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...  Read More

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...  Read More



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...  Read More

South Baltimore
Thai Arroy


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...  Read More



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...  Read More

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...  Read More


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