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Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen

Ramen Restaurant$$$$
Fountain Valley
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  • The Japanese food at Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen is a can't miss
  • Christine N.
    "One of my favorite yakitori places, ever."(6 Tips)
    Dëva H.
    "Authentic Hakata ramen is great - try it Hard and add quail eggs."(4 Tips)
    OC Weekly
    "crisp-bottomed gyoza and a Sapporo draft to complete the meal."(3 Tips)
    Christian H.
    "beef flap meet and the bacon"(2 Tips)
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  • Will D.
    Will DickersonDecember 2, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the ramen worth the garlic miso butter and any other toppings you'd like. You really cannot go wrong.
  • Slayphanie
    SlayphanieSeptember 28, 2016
    Got the Hakata ramen with spicy miso but it was just ok. I liked the fried chicken tho
  • Sara M.
    Sara MarinoSeptember 24, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything!!!
  • Rj S.
    Rj St ThomasSeptember 12, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Ramen I've ever had
  • Jordan B.
    Jordan BrooksJune 25, 2016
    Get the poached egg & spicy miso on the side. Its the best with your ramen.
  • Ken
    KenJune 18, 2016
    Yes, the food is good. The service is good when you are on the premises. But they won't pick up the phone - business is that good for them.
  • Marcia P.
    Marcia PeñaMarch 18, 2016
    The ramen is one of the best in OC!
  • Alyssa H.
    Alyssa HirschJanuary 22, 2016
    Very delicious ramen and they have a ton of toppings to choose from.
  • Bryan L.
    Bryan LiangJanuary 9, 2016
    Ramen with firm noodles
  • Sergio L.
    Sergio LopezOctober 8, 2015
    New favorite ramen place!! The feel,food,staff is amazing. If your new to ramen or a fan this place is a MUST! Plus they bomb takoyaki.
  • Allie B.
    Allie BrowneSeptember 12, 2015
    Damn good ramen. You may have to wait a while if it's crowded, but it's worth it. Adding all the extras can be $$, but it was too delicious for me to care!
  • Dustin N.
    Dustin NguyenAugust 28, 2015
    Their ramen is absolutely amazing. This place is a must if you love ramen. The one downside is it is small and always packed. If you're okay with this, you'll love it.
  • Robin C.
    Robin ChenJune 28, 2015
    I always add on extra noodles and egg.
  • PotatoGirl
    PotatoGirlApril 5, 2015
    Very nice and typical japanese ramen shop.love it!!!!
  • Rishik P.
    Rishik PillaiMarch 30, 2015
    Best ramen I've ever had
  • GG
    GGMarch 13, 2015
    Most authentic ramen spot in Cali - and I've been ramen hopping all over Japan!
  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HuFebruary 25, 2015
    Ramen, custom noodle hardness, soup oil, and strength of soup base
  • Jason A.
    Jason AmansecFebruary 5, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the D-set when here for lunch.
  • Priscilla @.
    Priscilla @shescookinDecember 18, 2014
    $2 Sapporos from 11-3, Mon-Fri. Come early for lunch to avoid a queue.
  • Siew Khuen K.
    Siew Khuen KhawDecember 13, 2014
    Be prepare to wait, limited spaces but ramen worth the wait..
  • Vicky C.
    Vicky ChangDecember 8, 2014
    Delicious ramen
  • Alexander S.
    Alexander SmallDecember 2, 2014
    Their ramen is the best in Southern California!
  • Brandon M.
    Brandon M.November 30, 2014
    The skin skewers are especially delicious. So is the udon stir-fry/salad
  • Alex D.
    Alex DobyanNovember 24, 2014
    Ramen is massively good.
  • Trish
    TrishNovember 9, 2014
    Order garlic chips, Japanese poached eggs and miso butter as toppings.
  • Dëva H.
    Dëva HolikOctober 23, 2014
    Authentic Hakata ramen is great - try it Hard and add quail eggs. They also have good service but expect to wait as it gets long and their open late. Wonton appetizers or monthly specials are good
  • Arman A.
    Arman AfghaniSeptember 27, 2014
    Definitely definitely definitely get the ramen
  • Dane
    DaneAugust 24, 2014
    You can't go wrong with #1 Hakata Ramen. If you're in a group, be sure to remember your number on the order form. I appreciated all the yelling in Japanese :)
  • Miss Â.
    Miss ÂnneAugust 9, 2014
    No appetizers on weekends (lunch)
  • Richard L.
    Richard LillisAugust 2, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Liven up your ramen with some spicy miso. It's good.
  • Patrick M.
    Patrick McGovernJune 10, 2014
    Great ramen
  • Patrick M.
    Patrick McGovernJune 10, 2014
    Great Ramen
  • Jaclyn O.
    Jaclyn OrtizApril 1, 2014
    The chashu is worth the extra twenty cents. Goes along well with whatever ramen your heart desires.
  • Randi S.
    Randi SakiharaJanuary 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    There are 2 sides to this restaurant. One side Ramen and the other side Yakitori (aka Kushiyaki). I love Yakitori!!!!
  • Seyoung O.
    Seyoung OhJanuary 9, 2014
    Real Japanese ramen. yummy!!!!!
  • Jason S.
    Jason SuDecember 31, 2013
    thank you Lord for the bounty I am about to receive
  • Mobius G.
    Mobius GreenNovember 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Bomb yuzu!!!!
  • Akiko I.
    Akiko IOctober 22, 2013
    Ugh, this ramen isn't good at all. Go to "Yamadaya" in Costa Mesa.
  • ka- k.
    ka- kowOctober 17, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    here's how it works: lunchtime is ALL ramen both sides. dinner is ramen [noodles] on side facing rite aid, yakitori [bbq] on side next to corner bakery. RESERVATIONS: ramen = NO yakitori = YES! enjoy!
  • Lily
    LilyMay 19, 2013
    Absolutely amazing. All variations are good but the Hakata Ramen is a MUST.
  • Debra L.
    Debra LeeMay 18, 2013
    There's a ramen only side and an appetizers/other foods side... you can't have both
  • Chang
    ChangMay 16, 2013
    Wow great ramen
  • Tiffanie T.
    Tiffanie TaMay 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Such sweet employees!
  • Karen H.
    Karen HuangMarch 26, 2013
    2 people is the easiest to get a table. Bar or window seats!
  • El Rey B.
    El Rey BMarch 26, 2013
    Mon & Tues special: $1.5 skewers
  • Kezia B.
    Kezia BJanuary 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    My go-to ramen place. ALWAYS
  • Doug Z.
    Doug ZamenskyJanuary 5, 2013
    Amazing fried rice, have the C-Set!
  • Lan
    LanDecember 25, 2012
    Hakata ramen with normal noodle firmness, strong broth and normal amount of oil. Delicious!
  • Doug Z.
    Doug ZamenskyDecember 2, 2012
    One of the best izakaya's in the country. Hot sake, cold beer, chicken gizzards, bacon wrapped cherry tomatoes, raw tuna with quail egg!
  • Queen 👑 J.
    Queen 👑 JNovember 7, 2012
    Fried Chicken Gizzards!!!!
  • Justin E.
    Justin EdicolaOctober 27, 2012
    Best ramen in the OC!
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BatesJuly 22, 2012
    Get wontons in your ramen!
  • William P.
    William PriceJune 18, 2012
    Spicy miso is a must!
  • Lily B.
    Lily BMay 23, 2012
    If you show up right when dinner starts at 6, it's really empty and you beat the rush!
  • Sean H.
    Sean HisakaMarch 8, 2012
    If I could be mayor of anywhere, it would be Shinsengumi.
  • Julianne
    JulianneFebruary 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    get the wagyu.
  • Lydia D.
    Lydia DJanuary 16, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Sign in when you first get in. they base who goes in based on the list & make sure your party is all there.
  • Peter M.
    Peter MaiJanuary 14, 2012
    Be aware: No refills on soft drinks! If you're a heavy soda drinker, the charges will add up.
  • Christopher L.
    Christopher LamDecember 17, 2011
    Try their green tea brulee!
  • Lan P.
    Lan PhanDecember 12, 2011
    Get #1 (hakata ramen) and spicy miso soup. If you're a light eater like I am, get #2 (small hakata ramen).
  • Brian N.
    Brian NavarroDecember 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Go for lunch! There prices are so cheap!
  • Han N.
    Han NguyenNovember 22, 2011
    Don't bother ordering gyoza, not worth it. Other than that #1 w/ wontons!
  • OC Weekly
    OC WeeklyNovember 21, 2011
    Voted Best Pub in OC Weekly's Best Of 2011 Issue! Enjoy a wide variety of beer, sake, and rice wine. Click the link to download the Best Of app and view more winners! Read more
  • Wendy M.
    Wendy MillerNovember 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The best japanese ramen house on earth! No stinky pork smell here at all!
  • christina
    christinaOctober 30, 2011
    Get the poached egg- runny and delish
  • Brian N.
    Brian NavarroOctober 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the F set and have a few bites...then add it to your Ramen...its extra meat and other goodies for free! Amazing
  • Tron S.
    Tron SnyderOctober 20, 2011
    Hakata ramen, hard noodle, normal, normal, corn, spicy miso, flavored egg. Yosh. Lunch sets are cheap and delicious. $2 happy hour beer. Service always friendly, seating always limited.
  • Luis L.
    Luis LuceroSeptember 20, 2011
    The nakigari was amazing
  • Andrew P.
    Andrew PrayogoJuly 30, 2011
    They don't give you extra broth so save it for the extra noodles!
  • Giancarlo S.
    Giancarlo S.July 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Normal firmness, normal oil, strong soup base.
  • Mindy N.
    Mindy NguyenJuly 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    99cent noodle refills! Read more
  • Ed L.
    Ed LuJune 27, 2011
    +1 for the spicy miso
  • Christian H.
    Christian HedegaardMay 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Pork belly, beef flap meet and the bacon wrapped quail eggs are some of the best yakitori pieces. For a serious treat though, get the ribeye steak with garlic sauce. It's an explosion of amazing.
  • Bryan G.
    Bryan GreenwoodMay 8, 2011
    Fun to have employees yell at you in Japanese!
  • Jack C.
    Jack CurryMarch 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Lunch ends at 2pm, and they aren't afraid to tell you "we're closed"
  • Peter N.
    Peter NguyenMarch 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure you get the Extra Large Sapporo!!
  • Donna_C
    Donna_CFebruary 26, 2011
    The yakatori grill was fantastic.
  • Erica A.
    Erica A.January 24, 2011
    Make sure all of your party is present, otherwise they won't seat you.
  • OC Weekly
    OC WeeklyJanuary 11, 2011
    The Hakata Ramen is a must try! Pair with a plate of crisp-bottomed gyoza and a Sapporo draft to complete the meal. Read more
  • ka- k.
    ka- kowDecember 24, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    beef flap meat goes great with the grilled onions. you have to ask at time of order to have them served at the same time, as the onions take much longer to prepare.
  • Jessica
    JessicaDecember 10, 2010
    try the bacon-wrapped cherry tomatoes. Yum!!
  • GINA D.
    GINA DUONGNovember 30, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Extra noodles for $1 is like a bowl refill! Save your soup for extra noodles!
  • Christine N.
    Christine NgoAugust 30, 2010
    One of my favorite yakitori places, ever. Bacon-wrapped quail egg and pork belly skewers are the shiiiiiiit!
  • Eric R.
    Eric RainesJuly 5, 2010
    The standard ramen doesn't come with much chashu. Consider upgrading. Also, the gyoza are pretty tiny.
  • Ronald T.
    Ronald Taipale Jr.May 16, 2010
    Flavored egg in the #1. Soooo good
  • Jeremy P.
    Jeremy PalencharJanuary 11, 2010
    Spicy miso is awesome!
  • Emmanuel P.
    Emmanuel PedroNovember 19, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Also the Ramen is right next door. Hakata Ramen. Get here early as the crowd builds. Read more
  • Garick C.
    Garick ChanNovember 15, 2009
    I heard the milky broth in Hakata ramen is made by boiling pork bones overnight..
  • Peter F.
    Peter FisherAugust 21, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    if you don't know what to get just get a number one =)
  • Hansang K.
    Hansang KimMay 4, 2015
    너무 좁음. 3명이상 입장하기 많이 힘듬.
  • Tiger
    TigerFebruary 23, 2011
    アメリカで食べる本格派の博多ラーメン!! 最高です(^∇^)
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