAugust 26, 2015
    Belly of the Beeeeast!
  • Tyler M.
    Tyler MoselleAugust 23, 2015
    Ask the homies behind the counter for tips. They can seriously spice up your ramen.
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DengAugust 18, 2015
    Wow the Kimchi ramen with tonkotsu base and oxtail dumplings is amazing!
  • Solario
    SolarioAugust 10, 2015
    Sit at the streetside bar during warm nights. Excellent set-up.
  • Alejandro P.
    Alejandro PortelaJune 10, 2015
    Skip the ramen and order as many pork baos as you can eat, that's all you need. They are perfect.
  • Matt M.
    Matt MarcinMay 18, 2015
    Solid ramen. Not authentic but scratches that itch. Belly of the beast with extra oxtail, truffle oil and scallions is the way to go!
  • Ilaria
    IlariaMarch 10, 2015
    Wonderful ramen!
  • Jeremy J.
    Jeremy JacobowitzMarch 1, 2015
    One of the collest spots over ever been to! Have to try the buns and all the different ramen options! Asian fusion to the next level!
  • Alfa S.
    Alfa SantosFebruary 27, 2015
    May the parking gods bless thee.
  • Jeffrey L.
    Jeffrey LambkinFebruary 13, 2015
    Ordered a couple ramens & apps to split, prepared well, nice outdoor community seating
  • Erika
    ErikaFebruary 5, 2015
    Great beer selection and if you like ramen, its decent. A friend of ours recommended it and we enjoyed the drinks with the relaxed atmosphere.
  • Donghuan F.
    Donghuan FDecember 28, 2014
    Very good americanized ramen! Great service! If you are a beer person, try the I love IPA!
  • Morena_jojo
    Morena_jojoOctober 30, 2014
    the chilli is not really that spicy so don't be scared..👍
  • Luke W.
    Luke WhiteSeptember 16, 2014
    The tonkatsu ramen with custom toppings can't be beat. Great pork buns too.
  • Perriann H.
    Perriann HodgesAugust 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Have to get the trio and the ramen. I highly recommend the belly of the beast!
  • Muddy
    MuddyAugust 13, 2014
    Belly of the Beast
  • TheDL
    TheDLAugust 9, 2014
    Kimchi Ramen. Add Egg, Dumplings & Pork Belly. Maybe Short Rib too if you're really hangry.
  • Muddy
    MuddyAugust 8, 2014
    Best ramen in San Diego. Try the Belly of the Beast
  • Pavel B.
    Pavel BozdogAugust 8, 2014
    Local beers and great ramen. A little on the pricey side, but great ambiance!
  • J. Michael D.
    J. Michael DouglasAugust 7, 2014
    Their signature ramen was pretty legit. Definitely hit the spot!
  • Sauce H.
    Sauce HoundJuly 26, 2014
    The bukaki sausage will make you ask for extra napkins
  • Jami F.
    Jami FreyerApril 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Fat tatooed dude is a dousche. Good thing the food is bomb
  • Anita H.
    Anita HandsonMarch 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The kimchi ramen with pork broth and side of oxtail dumplings = best soup combo! A bit of savory, acid, spice, veggies and meat just to my liking. 😋
  • Lindsay N.
    Lindsay NaderFebruary 23, 2014
    The vegetarian ramen is hands down one of the best dishes I've eaten in the last year. Mushroom heaven!
  • Scott K.
    Scott KetchamFebruary 4, 2014
    5 scoops of the ghost pepper sauce is an 8-9 on regular heat scale
  • joonspoon
    joonspoonJanuary 20, 2014
    open til midnite, every nite. vegan ramen.
  • Juan P.
    Juan PasalaguaJanuary 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    found a place where I can have a good tastin' vegan soup
  • Madison S.
    Madison SantosJanuary 5, 2014
    Honestly their ramen is average. Their broth isn't as flavorful as ramen should be especially for the price
  • Kimberly C.
    Kimberly C.December 27, 2013
    The Sous vide brisket buns with that scorpion pepper sauce...yum!
  • william b.
    william brettNovember 19, 2013
    Belly of the beast was incredible.
  • Cameron D.
    Cameron DeanNovember 3, 2013
    I walked out of the bathroom and the bartender picked up a floor fan to mess with a co-worker and it blew several chili flakes out of a bowl and right into my eye. Excruciating pain. No apologies. Wtf
  • Kirti D.
    Kirti DOctober 16, 2013
    Want something rich & decadent? Get the Belly of the Beast, the oxtail dumplings are superb.
  • Cindy K.
    Cindy KovacsOctober 7, 2013
    Every ramen bowl comes with soft boiled egg. It was delicious.
  • Jerry H.
    Jerry HongOctober 6, 2013
    Not the best ramen but pretty good (too much meat). The egg does rival that of orenchi's. That said, they have unparalleled service, since they offered to replace our ramen after a fly flew in.
  • Kristen H.
    Kristen HaasSeptember 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    So far the flies are roaming all over, probably cause its hot but worth trying the ramen anyway. I've only had it once so excited to try the veggie ramen substituted with pork broth(server suggestion)
  • Matthew W.
    Matthew WeeJune 4, 2013
    You don't need no spoons people! Savor the soup directly from the bowl.
  • Deem M.
    Deem M.April 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I keep coming back for the belly of the beast!
  • Lizzy
    LizzyApril 25, 2013
    Look like a regular - the bathroom is hidden. Go to the back where there's a white brick "wall" - notice there's a door handle.
  • NameHere H.
    NameHere HApril 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The underbelly is absolute !
  • Josh T.
    Josh ThompsonMarch 24, 2013
    I love ramen, and having lived in Japan for quite some time, I can say that this is the best "American" tonkotsu ramen I've had.
  • Evan M.
    Evan McCoolMarch 3, 2013
    Won't be coming back. Can't have beer on the patio? WTF!
  • christian v.
    christian vantvlieMarch 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Cool bar stools. But if they fall the will break your effing feet.
  • Curateur M.
    Curateur MagazineFebruary 20, 2013
    Great unique design makes the #foodie experience one of the best. Have the belly of the beast ramen if you have a big appetite or want to share. It's big but DELICIOUS.
  • Shawn L.
    Shawn LohFebruary 17, 2013
    So slow. If I were waiting for my last meal, I'd come here. They'd extend my life by about three weeks. It's ramen, people!!
  • Brian G.
    Brian GiffenJanuary 9, 2013
    Put at least 15 scoops of ghost chili sauce in your ramen or GTFO.
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaJanuary 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Belly of The Beast! 'Nuff said!
  • Michael M.
    Michael ManacopDecember 19, 2012
    Don't come on a cold windy night because they won't close the windows for you -_-
  • Jon N.
    Jon NarongNovember 18, 2012
    Best veggie ramen anywhere.
  • Oliver A.
    Oliver AsisNovember 3, 2012
    Get the Belly of the Beast and sit outside and do some awesome people watching while you eat your amazingly delicious noodles. If you are on the hot and wild side, get the ghost pepper sauce.
  • Ian
    IanOctober 22, 2012
    Cool lookin' spot however some of the staff was not friendly. They have weird house rules you have to order before you even come inside the bar.
  • Queena D.
    Queena DescheneOctober 2, 2012
    Kim chi ramen had absolutely no flavor
  • Julien B.
    Julien BrandtAugust 6, 2012
    Like Top Ramen but better (if that's even possible)!
  • Rose B.
    Rose BordenJune 4, 2012
    Gotta try the oxtail dumplings!!!
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaMay 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Underbelly ramen is where it's at! Pair it with a Hitachi White Ale and you're good to go!
  • Daniel J.
    Daniel JeffriesApril 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    now they have special sakes. Rare brands.
  • Daniel J.
    Daniel JeffriesApril 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Always bring your own spoons. The only complaints on yelp are that you get no spoons. Just bring your own and enjoy.
  • Ann A.
    Ann AMarch 26, 2012
    Mushu appetizer was amazing! Negative part of my experience was inhaling the large amounts of bleach as they cleaned which made my ramen experience less than satisfactory.
  • California Travel Tips - V.
    Try the Shrimp Gyoza - Loved this!
  • Conrad & Jenn R.
    Conrad & Jenn R.March 10, 2012
    Vegetable ramen
  • Conrad & Jenn R.
    Conrad & Jenn R.March 10, 2012
    Belly of the Beast
  • Will P.
    Will PowersFebruary 4, 2012
    Come on a warm day for lunch when they open the windows.
  • Amy G.
    Amy GordonJanuary 11, 2012
    Great food! Great atmosphere! But beware, small beer pours!
  • Megan M.
    Megan MilesNovember 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the ghost chili in your ramen.... If you dare ;)
  • kam
    kamNovember 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Add the lil skewered octpus and picked garlic for an added oooomph
  • April O.
    April OrdonezNovember 12, 2011
    The vegetable ramen is quite possibly the best veg ramen I've eaten—outside of my home. The mister really liked his oyster appetizer (w/watermelon and sake) and tonkatsu ramen.
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistNovember 10, 2011
    Add char-su belly, applewood bacon, and kurobuta sausage to make the signature UnderBelly Ramen. Do it. Read more
  • Michelle
    MichelleNovember 9, 2011
    big portions and generous with the meat. counter seating all around. probably tough to squeeze in a big group. awesome draft beer selection!
  • Marco A.
    Marco AlmadaFebruary 5, 2016
    Excelente opción, solo si andas por Little Italy, la pasta y en arroz son buenos, aunque me quedaron a deber
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