The Ramen Bar

4.2
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46 reviews
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€30 and under
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Japanese

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About

Our journey took us to the city of Kagawa to purchase Ireland's first state of the art ramen noodle making machine. We make all our noodles fresh on site in the restaurant's kitchen. Ramen is a Japanese noodle soup dish. It consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat or fish-based broth, often flavoured with soy sauce or miso, and uses toppings such as sliced pork, dried seaweed, menma, and green onions. Nearly every region in Japan has its own variation of ramen, from the tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen of Kyushu to the miso ramen of Hokkaido.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Asian
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Hours of Operation
Mon–Wed, Sun 11:30–22:00
Thu–Sat 11:30–23:00
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Phone number
(01) 547 0658 ext. 00353
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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Catering
Please Contact 015470658 for catering details
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Parking Details
Drury Street Car parkStephens Green Shopping Centre Que Parking Brown Thomas Parking Street Parking
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Additional
Banquet, Beer, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
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LS
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Really disappointed by the food. I was looking forward to trying The Ramen Bar for ages. I got the Seafood Ramen. It was not what i expected at all. It was Fish rather than Seafood (when i order 'seafood' i imagine shellfish like prawns, muscles, squid and some fish) and the prawns i did get in it were tiny and barely there. The fish was dry (makes me think it was all frozen fish) and over cooked.

The noodles were really disappointing as well..over cooked and gooey! Really not a pleasant experience.

Also when my friend asked for added fresh chili she was told they don't have fresh chili which i found really bazaar.

I certainly wont be going back there in a hurry and definitely wouldnt recommend it!!

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best ramen I’ve ever had. Amazing food, and I wish I’d found this place sooner!

N
London
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The best Ramen I've had in Dublin. The Spinach Yasai Ramen with the veggie dumplings is really special and a must order. Would also recommend the Prawn Cracker Nachos to start, insanely good. Service was on the slow side near the end of the meal but still a great dining experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really tasty food!

OT
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This has been best dinner place of choice for us and we will keep going to this place. Food was amazing and had so many flavours to cherish. It was different than eating meat and potatoes in every other place in Ireland.

Just a spoiler, the place entrace doesn’t have signboard indicating it’s name prominently. We were in front of the restaurant and still found it challenging to locate it. Surprisingly, the sign board was displayed on a railing that turns towards restaurent from the South William Street, which is not in line of sight unless you are coming from opposite direction.

G
Dublin
7 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Amazing ramen!!! So so good.
Kimchi arancini is delicious.
Unfortunately I always find this place to be too hot

G
Dublin
7 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Beautiful food. But quite loud...

SM
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Despite the website suggesting a wide variety of gluten free options to chose from when I discussed this with the waiter he said that none of the starters were available gluten free and I had a “choice” of ONE main course.
I’m celiac so need to choose venues that offer GF alternatives. An honest view on the website would have saved me a wasted trip.
I left to go somewhere else.

DS
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very tasty ramen in a busy and trendy style. Innovative and traditional appetizers. Prawn cracker nachos and pork gyoza. A welcome addition to Dublin

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great .... service could be better, we had multiple servers and had to wait a while for courses and drinks

LR
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, huge portion size and good value for money.

C
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always great food and friendly staff. First went 2 months ago and have already been back twice since.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual was awesome! The best ramen in town!

CB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and cozy atmosphere. The selection of ramen is quite large and the appetizers were delicious.

B
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Great value, but the basement seat literally under the stairs wasn't a great experience, and impacted service attentiveness and ambience. Servers could not pronounce the dish names correctly. Food was good - ramen broth a little too heavy on the umamai, but that seems to be the western trend. The noodles were excellent though. Top marks for the oversized karaage, correctly prepared with katakuriko, whish I didn't expect. Their 'Japanese' beer (Kirin) was disappointingly the German brewed version, not an import.

K
London
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Asian tachos were yum. Worst dumplings ever tasted. Really bad service. Would never go there again.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of the best ramen that I have ever tried in my life - certainly the best place in Dublin and probably even in Europe . Reasonably priced authentic taste - must do thing after boozy night.

KA
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was amazing, portions were great & great value. So tasty. There was a really funky vibe about the place, really clean and well managed. No long wait for food. Great service.

D
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best ramen ever! Will be backs soon! 100% recommended!

GB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It has a beautiful experience with plenty of Japanese motives, which are all very fitting.
We had some Japanese nachos as a starter and they were mouthwatering. Very different from your typical Mexican nachos, but dare I say, a lot tastier. My girlfriend had a garlic garlic ramen and I a pork one. Both were delicious and portions very generous. Indeed possibly slightly too generous for those not used to eating too much.
I had a Japanese beer and my girlfriend had some green tea to drink.
Service was not too bad, except for the fact that some of the staff had to repeated certain things twice as their English was not great. The host, despite completely mispronouncing my name off the booking list, was very nice, smiley and very good looking.
We had a great experience and would definitely be coming back.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazing amazing food, bit on the pricy side but worth it. Would appreciate beers on tap. Will be back!

CB
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and warm and cozy atmosphere. Lovely for couples dinner or friends night out.

RA
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I was a nice place to have dinner, food was amazing I just thought it was slightly pricey

AL
Dublin
5 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We were seated downstairs, it's a bit dead around 6-7pm, the starters, dumplings and gyoza , were very good but the ramen was only so-so and a bit on the cold side.

m
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great restaurant, just had a bad table so the service was a bit slow and they forgot a few dishes. That aside will still go back.

l
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We ordered gyoza, specifically asking for it as a starter. A waitress came back a few mins later to tell us they had none left. So we asked for dumplings instead. She left but again came back a couple of minutes later saying they were also out of dumplings. She then told us everything else they were sold out of, so we chose some prawns, which were still supposed to be a starter. However our two mains soon arrived but we had not received our starter. When I said this to the waiter who brought our mains he didnt seem to grasp that I was complaining that the courses were arriving in the wrong order. Instead he focused on the fact that the original starters had been unavailable. But instead of apologising he shrugged and said 'its Saturday night', like I should know better than to expect to receive what I order from the menu on a Saturday (the restaurant was not busy). The real issue was was a lack of competence to take the mains away until after our starter had been served and eaten. It's not hard to keep ramen hot, or reheat it before serving a few minutes later. Poor waiting staff and disappointing experience overall. I love the ramen here but am almost always let down by the service here. Not good enough when you're spending €16.50 on a bowl of ramen.

JD
New England
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very good selection of Ramen bowls as well as excellent gyoza and dumplings. Delicious, freshly prepared and clean healthy food. Wine selection is not so good. Cozy environment and very good, knowledgeable and enthusiastic service. I'll be back.

HM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food came out very quickly and the portions are far to big there was only two of us and there was enough food to feed between 4-6 people

PM
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I would recommend here for a casual dinner with a friend but don’t expect anything special. Food is good but service is sub par. We ordered two starters two mains. One starter arrived with the two mains no sign of the other. We asked for forks half way through the main and again no forks arrived. Food was nice, restaurant has a nice look. Need better waiting staff.

CF
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were sitting late (9:30). The food was amazing g as always and we even got brought free Prosecco for Valentine’s Day. They treated us so well and I can’t wait to go back. It’s our favourite place in Dublin.

SF
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice, vibey and authentic-feeling ramen bar in the middle of town. Comfortable, relaxed atmosphere, good menu choices and plenty of veggie options. Best ramen I have tasted in Ireland.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Chashu pork in both of our ramen bowls felt undercooked. They were not good at all. We left all of them uneaten.

OT
Dublin
24 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good food and nice place, friendly staff. The only complaint is that between getting the table assigned and to get the food served we waited for an hour.

MT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is delish!!!
We got a selection of starters and shared everyone enjoyed them.

EM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious, authentic food and fantastic service. We booked through Opentable a few hours before and they didn't have our reservation, which has happened to me a few times. They gladly accommodated us though. They were out of dumplings but the chicken karaage bao was amazing and the ramen portions were huge. Lovely atmosphere a little later in the evening.

s
London
40 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

We were in Dublin for a long weekend anniversary celebration. We were extremely impressed with the level of service and friendliness at every restaurant we went to, except The Ramen Bar. We love Japanese food and enjoyed what we ordered. What we didn't enjoy was our waiter. We got to the restaurant early, about 6 pm. We were the only ones seated. There was a tall waiter who was busy talking to a female co worker a few feet away from our table. He didn't look our way. Tried to get his attention....he wouldn't look our way. You know how it is when you are really hungry and need food? We were getting agitated by his lack of service. We finally spoke up and he came over. He took our order....and it took him 20 minutes to let us know one of the two appetizers was not available. With no other diners there....why would it take so long for him to find this out? Maybe it was a one off, but maybe not.....

G
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is very tasty and filling here, I had the pulled pork ramen with a seasoned egg (delicious) and the arancini (unmissable)- great value for both sides and bowls. Service was friendly and prompt. I’d recommend this place to friends.

CC
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice cozy atmosphere, great service and really tasty food

ST
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Nice food. Service could have definitely been better!
We ordered Prawn gyoza and ramen noodles. The waitress took the order after a while. Then, when she served the food she had forgotten the Prawn gyoza.
Again, she brought them back after a while.
I start eating gyozas and found out there were pork gyoza (I had insisted to highlight I did not eat pork!).
When we noticed this to the waitress, she disprove mentioning it was well Ebi (prawn) gyoza. We had to insist during a couple of minutes, showing her and making her bringing back the plate to the chief in the kitchen.
She came back and apologised, confirming there was well a mistake. She brought a new plate which was finally correct... It's a pity!
The ramen were good though.

OT
Dublin
5 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice and small location recommended for couples or small groups.
We had ramen and gyoza and both were really good.
Service was very kind and super fast

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