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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
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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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Durham, North Carolina, United States
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146 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 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 54 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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123 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 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 16 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 

Thank Mapsandstamps
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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338 reviews
205 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 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
Durham, North Carolina
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015 via mobile

Go for the sushi! There are several sushi options in Durham, but after discovering the sushi at Kurama we won't go anywhere else. This place is no frills, but by far is the freshest and most delicious sushi in Durham. The chef is so nice and will accommodate requests. We are so glad to have found the sushi here because... More 

Thank Amanda L
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 via mobile

They cook the food on the table when they finish they bring some bags and ask us to take away the food. We fill that they ask us to go home

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Ballyclare, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

I have been to Kurama five or six times and I have LOVED it every time. The sushi bar is amazing and the guy serving sushi is so friendly. The hibachi is delicious and I love the way it's served. The teriyaki chicken is the best! The steak is also amazing. The shrimp is cooked to perfection and I would... More 

Thank Rebecca L

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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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?