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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 AS Mac AS Mac
Mar 29, 2022 4

Solid Japanese restaurant. I've been going for years and it has always been consistent. I never go during peak times since there can be long waits. It doesn't have much ambience and is long overdue for a remodel. I prefer Kurama over Kanki.

Photo of sharif rahimtoola sharif rahimtoola
Apr 2, 2022 5

I've been coming here for 30 years. I had my 14th birthday party here. I'll pass a dozen other hibachi restaurants to get to this one. The best food and the best staff. Don't believe me? Pull up on a Friday or Saturday night. Every parking space, every seat, and all the standing room at the bar is occupied. For good reason!

Photo of Malick Lanceberg Malick Lanceberg
Feb 8, 2022 3

I ordered the calamari, very good, and seemed fresh. Also, I had a variety of sushi 🍣 😋, I don't know what happened. I had diarrhea for 2 days. My other guests had hibachi items. No complaints about it.

Photo of maureen Johnson maureen Johnson
Feb 8, 2021 5

The bartender is excellent, I give him a 5 Star Rating. As for getting seated and served, I give that a 2, but when the chef finally got there he was awesome in general but was serving people across from us first while we sat so long waiting and then watch them get their order first. We were at the bar cause we were waiting for two more people to show up....the third person came, also to the bar 5 minutes after and then the forth person came right after her. The person that checked us in never came back to check on us to see if we were ready to be seated. If it wasn't for the "bartender", we would still be sitting at the bar. We sat at the bar long enough for us first 2 to have three drinks and the third person to have 2 the forth person don't drink. Thank goodness the "bartender" was paying attention, cause no one else was. As a matter of fact, the bartender did his job very well and ended up doing the person's job of making sure we got a table. Also, while waiting for our dinner, one of the ladies went back to the bar for another drink. To bad he couldn't make sure we got our food in a timely manner. "5 STARS FOR THE BARTENDER" PLUS 2 FOR SEEING THAT WE GOT SEATED!!!! PS: We're not regular customers but we are frequent.

Photo of Michael Mcgregor Michael Mcgregor
Dec 31, 2021 5

We are very appreciative of the kindness shown to accommodate our gluten and dairy allergy. They have always offered to make the food in the kitchen but my kids wanted the “table” experience. They said we could come first thing for lunch and they could guarantee no cross contamination. We had a wonderful experience and the food was delicious as always. Thank you for going above and beyond. We will be back!

Photo of Purusha Jones Purusha Jones
Mar 6, 2022 3

Food was decent. But the place could use a little upgrade. A little old fashioned. The hood overhead looked a little worn and grime. The flat skillet they use to cook could benefit from a thorough cleaning. The whole place just looked a little outdated and didn't have a warm feeling. Maybe slightly better lighting would be helpful. Would I go back? It wasn't awful, the food was great but the ambiance is lacking a bit.

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.

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 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 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 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 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 Jacqueline Fuller Jacqueline Fuller
Nov 12, 2020 5

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Chelle Burton Chelle Burton
Jun 5, 2020 5

Very good food! Great customer service 👍

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Team 7 Channel Team 7 Channel
May 15, 2022 5

Definitely the best Hibachi/Japanese place in Durham for sure. They put on great entertainment every show I go to and they have some good food. If you order hibachi they give you a big amount of food for your money. Almost every time I need to get a to go box. Usually the Terriyaki Chicken Hibachi I get is around $17-20 and it’s well worth it.

Photo of Raymond Vagell Raymond Vagell
Jun 19, 2022 5

Their sushi is fresh and delicious. My favorites are the salmon skin roll and yellowtail scallion roll. I also recommend the tempura appetizer which can be made vegetarian. Service is attentive. Great place if you have vegetarian or vegan restrictions.

Photo of K Frazier K Frazier
May 24, 2022 5

I love the sushi bar at Kurama! I go for lunch when I need to treat myself when our busy work season gets me stressed. Freshest sushi, quiet relaxing atmosphere, wonderful customer service.

Photo of Jinny Baeckler Jinny Baeckler
Sep 22, 2021 5

Delightful combination of terrific drinks, entertaining food preparation with flying spatulas and firey happy faces. And of course, tasty, thrifty food. Just a wonderful experience for kids and adults alike!

Photo of Alina Cochran Alina Cochran
Aug 2, 2022 3

The place is old and dungy. The cook from El Salvador did a great job, and food was good. I would rate him at 5 and the venue at 1, thus the 3 star rating. Cocktail was okay and the second one I ordered, although it was strong, it was not made with Patron, as it was supposed to be. Most of all, cleanliness was a concern. They cleaned the cooking tables, but not so much the serving tables. While my friends and I enjoyed ourselves, I would not go back.

Photo of Chenise Stewart Chenise Stewart
Aug 4, 2022 5

A wonderful experience with a few friends. Food was delicious 😋. Generous portions where there were leftovers. We will be back. Had a great time!

Photo of photon soul photon soul
Aug 21, 2022 4

First time going to a restaurant like this. It was quite enjoyable! The restaurant was embedded with it's culture, both in design and decor. The hibachi experience was pretty fun. Our chef had a few tricks but slightly lackluster compared to the other chefs at other tables. The rice was just a tiny bit too salty for me, but the vegetables were great. I had steak and scallops, which were amazing! It was an enormous amount of food but they provide boxes to go if needed.

Photo of Denice Fisher Denice Fisher
Apr 16, 2022 5

The service, and food was superb !! I would totally recommend this Restuarant!! We had a party of 14 and they got every single order correct. Everyone was pleased. It was my daughters 23rd birthday party and she was very happy.

Photo of Lucy Ruderman Lucy Ruderman
Nov 13, 2021 4

Service and overall experience are good. Food not as good as other hibachi I’ve had- they don’t do the egg sauce on shrimp if you’re looking for that. Also the shrimp are small ones, not the butterflied hibachi shrimp I was used to. Lots of rice. Still tasty! Would highly recommend making a reservation on a weekend to avoid a very long wait.