Tempura Matsui

4.8
318 Reviews
$50 and over
Japanese
Now, we accept inside tables with limited capacity and outside seating!
Please visit our website at www.tempuramatsui.com.
Also, we accept online orders at www.tempuramatsui.net.

Welcome to Tempura Matsui -----2020 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.
What 318 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.9
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4.8
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Epicurienne
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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vipCheunger
New York Area
179 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Great service. Certainly the best tempura in nyc.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lunch was phenom. Highly reco.

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vipHarry
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent tempura!

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vipsrk49
New York Area
555 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic lunch experience. We sat outside on a nice Saturday. Our waiter was a lovely, professional gentleman.
You get a lot of food which is all delicious.
Glad we gave this restaurant a try.
All Covid precautions are taken.

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KenL
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good tempura kaiseki omkase and perhaps the only places that does it right since Inagiku closed down back in the day.

Obviously its a bit expensive but I think its a good place to treat yourself once in a while. We went for the deluxe 220 course but the 160 course will be more than enough.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends reunion!

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vipfoodie
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a very wonderful meal!

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vipMichaelM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This review for outdoor dining. I was very happy to see the restaurant return. The service and food are impeccable as always. There was some street noise, but that was a small price to pay for such wonderful food and service. I will return for indoor service when that opens in October.

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vipAndrea
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Attentive and hospitable staff. We look forward to visiting again!

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ElaineL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

This is our first time here. Not sure if before the pandemic the quality of their ingredients was in top notch. I find the Ingredients they use isn't the finest quality. Over all I will give this place a 7 out of 10.

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XiaowenQ
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always been enjoying Tempura Matsui since we discovered it a couple of years ago. We normally sit at the tempura counter watching the tempura fried piece by piece right in front of our eyes, and being served piece by piece while it is really hot. That's the authentic Japanese way anyway. The chef certainly knows how to do tempura the right way, which is also the healthy way. Very, very thin batter. Very, very little oil on the tempura. Very, very tender and very, very delicious tempura! Each piece of tempura is so delicious!

Even though they only do outdoor dining these days and have one fixed set of menu, the food is still excitingly good! And you can always order more tempura a-la-carte to meet your appetite. Their head of waiting staff is always so sweet and always make us feel like old friends! We just ate there two days ago and already booked the next meal in two weeks.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was wonderful. The food was great and the mood was perfect for the occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best tempura since Kyoto

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience dining at Tempura Matsui with hign quality of food & service.

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PickyM
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Tempura was good but other dishes in the lunch set menu was rather disappointing. Sashimi was good but salad with Udon and the third dish were rather strange. I do not believe they can be served in Japan.
We liked the nice ambience and services but our expectation for the food was much higher.

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ChristopheC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OISHI! A meal a this wonderful restaurant is like a quick trip to Japan. From the moment you step through the curtains you're transported into the Japanese culture. The service is exceptional and the food is delicious. A seat a the counter gives you an up-close look at the amazing skills of the Tempura chefs. This was the second time I took my husband for his birthday. I am pretty sure there will be many more celebrations to come.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best dining experience we’ve had in a very long time!

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vipWinslow
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Match to my experience in Japan - superb quality and sophisticated.

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JPlCo
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best experience ever. Service was impecable and the food extraordinary.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outstanding meal and the service was attentive and kind. My favorite piece of tempura was the maitake mushroom, and my boyfriend loved the eel. Wonderful all around!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Exceptional food and service. Unfortunately there were a couple of rather loud and obnoxious guests sitting behind us (which is very unusual for Tempura Matsui) but that is entirely beyond the control of this fine establishment

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vipLibrarian
London
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This Is high end food performed without fuss but with great hospitality. Loved it!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

perfect tempura
fresh

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Rely1ch
Hamburg Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I visited Tempura Matsui on a Saturday for lunch and was seated at the counter.
The quality of the ingredients, many of which were imported from Japan, was excellent and I enjoyed it. The dishes were all explained well and understandably. I can well imagine coming back here for lunch.
The only thing which was not so nice was the immediate start of the tempura serving after the tablet with the other components of the menu.
My highlight was the scallop from Hokaido which had reference quality.
A more elaborated review with pictures can be found on gourmettrips add home add blog.

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vipRichardM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, singularly crafted food coupled with extraordinary service. Peaceful and intimate atmosphere. An impressive, unique dining experience. Definitely 5+ stars. Expensive.

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FRANCIS
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant, sophisticated but simple, tempura authentic and fantastic

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best tempura in NYC for sure, Uni tempura was the best, definitely go back

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vipHeranD
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special place. Its authentic Japanese cuisine for either a business lunch or special occasion. There are 2 set menus and the staff are awesomely helpful to explain the dishes and how best to enjoy them.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience

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vipNathanD
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elevated Japanese cuisine at a very reasonable lunch menu price. Excellent fine dining service. Authentic Japanese experience. The real deal

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KarunM
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food wasn't especially brilliant. It was good, don't get me wrong, but at this price and with the whole Michelin guide recommendation, I was expecting to be blown away. Service was fine until the last tempura which took 20+ minutes to come and everything was slow after that. Staff were super friendly and helpful though. All in all, left a bit of a "not bad" feeling but for $300+, I want to feel better than that.

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Giovanni
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inspiring experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

That was our first experience with Tempura Matsui as my boy friend mentioned about going there for several months....It turned out pretty good and was what we expected. I would highly recommend my friends to go there.

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ZhouZ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall a good dining experience, if you’re looking for an extraordinary dining experience then tempura Matsui is a must-go. But if you are just an average tempura lover who only appreciates the crunchiness of tempura then it might not be the best choice since the pricing is high after all

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vipJustFolks
New York Area
115 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food doesn't live up to the high prices, but the service and ambiance are excellent.

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vipeddiec
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent !

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DCBC
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. It's great fun to sit at the counter and watch the preparation.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Thank u for your service.

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Tempura Matsui is rated 4.8 stars by 318 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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