We’re well into winter — and that means we’re craving some comfort food! All we want right now is steaming bowls of soup and hearty stews to help keep us warm. One of our winter favorites is ramen, a Japanese dish of soft noodles and salty broth that has taken the United States by storm in recent years. We’re not talking about the store-bought stuff; instead, we’re picturing hand-pulled noodles, homemade broth, soft boiled eggs and plenty of fresh, hearty veggies. Luckily, there’s no shortage of spots to get this tasty dish in the Omaha and Lincoln area!
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Omaha and Lincoln ramen spots right here! So read on to find out where you can get this tasty dish near you. Happy slurping!
Please remember to wear a mask and socially distanced when going out. If you are feeling ill, you may want to stay home and order some ramen for delivery. Check out LoCo, Omaha’s newest delivery app!
12411 West Center Road, Omaha
Ahi Sushi may be known for their sushi, but their steaming bowls of ramen are just as good! Choose from a variety of ramen bowls, from vegetable to shoyu and chicken katsu, all for around $12 a bowl. Each comes topped with corn, seaweed, egg, fish cakes, green onions, bean sprouts and bamboo shoots. In addition to their ramen, Ahi Sushi also has Chinese, Korean, Thai, vegetarian, gluten-free and hibachi options.
1190 Capitol Avenue, Omaha
Photo courtesy of Akarui
Located in the downtown Capitol District, Akarui is a mouthwatering destination for authentic Japanese dishes—including ramen, gyoza, firecracker shrimp, karaage chicken and so much more. In their gorgeous, industrial, walk-up style restaurant, they also offer fresh and healthy bowls of poke and sweet boba tea. But no matter what you decide to order, everything at Akarui is completely customizable! Feel free to add or subtract ingredients from anything you order; they even have a full menu of additions you can make to any dish.
1226 P Street, 102, Lincoln
One of the best places to get ramen in Lincoln, Gifu Ramen is one of our favorites for hot noodle bowls, chilled bowls of poke, fried rice and yakisoba. You can’t go wrong with their iconic ramen bowls, featuring wheat noodles, Japanese marinated boiled egg, fish cakes, bean sprouts, black mushrooms and scallions. But if you’re looking for something really unique, don’t miss Gifu’s “Sushirrito,” the perfect combination of a poke bowl and a burrito, featuring rice, raw fish and fresh vegetables all rolled up in a sheet of seaweed.
6100 O Street, Suite D6, Lincoln
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People come from all over the area to visit Grey Whale Ramen & Poke, an Asian culinary destination with three locations in the Lincoln area. While the food at all their locations is incredible, they only serve ramen at their Grey Whale Ramen location in Gateway Mall. Here, you can choose from three different types of ramen: tonkatsu, miso and shoyu, each perfectly delicious and featuring pork or pork broth.
6109 Maple Street, Omaha | 1114 Jones Street C, Omaha
Chef and restaurateur Jose Dionicio has brought umami flavors and unbeatable ramen to Omaha with two locations of his popular Ika brand, Ika Ramen and Izakaya & Ika San. Ika Ramen and Izakaya is located in the heart of Benson while it’s big sister, Ika San, now lives downtown in Old Market. At both locations, you can expect small plates, ramen, gyoza, poke, donburi, bold cocktails and sake. With hip-hop blasting on the sound system and graffiti–style murals splayed all over the walls, they bring a hip and intimate twist to traditional izakayas of Japan.
416 South 12th Street, Omaha | 16939 Wright Plaza, Omaha | 14450 Eagle Run Drive, Suite 210, Omaha | 808 R Street, Suite 200, Lincoln
Photo courtesy of Daniel Krieger via Ivan Ramen
Ivan’s journey began with a dishwashing job at a sushi bar when he was 15, where he discovered a culture and cuisine that would shape the rest of his life. He went on to major in Japanese language in college, spend several years in Japan teaching English, attend the Culinary Institute of America, and open two very successful ramen shops in Tokyo—a feat unheard of for a foreigner! Since first opening his ramen shops in Tokyo, he has returned to the United States, opening a restaurant in New York and then moving his business to Nebraska to open four shops right here! They are currently only open for takeout and delivery.
3852 Farnam Street, #1, Omaha
Yet another creation from the same masterminds behind Ika Ramen and Izakaya and Ika San, Lucky Tiger Izakaya brings Pan Asian fusion style to the Blackstone masses! You can expect tasty ramen, sushi, rice bowls and so much more, served in a classy, casual space. They are currently open for dine-in, takeout and delivery. Click here to see their menu and to order online!
2814 South 108th Street, Omaha
One of the newest ramen spots in Omaha, Rizin Japanese Ramen in Rockbrook Village, is dedicated to delicious, high-quality and authentic Japanese cuisine. Choose from four different types of ramen and then add as many toppings as you want—including spicy chili for an extra kick! They also have tasty rice bowls, sushi and small plates. Follow them on Facebook for updates on hours, new menu items and specials!
10000 California Street, Omaha
Photo courtesy of Yoshi-Ya Ramen
Located in Omaha’s first food hall, Flagship Commons, Yoshi-Ya Ramen is an authentic ramen shop where deceptively simple ingredients work together to create incredible, complex and flavorful dishes. They even have smaller ramen dishes for children, 12 and under, so everyone can enjoy authentic Japanese ramen. While you’re there, don’t forget to visit some of Flagship Commons’ other dining concepts, like Yum Roll, Clever Greens and more!
What about you?
Where do you like to get ramen in Lincoln and Omaha? Let us know in the comments below!