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!

Photo courtesy of CATCH LA

CATCH LA is the newest outpost of the popular EMM Group seafood restaurant chain that began in New York and has now expanded to Los Angeles (actually West Hollywood), Dubai and Playa del Carmen, Mexico. CATCH LA combines a super-sexy scene...  Read More

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

Xi'an Beverly Hills
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Xi'an Beverly Hills has long been a popular and heart-healthy Chinese eatery right in the heart of L.A.'s posh 90210 zip code. For more than 15 years, Xi'an (named for the ancient walled city in China that marks the beginning of the Silk Road...  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

This Arcadia branch of Din Tai Fung, the Taiwanese chain renowned for having some of the world's tastiest Shanghai-style dumplings, looks very unprepossessing. But don't be surprised to find a long line out front, so arrive early and be patient,...  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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