Sometimes, the urge to have Asian food strikes, and nothing satisfies until you get it. When that happens, count on 10Best to point you in the direction of San Diego's best Asian restaurants. We understand the desire to have a great meal, and we work hard to bring you the top places to eat in San Diego. We vet restaurants carefully for quality, and when we recommend popular eateries like The Mission or tell you that Saigon on Fifth gets good reader feedback, you can believe it. We'll make sure you get - and eat - what's best.

Pacific Beach

Great things are often found in unexpected places. Tucked away in an unassuming strip mall, this restaurant is a prime example – local aficionados (not to mention an abundance of visiting Japanese business people and tourists) aver that it's...  Read More

While you decide whether to have the Tom Yum or the Tom Kha, sip on a one of the many cocktails created by Rama's adventuresome bartender. Marvel at the rich décor - cushy banquettes, a textural wall of flat rock, sheer curtains adding a bit of...  Read More

Pacific Beach
Isabel's Cantina

The Cantina is among the top breakfast places in town, with good reason: banana blackberry pancakes, breakfast tamales, roast beef hash and eggs, and coconut French toast. As for lunch and dinner, the Asian-Latin fusion menu truly does have...  Read More

Balboa Park
Saigon on Fifth

It's not the best place in town for pho, but in virtually all other respects Saigon on Fifth is excellent. The refined ambience, white linens, and careful attention to detail have helped it earn a solid reputation. Standouts on the menu include...  Read More

Pamplemousse Grille

Combining traditional French technique with modern California flair, Pamplemousse Grille has become the darling of the San Diego foodie scene. Bedecked with evocative murals, the space is engaging and comfortable. Chef Jeffrey Strauss whips up...  Read More

Market Restaurant & Bar

Market's décor – in an earthy palette of persimmon, sage and chocolate – is perfectly suited to chef Carl Schroeder's inventive Asian-tinged cooking. Fresh fruits and vegetables play a prominent role in virtually every dish, from the sushi...  Read More

Balboa Park
The Mission

This is one place where waiting for a table proves worthwhile - The Mission is the local favorite for hearty, unusual breakfasts and lunches. Fill up on Chino-Latino and American dishes like the Zen Breakfast (scrambled egg whites, braised tofu,...  Read More


This international, celeb-favored chain sports an elegant dining room accented with bamboo and black lacquer. Patrons appear as often to eat as to be seen, so be prepared for noise and inflated prices. However, the food doesn't disappoint. The...  Read More

Balboa Park

Local celeb chef Deborah Scott has developed a reputation for adventurous combinations of global cuisines. At Kemo Sabe she blends Asian and Southwestern flavors, with great success, as in the Arizona roll (chipotle tortilla with hoisin roasted...  Read More

Balboa Park
Amarin Thai

San Diego has a number of good Thai restaurants, but Amarin is widely considered to be the very best. Ingredients are unfailingly fresh, seasonings are exceptionally well-balanced, the spice level can be tailored to your preferences, and...  Read More