Asian

At 10Best, we're always on the lookout for Minneapolis's best restaurants, and while we appreciate places that have a broad culinary range, we can't help but adore restaurants that specialize in a given cuisine. When we're in the mood for Asian food in Minneapolis, we head to Quang - a reader favorite - or we count on Origami's solid track record and consistently great dishes. You'll find these places - and any of the restaurants on our list - to be fantastic options for Asian cuisine, and if you're looking to concentrate your efforts, start with the vibrant Downtown area.

10 Quang
Convenient for a quick bite at lunch or a casual dinner, Quang serves savory Vietnamese food in a large, no-frills dining room. A deli counter provides Asian-influenced sandwiches to a noontime crowd eager for a change of pace. Those who sit in for dinner opt for fantastic soups, grilled beef or vermicelli salads, and crisp spring rolls. Portions are large and prices are small, increasing this Eat Street spot's popularity exponentially. Take-out is available if you prefer to skip the wait at the restaurant, and a small market is the place to find Vietnamese foods, sweets, and household goods. (612-870-4739)

9 Sawatdee
Sure, this engaging restaurant offers up the usual duck, chicken, and curry dishes that you'd expect to find at Minneapolis's oldest and best Thai restaurant. What really sets it apart, however, are the famous spring rolls, which have garnered regional attention since they were introduced at the 1976 State Fair. Along with an extensive menu, Sawatdee also has a beer list that includes Thailand's own brew, Singha. Reservations for large groups are suggested. (612-338-6451)

8 Rainbow Chinese Restaurant & Bar
Serving great Chinese food since 1987, Rainbow boasts detailed murals and soft, ambient lighting. Locals brag about Rainbow's scrumptious wontons and its moo shu pork, but you'll also enjoy shrimp with lobster sauce, squid with black bean sauce, and sautéed duck with ginger root. Diners wanting a true Chinese feast are encouraged to call ahead and make arrangements for owner/chef Tammy Wong's special "Round Table Dinner." (612-870-7084)

7 David Fong's
A pleasing mix of Cantonese dishes and American favorites can be had at this Bloomington mainstay. Hot and spicy beef, moo goo gai pan, and shrimp with snow peas tempt Chinese-food devotees, while filet mignon, broiled lobster tails, and fried jumbo shrimp entice those looking for a steakhouse experience. An array of soups, noodle dishes, and fried rice is also on offer. Dinner specials are permanent and nightly, often featuring entrees that blend the kitchen's Cantonese and American sensibilities. A kid's menu and a take-out menu win points with families and diners on the run, respectively. (952-888-9294)

6 Big Bowl
This fun, neighborhood restaurant offers a gourmet menu with Thai, Vietnamese, Indian, and Chinese dishes. Featured items include spicy Kung Pao, pad Thai, and lemon chicken — all prepared right before your eyes. Homemade ginger ale is also a must. (952-928-7888)

5 Origami
A hidden treasure tucked away in the Warehouse District, this Japanese eatery offers first-rate elegance in both food and ambiance. Sushi and sashimi are wonderfully fresh and expertly crafted, and yose-nabe, served in an enormous clay bowl, offers generous portions of noodles, seafood, chicken, and vegetables. Other options include tempura, teriyaki salmon or chicken, and grilled scallops. First-come, first-served reservation policy. (612-333-8430)

4 Kikugawa
Kikugawa offers excellent Japanese fare and, on occasion, karaoke. Expect to be treated like a long-lost friend, and try to get a table with views of the river. Kikugawa's sushi has loyal fans, and the restaurant tends to get busy on Fridays and Saturdays. If you stop in for lunch, try the bento box, which includes tasty morsels of all the chef's favorites. Reservations are suggested, especially on weekends. (612-378-3006)

3 Fuji Ya
One of the area's first Japanese restaurants, authentically designed Fuji-Ya is still one of Minneapolis's favorites. Thanks to traditional decor and a menu featuring favorites like chicken and shrimp tempura and Yose Nabe (a medley of seafood, vegetables, noodles, and mushrooms), the restaurant has a loyal following. Fuji-Ya offers a variety of platters for sushi lovers as well. Reservations are suggested. (612-871-4055)

2 D'Amico Kitchen
D'Amico Kitchen is a Richard D'Amico designed casual, contemporary Italian restaurant and features dozens of items, including 24-plus antipasti "small plates," crudo, as well as pastas, an assortment of entrees and a well-heeled, global wine list. Seasonal dishes are created around the highest quality local and imported ingredients. (612-767-6999)

1 Ichiban
This pagoda-shaped Japanese steakhouse features slicing, dicing, chopping, sizzling, and serving — all from a tableside grill. Chef-servers prepare lobster, shrimp, scallops, chicken, and filet mignon as diners watch from U-shaped booths. At the sushi bar, fresh rolls are served in miniature boats. Reservations accepted. (612-339-0540)


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Quang 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: WHITTIER
COST: $
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Sawatdee 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Delivery, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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Rainbow Chinese Restaurant & Bar 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Chef's Table, Delivery, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: WHITTIER
COST: $
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David Fong's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Asian, Cantonese, Chinese
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: BLOOMINGTON
COST: $
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Big Bowl 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Thai
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: EDINA
COST: $$
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Origami 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Warehouse District
COST: $$
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Kikugawa 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $$
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Fuji Ya 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: UPTOWN
COST: $$
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D'Amico Kitchen 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Wine Cellar
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: UPTOWN
COST: $$
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Ichiban 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Steakhouse, Sushi
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $$
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