Known as the Paris of Oklahoma, thanks to the sitcom “Friends”, Tulsa is also dubbed the “Oil Capital of the World” because of its key role in the oil industry of the USA. It is also known as a cultural and architectural hub and features art deco buildings and art museums, as well as the home of opera and ballet companies. In terms of its food offerings, it is probably most associated with typical American dishes, such as barbecue, burgers, and beer. However, what many don’t know is that its foodie scene has been steadily growing in recent years, with new restaurants opening that offer international cuisine, making a mark on the hearts - and tastebuds - of visitors and locals alike. Check out this list of the top Asian restaurants in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
1. Roka Bar and Asian Flavors Restaurant
Roka Bar and Asian Flavors Restaurant serves tasty Asian cuisine in a community setting and it certainly delivers. While creating an intimate atmosphere, this locally owned restaurant exudes friendliness and its staff are ready and willing to offer recommendations for those who are unsure of what to order. Customers’ difficulty in choosing what to get may stem from the extensive menu of this establishment, which also has a kids’ menu and plenty of gluten-free options. Must-tries include the kung pao chicken, tom kha soup, kimchi burger, and buttered rum bread pudding. .
Roka Bar and Asian Flavors Restaurant
Address: 1616 S. Utica Ave., Tulsa, OK, 74104
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 11am - 10pm; Sat: 11am - 9pm
2. Asian Fusion
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If you want to get a quick bite without sacrificing freshness, head over to Asian Fusion. This laidback and no-frills restaurant specializes in Chinese and Malaysian cuisine, but it also has other offerings, such as sushi and pad Thai. Meal combos are offered here. Must-tries include the kway teow and the Cleopatra chicken.
Address: 6565 E 71st St, Tulsa, OK 74133
Website: Asian Fusion
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 11am - 9pm (closed on Sun)
3. Kirin Asian and Sushi Cuisine
As the name suggests, this restaurant specializes in sushi, which makes it a great option for fans of Japanese cuisine. Their sushi menu is extensive and the must-tries include their volcano roll, dynamite roll, and rainbow roll.
If you’re not a fan of sushi, fear not, because there are other options that you can try here, including soups, salads, ramen, crispy chicken, Mongolian beef, and dumplings. Wash down your food with a glass of Sapporo or Kirin Ichiban beer on tap.
Kirin Asian and Sushi Cuisine
Address: 8041 S Mingo Rd, Tulsa, OK 74133
Website: Kirin Asian and Sushi Cuisine
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 10:30pm
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Don’t let this restaurant’s small size deter you from trying out its great Asian fusion cuisine - which includes vegetarian, vegan-friendly, and gluten-free options. The establishment specializes in Southeast Asian food and even tried and tested Western options are given an Asian twist.
Make sure to try out the curries here, particularly the red curry. The tom yum is also a great option, especially if you’re a fan of Thai cuisine. If, however, you prefer Vietnamese food, you can try the pho if you have a hankering for soup.
Address: 3524 S Peoria Ave, Tulsa, OK 74105
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 11pm (closed on Sun)
5. Ri Le's
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Ri Le’s is another option if you’re a fan of Vietnamese cuisine. Credited to be one of, if not the first restaurant in Tulsa to offer these dishes, this establishment is a great choice for those who want to eat healthy, especially since vegetarian options are offered here. The Bun Cha Gio salad and the Imperial rolls are worth a try. If you want to try something different, they offer pizzas with cauliflower and noodle crusts. The Vietnamese coffee should also not be missed.
Address: 4932 E 91st St # 102, Tulsa, OK 74137
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 12pm - 9:30pm (closed on Sun)
If you’re with a large party and you’re looking for a place to eat, consider dining at Chopsticks, which specializes in Chinese and Korean food. The restaurant features tables that can accommodate large parties, each of which comes with a lazy Susan to make sharing easier. Some of the food you should try out here are the egg rolls, the moo goo gai pan, fried shrimp, cashew chicken, and wonton soup.
Address: 6193 E 61st St, Tulsa, OK 74135
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 9:30pm
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
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Yokozuna is also another option that you can check out if you’re a fan of Japanese food, especially sushi and ramen. Yokozuna offers happy hour specials, where you can get discounts on appetizers and sushi from 2 to 5 pm. The Flaming Volcano and the Rising Sun rolls are must-tries. Vegan options are available here, as well.
You can order Japanese beer, whiskeys, and cocktails to wash down the food you ordered. If you’re dining with a group, check out the Pu Pu Platter, which is good for up to five people.
Address: 309 E 2nd St., Tulsa, OK 74120
Opening hours: 11am - 10pm (daily)
8. P.F. Chang's
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This is another good option you may want to consider if you’re looking for a restaurant that can accommodate big groups. Besides Chinese cuisine, it also serves dishes from other Asian countries. Some of the food items you should try include their lo mein, lettuce wraps, crispy avocado rolls, and hand-folded crab wontons. There are vegetarian and gluten-free options offered here, as well. There’s a happy hour from 3 to 6 pm, Monday to Friday. Do note that the menu may change depending on the season.
Address: 1978 E 21st St, Tulsa, OK 74114
Website: P.F. Chang’s
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 11pm
9. Tropical Restaurant & Bar
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
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Don’t let the facade and the neighborhood dissuade you from paying this place a visit. The establishment may not be easy to find, but the effort you put in will be worth it once you try the dishes offered by this Thai-inspired restaurant. Be sure to try out their pad thai and their yellow curry rice. There’s a kids’ menu, which is great for families traveling with children who are picky eaters. Complete your meal by ordering some coconut ice cream for your dessert.
Tropical Restaurant & Bar
Address: 8125 E 49th St, Tulsa, OK 74145
Website: Tropical Restaurant & Bar
Opening hours: 11am - 3pm; 5pm - 10pm (daily)
10. Bamboo Thai Bistro
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The servings are quite large here, perfect for those who have huge appetites or for groups that want to share food. The dining room is quite small and can get packed quickly, especially during lunch and dinner, so be sure to come in early if you plan on dining here. Customers have the option to choose the spiciness level of what they order. The curry noodles are a must-try and vegan options are served in this restaurant, as well.
Bamboo Thai Bistro
Address: 5079 S Yale Ave, Tulsa, OK 74135
Website: Bamboo Thai Bistro
Opening hours: Mon, Wed - Fri: 11am - 9pm; Sat - Sun: 12pm - 9pm (closed on Tue)
Test your tastebuds in Tulsa
These Asian restaurants are a feast – literally. What makes them even better is that these offerings are merely the tip of the gastronomic iceberg that is Tulsa. Make sure to get your tastebuds ready when you visit this Oklahoman city.
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