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Pork ramen at Erik Bruner-Yang's Paper Horse.
Pork ramen at Erik Bruner-Yang's Paper Horse.
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Where to Eat Ramen in D.C.

Primary sources for the beloved noodle soup

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Pork ramen at Erik Bruner-Yang's Paper Horse.
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It's no secret that D.C. loves ramen. Pioneering Atlas District noodle house Toki Underground is still hard to get into — and it's been open for seven years. Chinatown's Daikaya can also present long waits during peak dining hours. Since this map first ran in 2015, options around the area have increased dramatically; most recently, nationwide chain Jinya has joined homegrown alternatives including Haikan and Reren.

Here are the D.C. area's essential ramen restaurants.

Note: The featured restaurants are not ranked. The map is arranged geographically from north to south.

Don't see a personal favorite on the list? Sound off in the comments or shoot us an email (dc@eater.com).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ren's Ramen

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11403 Amherst Ave
Wheaton, MD 20902
(301) 693-0806
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One of the ramen pioneers in D.C., Ren's serves miso ramen, tonshio ramen, shoyu ramen and several ramen specials, including cheese ramen.

Ren's Ramen MD ramen Rib-topped ramen at Ren's Ramen. Joy D./Yelp

2. Sakuramen

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2441 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 656-5285
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Sakuramen in Adams Morgan serves vegetarian ramen, Korean-style ramen, and other versions of the iconic noodle soup.

Sakuramen DC ramen Bulgogi and pork belly ramen at Sakuramen. Diana P./Yelp

3. Haikan

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805 V St NW, Washington
Washington, D.C. 20001

This Shaw eatery, sibling to its predecessor Daikaya, offers several varieties of Sapporo-style ramen, a full bar, and a host of interesting small plates such as mapo tofu poutine and crab rangoon. And after lots of research on the best way to package ramen, it's now available for delivery and to-go orders.

Haikan DC ramen Different ramen options at Haikan. Haikan/Facebook

4. Chaplin's

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1501 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 644-8806
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Though it started as a cocktail bar, Chaplin's in Shaw has become well known for its ramen — particularly since chef Myo Htun became a co-owner.

Chaplin's DC ramen A bowl of ramen at Chaplin's. Chaplin's/Facebook

5. Jinya (Multiple Locations)

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1336 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 588-8560
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This growing nationwide chain arrived first in Mosaic District, offering more than 20 different toppings for its ramen. D.C. got its first Jinya in late 2017 when the company opened a two-story restaurant in Logan Circle.

Jinya DC food Assorted dishes at Jinya. Jinya/Facebook

6. Oki Bowl

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1817 M ST NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 750-6703
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Oki Bowl in Dupont has some interesting twists on ramen, such as its shrimp and bean sprout-filled tom yum ramen.

7. Toki Underground

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1234 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 388-3086
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Ramen mainstay Toki Underground, which turns seven this year, has long served varieties such as kimchi ramen and Taipei curry chicken. It recently added vegan and gluten-free options featuring mushrooms, pickles and kombu noodles made from seaweed.

Toki DC ramen The new vegan ramen at Toki Underground. Toki Underground/Facebook

8. Paper Horse (Multiple locations)

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600 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

Toki Underground founder Erik Bruner-Yang years ago split from that restaurant, but now makes ramen via carry-out friendly Paper Horse. The quick-service eateries, which are tucked inside several Whole Foods Markets around the area, prepare noodle soups featuring smoked pork shoulder, braised chicken, and roasted vegetables, among others.

Paper Horse DC chicken ramen Chicken ramen at Paper Horse. Paper Horse/Facebook

9. Reren Lamen & Bar

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817 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

No, that isn't a typo: "lamen" refers to the Chinese predecessor to ramen. Find noodle soups with more Chinese influences at Reren, including varieties like barbecue chicken and "Buddha-style."

Reren DC ramen Chicken and vegetable soup at Reren. Shirley Z./Yelp

10. Daikaya

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705 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 589-1600
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Daikaya serves Sapporo-style ramen in such varieties as spicy miso and vegan, prepared by chef Katsuya Fukushima. The restaurant pays major attention to detail, flying in noodles from Japan.

The current spread of authentic options to slurp at Daikaya.

11. Gaijin Ramen Shop

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3800 Lee Hwy
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 395-0216
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This ramen shop in Arlington, Virginia features soups flavored with beef, curried vegetables, and spicy miso, among others.

Gaijin VA ramen Sirloin ramen at Gaijin. Gaijin/Facebook

12. Hanabi Ramen

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3024 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

Hanabi Ramen, which arrived in Clarendon in early 2017, recently added a spicy miso option to its modest menu and openly advocates adding crushed garlic (free) to any order.

13. Boru Ramen

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2915 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204

This local restaurant features appetizers including tempura and gyoza, as well as noodle soups ranging from spicy miso and pork-laden tonkatsu.

14. Marumen

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3250 Old Pickett Rd
Fairfax, VA 22031

This Northern Virginia eatery serves ramen, including shoyu and shio, with recommended toppings and dipping sauces.

Marumen VA vegetable ramen A vegetable-packed ramen at Marumen. Marumen/Facebook

15. Tanpopo Ramen House

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4316 Markham St
Annandale, VA 22003

This homegrown ramen shop is a Japanese option in a neighborhood dominated by Korean restaurants.

Tanpopo VA ramen Meat and egg-filled ramen at Tanpopo. Charlie S./Yelp

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1. Ren's Ramen

11403 Amherst Ave, Wheaton, MD 20902
Ren's Ramen MD ramen Rib-topped ramen at Ren's Ramen. Joy D./Yelp

One of the ramen pioneers in D.C., Ren's serves miso ramen, tonshio ramen, shoyu ramen and several ramen specials, including cheese ramen.

11403 Amherst Ave
Wheaton, MD 20902

2. Sakuramen

2441 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Sakuramen DC ramen Bulgogi and pork belly ramen at Sakuramen. Diana P./Yelp

Sakuramen in Adams Morgan serves vegetarian ramen, Korean-style ramen, and other versions of the iconic noodle soup.

2441 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

3. Haikan

805 V St NW, Washington, Washington, D.C. 20001
Haikan DC ramen Different ramen options at Haikan. Haikan/Facebook

This Shaw eatery, sibling to its predecessor Daikaya, offers several varieties of Sapporo-style ramen, a full bar, and a host of interesting small plates such as mapo tofu poutine and crab rangoon. And after lots of research on the best way to package ramen, it's now available for delivery and to-go orders.

805 V St NW, Washington
Washington, D.C. 20001

4. Chaplin's

1501 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Chaplin's DC ramen A bowl of ramen at Chaplin's. Chaplin's/Facebook

Though it started as a cocktail bar, Chaplin's in Shaw has become well known for its ramen — particularly since chef Myo Htun became a co-owner.

1501 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

5. Jinya (Multiple Locations)

1336 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Jinya DC food Assorted dishes at Jinya. Jinya/Facebook

This growing nationwide chain arrived first in Mosaic District, offering more than 20 different toppings for its ramen. D.C. got its first Jinya in late 2017 when the company opened a two-story restaurant in Logan Circle.

1336 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

6. Oki Bowl

1817 M ST NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

Oki Bowl in Dupont has some interesting twists on ramen, such as its shrimp and bean sprout-filled tom yum ramen.

1817 M ST NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

7. Toki Underground

1234 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Toki DC ramen The new vegan ramen at Toki Underground. Toki Underground/Facebook

Ramen mainstay Toki Underground, which turns seven this year, has long served varieties such as kimchi ramen and Taipei curry chicken. It recently added vegan and gluten-free options featuring mushrooms, pickles and kombu noodles made from seaweed.

1234 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

8. Paper Horse (Multiple locations)

600 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Paper Horse DC chicken ramen Chicken ramen at Paper Horse. Paper Horse/Facebook

Toki Underground founder Erik Bruner-Yang years ago split from that restaurant, but now makes ramen via carry-out friendly Paper Horse. The quick-service eateries, which are tucked inside several Whole Foods Markets around the area, prepare noodle soups featuring smoked pork shoulder, braised chicken, and roasted vegetables, among others.

600 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

9. Reren Lamen & Bar

817 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Reren DC ramen Chicken and vegetable soup at Reren. Shirley Z./Yelp

No, that isn't a typo: "lamen" refers to the Chinese predecessor to ramen. Find noodle soups with more Chinese influences at Reren, including varieties like barbecue chicken and "Buddha-style."

817 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

10. Daikaya

705 6th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
The current spread of authentic options to slurp at Daikaya.

Daikaya serves Sapporo-style ramen in such varieties as spicy miso and vegan, prepared by chef Katsuya Fukushima. The restaurant pays major attention to detail, flying in noodles from Japan.

705 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

11. Gaijin Ramen Shop

3800 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22207
Gaijin VA ramen Sirloin ramen at Gaijin. Gaijin/Facebook

This ramen shop in Arlington, Virginia features soups flavored with beef, curried vegetables, and spicy miso, among others.

3800 Lee Hwy
Arlington, VA 22207

12. Hanabi Ramen

3024 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

Hanabi Ramen, which arrived in Clarendon in early 2017, recently added a spicy miso option to its modest menu and openly advocates adding crushed garlic (free) to any order.

3024 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

13. Boru Ramen

2915 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204

This local restaurant features appetizers including tempura and gyoza, as well as noodle soups ranging from spicy miso and pork-laden tonkatsu.

2915 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204

14. Marumen

3250 Old Pickett Rd, Fairfax, VA 22031
Marumen VA vegetable ramen A vegetable-packed ramen at Marumen. Marumen/Facebook

This Northern Virginia eatery serves ramen, including shoyu and shio, with recommended toppings and dipping sauces.

3250 Old Pickett Rd
Fairfax, VA 22031

15. Tanpopo Ramen House

4316 Markham St, Annandale, VA 22003
Tanpopo VA ramen Meat and egg-filled ramen at Tanpopo. Charlie S./Yelp

This homegrown ramen shop is a Japanese option in a neighborhood dominated by Korean restaurants.

4316 Markham St
Annandale, VA 22003

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