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Katana-Ya

Ramen Restaurant, Noodle House, and Japanese Restaurant · Tenderloin
430 Geary St (at Mason St), San Francisco, CA 94102, United States
Hours:
Closed until 11:30 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Wed, Sun
    • 11:30 AM–11:30 PM
  • Thu–Sat
    • 11:30 AM–1:00 AM
Price:
$$$$
Reservations:
No
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Drinks:
Beer
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Visa & MasterCard)
Outdoor Seating:
No

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    Rushil A.
    "Loved the lava flow spicy tuna sushi with fried chicken ramen."(16 Tips)
    Brian
    "7x7's Big Eat 2012 says the chasu ramen is delicious."(8 Tips)
    Kristina L.
    "The vegetarian ramen with the miso broth is out of this world!"(8 Tips)
    Tammy G.
    "But, the tongue burn was worth my awesome spicy tofu ramen."(6 Tips)
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  • ramen
  • spicy food
  • fried chicken
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  • casual
  • authentic
  • good for a late night
  • good for a quick meal
  • lively
  • cozy
  • gyoza
  • great value
  • pork
  • potstickers
  • kimchi
  • dumplings
  • Sapporo beer
  • sashimi
  • miso
  • big portions
  • Justin S.

    Katana ramen includes karage and gyoza in the broth - which is good because there isn't much pork besides. The miso flavor is amazing and the corn is a great addition. Among the best in the game

    Justin Scott · July 18, 2015
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  • Frances

    Got #14 katanaya ramen with miso, medium spicy. Came with goodies like 2 fried pot stickers, 2 karaages, corn, mema, seaweed and 2 slices of meat. It was good+, but def not the best ramen ive had

    Frances · September 4, 2014
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  • Alice M.

    Delicious ramen but don't come here for the ambiance. The katanaya miso ramen (essentially everything in one bowl) is killer, perfect for those of us who have trouble with decisions.

    Alice Mollison · 1 week ago
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  • Alex R.

    If Stefon we're here he'd tell you that he Katanaya Ramen has everything - an egg, roast pork, dumplings, fried chicken (!!!) and a whole lot more. Get it spicy and rich when they ask you.

    Alex Rainert · October 4, 2013
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  • Marce C.

    Don't be afraid to try the chicken fry ramen in miso broth. Is perfect. If you want you can ask for the chicken on side and them you can dip it on the bowl. Remember: tell how spicy you want

    Marce Caldeira · December 21, 2013
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  • Sahar A.

    Ask for vegetarian ramen with miso and specify non-meat (pork) based broth. Add the fried chicken (karaage). The sho-chu is strong! If you prefer sweet, the plum wine is like liquid candy.

    Sahar A · July 13, 2015
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  • Lindsi G.

    Holy buttery salmon nigiri. Get your ramen with a miso base, rich, and medium spicy (unless you want to blow your nose every five minutes). Sapporo on tap was the perfect cleanser/finish.

    Lindsi Gish · April 4, 2015
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  • Francis M.

    Overall a cute, small restaurant with a nice atmosphere and great service, though I honestly don't understand the hype. I had the Katana Ya Ramen which was merely OK and far from being the best.

    Francis Mueller · March 14, 2014
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  • Brook S.

    Maybe I came on an off night, but the soup was scalding, and then not that flavorful (chicken broth base is often like this). The monthly special kakuni was ok. The karaage was pretty dope though.

    Brook Shelley · February 25
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  • The Feast

    Feel transported to a tiny ramen joint in Tokyo at Katana-ya with endless menu options to be eaten under a neon pink glow. Try the signature ramen with fried chicken and fried potatoes. Read more

    The Feast · June 13, 2011
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  • Jack O.

    The Katana ya ramen has everything but the kitchen sink and it's delicious; pork, fried chicken, dumplings an egg and more. I went miso and rich. Nice.

    Jack Osborne · November 19, 2014
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  • makeupbyjanine

    First time? Walk up to left of the door, grab the clipboard & write your name on the wait list. To order: choose noodles (ramen, soba, udon), flavor (salt, soy, or miso), & broth (lt, reg, rich).

    makeupbyjanine · May 24, 2011
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  • Harriet R.

    Incredible kimchi. Wonderful wakame and spot on ramen. They keep the noodles separate for take out. Good value but takes around 25-30 mins...

    Harriet Ruff · November 13, 2015
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  • Jason C.

    Best in the off hours but worth the wait in my opinion. Everything I've had has been good but this is a ramen joint. Always miso rich, sometimes fried chicken, sometimes spicy.

    Jason C. · May 30, 2013
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  • Michael M.

    Not typical/authentic ramen but their namesake bowl is a kind of chicken sink option (love the fried veggie dumplings it came with) that was great since I was super hungry.

    Michael Muse · January 29, 2015
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  • Elaine L.

    Delectable ramen and an extremely convenient joint if you're already zipping around in the city. <3 the salt based pork broth option and their mixed fish salad is great value.

    Elaine Low · August 18, 2011
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  • MANO

    If you like your dumplings and fried chicken crispy you can ask for it on the side otherwise they will dump it in your Katana-Ya Soup.

    MANO · February 7, 2015
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  • Sabina B.

    The Katanaya Ramen is the heartiest, most satisfying meal you'll ever eat. If you're slightly less hungry, the deep fried chicken ramen is really really good too.

    Sabina B. · October 19, 2014
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  • Kenny L.

    Be prepared for a wait, especially during lunch time. All the ramen is great, but my personal favorite is the Katana-Ya Ramen (the fried chicken is the best part!)

    Kenny Liao · December 26, 2011
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  • S D.

    There is a waiting list, and if you have to stand on the sidewalk for about 15-20 minutes, do it! Japanese nationals go here, and that's another good sign.

    S D · August 13, 2015
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  • Jon P.

    Chasu ramen is the BBQ pork. It is real tasty, as is the Katana Ya ramen. Honestly, if you like this place, try Genki Ramen out on Geary and 4th ave

    Jon Pascarella · August 10, 2014
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  • Ravi A.

    Spiciest Ramen I have had. Don't order extra spicy just medium. I can eat spicy but medium was a bit much! Salmon Don was great as the salmon was super fresh.

    Ravi Asnani · June 7, 2012
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  • Sofia F.

    The famous "chansu" ramen mentioned in the other tips is actually the BBQ pork ramen. Definitely order it extra spicy (totally tolerable) and miso flavored.

    Sofia Figueroa · June 18, 2014
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  • Nipun S.

    Excellent and popular ramen spot! Keep it simple and try the regular ramen with soy broth. You won't be disappointed.

    Nipun Sachdev · December 19, 2014
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  • Imogen D.

    Lunch special. $14 for noodle dish (raman,udon and soba) PLUS a rice dish. Had the Katsu don. So good and best value! Easily enough for two.

    Imogen Diks · August 2, 2013
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  • Jenny Q.

    The house Ramen is solid. Maybe get the gyoza and chicken on the side if you don't want them to get soggy. Also, beware long lines, even at 3pm

    Jenny Q · March 15, 2015
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  • Rewan P.

    They usually having a wait outside during lunch. The katana ya ramen is awesome. Do try their fried chicken. They also have decent sushi rolls.

    Rewan Parti · July 9, 2015
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  • Ryan M.

    Ramen is spectacular, especially with the Fried Rice! Gyoza leaves something to be desired on it's bed if limp greens. Club music provides an odd ambiance.

    Ryan McArdle-Jaimes · November 3, 2013
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  • Charles B.

    really good ramen and they do take out until 1:15am. I got the Chasu and asked for it spicy based on other tips and was not disappointed.

    Charles B · September 4, 2012
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  • Josh B.

    The katanaya ramen is delicious. Great for someone who wants to try everything and can't decide what to get - it has a little of everything!

    Josh Berkowitz · November 11, 2014
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  • Steven W.

    I'm a fan of thinner noodles, traditionally, but the flavor and vibe was what's up. The ramen is spaghetti thickness and quite filling.

    Steven Walker · December 4, 2014
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  • M M.

    Constant line out the door but absolutely worth the wait. Bring your appetite - these ramen bowls are large and you'll want to eat every bite!

    M Mack · May 15, 2013
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  • Apurva M.

    The deep fried crab based appetizer us pretty good. The ramen us really good ... I just find it a little too much for 1 person

    Apurva Mehta · January 5, 2014
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  • jantje b.

    You can get vegetarian miso broth with your ramen, but you have to ask for it. It costs a little extra. Good with the spicy tofu ramen.

    jantje b · June 3, 2011
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  • Ryo Y.

    Def look for their combo specials. You get to try different dishes for the price of one. Don't worry, the portions are very reasonable.

    Ryo Y · September 20, 2013
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  • John C.

    Much better Ramen awaits all these positive tipsters. Seriously, if you can hit another ramen or sushi place, do so. My ramen buds were not satisfied.

    John Curtin · January 7, 2014
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  • Kevin L.

    Don't bother with appetizers... The ramen comes promptly afteryou order. We got our karage after our noodles. Long waits, but things go fast once you're in

    Kevin Lim · March 28, 2010
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  • Ashleigh T.

    So good! Spicy green onion is the best! Skip the Goyza - the skins are really thick & doughy. But everything else is excellent!

    Ashleigh Tripp · November 9, 2013
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  • T.J. M.

    The decor made my wife nervous, but this place had some of the best, most generous servings of sushi I've ever eaten. Highly recommended

    T.J. Maxwell · August 20, 2011
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  • Mike S.

    Best ramen in the city (get it spicy). If you're staying in a nearby hotel, phone it in for pickup and give it 10 minutes.

    Mike Singleton · September 19, 2013
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  • Paul T.

    Waiting list is stationed outside at the door. The Katana-Ya bowl has the best of everything and will leave you satisfied.

    Paul T. · November 25, 2014
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  • Zdenek F.

    Neither Katanaya nor BBQ Pork ramen have persuaded me. Both good solid ramens, no doubts, but rather hype than anything truly outstanding.

    Zdenek Farana · October 24, 2013
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  • Michael L.

    Pretty good ramen but it doesn't compare to Ippudo (NYC). The portions are more hardy, but this isn't as delicate or refined as you might expect.

    Michael Li · January 30, 2013
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  • Shenny

    Don't run too far after you write your name down or you may miss your seating. Can't go wrong with the deep fried chicken ramen.

    Shenny · April 3, 2013
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  • Wes L.

    What a great place for a quick bite. Go early as there is a line but worth the wait. I had the cilantro ramen with miso.

    Wes Lo · July 3, 2012
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  • Luca DL

    The noodles are fresh made just for them as explained by the friendly owner. That's why this is the best Ramen ever in SF & NY.

    Luca DL · May 11, 2011
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  • Jessica S.

    When busy, there is a clipboard out front. Be sure to write your name down to ensure you get a table. It's worth the wait.

    Jessica Stoner · July 27, 2011
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  • Anthony✌️ ✨.

    Not worth the hype. If you can get out of the downtown area go to ramen underground, izakaya sozai, ramen izakaya goku, or ramen yamadaya.

    Anthony✌️ ✨🙌 · January 3, 2014
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  • Arijit D.

    Medium spicy Katanaya Ramen with Miso sauce is great. A must try. It's their speciality... Good place for lunch...

    Arijit Dasgupta · October 18, 2014
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  • naveen

    great stop late late after a night out at bourbon&branch and before a night in at clift. keep it basic and go with the chashu.

    naveen · December 2, 2011
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