The Top 10 Noodle Spots In Oakland, California

Noodles © Stefan van Bremen/Flickr
Noodles © Stefan van Bremen/Flickr
Photo of Nicole Arca
24 September 2016

When El Niño is upon us California residents, we look for ways to keep our stomachs warm, and what’s better than a piping hot bowl of noodles? Check out our top ten places for the best ramen, pho, and every other type of Asian noodle your heart desires.

Ramen Shop

Bar, Restaurant, Ramen, Japanese, Asian, $$$
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Ramen Shop
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The warm noodle bowls at Ramen Shop aren’t the only thing that’ll keep you warm. You’ll love the cozy, sultry atmosphere in this Oakland gem, too. Sit at the bar directly across the open kitchen or enjoy an intimate, dimly lit dinner at a table for two.

Noodle Theory

A hip, Asian fusion spot in North Oakland, Noodle Theory is a favorite amongst young crowds. With its fresh atmosphere and equally fresh dishes, the food at Noodle Theory will be unlike anything you’ve ever had before. Try the Beef Udon, served in a coconut lime curry broth; if you’re vegetarian, order the Grilled Portobello Mushroom over Spinach Noodles (served with white truffle oil).

Noodle Theory, 6099 Claremont Ave., Oakland, CA, USA, +1 510 595 6988

Sticky Rice Cafe

Cafe, Restaurant, Thai
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After a long night out, you’ll want to go to Sticky Rice Cafe. They’ve got noodle dishes appropriately named for all stages of a morning-after experience. See their ‘Drunken’ noodles (a dish actually found at a number of noodle spots), ‘Hangover’ noodles, and ‘Recovered’ noodles.

Shan Dong Restaurant

Restaurant, Chinese
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Pan-fried Pork Buns
Pan-fried Pork Buns | © Alpha/Flickr

When you order noodles at Shan Dong Restaurant, make sure to get the handmade noodles – the slight extra cost is so worth it. Try your handmade noodles in a variety of noodle dishes, such as their deliciously chewy chow mein or sesame noodles.

Monster Pho

Monster Pho doesn’t lie, their bowls are indeed monstrous (as in, huge). Come here with extreme cravings for some tasty broth and you’ll leave with your stomach (and your wallet , this place is budget-friendly) happy.

Monster Pho, 3905 Broadway, Oakland, CA, USA, +1 510 788 4459

Thanh Ky Restaurant

Restaurant, Chinese, Vietnamese
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If you want a loaded bowl of noodle soup (think sautéed kidneys, duck, and slices of beef along with some delicious noodles), Thanh Ky is your place. They’ve got rice noodles, wonton noodles, egg noodles. Basically every variation of noodle soup you could possibly hope for.

Xyclo Restaurant

Restaurant, Vietnamese, $$$
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Three words, garlic herb noodles. This is just a side dish, but it’s so good that you’ll want it as your main course. If you want some protein with your garlic noodles, Xyclo Restaurant has one dish that features them, Butterfly Prawns, or garlic herb noodles topped with grilled jumbo prawns.