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M Tempura, Durham, NC

M Tempura

4.8
4.8
500 Reviews
$50 and over
Japanese
M Tempura is Durham's traditional Japanese tempura restaurant offering Tempura as well as Kaiseki Omakase offerings.

For the multi-course menu items, all members of your party must choose the same option please.

We currently cannot accommodate shellfish, vegetarian (egg in batter), gluten, and seafood allergies. We apologize for the inconvenience.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Tempura, Asian
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (919) 748-3874
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander
  • Executive chef
    Michael Lee
  • Neighborhood
    Durham
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Tempura Tasting Menu

    $38.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Our Traditional Omakase is the most casual of our experiences. Guests start with a seasonal salad and then proceed to 10 pieces of chef's choice fish and vegetable tempura. After tempura, guests will enjoy a final dessert course of housemade ice cream. Flavors vary often but are always delicious. This is the best option for guests who are going to a show or event in town! Guests with allergies or dietary restrictions are encouraged to contact us with any questions at 919-748-3874.
  • M Omakase Tasting Menu

    $79.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Our M Omakase is a 7-Course experience that cannot be found anywhere else. Guests start with three small plates including Tuna Tartare, Crudo, and Savory Chawanmushi. They then proceed to 8 premium tempura pieces such as Lobster Tail from Maine and Scallop topped with Golden Kaluga Caviar. After tempura, guests will enjoy a final entree course of miso-marinated seabass over rice with house-cured salmon roe, nori, wasabi, and pickled daikon. Finally, guests will finish with a unique housemade dessert. Desserts vary often but are always delicious. Guests with allergies or dietary restrictions are encouraged to contact us with any questions at 919-748-3874.
    M Omakase Tasting Menu Photo
  • Kaiseki Omakase Menu

    $127.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Kaiseki Omakase requires 24 hours advance notice. WE CANNOT HONOR SAME-DAY REQUESTS. Kaiseki is a traditional multi-course Japanese meal that uses different cooking methods in each course. Our adaptation of the Kaiseki focuses on seasonality and locality of ingredients. It includes 10 Unique courses that the chef may adjust according to seasonal availability. Please see the menu for course details.
    Kaiseki Omakase Menu Photo

What 500 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Innovative

  • Durham

    Innovative

  • Durham

    Good for special occasions

500 Reviews
  1. Xcuzmee

    Raleigh

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow, one of the best meals and dining experiences these foodies have ever had! We added the wine and sake pairings for each course. That was nice and made the decision making easy. Each of the 7 courses was fantastic. We’ll be going back for sure. It was cool being able to chat with the chef as she was preparing the meals. She was busy so we made sure to limit the chatter, but that interaction and the highly knowledgeable wait staff took the whole experience to the next level.

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  2. SashaK

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really really great experience and delicious food. Warning - you will smell of tempura for days so beware what you wear to the restaurant ;)

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  3. TracyC

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous meal. We did the M Omakase tasting menu and loved it. I added the wine pairing which was totally worth it. Enjoyed sitting at the bar watching the chefs work. Will definitely go back.

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  4. foodie

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The prefix menus are excellent. Super high quality food.

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  5. Luis

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Their Kaiseki tasting menu was extraordinary - their best so far (after 5 or 6 times having dined with them)

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  6. RussT

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Small restaurant with outstanding food (pre fixe). Great place for a date night.

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  7. BlakeM

    Raleigh

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We did the Kaiseki Omakase Menu with drink pairing, which was quite expensive but so worth it for a special occasion. Each dish was exquisite and this was truly one of the best meals we’ve ever had, much less in Durham! The M restaurants never disappoint.

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  8. MaxJ

    Western NC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First timer. Sat at the bar and had the M Omakase. Pricey but a very enjoyable dinner. Wife and I loved all three of the pre-tempura dishes (the Salmon Crudo with mango sauce was a standout). Tempura was delicious. Only reason I didn’t give 5 stars for food was the final Sea Bass entree dish was good but not great and left us a little disappointed as we would have expected to end on a better note. Service was on point and ambiance was great. Overall very enjoyable and we'll be back.

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  9. Bill

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We did the Omakase tasting with pairings. It was a great experience. At some points the food was stunning. Tuna Tartare with a Foie Gras mousse was amazing, I loved it. The tempura too was amazing. The wine pairings were good. The Yuzu Sake at the end was a real taste of something different. I highly recommend.

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  10. ChavaSanchez

    Monterrey

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was awesome and the pairing was very good, I don’t think both were synchronized perfectly but it was very good overall, service could improve I had a feeling that it was a bit unorganized. I want to highlight that the food was very nice, service could be improved for the price we are paying. Thanks for having us! I would definitely come back.

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  11. Jasonnzl

    Raleigh

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for a valentine's day special menu and it was wonderful. Service, food and company was spot on. Highly recommended.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We absolutely loved it! From beginning to end, the service was impeccable. The food presentation was top notch. And the fact that it tasted as good as it looked was even better. We can’t wait to go back!

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  13. JaneH

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved our dining experience at M Tempura. Delicious curated menu and lovely service. Each course was unique and we loved all the different flavors!

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  14. Peter

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    An amazing (but very expensive) dining experience. Everything so elegantly prepared and wonderfully delicious. The only exception was the odd foie gras and fruity pebbles concoction, which was out of sync with the rest of the meal and definitely not delicious. Highly recommend otherwise.

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  15. AmyG

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun tasting menu. The sea bass tempura was my favorite

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  16. DawnM

    Tampa

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice vibe, responsive & helpful bar / table staff. Would have liked more interaction with chef; 2nd chef was curt.

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  17. Joseph

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We gad a great experience, even though we still think it’s a bit overpriced overall. I think Omakase pricing is fine but it snowballs with a bit of alcohol and such. Great place for special occasions.

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  18. JosephF

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We've eaten at M Tempura a number of times since first open. Always Omakase. And always loved it. This is the first time we've been able to return since they revamped their menu last summer. What was already a wonderful experience somehow got even better!! Thanks! Should mention that as always, the service was five star!

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  19. FreqFoodieHillsboroughNC

    Raleigh

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was outstanding. It’s always a treat to dine at MTempura.

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  20. BirthdayDinnerSuccess

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding experience!! We tried dishes and ingredients we hadn’t had before and loved every single bite. The service was professional and the setting was intimate with the kitchen - they would announce to us what the dishes were as they plated and were very accommodating to any questions or compliments we gave. Will definitely be back next chance we can snag another babysitter!

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  21. MarenL

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another incredible dining experience at M Tempura! Every dish was so layered, balanced, beautiful and delicious! The service was impeccable too. Thanks for giving us such a special evening!

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  22. Arlgirl

    Washington DC

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Each course better than the last. I never knew how good lotus root could be. And the sea bass and scallops were like butta Our server Tiki was amazing and informed. Kept things flowing with humor and information. Go!

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  23. NicoleR

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a unique experience! The flavors were amazing!

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  24. EugenieS

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Front of house was easily accommodating for our last-minute larger part of 6 - they combined our 2 reservations into one and anticipated our needs throughout the night. What a treat to have piping hot tempura with super fresh ingredients!

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  25. RayTbo

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a delicious & beautiful experience that leaves me ‘happy dancing’ while I eat!

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  26. mikep244

    Raleigh

    75 reviews

    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    M Tempura is easily one of the best -- if not the best -- restaurant in the Triangle. One of several restaurants owned by Chef Michael Lee, it is quite small and tends to be overshadowed by M Sushi. But it shouldn't be. In spite of its name tempura is only part of what they serve -- all of it different and delicious. One caveat -- you have to select from one of three tasting menus. A la carte is then in addition to those, not instead of. If you like good food, then M Tempura is a restaurant you must visit.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Very good food, fresh and interesting! Would come back. Each course was excellent and well paced. The server was kind and attentive, but forgot a couple things, like another order of sake (which she comped). Would return but sit at the bar if it’s just two of us.

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  28. LyndsayA

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic! I loved the fixed menus - I tried (and loved) things I may not have tried otherwise. It was also nice not to have to think too much. The food was so delicious!

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  29. alexc

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second time coming and it was amazing as the first. My only wish was they had dessert to order like our first visit. The Crepe cake from the first visit was amazing.

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  30. MikeB

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My partner and I love coming here. The staff are what make the experience so amazing. We’ve been to a few of the local M restaurants in downtown Durham, and this one is our favorite. Granted we typically get the omakase, so it can be a bit pricey. However, the food and the staff make it so worthwhile and they make you feel welcome. During this most recent visit, more than one of the staff recognized us, and that made us feel special too.

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  31. BentonW

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot, had some friends from NYC in town for a catch-up dinner. We had the M Omakase dinner. Definitely a special night out and a fun, new thing to do with friends. Will be back.

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  32. RODRIGUEZJ

    Charleston

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic! Shame on us for not dining there sooner! We had the Omakase Tasing Menu and it was amazing! Looking forward to returning and trying the Kaiseki Tasting Menu!

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  33. Sasha

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Memorable dinner. Impeccable service that rushed dishes from kitchen to table. Surprisingly expensive.

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  34. BentonW

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Tiki and the master chef were wonderful in providing a special Kaiseki experience. We felt so lucky to be able to sit at the bar, enjoy such good food, presented in such a beautiful manner. Left full but not miserable, can't wait to go back. Thanks ya'll!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic omakase menu, some of the best selected seafood and expertly served!

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  36. cfosurfing

    County Durham

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time, and will go back time and again. The food was amazing, KiKi, our waitress was outstanding as well. She was attentive, her presentation of the courses was excellent, great vibe. Overall, I wish we found this place earlier, although we have been to M Sushi a few times. Highly recommend!
    M TempuraResponded on November 11, 2023
    Thank you so much for this beautiful compliment! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed yourself. We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

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  37. KimF

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My husband and I enjoyed a truly exceptional tasting meal at M Tempura for our 20th wedding anniversary, including a delicious bottle of sake recommended by our server. Highly recommended for a special occasion!

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  38. CTST123

    Atlanta Metro

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best meal we had in a very long time. Best in class experience across the board food drinks service and ambiance. Nothing better

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  39. andrewd

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Very loud as walls are brick and floors wood, so any noise reverberated. Difficult to hear waitress telling us about food if others were laughing or talking loudly. And the restaurant had few filled tables. On a busy night, can't imagine!

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  40. MaggieO

    County Durham

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was outstanding! Loved all the wine pairings as well.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

M Tempura is rated 4.8 stars by 500 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for M Tempura

111 Orange Street, Durham, NC 27701

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Durham
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Tempura, Asian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander
  • Executive chef
    Michael Lee
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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