Tempura Matsui

4.9
358 Reviews
$50 and over
Japanese
Welcome to Tempura Matsui -----Michelin One Star-----

Tempura Matsui invites you to experience the fine art of cooking tempura. Within a serene setting, guests have a seat at our counter or tables and can view the delicate preparation of lightly frying fresh fish and vegetables. Tempura Matsui is designed to emulate a Japanese cottage with warm woods, slate floors and round and square windows. A five-seat bar allows guests to wait for their seats while enjoying a glass of wine, sake or beer.

A chashitsu or a tea-house-inspired room is available for private dinners of 2 – 5 guests. To book the private room, please call the restaurant directly.
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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

From Chef Chikano to the manager, everyone was super friendly and knowledgeable about the food they prepared. They were also able to accommodate our request and last minute change of schedule. Great experience and definitely the best Tempura restaurant I had in my life.

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vipKoko
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It's very difficult to find Good ”Tempura” restaurant.

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thefoodinspector
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely amazing during my visit for the lunch omakase. The service and food were exceptional. Will try to come back to experience the dinner omakase during my visit back to the city. A++++++ the best tempura set I’ve had outside of Tokyo!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and all the food were delicious.

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vipsrk49
New York Area
565 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister and I had a very pleasant dinner. Really nothing to complain about.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is just ridiculous great! Cannot imagine tempura could be so tasted like what they have done! Well done!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly I wasn’t expecting much but went with it because my Dad wanted to try. It’s tempura omakase, like it’s probably tempura. But after the first several tempuras I can see why it’s worth the price and the overall experience was very refreshing. At first you might think it isn’t filling but towards the end of the omakase, I was feeling full. Ahhh so good! I recommend this place!!

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vipJerry
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place - you've never had tempura before unless you've eaten here!

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HTM4
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been wanting to go for years and the experience far exceeded my very high expectation. A perfect, exceptional meal, attentive staff, beautiful surroundings-- a delightful evening with not one false note.

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JamesL
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect dining for Japanese authentic cuisine and mood.

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JenL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really beautiful food, and loved the unassuming frontage and interior!

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vip11and14
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fresh, and delicious food. They never disappoint me.

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CamilleR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Wonderful food with great hospitality. Lunch set is unbeatable value. Top notch of everything. Must try out the sea urchin/uni, it’ll blow your mind.

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EBdiner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty interesting tempura served slowly without rush. Fun enjoyable experience. Loved it!

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foodisgood
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Tempura in NYC...if you're looking for authentic Japanese Tempura, Matsui is the place. Everything from service to decor to presentation is top notch. And obviously the food is amazing. I've had the pleasure of visiting the restaurants several times and each time has been well worth it. Highly recommend to anyone and everyone.

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vipSharon
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfectly done tempura, light battered assorted seafood with veggies. Enjoy the appetizers as well.

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whatafoodie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our food and the staff was very friendly. highly recommend!

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YumaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience, we went there for my husband's birthday. I called a couple of days before asking to push our reservation by 30 minutes later and ask for the best table as it was my husband's BD. We were given an imcredible table, we were basically had a private space just for us. The service was impeccable warm, not overwhelming, the timing for each dish was perfect. The food was simple and flavourful, yet the taste was an incredible experience of perfect chemistry in the mouth. The quantities were just right not too little like many starred restaurant where you feel starved after the meal, yet not too much that you feel uncomfortably full.
The foie gras entré, the Uni tempura and the baby peach were the highlight of my day. Best Michelin starred restaurant I have been to so far in the world. Michelin guide should definitely reassess Matsui for a second star!

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BenjaminButton
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience and great wait service. Truly no complaints

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SusanK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you love tempura, this is the place for you. Everything is fresh, inventive and delicious!

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MichaelD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food preparation and nice ambiance. Staff took all precautions during COVID. Explained food served. Special occasion that they made even better.

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AndreS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent experience. Very good and attentive service with top notch cuisine. This is a must try.

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vipEnzo
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good as any one star tempura in Tokyo, omakase actually better!

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vipTioPipox
Mexico City
22 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Una experiencia diferente, la base son los témpuras de excelente calidad y muy diversos, hay dos opciones de menú, aparte te dan unos platillos muy ricos

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MrChes
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food unlike anything you can get anywhere else. Worth a visit.

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Hannah
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this experience was wonderful. The food is delicious and beautifully presented the service is some of the best I've ever had, and the restaurant itself feels like you've stepped into a beautiful restaurant in Japan.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. But drink was a bit over priced.

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vipDrWord
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time back in about a year, and it was my guest’s first visit. She was impressed with the quality and presentation of the food and the attentive service. For me it’s like coming home; even after such a long absence, the chef remembered the things I like and dislike. The batter on the tempura is thin and crisp, and not at all greasy. Side dishes complement the tempura, and the rice is of high quality. I recommend Tempura Matsui without reservation l, but you’ll need a reservation to go there since it’s so small.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely amazing the food is

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AWYK
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and was very stuffed afterwards. Service was very attentive. We had the add-on uni which was delicious and will try the lobster next time. It is a lot of deep fried food so for someone like me who doesn't eat a lot of grease and deep fried on the regular, it was very harsh on my throat for a few days so very important to stay hydrated.

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vipKeitaS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great culinary escape from the outside world. Not only is the tempura extraordinary, Matsui is one of the very few tempura bars dedicated to the cuisine. The setting is serene and authentic. The service is thoughtful and never intrusive.

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James
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service - will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Tempura in NYC!

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vipHeranD
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food here is always beautiful, tasty and fresh. The room is elegant and quiet. We felt very safe eating indoors (we were alone though). San is the most gracious host! Hoping to be back for lunch soon. Note: it is pricey but if you can afford it, well worth it.

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vipMichaelM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I have loved this place since it opened. The food and service are impeccable. It reminds us very much of what you could find in a good restaurant in Tokyo or Osaka. They have setup a surprisingly warm and nicely decorated tent to eat outside during the pandemic. It is still the same great food and service. It’s well worth a visit especially if you liked it from the time before the pandemic struck. Please visit and enjoy.

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QTran
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even dining outdoor under enclosed tent at 34*F, the tempura still maintained its crunchiness! It’s a testament to the chefs. My ambiance rating was based on what I saw of the interior.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food, umai desu, best tempura I’ve ever had

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Epicurienne
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for the authentic tempura. I would be a repeater definitively.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Increible, el mwjor lugar de Tempura en NY

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Tempura Matsui is rated 4.9 stars by 358 OpenTable diners.

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