Best Chinese Restaurants in Nashville

The Eastern Peak

536 Thompson Ln, Nashville, TN 37211, USA
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(615) 610-4888
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Asian Fusion Sushi Thai
Hours

Monday: 11:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Ratings

Rating: 4.5
Rating: 4.5

Staff is great, but place was small and loud with everyone talking. That doesn't really take away any stars, but my wife and I like a little privacy like the option of a booth, and be able to hear each other talk without having to talk over others. Food: where is the heat?? I had the Thai Steak dinner with vegetables and white rice, it was a great steak, but it came with sticky rice that did not pair well with the steak and vegetables. The dinner was more American then anything else, and there's was nothing to spice it up! My meal was not what I expected, but good, just no heat! My wife had a noodle soup that was something like Pho, again, nice taste, but no heat level what so ever, with nothing on the table to add other than salt and black pepper. We got a California roll that tasted a bit bland and watery. That was the only thing that didn't taste pretty darn good and didn't need heat to go along with it. So the flavor is there, but only for people who don't like spice, and my steak dinner was not a Thai dinner just because sticky rice was on the side.
This place is a decent place for a variety of Asian cuisines. They have several Thai staples, along with some items you would typically see at a Chinese or Japanese place. Foods were fresh and tasty. The dining area itself is quite nice, unexpected for a place awkwardly sandwiched between the railroad tracks and the $399 sofa store.
Pad Thai will blow you away. This restaurant is modern, clean, and serves delicious, affordable food. You can't go wrong here.
Second time here. Great experience, great sushi, great gyoza! My server, Kent, was very attentive. I like the patio, but the owners should invest in a new TV. I highly recommend coming here!
Very good Thai food. Nice decor. Good cocktails. Reasonable prices. Attentive service.

The Smiling Elephant: Best Pad Thai Restaurant

2213 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204, USA
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(615) 891-4488
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Price range: $11-30

Thai Chinese Seafood
Hours

Monday: 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM, 5:00 – 9:00 PM
Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM, 5:00 – 9:00 PM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM, 5:00 – 9:00 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM, 5:00 – 9:00 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM, 4:30 – 9:30 PM
Saturday: 4:30 – 9:30 PM
Sunday: Closed

Ratings

Rating: 4.5
Rating: 4.0

This is the real deal and reminded me of visiting Thailand. The food is authentic and tasty and the huge portions make it easy to share. Service is fast and friendly and you can watch the chefs through the glass wall cooking up your food. It's great to experience true Thai that hasn't been Americanized into some sickly sweet mess - this is outstanding and the best meal I had in Nashville.
Some of the best pad Thai I've had! Lots of dishes to choose from as well, and a pleasant atmosphere. It does get crowded at peak times, so plan ahead.
Overall, I think this restaurant was wonderful. The crowd quickly gathered after they opened for their dinner hours. I got Pad Thai - it's their signature dish, so I figured that was something I would like without previous knowledge of the place. The Pad Thai was great - big serving size. We got the coconut custard for dessert, I would order a dozen of these to eat if i could! Be prepared to spend around $20 for dinner. The parking and the smallness of the place left a little to be desired, but overall - i would recommend this place and will be back again!
Best Thai food I've ever had, hands down! Everything was perfectly seasoned and delicious. Definitely recommend if you want awesome Thai food!
Incredible restaurant for modernized Thai food, almost everything seems to be handmade from scratch and seasoned perfectly. Expect a long wait if you come at an on time though, and their parking is kind of a pain.

Thai Phooket

207 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37213, USA
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(615) 248-7933
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Price range: $11-30

Thai
Hours

Monday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Ratings

Rating: 4.3
Rating: 4.0

Not impressed. One, you can't park there on game days. Two, there was hair in pretty much everything, including my Thai tea. That only makes the bad appearance of the place matter to me. Three, the waitress didn't even bother to take my order, then when I tried to tell her she didn't write it down. Needless to say I didn't get my food until everyone else was nearly finished.... Then when my curry came out the potatoes weren't cooked well and the chicken was tough. No one else seemed to be overly thrilled with their food either. I don't think we're going to bother with it again.
I have been to a few Thai places but after coming here twice I have to say it is one of the best Thai places I have been to. I have sampled multiple curries and noodle dishes, and everything has outstanding flavor! The service has been great and I look forward to coming back and trying more of the vast menu. I have no doubt I will enjoy whatever I order based on the flavor thus far. Do yourself a favor and ignore the run down appearance of the place and get some badass food NOW! Edit: had to drop a star because the consistency has been off the last few times I went there, along with a big snafu on my order. Just keep in mind the star heat rating may not be at all what you are expecting... I have ordered 2 star several times and it was usually not very hot, but enough that it helped. Last 2 times I went it was the heat of 5 star one time, and no spice at all the next. Keep that in mind.
We got there and I wanted to choose somewhere else just because of how it looked on the outside. The food was so good. My husband found a caterpillar in his drunken noodles though. He still said it was delicious. But he couldn't get past the caterpillar..
I'll just say that the food was good and that's the only reason I am even giving them any stars. The service however is horrible. I came in at 2:15pm CT and was 1 out of 4 people in the restaurant. I was given the option to choose my seat which I liked but then that's when it went down hill. I was given no option to order any other type of drink and was just brought some water with no ice. The waitress was fixing herself up in the mirror that was beside my table while I was trying to decide. I was able to quickly decide and told the waitress what I wanted. She was more interested in fixing herself up in the mirror and I had to repeat my order several times. After 5-10min she brought out some soup and then about 10min after that brought out my order. That was the last I saw of her. She never came by to check on me. Even when other waitresses walked by and saw my cup of water was almost out they did nothing to remedy the situation. One glass of water must be the max at this place. I eventually had to get another waitresses attention to finally ask for my check after I had been done eating for about 15min. She got my original waitress to bring me check. It was evident that she had forgotten about me. She even asked if I wanted more water...seriously...when I'm ready to leave!? Horrible service! Will not be coming back!
Ordered the fish. Everyone elses food came out and finished and we had to leave. Had I been told up front it would take 45 min I would have gladly ordered something else or set my expectations properly. Service needs to be trained better.

Thai Esane

907 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
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(615) 454-5373
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Price range: Under $10

Thai
Hours

Monday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

Ratings

Rating: 4.3
Rating: 4.0

A consultant and I met here, I thought it was a quiet, out of the way, kinda place. I was wrong, and not in a bad place. The exterior doesn't do the interior or food justice. They had some of the best Pad Thai I've had in a while and the drop soup my friend got was not short on meat, noodles or quantity. For the price I felt we got a lot more than we should have. The decor was crisp, clean, and inviting. It can be crowded, it seems, but there wasn't a wait even at the height of lunch. They also have a bar, but you'll want a seat and a plate or bowl of this great food!
Love this place, the Malaysian style noodle dish alone could carry this restaurant, but the red curry and pad Thai are also fantastic. They are spice forward and don't hold back on flavor, one of the only Thai spots in town where I don't need to ask for extra spice on everything. The lunch portions are excellent and the service I have experienced has always been quick, attentive, and accurate. Ask for extra rice if you get the red curry because they give you plenty of it!
Almost as good as what I was used to back in Seattle. I am starting to hope that Nashville may finally have some descent Asian food. Service was a little slow (although that is not typical), but all the entrees and appetizers were spot on. Highly recommend.
Appetizer was quick and fresh. However, entrees took forever to come out (45+ mins after we ordered) and were poorly cooked. It was all oil and no real flavor. Wouldn't recommend.
Love this place. Awesome food and service.

TKO

4204 Gallatin Pike, Nashville, TN 37216, USA
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(615) 915-3102
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Price range: $11-30

Chinese Southern
Hours

Monday: 5:00 – 11:00 PM
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 5:00 – 11:00 PM
Thursday: 5:00 – 11:00 PM
Friday: 5:00 – 11:00 PM
Saturday: 5:00 – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 5:00 – 11:00 PM

Ratings

Rating: 4.3
Rating: 4.0

What a nice treasure in Inglewood! It's a quiet spot with plenty of seating. They take time bringing out courses so that you can actually enjoy your meal. The mystery dinner for two is super exciting. The mystery dishes are not on the menu and the flavors do not disappoint. Highly recommended and the drinks were very nicely balanced. Not one complaint here.
Got their mystery dinner for two. It consisted of three shared apps and main course. The food was excellent and it was a good value. I also had two different craft cocktails (as I understand, their cocktail menu options change, so no use saying which two) and was very pleased with both. They went well with our dinner. Enjoyed having the chef/owner come over to say hello and thanks for trusting them enough to blindly order. The space is minimal. I really liked the openness, including being able to see everything going on in the kitchen. Overall it was a wonderful dining experience and I look forward to going back.
Unbelievably good! Hot dog fried rice was genius, and wok fried corn changed my life!
Great food and business model. There's no tipping because all employees share in the restaurant's profits. We ordered the chef's choice prix fixe for two and loved everything. We also loved the inventive cocktails and the friendliness of the staff. The decor is a little severe, though. Time to put or paint something on the walls. I look forward to returning often.
Outstanding food and service. The server knew the menu and was very polite. Everything was on point and seasoned well. I highly recommend going here!!!!

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