10 Amazing Asian Restaurants Operating in the Kansas City Area

The number of local restaurants that serve good-quality Asian cuisine has grown enormously, in recent years. Owners and chefs at newer and long-established restaurants take a great deal of pride in serving fresh, tasty fare while striving to provide the very best customer service. Although many of the restaurants operate in strip malls, their interiors range from minimal decor to casual elegance. You'll find plenty of wonderful ways to excite your taste buds too, from hefty Vietnamese sandwiches and a tall, frosty cup of bubble tea or ultra-fresh sushi, as well as classic Thai cuisine or mouthwatering Chinese dishes. Three of the restaurants included here operate near the University of Kansas Medical Center, where neighborhood construction is exploding; and another serves customers on Kansas City, Missouri's famed Country Club Plaza. You'll find stellar Asian and Thai dishes under one roof, in North Kansas City, and multiple outposts of terrific Thai cuisine in suburban Overland Park. Choose your favorite or be adventurous.

Country Club Plaza
Bo Lings
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Family-owned Bo Lings Chinese Restaurant, on Kansas City's renowned Country Club Plaza, makes this list largely because of its dim sum – a tradition since 1987. Dim sum is available on Saturdays and Sundays, from 11-3 (also at 91st &...  Read More

Blue Sushi Sake Grill
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Blue Sushi Sake Grill has fast become a favorite dining spot at Woodside Village, a residential and commercial complex in Kansas City, Kan. From Edamame Hummus to decadent, creamy Coconut Crab Soup, fresh sushi and unusual sashimi offerings, the...  Read More

Spices Asian Restaurant
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Local foodies find plenty to like about Asian and Thai dishes served at Spices Asian Restaurant, an unassuming dining spot in a North Kansas City strip mall. Prompt and courteous service characterizes this spacious and comfortable restaurant....  Read More

Overland Park
Thai Place
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Family-owned since 1991, Thai Place provides upscale dining and a friendly, courteous wait-staff amid beautiful Thai carvings and decorative items. Inside this Johnson County, Kan. gem the kitchen deftly balances authentic spices and...  Read More

Pad Thai Restaurant
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Family-owned Pad Thai Restaurant offers a 'white tablecloth atmosphere' and pleasant outdoor seating. Several favorite dishes include Royal Thai Chicken, marinated in garlic and rum with rich garlic sauce, shiitakes and ginger; and Crispy Garlic...  Read More

Blue Koi Midtown
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Beyond Blue Koi's bright blue door and wall of long windows, amid blue walls with happy red and yellow accents, you'll find innovative and modern Chinese comfort food. Begin with savory seafood soup or Crispy Tofu with Spicy Awesome Sauce and...  Read More

Johnson County
Sawa Sushi & Hibachi
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Don't let its location in a suburban strip shopping center fool you - Sawa Sushi & Hibachi has a clean and sleek interior, if a little dark in some spots. Favorite dishes include raw Twister Roll, a tasty combination of tuna and salmon,...  Read More

Johnson County
ABC Cafe
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Fresh, authentic and tasty Chinese fare, with consistent seasoning throughout each dish is the hallmark of cuisine served at ABC Cafe, a small suburban restaurant that frequently draws Asian customers. This unassuming dining destination is known...  Read More

North Kansas City
Bun Mee Phan
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A small 'hole-in-the-wall that becomes packed at dinnertime, with terrific food and a staff who treats customers like family, Bun Mee Phan operates in the metropolitan area's 'Northland.' Banh Mi is a favorite classic Vietnamese dish available...  Read More

Bob Wasabi Kitchen
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Comfortable yet simply elegant and featuring lots of natural wood, Bob Wasabi Kitchen has quickly become a 'go-to' staple for sushi-loving locals. Previously residents of Maui, Bob, his wife, two daughters and their son have created a friendly...  Read More


Meet Lisa Waterman Gray

Lisa Waterman Gray moved to the Kansas City area 35 years ago and has written professionally for 20+ years. A member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association, she's excited about the...  More About Lisa