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Tanpopo

Ramen Restaurant and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Japantown, San Francisco
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  • Jany L.
    "Love the karamiso ramen, although its not spicy enough for me hehe"(4 Tips)
    James Y.
    "Get the pork chasu ramen, very satisfying and filling."(4 Tips)
    Carmen I.
    "Karamiso Chashu Ramen"(4 Tips)
    Roshan V.
    "Get the Katsu Curry if you're not craving ramen"(3 Tips)
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  • Diana A.
    Diana ArzAugust 7
    Delicious yakisoba, ramen, Japanese curry. Very homemade feel, like visiting your aunt 😉.
  • 板津 魁.
    My best ramen to go spot in sf! It's casual and home style the ramen is okay but I like the waitress who are all friendly. Sanma grill is good when they have it on the menu
  • Wilson F.
    No frills joint where we focused on the ramen which were large portions of hearty, tasty broth w/ good ingredients. The curry chicken tonkatsu particularly hit the spot.
  • Adam M.
    Adam MoreMarch 17
    Ramen worthy it's current foursquare rating 6.5/10. Not particularly good at all, would only eat if I was desperately craving ramen and didn't have any other choice.
  • Matt R.
    Matt ReedJuly 8, 2016
    Although the meat here can be hit or miss, their noodles and broth are great. I would recommend going with the Shio Ramen over the more popular Tonkotsu.
  • Eric
    EricMay 27, 2016
    Ramen Ramen Ramen
  • Jason K.
    Jason KarshMay 3, 2016
    Great tonkatsu ramen
  • Sundai S.
    Sundai SunApril 6, 2016
    My favorite place for ramen. Broth is not greasy, but still packed with flavor.
  • Patrick S.
    Patrick SAugust 28, 2015
    Some of the best chicken wings.
  • Vincent L.
    Vincent LauJune 9, 2015
    The spicy miso ramen is delicious!
  • Diana A.
    Diana ArzMay 26, 2015
    Great traditional ramen.
  • Michael L.
    Michael LucasFebruary 16, 2015
    Best selection of authentic Japanese ramen in SF.
  • Derek .
    Derek 🐐🐙February 6, 2015
    Okay ramen, with all the fixings. The tonkotsu broth is very underwhelming
  • SJ8544123 L.
    SJ8544123 LJanuary 31, 2015
    karamiso chashu ramen is good! curry katsu is also tasty :) great lunch spot with friends.
  • Solario
    SolarioJanuary 22, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great traditional, no-frills ramen. Ice ice ice cold Sapporo and Kirin on tap. Cheap happy hour beers.
  • Carmen I.
    Carmen IbarraDecember 22, 2014
    Miso Chashu Ramen had great flavor... Better than Karamiso Chashu Ramen (spicy one). Avoided sushi because of low health inspection score.
  • Reed J.
    Reed JonesNovember 29, 2014
    Don't tell everyone you but this place is really tasty.
  • Benjy W.
    Benjy WeinbergerOctober 2, 2014
    Add chicken karaage to your ramen soup for an extra protein kick.
  • Jason K.
    Jason KonenSeptember 17, 2014
    Try their curry, very good.
  • H K.
    H KSeptember 6, 2014
    Get karamiso chasu ramen. It's on the small side so get the extra chasu version for dinner.
  • Sriram K.
    Sriram KrishnanAugust 25, 2014
    The fried pumpkin appetizer is grand. We ordered it twice!
  • Meow
    MeowAugust 23, 2014
    Tonkatsu curry 😚
  • Julia W.
    Julia WinderJuly 13, 2014
    Good vegetarian ramen and fun staff!
  • Mike O.
    Mike OnoratoJune 23, 2014
    5-piece nigiri appetizer and shoyu ramen with extra pork
  • Li S.
    Li ShaMay 27, 2014
    Ramen is better in nyc. We got David Chang
  • John W.
    John WilliamsApril 21, 2014
    Great food. My friends and I went there after the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.
  • Thanh
    ThanhJanuary 1, 2014
    Go for the karimiso chasu ramen. Noodles cooked to perfection!
  • Natasha R.
    Natasha RooneyDecember 28, 2013
    Nummy karimisu chashu ramen!
  • Chris C.
    Chris CastleDecember 10, 2013
    Shoyu ramen is excellent!
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MeyerNovember 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Terrible ambiance, but the spicy miso ramen is class. Grab some dinner here after checking out Japantown or before catching a movie at Sundance Kabuki.
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChiangNovember 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Mouse sighting by the big party tables! Put this one on the no go mouse restaurant list. :(
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChiangNovember 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    They changed the menu and raised the prices! $7 for 7 gyoza, no sausage, and a long list of Americanized sushi rolls. Whaaa??? Ramen menu hasn't changed much at least.
  • Anthony C.
    Anthony CritelliAugust 4, 2013
    Enjoy a Sapporo and a fantastic bowl of ramen served by the friendly staff.
  • Vianti Kandi
    Vianti KandiJuly 21, 2013
    Why oh why i didnt come here to read the review & to get Karamiso 😞. Kyushu was sooo bland... 😭😭
  • Bkwm J.
    Bkwm JJuly 8, 2013
    Pork flavor soup ramen, not bad. Sad they don't have soft boiled eggs (the waitress said most non-Japanese people don't like it, how is that possible? 😤)
  • Bkwm J.
    Bkwm JJuly 8, 2013
    Grilled squid legs, pretty good! 😋
  • Bkwm J.
    Bkwm JJuly 8, 2013
    Salmon & hamachi sashimi
  • Anna M.
    Anna MacLachlanMay 6, 2013
    Amazing ramen, and huge portions. Be sure to bring a to-go container if you want to take your leftovers, as they don't have their own to-go containers!
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MeyerApril 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best gyoza.
  • Sefi K.
    Sefi KeiniApril 6, 2013
    Admittedly there isn't a huge selection, but this is probably the best ramen in SF
  • Kristina P.
    Kristina ProctorMarch 31, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Karamiso Ramen is the best! (spicy!) Another favorite is the Won Ton Ramen.
  • Andrew 🚢 W.
    Andrew 🚢 WongMarch 17, 2013
    Don't get the Kyushu ramen. Literally tasted like a bowl of salt and mediocre noodles. Gyozas were good though.
  • Bart A.
    Bart AgapinanJanuary 27, 2013
    You can get vegetarian broth in your ramen.
  • Neil E.
    Neil EligadoJanuary 14, 2013
    Try the Miso-Ramen - Great broth and a full bowl. I'll be back for more #ramen!
  • Aaron B.
    Aaron BlumenthalDecember 22, 2012
    Avoid making "miso sorry" jokes. Just... just don't do it.
  • Karen K.
    Karen KayfetzDecember 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Add karage to your ramen! It's very well done here, not too much breading.
  • Billy S.
    Billy SountornsornDecember 2, 2012
    Karamiso is good but not the best
  • Shayne S.
    Shayne SueyasuOctober 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Ankake Ramen.
  • Haley S.
    Haley SmithAugust 21, 2012
    Great spot for dinner before a show at The Fillmore.
  • Brady
    BradyJuly 4, 2012
    Get the Sapporo on tap with a frosty mug!
  • Nisha M.
    Nisha MenezesJune 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Ja Ja Men is always the way to go!
  • Fuyu
    FuyuJune 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    $15 minimum credit ccard charge.
  • Lillian R.
    Lillian RongApril 4, 2012
    Kyushu ramen
  • Natalie B.
    Natalie BurdickMarch 25, 2012
    If you sit at the door, make sure the portable heater is running. The ramen will definitely help warm you too. The moyashi ramen is very satisfying and has a ton of bean sprouts.
  • Anthony W.
    Anthony WuMarch 5, 2012
    The Agedashi Tofu had a gelatinous covering, which was kind of strange. Everything else was fine.
  • K.Adam
    K.AdamFebruary 6, 2012
    You can make any of the ramen dishes into spicy (karamiso) ramen if you ask—get the wonton ramen with spicy broth, it is superb
  • Jany L.
    Jany LyJanuary 29, 2012
    Love the karamiso ramen, although its not spicy enough for me hehe
  • ginny h.
    ginny hJanuary 5, 2012
    I say this every time. Delicious ramen really shitty service that makes u mad.
  • Colin Z.
    Colin ZDecember 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Beware the 2:35 arrival. Closed 2:30-5:30 and sticklers about it.
  • diana c.
    diana chowNovember 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I love the ja ja men. It's cold. It's supposed to be that way. Or you can get it warm. Wash it down with hot clear broth soup or plum wine if you're into a sweet buzz.
  • Jegan C.
    Jegan ChenOctober 30, 2011
    The staff here is extremely rude, and the food is definitely not worth the wait.
  • Jane J.
    Jane JunAugust 4, 2011
    Notched spoons that don't fall into the bowl. Brilliant!
  • Ritesh N.
    Ritesh NoronhaJune 18, 2011
    curry over rice no no
  • Henley N.
    Henley NgJune 5, 2011
    Currently 84 form the health inspector....
  • Linda V.
    Linda VoMay 19, 2011
    The spicy pork ramen is dope.
  • Jennifer K.
    Jennifer KyeMay 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Karamiso Ramen - So nommy!
  • Morgan M.
    Morgan MissenMay 15, 2011
    Classic, popular, accessible ramen noodle place in Japantown. No-frills atmosphere and a younger but mixed crowd. I like the wonton ramen soup.
  • Dominique
    DominiqueMay 15, 2011
    Moyashi Ramen is not just my favorite but the staff's favorite too! Lots of crunchy sprouts plus spicy, flavorful garlic chunks / oil in the broth <3
  • stephanie f.
    stephanie frascoApril 9, 2011
    Karamiso is the shit
  • Roshan V.
    Roshan VyasMarch 14, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Kirin or Sapporo on tap in a frosted mug.
  • Roshan V.
    Roshan VyasMarch 14, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Chicken karamiso (fried chicken in spicy miso) ramen is excellent. It's slightly off menu but they know!
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChiangDecember 2, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    I love the chanpon ramen- it comes with squid! Also try the grilled or fried squid legs.
  • Lyle F.
    Lyle FongOctober 22, 2010
    Ask for "chashu chashu" for extra meat
  • Ron G.
    Ron GoldinOctober 10, 2010
    Come before karaoke. Be loud. Order confusedly. They will understand.
  • Roshan V.
    Roshan VyasSeptember 17, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the Katsu Curry if you're not craving ramen
  • Yina M.
    Yina MersyAugust 17, 2010
    Loved the southern style Kyoshu ramen with plum wine.
  • Darren W.
    Darren WongJuly 17, 2010
    Meh. This was hyped up! Service was fine, variety of ramen soup was good, but meat was super fatty, broth was a bit MSG heavy, and the noodles were not firm. I would try the curry next time
  • Rhonda T.
    Rhonda TranJune 25, 2010
    gotta try karamiso ramen
  • Fatima
    FatimaJune 18, 2010
    Horrible service. Very rude and will refuse to give you more than one tiny pack of soy sauce if they give you one at all. I had to ask.
  • Buddy R.
    Buddy RockafellerJune 11, 2010
    Rated 66 by the health inspector. Wish me luck!
  • John D.
    John DeLocheMay 21, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Kyushu. Hamachi Kama.
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HApril 12, 2010
    Kimchi pork is surprisingly on the menu and more delish than Playground
  • Ola
    OlaMarch 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the karamiso chasu ramen.
  • Chris U.
    Chris UnnoJanuary 7, 2010
    Ramen broth variety is great. Kyushu, miso, and karamiso are faves. Noodles at Suzu are arguably better but this place is solid.
  • Steve J.
    Steve JangDecember 30, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Best chicken katsu curry in town!
  • yama
    yamaDecember 20, 2009
    lots of ramen, but I love the katsu curry
  • Lily
    LilyOctober 26, 2009
    Go to Tanpopo for their spicy ramen. Be prepared for sweaty goodness.
  • Dean F.
    Dean FaustmanJune 3, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    happy hour, 5:30 to 7:30. $2 Kirin and sapporo pints!
  • John M.
    John Manoogian IIIApril 2, 2009
    recommended by the big dude at Japantown mall
  • James Y.
    James YuMarch 29, 2009
    Get the pork chasu ramen, very satisfying and filling.
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