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Tonkotsu Tantanmen at Afuri
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13 Soul-Soothing Noodle Soups in Portland

From ramen to pho, these are the bowls to slurp and sip

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Tonkotsu Tantanmen at Afuri
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On cold, wet Portland days, few things are as comforting as a nice, warm bowl of noodle soup. Luckily, there are plenty of great options in Rose City to quell chill. From multiple styles of ramen to crabflake soup, Italian pasta to beefy pho, the choices can often feel limitless here.

Representing a range of cuisines and neighborhoods, here are 13 spots where you can get a great bowl of noodle soup. For more ramen or pho, feel free to check out our ramen or Vietnamese restaurant maps. Have a noodle soup you love that’s not on this map? Feel free to share your favorites in the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Budae Jigae at Nak Won

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4600 SW Watson Ave
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 646-9382

Spicy chili broth, kimchi, and canned meat rations arrive together in the classic Korean soup served at Beaverton’s family-friendly Korean spot Nak Won. Also known as army base stew, the dark red base combined with ramen and spam make for a very satisfyingly warming bowl of noodle soup.

Budae jjigae at Nak Won
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2. Khao Soi at Pok Pok NW

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1639 NW Marshall St
Portland, OR 97209
(971) 351-1946
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For years, people have been enjoying the flavors of Northern Thailand at Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok, and one of the signature dishes of Chiang Mai is the curry noodle soup known as khao soi. Wheat noodles and bone-in chicken swim in rich, aromatic coconut milk curry topped with crispy fried noodles, served with pickled greens and accoutrements. With brightly colored tablecloths and brick walls, Pok Pok NW defines Portland-meets-Thailand, and best of all, takes reservations.

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3. Szechuan Beef Noodle Soup at Duck House Chinese Restaurant

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1968 SW 5th Ave
Portland, OR 97201
(971) 801-8888
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Bustling PSU-area restaurant Duck House is one of the few places to get a sprawling variety of Sichuan dishes in central Portland. While people flock to the restaurant for xiao long bao and chili oil wontons, the Szechuan beef noodle soup is an overlooked spicy, savory bowl with outstanding depth. 

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Szechuan beef noodle soup at Duck House
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4. Steak & Brisket Pho at Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen

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835 SW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 222-0047
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At downtown’s hip and loud Luc Lac, Adam and Alan Ho have created a Vietnamese spot featuring late-night cocktails and pho that draw lines out the door. Popular among PSU and downtown workers alike, diners enjoy savory steak and brisket over rice noodles in a beef broth that was passed down from generation to generation. 

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5. Tantan Ramen at Kayo's Ramen Bar

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3808 N Williams Ave #124
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 477-6016
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At the airy-yet-comfy Kayo’s Ramen Bar, Kayoko and Matt Kaye bring clear, light assari-style ramen to North Portland. Despite having standards like shoyu, shio, and miso as well as signature options like curry and mala Sichuan peppercorn, the go-to order here is the tantan ramen, a tasty blend of spicy chili, sesame paste, and savory ground pork.

Tantan Noodles at Kayo’s Ramen Bar
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6. Yuzu-Shio Ramen at Afuri

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923 SE 7th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 468-5001
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The CEO of Tokyo-based ramen shop Afuri famously said the company chose to open its first US location in Portland because the pH of the water is closest to that of Mount Afuri. Thanks to that detail-oriented choice, refreshing yuzu-shio ramen with tender marinated pork belly, chewy noodles and bright soft boiled egg is now a Stumptown staple. Enjoy the light, crisp, citrus-chicken broth in the large, sleek dining room or along the bar where you watch the cooks making gyoza or skewers.

A ramen bowl at Afuri with a soft-boiled egg, chashu pork, and a piece of nori
Yuzu shio ramen at Afuri
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7. Beef Noodle Soup at Wei Wei - A Taste Of Taiwan

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7835 SE 13th Ave #102
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 946-1732
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Nestled between a nail salon and a convenience store, Sellwood’s small and quaint Wei Wei serves thick, hand-pulled noodles and tender braised beef in a brooding, savory broth. The result is an umami-rich, ultra-satisfying bowl that is not to be missed.

Beef noodle soup at Wei Wei
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8. Cappelletti in Brodo at Luce

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2140 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 236-7195
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John Taboado’s neighborhood Italian haunt on Burnside certainly has a mom-and-pop vibe to it, so it’s no surprise there’s a heart-warming chicken noodle soup on the menu. Cappelletti in brodo’s rich yellow broth has a deep chicken flavor, while lemon zest and parmesan give tiny pasta pillows a burst of bright flavor and satisfying texture. 

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9. Braised Oxtail Ramyun at Han Oak Restaurant

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511 NE 24th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
(971) 255-0032
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Almost three years in, Peter Cho’s modern Korean comfort food is still a stunning highlight of what’s possible in Portland. Like the communal seating and open courtyard, the restaurant’s noodle soup offerings on the current menu are hip-yet-inviting. The ramyun features a deeply complex yet satisfying broth matched only by the nourishing braised oxtail.

Braised oxtail ramyun at Han Oak
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10. Ba Mhee Pitsanulok at PaaDee

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6 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 360-1453
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Smack-dab in the middle of one of Portland’s great restaurant rows, Earl Ninsom’s casual Thai spot, often overshadowed by Langbaan, is serving a dish not often seen in Portland restaurants. Featuring pork belly, red pork and pork meatballs in pork broth, ba mhee pitsanulok is the massively pig-heavy, savory, slightly sweet egg noodle soup you didn’t know you needed.

A white bowl of Ba Mhee “Pitsanulok,” a noodle soup with meatballs, pork, and chunks of chicken. The bowl is served on a wooden table with a black spoon, with dots of crushed peanuts in the broth.
Ba mhee pitsanulok at PaaDee
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11. Tom Kha Udon at Nudi Noodle Place

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4310 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 477-7425
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Dimly lit with New Age background music, Nudi’s playful Asian fusion approach to food offers diners a wide range of noodle soups, from succulent seven spice, sous vide duck ramen to seafood-rich Malaysian laksa. The tom kha udon blends two different Asian cuisines seamlessly showcasing what this Woodstock restaurant is about.

Tom kha udon at Nudi Noodle Place
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12. Crabflake Soup at Rose VL Deli

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6424 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 206-4344
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No list of Portland noodle soups would be complete without Christina Ha Luu’s brilliant stable of delicious Vietnamese soups. At both Rose VL and sister restaurant Ha VL, a rotating schedule of noodle soups thrill customers daily. Crabflake soup coats your mouth with umami-rich broth, while shrimp, mushrooms, and quail egg deepen the flavor. The soup is available on Mondays at Ha VL and Thursdays at Rose VL — just be sure to get there early before they sell out.

Crabflake soup at Ha VL
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13. Pho Dac Biet at Pho Oregon Restaurant

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2518 NE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97220
(503) 262-8816
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This NE 82nd Avenue spot features a large dining room that is often packed — with good reason. Steaming hot bowls of noodles over rustic-yet-elegant broth are paired with tender beef, toothsome tripe and melty tendon. Even with about a hundred seats, there might be a wait, but once seated, you’ll be eating noodles in no time. 

Pho at Pho Oregon
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1. Budae Jigae at Nak Won

4600 SW Watson Ave, Beaverton, OR 97005
Budae jjigae at Nak Won
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Spicy chili broth, kimchi, and canned meat rations arrive together in the classic Korean soup served at Beaverton’s family-friendly Korean spot Nak Won. Also known as army base stew, the dark red base combined with ramen and spam make for a very satisfyingly warming bowl of noodle soup.

4600 SW Watson Ave
Beaverton, OR 97005

2. Khao Soi at Pok Pok NW

1639 NW Marshall St, Portland, OR 97209
Khao soi at Pok Pok
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For years, people have been enjoying the flavors of Northern Thailand at Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok, and one of the signature dishes of Chiang Mai is the curry noodle soup known as khao soi. Wheat noodles and bone-in chicken swim in rich, aromatic coconut milk curry topped with crispy fried noodles, served with pickled greens and accoutrements. With brightly colored tablecloths and brick walls, Pok Pok NW defines Portland-meets-Thailand, and best of all, takes reservations.

1639 NW Marshall St
Portland, OR 97209

3. Szechuan Beef Noodle Soup at Duck House Chinese Restaurant

1968 SW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97201
An overhead photo of a bowl of beef noodle soup at Downtown restaurant Duck House
Szechuan beef noodle soup at Duck House
Nick Woo/EPDX

Bustling PSU-area restaurant Duck House is one of the few places to get a sprawling variety of Sichuan dishes in central Portland. While people flock to the restaurant for xiao long bao and chili oil wontons, the Szechuan beef noodle soup is an overlooked spicy, savory bowl with outstanding depth. 

1968 SW 5th Ave
Portland, OR 97201

4. Steak & Brisket Pho at Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen

835 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204

At downtown’s hip and loud Luc Lac, Adam and Alan Ho have created a Vietnamese spot featuring late-night cocktails and pho that draw lines out the door. Popular among PSU and downtown workers alike, diners enjoy savory steak and brisket over rice noodles in a beef broth that was passed down from generation to generation. 

835 SW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97204

5. Tantan Ramen at Kayo's Ramen Bar

3808 N Williams Ave #124, Portland, OR 97227
Tantan Noodles at Kayo’s Ramen Bar
Nick Woo

At the airy-yet-comfy Kayo’s Ramen Bar, Kayoko and Matt Kaye bring clear, light assari-style ramen to North Portland. Despite having standards like shoyu, shio, and miso as well as signature options like curry and mala Sichuan peppercorn, the go-to order here is the tantan ramen, a tasty blend of spicy chili, sesame paste, and savory ground pork.

3808 N Williams Ave #124
Portland, OR 97227

6. Yuzu-Shio Ramen at Afuri

923 SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
A ramen bowl at Afuri with a soft-boiled egg, chashu pork, and a piece of nori
Yuzu shio ramen at Afuri
Nick Woo

The CEO of Tokyo-based ramen shop Afuri famously said the company chose to open its first US location in Portland because the pH of the water is closest to that of Mount Afuri. Thanks to that detail-oriented choice, refreshing yuzu-shio ramen with tender marinated pork belly, chewy noodles and bright soft boiled egg is now a Stumptown staple. Enjoy the light, crisp, citrus-chicken broth in the large, sleek dining room or along the bar where you watch the cooks making gyoza or skewers.

923 SE 7th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

7. Beef Noodle Soup at Wei Wei - A Taste Of Taiwan

7835 SE 13th Ave #102, Portland, OR 97202
Beef noodle soup at Wei Wei
Nick Woo

Nestled between a nail salon and a convenience store, Sellwood’s small and quaint Wei Wei serves thick, hand-pulled noodles and tender braised beef in a brooding, savory broth. The result is an umami-rich, ultra-satisfying bowl that is not to be missed.

7835 SE 13th Ave #102
Portland, OR 97202

8. Cappelletti in Brodo at Luce

2140 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

John Taboado’s neighborhood Italian haunt on Burnside certainly has a mom-and-pop vibe to it, so it’s no surprise there’s a heart-warming chicken noodle soup on the menu. Cappelletti in brodo’s rich yellow broth has a deep chicken flavor, while lemon zest and parmesan give tiny pasta pillows a burst of bright flavor and satisfying texture. 

2140 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

9. Braised Oxtail Ramyun at Han Oak Restaurant

511 NE 24th Ave, Portland, OR 97232
Braised oxtail ramyun at Han Oak
Nick Woo/EPDX

Almost three years in, Peter Cho’s modern Korean comfort food is still a stunning highlight of what’s possible in Portland. Like the communal seating and open courtyard, the restaurant’s noodle soup offerings on the current menu are hip-yet-inviting. The ramyun features a deeply complex yet satisfying broth matched only by the nourishing braised oxtail.

511 NE 24th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

10. Ba Mhee Pitsanulok at PaaDee

6 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
A white bowl of Ba Mhee “Pitsanulok,” a noodle soup with meatballs, pork, and chunks of chicken. The bowl is served on a wooden table with a black spoon, with dots of crushed peanuts in the broth.
Ba mhee pitsanulok at PaaDee
Nick Woo/EPDX

Smack-dab in the middle of one of Portland’s great restaurant rows, Earl Ninsom’s casual Thai spot, often overshadowed by Langbaan, is serving a dish not often seen in Portland restaurants. Featuring pork belly, red pork and pork meatballs in pork broth, ba mhee pitsanulok is the massively pig-heavy, savory, slightly sweet egg noodle soup you didn’t know you needed.

6 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

11. Tom Kha Udon at Nudi Noodle Place

4310 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97206
Tom kha udon at Nudi Noodle Place
Nick Woo

Dimly lit with New Age background music, Nudi’s playful Asian fusion approach to food offers diners a wide range of noodle soups, from succulent seven spice, sous vide duck ramen to seafood-rich Malaysian laksa. The tom kha udon blends two different Asian cuisines seamlessly showcasing what this Woodstock restaurant is about.

4310 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97206

12. Crabflake Soup at Rose VL Deli

6424 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97206
Crabflake soup at Ha VL
Nick Woo

No list of Portland noodle soups would be complete without Christina Ha Luu’s brilliant stable of delicious Vietnamese soups. At both Rose VL and sister restaurant Ha VL, a rotating schedule of noodle soups thrill customers daily. Crabflake soup coats your mouth with umami-rich broth, while shrimp, mushrooms, and quail egg deepen the flavor. The soup is available on Mondays at Ha VL and Thursdays at Rose VL — just be sure to get there early before they sell out.

6424 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97206

13. Pho Dac Biet at Pho Oregon Restaurant

2518 NE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97220
Pho at Pho Oregon
Nick Woo

This NE 82nd Avenue spot features a large dining room that is often packed — with good reason. Steaming hot bowls of noodles over rustic-yet-elegant broth are paired with tender beef, toothsome tripe and melty tendon. Even with about a hundred seats, there might be a wait, but once seated, you’ll be eating noodles in no time. 

2518 NE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97220

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