Best ramen in Calgary you need to try at least once

Oct 25 2022, 8:00 pm

It’s getting colder out, so it’s likely you’ve been thinking about where to find the best ramen in Calgary.

Broth, noodles, and tons of options for meat, veggies, eggs, and other toppings combine to create what basically tastes like a hug in a bowl. It’s the perfect cure for a cold day.

Whether you’re looking for a filling lunch, a comforting dinner, or a delicious late-night snack, ramen is always a good idea. Luckily, there are plenty of amazing options in YYC for this popular Japanese dish.

Here are 10 spots to find the best ramen in Calgary.

JINYA Ramen Bar

 

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JINYA is known for its slow-cooked approach to ramen, simmering its broths in-house for 20 hours. This contemporary Japanese dining chain offers a customizable menu, a sleek interior, and a rotating “Chef’s Special” dish.

Address: #180 1800 4th Street SW
Phone: 587-356-0721

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Shokunin

 

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Shokunin combines local ingredients combine with Japanese techniques and flavours to create a unique dining experience. In addition to some amazing ramen, this eatery also features craft cocktails, charred yakitori, small plates, and sake.

Address: 2016 4th Street SW
Phone: 403-229-3444

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Ikeman Ramen Bar

 

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This Kensington institution offers the traditional choices for ramen, but there are also plenty of inventive options as well, including Green Curry Seafood Ramen, Roasted Tomato Veggie Ramen, Mushroom Ramen, and Karaage Yuzu Yogurt Cold Ramen. Ikeman also offers fun add-ons for your soup, such as cheese curds and avocado.

Address: 217 10th Street NW
Phone: 403-452-2148

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Shiki Menya

 

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This ramen spot is so good that it only sells a limited number of bowls each day, so make sure you get it before it’s gone. If you miss out, Shiki Menya also ramen kits at the First Avenue Corner Store located behind their restaurant.

The lines get extremely long and that’s just because this is one of the top choices for the best ramen in Calgary.

Address: 824 1st Avenue NE
Phone: 403-454-2722

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Muku Japanese Ramen

 

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Muku boasts several different ramen soup options, one of which is mysteriously named “Ninja.” The resto also offers non-soup ramen in three different flavours, rice bowls, salads, and desserts.

Address: 326 14th Street NW
Phone: 403-283-6555

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Menyatai Japanese Noodles

Menyatai serves up tons of delicious, traditional, and unique options for ramen, along with udon, Donburi, Japanese rice bowls, sake, and beer. We suggest trying the curry or vegetable ramen for fresh takes on this classic dish.

Address: 24 12th Street NW
Phone: 403-263-3666

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Gyu-Kaku

 

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This Japanese BBQ restaurant has a grill installed at every table for a fun dining experience, but if you’re looking for something a little more simple, Gyu-Kaku also dishes out a couple of incredible ramen options, with an emphasis on garlic.

Address: #100 638 6th Avenue SW
Phone: 587-538-6601

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Tokyo Station

Serving ramen and pasta dishes, often on the same plate, this one-of-a-kind eating experience is modelled after the creative street food vendors in Tokyo train stations.

Address: 1505 15th Avenue SW, Calgary

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O-My Kimbap

This authentic restaurant that specializes in rice rolls and shaved ice treats now also has Canada’s first-ever Korean instant ramen machine.

It’s a fun fast food experience. First, you choose your noodles and grab any of the toppings you want — including fish cakes and eggs. Then, you set it up on the machine and watch it instantly cook at the push of a button.

Address: 919E Centre Street NW, Calgary

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Goro + Gun

 

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Located in Stephen Avenue Place, this is the perfect downtown lunch spot for a quick bite that also happens to be delicious.

Hakata ramen, or tonkotsu ramen, is a hot noodle soup dish with creamy, white and rich broth. There are five different options at Goro + Gun, and we had the original tonkatsu, the vegan mushroom, and the patina ramen, served with noodles, chicken broth, BBQ pork, and bamboo shoots.

Address: 225 7th Avenue SW #245, Calgary

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