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Daikokuya
Japanese Restaurant
Today 11:00 am – 2:00 am
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2208 Sawtelle Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90064
2208 Sawtelle BoulevardUSCaliforniaLos Angeles90064
(310) 575-4999daikoku-ten.com
Japanese Restaurant, Asian Restaurant
Japanese Restaurant
Asian Restaurant
Ramen Restaurant
Today 11:00 am – 2:00 am
Monday 11:00 am – 2:00 amTuesday 11:00 am – 2:00 amWednesday 11:00 am – 2:00 amThursday 11:00 am – 2:00 amFriday 11:00 am – 2:00 amSaturday 11:00 am – 2:00 amSunday 11:00 am – 2:00 am
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Outpost of a local Japanese chain specializing in ramen soups served in a low-frills setting.- Google
"The ramen noodles were chewy and had great texture."
"There was also a pork and rice bowl which tasted really nice."
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Tim C
6 months ago
Coming to Santa Monica once a week, I needed to find a spot after my stops. It also means I don't have to drive all the way to Little Tokyo when there is one in Little Osaka. They have not announced their grand opening at the time I was coming here so their menu was still a work in progress. Just ramen and a few dishes while you can still order beer they are all on a one page menu. Something to get out of the cold with a warm bowl of noodles and broth. This is one of the few locations that they opened that comes really close to the one in Little Tokyo minus the wait. It could also mean that is why I recognize the chef behind the counter who looks really familiar. Yes, there are many ramen shops around this little Sawtelle area but if you ask me for a recommendation, I would tell you to come here. The wait is not like the one in Little Tokyo or any of the other shops around here. If you don't believe me, perhaps we should begin a ramen challenge? Let's go to your favourite spot and we'll go to mine and compare notes.
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Minh Chung
6 months ago
This is a cute place. The Decor reminds me of being in the back streets of an old Japanese town enjoying a bowl of ramen underneath the stars. The place can be quite small and packed. During the weekends, expect atleast an hour wait. Get the ramen with kotteri flavor. You won't regret it.
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Matthew Gaskill
9 months ago
Great ramen and octopus pancake balls. Adorable servers who spoke limited English which is actually charming. Decor reminiscent of a Tokyo alley.
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Christine L
a year ago
The Best Ramen in town next to the one down town. I heard a few of the chains are different, but this one is just as good. I like Daikoku ramen the best. The spicy miso is okay, not very spicy. The fried rice is amazing as well as the shreded pork bowl. GYoza is also very good here. I haven't been to any of the other chains, but I hear this is one is the best one. When we go here, you can guarentee at least a 1 hour wait. We often get the combo as each get a different side and share so we can taste everything.
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Melanie Huynh
6 months ago
Between here and Tsujita Annex, I have a hard time choosing when it comes to ramen on Sawtelle. Both places are equally delicious. I always order the spicy miso ramen and it is always more delicious than I remember. The broth is really flavorful that I have to resist the urge to drink it all before I finish the noodles. I think another great part of the ramen here is their soft boiled egg that is always cooked perfectly. Another great part of this place is the interior decoration. Eating at the restaurant makes you feel as though you're eating in a little restaurant on the streets of Japan. The wait can get quite long especially during peak lunch and dinner hours. Parking is convenient since there is a free parking structure in the same complex. I've come here at least 5 times now and it never disappoints.
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Jennifer D
11 months ago
Yummy yummy ramen in my tummy. I've been here twice and both times I've waited an hour but I did come here on a Saturday during lunch and dinner. I've only had their daikokuya ramen and their eel rice bowl. I figure if you were to come here, you've got to try their signature ramen and ignore all the other appetizers and rice bowls as it can get complicated. The broth is fatty and delicious just the way it should be. The ramen noodles were chewy and had great texture. The egg was served right without the yolk being completely boiled. The chasu was huge and two pieces lasts. It's a cute place and if you are super hungry, I'd recommend you order the combination which includes the daikokuya ramen and a rice bowl. Sounds like a bunch of carbs? It sure is but it will definitely keep you fuller. Good luck with the line but I guarantee you will like it!
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Steven Willinger
6 months ago
Really fun decor, retro Japanese vibe. Ramen is spot on.
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Timothy Jang
a year ago
This place is great. I love the ramen here. The bowls are huge, the noodles are a great level of chewiness. The broth is fantastic. Walk into this place and you're instantly transported into Tokyo. The decorations and ambiance are awesome. Downside is that the wait in line is crazy. I suggest only going in parties of 2 or 3. Expect a half hour wait.