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M Tempura, Durham, NC

M Tempura

4.9
4.9
550 Reviews
$50 and over
Japanese
  • Good for special occasions
  • Innovative
  • Neighborhood gem
M Tempura is Durham's traditional Japanese tempura restaurant offering Tempura as well as Kaiseki Omakase offerings.

For the multi-course menu items, all members of your party must choose the same option please.

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 8 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Tempura, Asian
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (919) 748-3874
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Michael Lee
  • Neighborhood
    Durham
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Tempura Tasting Menu

    $38.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Our Traditional Omakase is the most casual of our experiences. Guests start with a seasonal salad and then proceed to 10 pieces of chef's choice fish and vegetable tempura. After tempura, guests will enjoy a final dessert course of housemade ice cream. Flavors vary often but are always delicious. This is the best option for guests who are going to a show or event in town! Guests with allergies or dietary restrictions are encouraged to contact us with any questions at 919-748-3874.
  • M Omakase Tasting Menu

    $79.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Our M Omakase is a 7-Course experience that cannot be found anywhere else. Guests start with three small plates including Tuna Tartare, Crudo, and Savory Chawanmushi. They then proceed to 8 premium tempura pieces such as Lobster Tail from Maine and Scallop topped with Golden Kaluga Caviar. After tempura, guests will enjoy a final entree course of miso-marinated seabass over rice with house-cured salmon roe, nori, wasabi, and pickled daikon. Finally, guests will finish with a unique housemade dessert. Desserts vary often but are always delicious. Guests with allergies or dietary restrictions are encouraged to contact us with any questions at 919-748-3874.
    M Omakase Tasting Menu Photo
  • Kaiseki Omakase Menu

    $127.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Kaiseki Omakase requires 24 hours advance notice. WE CANNOT HONOR SAME-DAY REQUESTS. Kaiseki is a traditional multi-course Japanese meal that uses different cooking methods in each course. Our adaptation of the Kaiseki focuses on seasonality and locality of ingredients. It includes 10 Unique courses that the chef may adjust according to seasonal availability. Please see the menu for course details.
    Kaiseki Omakase Menu Photo

What 550 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Best Overall

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Best Food

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Innovative

  • Durham

    Best Overall

  • Durham

    Best Food

  • Durham

    Best Service

  • Durham

    Best Value

  • Durham

    Innovative

  • Durham

    Good for special occasions

550 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time ever trying M Tempura. I brought my partner here for her birthday. We had the Kaiseki tasting menu with the wine pairing. The setting was intimate. I think there were maybe 10-12 spots around the bar and maybe 10 more seats distributed throughout the restaurant. The service was professional, attentive, and fun. The food was outstanding. We had approximately 10-12 plates ranging from salmon crudo, chawanmushi, tempura, wagyu, lobster, scallops, blue crab and various desserts. My favorite was the chawanmushi. It had smoked trout, crab, ponzu, and walnut oil. My partner's favorite dish was the seared scallop in cauliflower puree with chive oil. Thank you to the chefs and servers for making the experience so wonderful. I'll be returning with out-of-town friends/family next time they visit!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Special place. Made that way by the smooth service staff and the wickedly talented chefs.

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  3. ELLEM

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was absolutely amazing! My husband got the sake tasting with the tasting menu. He loved this and it was carefully curated! The tempura Brie was the absolute best.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Is was a delightful experience in every way. The food was amazing and the staff were warm and welcoming. Highly recommend.

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  5. StephenB

    Charlotte

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    M Tempura was a wonderful experience. We sat at the bar and had the omakase. The food was outstanding, and the service was cheerful and attentive.

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  6. Pammyp

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing and Top Chef finalist, Savannah was gracious enough to chat with our table as we “fan-girled” over her. 🥰

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  7. KeMa

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great omakase tasting. Service was friendly and quick.

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  8. CindyC

    Greensboro

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    This was my first visit. The tempura tasting menu was a wonderful introduction to M Tempura. Every piece was delicious and cooked perfectly. Our server was wonderful and explained the entire process. I can’t wait to try the other dining options.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    June 21, 2024. The food was mediocre at best. I venture to say the tempura was not cooked in the correct oil temperature (too low) as the food was overly greasy. It felt like line order cooks were preparing the food instead of properly trained cooks. The salmon sushi was tough but I have to say the orange sauce with it was spectacular. We sat on the back were the food came out and was place on the bar for the server to pick up. The main entree (which was cooked and hot), sat in the bar for over 5 minutes before it was picked up and severed. Needless to say, the entree was like warm instead of hot. Disappointing.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    County Durham

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Third time at M Tempura but first time bringing my teen daughters and everyone loved their food and overall experience. Great food and service—we will be back!

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FAQs

M Tempura is rated 4.9 stars by 550 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 8 times today
Experiences are available.
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
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Tempura, Asian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Michael Lee
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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