Ocean Park Ramen – Santa Monica

If you’re looking for ramen without the hassle of going to Sawtelle, there’s Ocean Park Ramen in Santa Monica. During a weekend lunch, we encountered no wait for a table and even something more unusual – a free parking lot with spaces available!

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The ramen menu is limited to just three choices – Tonkotsu, Tokyo Shoyu and Vegetable, priced from $11-$12.50.  The Tonkotsu came with your choice of pork chashu or tofu, egg, spinach and bean sprouts. The broth was perfectly milky-looking and the chashu was so tender that it practically melted in your mouth (although maybe that was the pork fat).

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The Tokyo Shoyu has a clear pork and chicken broth, choice of pork chashu or tofu, egg and spinach. The broth was much lighter than the tonkotsu, less of a toll on my arteries, though no less tasty.

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I really appreciated that the spinach and soft-cooked egg were included, instead of being an additional charge.

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The Vegetable ramen also has a milky-looking broth, though slightly spicy, which was significantly more flavorful than most other vegetable ramens. If you’re a vegetarian, it’s definitely one to try.

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Ocean Park Ramen has appetizers like pork buns, karaage and pork chashu fries, rice bowls and sushi, should you not be in the mood for ramen.

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If you are in the mood to slurp noods, Ocean Park Ramen is a great Sawtelle alternative – especially with the no-extra-charge soft-cooked egg and spinach, plus free parking!

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Location – 2901 Ocean Park Blvd Ste 125, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Website – n/a
Kid-Friendly – Yes
Kid’s Menu – No
Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly – Yes
Gluten-Free Options – Yes

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