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M Test Kitchen, Cary, NC

M Test Kitchen

4.7
4.7
189 Reviews
$50 and over
Asian
M Test Kitchen is the newest concept from Michael Lee and his "M" brand. Come in and enjoy classic Asian cuisine with a contemporary twist. We take the best dishes such as fried rice and dumplings and elevate them to a new flavor profile that is above the norm. Enjoy these dishes in an industrial style feel that is inviting for you to relax with friends, enjoy great cocktails, and share amazing food that you won't get anywhere else.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 15 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Asian, Contemporary Asian
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (919) 729-5662
  • Dress code
    Business Casual

What 189 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Innovative

  • Raleigh

    Innovative

189 Reviews
  1. SamM

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Mediocre ambience, bad service. The bartender doesn’t understand English.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The Food was as excellent as I expected. For those thinking about trying this concept, please do- you will be happy with the results.

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  3. AmyE

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff is exceptional! I highly recommend. Connor is a great guide.

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  4. SaraV

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and ambience. Our server Matty was amazing and very attentive. It was our anniversary and he treated us to a sweet gift at the end of dinner. He made our anniversary truly special. The XO fried rice and hanger steak is an absolute must!

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  5. Elise

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Such delicious small plates and wonderful drinks. Vegan options were spot on, too. My only problem is that reservations for 2 have to sit at the bar. It’s not comfortable or enjoyable to sit at a backless stool. And the table behind us sat empty from 6:30-8:30. 🫤

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  6. KimberlyS

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic food. The menu changes all the time so it’s a surprise. Very good service. I thought the restaurant was noisy & I didn’t like being served water in a metal cup. It’s off putting.

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  7. IreneS

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I had a very good experience overall and also overall enjoyed the food. I just feel like I expected more quality of flavors based on the M chain restaurants I have tried. Flavors were good but not great and priced for greatness. I recommend the fried rice which my daughter and us enjoyed very much. Service was great as well.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing service. Phenomenal food. Highly recommend.

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  9. Risika

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience all around! Amazing food and service. We also misremembered our reservation time and were therefore 15 minutes late and they were very accommodating.

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  10. Sanika

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went as a group of six and sampled most of the menu. The little gem salad and the lobster shu mai were the best bites of the night! The staff/chef gave great recommendations and the service was fantastic.

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  11. Monica

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall excellent experience at M Sushi Test Kitchen! We sat at the bar and the service was fantastic! It was fun to watch the kitchen staff prepare all of the outgoing food and they were so thoughtful to keep us in the loop as to what we were eating and how dishes were prepared, etc. A+ all around!

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  12. Steve

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a bit of a hike for us anyway, but we ran into some traffic along the way and were going to be late for our reservation. I called, and the person who answered was so nice, and told me not to worry, that he would just mark down that we were running behind and they'd take care of us. Huge relied, and they absolutely held true to that. We arrived, and were seated at the bar, which usually I'm not a huge fan of, but I felt like in this case I actually prefer it, because this is truly a test kitchen, and you feel like you're watching artists create something new right in front of you. We asked the chef and the server to make recommendations, and they were extremely understanding and helpful working around our food allergies. The food was delicious. The portions were great, if not almost too much. They recommended we get 5 items to share between the two of us, and we left feeling very full, but still excited to go back and try the other things we missed. Overall, it was great food, great atmosphere, and a great experience all around. I'll absolutely make the trip out to eat there again.

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  13. elle

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Disappointing. I've now tried 4 of the M branded restaurants, and this is my least fave. This is sposed to be a test kitchen right? Or is that just the name...I gave the chef honest feedback - when asked - that the lobster shumai was bland. He shot back with I disagree! and then seemed reluctant to describe subsequent dishes. He seemed a bit too invested in his creations... The little gems salad to start was excellent, as was the green curry tiger prawns (omg, yum!), but the cold noodles were also lacking in flavor, and it was a large portion for an app. We shared but neither of us wanted to finish. There was a new item on the menu - a yellowtail sliced a bit thicker than sashimi - with basil oil - which was amazing. The ambiance is nothing special, especially in the dining area. Luckily we sat at the bar and could watch things happen, which was fun, However, the chef listens to every word and responds even when he's not part of the conversation (which is most of the time). A bit creepy. Wish I had positive things to say across the board as I adore M Pocha, M Sushi and M Tempura. Could've just been an off night, but don't think so...

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  14. TiffinyC

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was great - every dish was a surprise flavor. Devon was awesome and so were all of the chefs and staff!

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  15. AlanA

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    A fun and delicious new experience for us. We will be back.

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  16. TriangleFoodAdventurer

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic restaurant! Always memorable with delicious and beautiful dishes. One of our favorite spots in the triangle. On our second visit, we enjoyed the tots (beautiful with the moving bonito flakes on top), tiger prawn green curry (I could drink the broth), short ribs (outstanding flavor and melt in your mouth tender), pork/daikon wraps (I could eat 5 plates they’re so good) and tuna w/crispy sweet potato crudo. So happy to have this in Cary!

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  17. MaddMike

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    I love M Sushi so I had high expectations. However, the food was just ok and nothing really stood out as "wow, this is delicious" which is a shame as I have been to a few test kitchens that blew my socks off. I guess I was expecting to be wowed and I wasn't.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every single dish was amazing! Wonderful flavors and very unique! Tapas style allowed us to try so many dishes. The chef was great and very accommodating to my sesame allergy, so I was very happy to be able to indulge into Asian cuisine!

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  19. Courtney

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good service and delicious food! This is my second time visiting and I would go 10 times more.

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  20. ScottB

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Iconic, one-of-a-kind dishes by one of the best kitchens in the Triangle. Get the XO fried rice at all costs!

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  21. HeatherH

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic first-time experience! Looking forward to returning soon.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time and great food while here! I am celiac and rarely have a good selection of gluten free food at restaurants but did NOT feel that way at M Test Kitchen. I was able to try multiple dishes that were all fantastic!

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  23. BobB

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lobster Shumai , Prawn green curry and brussel sprouts were excellent.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was outstanding! The atmosphere is a bit on the loud side. The food was pretty decent. I thoroughly enjoyed the X.O. Rice and Lobster Shumai! There was one dish that my companions thought was bland and we were surprised to find that the restaurant didn’t charge us for the dish. Overall a wonderful experience.

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  25. LoriB

    Raleigh

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    If you’re in the mood for unusual food with an Asian flare, check this place out. Poor signage in the Fenton shopping area and a very industrial minimalist design inside. Limited seating. We ate at the bar and sadly, the hard metal stools were very uncomfortable. However, service was prompt, the food came out quickly and the flavors were divine. We had two cold appetizers (the menu changes often) the cold noodle salad was excellent and 2 entrees: the XO fried rice and the lobster shumai. The Fried Rice was some of the best I’ve ever had. Fun place with great food.

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  26. DavidS

    Washington DC

    59 reviews

    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a party of three seated at the bar and had a great experience. Conner and his team were welcoming and produced outstanding dish after dish. From the lovely hot toddy on a cold winters night, to the lobster shumai which we ordered twice, this test kitchen gets the highest marks. Although there was a bit more noise in this space than in the M Sushi space next door, we found the lighting MUCH better in the Test Kitchen space. As a test kitchen, you may expect to see dishes rotate, but given our experience at other restaurants in the “M” family we expect they’ll continue to impress. Highly recommended.

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  27. Michelle1972

    Chicago

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was our first time here. I loved the fried rice and coconut short rib. I felt like the cherries and chocolate dessert was a bit disappointing - it’s a messy looking dish plated and the cake is very dry. I wish the bar seats had backs - uncomfortable to sit for a whole dinner. It gets a bit loud depending on the other patrons.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best birthday dinner ever. Service and food are always top notch!

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  29. KatR

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tens across the board, thanks so much for a wonderful dinner!

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  30. AnnS

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friends and I celebrated the Holidays here and loved the place! Our excellent server, Matty, recommended the Murasaki 75 cocktail. I usually stick to martinis but would order this drink again! The 5 small plates we tried were delicious, and the loaded tots (Asian fusion style) were a table favorite.

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  31. GTJayG

    Raleigh

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delightful New Year’s Eve dinner away from a crowd. Food and service were top notch.

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  32. IOPlocal

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A great experience on all fronts, food was creative and service excellent, would highly recommend.

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  33. ArienP

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chef John and crew were great to converse with while we enjoyed AMAZING food. Great way to ring in the New Year. Big fan of ALL the M Restaurants!

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  34. ellenw

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We went for the New Years Eve tasting menu and enjoyed the 5 course tasting menu. The dishes were all pretty to look at and the fun bonito flakes dancing on the pasta had us googling and asking if they were alive. This is more on us, but we realized neither of us is a duck fan (too gamey) so one of the courses was just OK to us. The caviar was delicious and the sea trout crudo was our favorite. The dessert was big, which is always fun, and we appreciated all the flavors on the plate. We had made a reservation for outside, never having been there, and were very glad they put us inside at the bar instead since there were no heaters outside and it was 45 degrees. The wait staff was attentive and we enjoyed sitting at the bar.

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  35. LuisL

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent & delicious food & service. Highly recommended.

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  36. jdurham

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was excellent. Sat at the bar and chatted with John and Sebastian, who were informative and fun. We will definitely be back for the incredible food and pleasant atmosphere.

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  37. Cruisegal

    Raleigh

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Big fan of MSushi in Durham, so we were looking forward to Test Kitchen. Unfortunately we were less the wowed by our visit to Test Kitchen. Food was "okay". Definitely way overpriced for being as underwelming as it was unfortunately. We wanted to love it...but just couldn't. Service was amazing...our waitress was new, so a gentleman kept jumping in to assist her. The menu was definitely lacking in some of the items we were looking forward to trying...Green Cod, Dan Dan Noodles, Caviar Concoction, Yaka Tori. NONE were on the menu. I understand rotation, but all of it all at once is not a good idea. And what we did order was boring and frankly a bit bland. We ended up leaving and going elsewhere. Also, we love sitting at the bar...and never mind accepting bar seating at a hard to get into restaurant for reservations, but those tin bar stools are horrible. At this price a point, a little comfort would go a long way. The stark and less the warm atmosphere was a turn off, too. I would not recommend and would not return, and it pains to me say it. As I side note, we stuck our heads in MSushi next door just to see the vibe when we left Test Kitchen. It was warm...inviting...and BUSY. That is where we will go next time.

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  38. EtEats

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great dining experience. Had fun sitting at the counter watching the chefs. That XO fried rice is spectacular.

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  39. MelodieS

    Miami

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    They were off their game. 3rd visit- first 2 were great- last night was off: shrimp overcooked. Too much dressing on salad. Too much sauce on brussels. Prickly pear marg- blah.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience! Loved the creativity of the Test Kitchen. All of the M restaurants are terrific, but the Test Kitchen (and M Sushi) are real standouts. The restaurant occupies an intimate space, with couples and singles seated at the bar, reserving the tables for larger parties. At first, I had my doubts about the bar seating, but it was great watching the chefs in action, with the colorful liquor bottles as a backdrop. The food, as others have commented, was exceptional, particularly the Little Gem Salad and Lobster Shumai. Our server did a great job guiding us through the menu and recommending selections that would appeal to our taste.

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FAQs

M Test Kitchen is rated 4.7 stars by 189 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 15 times today
Google Map for M Test Kitchen

4 Fenton Main St suite 120, Cary, NC 27511

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Cary
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Asian, Contemporary Asian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
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