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Kurama Japanese Seafood

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3644 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707-2661
+1 919-489-2669
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11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 21:30
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Pilot Mountain, North Carolina
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110 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Unfortunately the Japanese Steak Houses near us aren't open for lunch so the express places are our only option. The express places are good but just not as good as having it prepared in front of you. We were in town visiting family so I researched and found this place. We were pleased with the entire experience. The food was... More 

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Thank Ro256
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63 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

Great food quality - good sushi selection - dinner for two is wonderful value - enough food for four - chefs are very entertaining

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Thank Fordpony66
Asheville, North Carolina
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409 reviews
379 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

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!

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Thank R C
Durham, North Carolina
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50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

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 

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Thank Carmen R
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19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

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 

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Thank karenloveslife
Durham, North Carolina, United States
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146 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 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 

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Thank Rachel M
Beaufort, North Carolina
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82 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 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 

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Thank chemjim1
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110 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 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 

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Thank DaddioDon
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 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.

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Thank jolubo1972
Raleigh, North Carolina
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Japanese, Asian, Seafood, Sushi
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 21:30
Thursday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 21:30
Friday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 21:30
Saturday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3644 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707-2661
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +1 919-489-2669

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