Ramen House Ryowa

★★★★☆
  • 859 Villa St

    Mountain View, CA 94041

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  • 650-965-8829

About Ramen House Ryowa

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Mon - Thu, 11am - 10:30pm; Fri, 11am - 11pm; Sat, 11:30am - 11pm; Sun, 11:30am - 9pm
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My folks and I went to Ryowa for dinner last night for the first time, and we were quite pleased. The food was fantastic and the portions were very generous. The price was very reasonable, as well.

Going to a Japanese noodle house is a

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★★★★★

My folks and I went to Ryowa for dinner last night for the first time, and we were quite pleased. The food was fantastic and the portions were very generous. The price was very reasonable, as well.

Going to a Japanese noodle house is a

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Their ramen was really awful. I?ve never had that tasteless ramen in my life. I?m from Japan so I know what good ramen taste like. I don?t understand why they are so popular!
I heard the restaurant was very popular so I went to try their Ramen with my friend for the first time. The restaurant was crowded. About 10 people were waiting to be seated so I was excited and expected to have great Ramen. Within 10 minutes, we were seated. So far very good. I ordered my favorite kind of Ramen and waited about 10 minutes. It was quick. I tasted it?. what is this? It?s tasteless!! I?ve never had bad ramen like this in my life. Maybe what I ordered was bad. I?ll try again and order different ramen to try. If I found it good, I?ll update this review. Otherwise, believe me, they are not good at all.

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★☆☆☆☆

Their ramen was really awful. I?ve never had that tasteless ramen in my life. I?m from Japan so I know what good ramen taste like. I don?t understand why they are so popular!
I heard the restaurant was very popular so I went to try their Ramen with my friend for the first time. The restaurant was crowded. About 10 people were waiting to be seated so I was excited and expected to have great Ramen. Within 10 minutes, we were seated. So far very good. I ordered my favorite kind of Ramen and waited about 10 minutes. It was quick. I tasted it?. what is this? It?s tasteless!! I?ve never had bad ramen like this in my life. Maybe what I ordered was bad. I?ll try again and order different ramen to try. If I found it good, I?ll update this review. Otherwise, believe me, they are not good at all.

Pros: quick service

Cons: tasteless ramen

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The name isn't posted outside (in English, anyway). There's always a huge line. There are no tables, only a crowded counter that snakes around the room. It's noisy. The menu is ramen and not much else.

But the service is fast - they took my order while I was still waiting to be seated, and served me within a few minutes of sitting down. The servers race around non-stop but deliver the requested food and checks quickly. The prices are reasonable - just fifty cents more gets you a side of rice and potstickers. And the ramen is delicious, full and flavorful, and just heavenly on a cold day. Perhaps a little high on sodium, but that's true of most ramen. There's a manga library if you want some reading material or something to stare quizzically at.

One of my new favorite lunch spots!

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★★★★☆

The name isn't posted outside (in English, anyway). There's always a huge line. There are no tables, only a crowded counter that snakes around the room. It's noisy. The menu is ramen and not much else.

But the service is fast - they took my order while I was still waiting to be seated, and served me within a few minutes of sitting down. The servers race around non-stop but deliver the requested food and checks quickly. The prices are reasonable - just fifty cents more gets you a side of rice and potstickers. And the ramen is delicious, full and flavorful, and just heavenly on a cold day. Perhaps a little high on sodium, but that's true of most ramen. There's a manga library if you want some reading material or something to stare quizzically at.

One of my new favorite lunch spots!

Pros: great food, fast service, fair prices

Cons: crowded, long wait

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The ramen dishes are just ok. A little bit too salty though. If you are watching your sodium in take, DON"T go there! On the flip side, the prices are quite reasonable. Big portions.

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★★★☆☆

The ramen dishes are just ok. A little bit too salty though. If you are watching your sodium in take, DON"T go there! On the flip side, the prices are quite reasonable. Big portions.

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Ramen House Ryowa is a very very popular noodle house. If you come here on a week day during lunch, you'll probably find people waiting outside. The menu is fairly simple with about 4-6 soup noodles and a few other things. Most people come here for the noodle.

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★★★★☆

Ramen House Ryowa is a very very popular noodle house. If you come here on a week day during lunch, you'll probably find people waiting outside. The menu is fairly simple with about 4-6 soup noodles and a few other things. Most people come here for the noodle.

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We have tried so many raman place and this is definitely the best. The Ryowa original is good but a bit on the heavy side. Butter corn is the best. The kimchi there is also excellent. Ryowa was ranked 5 in a Mercury News review last year but after trying the number 1 and number 2 places, I think Ryowa should ranked first.

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★★★★★

We have tried so many raman place and this is definitely the best. The Ryowa original is good but a bit on the heavy side. Butter corn is the best. The kimchi there is also excellent. Ryowa was ranked 5 in a Mercury News review last year but after trying the number 1 and number 2 places, I think Ryowa should ranked first.

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This is definitely not a kid friendly restaurant. The raman is good and they have decent variety and I used to go there before kids. But 90% of the seating is at a bar on bar stools. I think they have 3 or 4 tables that seat 4. But the place gets crowded, so you'll likely have to wait.

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★★★★☆

This is definitely not a kid friendly restaurant. The raman is good and they have decent variety and I used to go there before kids. But 90% of the seating is at a bar on bar stools. I think they have 3 or 4 tables that seat 4. But the place gets crowded, so you'll likely have to wait.

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Ryowa only provides miso soup-based ramen. The flavor of the soup may be strong and too salty for light-flavor eaters. The distinctive character of Ryowa is that they provide free all-you-can-eat kimichi. There is also bookshelves full of comic books available for reads too. If it is your first time, I would recommend the Ryowa Original, which is basically miso with sesame seeds flavor noodle soup, and it goes well with the over-the-counter kimichi garnish.

PROS: all u can eat kimichi
CONS: not a lot of variety

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★★★☆☆

Ryowa only provides miso soup-based ramen. The flavor of the soup may be strong and too salty for light-flavor eaters. The distinctive character of Ryowa is that they provide free all-you-can-eat kimichi. There is also bookshelves full of comic books available for reads too. If it is your first time, I would recommend the Ryowa Original, which is basically miso with sesame seeds flavor noodle soup, and it goes well with the over-the-counter kimichi garnish.

PROS: all u can eat kimichi
CONS: not a lot of variety

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Can't believe I found this place. Just like the noodle houses in Japan. People slurrping all around, tvs playing shows I have no idea what they are saying, and wonderfully HOT noodles! I love to see people standing in the doorway in a neat little line, waiting. Your meal time is usually less than 15 minutes. In and out-content!

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★★★★★

Can't believe I found this place. Just like the noodle houses in Japan. People slurrping all around, tvs playing shows I have no idea what they are saying, and wonderfully HOT noodles! I love to see people standing in the doorway in a neat little line, waiting. Your meal time is usually less than 15 minutes. In and out-content!

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This restaurant found in Downtown Mountain View contains a very authentic Japanese feel. The ramen is very good; however, the fried chiken is the best. I suggeset everyone to go there at least twice to try the Buttermilk Ramen and the Fried chicken. Some people may also want to try the Lu Dan.

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★★★★☆

This restaurant found in Downtown Mountain View contains a very authentic Japanese feel. The ramen is very good; however, the fried chiken is the best. I suggeset everyone to go there at least twice to try the Buttermilk Ramen and the Fried chicken. Some people may also want to try the Lu Dan.

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Ryowa is a small noodle house that is always packed. The wait is very long, but the noodles are great. The menu provides a good variety of noodle dishes. The gyoza is delicious. The meal is served with kimchee and other spices. The combination makes a satisfying meal. I would not recommend going with more than two people. Seating is a major hassel.

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★★★★☆

Ryowa is a small noodle house that is always packed. The wait is very long, but the noodles are great. The menu provides a good variety of noodle dishes. The gyoza is delicious. The meal is served with kimchee and other spices. The combination makes a satisfying meal. I would not recommend going with more than two people. Seating is a major hassel.

Pros: Ramen, Kimchee

Cons: , Crowded, Noisy

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ryowa has the BEST fried CHICKEN. when u go, expect to see a crowd sitting and eating, standing and waiting. this place gets pretty packed with a line of hungry people waiting outside the door. it's much worth it tho, especially if u feel like noodles or fried chicken. they keep the temp of the small place cool enough to eat hot ramen in the summer. also, you'll be lucky to get a table for only 2 because they only have 3 tables for parties of 2. the rest is bar like seating. we go there to eat. talk when u want, but when you're done, be polite and let the next hungry group eat.

take note: u can't take the ramen "to go". only because they don't offer "to go" soup boxes. they will give u boxes for the rice, chicken, and anything else that's plate food.

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★★★★★

ryowa has the BEST fried CHICKEN. when u go, expect to see a crowd sitting and eating, standing and waiting. this place gets pretty packed with a line of hungry people waiting outside the door. it's much worth it tho, especially if u feel like noodles or fried chicken. they keep the temp of the small place cool enough to eat hot ramen in the summer. also, you'll be lucky to get a table for only 2 because they only have 3 tables for parties of 2. the rest is bar like seating. we go there to eat. talk when u want, but when you're done, be polite and let the next hungry group eat.

take note: u can't take the ramen "to go". only because they don't offer "to go" soup boxes. they will give u boxes for the rice, chicken, and anything else that's plate food.

Pros: decent prices, decent parking, crowded

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Decent ramen, though I like Santa's (San Mateo) better. Cold ramen noodles served during the warm months are excellent. Maybe the best in the bay area. Interestingly, they provide complimentary kimchee. As previous reviewers have noted, the U-shaped counters, Japanese shows on TV and Japanese reading material makes you feel like you're in a ramen house in Japan. Long lines forms most of the time but it goes fast.

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★★★★☆

Decent ramen, though I like Santa's (San Mateo) better. Cold ramen noodles served during the warm months are excellent. Maybe the best in the bay area. Interestingly, they provide complimentary kimchee. As previous reviewers have noted, the U-shaped counters, Japanese shows on TV and Japanese reading material makes you feel like you're in a ramen house in Japan. Long lines forms most of the time but it goes fast.

Pros: excellent cold ramen, service, ambiance

Cons: crowded

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Thanks to this place and the same one in Berkeley, I'm addicted to Ramen. Good, authentic ramen, and Japanese TV to keep you amused when alone. What more can one ask.
***The one in Berkeley has special fried chicken, which is very "special".

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★★★★☆

Thanks to this place and the same one in Berkeley, I'm addicted to Ramen. Good, authentic ramen, and Japanese TV to keep you amused when alone. What more can one ask.
***The one in Berkeley has special fried chicken, which is very "special".

Pros: ramen, jap TV and Mag

Cons: need more ramen

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Compare to ramen places in LA, this place is ~okay. Wish they had some more choices, I really love curry ramen, but they don't have it. I know one place in Northridge, L.A. that has a ton of different ramen types.
Weird seating arrangement, but makes it up for fast service.

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★★★★☆

Compare to ramen places in LA, this place is ~okay. Wish they had some more choices, I really love curry ramen, but they don't have it. I know one place in Northridge, L.A. that has a ton of different ramen types.
Weird seating arrangement, but makes it up for fast service.

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This place is about as close to a Japanese ramen joint as you can get. Big-long-bar setup... manga and newspapers to read.

I've been looking all over town for the best ramen, after going on a three week ramen-eating adventure in western Japan. The "Ryowa Ramen" was really good.... probably the best I've had in the valley. Too bad there wasn't miso ramen... my personal favorite.

Only complaints... they served some sort of water to me when I sat down... but was it water? semi-tea flavored water? coffee-tainted-semi-tea water? Either way, it tasted strange... bad tap water?
...that and the roast pork was a tad "fishy" tasting...

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★★★★☆

This place is about as close to a Japanese ramen joint as you can get. Big-long-bar setup... manga and newspapers to read.

I've been looking all over town for the best ramen, after going on a three week ramen-eating adventure in western Japan. The "Ryowa Ramen" was really good.... probably the best I've had in the valley. Too bad there wasn't miso ramen... my personal favorite.

Only complaints... they served some sort of water to me when I sat down... but was it water? semi-tea flavored water? coffee-tainted-semi-tea water? Either way, it tasted strange... bad tap water?
...that and the roast pork was a tad "fishy" tasting...

Pros: Great Ramen, Manga to read, Totally authentic

Cons: no miso ramen

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Great little place! The food was good and inexpensive. For me, even one bowl of ramen is more than I can eat (just me). Also, there's TV (in Japanese) to watch and manga (in Japanese) to read. Everyone's polite. The only downside is that other people know they're good too so, depending on when you go, it might be a bit crowded. I've never had to wait for a seat, though. Try it out!

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★★★★★

Great little place! The food was good and inexpensive. For me, even one bowl of ramen is more than I can eat (just me). Also, there's TV (in Japanese) to watch and manga (in Japanese) to read. Everyone's polite. The only downside is that other people know they're good too so, depending on when you go, it might be a bit crowded. I've never had to wait for a seat, though. Try it out!

Pros: Manga and TV, Large portions, Inexpensive

Cons: Crowded

 

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