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Kurama Japanese Seafood

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3644 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707-2661
(919) 489-2669
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Asheville, North Carolina
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359 reviews
332 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Based on two previous enthusiastic reviews, I showed up here for the sushi. Like many have said, it's a bit dated with worn door handles as you enter. But never mind that, the sushi is very very good, based on the two rolls I enjoyed. I tried onion soup and wasn't impressed. Service was Pretty good. I'd go back!

Thank R C
Durham, North Carolina
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43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have never had left overs during a Hibachi restaurant visit but here with the couples early bird consisting of steak, chicken and shrimp for $33.95 I took home as much as I ate. Food is good, show is not the best I have seen. Place is very large so no waiting for a table here. Sushi bar is large... More 

Thank Carmen R
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been dining here since the 1980's, and the SUSHI is absolutely the best...not just in Durham, but ANYWHERE I have ever been (including San Francisco). I'm not talking about sushi rolls...I mean REAL SUSHI & sashimi, The sushi chef Tomo is a master SUSHI chef and it is consistently excellent. I can't say enough good things...you must try... More 

Thank karenloveslife
Durham, North Carolina, United States
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146 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

We went with a large group; many of us were first timers here. I couldn't help but compare it to Kanki which is just a few miles down the street. Unfortunately, the comparison was not in Kurama's favor. Seating was more uncomfortable and awkward if anyone needed to get up to use the restroom. Decor was dark and seemed quite... More 

Thank Rachel M
Beaufort, North Carolina
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111 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016

This is not a bad place but it is not an especially good place either. It has the usual Hibachi cooked-at-your-table grilled chicken/shrimp/steak menu and the food is OK - plenty of it too. But this restaurant is looking a bit dated (no real dining room improvements that I can remember in 20 years) and could use a decent cleaning... More 

Thank chemjim1
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125 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016 via mobile

With a 7:00 reservation, we were disappointed to wait an hour for our table. From there the service went down hill. While the food was good and the cook entertaining, they were obviously terribly understaffed. We waited another 20 minutes for our server to show up and take drink orders. Then another 15 minutes while she retrieved the drinks and... More 

Thank DaddioDon
Seattle, Washington
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2016

Said to be the best local Asian restaurant by our hotel staff, an quite good! We didn't want to sit at low hibachi table, had small table in sushi bar area, but ordered hibachi steak and scallops along with sushi. Food nicely done, service a bit cumbersome, but also friendly with nice ambiance.

Thank jolubo1972
Raleigh, North Carolina
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2016

This place is weird. The front of the restaurant is a really good sushi bar, complete with Asian chefs wearing happi coats. The rest of Kurama is reserved for awfully loud, and tacky Western-style teppanyaki shows. Obviously, teppanyaki isn't my thing, so I'll get back to the sushi. In a land where nasty BOGO sushi places are king, Kurama's sushi... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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338 reviews
205 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

This is the traditional country style Japanese cooking -- you sit around a large open grill, and the chef is part of the show. It is fun for all ages, and certainly our chef engaged the kids by many pyromaniac tricks with stacked onion "volcanoes", and other fun items. I've been to other Japanese "robata style" places, and this actually... More 

Thank PhilViking
Hillsborough, North Carolina
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is our favorite place to eat on Durham. Reservations are accepted. We have a favorite waiter that has been there for years and it's like seeing family when we visit. Prices are reasonable to other Japanese steakhouses.

Thank Hornerville

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Japanese, Asian, Seafood, Sushi
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3644 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707-2661
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: (919) 489-2669

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?