M Tempura

4.9
279 Reviews
$31 to $50
Tempura
M Tempura is Durham's traditional Japanese tempura restaurant offering Tempura as well as Kaiseki Omakase offerings. We also offer variety of single dish entrées as well.

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

We currently have limited patio seating available. Omakase and Kaiseki menu items are not available for the patio area.

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

Experiences

  • Valentines Kaiseki Dinner

    $125.00 per personPrepaid

    Feb 12, 2022 only

    Treat you and your special someone to a one day only Valentines weekend special Chef's Kaiseki dinner.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 279 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience with outstanding service. Ordering the set menu is a fun way to try a lot of different things.

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vipJRedd
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here and we did not know what to expect. We had an incredible experience. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was great. We have been talking about the experience for 2 days. We are trying to decide when we can go again - hopefully soon.

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AndreaM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place for a date night or special occasion for a small group. The dining room is small, which makes for an intimate dining experience. Screens were tastefully placed between each table, giving protection from covid but also providing privacy to diners. Service was wonderful! Given staff shortages and closures in the industry, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the servers were attentive, professional, and friendly. The food was amazing! I’m still dreaming about the sea bass and the scallops with caviar. I highly recommend one of the tasting menus. We had the kaiseki and it was truly a delight. With the tasting menus, you have the experience of trying many different unique plates without having to commit to one entree. Presentation is a big part of the experience and courses are served at perfectly timed intervals. It’s not an in-and-out type of place, our dinner took about 2 hours and that was just for 2 people. The whole experience was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
County Durham
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Kaseki dinner was amazing! Some of the courses were out of my comfort zone, but I still enjoyed them.

JL
vipJasonL
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing culinary experience. We’ve always ordered the M Omakase and have never been disappointed. Sitting at the tempura bar is a great way to enjoy the meal. The oysters are always a favorite.

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Lauren
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything! My favorite dish was the miso grits

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vipDurhamfoodie
Raleigh
34 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Everything was delicious. A few things on the “M” tasting menu were outside of my comfort zone and I am so happy the chef included them in the tasting as they proved to be the best parts of the meal. Loved this restaurant and will be back for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omakase meal was delightful for a special occasion, a series of small delicious courses, yum!

JG
vipJamG
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant so much! Savannah and Claire are the best. It is always a phenomenal experience.

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vipEugeneK
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BEST M RESTAURANT… also BEST RESTAURANT PERIOD

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SiddJ
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For anyone who enjoys Japanese cuisine, seafood, or just a great dining experience, this is one of the best restaurants in the triangle. The M Omakase offer a stunning value for an engaging many course meal. The entrees are additionally very well priced for a reliably excellent dinner. Service is stellar, and the product is remarkably consistent.

Keep in mind, everything is based on the quality of the product so if you have a friend who doesn't like lobsters, they're probably not gonna like the lobster tempura.

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greengreengreen
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ten courses of excellence.

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DaltonC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, even better than the first time we went just before COVID

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Michael
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Great server, but the food was over priced

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vipAndo
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences we've had in NC. Will absolutely return any time we're in Durham.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding! Would definitely recommend!

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SBOpenTable
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Everything was delicious! We will be back to try the Kaiseki menu as we just ordered entrees for this dinner. Wine list is a bit small and expensive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, presentation, taste and and condiment well presented everything we had was good

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BetsB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and great food. The best M restaurant, in my opinion.

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Grace
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and environment here is excellent. I like that this location is smaller and more intimate than M Sushi, another one of their locations. You will never be disappointed by the course meals. It is a great value for the variety and quality of ingredients.

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vipMS18
Phoenix
31 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible food. A dining adventure not just a meal.

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JulianaF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The omakase tasting experience was incredible! Highly recommend this for a special occasion.

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Luis
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing take on tempura, very simple yet wonderful flavors

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CynK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Kaiseki dinner was excellent! The pace of this multi-course meal was lovely and it provided a wonderful dining experience for our group of 4 adults. The staff went above and beyond in accommodating a food sensitivity that my husband has. Highly recommended for an enjoyable and unique Durham night out!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our current favorite in a very delicious Durham food scene.

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vipFoodiegirl
Raleigh
22 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Just amazing experience, I’ve been trying to get here for ages and it didn’t disappoint! Will be back.

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JJCWE
London
15 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wonderful service One of our favourite Durham restaurants

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing authentic tempura experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family reunion

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TomW
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

M Tempura offers truly high level cuisine. This has been my most authentic Japanese tempura experience outside of dedicated high end tempura restaurants in Japan. The kaiseki menu is superb, but I eat here frequently and find that all of the choices are excellent in conception and execution. Highly recommended!

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DurhamDiner
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I've had. We did the traditional omakase and I can't wait to go back. Everything was outstanding - crisp, light salad; delicious (lick the bowl type of situation) crudo; soba noodle soup; and ginger ice cream to die for. Of course the main affair is the tempura and it was the best I've had. Everything cooked perfectly and the way it's presented with radish, salt, etc makes everything come together into a perfect meal.

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Mosmoom
Greensboro
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well worth the expense and drive. I loved everything about our meal! I've been to M. Sushi and loved it, but I may love M. Tempura more. I love the "ritual" with the little side dishes, the variety and or server was awesome. It was a little noisy because it is a small place, but not enough to keep me away. On my place for special nights out.

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KristenF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go to M Tempura and get one of the special course menus! You will not regret it! I took my friends from out of town here for dinner and ordered the "M" Omakase menu and they talked about it for days afterwards!

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SamB
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordered the "M" Omakase. Magic. Each course was better than the previous. Durham is lucky to have this gem of a restaurant. We're lucky to be living within walking distance.

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ColethiaE
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my first visit to M Tempura, but won't be the last. The food was amazing, and our server Claire, was attentive and guided us through our menu choice. We loved the entire experience.

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DennisC
Raleigh
22 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had the M-Omakase menu with a delicious Sancerre. We were able to explore all the fantastic options the chef could produce all of them outstanding. A fabulous sampling of tempura. The dessert was a house made vanilla ice cream with ginger kernels inside. Everything was delicious.

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vipLambo
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had the traditional omakase and it was fantastic. From salmon crudo and perfectly cooked tempura all the way to the ginger ice cream. We were worried thst it would be overwhelming but it was just right.

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vipDCDRaleigh
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I realized I’ve never really had tempura until dining here. The tempura was perfectly balanced and complemented the flavor and texture of each item on the traditional omakase menu. Excellent service. Highly recommend.

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jruss
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Claire is AMAZING - experience is AMAZING - food was AMAZING!

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vipFreqFoodieHillsborough
Raleigh
26 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was outstanding as all of the traditional style omakase was delicious. The staff was very attentive but not intrusive. Anyone wanting to have an exceptional meal has to try M Tempura.

FAQs

M Tempura is rated 4.9 stars by 279 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.