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The 15 Best Asian Restaurants Near Durham

Updated: August 22, 2022

Aching for some good Asian food? These Durham restaurants serve the best-fried rice and noodles in town. We analyzed top review sites and included millions of diner and critic reviews for the best Asian Durham has to offer. Sit down and feast on garlic duck and tasty po tak at any of the great Asian restaurants on this list.

Find the perfect Asian restaurant

Thai Smile-2

Asian, $$, DurhamAsian, $$Durham
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

Mei Wei

Asian, $, DurhamAsian, $Durham
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5

If you travel further

Hong Asian Noodle Bar

Asian, DoverAsianDover
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

5 Thai Bistro

Thai, $$, PortsmouthThai, $$Portsmouth
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Green Elephant

Asian, $$, PortsmouthAsian, $$Portsmouth
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Taaza Takeout

Indian, $$, PortsmouthIndian, $$Portsmouth
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Saigon & Tokyo

Asian, $$, DoverAsian, $$Dover
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Kume Bistro

Japanese, $$, NewmarketJapanese, $$Newmarket
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

IKKO Japanese Sushi & Steak House

Japanese, $$, PortsmouthJapanese, $$Portsmouth
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Hoodline, 2019

    The 5 best spots to score sushi in Portsmouth

    Hoodline, 2019

Domo Japanese Cuisine

Japanese, $$, PortsmouthJapanese, $$Portsmouth
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0
  • Hoodline, 2019

    The 5 best spots to score sushi in Portsmouth

    Hoodline, 2019

Sara Thai Restaurant

Thai, $$, DoverThai, $$Dover
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Street

Asian, $$, PortsmouthAsian, $$Portsmouth
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Khaophums Fine Thai Restaurant

Thai, $$, DoverThai, $$Dover
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Shalimar India

Indian, $$, PortsmouthIndian, $$Portsmouth
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Ikko Japanese Steakhouse

Japanese, $$, DoverJapanese, $$Dover
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

What gets a restaurant into the top 10?

Figuring out the best Asian restaurants can take awhile. We analyzed 1052 lists and articles from top sources like Hoodline, 15185 Durham restaurants’ ratings across Google and Yelp, and 823905 reviews – all with some boam magic to make sense of the madness. We cross-referenced with top lists, like Hoodline - The 5 best spots to score sushi in Portsmouth. We automatically update restaurants’ open hours and services, so you can actually enjoy the top restaurants we show. This content is not sponsored by any restaurant or party, the restaurants shown are the real deal. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Most common questions

Bamee is the highest-rated vegan-friendly Asian restaurant in Durham.

Bamee, Thai Smile-2, and Mei Wei are the highest-rated Asian restaurants that serve breakfast in Durham.

Bamee, Thai Smile-2, and Mei Wei are some of the highest-rated late-night Asian spots in Durham.

Bamee and Mei Wei are the highest-rated Asian restaurants that is good for groups in Durham.

Thai Smile-2 and Mei Wei are the highest-rated Asian restaurants offering delivery options in Durham.

Drink pairing tips

  • The perfect match for stir-fried chicken

    Experts recommend pairing a stir-fried chicken with a glass of Kingfisher, a popular beer.

  • Gewürztramine and shrimp fried rice


    When considering how to best enjoy your shrimp fried rice, we would highlight how well a glass of Gewürztramine complements the dish as it acts as a counterpoint to the flavours of the dish.


  • A great drink pairing for Hunan style beef

    Finding the ideal drink pairing for Hunan style beef can be tricky. It’s worth exploring some pink wine, particularly a glass of Rosé. This, sweet, pink wine balances the strong and spicy Hunan style beef.

Factoids

  • A tasty first

    The teriyaki was only thought up in 1600s! We wonder what people ever did without some good teriyaki in their lives...

  • National Dim Sum Week

    Ever heard of National Dim Sum Week? If you’re in United Kingdom then you better be ready to enjoy it on June June!

  • The traditional beef noodle

    The beef, vegetables and noodle in beef noodle is what makes it such a favourite in Taiwan.

Parking information

We’ve all experienced the struggle of finding good parking near restaurants in Durham. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen Asian spot.

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