Maru Ichi Japanese Noodle House

Noodle House and Japanese Restaurant · Downtown Mountain View
368 Castro St (btwn California & W Dana St), Mountain View, CA 94041, United States
Open until 9:30 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 11:30 AM–2:30 PM
    • 5:00 PM–9:30 PM
  • Fri
    • 11:30 AM–2:30 PM
    • 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 11:30 AM–9:45 PM
  • Sun
    • 11:30 AM–9:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
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Based on 258 votes

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  • What you need to know
    "Two tips: Defn try the Kuro Ramen and bring CASH"(20 Tips)
    Phong N.
    "Best ramen in Mountain View! Get the black garlic ramen and a side."(3 Tips)
    Samuel L.
    "Combo B w/ Kuro is the best!"(2 Tips)
    Dmitry S.
    "Complimentary chips and kimchi are pretty good though."(6 Tips)
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  • ramen
  • combo b
  • kimchi
  • potstickers
  • good for a quick meal
  • great value
  • fried chicken
  • California rolls
  • authentic
  • spicy food
  • casual
  • garlic
  • tonkatsu
  • beer
  • spicy miso
  • pork
  • lunch
  • cash only
  • dinner
  • rice
  • Tiffany Z.

    Kuro ramen

    Tiffany Zhong · August 18
  • Elynn L.

    Nice ramen, a fulfilling vegetarian option, and yummy tonkatsu. Be prepared to wait if it's during peak hours. Cash only.

    Elynn Lee · August 1
  • jansen c.

    Shoyu with deep fried garlic!

    jansen chow · May 13
  • Zach N.

    Kuro ramen

    Zach Negrey · March 21
  • Linda H.

    Ramen was tasty

    Linda Hartsema · February 8
  • Ashley S.

    Try the negitoro and pot stickers

    Ashley Spears · January 26
  • MJ L.

    This is absolutely the best ramen shop in bay area. Kuro is the choice if you go there for the first time. One catch is that they take cash only.

    MJ Lee · December 29, 2014
  • Kelley Y.

    This place is cheap on their customers. 3/4 of your bowl is bean sprouts and 1/4 is noodles. Also why do they give kimchee? Isn't it a Japanese restaurant...

    Kelley Y · December 2, 2014
  • Chris F.

    The combos are a great way to fill up if you're feeling hungry!

    Chris Fung · November 24, 2014
  • Jason H.

    See those garlic chips on your table? Add them to your ramen for a garlicky crunch! Don't forget to bring cash, by the way.

    Jason Hidalgo · November 9, 2014
  • Dmitry S.

    Not impressed with Kuro ramen at all - bland, and just not tasty. Special add-ons don't make sense with it either. Complimentary chips and kimchi are pretty good though.

    Dmitry Shilov · November 1, 2014
  • Alessandro M.

    Owned by Koreans, the ramen is good but doesn't live to the hype. If you are coming here for the garlic ramen you should head to Ramen Dojo in San Mateo.

    Alessandro Mingione · October 25, 2014
  • Venkatesh H.

    The tonkotso ramen is great, a must have. A small glass of beer is really cheap too. This place is cash only, so be prepared.

    Venkatesh Hodavdekar · September 14, 2014
  • Shane L.

    Ramen is good

    Shane Lynch · September 6, 2014
  • Yuriy P.

    Very straightforward. They don't try to pretend it's something else but a noodle soup, as some other places do, and they succeed. Recommended.

    Yuriy Pryadko · August 23, 2014
  • Ivan L.

    Tonkatsu ramen! My favorite of the Castro ramen spots.

    Ivan Lee · August 23, 2014
  • Phong N.

    Best ramen in Mountain View! Get the black garlic ramen and a side.

    Phong Nguyen · August 23, 2014
  • Doris Y.

    Hand pulled noodles tasting really great. They gave a vegetarian option with a vegetarian broth.

    Doris Yee · August 23, 2014
  • Shirley L.

    Get the Combo B

    Shirley Liu · August 21, 2014
  • João M.

    Amazing Bento Box!

    João Machini · August 14, 2014
  • Toni

    Black garlic soup has a unique flavor. Noodles made in house in the front window. Very cool :)

    Toni · August 9, 2014
  • Kevin L.

    Spicy ramen

    Kevin Lau · August 8, 2014
  • Evan J.

    Tonkotsu ramen. And this place is cash only.

    Evan Johnson · August 7, 2014
  • Colin P.

    The ramen and potstickers are to die for

    Colin Poindexter · August 7, 2014
  • eileen b.

    Bean sprout overload. I'd ask for it on the side. Kuro pork FTW

    eileen b · July 12, 2014
  • Dev

    Maru Ichi's Kuro Ramen

    Dev · April 30, 2014
  • Anya

    Super impressed! Kuro ramen is bomb!

    Anya · December 18, 2013
  • Colin P.

    Great but BRING CASH! this place is cash only

    Colin Poindexter · December 5, 2013
  • ૮( ⚈້͡ ໋͈ ૈ ꈊ ⚈້͡ ໋͈ ૈ)ა ..

    The kuro tsukemen broth was too salty and lukewarm. The already cold noodles, though delicious, came out colder when dipped in the broth. This is not the tsukemen you are looking for.

  • Liz J.

    Fresh house- made noodles! Skip the California rolls.

    Liz Jensen · November 11, 2013
  • Dave J.

    The noodles in the ramen are amazing!

    Dave Jensen · November 11, 2013
  • Dina

    Cash only! Big portions and cheap (I'm from NY where the ramen is 16 a bowl). Delicious.

    Dina · October 22, 2013
  • Richard B.

    The spicy ramen lives up to its name.

    Richard Bakare · October 12, 2013
  • Serious Eats

    One of the few local ramen houses to make their own noodles and specialize in kuro (black garlic) ramen. Add garlic chips and housemade kimchi for some real slurping excitement. Cash only!

    Serious Eats · September 12, 2013
  • Kenny W.

    Kuro is fantastic. However, the combos isn't too impressive. You can save the cash and grab some desserts.

    Kenny Wong · August 8, 2013
  • Brandon K.

    Do you ever read reviews, make a decision and then find them so far from the truth? I ordered the kura combo A. And it wasn't the best. Not sure what the hype is about. Potstickers were good though.

    Brandon Keenen · July 10, 2013
  • Alexis R.

    If its too hot for traditional hot ramen then try the Hiyashi Chika. It's really yummy!

    Alexis Reeves · July 9, 2013
  • Eddy B.

    They only accept cash here. There is a sketchy ATM in back available but if I were you I'd try to bring cash ahead of time

    Eddy B · May 3, 2013
  • Paulette F.

    Miso ramen is yummy. Cash only.

    Paulette Ference · April 11, 2013
  • Alexis R.

    Try their fried chicken ( Chicken Karage) it's Japanese style fries chicken and it's soooo good!

    Alexis Reeves · April 9, 2013
  • Michal M.

    Try one of combos but do not forget to bring cash...

    Michal Malohlava · February 25, 2013
  • Dhruv B.

    Kuro Ramen with Kakuni. Best ramen in the bay.

    Dhruv B · February 22, 2013
  • Candace C.

    Get the Kuro (blackened garlic) ramen. Real unique

    Candace Chang · February 1, 2013
  • Takeshi O.

    avoid extra noodle. try black one.

    Takeshi Ohishi · January 21, 2013
  • Bryan H.

    Kuro Ramen is the best.

    Bryan Hwang · September 9, 2012
  • Tracy C.

    The kimchi is good! Not too spicy.

    Tracy Chou · August 20, 2012
  • Jacky R.

    Curry is DELICIOUS. Bring cash :)

    Jacky R. Estrada · July 14, 2012
  • Marcella

    Try the Kuro Ramen - #comfortfood

    Marcella · July 6, 2012
  • Trent N.

    Order Spicy Ramen...add a bunch of the dried garlic; [tastier Kuro Ramen w/ a kickaru!!!!]...<3 the White Tuna Udon Bowl (huge slabs of delicious fish :-p mmmm) Always bring cash- don't b a fool!

    Trent Norgart · June 6, 2012
  • Trent N.

    Stop charging for Kimchi ToGo...If it's free when you Dine-In than why would you charge ; especially if I only haz $10 B-p

    Trent Norgart · June 6, 2012

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