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M Tempura, Durham, NC

M Tempura

4.9
4.9
542 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 6 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
  • 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 542 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Best Overall

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Best Food

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Innovative

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Good for special occasions

  • Durham

    Best Overall

  • Durham

    Best Food

  • Durham

    Best Service

  • Durham

    Innovative

  • Durham

    Good for special occasions

542 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    June 21, 2024. The food was mediocre at best. I venture to say the tempura was not cooked in the correct oil temperature (too low) as the food was overly greasy. It felt like line order cooks were preparing the food instead of properly trained cooks. The salmon sushi was tough but I have to say the orange sauce with it was spectacular. We sat on the back were the food came out and was place on the bar for the server to pick up. The main entree (which was cooked and hot), sat in the bar for over 5 minutes before it was picked up and severed. Needless to say, the entree was like warm instead of hot. Disappointing.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    County Durham

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Third time at M Tempura but first time bringing my teen daughters and everyone loved their food and overall experience. Great food and service—we will be back!

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  3. JamesH

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    the meal was exquisite and the service was amazing. We at no point felt rushed, the pace of the courses was perfect.

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  4. JoeS

    Raleigh

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always! Brought friends for their first experience. They loved it as well!

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  5. sridhar3

    Raleigh

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Saturday 06/08/2024 Kaiseki Omakase with sake/wine pairing. After about an hour, I found out that the chef (Savannah Miller) is currently on Top Chef, and is still in the running (as of this writing). Apparently everyone in the restaurant was privy to this, apart from me. Oh well. Food and sake/wine pairing were both fantastic. The scallop in curried cauliflower puree was a standout. Absolutely outstanding; would not hesitate to return.

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  6. Xcuzmee

    Raleigh

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time we’ve eaten here in the past two months - both dinners were some of the best we’ve ever had. We did the 10 course with wine & sake pairings and throughly enjoyed each meal. Super cool to have such an amazing chef preparing the meals right in front of you. Will be back.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Pinehurst

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience! One of the best meals by the best chef Savannah we’ve ever had!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love watching Savannah and eating her food! She is an excellent representative of NC!

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  9. BrettN

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chef Savannah is amazing!! Everything was perfect

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  10. JenR

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous creative and delicious Japanese cuisine.

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FAQs

M Tempura is rated 4.9 stars by 542 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 6 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
  • Executive chef
    Michael Lee
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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