fearless and bold

you haven't had ramen like this before


1981 Ramen Bar offers a fearless approach to traditional ramen soup at the talented hands of Chef Ta Mai.

1981 Ramen Bar opened in October 2015 and is located in Downtown Lowell. Inspired by its location in historic center, 1981 Ramen bar honors its roots with industrial finishes such as original brick walls, wood finishes, and concrete counters. With childhood friends Peter Huynh in front of the house and Ta Mai as the culinary mastermind, the duo has created a one-of-a-kind experience. 

“It’s Asian but with my French cooking background it’s a little bit fusion, so we have stuff like short-rib arancini, an Asian-style Bolognese, which is usually Italian. But we do a spicy miso in it, and gnocchi, but made with rice instead of potato.”
—Ta Mai, Chef

We distinguish ourself by being fearless about playing with tradition, adding a bit of bold and unexpected flavors to both traditional asian and international dishes.



Light Horse Cabernet California 

J.Lohr Cabernet Seven Oaks 

McManis Merlot California

Paul Mas Estate Pinot Noir

Petit Chenin Blanc

Macon-Villages Chardonnay

Santa Rita Sauvignon Blanc

La Fiera Pinot Grigio


Berkshire Brewing Company 
Lost sail IPA 
Pale Ale

Orion Japanese Premium Draft Beer

Can 11.8 fl oz

Glass Bottle 21.4 fl oz &9

Echigo Koshihikari Beer

Echigo Premium Red Ale 

Echigo Stout

Singha Thai Lager Beer  

Possman Pure Cider


Glass bottle 12 fl oz 

Can 22 fl oz

Sapporo Light 12 fl oz


129 Merrimack Street
Lowell, MA 02152



M-F  11:30am-3pm


M-T 5pm-9pm

F-S 5pm-10pm

Su Closed


We are currently not accepting reservations. Please visit us during our hours of operation.



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