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M Tempura, Durham, NC

M Tempura

4.8
4.8
370 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Tempura

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (919) 748-3874

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Michael Lee

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What 370 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
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Fit for Foodies

  • Durham

    Best Overall

  • Durham

    Best Food

  • Durham

    Fit for Foodies

  • Durham

    Hot Spot

  • Durham

    Notable Wine List

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  1. Y

    Yummer

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible!! The traditional omakase was just so delicious and perfectly done perfectly served, attention to every single detail. Loved.
  2. AF

    AliF

    Raleigh

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love this place. The M omakase is so well crafted and each seafood element was delicious. A really fun and creative meal.
  3. TH

    TiffanyH

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Service and food was wonderful. The presentation was beautiful and many of the tastings were delicious. It would have been nice to have more of a balance between protein and veggies as it was more heavily protein oriented. We should have reviewed the menu ahead of time as did not know it was a tasting menu only, nor did we know the price point. This was my fault in assuming it was similar to their other restaurants, which I have been to. This was a wonderful dining experience, though more of a once in a blue moon given the menu and the price point.
  4. A

    Aznfatty99

    Greensboro

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great kaiseki menu. Excellent sake. Nothing special for birthday celebration but overall good experience.
  5. LA

    LauraA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My husband loves Asian cuisine, so I knew this would be the perfect anniversary dinner - IT WAS! We had so much fun exploring each of the small plates, and he said it was one of the top 5 best meals he'd had in his life!
  6. EC

    EdwardC

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    This place has taken a turn for the worse over the last 6 months. Tonight we ate and they had new chefs. One of the chefs dropped a mushroom into a cooking utensil container which were being used and he still served it to me. Then they rushed you so much at one time we had three different tempura courses on our plates served within seconds of each other that we were rushed and the by the time we got to the second and third pieces they were cold. Totally lousy compared to when they had Savannah (previous chef) qnd Claire (previous server) working there.
  7. RW

    RW515

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Prefix menu. 3 price points. We got the main menu. Alacarte is available.
  8. RM

    RMMR

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The overall experience was excellent and it’s a unique venue and dining format. However I do think it’s a little overpriced.
  9. DM

    DebbieM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and several dishes were prepared in enexpected ways. We had the traditional style omakase and were surprisingly full when we left--a very good value.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not my first time, but every time I've gone, I have thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. If you are just a pair, I recommend bar seating.
  11. K

    Katy

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always great at M Tempura!
  12. JG

    JGDofDurham

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    So many subtle yet spectacular flavors beautifully presented in our multi course tempura meal. Highly recommended
  13. MM

    MarkM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Best meal I have had in the US. This should be a Michelin star restaurant.
  14. J

    Jingwen

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for couple and small group. Not kid friendly.
  15. TB

    TravisB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal I’ve ever had. We had the “M” Omakase and it did not disappoint! Every dish was exceptional and took our tastebuds on delightful journey. Worst part of the meal was when it was over! Thanks to the staff for a lovely and intimate experience.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Everything we ate was amazing! The service felt a little rushed for the price and ambiance. Would still recommend based on deliciousness of food.
  17. s

    somuch2c

    Raleigh

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is a dining experience not to be missed. Very much like many restaurants in Japan, small and intimate.
  18. IO

    IsaiahO

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food and service were excellent. But the price was a bit steep.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner! Very special. Sat at the bar and really enjoyed watching the chefs.
  20. CW

    CWrench

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great evening, food was delicious and artistic! Strongly recommend for a night out, only word of caution is make sure you allow at least 90 mins to thoroughly enjoy it and don’t feel rushed.
  21. LT

    LeTroyG

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a perfect date night to woo someone special.
  22. NH

    NadimH

    Raleigh

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was an outstanding experience (both food and service). A couple of comments: - it's a little pricey - it's a multi-course meal and will take more than an hour to serve, so avoid this place if you are in a rush
  23. d

    davidw

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had the middle Omakase menu.it was a delicious food adventure.Every bite was delicious and well thought out. We want to visit all the M restaurants now!
  24. JB

    JohnB

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fabulous experience, with great service and delicious food. We had the traditional option, and it was great, and unless you are a big eater, no added tempura is needed. Light ice dessert was very tasty and refreshing.
  26. TH

    THEJJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    The ambience is nice, but overall I would not visit here again for the price I paid for M Omakase. There isn't any single dish that I thought was better than okay.
  27. a

    anon

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    High price but well worth it for a special occasion. Our dinner was exceptionally wonderful both in preparation and presentation.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    The special tasting menu was an incredible culinary experience. The ambience can be better! The drinks were a little bit slow to come. It was our first time there and I wish I didn’t have to ask about the menu at the start. Otherwise the service was excellent as well.
  29. K

    Kriz

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This was our second visit to M Tempura. Towards the end of the meal, there was a mix up with the chefs, so we had long (15+ minutes) delay between a couple of courses. The head chef stopped at several tables to apologize for the delay. Our first visit had no such issues, and they were training a new chef, so just a minor blip. We'll definitely be back as the food is outstanding.
  30. JJ

    JJyums

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the most incredible meal of my life, hands down. The “M” omakase course changed my life. Worth the extra money. The Mero seabass tempura made me cry. I wish I was kidding. Iron Chef level dining and Chef Michael Lee was even in the kitchen while I was there. 15/10 will definitely come again.
  31. MS

    MarinaS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience and delicious food (we had the traditional style omakase). Looking forward to going back and trying one of the other menus next time!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always love M Tempura! Beautifully prepared and measured courses, excellent service. This is a special restaurant.
  33. D

    Dominique

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal with the progression of the meal making the most sense. I would absolutely return for even the smallest component that we were served.
  34. CR

    CharlesR

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time to M Tempura and it did not disappoint. Fantastic
  35. LL

    LifelongL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A most memorable and exceptional culinary experience.
  36. WW

    WigglyWaggly1

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great experience and tasting menu. Sit at the tempura bar and watch all the action and artisan tempura making! Plan on a leisurely dining experience and take your tastebuds on a diverse trip.
  37. LM

    LesMess

    Raleigh

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful Omakase menu at M Tempura with 8 different courses and two dessert courses. The food is very interesting and offers many diverse tastes. One must be an adventurous diner and not have too many food allergies because it's a choice of a few set menus and the whole table must go with the same menu. We enjoyed a delicious Vouvray wine with our food. We had allowed two hours to dine because we were going to DPAC...had to hurry on our service of the final dessert courses to make our show...but thoroughly enjoyed the experience!
  38. D

    Davie

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was the best dining experience I've ever had in my life.
  39. DC

    DeniseC

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    High recommend. Our party of 3 had the Traditional Omakase (all members of the group have to get the same tasting menu) and it was phenomenal.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here for a date night with my husband before a comedy show. The food was fantastic and better than some Michelin Star restaurants. Highly recommend… a fan of all of their restaurants and looking forward to their Cary location opening soon!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • 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

FAQs

M Tempura is rated 4.8 stars by 370 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 12 times today
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

  • Cuisines

    Tempura

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Executive chef

    Michael Lee

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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