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Kurama Japanese Seafood


3644 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd
Durham, NC 27707
Phone: (919) 489-2669
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Photo of Lenora Ross Lenora Ross
Jun 2, 2019 3

Denise, our waitress was very nice and sure our glasses were never empty. The food was good. Fair warning though, where a bib or don't where a nice shirt because the chefs flipped food all over the table. It was first time I've ever seen such a thing. Nevertheless, we were seated with a great group of people so we were able to laugh at the amount of rice flying at us.

Photo of Ms. T. Ward Ms. T. Ward
May 12, 2019 4

Took my brother and sister there for their first live hibachi experience and they loved it! We also had 2 toddlers with us, who both appeared to be impressed with the atmosphere. I like that we were able to share the early bird special and still enjoy loads of food and an overall great experience. We're visited early in the week but the staff was still professional and accommodating to us and the food was excellent!

Photo of Anitra Bullock Anitra Bullock
Jun 16, 2019 5

Tried it for my first time. My guest and I had the two for one. Really enjoyed Ray the chef (it was his first day) and Rodney the bartender!! We will definitely be back!!!

Photo of Deji Bell Deji Bell
May 12, 2019 4

Great place. We went in late but we were still accommodated. Rice wasn't enough though but I feel its cos we were late and the chef was tired. But they really did accommodate us. So for that. I'll be back. Highly recommended.

Photo of Victor Monserrate Victor Monserrate
May 14, 2019 4

Been going to this place for years. The price and portion is unbeatable and the food is the best. Not 5 stars because it could be cleaner but I've never had any problems.

Photo of Michelle Collie Michelle Collie
Aug 16, 2019 5

My family of 5 went to dinner here tonight, unfortunately our 5YO started not feeling well shortly after the cook began preparing food. The cook could tell something was wrong, he kept asking her if she was okay and trying to make her smile. Myself and her ended up going to the parking lot, shortly after our entire family all had to leave. Our waitress went and got other employees from the back so they could box up our plates quickly to take with us. The food has always been great but tonight I was extremely impressed with the staff's compassion and customer service!

Photo of Tom Dixon Tom Dixon
Sep 7, 2019 5

The newly renovated bar area gives this long standing favorite restaurant of ours a great new feel. The food is the best and they always accommodate our different allergy requests. Rodney is the best!

Photo of Eugene Gibbs Eugene Gibbs
Oct 11, 2019 3

Food was enjoyable with the typical hibachi offerings. Dining room was too hot, and the restaurant desperately needs an aesthetic update to make it more modern and not trapped in the 1990's (maybe even 1980's).

Photo of Buckdeal Deal Buckdeal Deal
Nov 4, 2019 5

Very good food and way more than you can eat. Service was spot on. Will visit the net time I'm down. The one that gave this place bad reviews are nuts. Five stars for sure!

Photo of Greg Adkins Greg Adkins
Nov 3, 2019 5

Great food. Enjoy this place, looks as it did in the 1980s which what makes it a wonderful place besides the food.

Photo of Brie D Brie D
Dec 19, 2019 3

This place was just ok. It was picked for our team holiday luncheon. It’s convenient and has average prices for hibachi. Our group was between 2 tables. The service was average. I ordered hibachi steak and shrimp and it comes with a soup and salad. The soup was like all other hibachi places and the salad. My salad came late but the waitress at least realized she was short one and eventually came back. The chef also never gave me shrimp....guess he forgot..:I’m not sure. However to me the main reason I go to a spot like this is for the experience! Normally the chefs make jokes and do tricks.....nope not ours. Granted we were talking across tables but if the chef was engaging our attention would have been there. Also I think because we were a large group the tip was already added on even though we all paid separate. I had a great time socializing with my coworkers. I may come back again and just at the bar for sushi and see if that is a better experience

Photo of Sara Hagmann Sara Hagmann
Dec 28, 2019 5

Delicious food, generous portions, friendly and talented cooks. Seating is a little odd but we made it work. Even my 4 year old loved it, but don't bring your kids there if they're not very well trained to keep their hands off of got things and stay sitting during meals!

Photo of Scott Zentz Scott Zentz
Dec 22, 2019 5

Love their hibachi, one of the best around. In my experience there is one cook who is not as good as the others. All the other cooks are amazing!

Photo of Patra Diggs Patra Diggs
Jan 22, 2020 4

I love this place. The service here was not that good the last time, but that is a first in over 20 years of coming here. Prices are reasonable and even though I dont do sushi, it is often interesting to see them make sushi for the bar patrons.

Photo of Debra Schmidt Debra Schmidt
Jan 22, 2020 5

Great food, atmosphere and Awesome service. The manager. Rodney, was so helpful in making my daughter’s birthday extra special!!

Photo of brianna neathery brianna neathery
Feb 14, 2020 3

Waited 30 minutes to be seated, then waited an additional 45 for a cook. Guy at our table had to ask for a cook. Server took forever to bring our drinks, soup and salad. We only got 1 refill during our meal, then another while the checks were being handed out. Only plus was the Cook was very friendly and talkative and the white sauce was the bomb!

Photo of Robyn Fuller Robyn Fuller
Mar 2, 2020 5

This is a regular haunt for me and my good friend. We love to over indulge on Sake, Sapporo and Sushi. Service is always awesome and we just all around enjoy the entire vibe of this place.

Photo of Chelle Burton Chelle Burton
Jun 5, 2020 5

Very good food! Great customer service 👍

Photo of Mia's Ministry Mia's Ministry
Jul 26, 2020 5

Banging. I love this restaurant. The food is always good. And the cooks are always entertaining.

Photo of Jennifer Coker Jennifer Coker
Aug 8, 2020 5

Great food! And the bartender was awesome tonight as always!! Made me some great birthday drinks!

Photo of Natina Harris Natina Harris
Dec 19, 2018 5

I've been going to this restaurant since 1997! My cousins treated me and I've been an old faithful customer. The food is fresh and they serve large portions. Lately, I've been doing takeout and have been able to get at minimum 3-4 meals out of one tray because it's so much food. It comes with a small salad and Miso soup. I've tried their seafood rolls before and love them too! When a competitor opened up not too far away from here. They were newer, prettier and had an exotic name but the food was not that good, portions were a lot smaller and it was expensive. So I felt we were paying for the decor or ambiance! Sometimes things can be newer, brighter and shinier but if it is lacking in quality and quantity, I'll stick to old faithful, Kurama Japanese Steakhouse! They never disappoint! Bravo, Kurama!!

Photo of Josh Cox Josh Cox
Jun 18, 2020 5

I’ve been going to Kurama since the mid-90’s when it was called Kyoto. Over the years, they have stayed consistent in providing the best quality and quantity of food for the price. If you get the early bird dinner for 2, I’m fairly certain no other Japanese steakhouse can come close to touching that price for that amount of food. Their hot sauce is really solid. Their veggies are exactly the way I like them (just zucchini and onions without broccoli, carrots, etc). And of course the white sauce is incredible. Don’t worry about trying other hibachi places, Kurama can’t be beat!

Photo of Mark Perla Mark Perla
Sep 2, 2020 3

It's usually amazing but, this time our waitress didn't seem to excited to be serving us and our cook wasn't as hype as the other cooks. It's still my favorite spot when It comes to special events.

Photo of Mia's Ministry Mia's Ministry
Aug 29, 2020 5

Banging. I love this restaurant. The food is always good. And the cooks are always entertaining. ........ ..... Banging food.

Photo of Vicki Gurry Vicki Gurry
Oct 7, 2020 5

Always great food and great service and we always have to visit our favorite bartender Rodney.

Photo of Carmichael Jones Carmichael Jones
Oct 23, 2020 4

Food is great, you get more than enough, pricing is fair, only one serious caveat, no social distancing in place...

Photo of Charles Jones Charles Jones
Oct 24, 2020 5

Great food and wonderful portions. Seating a little tight, but not that bad. Will be back.

Photo of Jacqueline Fuller Jacqueline Fuller
Nov 12, 2020 5

Great experience. Staff friendly and attentive. Food eas good and plentiful.

Photo of Yolanda Ray Yolanda Ray
Nov 21, 2020 5

The food was great and the prices were very affordable, much lower than comparable hibachi restaurants that cook in front of you.

Photo of brap life brap life
Dec 24, 2020 5

This place...... is...... the...... best!!!!!! Way way way better and way way way cheaper than Kanki. Parents have went here for 25 years. I will keep coming here as well

Photo of Eliza Sparks Eliza Sparks
Dec 26, 2020 3

Ok but wish they would great with the impression of a new person each time seem to expect me to know what i want

Photo of Cole W. Cole W.
Jan 10, 2021 5

Always an amazing experience when I come. We had a lovely waitress, I believe her name was Crystal. She was on top of things and she was always In a great mood. The best waitress I’ve probably had anywhere. I forgot who our chef was but he was amazing too. I highly recommend this place, food is amazing too!

Photo of Ana Velasquez Ana Velasquez
Jan 10, 2021 4

Good food, great service but you always feel that they rush you to leave after the cook finishes. Sake is good! I love there broth soup they serve before main dish

Photo of James Mc Coy, Sr. James Mc Coy, Sr.
Jan 6, 2021 4

Really good food. Parking is tight. I had to park next door. If you leave there hungry it's your fault.