M Tempura

4.9
251 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 please.

We currently cannot accommodate shellfish, vegetarian (egg in batter), gluten, and seafood allergies. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
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
What 251 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family reunion

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TomW
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

M Tempura offers truly high level cuisine. This has been my most authentic Japanese tempura experience outside of dedicated high end tempura restaurants in Japan. The kaiseki menu is superb, but I eat here frequently and find that all of the choices are excellent in conception and execution. Highly recommended!

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DurhamDiner
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I've had. We did the traditional omakase and I can't wait to go back. Everything was outstanding - crisp, light salad; delicious (lick the bowl type of situation) crudo; soba noodle soup; and ginger ice cream to die for. Of course the main affair is the tempura and it was the best I've had. Everything cooked perfectly and the way it's presented with radish, salt, etc makes everything come together into a perfect meal.

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Mosmoom
Greensboro
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well worth the expense and drive. I loved everything about our meal! I've been to M. Sushi and loved it, but I may love M. Tempura more. I love the "ritual" with the little side dishes, the variety and or server was awesome. It was a little noisy because it is a small place, but not enough to keep me away. On my place for special nights out.

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KristenF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go to M Tempura and get one of the special course menus! You will not regret it! I took my friends from out of town here for dinner and ordered the "M" Omakase menu and they talked about it for days afterwards!

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SamB
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordered the "M" Omakase. Magic. Each course was better than the previous. Durham is lucky to have this gem of a restaurant. We're lucky to be living within walking distance.

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ColethiaE
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my first visit to M Tempura, but won't be the last. The food was amazing, and our server Claire, was attentive and guided us through our menu choice. We loved the entire experience.

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DennisC
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had the M-Omakase menu with a delicious Sancerre. We were able to explore all the fantastic options the chef could produce all of them outstanding. A fabulous sampling of tempura. The dessert was a house made vanilla ice cream with ginger kernels inside. Everything was delicious.

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vipLambo
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had the traditional omakase and it was fantastic. From salmon crudo and perfectly cooked tempura all the way to the ginger ice cream. We were worried thst it would be overwhelming but it was just right.

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vipDCDRaleigh
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I realized I’ve never really had tempura until dining here. The tempura was perfectly balanced and complemented the flavor and texture of each item on the traditional omakase menu. Excellent service. Highly recommend.

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jruss
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Claire is AMAZING - experience is AMAZING - food was AMAZING!

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vipFreqFoodieHillsborough
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was outstanding as all of the traditional style omakase was delicious. The staff was very attentive but not intrusive. Anyone wanting to have an exceptional meal has to try M Tempura.

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5YearAnniversaryAKSK
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 5 year anniversary and the team at M Tempura accommodate our special requests. They were very happy to help us understand how long Omakase and Kaiseki normally take as well so we could better plan the rest of our night.
Absolutely blown away by the level of inspiration and expertise at which the dishes were. We both had the "M" Omakse and loved it! I highly suggest getting the pot of Green Tea as well which is a perfect compliment to any of the dishes, I'm sure. We'll be coming back again and also exploring M's other restaurants around the city. Thank you!

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KhloMo
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had reservations for bar seats which was so cool watching the prep and the chefs serving our tempura to us directly. We ordered the "M" Omakase and it was a great dining experience! This was our first time having a meal in this format, so we had some questions. Cooks and service staff were very helpful! Would absolutely recommend to anyone.

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vipDrYoung51
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience sitting at the tempura bar

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vipAshleyT
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a special night! We decided to go with the Traditional Style Omakase and WOW it did not disappoint. Everything was divine and super fresh!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely phenomenal!

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Zach
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing course of food. Highly recommend the omasake path and we loved every item. Left incredibly full, come hungry.

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MMfoodie
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing tempura!!! The crudo alone is worth going back for ... perfectly made tempura courses. the soba noodle soup is divine. it is all great.
The only downside is that they require that all members of a table get the same tasting menu option (they have three options - think of them as Great / Greater / Even Greater selections but with no/few overlaps). Totally understand why the kitchen / chefs would prefer this so they can get the timing / sequence right. But it sadly meant that at least one of us would need to pick a tasting menu that they don't really want.

Also, I would have preferred a bit more space between groups / couples on the bar seating (it is covid times, after all). Seating at the bar gives the best dining experience watching the chefs prepare your food to perfection, but if you care about 6ft distances during covid, make sure to get a table seating instead.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very friendly chef.

Delicious food. Wish the udon noodles were thicker and a bigger scoop of ice cream for dessert.

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vip5KellyKids
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time at M Tempura and we had a fantastic experience. Our server, Claire, was wonderful! The tasting menu was exceptional, and we loved every bite! We can't wait to return!

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ChadE
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! This was my first time dining and M-Tempura but it will not be my last. I sat at the bar and ordered a la carte. Having such delicious food handed to you at it's peak flavor was a great experience.

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JohnnySays
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Outstanding omakase menu. There is great variety within each menu that ensures your tastebuds will never be bored. Our servers were friendly and knowledgeable and took time to answer our questions and explain the menu.

My only complaint and the only reason I don’t give it five stars is the ventilation in the restaurant results in a heavy fried smell that permeates everything. Despite this, we will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Japanese tempura

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Japanese tempura.. great dining option!

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LynnN
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and a way to celebrate some birthdays!

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vipholisticman
New England
26 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great fun sitting at the food bar and seeing the food prepared . The Omakase approach was also very entertaining. Would be nice to have options at a few places. Food was excellent and a thoroughly fun evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our meal at m tempura was fantastic. We had the M omakase and each item was carefully prepared and delicious. Will be going back.

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JenniferL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

every dish was delicious from first bite to the last

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CatherineT
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the M omakase multi course meal. It was fantastic and we look forward to doing it again sometime.

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ThomasK
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Troy was fantastic!.. Food and atmosphere was just what we were looking for. Surprisingly reasonable when ordering tempura a la carte with entrees.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my visiting parents for dinner and they loved it! Food was great and service was outstanding. Very good experience.

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vipDavidO
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant in NC. Best sushi ever!

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JamG
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience at this restaurant! Fantastic food. Amazing staff. Exceeds expectations every single time! My favorite place in Durham!

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GlendyH
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, atmosphere, and staff! Overall it’s an amazing restaurant that everyone needs to experience at least once

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JanetM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Kaiseki dinner it was flawless. Every bite was delicious.

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AdrienneP
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing thoughtful menu. Food and service was top notch! Some of the best food I have ever had and worth every penny.

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MPLG
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very unique omakase meal

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kbel
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the corner side of the bar so we were able to have a good view of the the cooking.

What I love with the tempura style is that the food is fried at the time of our order, so we got to enjoy the crispy batter. We got in a little late so by our turn, most of the peak hour dinners have finished and we were able to ask questions to the chef.

FAQs

M Tempura is rated 4.9 stars by 251 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.