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Katana-Ya

Ramen Restaurant and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Tenderloin, San Francisco
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  • 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.
    Upvoted Oct 24
  • 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.
    Upvoted Oct 23
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Candace V.
    Ramen is great. But when they asked if we wanted spicy and we said Yes!, they looked at us strangely & scared us away from it But it wasn't spicy enough! If you like spicy, go all the way!
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Nipun S.
    Nipun SachdevDecember 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent and popular ramen spot! Keep it simple and try the regular ramen with soy broth. You won't be disappointed.
  • 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.
    Upvoted Oct 29
  • Zack S.
    Zack SheppardNovember 16, 2014
    Here is the difference between normal and extra spicy in a photo.
    Upvoted Oct 23
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kenny L.
    Kenny LiaoDecember 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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!)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Albert W.
    Albert WengerOctober 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Come early or late for lunch. Otherwise you will wait. Opens at 11.30am.
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • 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.
  • Vol T.
    Vol TronMay 29, 2013
    Get the Katana-Ya ramen.. it's huge and filling. Delicious too! I prefer the miso. Be prepared to wait in line!
  • Mark W.
    Mark WalhimerAugust 5, 2013
    Maybe the only place to eat near Union Square that isn't a chain. Get the Gyoza !
  • Arijit D.
    Arijit DasguptaOctober 18, 2014
    Medium spicy Katanaya Ramen with Miso sauce is great. A must try. It's their speciality... Good place for lunch...
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Escott H.
    Made a lot of late night runs here for ramen when I lived in SF. Nice combo options, good portions, well priced.
  • Bastian K.
    Bastian KoellFebruary 16, 2015
    It's Katana-ya or Ramen underground. Try both. Get the miso ramen here. Well worth the wait to be seated.
  • Fabio P.
    Fabio PulvirentiFebruary 10, 2014
    Absolutely fantastic ... If you take the ramen maybe you can skip the drinking ... The ramen has a lot to drink :)
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