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Kurama Japanese Seafood

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3644 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707-2661
+1 919-489-2669
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 21:30
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I was planning on Mexican until I saw the Kurama sign. I immediately thought Sushi. My experience was wonderful! The fish in the display case looked fresh and appealing. I ordered Miso Soup, Fried Dumplings and several pieces of Sushi. One word describes the food; INCREDIBLE! During my meal, I learned my chef has 28 years experience as a Sushi... More 

Thank retired2008
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Let me first say I have been eating at this restaurant for several years (17 plus). However on 3/12 I had the most worst experience I ever had. We had a party of 40 people I called on Tuesday prior to find out if they accept reservation I was told they did. Once we got there we had to wait... More 

Thank IAintThru
Pilot Mountain, North Carolina
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110 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 

Thank Ro256
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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

Thank Fordpony66
Asheville, North Carolina
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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!

Thank R C
Durham, North Carolina
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50 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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 

Thank Carmen R
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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 

Thank karenloveslife
Durham, North Carolina, United States
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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 

Thank Rachel M
Beaufort, North Carolina
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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 

Thank chemjim1
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 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 

Thank DaddioDon

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Asian, Seafood, Sushi
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 21:30
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?