True love is hard to find
Good ramen
is even harder

Our Story

Tatsu was the brainchild of Tom Nadeau who fell in love with Tokyo and its ramen scene. Having tasted the best, he went on a mission to find the best ramen in LA — and was terribly disappointed.

This sparked his fire to bring Tokyo "home" to LA. He reimagined the typical Japanese ordering vending machine as iPads and flew multiple chefs from Japan to deconstruct the chemistry-laden recipes and have them painstakingly house-made from scratch with natural ingredients.

Tatsu shocked the ramen traditionalists by also offering gluten-free option, 100% chicken and vegan broth.

"Tatsu" means dragon and opened its door in 2012, the year of the dragon. It has since become an LA institution that’s frequented by A-listers, hipsters and blacklisters.

Our Menu

Our secret (or not-so-secret) recipe: Tonkotsu broth made fresh everyday right in front of you for 12-14 hours. Pork chashu simmered to perfection. Seasoned soft-boiled egg, firm on the outside, soft and gooey on the inside. Marry that with noodles cooked perfectly al dente and you have a ramen bowl so good you have to come back for seconds!

Want it spicy? Love garlic? With chicken instead of pork? You are in luck, all our bowls of ramen can be customized via an easy-to-use iPad ordering system. Vegetarian/Vegan? We have a ramen for you. Oh, and corn, fresh garlic and seaweed toppings are always free!



  • Sawtelle

    2123 Sawtelle Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90025
    (310) 684-2889
    Sun-Wed: 11a-2a | Thu-Sat: 11a-3a
  • Melrose

    7111 Melrose Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90046
    (323) 747-1388
    Sun-Wed: 11a-2a | Thu-Sat: 11a-3a
  • East Village

    167 1st Ave
    New York, NY 10003

    July 2018

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