The current ramen trend has reached the East Bay, with the debut of a new ramen shop in Oakland’s Chinatown. The soft opening is tonight Wednesday, August 15, from 5 pm to 9 pm.

Sobo Ramen restaurant is located in the street level of the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, just a few blocks from the 12th Street BART station. Sobo sources their ingredients from sustainable local farmers, like LLano Seco’s organic pork and Mary’s Free Range Chicken from Petaluma. Sobo means “grandmother” in Japanese, perhaps the name is used in reference to comfort food.

The short menu features 2 noodle bowls: Sobo ramen, which uses a blend of pork and chicken broths, topped with braised pork belly chasu, and a vegetarian ramen, that uses a shiitake mushrooms broth. Then customers can enhance their bowls with extra toppings, like a soft boiled egg, or additional vegetables. Other menu options include, several appetizers like chicken karaage, miso eggplant, beef skewer, etc.

After the soft opening period, prospective hours will be: open daily for lunch from 11 am to 3 pm. Dinner service on Sundays thru Thursdays from 5 pm to 9 pm, Friday and Saturday until 10 pm.

Sobo Ramen

388 Ninth Street #186,

Oakland, CA 94607


Graphic Credit: Sobo Ramen