Our Locations

Burlington, Vermont

Where the Gaku Ramen story began. Our flagship store opened in the Church Street Marketplace in June 2016.

Boulder, Colorado

Our second restaurant, with a full bar and outdoor seating, located in the heart of the Pearl St Marketplace, opened in April 2019 in Boulder.

Fort Collins, Colorado

Our third store is located at 223 Linden Street in the heart of “Old Town” Ft Collins. Open 7 days a week. 

Our Story

About Us

Gaku Ramen was conceived of by three friends who wanted to combine their passion for ramen with their love of friendly college towns.


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See what they’re saying about Gaku Ramen in press and reviews by Eater, Mental Floss, Spoon University, and more.

contact us


Drop us a line at one of our three locations. We look forward to hearing from you!


We are always looking for talented and passionate people to work with. Check here for open job listings. 

in the press

See what folks have to say about Gaku Ramen. 


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Executive chef Colin Arthur serves authentic Japanese ramen, rice bowls, and starters, while the restaurant features a full-service bar with local craft beer, wine, signature cocktails, sake, shochu, and Japanese whiskies. Arthur opened Gaku Ramen’s first location in Vermont in 2016 as the sous chef.

Susan stapleton

Founded by three friends united in their love for ramen, this restaurant near the University of Vermont campus is the go-to spot for the best ramen in the Green Mountain State. Order the Tonkotsu Ramen for a healthy dose of pork broth, chashu (pork belly), bamboo shoots, mushrooms, and scallions..”

suzanne raga

“For Gaku, volume is more important than the check average, Jones said. Ramen is all about broth, noodles and toppings. “It’s the ultimate comfort food.” College students can have a bowl and beer for about $20 ( Gaku’s check average). It’s affordable and authentic, he said. ‘We had master chefs from Japan develop the recipes and train our local chefs’, he said”

Pratik joshi

Kick off your meal with the pork buns , in which pickled vegetables brighten the spicy sambal mayo and rich meat tucked inside. You’re probably visiting Gaku for the ramen, though, and the tonkotsu, with its buttery, porky broth and gobs of noodles, bamboo shoots, and kikurage mushrooms, is the way to go. Opt for the black garlic and poached egg add-ons for a smokier, creamier bowl.

Allyson Reedy

“Gaku Ramen, a Japanese-style ramen restaurant in Burlington, Vermont, will open its second location in Boulder later this month. The new Gaku Ramen will be in the University Hill neighborhood at 1119 13th St. The restaurant, led by executive chef Colin Arthur, will feature a full bar.”

Lucas High

Gaku Ramen is a newcomer to Church Street, and it’s sure to become a staple for UVM students because of their excellent food and location. They’re open from 11am-10pm from Sunday-Wednesday, and 11am-Late Thursday-Saturday. They use locally grown ingredients whenever possible, and if it’s not local, it’s still sustainably sourced!

Jennifer NIgro

Chef Arthur clearly knows that the focus of any good ramen should rest with the broth. A dedicated menu page explains the fundamentals of each base, and Arthur executes the craft with great rigor. The tonkotsu ($13) comes with pork broth, pork chashu, kikurage mushrooms and bamboo scallions. 

colin wrenn

As I pulled endless noodle ribbons from the bowl, the broth was so dense and rich in garlic-laden, porky essence that it seemed to wobble rather than a splash — a hallmark of any good bone broth. With each bite, chile spice grew from a tickle to sinus-clearing satisfaction. I cooled it with sips of crisp, pale lager.

Hannah Palmer Egan

Contact Us

Drop us a line at one of our three locations. We look forward to hearing from you!



(970) 221-7197