10 Best Asian Restaurants In Tucson, Arizona - Updated 2021

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Johanna
Johanna
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When you’re in the Southwest, you’ll notice a heavy Latino and indigenous influence everywhere and the food is no different. Arizona, in particular, has a unique combination of food offerings, from cheese crisps and chimichangas to Navajo tacos. There’s also the iconic hopi bread, a corn-based staple that tastes like a lighter, crisper version of a burrito. And you can’t go to Arizona without trying the posole, a filling soup made with hominy. Once the Midwest became popular for its interstate road trips, Arizona, and Tucson in particular, opened up its palate to Asian staples. From Japanese sushi to Thai Tom Yong Goon, you’ll find your next craving satisfied at one of these best Asian restaurants in Tucson, Arizona.

1. Chopstix Asian Diner


If you’re craving Hong Kong-style dim sum, visit Chopstix Asian Diner for their special batch of dim sum, every Saturday and Sunday until 2:30 pm. You’ll also find takeout favorites here, like potstickers, egg drop soup, and sweet and sour soup. As for their main offerings, Chopstix Asian Diner has a filling selection of pork dishes, including their spicy and salty pork chops, Peking style pork chops, and Mongolian pork.

If seafood is your thing, try their rod cod in black bean sauce or the calamari in spicy salt. For special occasions, you’re going to want to order their roast duck and their Kung Pao house. Enjoy these classic favorites!

Chopstix Asian Diner

Address: 3820 S Palo Verde Rd, Tucson, AZ 85714, United States

Website: Chopstix Asian Diner

Opening hours: 11am - 9pm (daily)

2. Pei Wei


Pei Wei has over 145 locations all over the US and it is quickly becoming one of the most reliable express Asian food providers in the country. However, once in a while, it’s still great to sit down and dine in with friends, enjoying some banter and laughs with a good drink. Pei Wei on University Boulevard in Tucson provides you with just the right kind of environment.

Must-tries include their filling, wok-fired rice bowls, such as their trademarked Wei Better Orange Chicken and their Pei Wei Original (formerly the Pei Wei Spicy). What you can also appreciate at Pei Wei is the nutritional information included with every order. You can track the number of calories in every bowl, great for those who want to enjoy Asian food, but still keep to their diet.

Pei Wei

Address: 845 E University Blvd. Suite 135 Tucson, AZ 85719

Website: Pei Wei

Opening hours: 10:45am - 9pm (daily)

3. Bamboo View

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Bamboo View on Monday, August 14, 2017

Bamboo View claims to be “Tucson’s Best Chinese Restaurant.” It offers a variety of dishes, made by their experienced and authentic kitchen staff. You will want to order the Chef Specials, including their honey walnut shrimp, scallop and shrimp delight, Mongolian combination, and Cantonese chow mein. There’s also what the chefs call the “Hundred Hummingbird.” You’ll have to guess what this mystery dish is.

Bamboo View

Address: 7018 E Golf Links Rd, Tucson, AZ 85730, United States

Website: Bamboo View

Opening hours: 11am - 10pm (daily)

4. Asian Sofrito

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Asian Sofrito features the fusion of Puerto Rican and Asian cuisine. If you’ve ever been curious about what Chinese Caribbean food tastes like, check out Asian Sofrito. You’ll want to try their Amarillo and Yuca to start with, or perhaps their special plantain menu, like their Mofongo Solo or the Tostones combo. If you’re feeling especially generous to yourself, try their shrimp in lobster sauce or the Camaron al Ajillo.

Asian Sofrito also has a large selection of Asian staples such as fried rice, Lo Mein, General Tao, and teriyaki chicken.

Asian Sofrito

Address: 2530 N First Avenue, Tucson, Arizona

Website: Asian Sofrito

Opening hours: 10:30am - 10pm (daily)

5. Linh Nam Chinese Restaurant


If you want the taste of China – from Szechuan and Mandarin to Hunan and Cantonese – Linh Nam is a great spot to enjoy some wok cooking. All dishes are served fresh, meaning nothing is pre-cooked. All dishes are also served from the wok, so you can better experience what authentic Chinese cooking really is.

Sometimes it only takes a couple of old favorites to capture an audience and this is especially true for Linh Nam. You’ll be coming back again and again for their egg rolls, sesame chicken, and wonton soup. Linh Nam is one of Tucson’s best kept secrets.

Linh Nam Chinese Restaurant

Address: 3936 W Ina Road, Ste 362, Marana, Arizona

Website: Linh Nam Chinese Restaurant

Opening hours: 11:30am - 8pm (daily)

6. Luckie's Thai Asian Cuisine


Who’s Luckie, you may ask? Luckie is the owner and chef of Luckie’s Thai Asian Cuisine and the mastermind behind many of their Thai-Chinese crossover dishes. If you want to mix the best of both cuisines, check out their beef with broccoli, cashew chicken, General Tao’s chicken, and Mongolian chicken with a Thai twist. Pair this with their Thai Khao Pad Ka Prao, which is Thai fried rice.

Tickle your sweet spot with some dessert darlings, like their homemade Thai coconut ice cream and sweet purple rice with mango. Yum!

Luckie's Thai Asian Cuisine

Address: 8110 S Houghton Rd # 186, Tucson, AZ 85747, United States

Website: Luckie’s Thai Asian Cuisine

Opening hours: 11am - 9pm (daily)

7. Sky Dragon Chinese Cuisine

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Each dish at Sky Dragon Chinese Cuisine is made to order from scratch. This shows the level of dedication they have to freshness and flavor. One important thing to state is that they don’t use any MSG. Not to mention, each ingredient is bought or picked locally every morning.

To start off, try their Sky Dragon Sampler Plate, which has a bit of your favorites – shrimp, potstickers, pork ribs, vegetarian egg rolls, wings, and crab puffs. You’ll also want to try specialties like their Peking duck, crispy duck, and their Dragon Serenading Phoenix, although the last dish has to be ordered 24 hours ahead of time. Yes, it’s that special.

Sky Dragon Chinese Cuisine

Address: Sky Dragon 3607 N Campbell Ave Tucson, AZ 85719

Website: Sky Dragon Chinese Cuisine

Opening hours: 10am - 9pm (daily)

8. The Bamboo Terrace


The Bamboo Terrace is practically an institution in the Southwest food scene. Opened in 1983, the Bamboo Terrace was an overnight success, with many Southwesterners craving their sesame chicken, Mongolian beef, and their famous Lo Mein. Their secret is that they never pre-make anything. All dishes are still made to order. Regulars of the Bamboo Terrace have come to call this restaurant their favorite and also like their Family Bean Cake and Sai Woo Duck.

The Bamboo Terrace

Address: 1754 W. Ajo Way Tucson, AZ 85713

Website: The Bamboo Terrace

Opening hours: 10am - 9pm (daily)

9. Dim Sum House

Editor’s note: Establishment is Permanently closed

With their great dim sum served from carts, Dim Sum House, also called Gees Garden Restaurant, is not only a taste explosion but a visual pleasure. Dim Sum House has a tremendous selection of Hong Kong and Chinese dim sum, including chicken feet, Ha Kao, pork Sio Mai, and many other favorites. You may also want to try their plated meals, which can be a little pricier, but just as good.

Dim Sum House

Address: 1145 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712, United States

Dim Sum House

Opening hours: 11am - 10pm (daily)

10. Old Peking Chinese Restaurant

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by OLD PEKING CHINESE RESTAURANT on Sunday, August 18, 2013

Come for the crab puffs and leave for the sesame chicken. Old Peking Chinese Restaurant has plenty of interesting options to try. If you want to be a little more adventurous, try the beef tendon stew or the Supa Bowl, which includes shrimp, scallops, squid, pork barbecue, and vegetables.

Old Peking Chinese Restaurant

Address: 2522 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716, United States

Website: Old Peking Chinese Restaurant

Opening hours: 9am - 10pm (daily)

Plenty to try for the self-proclaimed foodie

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Whether you’re a newcomer or a native, Tucson has plenty of offerings for the self-proclaimed foodie. If you’re taking a break from the usual burritos and tacos, you should definitely take a look at Tucson’s Asian offerings, with these best Asian restaurants in Tucson, Arizona.

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Johanna Michelle Lim is a brand strategist, creative director, and travel writer based in Cebu City, Philippines. She swims in jellyfish-infested oceans, treks through mountains, rides rickety...Read more

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