A Ramen Shop in Nashville

Serving tuesday-saturday lunch and dinner @POP NASHVILLE through may 2015

Join us TUESDAY Nites for YAKITORI, Drink Specials and DJ till Midnight to celebrate #otakucountdown





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Born as a POP-UP 
Now serving @ POP Nashville in
East Nashville Tuesday - Saturday

Otaku, a Japanese slang term for an avid collector or enthusiast, especially one who is obsessed with anime or ramen.

We love ramen. We love the marriage of the perfect broth – from seasoning, to noodles, to toppings. Together they equal magic. At Otaku South, we are always looking for new combinations while sticking as close to traditional methods and philosophies as we can.

It all began in the late summer of 2012 when Sarah Gavigan returned to her native Tennessee after almost 20 years in Los Angeles.

"Eating ramen was a frequent event, and one that brought me a lot of joy. In my second year of living back in the South, I began to miss it terribly, so I dedicated myself to learning the craft of making traditional ramen. I am not Japanese, and it may seem unlikely to make traditional Japanese ramen in Middle Tennessee, but when I discovered that Nashville is situated on almost the exact same latitude as Tokyo, and there are hundreds of local farms to support our need for bones to make the succulent bone broth, it all began to make perfect sense.”

OTAKU SOUTH’s goal is to make a great bowl of ramen from the bounty of Middle Tennessee. Beginning with a carefully crafted bone broth, we next match just the right kind of noodle and complete the bowl with just the right toppings…. always striving for perfect harmony (slurping harmony, that is).




Phone @POP




@POP Nashville
604 Gallatin Ave. #202
Nashville TN 37206



T-F 11:30a-2:30p
Sat 11:00a-3:00p
T-Sat 5:30p-10p

Reservations not accepted for ramen. Groups of 6+ please see the GROUP DINING menu below.


Otaku South is located at POP NASHVILLE in East Nashville.

We offer parking in the front of the building on Gallatin Ave. Secondary parking is available in the lot behind the Rite Aid on West Eastland.




Coming in September to the GULCH

1104 Division Nashville TN

Nashville's first RAMEN SHOP serving traditional Japanese ramen in artisanal style