Biwa

Japanese Restaurant and Ramen Restaurant · Buckman
215 SE 9th Ave (at SE Ash St), Portland, OR 97214, United States
Hours:
Open until Midnight (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 5:00 PM–Midnight
Price:
$$$$
Reservations:
No
Menus:
Dinner, Happy Hour
Drinks:
Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:
No
8.9/10

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    CITY GRIT
    "The Omakase is a great way to go."(5 Tips)
    Caleb
    "Fried kimchi is excellent, as is the lamb genghis kahn."(10 Tips)
    Greg H.
    "Pork Bara is off the chain good!"(2 Tips)
    Janice M.
    "Happy hour ramen deal just means you can order more deliciousness."(2 Tips)
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  • ramen
  • kimchi
  • lively
  • omakase
  • happy hour
  • trendy
  • good for dates
  • good for a late night
  • pork belly
  • cozy
  • hanger steak
  • chuhai
  • sake
  • sushi
  • authentic
  • fried chicken
  • vegetarian food
  • great value
  • gyoza
  • gluten-free food
  • Ria C.
    I've ordered three vegetarian dishes: agedashi tofu, grilled avocado and fried rice. All dishes are pretty small, appetizer size. Grilled avocado was fantastic! Flavorful and creamy.
    Ria Carmin · October 11, 2015
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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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  • Bin Y.
    Start off with the special otsumami (3 small appetizers), get some kushiyaki (lamb heart is bomb), then finish with a hefty shoyu ramen bowl with lots of kombu, just the way I like it.
    Bin Yang · November 20, 2015
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  • Caleb
    Fried kimchi is excellent, as is the lamb genghis kahn. The otomato salad is good, and the hangar steak as well. Onigiri is good but an acquired taste. Kimchi is bitey and pungent but overwhelmingly s
    Caleb · August 19, 2010
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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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  • 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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  • Sherry R.
    Came for the famous ramen but it is very very salty. I know traditional ramen tends to be salty but it is way over. The egg and chashu are amazing though. Small portion and relative high price.
    Sherry Ren · December 31, 2015
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  • Anne Mai B.
    Everything was great - udon, fried kimchi, genghis khan, hangar steak, cucumber and watermelon salad. I would steer clear of beef ssam - thick, chewy unflavorful beef. Bulgogi would have been better
    Anne Mai Bertelsen · August 19, 2010
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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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  • Bella P.
    Hands down amazing! You'll never leave unfulfilled. Ramen is delicious but just keep ordering a la carte & enjoy. Very large Saki selection (your service will help you select).
    Bella Porter · July 1, 2015
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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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  • 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 · April 7, 2015
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mark
    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 · March 9, 2014
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Poppy
    Disappointing salty Ramen and Kara age. But tax to cover health care of employees is a wonderful idea.
    Poppy · January 27
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  • Charm B. T.
    If you love SALT or not quite fermented 'pickled' things, go here! Drinks & the free popcorn were the most palatable.
    Charm B. Trippin · January 16, 2013
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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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  • Jason G.
    mmm... Japanese fried chicken... Kara-age. Forget your old favorites, let your server recommend some great Sake's to try.
    Jason Goldberg · February 1, 2010
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Caitlin
    Awesome all around. Fried kimchi is good, but I much preferred the traditional kimchi.
    Caitlin · December 12, 2011
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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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  • Katya D.
    The rotating seasonal menu and awesome specials keep things interesting.
    Katya Davidson · November 27, 2014
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  • Robert S.
    The chef's tasting menu. Delicious. With the booze pairing, you will never be fuller or drunker.
    Robert Sandler · June 22, 2015
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  • Kristin L.
    I did a 1-2 punch of sashimi and ramen. Would eat again. Nice atmosphere.
    Kristin Lasita · January 24
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  • Benton B.
    Fantastic happy hour food specials at the bar. $2 hanger steak, $3 Sopporo.
    Benton Barnett · June 30, 2009
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  • Amber C.
    Everything is good here. You've been warned. Also: you're eating in a former Goth Club!
    Amber C. · November 4, 2015
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  • Ricky E.
    The Pork Bara can't be beat. Crab soup is always a winner as well.
    Ricky Engelberg · March 22, 2010
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  • Soxinly
    Vinegar pickled mackerel is delicious! Good ramen noodle, too!
    Soxinly · September 7, 2010
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  • Christopher C.
    Got the omakase with drink pairing. Expensive but worth it.
    Christopher Conway · July 27, 2015
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  • Olivia B.
    Little spendy, little loud, but on point and delish.
    Olivia Black · November 25, 2015
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  • Xanthe T.
    Ramen was delicious and the shiitake mushrooms were incredible.
    Xanthe Travlos · November 29, 2014
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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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  • Jeff S.
    Ask for some pork shoulder with your ramen. It's a religious experience!
    Jeff Smith · July 24, 2014
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  • Chet M.
    Ramen happy hour before 6 and after 9. $5 for a tasty bowl.
    Chet Mancini · April 24, 2015
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  • PDX P.
    Do not recommend the Black sesame gelato dessert.
    PDX Pipeline · December 3, 2011
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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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  • H. C.
    Pretty good gyoza. Sorry there's no pic, I ate them too fast.
    H. Colbert · March 20
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  • WhyGo Travel
    Biwa's udon is fantastic and cheap. Read more
    WhyGo Travel · December 8, 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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  • Olivia
    Tofu dengaku and udon are favs!
    Olivia · December 7, 2012
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  • Karen H.
    All sorts of Asian bites excellently prepared
    Karen H · March 26
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  • Lee B.
    You must try the deep fried Kimchi
    Lee Barth · January 17, 2010
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  • Katya D.
    The specials are always worth it.
    Katya Davidson · August 29, 2013
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  • Cecelia T.
    Americanize ramen I think.too salty
    Cecelia Tey · August 23, 2015
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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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  • Mick V.
    The bacon chahan rules. Eat it now
    Mick Vandegrift · November 22, 2010
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  • Greg H.
    Pork Bara is off the chain good!
    Greg Harned · July 24, 2010
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  • Alexis T.
    Plum wine always does it *perf*
    Alexis T. · August 24, 2014
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  • Lana R.
    Miso butterscotch gelato 😍
    Lana RB · October 20, 2013
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  • Patrick T.
    One word: black pepper soda
    Patrick Tsukuda · April 13, 2011
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  • Janet J.
    oh, the fried chicken skewers... Read more
    Janet Johnson · July 26, 2011
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  • Wesley V.
    Great ramen
    Wesley V · October 24, 2014
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  • Arbi B.
    $5 ramen at happy hour!
    Arbi Bi · July 12, 2013
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  • Cody H.
    Cold ramen salad
    Cody Herriges · August 21, 2014
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  • Jeff W.
    Happy hour ramen.
    Jeff Weinstein · August 9, 2014
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  • Sean R.
    Omakase!!! Yum!
    Sean Russell · August 13, 2014
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  • mike a.
    great place to grab lunch
    mike adams · December 9, 2014
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  • Mick V.
    Say "Hi" to Ed.
    Mick Vandegrift · April 13, 2012
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  • Alan K.
    This place is amazing!
    Alan Krajbich · March 20, 2010
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  • Martin .
    Raw Oysters
    Martin 🇺🇸 · October 11, 2014
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