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Downtown Ramen

103 Harrington Street, Cape Town Central 7925, South Africa
+27 21 461 0407
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good32%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“ramen” (39 reviews)
“bao” (11 reviews)
“pork belly” (6 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 22:00 Hours
Japanese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly
103 Harrington Street, Cape Town Central 7925, South Africa
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Ramen and bao is pretty good so I am very pleasantly surprised. The broth of the ramen is very tasty while the butter milk bao is really a must try starter.

Thank Mary L
Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile

If you are a lover of Ramen or want to try this noodle broth then pop into this hidden spot in Harrington street, Cape Town. The decor is basic and simple but the food is tasty and fresh.

Thank DizzyC0306
Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

This is not the kind of restaurant you walk past and think... mmmmm.... I want to try that. You need to walk through a bar, past a piano and up the stairs to get there, but oh my goodness, am I glad I found this...More

Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

To be honest I was not sure what to expect but my colleagues friends said it was worth going and they were not wrong. This is one of those places that you either run screaming from or love. It is quite basic and the menu...More

Thank malcolmd384
Reviewed 19 June 2018

What a great hidden gem. One really gets the feeling of being in a downtown alley yokocho somewhere in Tokyo. Rustic and cozy with a small but to the point menu. Had the pork bun as starter and the traditional pork belly ramen, both was...More

Thank Thys v
Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

Out of all the ramen joints in Cape Town downtown ramen is by far the best. seating is limited so arrive early. Parking is limited so consider other means of transport. Location is spectacular, in the city center with a true Town atmosphere.

Thank JadriG2
Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

Wow, from mediocre food to the WORST waiter in the world, this has been the most disappointing experience I've had in Cape Town. The waiter was so arrogant, trying to blame his terrible service on us. Give a wide birth people...unless you want to get...More

Thank Niel D
Reviewed 12 December 2017

Lefty's is a pretty good dive bar but the Laksa upstairs at Downtown Ramen is the worst I've had, and I'm including my own failed noodle soup experiments at home. It's like someone dropped a packet of Laksa mix into a vat of watery Maizena....More

Thank LukeAHardiman
Reviewed 8 December 2017 via mobile

To access Downtown Ramen, go inside Lefty’s, turn into the room on the left, turn and go up the staircase on the right. It can get warm in the restaurant, but the flavors are amazing. Loved the vegetarian ramen—you can tell they handmade their ramen;...More

Thank Cory N
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

Ok, I won’t lie, we were very skeptical about the place when we walked past, but we decided to be adventurous and try it... we were definitely not disappointed!

Thank Candice8686
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 103 Harrington Street, Cape Town Central 7925, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 461 0407
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