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Maru Ichi Japanese Noodle House

Ramen Restaurant, Noodle House, and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Mountain View, Mountain View
  • Ranked #2 for ramen restaurants in Mountain View
  • Burp
    "Two tips: Defn try the Kuro Ramen and bring CASH"(21 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)
90 Tips and reviews
  • ramen
  • combo b
  • good for a quick meal
  • kimchi
  • potstickers
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  • Ken L.
    Ken Leung15 hours ago
    Tonkotsu ramen
  • Karine H.
    Karine HsuJune 22
    tonkatsu ramen special - love the noodles
  • Thomas P.
    Thomas PajorMay 21
    Been here 5+ times
    The Kuro Ramen is excellent. Portions are huge! Ordering Ramen only will be plenty.
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱March 2
    Cash only.
  • Rich P.
    Rich ParkNovember 30, 2015
    Hardly authentic Tonkotsu ramen. Meat was tough and tasteless. Noodle was doughy and bland. Overall, it lacked flavor. Don't look for great ramen around here.
  • Tiffany Z.
    Tiffany ZhongAugust 18, 2015
    Kuro ramen
  • Elynn L.
    Elynn LeeAugust 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice ramen, a fulfilling vegetarian option, and yummy tonkatsu. Be prepared to wait if it's during peak hours. Cash only.
  • jansen c.
    jansen cMay 13, 2015
    Shoyu with deep fried garlic!
  • Zach N.
    Zach NegreyMarch 21, 2015
    Kuro ramen
  • Linda H.
    Linda HartsemaFebruary 8, 2015
    Ramen was tasty
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SpearsJanuary 26, 2015
    Try the negitoro and pot stickers
  • MJ L.
    MJ LeeDecember 29, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Kelley Y.
    Kelley YDecember 2, 2014
    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...
  • Chris F.
    Chris FungNovember 24, 2014
    The combos are a great way to fill up if you're feeling hungry!
  • Jason H.
    Jason HidalgoNovember 9, 2014
    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.
  • Dmitry S.
    Dmitry ShilovNovember 1, 2014
    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.
  • Alessandro M.
    Alessandro MingioneOctober 25, 2014
    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.
  • Venkatesh H.
    Venkatesh HodavdekarSeptember 14, 2014
    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.
  • Shane L.
    Shane LynchSeptember 6, 2014
    Ramen is good
  • Yuriy P.
    Yuriy PryadkoAugust 23, 2014
    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.
  • Ivan L.
    Ivan LeeAugust 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Tonkatsu ramen! My favorite of the Castro ramen spots.
  • Phong N.
    Phong NguyenAugust 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best ramen in Mountain View! Get the black garlic ramen and a side.
  • Doris Y.
    Doris YeeAugust 23, 2014
    Hand pulled noodles tasting really great. They gave a vegetarian option with a vegetarian broth.
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LiuAugust 21, 2014
    Get the Combo B
  • João M.
    João MachiniAugust 14, 2014
    Amazing Bento Box!
  • Toni
    ToniAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Black garlic soup has a unique flavor. Noodles made in house in the front window. Very cool :)
  • Kevin L.
    Kevin LauAugust 8, 2014
    Spicy ramen
  • Evan J.
    Evan JohnsonAugust 7, 2014
    Tonkotsu ramen. And this place is cash only.
  • Colin P.
    Colin PoindexterAugust 7, 2014
    The ramen and potstickers are to die for
  • eileen b.
    eileen bJuly 12, 2014
    Bean sprout overload. I'd ask for it on the side. Kuro pork FTW
  • Dev
    DevApril 30, 2014
    Maru Ichi's Kuro Ramen
  • Anya
    AnyaDecember 18, 2013
    Super impressed! Kuro ramen is bomb!
  • Colin P.
    Colin PoindexterDecember 5, 2013
    Great but BRING CASH! this place is cash only
  • 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.
    Liz JensenNovember 11, 2013
    Fresh house- made noodles! Skip the California rolls.
  • Dave J.
    Dave JensenNovember 11, 2013
    The noodles in the ramen are amazing!
  • Dina
    DinaOctober 22, 2013
    Cash only! Big portions and cheap (I'm from NY where the ramen is 16 a bowl). Delicious.
  • Richard B.
    Richard BakareOctober 12, 2013
    The spicy ramen lives up to its name.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 12, 2013
    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!
  • Kenny W.
    Kenny WongAugust 8, 2013
    Kuro is fantastic. However, the combos isn't too impressive. You can save the cash and grab some desserts.
  • Brandon K.
    Brandon KeenenJuly 10, 2013
    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.
  • Alexis R.
    Alexis ReevesJuly 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If its too hot for traditional hot ramen then try the Hiyashi Chika. It's really yummy!
  • Eddy B.
    Eddy BMay 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Paulette F.
    Paulette FerenceApril 11, 2013
    Miso ramen is yummy. Cash only.
  • Alexis R.
    Alexis ReevesApril 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try their fried chicken ( Chicken Karage) it's Japanese style fries chicken and it's soooo good!
  • Michal M.
    Michal MalohlavaFebruary 25, 2013
    Try one of combos but do not forget to bring cash...
  • Dhruv B.
    Dhruv BFebruary 22, 2013
    Kuro Ramen with Kakuni. Best ramen in the bay.
  • Candace C.
    Candace ChangFebruary 1, 2013
    Get the Kuro (blackened garlic) ramen. Real unique
  • Takeshi .
    Takeshi 🍜January 21, 2013
    avoid extra noodle. try black one.
  • Bryan H.
    Bryan HwangSeptember 9, 2012
    Kuro Ramen is the best.
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