Ippudo San Francisco

Ippudo San Francisco. It's Happening. It's Really Happening.

Near-Legendary Ramen and a Sake Bar in SoMa

By Joe Starkey ·
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Good things come to those who wait.

By "good things," we mean borderline-legendary ramen.

And by "wait," we mean, like, 10 minutes? Maybe 30? Depends on the day probably, but this place is going to be nuts.

Yes, that 18-hour ramen broth that you've been making frequent trips to Berkeley for has now landed in the city-proper. Ippudo San Francisco is here. Ippudo San Francisco looks like this.

They've got a larger menu to match the larger digs this time around. You and your fellow noodle fans will make your grand entrance, briefly noting the wall emblazoned with the Hiragana alphabet and other traditional Japanese fixtures before getting down to business. The business of ramen.

You'll, of course, be ordering that 18-hour, tonkotsu-broth ramen with traditional pork, which is offered alongside non-pork, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options for your more difficult friends. They're also using the space to showcase an extended menu of "Japanese soul food" like steamed buns filled with pork, chicken or veggies.

And to match that extended menu, they've got a sake bar with offerings in categories of "fragrant and luxurious, clean and crisp, mild and gentle, classic and aged and special and limited."

It's okay if you feel a little special, too.

Joe Starkey is the tallest person in the room 90% of the time. He enjoys liquors that aren’t smoky, dive bars that are, and has a vague dread that someone, somewhere might be having more fun than him.

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Ippudo San Francisco
18 Yerba Buena Ln
(at Market)
San Francisco, CA 94103
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