San Diego Ramen Destination Menya Ultra To Open Westfield UTC Location

January 11, 2022

Ramen sensation Menya Ultra, which opened its first U.S. branch in San Diego's Kearny Mesa neighborhood in 2017 and was subsequently dubbed "best ramen in the U.S." by culinary personality Andrew Zimmern, will bring its fourth area outpost to Westfield UTC mall in La Jolla.

Takashi Endo opened his first Menya Ultra location in Akita, Japan in 1994 and now has more than a dozen restaurants around the world. The restaurant has received numerous awards in its home country of Japan, including 1st Prize at the Tokyo Ramen Show from 2010 through 2013. The Kearny Mesa outpost is the first United States endeavor for Endo, and opened in February 2017 to immediate fanfare, which increased substantially after television culinary personality Andrew Zimmern sent out a viral tweet claiming Menya Ultra's tonkatsu ramen "might just be" the best in America. In late 2018, Endo opened a second San Diego branch in a 2,000 square-foot space within Mira Mesa Shopping Center. Last spring, the third San Diego Menya Ultra unveiled within the small retail complex in Hillcrest that also houses Oscar's Mexican Seafood and India Palace.

The next Menya Ultra will open within a 1900 square-foot space in the new Collection at UTC, a new area located at the former Sears site in Westfield UTC mall in La Jolla. In addition to a wide array of ramen noodle soups with housemade noodles and slow-simmered broth, the new location will serve an array of appetizers, beer, sake, and also eventually add a variety of Tsukemen - cold noodles meant to for dipping. More Menya Ultra branches are also in the works for San Diego and beyond.

Menya Ultra's fourth location is expected to open by late 2022 at 4545 La Jolla Village Drive in San Diego's La Jolla. For more information, visit