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Daikokuya

Ramen Restaurant and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
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  • LAist
    LAistMay 5, 2015
    It's rare you won't find a line of people queuing outside of this tiny Little Tokyo spot. Their signature Daikokuya Ramen features a rich, creamy tonkotsu broth you'll wish you could drink from a can. Read more
  • Derek N.
    Derek NakamotoMay 12, 2013
    If I am in the downtown area or passing thru I will make it a point to stop in here for a bowl of their Daikoku Ramen ... the best broth & noodles ... the seasoned egg is to die for! Great vibe!
  • Evadora Z.
    Evadora ZhengiaDecember 8, 2012
    If you've finished eating, kindly get up and see yourself out. There's a lot of people waiting in line to enjoy the heaven food, so take your small talk to Starbucks or something. Thanks
  • Brandon F.
    Brandon F.August 6, 2015
    Their Kaikoku ramen and its broth are epic. Also recommend their takoyaki. Best I've tasted so far. Get their thirty minutes before opening; they fill up quick.
  • Meilissa
    MeilissaAugust 12, 2014
    The kotteri daikoku ramen is good, though it's not as good as Ippudo ramen in Fukuoka. The shredded pork rice bowl however, is HEAVENLY! Gyoza is awesome too. The line is long, but worth the wait.
  • Cameron W.
    Cameron WylieDecember 21, 2014
    The best Tonkotsu ramen I have ever had. The broth had the richest porky flavor. The flavor of browned pork came through very strongly. This type of broth usually tastes generic, this tasted of pork.
  • GNTLMN
    GNTLMNJanuary 8, 2013
    The best place in town for ramen. Very authentic, feels like you're in Tokyo. Always a little line, so get there 30 mins early, put your name down, and take a romantic stroll. - India de Beaufort
  • Harout D.
    Harout DerassoyanOctober 16, 2015
    This is the best ramen spot I've tried so far in Los Angeles. I got the daikoku ramen koterri style with a side of fried rice. The broth was amazing and the pork was melting away.
  • Kenny R.
    Kenny RenNovember 29, 2013
    Ramen combo is super good. had the salmon bowl. the size of the combo is really really big. their salad dressing is amazing, thus they definitely have a legit reason to actually sell that dressing.
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BautistaSeptember 18, 2013
    1st Ramen spot I've ever tried and glad it was here. If you want some extra flavor burst, add the back fat! The wait took some time & seating area for large groups isn't so good, but food was great!
  • Kenji T.
    Kenji TsukamotoJune 21, 2013
    no reservations, gotta put your name on a list. plan on waiting a while. grab some mochi gelato while you wait down the street! My favorite ramen shop in america, worth the wait!
  • Alicia J.
    Alicia JAugust 2, 2014
    Go for the combo for the first time. You can experience more. Don't get appetizers! The broth is perfection and filling. 😉 eel was like whoa😍
  • Jamie R.
    Jamie ROctober 3, 2016
    Love the salad dressing and the combo meals are definitely the best value. Tempura and teriyaki chicken are great. Adding chili powder really helps the flavor of the soup.
  • Thirsty J.
    Thirsty JamesDecember 24, 2016
    Perfect on a rainy night, open late, cash only, yes a wait and limited seating but those noodles... actually a full bar too!
  • Starry K.
    Starry KitchenMarch 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Come for the ramen, but stay for the frickin' SHREDDED PORK BOWL! Its frickin' FANTASTIC & in my opinion.. Actually outshines the ramen its so good.
  • Chelsea W.
    Chelsea WFebruary 24, 2012
    The place isn't very big at all, but it is always swarming with hungry happy people looking to eat amazing ramen. First time yesterday...had the daikokuya ramen and it was the bomb dot com.
  • Eli K.
    Eli KibrickDecember 18, 2011
    Get the ramen as is. Koteri stands for "more flavor" but it really means more pork fat in the broth. It's delicious but excessive. Best Ramen in LA. BEST egg in ramen ever!
  • meniscuszine.com
    meniscuszine.comSeptember 24, 2011
    A chain where the signature tonkotsu ramen includes broth that has been boiled overnight. The waits can be longer than NYC's now-legendary Ippudo, even for one person, but worth it.
  • Nellie S.
    Nellie SaidFebruary 6
    I've only tried their pork belly ramen, but that was enough to convince me of the excellent quality of food they have! Will definitely recommend to others!
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MacApril 2
    Snagged a half bowl of their classic ramen late on a Saturday, and it was well worth the short wait! Solid broth that's simple but well done.
  • Jean-Louis N.
    Jean-Louis NtangDecember 8, 2014
    The best Ramen experience since moving back from Fukuoka. The wait for seating is ridiculously long, but the Ramen is worth the wait.
  • Alice Chenjing W.
    My go-to place is 新撰组, a couple blocks away. Go to this one at midnight when it's still open and there is no line. Rich broth. Best group treat
  • Alyssa H.
    Alyssa HirschJanuary 22, 2016
    Very delicious ramen, but last time I went they only take cash so make sure you keep that in mind before heading over. I had to go to the atm across the street.
  • Vu L.
    Vu LeFebruary 12, 2014
    Japanese food are always good to be digested & doesn't have any side effect too. But taking care of our oral health is important just like taking care of other issues in our body.
  • Alan W.
    Alan WiemeFebruary 14, 2016
    Can't go wrong with the house ramen and some amazing gyoza! The tuna bowl isn't too bad either to cool things off a bit.
  • Death and Peaches
    Put your name down on the list and remember your number! Be prepared to wait, there's always a long line and seating is limited. The pork bowl is super tasty!
  • Michael M.
    Michael MuseAugust 16, 2014
    Fantastic ramen despite the limited options (don't back down from choosing kotteri style), you'll probably have to wait for a table though
  • Edward F.
    Edward ForteFebruary 8, 2015
    Dated furniture, small, weak service. Food is good though and would come back just for that. Be sure to wait a while so come early.
  • Gil A.
    Gil AsakawaFebruary 25, 2011
    Don't wait in a long line... go down the block to San Sui Tei. The ramen and fried rice combo's great & no wait. Nice atmosphere & service too. Owner Fanming Yuia the best. Daikokuya's overrated.
  • Justinh A.
    Justinh AveryJuly 26, 2011
    If you can't handle the entire bowl of ramen, get a half-bowl. It's still a good amount of soup, and you can try some of their delicious rice bowls. ^_^
  • Meredith
    MeredithAugust 28, 2014
    The Daikokuya special ramen is delicious! If you want lunch on a weekend, get here before opening. It gets crazy busy!
  • Meilissa
    MeilissaJanuary 23, 2015
    Great value combo set! Try the ramen with shredded pork bowl! 🐽🐷👍
  • My V.
    My VanJanuary 3, 2015
    So worth the wait for the ramen. It was around a 1.5/2 hour wait. Just overall so satisfying.
  • Brandon H.
    Brandon HoangNovember 2, 2015
    Creamy broth and chewy noodles are perfection. Don't be one of those people that finishes eating and then sits around chatting!
  • Amy L.
    Amy LaiDecember 19, 2014
    Good broth. Braised pork is not as flavorful on its own -- eat it with the broth & noodle.
  • Luke Kash Y.
    Luke Kash YunNovember 28, 2011
    The wait is usually always insane, but the ramen is well worth it. Get on the waitlist & walk around. Shredded pork is also delish
  • Aaron N.
    Aaron NJanuary 25, 2015
    I love this place. Phenomenal ramen. Expect long wait. Cash only.
  • Jo J.
    Jo JoJanuary 15, 2012
    Don't come here if you are super hungry because you might wait for an hour or more. Bring cash because it's cash only. Get their famous Daikoku ramen. :)
  • Mark O.
    Mark ONovember 12, 2010
    Come before 5 pm and beat the crowd. Otherwise expect a wait. The ramen here is delicious and is one of my favorite! Try it with a side of fried rice.
  • Jason S.
    Jason SuFebruary 20, 2011
    this is iconic ramen. the ramen combo is worth it, it's sooo much food. found myself at a bar while waiting, so do that to enjoy your food even more ;)
  • Morgan W.
    Morgan WangDecember 31, 2015
    Go for the spicy miso ramen and the shredded pork bowl combination meal. The gyoza was short of amazing.
  • Nej K.
    Nej KutcharianJuly 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Ordering Ramen is easy since there is one main item on the menu and everything else revolves around that item. Tasty good food.
  • Superb
    SuperbJuly 25, 2012
    GO AT STRANGE TIMES. We cannot stress this enough. Yes, they make an awesome bowl of ramen, but the wait can get ridiculous!
  • ivy♥
    ivy♥August 9, 2010
    Be warned: you'll have to wait for a while (read: 30 minutes min) before getting a table. Once you get one, get the ramen! It's pretty much the same of what you can get in Tokyo.
  • Patricia L.
    Patricia LeeMay 19, 2014
    Dining alone here is the key to getting out of a long wait. If you're lucky, you'll only wait a bit for a single spot at the bar!
  • Czara J.
    Czara JAugust 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The gyoza and chicken teriyaki are crispy and delicious. If you are feeling adventurous, order your ramen with extra pork fat.
  • Tonio B.
    Tonio BaquiranOctober 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    pretty great place for ramen, but don't be afraid to try shin-sen-gumi or men-oh in the neighborhood too...
  • 오미헤
    오미헤February 20, 2013
    LITTLE TOKYO 11th ANNIVERSARY $5.00 RAMEN BOWL ! 3 DAYS ONLY ! FEB. 20, 2013 - FEB. 22, 2013 ! DONT EVER MISS THIS SPECIAL ! come super early or else the wait is super long !
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroNovember 29, 2012
    just hooked up the Daikokuya Ramen; the PERFECT day for a bowl of ramen. Pleasantly surprised, magically delicious.
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesAugust 1, 2013
    Enjoy some of the best ramen in Los Angeles here in Little Tokyo for less than $9/bowl.
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