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Where to Find Knockout Ramen in Portland and Beyond

Bowls that all ramen-loving Portlanders must try

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Ramen has always been a difficult dish to offer to-go — the noodles and various components are often very delicate and will sometimes turn to mush after a car ride home steeping in hot broth. However, COVID-19 has left shops without much of a choice but to adapt, coming up with more effective methods of transport for the quintessential Japanese dish. Some places have separated ingredients into a million containers, while other places like Kinboshi Ramen have ordered special ramen to-go boxes. New pop-ups, like Noodle Gang, have created something more like a kit, to finish at home. And now that indoor and outdoor dining are back on the table, many shops have returned to their roots, ladling piping-hot soup into bowls to be eaten quickly onsite. All of these shops have figured out a way to nail the intricate dish, whether customers are eating those hot bowls of tonkotsu at a ramen bar or at their kitchen counter.

The map below focuses on Portland-area ramen available for takeout, delivery, or onsite dining. Per usual, this map is organized geographically, not ranked.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ninja Ramen

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2020 NE Cornell Rd Suite #D
Hillsboro, OR 97124
(503) 430-8863
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Located right next to the airport in Hillsboro, Ninja Ramen is Hillsboro’s first dedicated ramen spot. Owner Hitsumoto Taka graduated from ramen school in Tokyo, and even has a photo of his certificate on the business’ Yelp account. Ninja Ramen carries a wide range of ramens, including sukiyaki-topped tonkotsu and chilly vegetarian hiyashi; however, the star of the show is definitely the garlic ramen with an ideally jammy soft-boiled egg. Ninja Ramen is currently open for takeout, delivery, and dine-in.

2. Koku Ramen & Bites

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20481 W Baseline Rd
Beaverton, OR 97006
(503) 466-4929
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A new-ish Beaverton ramen shop, Koku’s menu only focuses on a tight selection of broths, with a not-too-heavy tonkotsu, as well as an immaculate shoyu and a few miso variations. But the restaurant’s mala ramen, topped with swirls of tingly chili oil, is likely the move here. Order online for takeout or visit for onsite dining.

3. Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya

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11830 NW Cedar Falls Dr
Portland, OR 97229
(971) 266-3188
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This polished, Japan-based ramen franchise is hidden in a fancy Beaverton strip mall, where diners can choose from 12 traditional bowls, including a vegetarian ramen bowl, tsukumen dipping ramen, or the extra-creamy garlic tonkotsu shoyu. The shop offers add-ins from more than a dozen additional toppings, or noodle refills for those in it for the carbs. Kizuki is currently offering takeout, delivery, and socially distanced dine-in.

Garlic tonkotsu at Kizuki
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4. Yuzu

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4130 SW 117th Ave
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 350-1801
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This hole-in-the-wall, family-owned izakaya is also tucked away in a Beaverton strip mall, rocking a killer sake list, traditional Japanese drinking foods, and plenty of ramen. The kakuni ramen with tonkotsu broth and straight noodles is the most popular, but the shoyu-based syouyu — with curly, thick noodles — is also worth sampling. With very few meat-free options, this might not be the spot for vegetarians, though pescatarians will have better luck with the restaurant’s several fish-based dishes. Yuzu is open for takeout.

Kakuni ramen at Yuzu
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5. Ramen Ryoma Beaverton

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10500 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 605-1688
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Attached to Uwajimaya, Ramen Ryoma serves as a place for grocery shoppers and ramen lovers to intermingle over a bowl of noodles. The lack of windows makes the restaurant feel a bit dark and quiet, but the bustling atmosphere reminds diners that the ramen here is no joke. Ryoma’s ramen menu is straightforward and simple, showcasing only classic broths such as miso, shio, and shoyu. What makes Ryoma truly stand out in Portland’s competitive ramen scene is the juicy and thick slice of chashu that comes in all of the ramen. Ramen Ryoma is currently open for both takeout and dine-in.

6. Ramen Ippo

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1845 NW 23rd Pl
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 505-6868
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After being located in Beaverton for about half a year, Ramen Ippo relocated to Nob Hill Food Carts, home to top-performing carts like Farmer & The Beast and Bing Mi. After working as a sushi chef in Las Vegas for more than 15 years, owner Daisuke Kondo decided to finally open his own ramen place in Portland as a cart. The main ramen here is a savory paitan (chicken broth) ramen, but there are also vegan and vegetarian options such as the creamy vegan potage ramen and the seasonal tomato ramen. Ramen Ippo shares seating space with the rest of the carts in the pod and is open for takeout or onsite dining.

7. Kayo's Ramen Bar

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3808 N Williams Ave #124
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 477-6016
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The star of the show at chef and Osaka native Kayoko Kaye’s airy ramen counter is the mala, made with Sichuan peppercorns and a helping of dried chili peppers, though the restaurant also serves a smattering of other traditional and inventive bowls. Almost all entrees are available in vegan form, and the restaurant offers no-carb or low-carb noodle options featuring julienned and blanched zucchini and daikon. Kayo’s is currently open for takeout, delivery, and table service on its heated patio.

TanTan ramen at Kayo’s Ramen Bar
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8. Mirakutei

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536 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 467-7501
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For sushi and sashimi fanatics looking to enjoy some high-quality fish before digging into no-joke ramen, Mirakutei is the place to head. The specialty here is Sapporo-style ramen with a rich paitan broth and curly noodles, but the popular Genki ramen, white miso broth with roasted pork, scrambled eggs, and Thai chilies, is also exceptional. Mirakutei is currently offering takeout and delivery, as well as onsite service both indoors and outdoors.

Tonkotsu ramen at Mirakutei
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9. Kinboshi Ramen

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609 SE Ankeny St A
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 894-9021
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Counter-service style Kinboshi Ramen has two locations in the city: One inside the bustling food hall Pine Street Market and one in a light-filled corner of Southeast Ankeny. Kinboshi’s Southeast Portland location reopened and is offering most of the original menu for takeout, onsite dining, and delivery, while the location inside of Pine Street Market is only open for takeout and delivery. Kinboshi is known for the incredibly creamy and rich Hakata-style tonkotsu broth and the sublime ramen add-ons. With chef Mayumi Hijikata at the helm, the ramen shop has continued to improve its ramen and gradually widen its offerings, including a creamy, vegan, soy-milk-based ramen and seasonal specials like its summertime hiyashi made with hazelnut milk. The sides here are not to be missed, especially the new Nagoya-style wings which are a rare find.

10. Afuri Izakaya

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921 SE 7th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 468-5001
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This super fashionable Tokyo outpost — with its industrial chic SE location, quick-service sister restaurant in SW Portland, and new Beaverton izakaya— is famous for its delicate and refreshing yuzu shio ramen. However, the real hit, especially in the cooler months, is the spicy, sesame-miso-based tantanmen, available with a fatty tonkotsu broth or vegan hazelnut base. Afuri offers takeout and delivery from all three locations, with onsite dining at the Southeast Portland and Beaverton restaurants.

Asari shoyu at Afuri
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11. Hapa PDX Ramen

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3848 SE Gladstone St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 376-9246
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Hapa on 39th and Gladstone has reopened, offering both takeout and dine-in options. Hapa is known for its combination of ramen, Hawaiian food, and Japanese whiskey; originally started as a cart, Hapa’s ramen is meant to be durable for long car rides home, with a thick and squiggly proprietary noodle recipe.

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1. Ninja Ramen

2020 NE Cornell Rd Suite #D, Hillsboro, OR 97124

Located right next to the airport in Hillsboro, Ninja Ramen is Hillsboro’s first dedicated ramen spot. Owner Hitsumoto Taka graduated from ramen school in Tokyo, and even has a photo of his certificate on the business’ Yelp account. Ninja Ramen carries a wide range of ramens, including sukiyaki-topped tonkotsu and chilly vegetarian hiyashi; however, the star of the show is definitely the garlic ramen with an ideally jammy soft-boiled egg. Ninja Ramen is currently open for takeout, delivery, and dine-in.

2020 NE Cornell Rd Suite #D
Hillsboro, OR 97124

2. Koku Ramen & Bites

20481 W Baseline Rd, Beaverton, OR 97006

A new-ish Beaverton ramen shop, Koku’s menu only focuses on a tight selection of broths, with a not-too-heavy tonkotsu, as well as an immaculate shoyu and a few miso variations. But the restaurant’s mala ramen, topped with swirls of tingly chili oil, is likely the move here. Order online for takeout or visit for onsite dining.

20481 W Baseline Rd
Beaverton, OR 97006

3. Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya

11830 NW Cedar Falls Dr, Portland, OR 97229
Garlic tonkotsu at Kizuki
Nick Woo/EPDX

This polished, Japan-based ramen franchise is hidden in a fancy Beaverton strip mall, where diners can choose from 12 traditional bowls, including a vegetarian ramen bowl, tsukumen dipping ramen, or the extra-creamy garlic tonkotsu shoyu. The shop offers add-ins from more than a dozen additional toppings, or noodle refills for those in it for the carbs. Kizuki is currently offering takeout, delivery, and socially distanced dine-in.

11830 NW Cedar Falls Dr
Portland, OR 97229

4. Yuzu

4130 SW 117th Ave, Beaverton, OR 97005
Kakuni ramen at Yuzu
Nick Woo/EPDX

This hole-in-the-wall, family-owned izakaya is also tucked away in a Beaverton strip mall, rocking a killer sake list, traditional Japanese drinking foods, and plenty of ramen. The kakuni ramen with tonkotsu broth and straight noodles is the most popular, but the shoyu-based syouyu — with curly, thick noodles — is also worth sampling. With very few meat-free options, this might not be the spot for vegetarians, though pescatarians will have better luck with the restaurant’s several fish-based dishes. Yuzu is open for takeout.

4130 SW 117th Ave
Beaverton, OR 97005

5. Ramen Ryoma Beaverton

10500 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton, OR 97005

Attached to Uwajimaya, Ramen Ryoma serves as a place for grocery shoppers and ramen lovers to intermingle over a bowl of noodles. The lack of windows makes the restaurant feel a bit dark and quiet, but the bustling atmosphere reminds diners that the ramen here is no joke. Ryoma’s ramen menu is straightforward and simple, showcasing only classic broths such as miso, shio, and shoyu. What makes Ryoma truly stand out in Portland’s competitive ramen scene is the juicy and thick slice of chashu that comes in all of the ramen. Ramen Ryoma is currently open for both takeout and dine-in.

10500 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy
Beaverton, OR 97005

6. Ramen Ippo

1845 NW 23rd Pl, Portland, OR 97210

After being located in Beaverton for about half a year, Ramen Ippo relocated to Nob Hill Food Carts, home to top-performing carts like Farmer & The Beast and Bing Mi. After working as a sushi chef in Las Vegas for more than 15 years, owner Daisuke Kondo decided to finally open his own ramen place in Portland as a cart. The main ramen here is a savory paitan (chicken broth) ramen, but there are also vegan and vegetarian options such as the creamy vegan potage ramen and the seasonal tomato ramen. Ramen Ippo shares seating space with the rest of the carts in the pod and is open for takeout or onsite dining.

1845 NW 23rd Pl
Portland, OR 97210

7. Kayo's Ramen Bar

3808 N Williams Ave #124, Portland, OR 97227
TanTan ramen at Kayo’s Ramen Bar
Nick Woo/EPDX

The star of the show at chef and Osaka native Kayoko Kaye’s airy ramen counter is the mala, made with Sichuan peppercorns and a helping of dried chili peppers, though the restaurant also serves a smattering of other traditional and inventive bowls. Almost all entrees are available in vegan form, and the restaurant offers no-carb or low-carb noodle options featuring julienned and blanched zucchini and daikon. Kayo’s is currently open for takeout, delivery, and table service on its heated patio.

3808 N Williams Ave #124
Portland, OR 97227

8. Mirakutei

536 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
Tonkotsu ramen at Mirakutei
Nick Woo/EPDX

For sushi and sashimi fanatics looking to enjoy some high-quality fish before digging into no-joke ramen, Mirakutei is the place to head. The specialty here is Sapporo-style ramen with a rich paitan broth and curly noodles, but the popular Genki ramen, white miso broth with roasted pork, scrambled eggs, and Thai chilies, is also exceptional. Mirakutei is currently offering takeout and delivery, as well as onsite service both indoors and outdoors.

536 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

9. Kinboshi Ramen

609 SE Ankeny St A, Portland, OR 97214

Counter-service style Kinboshi Ramen has two locations in the city: One inside the bustling food hall Pine Street Market and one in a light-filled corner of Southeast Ankeny. Kinboshi’s Southeast Portland location reopened and is offering most of the original menu for takeout, onsite dining, and delivery, while the location inside of Pine Street Market is only open for takeout and delivery. Kinboshi is known for the incredibly creamy and rich Hakata-style tonkotsu broth and the sublime ramen add-ons. With chef Mayumi Hijikata at the helm, the ramen shop has continued to improve its ramen and gradually widen its offerings, including a creamy, vegan, soy-milk-based ramen and seasonal specials like its summertime hiyashi made with hazelnut milk. The sides here are not to be missed, especially the new Nagoya-style wings which are a rare find.

609 SE Ankeny St A
Portland, OR 97214

10. Afuri Izakaya

921 SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Asari shoyu at Afuri
Nick Woo/EPDX

This super fashionable Tokyo outpost — with its industrial chic SE location, quick-service sister restaurant in SW Portland, and new Beaverton izakaya— is famous for its delicate and refreshing yuzu shio ramen. However, the real hit, especially in the cooler months, is the spicy, sesame-miso-based tantanmen, available with a fatty tonkotsu broth or vegan hazelnut base. Afuri offers takeout and delivery from all three locations, with onsite dining at the Southeast Portland and Beaverton restaurants.

921 SE 7th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

11. Hapa PDX Ramen

3848 SE Gladstone St, Portland, OR 97202

Hapa on 39th and Gladstone has reopened, offering both takeout and dine-in options. Hapa is known for its combination of ramen, Hawaiian food, and Japanese whiskey; originally started as a cart, Hapa’s ramen is meant to be durable for long car rides home, with a thick and squiggly proprietary noodle recipe.

3848 SE Gladstone St
Portland, OR 97202

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