Dishes from Across the Pacific: The 10 Best Asian Restaurants in L.A.

There are so many different Asian cultures represented in the melting pot of people that make up Los Angeles that it's tough to narrow down the Top Ten Asian restaurants in our vast city. With so many choices in so many neighborhoods, there's truly something for every taste. But there are definitely some standouts among the thousands of Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Indonesian and Pan-Asian restaurants scattered from the beach to downtown and beyond. Many of the best Asian spots around the city have been serving up delicious family recipes for decades (think Crustacean, Chan Dara, Yang Chow), while others have come onto the scene more recently – like Mint Leaf and Blue Ribbon Sushi & Grill. Angelenos love their Asian food so much they are even willing to travel to get the best; that's saying something in a city where traffic can really get people down. Until the first bite of dim sum you've fought the traffic to get to, that is!

Ask any local to name the best Chinese restaurant in town and Yang Chow is always included. This popular Chinatown eatery now has two more outposts, in Pasadena and Canoga Park. Known for its excellent Mandarin-Szechuan menu, Yang Chow's...  Read More

Chinois on Main
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Chinois on Main, the second restaurant that Wolfgang Puck opened way back in 1983, has always been a perennial favorite on the Westside of Los Angeles. Located on Main Street in Santa Monica, Chinois was one of SoCal's first Asian fusion...  Read More

Sushi Roku Santa Monica
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Sushi Roku has been wowing locals and tourists alike in Los Angeles for many years, with the now-shuttered first location near the Beverly Center, followed by Santa Monica and Pasadena. All under the helm of master sushi chef Hiroshi Shima,...  Read More

Larchmont Village

Thai cuisine meets Californian atmosphere at Chan Dara, and it's a well-suited match. Thanks to a casual, cool attitude and terrific, spicy Thai dishes, the place is constantly hopping. Hip crowds have filled this place for more then 30 years,...  Read More

Mint Leaf
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If you are looking for top-notch Indian cuisine, the Mint Leaf in Pasadena is the place to be. Entering the exotic space, you'll feel as if you've stepped right into a Mumbai eatery, with its golden lamps, dark leather banquettes, red tapestry...  Read More

For some of L.A.'s best sushi and coolest scene going, head over to Katsuya by Starck L.A. Live. This outpost of the restaurant chain helmed by Chef Katsuya Uechi and designed by Philippe Starck must be seen to be believed. But don't let the hip...  Read More

Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill
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Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill at The Grove shopping center does so many things well it's tough to pick a favorite. But then you taste their famed Wasabi Honey Fried Chicken and there's no contest. This stuff is completely addictive and like...  Read More

Nobu Malibu
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Los Angeles is where it all began for Nobu Matsuhisa, the acknowledged king of Japanese cuisine, who now has high-end eateries all over the world. His first restaurant, Matsuhisa, is a tiny place on La Cienega Boulevard; Nobu Los Angeles is...  Read More

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Chef Helene An and her family escaped Vietnam as the Communists overran Saigon in 1975 and the rest really is history. She carried out the secret recipes that have made Crustacean one of the top restaurants in Beverly Hills for almost 20 years;...  Read More


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