The 11 Best Ramen Places In San Antonio

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San Antonio’s food scene is full of surprises. We’ve got everything from some of the best pizza around to incredible Thai food, all in a city known for its Mexican food?

It’s true. And here’s another one to add to the list of surprises: some great choices for ramen!

This Japanese noodle soup is sure to hit the spot, and today, I’m sharing my 11 favorite places to grab a perfect bowl of ramen.

Map of the best places for Ramen in San Antonio

Best specialty ramen: Bakudan Ramen

Craving some noods in the La Cantera shopping area? Swing by Bakudan Ramen for tasty ramen with a modern twist. I’m a sucker for their Bakudan Edamame, which is spicy soybeans with garlic. If you’re Jonesing for some good ramen, their Gyoza Chicken Ramen is unusual and tasty: that’s right, it’s a bowl of ramen with chicken potstickers, spinach, and thin noodles. The other unusual find here is the “Pozole” Ramen, which Bakudan only serves Saturday and Sunday during lunch. It comes packed with homemade Pozole broth, shredded pork, hominy, cabbage, radish, lime, and thick noodles. Mmm.

  • Address: 17619 La Cantera Pkwy #208, San Antonio, TX 78257
  • Website: Bakudan Ramen

Best veggie options: JY Ramen

From tea to boba to gyoza to ramen, JY Ramen is where it’s at, guys. It’s the perfect spot for ramen if you’re ever near the UTSA area.

My husband likes to get the more traditional Tonkotsu Ramen, which comes with pork, scallions, and mushrooms. If you’re vegan, JY Ramen also makes a Creamy Vegan noodle bowl with veggie broth, noodles, mushrooms, nori, cabbage, scallions, and sesame seeds.

  • Address: 5500 Babcock Rd Ste116, San Antonio, TX 78240
  • Website: JY Ramen

Best Spicy Ramen: ITO Ramen

Whether it’s their takoyaki octopus balls or the house kimchi, ITO knows how to throw down some seriously good Asian fusion goodness.

Their Seafood Ramen, Shoyu Pork Ramen, and Miso Ramen are all solid choices, but that’s not what ITO is known for. If you’re up for a real challenge, ITO sells something it calls “Hell Ramen,” which sounds both terrifying and delicious. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart, but if you love spicy food, ITO’s Hell Ramen is for you.

  • Address: 14395 Blanco Road, San Antonio, TX 78216, US
  • Website: ITO Ramen

Best Ramen + Sushi: Nama Ramen

Nama Ramen specializes in ramen and sushi, if you want both Japanese delicacies at the same time. With dishes like Spicy Bacon Edamame and Sukiyaki Fries, I wouldn’t say Nama Ramen is “authentic,” but darn it, they’re good. They do serve traditional ramen like Shoyu and Tonkotsu, but their specialty ramen is where it’s at. Try the Pork Rib Ramen, Spicy Karaage Ramen, or Tantanmen Ramen for a fancier bowl of ramen.

P.S. Nama doesn’t do forks, so you’ll need to already know how to use chopsticks to eat here, FYI.

  • Address: 6526 Babcock Rd, San Antonio, TX 78249
  • Website: Nama Ramen

Most kid-friendly ramen: Noodle Tree

Noodle Tree has a small but flavorful menu. You’ve got to try their Pulled Pork Bao Buns before you dive headfirst into the Hakata Ramen, which includes a 6-minute egg, pickled bamboo shoots, and chasu. Are you dining out with kids? No problem! Noodle Tree has one of the best kids’ menus of any ramen place I’ve ever been to. Your kids can choose from Hakata, Veggie, or Red Miso ramen and a cookie and drink for $8. Not bad, eh?

  • Address: 7114 UTSA Blvd, 101 San Antonio, Texas 78249
  • Website: Noodle Tree

Best modern ramen: Hero’s Ramen x Sushi

Hero’s Ramen serves traditional ramen like Miso, Shoyu, and Tonkotsu in a clean, modern space that’s perfect for hanging out with your friends. If you’re craving exotic snacks, Hero’s can hook you up, too. Its collection of tasty snacks and drinks from all around Asia are sure to satisfy your cravings.

P.S. Hero’s is closed daily from 4 – 5 pm to prep for dinner service, so make sure you show up at the right time!

Best ramen in downtown San Antonio: Kimura

My husband was once downtown for jury duty and stopped by Kimura for lunch. He wouldn’t stop gushing about how good this place was, so I had to see it for myself. And Kimura makes a mean bowl of ramen, y’all!

I’m a sucker for the Chicken Yakitori, but the Tantanmen Ramen with spicy ground pork, shoyu broth, miso paste, and bok choy is to die for. Plus, you can always add pork belly, pork shoulder, boiled eggs, or veggies to your ramen if you want.

  • Address 1: 152 E Pecan St, Suite 102 San Antonio, TX  78205
  • Website: Kimura

Best variety: Ginza Ramen and Poke

Ginza serves poke, ramen, and boba, which are three of my favorite things in the whole wide world. But what makes this place special is the number of options on its ramen menu. You can get Shrimp Tempura Ramen, Fish Meatball Ramen, or (my personal favorite) Pork Belly Ramen at Ginza. If you’re looking for more than a traditional bowl of Shoyu, this is the place to go.

  • Address 1: 19314 N US Highway 281 Ste 104, San Antonio TX 78259
  • Address 2: 8771 TX-151 #106, San Antonio, TX 78245
  • Address 3: 5539 W Loop 1604 N #104, San Antonio, TX 78253
  • Website: Ginza

Best drinks: The Cherrity Bar

Since 2017, Cherrity Bar has served awesome food and drinks while supporting charity. Try their Chicken Bone Shoyu Ramen or their Tantanmen Ramen with awase-lemon miso paste, red bean chili paste, nori, and other delights. Their specialty cocktails and craft beers make Cherrity Bar the perfect place to chow down on a bowl of noodles, enjoy a drink, and kick back with a few friends.

  • Address: 302 Montana Street, San Antonio TX
  • Website: Cherrity Bar

Best build-your-own ramen: Wild Goji Restaurant & Bar

Want an authentic Asian street food experience? Stop by Wild Goji to enjoy a lighter, healthier twist on Asian street food favorites. And if you want a specific kind of ramen, you’re in luck: Wild Goji lets you build your own bowl of steaming hot noodles. Choose your broth (pork, miso, or spicy), then choose between pork or seasonal veggies. Every bowl of ramen comes with corn, nori, an egg, bean sprouts, and green onions.

  • Address: 7115 Blanco Rd ste110, San Antonio TX 78216
  • Website: Wild Goji

Most creative ramen: Suck It, The Restaurant

I originally discovered Suck It when my husband took me there for boba tea. But as it turns out, these folks know how to make more than a mean cup of tea: Suck It concocts some of the best ramen in the Alamo City. Try the Angry Bird, which is a spicy chicken consomme ramen with crispy chicken, corn, bean sprouts, braised bamboo, and green onions. Or you can go with their Hakkasan Ramen, which has a 48-hour pork bone broth, braised pork belly, mushrooms, corn, and veggies. Yes, that means they simmer that broth for two whole days! Good things come to those who wait…

  • Address: 7220 Louis Pasteur Dr.  Suite #120, San Antonio, Texas 78229 
  • Website: Suck It