Best Asian Restaurants in Baltimore

Baltimore's Asian Restaurants Adding Spice and Variety to Local Tastebuds

Unbeknownst to some non-foodies, Asian fare is so much more than just sushi and fried rice. It's an eclectic collection of dishes from cultures as complex and varied as its people. You can find several different kinds of Asian fare in Charm City, ranging from the popular Japanese, Thai and Chinese options to less mainstream choices like Korean, Hawaiian and Vietnamese. With over 100 different restaurants to choose from, connoisseurs of Asian fare have a chance to diversify their dining portfolio. 

If you're in the mood for more upscale Asian dining mixed with a weekday happy hour, music, and hip scene, restaurants like Tatu, Matsuri, Red Maple, and Roy's have what you're looking for. Tatu and Matsuri offer primarily Japanese and sushi options; Red Maple offers Asian-inspired dishes and Roy's serves up a Hawaiian-Asian fusion to its crowds.

Arguably, there are dozens of great hole-in-the-wall carry-out restaurants that can contend with some of the more formal eateries. Hot Mustard, located near Johns Hopkins, is a favorite amongst the college crowd and locals. The food is inexpensive but rich in flavor and portions. Whatever you're in the mood for, Baltimore's Asian restaurants can feed your curiosity and appetite. 


Located on Pratt Street, Kona Grill is conveniently close to the Inner Harbor. A popular stop for the Baltimore working crowd, Kona's Asian-inspired menu is more than sushi. Here you can find flatbread pizza, fried calamari, a variety of sushi rolls, chicken, sandwiches, and a creative array of cocktails. Happy hour is a crowded affair but a good time to try out the menu and find your favorite diss for less.

Local Expert tip: Kona is more than just sushi - they offer something for everyone. Happy hour is a crowded affair but a good time to try out the menu and find your favorite dishes for less.

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Edo Sushi
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Here's a sushi restaurant that's not afraid to break out of the same old, same old. Their special Sweetheart maki is wrapped in fresh tuna and made into a heart shape. Great for dates!

Their bento boxes are a fantastic deal, available in two sizes. The bigger size includes beautiful pieces of sashimi.

Tamar's expert tip: It's BYOB here.

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Sticky Rice is a lively bar and restaurant establishment that keeps you guessing. Asian chefs whipping together moist and creative sushi rolls, tattooed American bartenders and servers, and an eclectic mix of diners, all under the backdrop of music videos playing on overhead televisions characterize Sticky Rice in Fell's Point. Tofu bites are a fan favorite as well as the bucket of tots and the infamous sticky balls.

Local Expert tip: Sushi rolls are fresh and creative - portions tend to be on the smaller side.

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South Baltimore

Asian inspired decor flanks this small dining room, which is known for its heaping plates of Thai food. Many of the items, including curry and noodle dishes, may be served with your choice of beef, pork, shrimp, duck, chicken or tofu. The menu also features some tempting specialties such as pu kha prao (deep fried soft shell crab with fresh chili, peppercorn, snow peas, carrots and basil). Bring your own wine to enjoy with the meal.

Local Expert tip: Due to its popularity, god food, and inexpensive dishes, Thai Arroy stays busy on the weekends. Once you do get seated, try the drunken noodles with your choice of meats - it's a fan favorite.

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This top-notch kitchen produces a short menu of Hawaiian fusion cuisine. Creative starters might include the Canoe appetizer with shrimp sticks, Szechuan baby back ribs, edamame, seafood pot sticker and more. Roasted macadamia nut mahi mahi and charbroiled beef short ribs are among the promising mains. A heavenly melting chocolate souffle highlights the final course. Choose the prix fixe menu of an appetizer, main course and dessert, and experience the Islands for an unbelievably low price.

Local Expert tip: Every table receives a complimentary plate of delicious edamame. Sushi rolls are generous and filling, a little larger than your standard 6-8 piece roll.

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South Baltimore

Local professionals flock to this upscale eatery, where Japanese favorites are fresh, flavorful and affordable. Some say Matsuri has the best sushi in town, and the master sushi chef displays his many skills in full view of diners, making for a fascinating sideshow. The bento boxes, served in elegant black lacquered dishes, are a lunchtime legend. The dining room is modern and minimalist, with a black and white punctuated with blonde wood. The menu runs the gamut, from pork dumplings and shrimp tempura to excellent grilled squid and teriyaki salmon. Perfect for a quick meal to go or a lingering lunch.

Local Expert tip: Happy hour runs from 5-7pm daily where a good 10 rolls are discounted to $4 or $5.

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