10Best Asian Restaurants, from Thai to Sushi
By Libby McMillan
Content Manager and Greenville Local Expert
If you're a fan of Asian cuisine, Greenville will be a happy stop on your travels. There's no shortage of options, from sushi to Thai to Chinese and even Vietnamese. We've made a few selections for you here, to help you sort out the many choices. You'll find Asian dining across the city, including many restaurants right in the downtown area and on Main Street. We share the places that get great buzz, like Sushi Hana, and we showcase the ones that have proven themselves over time, like Irashiai Izakaya Sushi Pub & Japanese Restaurant. Whatever your favorite Asian cuisine, you'll find a great restaurant doing it well in Greenville, so when the craving hits, you'll easily get your fix.
10 Lemongrass Restaurant
A casual yet elegant atmosphere characterizes this downtown restaurant. Its authentic Thai cuisine combines fresh ingredients with skillful preparation, and attracts a coterie of loyal patrons. The menu has a wide selection including soups and spring rolls, and portions are generous. An array of vegetarian dishes will also please those who don't care for meat entrees. (864-241-9988)
Attracting constant crowds, Tsunami gains favor for its fantastic sushi. Fresh, well-seasoned and delicious, each item is presented in an authentic Japanese manner. The menu is à la carte, so select a variety of dishes and sample them with friends. Mussels are a great choice, as is the Rock'n Roll, where fish is wrapped around flavored rice, instead of vice versa. Beer, wine and take-out are available, but reservations aren't, so come early to get a table or a seat at the bar. (864-467-1055)
8 Wok Inn
Need to satisfy a craving for fried rice or vegetable lo mein? This small, friendly restaurant, popular with college students from nearby Furman University, will easily fill you up. The menu offers Chinese standards like sweet and sour chicken, egg rolls, chicken and broccoli, and a pupu platter. You can dine on the premises or call in a list of favorites for take-out. The atmosphere is laid back, and the service is efficient. (864-246-0042)
7 Kan Pai of Tokyo
Kan Pai is easy to find on Haywood Road and has ample parking. While other Asian restaurants have come and go, this popular Greenville eatery keeps on swinging, and tables are often full during the dinner hour. Kan Pai offers teppanyaki-style cooking and diners can also eat in the lively bar. The teppanyaki table-top cooking makes for ideal entertainment, and this is a great choice for large groups or families. (864-234-0334)
6 Thai Restaurant
Augusta Road's nondescript Thai Restaurant gives diners a great value for great food. It's worth the drive to Thai Restaurant just for its green curry. More locals order takeout than opting to eat in, but the interior is pleasant, although plain. If you're looking for tasty Thai food, this is a good bet. ((864) 299-0677)
Can't decide what to have for dinner? Southwestern? Sushi? Lucky for you, there's a single restaurant for that. TakoSushi brings together the best of both worlds, delivering shumai and sashimi alongside steak ranchero and posole. Whatever you opt for, know that the food is fresh-made and delicious. And if you've ever tried to please different people, remember TakoSushi the next time you attempt to coordinate a group outing. Satisfying diverse tastes has never been so easy! (864-271-5055)
4 Red Bowl Asian Bistro
Red Bowl Asian Bistro offers a large menu of traditional Asian food (Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese) served for lunch and dinner. With so many choices which include hibachi, sushi and other Asian favorites such as bento boxes, General Tso's chicken and stir fry, it's easy to find something here that will suit anyone's palate. Not only is the menu palate-friendly, it's wallet-friendly as well; low prices and discounts abound. Kids eat free on Saturdays (with the purchase of one adult entree). Plus, drinks and apps are half-price during their popular Happy Hour. The staff at Red Bowl are also very attentive to dietary restrictions and are happy to customize any meal to your specifications; they even offer a gluten-free menu. ((864) 271-7977)
3 Sushi Murasaki
A long, chic sushi bar and tall bistro tables flank the interior of this popular downtown restaurant. Start off with some edomame and shrimp dumplings, then take your pick of the wide variety of veggie, raw and cooked sushi offerings. Try the popular rainbow roll (filled with salmon, crab and shrimp), or indulge in a tasty tempura dish. Trendy cocktails, such as the caramel apple martini, and an upscale atmosphere make this a desirable spot for drinks, as well. (864-271-2452)
2 Sushi Hana
Located in a small shopping strip, this restaurant boasts an elegant interior that catches you by surprise. Wield your chopsticks at the cozy sushi bar, or retire to a table for a more formal experience. In addition to topnotch sushi, you'll discover reasonable prices, a serene atmosphere, and helpful service -- all of which keep fans coming back for more. (864-676-0200)
1 Irashiai Izakaya Sushi Pub & Japanese Restaurant
Whether you're a sushi aficionado or simply a novice, this sushi pub is the destination of choice. Ken-San Shimizu, known as one of the best sushi chefs in the country, ensures that each roll is fresh, well-prepared and beautiful. If you've never had sushi, you'll be initiated the right way, and if you love it already, you'll gain a new appreciation of the culinary art. Extensive menu and fun atmosphere. (864-271-0900, 800-607-8744)
About Libby McMillan
A longtime travel journalist, Libby chose her beautiful city after a nationwide search for a new hometown. Greenville's amazing downtown, four mild seasons, varied terrain, friendly residents and countless nearby waterfalls made it a winner.
Libby previously spent 20 years in Florida, what she calls “the only place in the world where you drive north to reach the South.”
An avid college football fan, Libby has deep ties to the University of Oklahoma but graduated from rival Texas. She’s lived in Austin, Boston, Nashville, San Francisco and Captiva Island, Florida, including 4 happy years on a houseboat.
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