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Best Asian

Best Asian

Restaurants across Green Country serve an endless variety of Asian cuisines, from recipes handed down through generations, to modern interpretations of classic dishes.

Michele Chiappetta and Rob Harmon
May 28, 2019 3:18 AM

When you’re ready to have a wonderfully flavorful, palate-pleasing experience with your meal, you know you can count on Asian restaurants to deliver. Delightful dishes presented with artistic touches of flair and vibrant pops of color invite a foodie to linger over their plates and enjoy the experience of eating well. Tulsans know this to be true, which is why some of the best Asian restaurants in Tulsa have been around forever and aren’t going anywhere any time soon.

For the most part, Asian restaurants keep it simple — meat, rice, and veggies. But what sets it apart from the other food categories is the fantastic combinations of herbs and spices that send our taste buds into the heavens. Ingredient after ingredient is combined in complete harmony, in a way the average person at home in the kitchen can’t replicate.

The diverse flavors of Asian cuisine are abundant in Green County. The area is home to seemingly countless sushi bars, pan-Asian bistros, Chinese eateries, Vietnamese restaurants and beyond. If you’re in the mood for sashimi, makis, dim sum, pad Thai or pho, the choices are sure to delight. Asian dining establishments range from laid-back and casual to formal and high-end.

Check out any one of these Asian food establishments, and you’ll understand what we’re talking about.

JINYA makes their noodles fresh daily and simmers their broths for hours to get maximum umami.
JINYA makes their noodles fresh daily and simmers their broths for hours to get maximum umami.


Amazing Thai
1232 E. Kenosha St. | Broken Arrow
Amazing is a perfect word to describe the terrific Thai dishes you’ll enjoy at this restaurant. So look out, because the savory and downright addictive flavor you get with any one of their outstanding salad, fried rice, soup, noodle, curry or other entrees will keep you coming back again and again. Regulars can tell you the consistency in service and quality of flavor make this one of the most economical adventures into Thai excellence. Check them out. You’ll see what we mean.

8226 E. 71st St. | Tulsa
For 30 years, Fuji’s Chef Nobu has impressed Tulsa with authentic Japanese dishes. Sit at the sushi bar and watch the chefs roll sushi, which runs the gamut from traditional to fusion. Or grab a table — and remember, Fuji serves a lot more than sushi. Enjoy ramen like you get in Japan, or order a Bento Box for a sample taste of many favorites. If you’re adventurous, get the sushi burritos. Or for a more traditional option, Fuji serves delicious teriyaki steak, salmon, and chicken too.

Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar
9500 N. 129th E. Ave. | Owasso
Ichiban is known in the Owasso community for its stellar cuisine and fantastic servers. You can start your meal with several of their sushi bar appetizers to enjoy a taste of everything. Or dig into a full meal. There are a great variety of sushi, sashimi, and makimono options to choose from, as well as specialty rolls, many of which are spicy if that’s your preference. Ichiban also has hibachi meals available in many seafood options — salmon, calamari, shrimp, red snapper and more.

In the Raw
3321 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
6151 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
216 S. Main St. | Broken Arrow
In the Raw has a modern, refreshing atmosphere that is fun and fabulous. And you can’t go wrong with anything on their menu. Known for Asian fusion rolls, like the ginger roll with crabcake, avocado, jalapeno and habanero sauce, ITR also serves an 8-ounce pepper filet that steak lovers can’t get enough of. For drinks, customize your mule with the flavor of vodka you prefer, or opt for one of the many other mixed drinks that make their bar menu sizzle with excitement.

JINYA Ramen Bar
416 E. 2nd St. | Tulsa
For many, ramen stirs up memories of cost-saving college meals. But done with traditional Japanese flair and flavor, ramen is a savory, rich dish. JINYA makes their noodles fresh daily and simmers their broths for hours to get maximum umami. You can order off the menu or mix and match to create your specialized ramen dish. Or sample Japanese small plates like crispy chicken, pork gyoza and caramelized cauliflower; various rice bowls and curry dishes; the JINYA Bun, served with slow-braised pork chashu; and more.

8041 S. Mingo Road | Tulsa
Kirin offers a quiet, warm wood interior, excellent service and beautiful presentations of food that delight both the taste buds and the eyes. In addition to traditional rolls such as tuna and salmon, diners can order a wide variety of seafood nigiri as well as specialty rolls such as the Snow White (spicy yellowtail, avocado topped with white tuna, and tobiko) or American Dream (a crunchy roll with spicy tuna, avocado topped with salmon, tuna, white fish, eel and yellowtail).

Lanna Thai
7227 S. Memorial Dr. | Tulsa
Here’s what you can expect at Lanna Thai: an extensive menu with outstandingly fresh dishes containing rich aromatic herbs and spices to accent crispy veggies and flavorful protein. From their mouth-watering pad Thai to the spicy, curry-flavored panang, every item will utterly exceed expectations. Excellent, attentive and friendly staff complement this fantastic cuisine to a T. The restaurant’s interior has its charm as well, with an eclectic array of art and décor, including an old-fashioned cart.

Lone Wolf
3136 E. 11th St. | Tulsa
203 E. Archer St. | Tulsa
From Bahn Mi to kimchi fries to fried rice, these experts in Vietnamese-fusion know precisely what they’re doing. Now in two permanent brick and mortar locations, these guys started a few years ago as Tulsa’s premier food truck around town. That should tell you all you need to know. Folks around here are loving Lone Wolf, and you will too if you haven’t tried it yet. Featured on CNBC’s foodie show, Restaurant Startup, Lone Wolf is big news on the Asian foodie scene.

Mandarin Taste
6125 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
Considered by many to be the closest thing to authentic Chinese food in the area, Mandarin Taste focuses on bringing traditional flavors and ingredients to diners in a casual, laid-back setting. Originally from China, Mandarin Taste’s owner has built a menu that features American favorites alongside traditional Chinese classics. Grab a large group of friends or family to go with you, and boldly sample the hot pot, which features a tasty broth and your choice of meats and vegetables to steam and eat.

Saku Japan
8216 E. 71st St. | Tulsa
If you’re in the mood for quick, casual hibachi, then Saku is an ideal spot to visit. Its aesthetic is about giving diners excellent service in a laid-back setting to provide you with that Asian food fix you’re craving. And in addition to hibachi, you can also get a variety of other Japanese favorites — edamame, spring rolls, egg rolls, calamari, crab cakes, miso soup, a variety of tasty ramen soups that you can customize with your favorite meats and vegetables, and more.

Sushi Hanna
3739 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa    
9904 Riverside Parkway | Tulsa
With its classy atmosphere and excellent service, Sushi Hana is an inviting spot for a pals’ night out or date night. Every fun, festive roll of fusion sushi is beautifully presented to give you a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. A tip to the wise: you can order off the menu here. Just ask the server for their recommendations, which include steak carpaccio and specialty sushi rolls. Beyond sushi, you can also enjoy a broad selection of Asian dishes such as crispy duck, mai fun, and chicken teriyaki.

The Tropical
8125 E. 49th St. | Tulsa
If you’re looking for spicy Thai food that exudes flavor, this is a great place. So many beautiful dishes are capable of being your latest favorite meal. Try the delicious pad Thai, but don’t wait too long to order one of the best Nam-Prik Pao fried rice meals you’ll ever have. Glazed with a sweet ginger sauce and topped with julienned green apples and carrots, you’ll undoubtedly be wondering where this exotic dish has been all your life.

309 E. 2nd St. | Tulsa    
9146 S. Yale Ave. | Tulsa
There are restaurants that serve sushi, and then there are actual sushi restaurants. Yokozuna is the latter and the absolute bomb. Be ready for the sushi experience of your lifetime. This place is an olfactory paradise. All the different aromas of meat and vegetables, seasoned and prepared just right, blend together above the tables, making it near torture until you get your meal. You’ll be thinking it was worth every dollar spent when you taste the uniquely designed flavors and completely fresh rolls in every single mouth-watering bite.

Yutaka Grill & Sushi Buffet
6560 E. 51st St. | Tulsa
Who doesn’t love an Asian buffet? Well, when it’s buffet time for you and your family, then it’s time to go to Yutaka. This casual, family-friendly spot features a variety of buffet choices fit for any appetite. Your children will enjoy Asian spareribs and sweet treats. You’ll love the selection of both Americanized dishes such as beef and broccoli, and more Asian offerings such as calamari and sushi. Visit the Mongolian grill to get a customized meal prepared fresh just for you.  

Also Check Out

9455 Owasso Expressway | Owasso
Asian Fusion
6565 E. 71st St. | Tulsa
Bamboo Thai Bistro
5079 S. Yale Ave. | Tulsa
6193 E. 61st St. | Tulsa
Gigi's Kitchen
7105 S. Yale Ave. | Tulsa
Golden Gate
2620 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa
Gogi Gui Korean Grill
6380 E. 31st St. | Tulsa
13720 E. 86th St. | Owasso
3524 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
8921 S. Yale Ave. | Tulsa
Korean Garden Restaurant
12773 E. 41st St. | Tulsa
Memories of Japan
2409 W. Kenosha | Broken Arrow
My Thai Kitchen
3023 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa
Osaka Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
11016 E. 81st St. | Tulsa
P.F. Chang's
1978 E. 21st St. | Tulsa
Pho Da Cao
9066 E. 31st St. | Tulsa
Poke Bowl Love
522 S. Boston Ave. | Tulsa
Ri Le's
4932 E. 91st St. | Tulsa
Roka Bar & Asian Flavors
1616 S. Utica Ave. | Tulsa
Seoul Bistro
3161 S. 129th E. Ave. | Tulsa
Shogun Steakhouse
6808 S. Memorial Dr. | Tulsa
Soho Japanese Steakhouse
320 SE Washington Blvd. | Bartlesville
Sushi Train
3300 E. 51st St. | Tulsa
The Sushi Place
115 W. 3rd St. | Tulsa
Tokyo Garden
4020 S. Memorial Dr. | Tulsa

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