Nashville's Top 10 Asian restaurants embrace a wide variety of cuisines

When we're in the mood for Asian food in Nashville, we are never going to be at a loss for delicious options. Thai food has many contenders jockying for your patronage, with fairly new The Smiling Elephant and its light and fresh options cooked in olive oil drawing as many fans as the 25-year-veteran off of Nolensville Road, Siam Cafe. Both have their highlights, from curries to noodles, so why fight? There is plenty of time to try them both. In fact, with all of the Vietnamese, Korean and Thai restaurants to choose from in Music City, it's almost impossible to have a favorite. If one night you are in the mood for a a spicy serving of bulgogi,  you can go to Korea House and get just what you are craving. And if another night you have to steaming bowl of layered pho, you can't go wrong with one of the complex versions offered at Kien Giang. Sit down, take out or rushed through a buffet at lunch, these Asian restaurants all hit the spot when it comes to value, flavor and of course, all the heat you can handle. 

Don't let the bare bones atmosphere fool you - this place has some of the most hearty homecooked Asian food in town. Not just a buffet and restaurant, International Market is also an Asian specialty grocery stores, stocking items home cooks...  Read More

West Nashville

Labeling itself as the first Vietnamese restaurants in town, Miss Saigon has converted plenty of Music City residents to its spicy menu, especially the pho. And while the ambiance may be a little lackluster, the flavors certainly aren't....  Read More


Before chef Arnold Mynt showed off his culinary skills on Bravo's "Top Chef" he was showing Nashville a fresh, new way to look at Asian food. Taught well by his parents, Win and Patti Mynt of International Market fame right across the street....  Read More

Suzy Wong's House of Yum is the latest creation from Chef Arnold Myint, who also owns PM on Belmont. In partnership with Zeus Entertainment, Suzy Wong's is a restaurant night club mash-up that actually works. The name references the 1950's...  Read More

Authentic and healthy, The Smiling Elephant is always packed with diners who love the fresh ingredients and special care that goes into each dish. Food allergies and dietary restrictions are addressed with no attitude, and they will even cook...  Read More

This small, family-run business has had a solid staple of fans since they first began serving their tasty Thai food in November 2009. Sure, it isn't fancy. But it sure is delicious. That's because the owner has had more than 35 years experience...  Read More

Siam Cafe

Being tucked into a side street off of Nolensville road hasn't stopped most everyone in Nashville from finding it for its traditional Thai cuisine. Fresh ingredients and prompt service combine with excellent dishes, including beef panag, chicken...  Read More

West Nashville
Korea House

For a home-cooked Korean meal, try the Korea House. Delicious entrees come in large portions, so be prepared to eat well for the next few meals. The friendly servers will also be glad to explain the dishes if you don't know anything about Korean...  Read More

Kien Giang Restaurant

At this friendly, hard-to-find spot, locals enjoy some of the best deals in Nashville. The delicious and authentic Vietnamese fare includes favorites like the barbecue pork and pho tai nam gan. Spicy rice dishes are also available, and you can...  Read More


Meet Hollie Deese

Hollie Deese is a Nashville-based writer who has spent the past 10 years falling in love with the sights, sounds and flavors of Music City. Hollie has 15 years experience as a writer and...  More About Hollie