Before I share the best Tampa Asian restaurants with you, I’ve got to provide background. I’ve lived in Tampa for most of my life, but I always say I didn’t live in the “cool” parts growing up. For those familiar with our area, my family lived in Wesley Chapel, and Vagner and I now live in north Tampa. Basically, I’ve never been close to the trendy parts of town, and it’s always been a haul to get there. I’m trying to get better about branching out, though, so I decided to ask you guys for Tampa Asian recommendations, and you delivered. I got so many submissions that I’m dividing the list up by cuisine. This is the first in my hidden gems of Tampa series, and I’m so excited to share them with you. I asked for places that weren’t already popular, but I can’t make any promises — you may have heard of some of the spots listed! For the next few weeks, I’m sharing follower recommendations for some of the best spots in Tampa. I tried to focus on places that aren’t already popular, although you may have heard of some of the spots listed!
19 Asian Restaurants You Need To Visit in Tampa
While I haven’t had a chance to visit all of these restaurants myself, they’ve all received stellar reviews from people on sites like Yelp and Trip Advisor, along with friends who have visited. For the sake of this post, I’m going to use the Yelp metric when rating how much you’ll spend on food.
One dollar sign: $1-$10 per person
Two dollar signs: $11-$30 per person
Three dollar signs: $31-$60
Four dollar signs: $61+
Tampa Sushi Restaurants
With Japanese, Korean and sushi options, you have more than meets the eye at Matoi Sushi. This isn’t the most Instagram-worthy restaurant in town, but that makes it even more special in my eyes.
4/5 stars on Yelp, $$, 602 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa
You’ll find Origami in a strip mall between a laundromat and urgent care center, and once you get there, you’ll get the hype. With teriyaki, hibachi, and an extensive sushi menu, you can’t go wrong when you order. As someone who’s visited, I can vouch for it myself.
4/5 stars on Yelp, $$, 3615 W Hillsborough Ave, Tampa
Tampa Indian Restaurants
If you’ve visited Westshore Mall, you may already know about Curry Leaves. You can find it in a plaza near Seasons 52, and it’s known for its buffet and impeccable service.
4.5/5 stars on Yelp, $$, 4843 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa
Desi Flavors has rave reviews, and their menu shows why they bring something new to the Tampa food scene. You have traditional food options like Nizam Kodi Pakodi, along with South Indian and Indo-Chinese cuisine.
4.5/5 stars on Yelp, $$, 13418 Telecom Dr, Tampa
Saffron Indian Cuisine
One of the best parts of Saffron is how colorful it is inside. It’s next to a gas station, which is one of the reasons I consider it a hidden gem — it’s the ideal hole-in-the-wall restaurant to grab dinner at. Along with a delicious, affordable menu, the ingredients are super fresh.
4/5 stars on Yelp, $$, 10865 Cross Creek Blvd, Tampa
Tampa Thai Restaurants
Thai Buddhist Temple Sunday Market
The Thai market is drive-thru only because of COVID-19, but when it reopens, I’ll be the first to show up. It’s been on my “must-do” list for a long time, but because they’re only open during church hours, it never worked out. People rave about the inexpensive dishes with generous portions, and the food market is hosted at a beautiful Buddhist temple.
4.5/5 stars on Yelp, $, 5306 Palm River Rd, Tampa
Thai 5 is a convenient option that also has vegetarian and gluten-free options. It’s one of the most affordable Thai restaurants in town, and they also have a sushi and sashimi menu. You can sit on the patio if you’re looking for outdoor seating, too.
4.5/5 stars on Yelp, $, 3424 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa
Patti’s Kitchen Thai
Patti’s is new in town but already making a name for itself. They specialize in authentic Thai street noodles, and the menu itself is refreshingly short for me, as someone who gets stressed out by menus with dozens of options. Patti’s has noodle dishes with duck, chicken, pork, shrimp, and more.
4.5/5 stars on Yelp, $$, 6527 Park Blvd N, Pinellas Park
Tampa Korean Restaurants
Sa Ri One
Although I haven’t ever visited, I’ve heard a lot about Sa Ri One. It’s the go-to spot for Korean BBQ in the area, which is one of Vagner’s favorite cuisines — that’s why it’s been on our list. The restaurant is pretty no-nonsense, which allows you to focus on the food.
4/5 stars on Yelp, $$, 3940 W Cypress St, Tampa
Soul of Korea
Soul of Korea is right around the corner from one of my favorite local spots, TacoSon, which is how I first heard of it. You’ll find Korean casseroles and BBQ, along with an impressive soup menu. I’m intrigued by the omelet rice myself, if you’re thinking about trying something new.
4/5 stars on Yelp, $$, 7612 N 56th St, Tampa
One Family Korean Restaurant
The thing that makes One Family Korean stand out is their karaoke room, which can make your dinner a lot more fun. The other standout? The traditional Korean menu and eclectic interior design.
4/5 stars on Yelp, $$, 7030 W Hillsborough Ave, Tampa
Tampa Asian Fusion Restaurants
If you’re someone who seeks out #aesthetic lunch and dinner spots, Pacific Counter should be your first stop. You’ll have to drive over the bridge to St. Pete if you’re in Tampa, but it’s so worth it. If you visit, make sure you check out the sushi burritos.
5/5 stars on Yelp, $$, 660 Central Ave, St. Petersburg
Chop Chop Shop
This is probably the restaurant that came most recommended when I asked for suggestions. Described as an “Asian-inspired quick-serve craft kitchen,” Chop Chop Shop has burgers and bowls that you won’t find anywhere else in town.
4.5/5 stars on Yelp, $$, 4603 N Florida Ave, Tampa
Hawkers St. Pete
Hawkers definitely doesn’t qualify as a hidden gem, but it’s so delicious that I had to include it on the list. The restaurant is located in a former underground ballet studio, the cocktail menu is the stuff dreams are made of, and the pork belly baos are impossible to stay away from.
4/5 stars on Yelp, $$, 1235 Central Ave, St. Petersburg
Tampa Vietnamese Restaurants
Billed as a Vietnamese-French cafe, Alésia offers flavor that you won’t find anywhere else locally. The menu is filled with intriguing options like banh mi with salami, cheese and charcuterie, and traditional offerings like potstickers.
4.5/5 stars on Yelp, $$, 7204 Central Ave N, St. Petersburg
Pho Kien Giang
As someone who lives in Tampa, I’m partial to restaurants in Hillsborough County. When I asked for a pho spot to feature, though, I got so many recs for this restaurant that I knew it had to be on the list. Located in Pinellas Park, Pho Kien Giang is known for its pho and spring rolls, all served in a simple setting.
4.5/5 stars on Yelp, $, 8730 49th St N, Pinellas Park
Thin Han Kitchen
With pho, banh mi, bubble tea, and a bakery, Thin Han is a beloved Vietnamese restaurant here in Tampa for a reason. There are over 100 options on the menu, so I recommend looking ahead of time if you get overwhelmed by making choices.
4.5/stars on Yelp, $, 8104 W Waters Ave, Tampa
Tampa Chinese Restaurants
Yummy House is a Florida landmark at this point. With locations in Gainesville, Ocala, Sarasota, and Orlando and two Tampa spots, you’ll have luck finding this delicious Chinese restaurant in multiple north central Florida locations.
4/5 on Yelp, $$, 2620 E Hillsborough Ave, Tampa
China Yuan Authentic Chinese Restaurant
If you want real Cantonese food, China Yuan has to be on your list — after all, the word “authentic” is in the name. Located near Tampa’s Egypt Lake neighborhood, there’s a dim sum menu with dumplings that’ll make you drool.
4/5 on Yelp, $$, 8502 N Armenia Ave Ste 1A, Tampa