From Dim Sum to Pad Thai, Here Are Miami's 10 Best Asian Restaurants

Despite our mostly Latino population, Asian cuisine can be found all over Miami. There are places that are strictly Chinese or Japanese food, a few Vietnamese restaurants, a fair amount of Thai spots, and then some. 

More popular, though, are Asian fusion eateries. Dining in a place where you can enjoy a bowl of pho and a plate of chicken katsu can be pretty awesome, especially when you can't make up your mind. 

Our list this time around focuses on both fusion and non-fusion Asian dining, allowing you to decide what's best for dinner tonight.

Here, you'll find interesting combos like the Japanese-Peruvian dishes served at Miami Beach's infamous Nobu. 

This category also brings you a few top-notch Vietnamese joints, plus Bali Cafe, an Indonesian-fusion eatery that's quite popular with the Downtown business crowd. 

You might notice that South Florida doesn't have much in the way of Cambodian, Tibetan, Bhutanese or other exotic cuisines; that's because the populations that bring the restaurateurs haven't arrived. Yet.

But what Miami has, Miamians celebrate. Whether it's Asian fusion at Dadeland's Lan Pan Asian or the locally beloved Tropical Chinese, the citizens of and travelers to the Magic City stand with fork, chopsticks and soup spoons at the ready.

Tropical Chinese


Find Chinese cuisine at its best at this spacious, airy restaurant. Devoid of all the typical decorative trappings, the minimalist interior at Tropical Chinese is always full of fans clamoring for some of the best dim sum in town. Cantonese and...  Read More



Chef Johnson Teh has got Asian food covered. Not only does he do Thai, Japanese and Chinese flavors in this pan-Asian cafe, he likes to add in Filipino, Taiwanese, Korean and a blend of original interpretations that Miamians can only label...  Read More

Nobu Miami Beach
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The Miami location of world-famous Chef Nobu Matsuhisa's chain of restaurants is located inside the swank Shore Club and has a reputation for being the favorite sushi spot of local celebs. The key to dining at Nobu the first couple of times is...  Read More



Miss Saigon Bistro is a tiny, family-owned favorite featuring some of the best Vietnamese cuisine in all Miami-Dade. The decor is simple and minimal, providing a clean, serene setting for your meal. Delicious meat and seafood offerings are...  Read More



Katsuya resides within the SLS Hotel South Beach and has quickly become the absolute best place to visit for unique custom-made sushi rolls in all of South Florida. Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi has spent years perfecting the delicate art of...  Read More

Oishi Thai


A well-established favorite with the North Miami crowd, Oishi Thai is a consistent bringer of quality on both its Thai and sushi sides. Sushi is expertly cut and always a fresh pleasure, and the Thai food is also particularly aromatic, unlike in...  Read More

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Makoto is one of the top Asian restaurants in the area, located in the ritzy Bal Harbour Shops. This modern Japanese spot is the dream-child of James Beard semifinalist Stephen Starr and Iron Chef competitor Makoto Okuwa. Chef Okuwa has over...  Read More



The Zagat Rated, AAA Four Diamond Award Winning restaurant Hakkasan has much to brag about. This gem inside the world-renowned Fontainbleau Hotel on Miami Beach is known for its unique and authentic Cantonese dishes, including a weekend Dim Sum...  Read More

Bali Cafe


Despite its small, humble dining room, Bali Cafe delivers on quality and service, making it a Downtown Miami favorite. The comfortably cozy atmosphere and expertly prepared, authentic dishes like Lontong Cap Go Meh are offered at astonishingly...  Read More



Located in the prestigious Setai Hotel, this expansive restaurant is situated around an open kitchen and bar and outfitted with high ceilings, neutral tones and striking Asian decor. Patrons may also dine in the serene courtyard, surrounded by...  Read More


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