Once again it’s time for my annual ramen contribution to the Austin Food Blogger Alliance’s City Guide. Each year the ramen scene gets a little bit bigger. You can see my from my previous guides how things have changed. (2015, 2014, 2013.) If I didn’t include your favorite place, leave me a comment and tell me what I missed! And while you’re hungry, check out the rest of the guides from my talented food blogger friends.
What’s not to love about ramen? It’s hearty, flavorful, bouncy. It’s not just trending in Austin, but all all over the US. But proudly, Austin’s become notable for its ramen. Enough so that visitors make sure to visit a ramen shop while in town, just like they do with barbecue and tacos. If you haven’t given ramen a try yet, pick a rainy day and hop in line at any of the places listed below. Soon enough you’ll be slurping with the best of them.
If you need more convincing, check out local filmmaker Christian Remde’s Culinary Equation fantastic video all about ramen.
3914 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756
M-Sat 11am-9:30 pm, Sun noon-9pm
No-frills ramen with choice of pork, beef, shrimp, tofu, or meatball. Every bowl comes topped with veggies and a hard boiled egg.
4300 N. Quinlan Park Rd, Ste 105, Austin, TX 78732
M-F 11am-2:30pm, 4:30pm-10pm, Sat noon-10pm
2422 620 S, Ste A100, Austin, TX 78738
M-Th 11am-2:30pm, 4:30pm-10pm, F 11am-2:30pm, 4:30pm-11pm, Sat noon-11pm, Sun 4pm-9pm
Simply labeled “Japanese Ramen” the lone offering at Cho features pork, vegetables, and egg in miso broth. $9 at lunch and $12 at dinner.
612B E. 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
M-F 11:30-2, 5:30-10, Sat 11:30-10, Sun 12-9
People happily line up on East 6th to wait for their steaming bowls of noodles. Most notable is the vegan ramen, whose complex broth is steeped with veggies and fruit. Very interesting, and different than what anyone else is doing.
10000 Research Blvd #139, Austin, TX 78759
M-Th 11am-8pm, F 11am-9pm, Sat 12pm-9pm
Offering a variety of broths and toppings, this Arboretum hole in the wall is popular with lunchers in a hurry.
4917 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
M-Th 11-2, 5-10, F 11-2, 5-11, Sat 11-3, 5-11, Sun 12-3, 5:30-10
Known for their wide array of fresh and delicious sushi, Komé also makes a kickass ramen available at lunch. Their ramen efforts were so popular that they opened a sister restaurant, the aforementioned Daruma Ramen.
6519 N. Lamar, Austin, TX 78752
3005 S. Lamar, D-114B, Austin, TX 78704
Everyday, 11 am-midnight
The ramen groundbreakers of Austin, Michi Ramen was here before anyone else, slinging noodles out of a truck. The menu expanded when they moved to a brick and mortar. Last year they opened their second location on South Lamar, which strictly does take-out. They offer traditional broth thickness options and lots of toppings so you can build your own bowl.
*Pro-tip: Leave room for dessert! The mochi, 2 for $3 is shipped frozen from Hawaii and just heavenly.
13435 N Hwy 183, Ste 301, Austin, TX 78750
M-Th 11:30am-9:30pm, F 11:30am-10:30pm, Sat noon-10pm
Twelve bucks will get you a bowl of miso ramen, topped with roasted pork, bean sprouts, and onions. Available at dinner only.
3407 Greystone Drive, Austin, TX 78731
Tues-Fri 11am-2, 5:30-10
Should you stray from the sushi menu, there are a variety of ramen bowls available at lunch.
2501 W. Parmer Lane #500, Austin, TX 78727
M-F 11-10, Sat 11:30-10:30
Ramen comes in three sizes in chicken, beef, and seafood, and “regular” as choices.
1110 N. 35 Frontage Rd, Ste 200B, Round Rock, TX 78681
M-Th 11:30-2, 5-9, F 11:30-2, 5-10, Sat 11:30am-10pm
Miso and shoyu ramen offered at lunch.
1914 Guadalupe St, Ste A, Austin, TX 78705
M-Th 11 am-10pm, F 11 am-mid, Sat noon-mid, Sun noon-10am
Daily ramen offerings include fukuya (chicken bone broth), tonkotsu, and veggie. Seafood ramen and tsukemen are weekend additions.
Ramen Tatsu-ya North
8557 Research Blvd #126, Austin, TX 78758
Tues-Fri 11-2, 5-10, Sat-Sun 12-3, 5-10
Ramen Tatsu-ya South
1234 South Lamar, Austin, TX 78704
Mon-Sun 11-3, 5-10
Arguably the most famous ramen in Austin, Ramen Tatsu-ya is a must. Great for first timers, the menu provides a quirky guide on what to order, how to eat, and definitions for all the unfamiliar terms and ingredients. They offer classic toppings and fun flavors bombs, so you can customize every bowl. The masses cheered when their second, larger location opened.
Check out their website for the full menu which includes highlights like katsu sliders and sweet and sour Brussel’s sprouts.
*Pro-tip: Get there before 5:00 or after 8:45 to avoid the long line. Or just show up whenever and stand in line chatting with fellow ramen-heads, letting the anticipation build. Also, don’t miss the art in the bathrooms of the north location.
2700 Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78757
Most people visit Shabu to get hotpot and plain ramen noodles are one of the many options to enjoy with hotpot along with meats, veggies, and various toppings. Non-hotpot ramen options include BBQ Pork Ramen, Ramen Shrimp and Shitake, and Street Ramen which has Spam, beef, and lots of veggies.
11066 Pecan Park Blvd, Ste 402, Cedar Park, TX 78613
M-Th 11-3, 5-10, F 11-3, 5-11, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11-9
The reputable sushi spot has an acceptable ramen offering, too, pleasing customers with a decadent seafood ramen as well as traditional tonkatsu and shoyu.
1612 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701
Known for all-you-can-eat sushi, they also offer a spicy ramen for $6.95.
3201 Bee Caves Rd, Ste 100, Austin, TX 78746
Mon-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 4pm-10pm
Ramen offerings come in two flavors, Sapporo and Tokyo, with choices of chicken, beef, shrimp, crispy pork or seafood.
11920 Domain Drive, Austin, TX 78758
8 am-10 pm daily
Of the fabulous amenities this store boasts, the ramen bar is one of the best. The Texas ramen gives shoppers a taste of Japanese ramen with a twist…barbecue! Casual and easy, it’s a treat to have this spot for a quick slurp while you do your shopping.
1801 E 51st St, Ste C370, Austin, TX 78723
13201 Ranch Rd 620, Ste U208, Austin, TX 78717
M-Sat 11:30-3, 5-10, Sun 12-p
Known for their exceptional hand-pulled noodles, Xian (pronounced SHE-ann) offers one ramen in their roster, shoyu. The Ranch Road location is fairly new, proving that the demand for noodles in Austin cannot be stopped.
4404 W. William Canon Drive, Ste B, Austin, TX 78749
M-Th 11-2:30, 4-9:30, F 11-2:30, 4-10:30, Sat 12-10
The two ramen options—Ramen and Spicy Ramen—have a miso broth and are topped with pork, onion, green onion, zucchini, and boiled egg.