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M Test Kitchen, Cary, NC

M Test Kitchen

4.6
4.6
175 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

8:00 PM


Booked 12 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 175 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Innovative

  • Raleigh

    Innovative

  • Raleigh

    Healthy

175 Reviews
  1. AlanA

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. ScottB

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 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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  7. HeatherH

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    vip
    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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. Michelle1972

    Chicago

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 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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  14. 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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  15. KatR

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 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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  16. AnnS

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. Cruisegal

    Raleigh

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 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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  27. JohnS

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Many thanks, as a very special meal was enjoyed by all 5 of my party- one claimed it was her favorite meal of all time (and she has eaten her way through more than 50 countries). We ordered the entire menu- literally- and added the appropriate # of caviar morsels for everyone to have their own. A white rioja wine and a bottle of unfiltered sake rounded out the affair. One of our party requested rice, as no rice or bread accompanies anything. ... with that being said, if rice is desired (primarily to not let a drop of the amazing sauces make it back to the kitchen) I recommend ordering a couple of extra orders of their XO fried rice (full of yummy things). Not an inexpensive outing (roughly $120/ plate with tip), but worth it if you appreciate attention to detail in blending flavors and ingredients through creative presentation.

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  28. ejoe

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and service. It felt like a risk to try some unknown foods and we loved everything. Great spot to dine with friends and share a variety of options.

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  29. FoodieWino

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service and atmosphere.. Don't miss this restaurant.

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  30. Sandrita

    Raleigh

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Julie was an absolute waitress. She made our dining experience an unforgettable one for our out of town guests. Thank you Julie.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to have a good meal, but left with an experience! Our party of four were floored by how phenomenal the food was. Dish after dish was brought out. Just when we thought there's no way they could top what we've already eaten, surprise! It just kept getting better. The staff was attentive and engaging. Not to mention super friendly. You can tell they care, and it shows. I will definitely be back to my new favorite place.

    1 person found this helpful

  32. JoeS

    Raleigh

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Has quickly become one of my favorite restaurants. Love the atmosphere, service, food, and the head chef is absolutely amazing!

    1 person found this helpful

  33. RogerG

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Just a flat cold reception on a rainy day. We were the only ones there and it felt like maybe we weren't there either. Even after we told the waiter we couldn't hear him (so soft), it didn't improve. Small but nice dishes. Many with nice sauces but nothing to really enjoy those sauces with, until I ordered some rice. I thought it would include sushi dishes but none. Tried to order Sushi from next door=no, tried to go next door to get some=no. I remember 4 things about the meal for $125: 1) Not a word from anyone but waiter=cold/lonely. 2) the rice was good with the sauces. 3) The southern peach drink was very tasty. 4) It is not a test kitchen for new dishes, but simply a menu that evolves often. I won't be back! And do not expect it to last unless being subsidized by his other M's.

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  34. Caveavin

    Raleigh

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great. Fried rice is spectacular as is Tom Yum soup with squid. Caviar with cornbread starter is a delectable bite as well. Service is excellent.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love M Test Kitchen. Connor and the rest of the team are awesome.

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  36. AshlynM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly staff and great food. Favorite dishes were the Dan Dan noodles and the pork wraps! The mussels were great also and included a exceptional portion size for the cost. Will return soon

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  37. PhilM

    New York City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    I wanted to like my experience at M Test Kitchen but I was disappointed overall within context. Staff – Nice and attentive. Food - Ok for it's pricing category, but not great. Ambience - Average. Lighting, mood and interior leave much to be desired.

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  38. StephenC

    Raleigh

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great dinner at M Test Kitchen last night. The light light was the salad and the fried rice. The Brussels Sprouts were also excellent as were the Lobster Dumplings. We sat at the bar which was also fun, watching the food come out before being whisked away by each server. We will definitely be back.

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  39. Ashville

    Raleigh

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff is amazing always. Food is always great! Our favorite restaurant along with its sister restaurant next door.

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  40. SaiC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant is in a great locations lots of shops and things to do before or after the restaurant. The menu keeps changing seasonally, they have a great choice menu and you can't go wrong with what you pick. They have Tapas style food serving and wide variety of drinks, cocktails and Sake.

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FAQs

M Test Kitchen is rated 4.6 stars by 175 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 12 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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