• Traverse City's only noodle shop!
  • Serving Lunch & Dinner
  • Beer Sake Wine
  • Specials Daily
  • House Made Noodles


Origin Story

Part 1: The Vision

Gaijin is Simon Joseph’s take on a classic Ramen-ya seen through the lens of the Midwest
Serving Japanese comfort food for lunch and dinner. When the opportunity arose to move into the space where Gaijin sits in Summer of 2015, we jumped at the chance to put something special on Front Street. A few years prior Harvest unexpectedly found themselves on the forefront of innovation in the Traverse City food scene. The lack of affordable authentic Asian options was staggering, and in trying to fill that void, we found a true love in Ramen.

Part 2: Commitment to excellence.

Gaijin sets out to provide a commitment to excellence

Gaijin sets out to provide a commitment to excellence in food, beverage & service – taking every effort to stay local, sustainable, and affordable.  We strive to be a place where one can enjoy a quick bite, or indulge in a meal with high end sake and Japanese whiskeys.


136 E Front St,
Traverse City, Mi 49684


11am-9pm Tues – Sun
Monday Closed

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