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M Tempura, Durham, NC

M Tempura

4.8
4.8
353 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 7 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 353 people are saying

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. LT

    LeTroyG

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a perfect date night to woo someone special.
  5. 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
  6. 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!
  7. JB

    JohnB

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. K

    Kriz

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 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.
  13. 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.
  14. MS

    MarinaS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    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!
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. LL

    LifelongL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A most memorable and exceptional culinary experience.
  19. 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.
  20. 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!
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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!
  24. f

    fournelm

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had the M omakase, it was fabulous in every detail. The service was excellent, seated at a semi-private spot, recognized our anniversary occasion. The ambiance wasn’t so refined and the noise level was notable for a high-end tempura restaurant but we knew this would be the case going in and it really was all about the food. This was not a meal we could reproduce at home and each course was as exciting, different yet delicious to feast eyes and tastes upon. Inventive, novel, anticipatory: just what a great dining experience should be like. It is pricey but if you can afford a splurge highly recommended. The puffed beef tendon in the photo captures the spirit of the meal.
  25. EW

    EricW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    M Tempura was a perfect date spot. The ambiance was nice, we were able to have a nice conversation. We had the M Omakase and it was delicious, completely worth it. The tempura was done so well. The Mero seabass and lobster were incredible as were all the be other tempura dishes. The server was excellent, well attentive and no rush at all. Experience took about 2 hours and it felt very well paced.
  26. DG

    DebbieG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    They were short staffed, so expect slower service and tasting menu options only. For the value you would expect more of a specialty menu.
  27. NT

    NewToDurham

    Raleigh

    22 reviews

    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Love M Sushi, and this is not M Sushi. The food came out slow... We did the Omakase and left before the last 2 courses. won't be going back
  28. M

    Mosmoom

    Greensboro

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely worth every penny to go for the tasting menu. My favorite restaurant ever. The servers are always top notch and add to the experience. Thanks so much.
  29. E

    Edward

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service! It's a really fun experience getting one of the Omakase.
  30. GK

    GoodKarma

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Dinner with friends…enjoyed the “M” Omakase tasting course; interesting flavors with each course with enticing presentation
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the kaiseki tasting menu. It was delicious and gorgeous presentation. The sake paired beautifully. Would definitely dine here again!
  32. SS

    SushiSnob

    Montreal

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a fine experience
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    Got there exactly at the time of our reservation and had to wait for 15 minutes for our table to be ready. There were seats open but said they were ‘saved for someone special’ who came around 1 hour after we were seated. Terrible experience
  34. D

    Delicious

    Atlanta

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    My friend and I got the keiseki menu, and it was overall delicious. I don't remember exactly how many courses there were, but we were so full by the end, even though each course was a reasonable portion (meaning not too much food). There were some highlights, like the grilled course which was thinly sliced and lightly grilled wagyu beef with a daikon slice for making a "taco" and the chawanmushi steamed course. The tempura offerings were also great, especially the scallop. I commented about the beautiful lotus root being plated for someone else and the server gave us 2 pieces of lotus root tempura as a bonus because he heard me, which was really thoughtful. There was also a mind-blowing pre-dessert course that was a piece of tempura-fried brie with nori and truffle honey. That was amazing. The ginger ice cream was perfect as a finish. The salad course was a bit bland, but it was still a nice and light palate cleanser. And the noodle course was also a little lackluster, although still yummy. All in all, it was a great experience. The service was lovely.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was beyond delicious and the service was awesome !
  36. CG

    CarolinaGirl

    Richmond

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friend’s birthday
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My husband and I did the “M” Omakase tasting menu for our anniversary dinner and it was one of the best meals I’ve ever had in my life. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable and the food was beyond delicious.
  38. GK

    GraceK

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Omakase was so fun and the food was very pretty. Great service and ambiance.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a joy!
  40. K

    Kevin

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food was okay. We enjoyed it overall but probably won’t be back anytime soon. We much prefer M Pocha!

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 353 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 7 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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