Shared small plates, Asian fusion, hearty takeout, Habachi-style... We’ve scoured Baltimore for restaurants boasting the most authentic, satisfying Asian cuisine, and have listed five of our absolute favorites below. 

Or, if you’re looking for a light, refreshing meal, check out our list of Baltimore’s 6 Best Sushi Restaurants

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Pho Saigon aka Man-vs-Pho

Infamous for their epic Man-vs-Pho challenge, Pho Saigon offers Baltimore’s best-loved pho, which they’ve affectionately deemed “the best hangover food.” 

TIP: If you can complete the Man-vs-Pho challenge, your picture goes on their wall of fame!

Located at 1116 N Rolling Road, Catonsville, MD 21228


Tambers is a 50s-era diner that serves hot, spicy, authentic Indian food and plays classical music in the background. It works, because the food is mind-blowingly good and the service is consistently excellent.

TIP: Tambers doesn’t deliver, but their full menu is available for carry out.

Located at 3327 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218

Sakura Cafe

Sakura Cafe offers a variety of Asian fusion favorites, but specializes in authentic Cantonese dishes. Dine in and enjoy attentive service, or carry out for a cozy evening at home.

TIP: Sakura’s right next to a bar and a bowling alley. Make a night of it!

Located at 2510 E Monument St, Baltimore, MD 21205

Cafe Zen

Family-owned and featured on the Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate, Cafe Zen specializes in what they call “simply good asian food.” Their expansive menu features many old mainstays, plus a few unexpected Cafe Zen specials.

TIP: Customers rave about their Singapore noodles!

Located at 438 E Belvedere Ave, Baltimore, MD 21212

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Golden Dragon

Surprisingly, Golden Dragon is a well-loved Chinese restaurant and a sports bar. They offer dozens of TV’s and a menu full of Chinese favorites as well as American bar food, if your stomach isn’t feeling the heat.

TIP: Tons of table and booth seating makes the Golden Dragon great for groups.