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Best 9 Honolulu Ramen Spots

There is something to be said when seeking the best bowl of Honolulu ramen. Like an excellent Hawaiian plate lunch, not all are created equal. And while everyone has different tastes and preferences on how their soup is prepared, there is a reasonable consensus on who makes the best bowl of ramen on Oahu. We’ll recognize the top 8 contenders, including Momosan, Wagaya, Goma Tei Ramen, and Lucky Belly, and explore what makes them so special.

Honolulu Ramen offers a delicious and comforting bowl of noodles, rich broth, and flavorful toppings, providing a satisfying culinary experience in the heart of the city.

Ramen is a staple on the island, and commonly found at restaurants around the island.  It’s a comfort food that fills the belly and satisfies the soul.  And while many keep it simple with just a few ingredients, there are subtle to noticeable differences that separate the best from the rest.

Honolulu Ramen Restaurants serve up a delightful variety of mouthwatering ramen dishes, offering a taste of authentic Japanese cuisine with a touch of Hawaiian flair.

Freshly cut noodles, diced green onions, bok choy, a halved soft boiled egg, and a slice of char sui, with a savory broth that fuses all the ingredients together and brings life to the bowl.  And this is just the start to a delicious bowl of Honolulu ramen.

Sweet corn, beef short rib, a variety of mushrooms, crispy sprouts, fried pork tonkatsu, and dried bonito flakes are additional flavors that some chefs like to use to help alter their creations into another state of onolicious!

Honolulu Ramen Spots are hidden gems that offer delectable bowls of ramen, providing a cozy and satisfying dining experience for ramen enthusiasts in the city.

Do you prefer a tonkotsu (pork), shio (salt), miso or shoyu (soy) based broth?  It can be a tough choice, but I think you need to listen to what your body is in need of, and what it will take to satisfy your taste. Or how about a non-traditional curry style broth?  It’s not commonly served, but can be a yummy choice when seen on the menu. 

Top Honolulu Ramen Restaurants

  1. Goma Tei
  2. Wagaya
  3. Junpuu
  4. Lucky Belly
  5. Tenkaippin
  6. Momosan
  7. Onoya Ramen
  8. Kamitoku Ramen
  9. Rai Rai Ramen

Note: This list is in no particular order. Try them all! We did, and they are all onolicious!

1. Goma Tei Ramen

Gomatei is a small chain of 5 Honolulu ramen restaurants. The first one opened in 2006 in the Ward Center, and it continues to make the top 5 best Honolulu ramen restaurants on Oahu every year.

Goma Tei Ramen is a popular dining destination in Honolulu, known for its flavorful and authentic Japanese ramen dishes, featuring rich broth, tender noodles, and delicious toppings.

Their broth is creamy, sweat and delicious…and has to be one of our favorites!  It only gets better from with their 20 hour multi cooking process pork belly char siu adds a smokey hue to the bowl.

The meat itself is tender, flavorful as they also marinate it shoyu and sake after cooking for about 15 hours, and adding a crispy top from a pan fried finish.  You can even order it as an appetizer!

And if you’re putting that much time into your clean clear broth and char siu, then why not perfect the noodles as well.  Goma Tei takes the extra step and makes fresh noodles daily.

Goma Tei Katsu Curry Ramen at Goma Tei Ramen is a delightful fusion of Japanese curry and ramen, combining the crispy goodness of katsu with the rich and aromatic flavors of curry broth, creating a unique and satisfying culinary experience.

Goma Tei has a nice selection of ramens to choose from…close to 30 different ones!  They primarily focus on Tan Tan and Shoyu based soups, but also feature a couple Shunho (Japanese style soup broth) and Mapo Tofu based bowls.  If the udon wider noodles are more your preference, well they have a few choices for you as well.

The Spicy Tan Tan Ramen is a favorite.  Served with a generous slice of char sui, dried shrimp & scallops, cured ham, a “special” spicy sauce and some fresh red chili peppers to kick it up a notch.

The Wonton Tan Tan Ramen is also a popular dish that is also garnished with baby bamboo shoots, minced marinated pork, and shredded wood ears (black fungi mushrooms).

The toughest decision is when I dare to steer away from their specially made charsiu (roast pork) and order their Tonkatsu Tan Tan, which is guaranteed satisfaction when the deep fried pork cutlet meets the broth and noodles.  It’s not on the menu, but sometimes I’ll even request a side of soft poached egg and a scoop of curry on top, for an explosion of flavor.

Shoyu-based ramen lovers should look no further than their Truffle Shoyu Ramen.  The flavor of the broth becomes intense as it is fused with a combination of Italian black truffle powder and oil.  The bowl is complete with some shimeji mushrooms, a soft boiled egg, thinly sliced chicken breast, and fresh assortment of vegetables.

Or also turn to their Shredded Pork & Szechuan Pickle Shoyu Ramen.  It’s a mouthful just like it sounds with a nice serving of shredded pork and complimenting Szechuan spiced pickles.

Open Daily 11 AM to 9 PM (Closes 9:30 PM Fri & Sat) / Phone (808) 947-9188

Multiple Locations - Ala Moana Center, Kahala Mall and Pearl Ridge Center

Learn More at Goma Tei

2. Wagaya Honolulu Ramen Shop

King Street is a haven for good local food here in Hawaii, and Wagaya helps keep up that reputation with ramen that consistently rates in the top 5 on Oahu.  Wagaya translates to “Our Home”, and you can site the local community sharing this feeling as their own.

Wagoya Ramen offers a tantalizing selection of traditional and innovative ramen dishes, prepared with care and precision, delivering a delightful and satisfying dining experience.

Before we get to the ramen let’s talk about the appetizers, because they are not to be missed!  I’m always dreaming about their Corn Fritters when I think of Wagaya.

These deep fried fritter balls are like an unsweetened dessert with sea salt on the side to sprinkle to taste on each one. The freshly made gouzas were ever so light and a treat as well!

The Wagoya Corn Fritter is a delectable and crispy treat that combines the sweetness of corn with a savory batter, creating a delightful burst of flavors in every bite.

There are a dozen different ramens to try and I always look forward to going back and trying more!

Wagaya’s tonkotsu broth is a creation from organic chicken and kurobuta pork bones. They let the soup simmer up to two full days to bring the intensity of the fused flavors together.

They are known for their garlic seasoned soups.  You have a couple choices starting with their Garlic Wagay Ramen that adds a nice garlic hue to the broth.  Coupled with a whole soft-boiled tea egg, I’m in heaven.

Then there is the Garlic Tsukemen that comes with cold dipping noodles.  This special broth is slightly tangy and smokey.  This is a fun dish as the noodles come on the side and you get to dip noodles for each bit.

Their Tan Tan Men comes with a nice savory broth that is not too spicy, and a nice serving of miso ground pork…enough for every bite!  If you would like to step it up a notch, order the Sparerib Tan Tan Men.

If you are looking for something more unusual but soothing, try their Hakata Style Wagaya Ramen that is influenced with beni shoga ginger.

Vegetarian Fans will be happy to know there are a couple bowls dedicated on the menu that comes with a well put together vegetable broth that infuses miso and sesame.

This small boutique Honolulu ramen restaurant is always in demand with a wait.  Make sure to call early and make a reservation.

Open Daily 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM and 5 PM to 8:30 PM (Closing at 9 PM on Fri & Sat)

2080 S King St, Honolulu - Phone (808) 949-0670

Learn more at Wagaya

3. Junpuu Ramen Bistro

When renowned chef Eiji Kato broke off from Shokudo and Shirokiya, he started Junpuu Ramen Bistro in 2016, and became an instant hit. Named after his mom and translating to “smooth sailing”, Junpuu is a small but a simple clean Oahu restaurant located in the downtown district off King St, with both indoor and outdoor seating.

The ramen is one of the best bowls I’ve had, and surprised there is not a long line here like Marukame in Waikiki!  I’m sure his loyal customers who followed him here appreciate being about to find a seat.

Junpuu Ramen Tan Tan Men at Junpuu Ramen is a mouthwatering and spicy ramen dish that features rich and flavorful broth, tender noodles, and a harmonious blend of savory and spicy toppings.

Their menu is pretty simple with a handful of miso and tonkatsu broth based ramens to choose from.  Oh, and they have a shoyu based ramen if you prefer.  But don’t be fooled, each variation stands on its own.  I’m all about their 16-hour prepared tonkatsu pork bone broth that comes together with a soothing harmony.  

Junpuu’s Tan Tan Men Ramen has a delicious creamy sesame broth that is slightly semi-sweet.  It comes with spinach the complements the broth and adds a nice texture to the soup.

Junpuu Ramen Honolulu is a popular ramen restaurant that serves authentic and flavorful bowls of ramen, offering a delightful and satisfying dining experience for ramen enthusiasts.

Garlic lovers will not want to miss out on their Garlic Tokyo Tonkotsu Ramen that is loaded with some roasted garlic slivers.  Coupled with some thinly sliced chars su and shredded red chili pepper to help give it nice kick, this is also a favorite amongst many patrons.

If you are looking for something more unusual that you won’t find at other Honolulu ramen shops, try their Tomato Ramen, where they infuse sundried tomatoes and a special met sauce with their Tonkatsu broth.

Open Daily 11 AM to 9 PM / Phone (808) 260-1901

1010 S King St #108, Honolulu

Learn More - Junpuu Ramen

4. Lucky Belly

Located in Chinatown Honolulu, Lucky Belly is one of the most hip and swanky Honolulu ramen shops on Oahu.  A mix of brick building interior with a contrast of light stained wooden walls, glossy black tables and beautiful condescend lighting to create an inviting ambiance.

Take advantage of the wait-in-line, and order one of their fancy drink at the bar and enjoy the lively surroundings.

Lucky Belly Honolulu is a vibrant and trendy restaurant that offers a fusion of Asian flavors and modern culinary techniques, serving up delicious and inventive dishes in a lively atmosphere.

This just may be the best bowl of ramen on the island…let’s just say it’s another personal favorite!  

The menu is short with about a dozen fancy tasty appetizers, a couple salads, and a handful of different ramens to choose from.  It’s their creamy smokey hue broth that’s all the rage.  I feel in love at first sip! 

Lucky Belly Ramen at Lucky Belly Honolulu is a mouthwatering bowl of noodles immersed in a flavorful and rich broth, topped with a variety of delectable ingredients, creating a satisfying and comforting dining experience.

The appetizers, salads and plates are beyond noteworthy, that you might need to come back for a meal beyond ramen.  Crispy Duck Tacos, Oxtail Dumplings with a soy glaze and hot mustard creme, Lamb Lumpia, Scallop Cone Sushi, Karaage Oriental Chicken Salad, and Miso Braised Pork Shank just too wet your appetite! 

Lucky Belly features a choice of Tonkosu and Miso based broths.  Your decision from there gets tough…as they are all good choices.

The Lucky Bowl is a classic with an assortment of ramen garnish seasonings like green onions, wakame (flavorful seaweed), bean sprouts, ginger, sesame seeds and a perfect soft boiled egg.  

The Belly Bowl comes with pork belly, bacon and sausage…I guess you could call it a “meat lovers ramen”.  The Shrimp Kim Chee Bowl is just like it sounds, and I’m surprised more ramen houses don’t feature it!

The Fungi Bowl is a nice fusion of different types of mushrooms and porcini dust to take you over the top.  This is also a great vegetarian choice and the broth is vegetable based as well.

The Beast Bowl is a favorite with slow cooked brisket, short ribs, and their popular oxtail won tons.

Open Mon - Sat  5PM - 10PM (Closes at 11 PM on Fri & Sat)

50 North Hotel Street, Honolulu - Phone (808) 531- 1888

Learn more at Lucky Belly

5. Camado Ramen Tavern

Located in the heart of Waikiki is an up in coming ramen house that is getting lots of satisfied smiles and the reconigition that it deserves. And this should not come as a surprise as Camodo Ramen Tavern is the latest creation from Zetton. This Tokyo based restaurant company has also created popular restaurants including Aloha Table, Zigu and The Seaside Seafood Bar.

A small retro restaurant with modern touches, creates a fun inviting environment to enjoy some drinks and appetizers, before diving into to a delicious bowl of ramen.

Camado Ramen Tavern, bowl of Tan Tan Men Ramen.Camado Ramen Tavern Tan Tan Men Ramen

Their ramen selection is short and sweet, but all very tasty. The broth is a soothing clean chicken based stock. You can't go wrong with one of their Tonkotsu selections including regular or spicy... which wasen't very spicy in my option but enhanced the flavor. But nice umamai flavor, fresh skinny al dente noodles, half tea egg cooked to perfection and tender thin slices of pork with chandied picked ginger slivers garnishing the top.

Black Tonkotsu is a personal favorite for the distinct roasted garlic flavor. The sesame based Tan Tan Men is also very satisfying with a soothing nutty flavor and served either creamy with generous portion of minced pork or vegan style with an array of vegetables. Their fresh noodles are cooked to perfection, and some of the best I've ever had. There are some tempting add-ons such as glarlic chips, spicy miso, Black Chile Oil, and Kimchi.

Camado Ramen Tavern SignCamado Ramen Tavern Sign

While the ramen short and sweet, their appetizers extend the menu with so many tempting choices to help fill you up... make sure to come hungry! Yuzu Pepper Chicken Karaage, Shaka Shaka Fries with Red Shiso, Bonito-Mirin & Garlic, and a tasty Korean Style Salad for starters.

Up for a special treat? Order their Wagyu Striploin that comes with a Lava Stone Grill to cook to your liking. Finally, make sure to get an order of the Camado Special Pork Cha-Siu Fried Rice to make the meal complete.

Open Daily – 5 PM to 2 AM, Except 4 PM to 12 AM on Sunday

320 Lewers St, Waikiki – Phone (808) 909=8008

Learn More - Camado Ramen Tavern

6. Momosan Waikiki

Morimonto’s shows his love for ramen with the launch of his latest endeavor of a small chain of ramen restaurants called Momosan.  

Their Oahu restaurant location is in an ideal Waikiki spot across from Kuhio Beach.  They provide hip indoor seating an expansive outdoor lively side yard with lots of tables and colorful orange umbrellas.

Momosan Spicy Dan Dan at Momosan Ramen is a tantalizing and fiery bowl of ramen that combines bold flavors, including spicy miso, ground pork, and a variety of aromatic spices, creating a mouthwatering and satisfying culinary experience.

Momasan Ramen matches their lively environment with creative tasty ramen dishes.

Their Spicy Tantan is a nice fusion of pork broth with creamy red curry and sesame oil.  Thinly slice tender pork chashu (pork belly) accompanied with some red-miso ground pork to add extra flavor.  You’ll love their perfected marinated eggs and chili treads to turn up the heat a notch.

Tankatsu a true pork flavored ramen that grows on you as you dive into it.  Its more of a mellow ramen that comes from boiling pork bones over 20 hours and combined with chicken bone broth that takes 14 hours to make as well.

Add some spicy mustard leaf, wood ear mushrooms, house garlic oil and some toasted nori, along with braised chashu and a soy marinated egg to make this broth what it is.  And take note to the thin freshly made noodles that takes this bowl to class in its own.

Momosan Waikiki Spicy TanTan at Momosan Ramen is a delicious and fiery ramen dish that features a rich and creamy sesame-based broth, spicy ground pork, and a medley of flavorful toppings, offering a delightful and satisfying dining experience.

Spicy Dan Dan might be my favorite dish at Momasan.  Enough so that I had a hard time putting my chopsticks down when I was full!  This is not your typical ramen with a savory broth. In fact there is no broth at all.  Your al dente noodles are presented in a bowl lined with fiery red chili oil. There is an intense flavor the subtle sweetness that comes from the thinly sliced garlic...almost a candied effect that helps tam the spiciness that tends to linger. Could be too hot for some…

Another unusual Honolulu ramen dish is their Tsukeman Ramen dish that separates the noodles and broth in two separate bowls, making it a neat noodle dipping experience.  It includes chashu, a soy marinated egg, spicy mustard leaf, bamboo shoots, and a lime and toasted nori to give it a unique twist in flavor.

Do not pass on the appetizers and sushi – I usually want to save extra room when it comes to ramen, but loved their melt-in-your-mouth sushi and ever-so-fresh pork gyoza, soft shelled crab bao, and tempura popcorn shrimp.

Momosan Frozen Kirin Beer at Momosan Ramen is a refreshing and icy-cold treat that combines the crispness of Kirin beer with a unique frozen texture, providing a delightful and cooling beverage option for beer enthusiasts.

Finally beer lovers have to try a frozen Kirin Ichiban Beer.  Okay, it’s actually a Kirin beer with a frozen beer slushy header. I found it paired well with some of their spicy ramen dishes. 

I’m tempted to show back up for breakfast and get a taste of the Wagu Beef Loco Moco.

Open Daily 11 AM to 9 PM

2490 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu / Phone (808) 922-0011

Learn more at Momosan Waikiki

7. Onoya Ramen

Onoya Ramen Restaurant is a cozy and welcoming eatery that offers a wide variety of flavorful ramen dishes, showcasing the artistry of traditional Japanese cuisine with a modern twist.

Onoya Ramen, located on popular Kapahulu Ave with many other great eateries, is a must-visit for ramen lovers.  Dine in a lively modern atmosphere that is perfect to enjoy a quick bowl or a fun night out with friends.

The menu is extensive and features an array of ramen creations, including a few good vegan choices.
You can’t go wrong ordering one of their 3 signature ramens. I’m a big fan of the Onoya Tonkosu Black, served with tasty garlic slivered chips, and a fine pepper seasoning added to a creamy tonkotsu broth.

Onoya Ramen Tonkotsu Black at Onoya Ramen Restaurant is a rich and savory ramen bowl, featuring a creamy tonkotsu broth, tender chashu pork, and a perfect balance of umami flavors, creating a satisfying and indulgent dining experience.

Tonkotsu Tan Tan Men is another signature dish served with a well-rounded creamy broth, perfect seven minute egg, slivers of chasui and green onions, and ground pork that adds a fine touch.

Onoya Ramen Tonkotsu Tan Tan Men at Onoya Ramen Restaurant is a delicious and spicy ramen dish that combines the creaminess of tonkotsu broth with the bold flavors of sesame and chili oil, creating a satisfying and flavorful culinary delight.

The Spicy Miso Ramen features a slightly spicy creamy broth that is perfectly balanced with the savory flavors of pork and garlic. The noodles are cooked to perfection and with just the right texture, then sprinkled with green onions and a handful of bean sprouts gives the dish a nice crunch.

A popular creation when offered is the Onoya Signature Ramen. A rich and savory broth made from a blend of pork and chicken bones that have been simmered for hours. The broth is then paired with some perfect chewy noodles, slices of tender pork belly, and a perfectly cooked egg. The end result is a comforting bowl of ramen that is sure to warm you up from the inside out.

Onoya Ramen Spicy Tonkotsu at Onoya Ramen Restaurant is a fiery and flavorful ramen bowl that features a rich and creamy tonkotsu broth infused with a spicy kick, offering a satisfying and bold dining experience.

Save some room for appetizers! That’s right.. Onoya goes beyond ramen and serves some delicious bites as well.

The Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice is super yummy!  It features crispy rice patties topped with spicy tuna and avocado.  The Shishito Pepper is another popular choice with a little bit of spice. These small peppers are fried until crispy and then tossed with a light seasoning of salt and soy.  Chicken Karaage is not only a tasty fried chicken appetizer, but perfect for pairing as a side dish with your ramen.

Open Daily 11 AM to 10 PM

611 Kapahulu Ave, HI / Phone (808) 425-4415

Learn more at Onoya Ramen

8. Kamitoku Ramen

Most Honolulu ramen houses on Oahu spend long hours if not days slow cooking their broths from pork and or chicken bones.

Kamitoku is one of the few, if not only, ramen house that uses a rich beef bone broth for their soups, known as Gyu-Kotsu.  Much more common in Tottori Japan and from their Manchurian style cuisine.  

Kamitoku Ramen Restaurant is a beloved dining establishment that serves authentic and comforting bowls of ramen, showcasing the artistry of traditional Japanese flavors with a modern twist.

Kamitoku features a good handful of different styles of their beef broth ramen, including TanTan, Shoyu, Miso, and Spicy.  They are all deliciously fused with their semi-sweat beef bone broth, and a nice cut of their peppered & roasted beef char-siu.

Kamitoku Ramen at Kamitoku Ramen Restaurant is a delicious and satisfying bowl of ramen that features a flavorful broth, perfectly cooked noodles, and a variety of tasty toppings, offering a delightful and comforting dining experience.

Consider trying their Beefy Lite Ramen that is their original recipe that was created 80 years ago.

Their most popular ramen on the menu is call Beefy Wild.  It’s loaded with garlic and guaranteed to satisfy even the lightly garlic lovers.

Kamitoku features some tempting appetizers like Coconut Shrimp, Fried Rice, and Beefy Lettuce Wraps.  Make sure to bring friends so you can share and not fill up before your ramen arrives.

Also make sure to check out their special featured ramens.  I had a beef brisket ramen that was out of this world!

Open Daily - 11 AM to 3 PM and 5 PM to 10 PM (Closes 9 PM on Sunday)

1200 Ala Moana Blvd. Suite 657, Honolulu, Hawaii - Phone 808-784-0292

Learn more at Kamitoku

9. Rai Rai Ramen

You would never know unless someone recommend it or you looked at Yelp reviews, but Rai Rai Ramen in Kailua stands up to some of the best bowls of Honolulu ramen on the island.

Rai Rai Ramen Tan Tan Bowl is a flavorful and spicy ramen dish that combines a rich and creamy broth with a bold blend of sesame, chili oil, and ground pork, creating a tantalizing and satisfying culinary experience.

This hole in the wall and off the strip Kailua restaurant is not much to look at, but will have you raving after one visit.  It might seem a little overwhelming looking at the menu with 26 different ramen choices to choose from, but many of the dishes vary by broth or a variable that gives it a twist, like Kim Chee Ramen, Butter Corn Ramen, or Wonton Ramen.

It’s important to note they get it right here… the broth is creamy delicious, the eggs are cooked to perfection, the vegetables are not over cooked, and the char su melts like butter in your mouth!

Rai Rai Ramen Ox Tail at Rai Rai Ramen is a succulent and comforting ramen dish that features tender and flavorful ox tail meat, immersed in a rich and savory broth, delivering a delightful and indulgent dining experience.

Beyond some of the classic bowls like Tan Tan Ramen and Miso Ramen which are both very delicious, you’ll find customers raving about their Ox Tail Ramen, Oyster Katsu Ramen, and Hot and Spicy Seafood Ramen. 

Personally I’m a fan of Rai Rai’s Chicken Katsu Curry Ramen that always comes through and hits the spot.  Still too much to choose from?

Play it safe and order their House Ramen with their popular fish cakes, or their Tan Tan Ramen with sweat delicious minced pork, egg bean sprouts, black mushrooms, and 7-minute soft boiled tea-eggs.

Open Daily 11 AM to 8:30 PM

124 Oneawa St # 1, Kailua, HI /  Phone (808) 230-8208

Also Located in Town at 1210 Dillingham Blvd #21, Honolulu

The Good Ramen Sign is a vibrant and eye-catching sign that signifies a delicious and satisfying bowl of ramen awaits inside, inviting ramen lovers to indulge in a flavorful culinary experience.

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