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Denver’s 17 Essential Ramen Shops

Soul-soothing broths and noodle combos around town

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Fall has arrived, and cold-weather cravings are soon to follow. Ramen is now a smash sensation across the U.S. In Denver, fans wrap around the block waiting for ramen popups, and reservations fill up fast for ramen throw-downs among area chefs. A trend that hit the Mile High City a few years ago shows no signs of slowing down.

Here is a handy guide to the hottest, flavor-filled bowls of ramen in Denver right now.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hana Japanese Bistro

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1148 W Dillon Rd
Louisville, CO 80027
(720) 328-8826
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This welcoming Northwest outpost concocts four versions of shoyu-style ramen, complete with fish cakes, slices of scallions, hunks of crab, and seaweed amidst twists of chewy noodles.

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2. Udon Kaisha

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W South Boulder Rd
Lafayette, CO 80026
(303) 665-1712
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Lafayette’s mom-and-pop noodle and sushi bar takes great pride in its time-tested soups. Popular favorites include the spicy pork ramen noodles with seaweed and bean sprouts, and the house special with egg and chashu pork.

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3. Sakana Sushi & Ramen

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7520 Sheridan Blvd
Westminster, CO 80003
(303) 429-6646
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This relaxed suburban eatery specializes in light varieties from shio to shoyu and spicy miso. Creative additions include creamy vegetable and curry ramen with stir-in options such as butter, corn, or Japanese fried chicken.

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4. Uncle

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2215 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 433-3263
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A small but ever-evolving menu by Tommy Lee means a line wrapped around the block for spicy broth, noodles packed with umami, and clever toppings. Soon the famous spicy chicken bowl with creamy sesame broth and a soft egg will be available in Wash Park, where a second noodle house is set to open this winter.

5. Domo Japanese Country Food Restaurant

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1365 Osage St
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 595-3666
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Inside a rustic atmosphere, this Japanese restaurant builds on dashi-based broths, a soy milk, and curry broth. Domo offers varieties of ramen with toppings like eel and sukiyaki beef. Don’t miss the saucier ankake broth, or the tsukemen, a deconstructed ramen, with the soup served on the side.

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6. Tokio

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2907 Huron St #103
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 639-2911
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Former Japon chef-owner Miki Hashimoto took his ramen restaurant to the Prospect neighborhood with Tokio, which opened three years ago in the retail strip adjacent to Prospect Park. The neighborhood eater serves classic, contemporary Japanese cuisine, and locally inspired varieties, such as the shio with pork, fish cake, white soy sauce, green onion, pickled bamboo, and more.

TOKIO GALLERY

7. Miyako Ra-men Spot

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2950 S Broadway A2
Englewood, CO 80113
(303) 658-0940
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Without trying too hard, this no-frills strip-mall noodle shop has a small but traditional ramen selection, with a list of sides and snacks such as gyoza and fried oysters to make it a full meal.

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8. Osaka Ramen

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2611 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 955-7938
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This lively soup shop from Jeff Osaka delivers rich, complex ramen with chicken, pork, or veggie varieties, as well as Japanese small plates. The basement-level dining room and bar is modern and action-packed.

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9. Bones

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701 Grant St
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 860-2929
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Capitol Hill’s snug Asian noodle house features East-meets-West ramen from Frank Bonanno, with creative combos such as its signature lobster (a menu staple for years) with miso broth, poached shell fish, edamame, beurre blanc, and scallions.

10. Ace Eat Serve

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501 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 800-7705
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An ode to Asian cuisine, this Uptown haunt always offers some iteration of a hearty bowl of ramen. Chef Thach Tran is known for creative interpretations of the classics like a lobster miso broth ramen with prawn and brown butter lobster dumplings, pea shoots, and tempura seaweed.

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11. OTOTO

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1501 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 733-2503
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From the brothers behind Sushi Den, Ototo’s kitchen includes a robata (fireside) grill with traditional Japanese charcoal, a raw bar featuring the freshest catches of the day, and a noodle station. The made-to-order ramen ranges from vegetarian to tonkotsu ramen with garlic crisps and pork belly inside a 48-hour-cooked pork broth.

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12. Corner Ramen

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1629 Bruce Randolph Ave
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 292-0250
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In the former Daddy Bruce's B-B-Q, Corner Ramen now serves hot and spicy soup from this quiet Cole noodle shop. Find traditional preparations along with lobster ramen featuring corn, arugula, and a poached egg in a fragrant seafood broth.

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13. Katsu Ramen

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1930 S Havana St #4
Aurora, CO 80014
(303) 751-2222
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Aurora’s traditional Katsu Ramen — sister restaurant to Sushi Katsu –- serves a chilled ramen with slices of omelet and barbecued pork in a creamy sesame-ponzu sauce, along with a curry ramen made heartier with chunks of chicken and pork. Try the ramen and rice bowl combo with soup, three-piece gyoza, and a variety of bowls including fried rice and beef curry.

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14. Misaki @ Superior

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402 Marshall Rd
Superior, CO 80027
(720) 277-8600
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Helmed by veteran sushi chef Jesus Silva (Silva’s Fish Market, Sushi Sasa), Misaki @ Superior and its sibling, Misaki at Stanley Marketplace, offer three ramen bowls: tonkotsu, tan tan men, and vegetable ramen. Each bowl of piping hot broth is piled with noodles and toppings like chili threads, green onion, and egg.

Ramen at Misaki @ Superior
Misaki @ Superior

15. Sera's Ramen Enclave

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3472 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 646-1114
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Sera Nguyen offers a wide variety of ramen dishes at her 32nd Street space. There’s a miso ramen, Saigon curry ramen, an oxtail ramen topped in enoki mushrooms and aslice of fish cake, the menu is full of Nguyen’s non-traditional takes on the popular Japanese soup.

Sesame Pork Belly Ramen at Sera’s
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16. Gaijin

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3501 Wazee St
Denver, CO 80216

Nobu-trained chef Bill Espiricueta has a temporary ramen shop called Gaijin at Zeppelin Station’s No Vacancy space, and it’s serving three different ramen bowls. There’s a miso ground chicken version with togarashi butter, tonkotsu with braised pork belly, and a gingery vegetable mushroom version with tofu.

Ramen at Zeppelin pop-up Gaijin
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17. Izakaya Ronin

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3053 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216
(303) 953-1602
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Slurp Chef Corey Baker’s award-winning chicharrón tonkotsu ramen at this RiNo restaurant. Available both within the sushi lounge and the subterranean Moguri bar, this flavorful bowl can be enjoyed late-night on the weekends.

Late night noodles at Izakaya Ronin
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18. Sakura House

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1255 19th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 292-2323
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Tucked away in Larimer Street’s Sakura Square, Sakura House serves a selection of ramen dishes, most of which cost less than $10. Stir fried vegetables, tofu, seafood, and tender slices of meat top chewy noodles in hot miso broth.

Ma Bo Ramen at Sakura House

1. Hana Japanese Bistro

1148 W Dillon Rd, Louisville, CO 80027
Yelp

This welcoming Northwest outpost concocts four versions of shoyu-style ramen, complete with fish cakes, slices of scallions, hunks of crab, and seaweed amidst twists of chewy noodles.

1148 W Dillon Rd
Louisville, CO 80027

2. Udon Kaisha

W South Boulder Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026
Facebook

Lafayette’s mom-and-pop noodle and sushi bar takes great pride in its time-tested soups. Popular favorites include the spicy pork ramen noodles with seaweed and bean sprouts, and the house special with egg and chashu pork.

W South Boulder Rd
Lafayette, CO 80026

3. Sakana Sushi & Ramen

7520 Sheridan Blvd, Westminster, CO 80003
Yelp

This relaxed suburban eatery specializes in light varieties from shio to shoyu and spicy miso. Creative additions include creamy vegetable and curry ramen with stir-in options such as butter, corn, or Japanese fried chicken.

7520 Sheridan Blvd
Westminster, CO 80003

4. Uncle

2215 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211

A small but ever-evolving menu by Tommy Lee means a line wrapped around the block for spicy broth, noodles packed with umami, and clever toppings. Soon the famous spicy chicken bowl with creamy sesame broth and a soft egg will be available in Wash Park, where a second noodle house is set to open this winter.

2215 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211

5. Domo Japanese Country Food Restaurant

1365 Osage St, Denver, CO 80204
TripAdvisor

Inside a rustic atmosphere, this Japanese restaurant builds on dashi-based broths, a soy milk, and curry broth. Domo offers varieties of ramen with toppings like eel and sukiyaki beef. Don’t miss the saucier ankake broth, or the tsukemen, a deconstructed ramen, with the soup served on the side.

1365 Osage St
Denver, CO 80204

6. Tokio

2907 Huron St #103, Denver, CO 80202
TOKIO GALLERY

Former Japon chef-owner Miki Hashimoto took his ramen restaurant to the Prospect neighborhood with Tokio, which opened three years ago in the retail strip adjacent to Prospect Park. The neighborhood eater serves classic, contemporary Japanese cuisine, and locally inspired varieties, such as the shio with pork, fish cake, white soy sauce, green onion, pickled bamboo, and more.

2907 Huron St #103
Denver, CO 80202

7. Miyako Ra-men Spot

2950 S Broadway A2, Englewood, CO 80113
Facebook

Without trying too hard, this no-frills strip-mall noodle shop has a small but traditional ramen selection, with a list of sides and snacks such as gyoza and fried oysters to make it a full meal.

2950 S Broadway A2
Englewood, CO 80113

8. Osaka Ramen

2611 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205
Facebook

This lively soup shop from Jeff Osaka delivers rich, complex ramen with chicken, pork, or veggie varieties, as well as Japanese small plates. The basement-level dining room and bar is modern and action-packed.

2611 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205

9. Bones

701 Grant St, Denver, CO 80203

Capitol Hill’s snug Asian noodle house features East-meets-West ramen from Frank Bonanno, with creative combos such as its signature lobster (a menu staple for years) with miso broth, poached shell fish, edamame, beurre blanc, and scallions.

701 Grant St
Denver, CO 80203

10. Ace Eat Serve

501 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Facebook

An ode to Asian cuisine, this Uptown haunt always offers some iteration of a hearty bowl of ramen. Chef Thach Tran is known for creative interpretations of the classics like a lobster miso broth ramen with prawn and brown butter lobster dumplings, pea shoots, and tempura seaweed.

501 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

11. OTOTO

1501 S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80210
James Florio Photography

From the brothers behind Sushi Den, Ototo’s kitchen includes a robata (fireside) grill with traditional Japanese charcoal, a raw bar featuring the freshest catches of the day, and a noodle station. The made-to-order ramen ranges from vegetarian to tonkotsu ramen with garlic crisps and pork belly inside a 48-hour-cooked pork broth.

1501 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80210

12. Corner Ramen

1629 Bruce Randolph Ave, Denver, CO 80205
Yelp

In the former Daddy Bruce's B-B-Q, Corner Ramen now serves hot and spicy soup from this quiet Cole noodle shop. Find traditional preparations along with lobster ramen featuring corn, arugula, and a poached egg in a fragrant seafood broth.

1629 Bruce Randolph Ave
Denver, CO 80205

13. Katsu Ramen

1930 S Havana St #4, Aurora, CO 80014
Alex Leaming

Aurora’s traditional Katsu Ramen — sister restaurant to Sushi Katsu –- serves a chilled ramen with slices of omelet and barbecued pork in a creamy sesame-ponzu sauce, along with a curry ramen made heartier with chunks of chicken and pork. Try the ramen and rice bowl combo with soup, three-piece gyoza, and a variety of bowls including fried rice and beef curry.

1930 S Havana St #4
Aurora, CO 80014

14. Misaki @ Superior

402 Marshall Rd, Superior, CO 80027
Ramen at Misaki @ Superior
Misaki @ Superior

Helmed by veteran sushi chef Jesus Silva (Silva’s Fish Market, Sushi Sasa), Misaki @ Superior and its sibling, Misaki at Stanley Marketplace, offer three ramen bowls: tonkotsu, tan tan men, and vegetable ramen. Each bowl of piping hot broth is piled with noodles and toppings like chili threads, green onion, and egg.

402 Marshall Rd
Superior, CO 80027

15. Sera's Ramen Enclave

3472 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Sesame Pork Belly Ramen at Sera’s
Sera’s Ramen Enclave/Facebook

Sera Nguyen offers a wide variety of ramen dishes at her 32nd Street space. There’s a miso ramen, Saigon curry ramen, an oxtail ramen topped in enoki mushrooms and aslice of fish cake, the menu is full of Nguyen’s non-traditional takes on the popular Japanese soup.

3472 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211

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16. Gaijin

3501 Wazee St, Denver, CO 80216
Ramen at Zeppelin pop-up Gaijin
Julie Rodriguez

Nobu-trained chef Bill Espiricueta has a temporary ramen shop called Gaijin at Zeppelin Station’s No Vacancy space, and it’s serving three different ramen bowls. There’s a miso ground chicken version with togarashi butter, tonkotsu with braised pork belly, and a gingery vegetable mushroom version with tofu.

3501 Wazee St
Denver, CO 80216

17. Izakaya Ronin

3053 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216
Late night noodles at Izakaya Ronin
Laura Young/New Denizen Blog

Slurp Chef Corey Baker’s award-winning chicharrón tonkotsu ramen at this RiNo restaurant. Available both within the sushi lounge and the subterranean Moguri bar, this flavorful bowl can be enjoyed late-night on the weekends.

3053 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216

18. Sakura House

1255 19th St, Denver, CO 80202
Ma Bo Ramen at Sakura House

Tucked away in Larimer Street’s Sakura Square, Sakura House serves a selection of ramen dishes, most of which cost less than $10. Stir fried vegetables, tofu, seafood, and tender slices of meat top chewy noodles in hot miso broth.

1255 19th St
Denver, CO 80202

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