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Katana-Ya

Ramen Restaurant, Noodle House, and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Tenderloin, San Francisco
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  • Justin S.
    Justin ScottJuly 18, 2015
    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
  • Frances
    FrancesSeptember 4, 2014
    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
  • 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.
  • Alex R.
    Alex RainertOctober 4, 2013
    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.
  • Marce C.
    Marce CaldeiraDecember 21, 2013
    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
  • Sahar A.
    Sahar AJuly 13, 2015
    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.
  • Lindsi G.
    Lindsi GishApril 4, 2015
    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.
  • Francis M.
    Francis MuellerMarch 14, 2014
    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.
  • Brook S.
    Brook ShelleyFebruary 25
    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.
  • Jack O.
    Jack OsborneNovember 19, 2014
    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.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 13, 2011
    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
  • Harriet R.
    Harriet RuffNovember 13, 2015
    Incredible kimchi. Wonderful wakame and spot on ramen. They keep the noodles separate for take out. Good value but takes around 25-30 mins...
  • Jason C.
    Jason C.May 30, 2013
    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.
  • makeupbyjanine
    makeupbyjanineMay 24, 2011
    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).
  • Michael M.
    Michael MuseJanuary 29, 2015
    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.
  • Elaine L.
    Elaine LowAugust 18, 2011
    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.
  • Sabina B.
    Sabina B.October 19, 2014
    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.
  • Kenny L.
    Kenny LiaoDecember 26, 2011
    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!)
  • Chloe L.
    Food is great! Music is SO bad! Really takes away from the chill vibe that the place has! It was like the waiter guy was trying to be a club DJ! NOT CHILL.
  • S D.
    S DAugust 13, 2015
    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.
  • MANO
    MANOFebruary 7, 2015
    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.
  • Jon P.
    Jon PascarellaAugust 10, 2014
    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
  • Ravi A.
    Ravi AsnaniJune 7, 2012
    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.
  • Sofia F.
    Sofia FigueroaJune 18, 2014
    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.
  • Nipun S.
    Nipun SachdevDecember 19, 2014
    Excellent and popular ramen spot! Keep it simple and try the regular ramen with soy broth. You won't be disappointed.
  • Imogen D.
    Imogen DiksAugust 2, 2013
    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.
  • Rewan P.
    Rewan PartiJuly 9, 2015
    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.
  • Jenny Q.
    Jenny QMarch 15, 2015
    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
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan McArdle-JaimesNovember 3, 2013
    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.
  • Charles B.
    Charles BSeptember 4, 2012
    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.
  • Josh B.
    Josh BerkowitzNovember 11, 2014
    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!
  • Steven W.
    Steven WalkerDecember 4, 2014
    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.
  • M M.
    M MackMay 15, 2013
    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!
  • Apurva M.
    Apurva MehtaJanuary 5, 2014
    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
  • John C.
    John CurtinJanuary 7, 2014
    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.
  • Ryo Y.
    Ryo YSeptember 20, 2013
    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.
  • jantje b.
    jantje bJune 3, 2011
    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.
  • Ashleigh T.
    Ashleigh TrippNovember 9, 2013
    So good! Spicy green onion is the best! Skip the Goyza - the skins are really thick & doughy. But everything else is excellent!
  • Kevin L.
    Kevin LimMarch 28, 2010
    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
  • Mike S.
    Mike SingletonSeptember 19, 2013
    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.
  • T.J. M.
    T.J. MaxwellAugust 20, 2011
    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
  • Paul T.
    Paul T.November 25, 2014
    Waiting list is stationed outside at the door. The Katana-Ya bowl has the best of everything and will leave you satisfied.
  • Zdenek F.
    Zdenek FaranaOctober 24, 2013
    Neither Katanaya nor BBQ Pork ramen have persuaded me. Both good solid ramens, no doubts, but rather hype than anything truly outstanding.
  • Shenny
    ShennyApril 3, 2013
    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.
  • Wes L.
    Wes LoJuly 3, 2012
    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.
  • Arjun S.
    The veggie miso ramen. Make it spicy with their spicy powder. There's just couple of veggie dishes, but they're so yum.
  • Emily L.
    Emily L3 weeks ago
    Ramen is pretty good! Went with the katanaya in miso soup, was not disappointed. Fried dumplings were a bit much, but still tasty.
  • Luca DL
    Luca DLMay 11, 2011
    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.
  • Michael L.
    Michael LiJanuary 30, 2013
    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.
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica StonerJuly 27, 2011
    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.
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