Asian Food
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Florida might be extremely far from Asia, but Tampa is home to some delicious Asian food restaurants serving up Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Indian and more! The next time you are in the mood for international cuisine, try one of these local places!


Plum Tree is only a short drive from downtown Tampa. It has a large menu and is relatively cheap for the Tampa area. If you and your date are looking for a place that is open later and not too expensive, Plum Tree is a good place to go. Open Tuesday-Sunday until 10 or 11 p.m.
Located in a building with koi fish painted on it, YHS China Bistro wants to give guests a visual experience. YHS is an award-winning bistro in South Tampa. The restaurant has been featured in Creative Loafing’s Readers Choice Awards as the Best in the Bay for seven years in a row. YHS has also been listed in the Tampa Bay Times and Tampa Magazine for its tasty food. With this many compliments from critics, you cannot go wrong trying it on a special date night.


Thai Five Fast Food is an authentic Thai cuisine. The owner was born in Laos, a country bordering Thailand, and spent years in Ohio making Thai food. Before he opened Thai 5 Fast Food at its current location in 2016, he had a Thai 5 food truck in Tampa that was voted the #1 Thai restaurant in Tampa Bay for 2015. The inside of the restaurant even looks like the inside of some restaurants in Thailand- simple, with an almost diner-like feel.
For 40 years Thailand Restaurant has been serving South Tampa. According to the website, Thailand Restaurant was the first Thai restaurant in Tampa. The restaurant has several styles of Thai decor and has Thai pronunciations on the menu. For the establishment’s recent 40th birthday, monks came for a special blessing. For true Thai food and a unique experience, visit Thailand Restaurant. Being there will be the closest you get to a restaurant in Thailand!
Photo Credit: Thailand Restaurant Facebook


The owner of Restaurant BT, BT Nguyen, started cooking when she was a child living in Vietnam. Her establishment combines traditional Vietnamese dishes with French techniques from French Indochina. There is also plenty of sake bottle and sake cocktail options to accompany your delicious Vietnamese dinner. BT is a little more expensive and fancy than some places, so this would be a good first date night or celebration date night restaurant.
Photo Credit: Restaurant BT Facebook
With over 125 traditional Vietnamese dishes on the menu and reasonable prices, there is something for everyone! It is the perfect spot for a group date out. Everyone can split appetizers and pick something to order for the table. That way, everyone gets to try a taste of as many as the yummy dishes as possible! Order a Thai tea, French iced coffee, or lychee drink to complement the food!


Rasoi is an award-winning restaurant located in Historic Ybor. In 2018 Rasoi was named one of the top 50 restaurants in Tampa Bay by the Tampa Bay Times. There are many items on the menu, including appetizing desserts. Rasoi has lunch and dinner every day of the week and even has late patio nights on Friday and Saturday!

Asian Food Tampa
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Do you like to try new foods? Minerva has a daily lunch buffet and a weekend lunch buffet so guests can try many foods or enjoy many of the foods they like at once. If you prefer to order one dish or are getting takeout, the menu has many options and is broken down into categories. There are vegetarian selections as well as a North Indian specials and South Indian specials section. There is something for everybody!

Featured Asian Food Image Credit: Restaurant BT

For more international cuisine ideas, check out Date Night Around the World: Tampa Italian Edition and Date Night Around the World: Mexican Edition!