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Santouka Ramen

Ramen Restaurant$$$$
Strawberry Park, San Jose
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  • The noodle soup at Santouka Ramen is a can't miss
  • Morgan W.
    "Try the spicy miso ramen with extra chashu."(13 Tips)
    Rodolphe C.
    "Get the special pork shio ramen, the pork is CRAZY GOOD."(6 Tips)
    Omar
    "Salt ramen with special pork (toroniku) is absolutely the best."(5 Tips)
    Derrick Y.
    "Worth the wait - one of the best ramen spots in the South Bay."(2 Tips)
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  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱August 21
    Been here 5+ times
    The Salt Ramen is delicious!
  • Hai L.
    Hai LiJuly 27
    Ask for less salt and you'll be happier:)
  • Tobias S.
    Don't believe the hype. The spicy miso broth is good but the pork was tough and the eggs hard-boiled. There are better places around!
  • jansen c.
    jansen cApril 16
    Been here 5+ times
    Beware of long line during busy hours and this place is cash only. Yummy ramen but not cheap
  • Giovanna M.
    Authentic ramen. Simple, genuine and tasty.
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LeMarch 31
    If you're hungry, get one of the combos with the rice bowls.
  • Sarah
    SarahMarch 10
    No vegetarian options since the broth is pork-based
  • Sarah
    SarahMarch 10
    Cash only!
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanFebruary 3
    Special pork ramen is delicious. Fast, cheap, the quality is excellent.
  • Barbara Y.
    Barbara YangJanuary 7
    Thick, luxurious broth. Ramen bowls come in three sizes (small is sufficient for me!!)
  • Elynn L.
    Elynn LeeDecember 23, 2016
    Really yummy ramen! I love the pork cheeks. Lines can get very long even during off peak hours, so be prepared to wait. It'll be worth it!
  • Tim D.
    Tim DengDecember 18, 2016
    Yummy but overpriced
  • Justin D.
    Justin DavidsonNovember 26, 2016
    Special pork is amazing!
  • Morgan W.
    Morgan WangNovember 16, 2016
    Get a side of pork over rice to your ramen! Try the spicy miso ramen with extra chashu.
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer ShermanOctober 31, 2016
    The miso ramen couldn't get any better.
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LiuOctober 16, 2016
    Special pork with salt broth is amazing
  • Derrick Y.
    Derrick YuAugust 25, 2016
    Worth the wait - one of the best ramen spots in the South Bay.
  • Jim B.
    Jim BeanAugust 19, 2016
    Be prepared to wait in line and then for your food.
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱June 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Spicy miso ramen!❤
  • Jiehan Z.
    Jiehan ZhengMay 30, 2016
    This business is cash only. I would come more often if it took credit cards
  • Vansi
    VansiMay 27, 2016
    Cash only. No take out.
  • Vansi
    VansiMay 27, 2016
    The special meat (#7) one is great! Super tender and goes well with the ramen.
  • joanne r.
    joanne reiterMay 27, 2016
    great ramen
  • TZ M.
    TZ MartinMay 16, 2016
    Keep your ticket stub. Otherwise, no soup for you!
  • Cameron W.
    Cameron WylieMay 8, 2016
    Make sure to get the special pork, it is by far the best meat I have ever had with a ramen. The salt Tonkotsu broth is very good and the spicy miso broth is also excellent. Be prepared for a wait.
  • Don O.
    Don OkudaApril 10, 2016
    Authentic ramen experience, right down to the long line.
  • Thomas P.
    Thomas PajorApril 4, 2016
    The Ramen is really good, but the wait is long. I guess one should first order and then shop in the supermarket while waiting for the Ramen.
  • Lucifer N.
    Toroniku. BEST THING.
  • Kai C.
    Kai CaoMarch 1, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Expect long lines and wait time on weekends.
  • Kai C.
    Kai CaoMarch 1, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Easily the best ramen in the whole Bay Area.
  • Tammy N.
    Tammy NguyenFebruary 14, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Spicy miso ramen
  • Jonny Y.
    Jonny YoungJanuary 30, 2016
    spicy miso ramen
  • Stephanie G.
    Stephanie GeJanuary 20, 2016
    Spicy miso ramen is worth the wait.
  • Heidi H.
    Heidi HerschbachJanuary 7, 2016
    Spicy miso ramen is fabulous
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱December 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Delicious ramen.
  • Lasse H.
    Lasse HolmstedtDecember 5, 2015
    Toroniku raamen
  • cYeNz
    cYeNzNovember 18, 2015
    I love the salmon rice bowl. I think some people may not like it due to the fishy smell. Add a splash or two of ramen soup and you have a great comfort meal. Inside Mitsuwa supermarket.
  • Koji K.
    Koji KOMATSUNovember 8, 2015
    It's comparable in taste to the head restaurant in Japan. But the line is always mile long here even around 4pm.
  • Mika'ele' K.
    Mika'ele' Keni'October 13, 2015
    Cash only!
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DengAugust 19, 2015
    Spicy Miso Ramen is amazing! Lots of Japanese people come here, which means it's authentic. The line during lunch is long.
  • Meeshell B.
    Meeshell BuchanJuly 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I always get a set. #82, soy sauce flavor, chashu bowl, and egg is def my favorite. I always dump the egg into muh soup :D Yum!
  • David N.
    David NelsonJuly 9, 2015
    It's inside the grocery store
  • Tony W.
    Tony WangJuly 4, 2015
    Cash Only!
  • Jane N.
    Jane NguyenJuly 1, 2015
    Shio ramen with the special pork!
  • Billy S.
    Billy SeolJune 10, 2015
    Overrated in my opinion
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HaftelApril 14, 2015
    Not bad ramen for a food court. Long line though.
  • EiMa A.
    EiMa AMarch 14, 2015
    Toroniku is soooo yummy!!
  • Juan S.
    Juan SernaFebruary 19, 2015
    It was great, novice when it comes to Ramen. My friend said order the 33 spicy ramen with a side of pork. Boy was I happy, only thing better would have been a beer or saki with it. Yummy!
  • Cameron W.
    Cameron WylieDecember 21, 2014
    Awesome spicy miso ramen. If they still have it by the time you get there try the special pork. It is less fatty, and perfectly tender.
  • Gnat B.
    Gnat BrainNovember 29, 2014
    Cash only. There's a bank of America atm in the back corner by the bookstore.
  • Frances
    FrancesNovember 26, 2014
    Spicy miso ramen
  • Frances
    FrancesNovember 24, 2014
    #31 and #71
  • Maitreyee P.
    Maitreyee PanditSeptember 21, 2014
    Spicy miso ramen 🍜 is the best!!! Best ramen I have had in the Bay Area so far :)
  • Nikhil D.
    Nikhil DandekarAugust 13, 2014
    We have a winner here! Hidden within an Asian supermarket is one of the best Ramen spots in the bay area. The spicy miso ramen , especially the broth, is out of the world!
  • Kat F.
    Kat FukuiAugust 12, 2014
    Miso ramen combo with chasiu don and marinated egg.
  • Andrea C.
    Andrea CampiAugust 10, 2014
    Toroniku (special pork) is very tasty. It's a long line so be prepared.
  • Omar
    OmarAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Salt ramen with special pork (toroniku) is absolutely the best.
  • Victor W.
    Victor WebbJuly 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If you want the best ramen from here, ask for the "VDubb Special" which is the special pork ramen with salt broth, extra spicy oil, and an egg. Delicious!
  • Brian S.
    Brian SMay 26, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Expect 30+ minute lines during lunch
  • Kiana L.
    Kiana LynnMay 21, 2014
    #62 for $11
  • Dev
    DevApril 30, 2014
    Santouka Spicy Miso Pork Ramen
  • Penny Y.
    Penny YuanFebruary 1, 2014
    To go boxes are an additional $.25.
  • Sara L.
    Sara L.January 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    They give you more noodles the closer it gets to closing time.
  • Aya M.
    Aya MiuraJanuary 7, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    They upgraded salmon roe rice and got more expensive. Santouka south cal is cheaper. Santouka Hong Kong has potato croquette set with Ramen. Santouka everywhere!!! (Even in Philippines)
  • Danvin R.
    Danvin RuangchanNovember 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Salt broth with special pork is the way to go.
  • Ariane Joyce G.
    Ariane Joyce GarciaNovember 2, 2013
    Spicy ramen is great
  • Meg
    MegOctober 27, 2013
    #8 special pork with salt broth. Small
  • Levin W.
    Levin WongSeptember 29, 2013
    go for the extra special pork!
  • Young Z.
    Young ZhouAugust 2, 2013
    Japanese noodle. Cash only. Taste good.
  • Rodolphe C.
    Rodolphe CourtierJuly 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the special pork shio ramen, the pork is CRAZY GOOD. Tonkatsu ramen also really good.
  • Bryan L.
    Bryan LJune 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    This is true Japanese Ramen.
  • Chuck N.
    Chuck NguyenMay 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Salty and spicy deliciousness
  • Ann N.
    Ann NguyenApril 8, 2013
    Pretty good soup base, but not my favorite kind of ramen noodles. Orenchi or Kotetsu is better!
  • Richmark
    RichmarkApril 5, 2013
    Try the extra pork spicy soybean flavor -
  • Mike S.
    Mike SMarch 17, 2013
    Have the ramen
  • Megan T.
    Megan TMarch 9, 2013
    Get the spicy miso if you have a stuffy nose. That stuff will kick your sinuses into gear like no other
  • mayumi m.
    mayumi mMarch 4, 2013
    Free water!
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰December 17, 2012
    Best ramen in the Bay Area. Get the pork chasu don on the side. Yum! Expect to wait, though!
  • Kristen W.
    Kristen WongNovember 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Miso Ramen ftw. Best. Ever. Seriously.
  • D. H.
    D. HuNovember 13, 2012
    Their salty pork ramen is one of he best around.
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChenSeptember 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Cash only!
  • Charles B.
    Charles BSeptember 7, 2012
    spicy miso ramen is fantastic. make it a set if you're hungry and add the rice with salmon roe.
  • Veronica T.
    Veronica TangJuly 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    if you like thick meaty broth then this is the right ramen for you. Always crowded during weekend not a good quick lunch place at all
  • Will
    WillJuly 2, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Salt Ramen
  • Alyssa L.
    Alyssa LucJune 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I usually get the spicy miso (soybean paste) ramen. It's super good.
  • Nikki W.
    Nikki W.April 23, 2012
    The side dishes look pretty cool. Cash only, but a convenient BofA ATM inside. :)
  • Stephanie R.
    Stephanie RamalhoMarch 13, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Salt flavored ramen is a safe and good beginners ramen!
  • Adam D.
    Adam Del RosarioFebruary 23, 2012
    Salt ramen was good!!
  • Hansen L.
    Hansen LeeDecember 31, 2011
    Don't expect to get a quick meal here since there is almost always a long line here.
  • Will
    WillNovember 25, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Shio ramen & ikura rice hits the spot. Marinated egg is good also
  • Arlyn V.
    Arlyn VillarimoNovember 21, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    #82 is a good deal. Doesn't look a lot but you will be full.
  • MinTz
    MinTzNovember 11, 2011
    Like Umeboshi in Shio Ramen.
  • Denise
    DeniseNovember 8, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Spicy miso ramen with pork over rice on the side.
  • Andrea L.
    Andrea LeeSeptember 11, 2011
    Their kimchi ramen is my favorite! Not the greatest ambiance, but the noodles make up for it!
  • Trish
    TrishAugust 5, 2011
    Ate here once, it was good, but my stomach did not agree.
  • Andy F.
    Andy FongJune 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Seriously tasty ramen. The miso broth is a party in your mouth.
  • Meadhbh O.
    Meadhbh OhMay 31, 2011
    yup. i love this place! the takoyaki isn't exactly like how mom used to make it, but it's passable.
  • Denise
    DeniseMay 4, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The special pork sells out early on weekends so go early, ie before early afternoon!
  • Holger L.
    Holger LuedorfMay 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best ramen in San Jose in my opinion. Don't go for the atmosphere (you are basically eating within a supermarket, but the ramen is killer. Tons of Japanese people are eating there all the time, whic
  • Ray M.
    Ray MarinaApril 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're feeling brave, grab a bowl of nattou rice. ;)
  • Melissa L.
    Melissa LamMarch 26, 2011
    Can't go wrong with Shoyu. Shio for lighter palettes if thy have not ran out. My fave Ramen place.
  • Garreth C.
    Garreth CanesoMarch 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Soy sauce ikura ramen set is the best...
  • James N.
    James NgoFebruary 16, 2011
    Try the Spicy Soybean Paste Flavor Ramen
  • Michelle P.
    Michelle ParkFebruary 7, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Overall best ramen in the south bay. Shio and toroniku shio are especially wonderful.
  • Tom M.
    Tom McGhanJanuary 4, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The noodles are premade, which is why they aren't the star of this fare. It's the broth, and since broth makes ramen more than the ramen makes ramen... this is one of the best ramen places around.
  • Sicong J.
    Sicong JiDecember 22, 2010
    Perfect cold weather food! 
  • Melanie B.
    Melanie B.December 6, 2010
    The Miso Ramen was too salty!
  • Shannon L.
    Shannon LewisNovember 26, 2010
    Try the Miso Ramen
  • Alexa (@ladylexy) A.
    Try the miso ramen All the ramen is tonkotsu (milky pork) based, then flavors are on top!
  • Alexa (@ladylexy) A.
    Try the Miso Ramen and spot it on Foodspotting
  • Jenny
    JennyOctober 7, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The toroniku shio ramen is a must-get! The pork is so delicious.
  • Rena P.
    Rena PatelOctober 3, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the #37 - spicy miso toroniku (special pork).
  • Stephanie R.
    Stephanie RamalhoSeptember 20, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Soy Sauce Broth (shoyu) w/ pork rice!
  • Sarah
    SarahSeptember 15, 2010
    Noodles are only so-so, but the broth is fantastic!
  • Brian T.
    Brian TanJune 20, 2010
    U can get an extra portion of meat added to any Ramen Bowl for about a dollar.
  • Kapo T.
    Kapo TamMay 18, 2010
    order the toroniku (special pork) if it's available! they always sold out early!
  • Sean
    SeanApril 1, 2010
    Go to Santouka Ramen and get the Shio Ramen.
  • David S.
    David SchlesingerMarch 25, 2010
    Great miso ramen! This is inside Mistuwa Market, where the packaged sushi stand used to be, well worth a visit!
  • edi h.
    edi hsuMarch 14, 2010
    try their special. noodles are perfect and broth is great..
  • Jim Y.
    Jim YoungOctober 18, 2009
    eat 
  • Dinh Thanh A.
    Dinh Thanh AnApril 23, 2015
    so delicous :p
  • Uzura S.
    Uzura SuzukiDecember 5, 2011
    塩ラーメンといくら丼の定食を注文。ラーメンのスープは出汁が薄く、麺はこなっぽく腰がない。いくら丼はごはんがやわらかすぎる上にいくらの汁がかかってさらにやわらかくなってしまって残念なことに。海外で食べるラーメンとしてはあり。日本ではなし。有名店なので期待してたけど日本の店もこんな味?そんなことないよね。東京に戻ったら山頭火いってみよ。
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