Looking for a meal your whole family can enjoy? Luckily for you, we’ve collected a list of 10 mouthwatering Asian food restaurants in the Gainesville area. Whether you’re a sushi lover, a pad thai enthusiast or anywhere in between, with these local restaurants, you won’t have to stray far from home to get your Asian cuisine fix.
If you’re in the mood for some appetizing Thai food but don’t have the time to leave Gainesville, consider visiting Bangkok Square. Located on Archer, Bangkok Square is a small, locally-owned restaurant that serves dishes with big flavor. Boasting its popular chicken pad thai and Thai-inspired dishes, Bangkok Square is a favorite among Thai food lovers and keeps customers coming back for more.
Volcanic Sushi + Sake
Whether you want sushi or a rice bowl, Volcanic Sushi + Sake has it all. With both indoor and outdoor seating, you can take your food outside to enjoy the weather or sit inside if the Gainesville heat is too much. To top off your meal, choose from the wide array of dessert selections, including Thai donuts, lava cake, ice cream tempura and cheese cake tempura.
Dragonfly Sushi & Sake Company
Found in the heart of downtown Gainesville, Dragonfly has been a staple of sushi lovers since it first opened its doors in 2000. Promoting a modern and stylish atmosphere coupled with a large assortment of fresh sushi rolls and delicious entrees, Dragonfly is the perfect spot for a date night or just a casual outing with friends and family. Even though the owners have opened a new location in Orlando, Dragonfly will always be one of Gainesville’s most prominent restaurants.
Offering a wide variety of food options from China, Korea, Japan and Thailand, Chopstix is one of the best places in Gainesville to find some quality Asian cuisine. When the weather is nice, try enjoying your meal on the spacious outdoor patio and enjoy a breathtaking view of the lake.
Liquid Ginger’s menu contains a variety of delicious entree items all made with the freshest ingredients. Sample the extensive tea list from the tearoom while you order your meal. Along with the unforgettable food, Liquid Ginger’s cozy atmosphere and friendly staff will keep you hanging around even after you’ve finished your meal.
With a warm and friendly atmosphere plus a diverse pan-Asian menu, Taste is an exceptional dining experience. Offering over 20 types of sushi and some of the best pho in Gainesville, you’ll quickly find an item on the menu that’ll keep you coming back for more. Also, try the new location, Taste Pho and Noodle House, for great pho and noodles.
For mouthwatering Asian fare you won’t soon forget, go visit Ichiban Sushi located just off of Northwest 43rd Street. Whether you come with family or friends for a fun night out or a casual lunch, Ichiban will provide you with the dining experience of a lifetime. Don’t forget to try the deliciously sweet fried ice cream; it’s the perfect ending to a great meal.
Mr. Han’s Restaurant & Nightclub
Previously voted No.1 Chinese restaurant in Gainesville, Mr. Han’s is a fan favorite. Offering fresh dishes ranging from peking duck to weeping willow chicken, Mr. Han’s has something for every one. Enjoy Chinese toffee apples or bananas to end your meal on a sweet note. You won’t be able to stop yourself from going back for more.
If you’re in the mood for Japanese cuisine with a trendy and contemporary atmosphere, stop by Crane Ramen. You’ll be impressed by the delicious food and captivated by the welcoming environment and helpful staff. For a truly unforgettable experience, try pairing your meal with one of the signature cocktails. With a new location opening soon in Jacksonville, Crane Ramen is soon to be the restaurant no one will be able to stop talking about.
If you need to grab a quick meal but don’t want to sacrifice quality and taste, look no further. Bento Cafe is the Asian fare destination few haven’t heard of. Bento is rapidly growing, with convenient locations on Archer Road and Newberry Road and a new location coming soon to University Avenue right across the street from the University of Florida.