67 AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander)-Owned Restaurants In Cleveland You Should Have Tried By Now

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month and in celebration of that, we rounded up a list of a ton of AAPI-owned restaurants around town. Lucky for us, that list includes a bunch of awesome spots. Some are very well-known and up there as the most popular restaurants in town and others are more under the radar, but either way you should check them out.

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 Shuhei
23360 Chagrin Blvd., Beachwood 
An excellent variety of maki and nigiri sushi is the star of the show here — ordered à la carte or in combinations as either appetizers or entrées. Shuhei has been serving up sushi in a basement of a Beachwood office building since 1994, well before the sushi craze hit the country as a whole. Beyond sushi, diners can also select items from a large menu of delicious dishes like beef teriyaki, tori karage, seafood dishes and many more. Charming servers in traditional kimonos add a decorative touch.
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Shuhei

23360 Chagrin Blvd., Beachwood

An excellent variety of maki and nigiri sushi is the star of the show here — ordered à la carte or in combinations as either appetizers or entrées. Shuhei has been serving up sushi in a basement of a Beachwood office building since 1994, well before the sushi craze hit the country as a whole. Beyond sushi, diners can also select items from a large menu of delicious dishes like beef teriyaki, tori karage, seafood dishes and many more. Charming servers in traditional kimonos add a decorative touch.

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Pho Lee
3710 Payne Ave. #10, Cleveland 
There can never be too many pho spots. It's always pho season, but colder weather screams for bun bo hue, a meatier, spicier and, we’d argue, more winter-appropriate brew. The version served here starts with deeply flavorful beef stock and is kicked up in all sorts of ways, evident by the burnt amber hue and pools of red chili oil that slick the surface. Unlike with pho, there's only one version, a hat-size bowl with thin-sliced beef, pork roll, tendon, an unwieldy knuckle of some sort and thick, round noodles. It's paired with an exceptionally fresh garnish plate overflowing with snow-white bean sprouts, shredded cabbage, fried banana blossoms, fresh mint and limes.
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Pho Lee

3710 Payne Ave. #10, Cleveland

There can never be too many pho spots. It's always pho season, but colder weather screams for bun bo hue, a meatier, spicier and, we’d argue, more winter-appropriate brew. The version served here starts with deeply flavorful beef stock and is kicked up in all sorts of ways, evident by the burnt amber hue and pools of red chili oil that slick the surface. Unlike with pho, there's only one version, a hat-size bowl with thin-sliced beef, pork roll, tendon, an unwieldy knuckle of some sort and thick, round noodles. It's paired with an exceptionally fresh garnish plate overflowing with snow-white bean sprouts, shredded cabbage, fried banana blossoms, fresh mint and limes.

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 Sasa
13120 Shaker Square., Cleveland
This sushi and tapas restaurant introduced the concept of Izayaka to Cleveland. This is the perfect place to share a family meal of sushi and small plates, like their award-winning tempura fries and their Kobe beef meatballs. Their Sasa Fire roll is filled with lobster, crawfish, masago salad and Chinese broccoli, then topped with shrimp, spicy mayo and unagi sauce and is phenomenal and their kobe beef gyoza and meatballs are mouthwateringly good.
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Sasa

13120 Shaker Square., Cleveland

This sushi and tapas restaurant introduced the concept of Izayaka to Cleveland. This is the perfect place to share a family meal of sushi and small plates, like their award-winning tempura fries and their Kobe beef meatballs. Their Sasa Fire roll is filled with lobster, crawfish, masago salad and Chinese broccoli, then topped with shrimp, spicy mayo and unagi sauce and is phenomenal and their kobe beef gyoza and meatballs are mouthwateringly good.

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 Ipoke
10001 Chester Ave., Cleveland 
Poke places seem to be popping up like daffodils in spring. The newest opens its doors today in Midtown, in the Innova Living building on Chester, across the street from the Cleveland Clinic. Operated by Sheng Long Yu, who also owns Shinto Japanese Steakhouse, Kenko Sushi and Dagu Rice Noodle, Ipoke offers build-your-own bowls for dine-in and carry-out. 
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Ipoke

10001 Chester Ave., Cleveland

Poke places seem to be popping up like daffodils in spring. The newest opens its doors today in Midtown, in the Innova Living building on Chester, across the street from the Cleveland Clinic. Operated by Sheng Long Yu, who also owns Shinto Japanese Steakhouse, Kenko Sushi and Dagu Rice Noodle, Ipoke offers build-your-own bowls for dine-in and carry-out.

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 Seoul Garden
5270 Pearl Rd., Parma 
Adventure is the name of the game at Seoul Garden, the region’s best Korean restaurant (despite less-than-glamorous digs) for nearly a decade. At this Parma institution, small groups huddle around bubbling pots of “jungol,” hearty stews that run the gamut from spicy seafood to “Army Base,” so named for the inclusion of American Spam. Other tables feature tabletop griddles for cooking up Korean barbecue items like thin-sliced pork belly and beef brisket, which are wrapped in lettuce leaves, topped with red chili pepper paste and kimchi, and eaten out of hand. For the uninitiated, bibimbop is a great place to start. Served in a hot stone bowl, this mix of steamed rice, shredded veggies, ground beef and egg is Korean comfort food. 
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Seoul Garden

5270 Pearl Rd., Parma

Adventure is the name of the game at Seoul Garden, the region’s best Korean restaurant (despite less-than-glamorous digs) for nearly a decade. At this Parma institution, small groups huddle around bubbling pots of “jungol,” hearty stews that run the gamut from spicy seafood to “Army Base,” so named for the inclusion of American Spam. Other tables feature tabletop griddles for cooking up Korean barbecue items like thin-sliced pork belly and beef brisket, which are wrapped in lettuce leaves, topped with red chili pepper paste and kimchi, and eaten out of hand. For the uninitiated, bibimbop is a great place to start. Served in a hot stone bowl, this mix of steamed rice, shredded veggies, ground beef and egg is Korean comfort food.

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 Rising Grill
3709 Payne Ave., Cleveland 
It was right around the time our server wheeled a cart up to the table that we regretted not inviting more friends to dinner. Our combination platter had enough beef short rib, ribeye, pork and chicken to feed half the dining room. But we persevered, cooking up tasty bits of Korean BBQ on Rising Grill's trusty new gas-powered grill tables. Hot off the grate, we bundled up the charred, garlicky pieces of meat into cold lettuce wraps, dragged them through sauce, popped them in our mouths, and washed them down with ice-cold OB beer. We never stood a chance, but at least we went out with a smile.
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Rising Grill

3709 Payne Ave., Cleveland

It was right around the time our server wheeled a cart up to the table that we regretted not inviting more friends to dinner. Our combination platter had enough beef short rib, ribeye, pork and chicken to feed half the dining room. But we persevered, cooking up tasty bits of Korean BBQ on Rising Grill's trusty new gas-powered grill tables. Hot off the grate, we bundled up the charred, garlicky pieces of meat into cold lettuce wraps, dragged them through sauce, popped them in our mouths, and washed them down with ice-cold OB beer. We never stood a chance, but at least we went out with a smile.

Photo by Doug Trattner
 Himalayan Restaurant
13124 Lorain Ave., Cleveland 
Just as we were becoming familiar with xiao long bao (soup dumplings) courtesy of the great new Chinese noodle shop LJ Shanghai, along comes another exotic dumpling with which to get acquainted. Momo are Nepali-Tibetan dumplings, and they have been making quite the splash down in Columbus, where a tiny food stall tucked into a sprawling international foods warehouse is one of the top-rated eateries in the entire city. Now, with the opening of Himalayan Restaurant, we think Clevelanders will follow in Columbus’ footsteps and adore the exotic cuisine.
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Himalayan Restaurant

13124 Lorain Ave., Cleveland

Just as we were becoming familiar with xiao long bao (soup dumplings) courtesy of the great new Chinese noodle shop LJ Shanghai, along comes another exotic dumpling with which to get acquainted. Momo are Nepali-Tibetan dumplings, and they have been making quite the splash down in Columbus, where a tiny food stall tucked into a sprawling international foods warehouse is one of the top-rated eateries in the entire city. Now, with the opening of Himalayan Restaurant, we think Clevelanders will follow in Columbus’ footsteps and adore the exotic cuisine.

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 Korea House
3700 Superior Ave. E.., Cleveland 
There is more to Korean food than kimchi and bulgogi, and this cozy eatery is the perfect place to expand one’s range. Meals begin with crispy pan-fried mandu, or beef dumplings. Sweet bits of seafood and scallion dot a fluffy egg pancake. And bibimbap is a glorious bowl of rice topped with beef, veggies, runny egg and hot-chile paste. Fragrant condiments known as banchan fill what little space is left on the table.
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Korea House

3700 Superior Ave. E.., Cleveland

There is more to Korean food than kimchi and bulgogi, and this cozy eatery is the perfect place to expand one’s range. Meals begin with crispy pan-fried mandu, or beef dumplings. Sweet bits of seafood and scallion dot a fluffy egg pancake. And bibimbap is a glorious bowl of rice topped with beef, veggies, runny egg and hot-chile paste. Fragrant condiments known as banchan fill what little space is left on the table.

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Ninja City
6706 Detroit Ave., Cleveland 
Gordon Square’s Ninja City definitely has one of the best varieties when it comes to Asian soups. They have Korean style red curry noodle soup, they have pho, they have veggie broth ramen and they have pork broth ramen. And whatever you get, you have a ton of choices of what to put in the soups. Yum.
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Ninja City

6706 Detroit Ave., Cleveland

Gordon Square’s Ninja City definitely has one of the best varieties when it comes to Asian soups. They have Korean style red curry noodle soup, they have pho, they have veggie broth ramen and they have pork broth ramen. And whatever you get, you have a ton of choices of what to put in the soups. Yum.

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 Pho Ha Nam
3280 Superior Ave., Cleveland 
The pho here is lovely, with a fragrant, flavorful broth filled with tender rice flour noodles and a generous amount of thin-sliced rare beef and well-done but tender flank. And of course the soup is garnished by the diner with a squirt of lime, fresh mint leaves, crunchy bean sprouts and, in the case of the bun bo hue, sliced banana blossoms. 
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Pho Ha Nam

3280 Superior Ave., Cleveland

The pho here is lovely, with a fragrant, flavorful broth filled with tender rice flour noodles and a generous amount of thin-sliced rare beef and well-done but tender flank. And of course the soup is garnished by the diner with a squirt of lime, fresh mint leaves, crunchy bean sprouts and, in the case of the bun bo hue, sliced banana blossoms.

Photo via Scene Archives