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Santouka

Noodle House, Japanese Restaurant, and Ramen Restaurant$$$$
Mar Vista, Los Angeles
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  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KMarch 4, 2015
    Pork Special Salt Ramen pictured here with Soy Sauce Egg. Couple dabs of pepper & the chili powder. Everything's proportionate & blends well. Next time: Pork Special Salt & Spicy Ramen with Extra Egg.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 12, 2013
    Inside the Mitsuwa Marketplace's food court, the signature shio (salt tonkotsu) ramen is excellent. The soy marinated chashu pork is as tender and sweet as pork gets.
  • LAist
    LAistMay 5, 2015
    Their renowned tonkotsu broth takes 20 hours to make, and comes in 4 different flavors, and you won't go wrong with any of them, but the shio ramen is their signature. Read more
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LokumkiattikulJuly 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the D! The broth alone was amazing, pork was tender and noodles were perfect. One of the best ramen spots in LA. Pork bowl was good too although the rice was a bit mushy. Can't wait to come back.
  • Betty
    BettySeptember 14, 2016
    Love this places. By far the best ramen on the westside. Prices are good for the size. Can get busy during lunch/dinner hours-so be prepared to wait for a table to open. Cash only.
  • Lauren P.
    Lauren PerlowDecember 14, 2012
    Shio ramen w/pork. I repeat. Shio ramen w/pork. Or spicy miso ramen w/pork. You know, if you want options. Order & then buy an Ito En tea in Mitsuwa then shaboom! Ramen's ready!
  • Teresa P.
    Teresa PhamAugust 7, 2014
    One of the best ramen places I've been to. An average person would be good with the medium size option. Large was a bit much. The miso ramen is really flavorful!
  • Jin T.
    Jin TakemuraJuly 2, 2013
    If uve never eaten ramen in japan, you'll love this place. Salty and spicy just for the gringo palette. For those who have eaten ramen in japan, you'll know this is train station fast food ramen.
  • Brad H.
    Brad HMarch 10, 2013
    Though I am far from an expert, this is by far my favorite ramen shop. Been coming here for years. Don't be fooled by its food court location. This is good stuff.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 10, 2011
    A big chain in its native Japan, Santouka in the Misuwa Marketplace offers some of the freshest, most delicious traditional-style ramen in LA. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KAugust 20, 2014
    Coupons in the Japanese ads in the corner of the food court (between Santouka & Mitsuwa office). Outside of Nijiya Market as well.
  • David H.
    David HeiserJanuary 18, 2016
    Great ramen! The pork broth is very rich and flavorful. Reasonably priced and not too long a wait.
  • Christina
    ChristinaJuly 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best place to get ramen for cheap! I love their miso ramen (spicy miso is amazing too). The combo is awesome, my fav: ramen + rice w/ pork. Downside: CASH only.
  • Kay
    KayAugust 25, 2016
    Spicy miso ramen is great!! My only complaint would be that there aren't many options of things to add in the ramen (I would have liked more veggies).
  • Suzy R.
    Suzy RyooAugust 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Cash only. Spicy miso ramen with salmon roe over rice. Best, most consistent ramen in LA, this is my opinion after trying 7 other spots.
  • Kenny L.
    Kenny LiaoNovember 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    They don't do to-go orders, but you can ask for a styrofoam container and do it yourself. Take that delicious special pork salt ramen home to enjoy!
  • Slayphanie
    SlayphanieSeptember 8, 2014
    What can I say, ermahgerd this shio tho, damn. Not even an exaggeration. If you get this ramen you will not be disappointment, it's so rich and fantastic, you just need to get this. Sets the standard
  • Starry K.
    Starry KitchenApril 18, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    They don't have the cold ramen often, but when they do and you don't want your veins to congeal w/ pork fat-liciouness it's fucking delicious alternative that's not a stupid salad LOL
  • Luke Kash Y.
    Luke Kash YunDecember 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    It starts slow. A craving here and there, every other month or so. Then it begins, creeping up on you ever so stealthily. You wake up one day sweating chasu broth & realize - You're addicted. Forever.
  • Ted C.
    Ted CabeenAugust 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Although you may be tempted by the miso or spicy miso ramen, ignore these tempations and go for the salt ramen. The depth of flavor is amazing.
  • Soyoung L.
    Soyoung LimJuly 15, 2013
    Amazing spicy miso ramen. Best casual ramen joint I've been to!
  • Katherine S.
    Katherine SMarch 22, 2012
    delicious authentic ramen and they have a small size perfect for me! love the miso ramen!
  • Ken W.
    Ken WeinerNovember 9, 2015
    Cash only but there is a Bank of America ATM to the right of Hannosuke (on south side)
  • First We Feast
    First We FeastAugust 3, 2014
    Before you sit down, cruise the market and pick up snacks like bento boxes and onigiri to go with your ramen. Read more
  • Go Find Alice
    Go Find AliceNovember 19, 2014
    Try their mini rice bowls as well!
  • Justin O.
    Justin OrgelDecember 29, 2011
    Salt & spicy ramen. Don't forget to sneak a beer under the table which u can buy @ the market - be bad. Be yourself
  • Nitzan B.
    Nitzan BSeptember 22, 2016
    Perfect ramen and good combo options!
  • eeena d.
    eeena d.January 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Oh the joy of ramen. Ignore the long lines this will satiate your cravings especially on a cold rainy day.
  • Jeffrey C.
    Jeffrey ChenAugust 13, 2010
    Make sure you try their #7. Looks like a normal shio ramen, but comes with special pork and toppings. Dump it all into your ramen!!
  • Ryan D.
    Ryan Demo2 weeks ago
    Get the #14! Some of the best ramen I've ever had.
  • Johnny L.
    Johnny LeeOctober 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite ramen places on the West side. Cash only.
  • Christina C.
    Christina CaldwellDecember 5, 2012
    Best Spicy Miso Ramen!!! Even better than the famous Momofuku noodle bar in Manhattan.
  • robin c.
    robin chanJuly 5, 2012
    Spicy miso ramen and ikura rice bowl. Winning.
  • Mireille
    MireilleFebruary 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the spicy ramen with special pork and add an egg.
  • Luzma P.
    Luzma PlazaJune 3, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    OMG people the regular (salt) ramen is AMAZING...and that little side or rice w/ leeks isn't too bad either :) A must
  • Royce
    RoyceMay 12, 2013
    Definitely have the spicy miso ramen and ikura bowl.
  • Tulani
    TulaniDecember 20, 2012
    Speak slowly and make sure you drink lots of water. Very tasty. Very salty.
  • Christopher S.
    Christopher SlagelAugust 29, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Best Ramen in all of LA as far as I'm concerned. Next best is Daikokuya downtown.
  • Giovanni's Old World New York Pizzeria
    Really good. Very different than shoki. Shoki still my fav!
  • Winnie K.
    Winnie KhooApril 1, 2015
    Fave: small miso ramen; skip: rice bowls
  • Julian K.
    Julian KAugust 11, 2014
    Don't even need to think about it, get the Shio (salt) Ramen.
  • Starry K.
    Starry KitchenMay 22, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Pork Special Salt Ramen w/.. W/ SOY SAUCE EGG FTMFW.. Seriously, don't cheat yourself. Get it and LIIIIVE!
  • Salvador .
    Salvador 🐒November 7, 2014
    The spicy miso ramen is so authentic here.
  • Michael Eric V.
    There's a printed menu at the cash register. Much easier to use than the isolated case.
  • Stephen Y.
    Stephen YeeOctober 4, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Mine as well get the regular. Bowls are nearly the same size and its a dollar difference.
  • Paul C.
    Paul ChangJune 8, 2013
    Chashu Pork Miso Ramen
  • Maynard L.
    Maynard LamAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    toroniku special pork melts in your mouth!
  • Go Find Alice
    Go Find AliceNovember 12, 2014
    Ramen. Cash only!
  • Carlos C.
    Carlos CAugust 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Ramen is one of the best I've ever had.
  • Josh W.
    Josh WilsonJanuary 7, 2016
    Salmon rice bowl. Spicy miso broth
  • Dan O.
    Dan OvedSeptember 8, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the side egg in soy sauce. Tastes great when dipped in the ramen
  • Alyssa S.
    Alyssa SJuly 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The pork has gotten less fat, recently! Big improvement!
  • Lily F.
    Lily FengJuly 22, 2013
    Get extra pork. Thank me later.
  • Ben B.
    Ben BasilanMay 9, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the spicy miso ramen w/ extra pork. I eat it at least once a week.
  • Joshua V.
    Joshua VDecember 5, 2011
    Me: "I'd like the bowl with pork, please.". Her: "they all have pork. "
  • Brian H.
    Brian HongDecember 24, 2013
    Don't be fooled that it's in a food court.
  • Eva T.
    Eva ToyDecember 30, 2014
    Spicy miso small :) yum...
  • L G.
    L GAugust 17, 2010
    Order their special pork ramen. It really is pretty special.
  • Nathan N.
    Nathan NowackJuly 27, 2010
    Best Ramen Ever! Salted Pork, wow! That's what I'm talking about.
  • Antony O.
    Antony OOctober 12, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Number 109!!!! Do it!
  • andrew d.
    andrew del rosarioMarch 25, 2012
    Spicy miso ramen!!!..with extra pork!!!..
  • Geoff B.
    Geoff BrownSeptember 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    #31,#32,#33 - spicy ramen bowl. do it.
  • Midtown Lunch LA
    Midtown Lunch LAMarch 6, 2010
    If you like salt, and you like pork, you have to order the shio ramen. Read more
  • A
    AJanuary 9, 2014
    Shio Ramen! Get it!
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MarkeJanuary 10, 2015
    #34 spicy miso ramen with pork
  • Corazon R.
    Corazon RiosSeptember 3, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Closes at 8:30, not 9! Bring cash, an empty stomach and your own chopsticks!
  • christina
    christinaSeptember 5, 2013
    Cash only! BoFA ATM 50 feet away. No cash back at mitsuwa
  • Nick B.
    Nick BurdSeptember 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Awesome spicy miso ramen.
  • Weili Y.
    Weili YehMay 28, 2010
    Santouka's ramen for me is better than Daikokuya's but Daikokuya's shredded pork bowl is for sure better.
  • Alexis S.
    Alexis StemberOctober 20, 2011
    get the number 8. no questions asked.
  • Tu H.
    Tu HuynhApril 10, 2011
    Premium pork shio ramen FTW!!!
  • Pintxe V.
    Pintxe VascoApril 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Yummy! One if the best Ramen you can eat in LA, seriously.
  • Kevin K.
    Kevin KitajimaFebruary 10, 2011
    Nice place to grab a quick bite and then do your grocery shopping
  • felicia
    feliciaSeptember 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    cash only. in the food court.
  • Marvin
    MarvinJuly 7, 2009
    Been here 50+ times
    the ramen here, especially their Salt Ramen is really good. recommended by most regulars
  • K-Man F.
    K-Man FuckIhatethisDecember 15, 2014
    Shio was above average. Noodles were below par.
  • K P.
    K PMay 5, 2013
    Special pork
  • Janin B.
    Janin BOctober 12, 2010
    THE BEST SHIO RAMEN EVER!
  • Yuichi S.
    Yuichi SasakiMarch 3, 2010
    Pick Shio Ramen if you are new to there and have no idea what to order.
  • Earl C.
    Earl ConchaFebruary 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Spicy ramen never fails
  • Jorga H.
    Jorga HouyJuly 1, 2012
    Miso ramen is strangely greasy
  • Vincent H.
    Vincent HoDecember 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    set d spicy!
  • marc t.
    marc tamskyDecember 22, 2009
    Spicy miso set with #44 natto -- it's the best.
  • Jen Y.
    Jen YJune 29, 2011
    CASH ONLY!
  • Charlie A.
    Charlie AispuroJanuary 17, 2016
    Mmm...Ramen
  • Ming-O-Matic C.
    Ming-O-Matic CDecember 17, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Salty fo sho. I like the Miso Ramen.
  • Derrick C.
    Derrick CohanJanuary 14, 2012
    Not as good as Daikokuya or Ramen Jinya
  • Robert Y.
    Robert YangFebruary 4, 2010
    #1 choice for ramen in LA
  • Richard S.
    Richard SinnJuly 10, 2010
    It's inside the Mitsuwa food court.
  • Ashy M.
    Ashy McGeeJanuary 29, 2010
    Omg...why is this in Santa Monica? It's in the middle of Mar Vista.
  • pauline c.
    pauline changJanuary 20, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Salt ramen all the way.
  • Julian B.
    Julian BleeckerFebruary 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Special Pork Ramen!
  • Zach S.
    Zach ShannonFebruary 9, 2010
    Get some ramen
  • Zach F.
    Zach FrechetteOctober 13, 2009
    Salt ramen.
  • Diego P.
    Diego PinzonAugust 26, 2015
    Es lo mejor en Ramen que he probado en mi vida aunque su calificación esta en 9,3 en esta aplicación yo lo califico con 10 se lo merece no dejen de ir
  • Diego P.
    Diego PinzonMay 11, 2016
    El mejor ramen que me he comido en la vida lo recomiendo 100%
  • Diego S.
    Diego S.May 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Pide el combo de, miso ramen.
  • Angela R.
    Angela RamosFebruary 6
    El Ramen es delicioso
  • Diego S.
    Diego S.July 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    La mejor ramen miso soup.
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