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 $7/glass

J.Lohr Cabernet Seven Oaks $9/glass

McManis Merlot California $7/glass

Paul Mas Estate Pinot Noir $7/glass

Petit Chenin Blanc $7/glass

Macon-Villages Chardonnay $7/glass

Santa Rita Sauvignon Blanc $7/glass

La Fiera Pinot Grigio $7/glass


Berkshire Brewing Company 
Lost sail IPA $5
Pale Ale $5

Orion Japanese Premium Draft Beer

Can 11.8 fl oz $5

Glass Bottle 21.4 fl oz &9

Echigo Koshihikari Beer $9

Echigo Premium Red Ale $8

Echigo Stout $8

Singha Thai Lager Beer $5

“33” Export Vietnamese Beer $5

Possman Pure Cider $5


Glass bottle 12 fl oz $5

Can 22 fl oz $9

Sapporo Light 12 fl oz $5


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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