Suzu House: Japanese noodle soups for cold days in San Francisco

suzu house noodles san francisco japantownIf you find yourself in San Francisco’s Japantown or Pacific Heights on a cold day, make sure you stop by Suzu House for delicious ramen, soba and udon noodle soups. Suzu House is located inside one of the Japantown malls on Post Street below my favorite Japanese bookstore, Kinokuniya. It gets very crowded and there is always a queue it seems so get there early for lunch (11:30 am is the opening time; closed on Tuesdays).

I tried the pea shoots ramen which has pea shoots, seaweed, pieces of barbecued pork and an egg in a savoury broth. My friend had the mapo tofu ramen which as the name says, has mapo tofu (tofu with spicy ground pork). His dish was already spicy whereas I had to add hot red pepper flakes to mine. The ramen soups are served in big bowls and the portions are generous. Suzu House has udon and soba noodle soups, as well as rice bowls (with various toppings like chicken curry, fried pork cutlets, raw tuna, raw salmon and more).

Ramen fanatics in San Francisco are divided over who serves the best ramen: Suzu House, Katana-ya, Tanpopo, and others have been part of the permanent circulating list of favorites in the city. I am a regular at Katana-ya in downtown San Francisco in part because there are hardly any good food options in the Union Square shopping area which is plagued with awful greasy tourist fare.

Note: Make sure you read my post on shopping recommendations in Japantown San Francisco.

Suzu House
1825 Post St.
(between Webster St & Fillmore St)
San Francisco, CA 94115
+1 415 346 5083

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  1. I had surprisingly good ramen at Genki Ramen on Geary a few weeks back, have you tried it?

  2. Amy,

    I have not been to Genki Ramen yet. That’s on my list. Thanks for the tip.