Where to Find the Best Asian Restaurants in Las Vegas

Where can you find more than 140 restaurants in a three mile stretch in Las Vegas? 

You’ll be tempted to say the Strip with its thriving culinary scene and high-end options. 

Think again!

Spring Mountain Road in the Chinatown neighborhood of Las Vegas is your answer.  This is where you can find the best Asian restaurants in Las Vegas.

With a booming Asian community, Las Vegas has seen an explosion of businesses and restaurants in the Chinatown district. What makes Las Vegas Chinatown unique is its diversity. 

In fact, Chinatown in Las Vegas is one of the most diverse Chinatown’s in the United States. Beyond Chinese cuisine, you’ll find Japanese, Thai, Korean and Vietnamese food. 

Chinatown Las Vegas is also known for its authenticity, with chefs aiming to bring the original flavors from their own countries. This is where you will find the best Asian food in Las Vegas.

For a taste of Asian food scene, here are three of the best Asian restaurants in Las Vegas to enjoy.

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Creative Vietnamese Cuisine with a Southeast Asian influence

District One is a great example of Chinatown’s diverse and authentic culinary scene. 

While the menu is heavily Vietnamese, it also offers a mix of Southeast Asian inspired dishes.

The restaurant is named after District One in Ho Chi Minh City,  a bustling neighborhood in downtown Saigon, known for dining and entertainment. 

In Vegas, District One is often visited by chefs from the strip due to its authentic and creative options.

The chef and co-founder Khai Vu, a Vietnamese native, brings his passion for Asian food to serve an inventive cuisine. 

Some of his signature dishes are the Whole Maine Lobster Pho or the Big Bone Soup.

Bone Marrow Pho District One Best Vietnamese Best Asian Restaurants Las Vegas Authentic Food QuestThe famous bone marrow pho soup

Authentic Vietnamese Pho in Vegas

Tempted by their appetizing Pho Menu, we couldn’t wait to taste how it compared to Pho in Vietnam.

Claire had the Pho Tai Nam. This traditional pho was served in a generous bowl. It combined slices of ribeye and flank steak served with rice noodles.

The clear broth had lemongrass, Vietnamese cilantro, raw onions, ginger, and green onions. mint, Thai basil, bean sprouts, and lime wedges were also added on the side.

Like the pho in Vietnam, the soup was fragrant with tender pieces of meat. The soup was filling and there was plenty left over to take away.  It’s no surprise that with its delightful flavors it’s often rated one of the best pho in Las Vegas.

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Spicy Hue Noodle Soup

Rosemary ordered the Spicy Hue Noodle Soup. This is a dish that was on top on our list while visiting Hue, Vietnam. While in Hue, we struggled to find it locally. We were really surprised to find it on the menu at District One and in Las Vegas.

Soups from Hue are notably distinctive from other Vietnamese soups. The broth in soups from Hue have dark red colors from a combination of spicy and sour flavors in one bowl.

The generous portion of soup combined beef shank, pork loin, pork roll, and flat rice noodles. It was served with Vietnamese cilantro, lemongrass, green onions, raw sliced onions, chili and fish sauce.

Mint, Thai basil, bean sprouts, and lime wedges were added on the side.

The broth was very flavorful with a distinct lemongrass aroma and a nice bite to it. The meat was really tender and perfectly seasoned. It was definitely close to the tastes and flavors we experienced in Vietnam and clearly the best Vietnamese restaurant we’ve tried in the US.

The difference is that they omitted the dark cubes of pork blood you’ll always find in Vietnam. Possibly not to shock the American palate….

Possibly not to shock the American palate…. 

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With a nice airy, open and modern room, District One is a great restaurant to have a relaxing dinner with friends or family. 

District One also has an interesting collection of drinks, including cocktails, craft beers and more.

District One

Address: 3400 S Jones Blvd #8, Las Vegas, NV 89146

Hours: Monday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 2:00 am; Closed on Tuesdays.

Pro Tip:

  • District One has happy hour from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to sample their appetizers and craft beers for half the price.

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#2 Lotus of Siam – Best Thai Restaurant in Las Vegas and the US

The first restaurant that was recommended to us even before we got to Las Vegas, was Lotus of Siam.  

This restaurant was placed on the map by Gourmet magazine, which called Lotus of Siam “the best Thai restaurant in the United States”.

Together with Kathryn, Vegas native and founder of Taste Buzz Food Tours, we went to Lotus of Siam to experience the much raved out Thai specialities.

While we were on our quest for authentic food in Thailand, we went to Chiang Mai, the largest city in Northern Thailand. 

There, we discovered the food and specifically, the most famous local dish, Khao Soi.  

When we learned Lotus of Siam offers Khao Soi on the menu, comparable to authentic Khao Soi in Thailand, we were sold. 

We needed to find out for ourselves if it lived up to Khao Soi in Chiang Mai, which was our favorite dish.

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The decor reminded us of Huen Phen Jai restaurant, one of our favorite local restaurants in Chiang Mai. Warm tones, in a contemporary style with distinctive Thai antiques and wall art.

Right after we got seated, we were handed a pretty thick menu with a range of traditional Thai dishes. 

Eager to taste our beloved northern Thai dishes, we skipped directly to the northern Thai specialties. 

We ordered Khao Soi, Nam Prik Noom with sticky rice and Sai Oua, northern Thai sausages.

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Nam Prik Noom or Green Chili for Starters

Eaten with sticky rice, this green chili dip is one of the most popular dips of northern Thailand. The way it was served at Lotus at Siam is similar to how we had it in Chiang Mai.

The beautiful presentation accompanied with fried pork skins and fresh vegetables including carrots, cabbage, broccoli, green beans, and cucumber slices.

In Thailand, this dish is pretty hot. To cater to the American palate, Lotus of Siam allows you to choose your spice level from medium hot and up.

Each bite was a memory back to Thailand. This is a bona fide star, a dish we recommend and would order again.

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Sai Oua – Outstanding Northern Thai Sausages

When we saw Sai Oua, or northern Thai sausages on the menu we were thrilled beyond belief. These sausages were our Saturday breakfast weekly treat while in Chiang Mai. 

In addition to being extremely tasty and flavorful, they are also the most famous sausages from the mountainous area of Chiang Mai.

These northern Thai sausages are infused with a beautiful blend of spices and herbs. The pork is combined with a mixture of herbs like lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal with a spicy bite from hot chilies.

The sausages are wrapped into a beautiful coils and then grilled to perfection.

Unlike in Chiang Mai where Sai Oua is sold by weight and coiled up, at Lotus of Siam, it is brought to your table chopped up on a platter.

Regardless of the presentation, the Sai Oua sausages, at Lotus of Siam, had the flavors and freshness you’ll find in Chiang Mai.

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Khao Soi – Authentic Thai Flavors

We could not wait to dig into Khao Soi, our favorite dish from Chiang Mai. Like in Chiang Mai, we chose to have it with chicken, which is the most traditional Khao Soi meat.

The rich flavors transported us back to Chiang Mai. Tender chunks of chicken in a rich and delicate coconut curry sauce, sitting on a bed of egg noodles. A crisp haystack of fried noodles sprinkled with shredded scallions, completed the experience.

To avoid a dish that will make you weep, sniffle or moan, you can choose your spice level from a scale of 1 – 10. Having once had this dish very hot in Chiang Mai, we decided to go with a “7.”

Our only regret was not going for a higher spice level. The scale is calibrated for the American palate and we missed the fiery Thai flavors.

All in all, we were most impressed by the authenticity of the flavors and the quality of the ingredients. 

This from a restaurant in the desert, far away from the lush mountains of Chiang Mai.

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Lotus of Siam

Address: 620 East Flamingo Rd,  Las Vegas, NV

Hours: Open daily, Lunch, Mon – Fri 11:00 am – 2:30 pm; Dinner, 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, daily.

Pro Tips:

  • Don’t be intimidated by the long and varied menu. Skip the usual suspects and go directly to the Northern Thai section and Lotus of Siam specialties, for the best experience.
  • You can pick your spice level from a range of 1 – 10. We didn’t find the food spicy enough even after ordering at the spice level of “7.” Nonetheless, choose the spice level you are most comfortable with.
  • Dinner reservations are highly recommended at one of the best asian restaurants in Las Vegas. We went for a late lunch and were able to get seated after a short 10 minute wait.

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#3 Hobak and Korean BBQ: Best Korean BBQ in Las Vegas

Amongst the Asian communities in Las Vegas, the Korean population makes for the third largest group after the Filipinos, and Chinese.

So much so, that Las Vegas now has a Koreatown with a Koreatown Plaza located on Spring Mountain Road and Rainbow Boulevard. As a result, authentic Korean food is one of the most popular food trends in Las Vegas.

To the point that Korean cuisine is highly sought out by the big casinos on the Strip. The famous Los Angeles chef, Roy Choi, has partnered with the Park MGM to open Best Friend a new Korean restaurant. 

This is the first high profile Korean restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip.

Korean barbecue is definitely the most popular Korean food you’ll find in Sin City. What makes Korean barbecue unique is the way the meats are prepared and cooked in front of you.

Typically beef, pork, and chicken are grilled on a gas or charcoal grill built into the table. The meal comes with various sides called banchan.

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Hobak Korean Barbecue –  The Best Korean BBQ in Las Vegas

To experience Korean barbecue we went with friends and Las Vegas locals, Dan and Charlotte. On their recommendation, we went to Hobak Korean BBQ.  

This authentic Korean restaurant comes straight from South Korea, where it operates several successful branches.

Dan is an expert on Asian cuisine and he helped us navigate the menu and the different plates.  At Hobak, the servers come to the table and cook the different meats.

We went with the Hobak Family combo, which included Angus Brisket, spicy bl beef short ribs, Hobak pork belly, and aged pork ribs. For each meat, a different bbq grid was used for cooking.

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The combo came with an assortment of banchan (side dishes). It included kimchi, a ramekin with cheese that melts on the grill, bean paste stew, salad, and steamed egg.

Little balls of sushi rice and wasabi also accompanied the meal.

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To go along with the meal, we ordered a bottle of Soju, one of the most popular Korean liquors.  

Soju is a distilled rice-based spirit, commonly referred to as Korea’s vodka.

It comes in a variety of exotic fruity flavors, and we had the grapefruit flavored one.

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Where To Find The Best Korean BBQ in Las Vegas

We had an incredible time savoring the fresh flavors, the meats and the tangy sides at Hobak. 

The portion sizes are copious and it is a meal that is best enjoyed in groups. 

If you’ve never had Korean BBQ before, get a group of friends together and enjoy this incredible feast.  

Hobak Korean Barbecue

Address: 5808 Spring Mountain Rd. #101, Las Vegas, NV 89146

Hours: Open daily,11:30 am – 1:00 am

Pro Tips:

  • The portion sizes are copious, plan to go with a group of friends
  • Hobak does not take reservations, plan to go early and wait in line.  The line moves fast and there are a number of coffee shops and little cafes close by where you can wait.
  • As you exit, be sure to pass through the “Breeze Spot” and spray your clothes to get rid of the barbecue smell.

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In Summary 

The Asian community in Las Vegas has been the fastest Asian growing community in the US in the last decade. 

Asian-owned restaurants are thriving, each competing for the most authentic cuisine.

Chinatown is at the epicenter of this flourishing food scene in Las Vegas. You’ll find the best Asian restaurants in Las Vegas offering authentic Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Thai, Korean and Filipino cuisines.

At District One, Lotus of Siam and Hobak BBQ, you’ll not go wrong with their authentic cuisine. 

The prices are pretty reasonable given the quality especially for at some of the best Asian restaurants in Las Vegas. 

On your next visit to Vegas, venture off the Strip and delight in Sin City’s most exciting culinary scene.

Have you been to Chinatown in Las Vegas before? In the comments below, tell us your favorite Asian restaurant in Las Vegas.

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45 comments

  1. I didn’t even know there was a Chinatown in Las Vegas! All the food sounds incredible, I adore Thai food so I would definitely go to Lotus of Siam, and I’d love to try Korean barbecue as well!

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  2. I didn’t realize that there is a Chinatown in Las Vegas, let along one of the most diverse in the USA. I love Vietnamese pho and District One sounds like a winner. Plus if chefs from The Strip eat there, the food must be amazing. Vietnamese pho, the best Thai restaurant in the USA, and Korean BBQ – I have been missing out! Thank so much for this. My next trip to Las Vegas will include a trip to Chinatown.

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  3. I love Asian food, but I have to say that Thai food is my absolute favorite. So, I have to eat at Lotus at Siam, since it’s the best Thai food in the entire US. Those Northern Thai sausages look insanely delicious.

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  4. I wish I’d read this before our recent trip to Vegas. I love asian food, especially Pho – although I have been to Vietnam, so have no comparison! Hobak Korean BBQ looks great – such a neat idea for a big group – everyone can pick what they like. I with there was somewhere like that near me!

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  5. I a glad that I am not the only one disappointed with Strip dining options. We usually do tickets for tonight half price buffets, still pay too much and eat that much more. Our favorite off Strip restaurant (Firefly) closed abruptly since our last visit. We’ll have to check out Vegas Chinatown for some of these delicious eats next time we are in town.

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  6. This is fantastic, I had no idea there was even a Chinatown area in LV let alone how extensive the range of cuisine. (It should be known as SEAsia Town really!) Love all the cuisines you cover, and great to see such authentic cooking!

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  7. Hey Claire! Nice you tried out the Asian restaurants..I’d be tempted to go to the Korean one and the Vietnamese. I saw lots of meat pictures but I am sure there are more than enough Veggie options too. I have only been once to a Korean place yet, but loved it. Looking at your pictures and reading through, I am now craving some asian food boohoo :/

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  8. Oh nice, its good to know where you get best and authentic Asian food in LA. Unavailability of food can be a problem for some travellers who don’t eat meat or need specific cuisine to survive.

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  9. A small correction: you say you had “grape” flavored soju, but the bottle clearly says—and the photo clearly shows—*grapefruit*. Not the same at all!

    I enjoyed your explorations of two spots I’ve never tried and one—Lotus of Siam—that I visit whenever I’m in Las Vegas.

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    • Thanks Stephen for your catch about the “grapefruit”, we’ve made that correction 🙂 So glad you enjoyed discovering the other two restaurants. Give them a go when you are next in Las Vegas. Though, we understand why you keep going back to Lotus of Siam…it’s that good!! Thanks

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