Debating who has the best ramen in SLC, is as just as tough as asking the same question about pizza or burgers. Everyone has a favorite, and everyone prefers something a little different to the next.
That said, certain names always rise to the top of the general consensus. The following list are some of the very best restaurants that specialize in ramen in Salt Lake.
1 – Kobe
Chef and owner Mike Fukumitsu first made his name on the SLC dining scene working behind the counter at the fabulous Kyoto Japanese Restaurant. From there, Fukumitsu decided to spend time in Japan, to hone his skills for his next project – ramen.
On his return to SLC, Fukumitsu purchased the Kobe Japanese Cuisine restaurant in the Olympus Hills area, turning its focus toward world class ramen. Kobe was one of the first ramen specialty restaurants in town, and many say, still the best.
3947 Wasatch Blvd, Salt Lake City, UT 84124
2 – Ramen Nation
Should you find yourself toward the South end of the valley – check out this restaurant – Fukumistu’s second outing in Utah; again focusing squarely on the popular noodle dish.
3370 Digital Drive, Lehi, UT 84043
3 – Tosh’s Ramen
The Tosh in question here is Toshio Sekikawa, a name you might be familiar with if you followed the Utah dining scene for a decent amount of time. Toshio Sekikawa first got to work in Utah at the now defunct Mikado. He also spent time launch Park City’s Hapa Grill before turning to Mikado and it’s fresh as Naked Fish.
These days Tosh helms his namesake Ramen restaurants, with one location in SLC, one in Murray. Both restaurants are usually immediately mentioned when someone asks, “what’s the best ramen in Utah?”
SLC | 465 State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84115 | (801) 466-7000
Murray | 1963 E Murray Holladay Rd, Holladay, UT 84117 |(801) 466-7000
4 – Jinya Ramen Bar
Jinya is part of a larger national chain of ramen restaurants, albeit a fairly boutique one with no more than two or there dozen locations. In Utah you’ll find a location in Sugar House and one in Murray. Both serve up big bowls of slurp able noodles at light speed. Crazily fast service is the name of the game here.
Murray | 905 State St, Murray, UT 84107 | (385) 474-6818
Sugar House | 675 E 2100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84106 | (801) 883-9466
5 – Ramen Bar
This modest little spot on Main Street in downtown SLC can be found snuggle between London Belle and Whiskey Street. It’s the second outing for this restaurant ramen that started life, up North…
319 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
6 – Ramen Haus
Speaking of which! Ramen Haus in Ogden Utah was the first location for the guys behind Ramen Bar.
2550 Washington Blvd, Ogden, UT 84401
7 – Ramen 930
Another business with a brace of locations, this time in downtown SLC and another in Lehi. The bold and vibrantly designed restaurant focuses on a fast casual approach.
SLC | 45 E Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 | (385) 522-2742
Lehi | 2975 Club House Dr, Lehi, UT 84043 | (801) 393-0000
8 – Tonkotsu
1898 W 3500 S #10, West Valley City, UT 84119
9 – Yoko Ramen
473 E 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
10 – Samurai Noodle
The only restaurant on this list that (we know of) that makes their own noodles in house. As you can see above the restaurant is rightly proud of this, and displays the machine right in the dining room.
11483 State St, Draper, UT 84020
Who did we miss?
If you think we’re missing someone who should be on this list drop us an email to Stuart@gastronomicslc.com