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M Tempura


111 Orange St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 748-3874
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Jan 7, 2023 5

We had the $59 set and added lots of items. The tempura is the best in town. Personally my favorites are mero sea bass and soft shell shrimp. Sea bass is so flavorful and it’s crispy outside and juicy and soft inside. Soft shell shrimp is sweet and the texture is fresh. The sauce is a little bit salty, but overall is great. The service is good too. But the restaurant is a small place and smells oily. Expensive but worth to try.

Photo of Wuliao Hao Wuliao Hao
Aug 27, 2022 5

Great experience. We had the $88 omakase. It worth the price. Tempura is crispy outside but juicy and fresh inside. Scallop with caviar on it is my favorite. Appetizer dishes was amazingly good too. Also the last dish with the fish and white rice is a nice ending. Dessert was refreshing and chilling.

Photo of April H April H
Aug 4, 2022 4

Really cool concept. Our server Daniel was outstanding! Very attentive and knowledgeable. The seaweed salad with arugula was our favorite part as it was so delicious and filled with great flavor. Some of the tempura options we loved and others were just ok. The avocado tempura was delicious and they have great sake. The restaurant is quaint and intimate. It's best to have a reservation but sometimes walk ins can be accommodated. As others have stated, it's a nice spot for a date.

Photo of Zhengjie Miao Zhengjie Miao
Jul 13, 2022 5

Enjoyed watching the chef cook. The dishes are amazing. We went to all M restaurants and this is our favorite.

Photo of sparrowmedrama sparrowmedrama
Jun 13, 2022 4

The atmosphere and food was perfect for a date night. The first course of small dishes were delicious and there wasn’t a bite we didn’t like. The tempura course was light, crispy, and food was perfectly cooked. Overall, we can’t wait to go back to try their ramen!

Photo of Ali Franzen Ali Franzen
Jun 7, 2022 5

We loved m tempura. We got the omakase and each set of dishes was interesting and delicious. Seafood heavy which we loved. The food was crafted with care and we’d go again for sure.

Photo of Michael Hill Michael Hill
May 7, 2022 5

Some of the best bites I have had in ages. Listen to the staff, follow the palate cleansers as suggested. Did the Original Tempura menu. The Sea Bass was perfection and it had the second best scallop I have ever had. Watching Savannah cook was a thing of beauty. Her multitasking and demeanor were top notch.

Photo of Lucy Ruderman Lucy Ruderman
May 6, 2022 5

Really fun and delicious dinner. We did the M Omakase and really enjoyed it and left feeling more than stuffed. Make reservations well in advance and reserve seating at the bar- then the tempura chef puts each piece directly on your plate in front of you (come out fresher than if you’re seated at a table).

Photo of Manisit Das Manisit Das
Apr 8, 2022 5

Loved the food here, and did not have a wait which was awesome too. Everything we had was very delicious and flavorful. Next time definitely want to try more of the tempuras. We only tried the scallops and it was amazing. The staff is extremely kind and pleasant. Would certainly be back!

Photo of Pearl Singhal Pearl Singhal
Apr 3, 2022 5

We tried the Tempura tasting menu. I'm a vegetarian and they very graciously made vegetarian substitutes for me. The food and sides were absolutely delicious and our server was very knowledgeable and sweet. Great experience - would 10/10 visit when I'm in town again.

Photo of David Negron David Negron
Mar 31, 2022 5

Absolutely loved it. Service was spot on, and the food was phenomenal. Best katsu I’ve had outside of Japan. Will be back!