Amazing Asian Food Awaits in Washington, D.C.

When you get a hankering for Asian food, you will have to narrow down what your taste buds crave. Do you want Chinese? How about Japanese? What about Thai or Lao? There are plenty of different cuisines to chose from but the trouble is finding the top places that serve unforgettable dishes. Fear not because 10Best is here to let you and yours know about the top spots to grab Asian food in Washington, D.C. 

Looking to enjoy some ramen? (And we don't mean the type you used to live on in college.) Head to Toki Underground for some delicious ramen and dumplings. Another great spot is Daikaya which features its own ramen shop and izakaya on two separate floors.  

Sushi is always a favorite in Asian cuisine and you will find a great selection to chose from at Kaz Sushi Bistro, Sticky Rice and SEI Restaurant and Lounge.

One restaurant that has received a lot of buzz since opening in early 2015 is Lao cuisine-based Thip Khao. You will understand the chatter after sampling some of their dishes which can run from mild to hot.

Great Asian food is read to be savored at these top picks in the nation's capital.





Bathed in a white, cream and gold color palette, this Penn Quarter restaurant oozes sophistication along with a an Asian cuisine menu that will satisfy your taste buds. Sink your teeth into their sushi selections including a Kobe sushi roll with...  Read More



Born and raised in the land of the rising sun, Chef Kaz (Kazuhiro) Okochi has brought his own version of freestyle Japanese cuisine to the nation's capital. Opened in 1999, this delightful destination serves up lunch, dinner, drink, dessert and...  Read More



Diners will find classic Thai cuisine blended with modern techniques and skills at this district gem. When looking at the lunch and dinner offerings, consider choosing one of their signature dishes like pineapple fried rice, piaa pow or gra prao...  Read More



Showcasing a style of cooking known as Sanpi Ryoryon (creative Japanese cooking), this venue utilizes local and locally sourced ingredients and applies Japanese tastes to each dish. While some items do come from Japan, they try to get most of...  Read More

Panda Gourmet
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So this entry may not look like much on the outside but just wait until stepping inside. This casual, kid-friendly eatery serving Chinese fare is a must visit in northeast. The menu features appetizers and cold dishes, soups, chicken dishes,...  Read More



Serving a mix of American and Pan-Asian entrees in a fun and friendly atmosphere, Sticky Rice brings flavor and attitude to every dish. Known for its sushi bar, the venue has two pages of offerings for the raw meal including godzirra – a large...  Read More



There is something special about being able to see a master at work. That's the experience you will get watching Chef Hiroshi Seki serve up minimal yet exquisite Japanese dishes at Izakaya Seki. Try some of their raw offerings like Hokkaido...  Read More



Located near the Verizon Center, this casual venue features a ramen shop on one level and an izakaya – a Japanese comfort restaurant on the other. You will want to visit both. Stop in the ramen shop for a quick bowl of Sapporo style ramen...  Read More

Thip Khao
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With a passion to share her Lao culture and food with the masses, Chef Seng Luangrath opened up this restaurant in the Columbia Heights neighborhood in early 2015. Lao food is known for its heat so be sure to check out the 'Let's Go to the...  Read More



There is just something about a bowl of warm soup and ramen that feels like home. Taiwanese cuisine reigns supreme at this H Street NE venue featuring ramen and dumplings. Try Toki classic, Taipei curry chicken, vegetarian, red miso ramen. Pick...  Read More


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