Biwa

Japanese Restaurant and Ramen / Noodle House
215 SE 9th Ave (at SE Ash St), Portland, OR 97214, United States
Hours:
Closed until 5:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 5:00 PM–Midnight
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Dinner, Happy Hour
Drinks:
Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
9.0/10

Based on 165 votes

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  • ramen
  • kimchi
  • omakase
  • happy hour
  • udon
  • chuhai
  • hanger steak
  • fried chicken
  • lively
  • pork
  • gelato
  • trendy
  • sake
  • good for dates
  • sushi
  • cocktails
  • good for a late night
  • gyoza
  • great value
  • good service
  • Joe W.

    Some of the best ramen I've ever had. Absolutely amazing. Deep fried kimchi is a bit strange, but overall all the food is excellent.

    Joe Wilkinson · 1 week ago
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  • mike a.

    great place to grab lunch

    mike adams · December 9, 2014
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  • Xanthe T.

    Ramen was delicious and the shiitake mushrooms were incredible.

    Xanthe Travlos · November 29, 2014
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  • Diogenes B.

    Pork stew is great, and like nothing you've had before. Meat eaters: don't be afraid of the kimchi karaage, it's damn tasty.

    Diogenes Brito · November 29, 2014
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  • Katya D.

    The rotating seasonal menu and awesome specials keep things interesting.

    Katya Davidson · November 27, 2014
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  • Wesley V.

    Great ramen

    Wesley V · October 24, 2014
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  • Martin .

    Raw Oysters

    Martin 🇺🇸 · October 11, 2014
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  • Diana M.

    This place is worth skipping. Ramen broth and egg were super salty. And the bibimbap was too salty to even finish eating. Can't offer towels to clean your hands for a high price tag on mediocre food.

    Diana Maes · September 21, 2014
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  • Alexis T.

    Plum wine always does it *perf*

    Alexis T. · August 24, 2014
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  • Geoff R.

    Giant bowls of ramen or udon for only $5 during Happy Hour (5-6, 9-10). Best ramen I've had in a while!

    Geoff Reinhardt · August 22, 2014
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  • Cody H.

    Cold ramen salad

    Cody Herriges · August 21, 2014
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  • Brook S.

    All the yakimono was amazing, and the pork belly was particularly succulent. Try some chuhai and the Yorkie cocktail- you won't regret it. The only mistep for me was the overly beet-flavored ochazuke.

    Brook Shelley · August 19, 2014
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  • Sean R.

    Omakase!!! Yum!

    Sean Russell · August 13, 2014
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  • Jeff W.

    Happy hour ramen.

    Jeff Weinstein · August 9, 2014
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  • Chefs Feed

    Jason French, chef of Ned Ludd, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Ramen. Read more

    Chefs Feed · August 5, 2014
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  • CITY GRIT

    The Omakase is a great way to go. If you’re ordering a la carte, don’t miss the agedashi tofu, chicken karaage, and the onigiri!

    CITY GRIT · August 1, 2014
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  • Jeff S.

    Ask for some pork shoulder with your ramen. It's a religious experience!

    Jeff Smith · July 24, 2014
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  • kevlyn m.

    The Tri Trip Steak was excellent & I loved the house made grapefruit soda.

    kevlyn mathews · March 26, 2014
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  • MArk M.

    Best Japanese food i have ever had. Move away, nobu, sushi yusada, sushi secki, and masa omakase there is a new king in town and its not in ny!

    MArk Mo · March 9, 2014
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  • GNTLMN

    Straight up Japanese, a little sushi -- good traditional ramen and one of the best burgers in town (but only available from 10pm until close).

    GNTLMN · February 19, 2014
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  • Lana R.

    Miso butterscotch gelato 😍

    Lana RB · October 20, 2013
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  • Jonathan Z.

    We changed the whole trip plan to come here for the beef tartare. It was better than advertised. Do the beef tartare.

    Jonathan Zemel · October 14, 2013
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  • Kayvon T.

    No point in ordering when the Omakase will ensure you try everything that needs to be tasted on the menu. Don't just get the ramen! It's the least unique dish on the menu!

    Kayvon Tehranian · October 7, 2013
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  • Avi F.

    Ramen is excellent, but is the least excellent thing on the menu. Get all the other things!

    Avi Flamholz · October 5, 2013
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  • Nathan G.

    If you want mediocre ramen made exclusively by white people, this is your jam.

    Nathan Garvie · September 21, 2013
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  • Courtney P.

    The black pepper soda may sound strange, but it's quite good... Not spicy, as you may think, just a nice pepper flavor with a balanced sweetness. May be good with gin (hint, hint).

    Courtney P. Kranzke · September 18, 2013
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  • Katya D.

    The specials are always worth it.

    Katya Davidson · August 29, 2013
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  • Janice M.

    Happy hour ramen deal just means you can order more deliciousness. Try a Chuhai cocktail--refreshing, bright flavors like lemon-basil-chia and black pepper-lemon.

    Janice M. · August 10, 2013
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  • Arbi B.

    $5 ramen at happy hour!

    Arbi Bi · July 12, 2013
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  • Lydia K.

    The gyoza are so good, you'll want to dance on a table as you eat them.

    Lydia K · July 8, 2013
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  • Dustin T.

    The special today, fried chicken skin, was awesome. Fried kimchi is too salty for my taste.

    Dustin Tseng · July 6, 2013
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  • Jeshka L.

    Plenty of good food. If you are looking for ramen that reminds you of that amazing bowl you had in Tokyo, this isn't the place though.

    Jeshka Lewis · June 26, 2013
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  • Jana S.

    I wanted to like this place. The fava beans were boring and the mushrooms were something a five yr old could have made. I think this place is overrated

    Jana Sanae · May 25, 2013
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  • Andy M.

    Start with tsukemono & kimchi, then follow with the ramen, straight up. As you leave, you may notice you're radiating a warm glow, accompanied by a feeling of complete fulfilment, but that's normal.

    Andy McMillan · March 9, 2013
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  • Ryan F.

    Rude hostess the first time, so i try coming again and they are closed but didn't bother to mention that on their website. Don't bother with Biwa; go anywhere else.

    Ryan Fish · March 6, 2013
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  • charkattack

    If you love SALT or not quite fermented 'pickled' things, go here! Drinks & the free popcorn were the most palatable.

    charkattack · January 16, 2013
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  • Olivia

    Tofu dengaku and udon are favs!

    Olivia · December 7, 2012
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  • Peter Y.

    One of the better options for ramen in Portland. Also, try the pork belly stew or crab fried rice.

    Peter Yang · November 13, 2012
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  • Mick V.

    Say "Hi" to Ed.

    Mick Vandegrift · April 13, 2012
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  • Caitlin

    Awesome all around. Fried kimchi is good, but I much preferred the traditional kimchi.

    Caitlin · December 12, 2011
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  • WhyGo Travel

    Biwa's udon is fantastic and cheap. Read more

    WhyGo Travel · December 8, 2011
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  • PDX P.

    Do not recommend the Black sesame gelato dessert.

    PDX Pipeline · December 3, 2011
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  • Amanda T.

    Go for the grilled items. The pork belly and the mushrooms were amazing. It was the WORST ramen I've ever had. The broth was so bland. No flavor. The cocktails were pretty tasty. I suggest drinking.

    Amanda Tecson · October 18, 2011
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  • Janet J.

    oh, the fried chicken skewers... Read more

    Janet Johnson · July 26, 2011
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  • Maloof Money Cup

    Ride your bike and get 50% off your entire order

    Maloof Money Cup · July 14, 2011
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  • littleneek

    Many of the dishes here were too salty for our taste. I haven't had ramen here but many of my Japanese friends said it was so-so.

    littleneek · April 29, 2011
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  • Patrick T.

    One word: black pepper soda

    Patrick Tsukuda · April 13, 2011
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  • Eater

    One part ramen den, one part izakaya, two parts modernista basement bunker, this chef hangout is run by the most improbable Japanese cook in town: a white guy from Michigan. [Eater 38 Member] Read more

    Eater · January 11, 2011
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  • Mick V.

    The bacon chahan rules. Eat it now

    Mick Vandegrift · November 22, 2010
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  • Soxinly

    Vinegar pickled mackerel is delicious! Good ramen noodle, too!

    Soxinly · September 7, 2010
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