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Lantern Restaurant

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423 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2314
+1 919-969-8846
Mon - Sat 17:30 - 02:00
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East Lansing, Michigan
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106 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2014

We were a party of four on a Friday evening, when the restaurant was busy, and had a wonderful meal. Each dish was perfectly conceived and prepared and the service was marvelous. The Asian elements in the dishes were pronounced without being precious. One can often tell from the vibe of a restaurant whether regular customers have confidence that things... More 

Thank CardinalePrimo
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2014

This restaurant is a bit special for my wife and I, as we tend to go on special occassions. I have had several meals here and they all have been excellent. The service is excellent. The atmosphere of the restaurant is good, not great; but that is not what I really look for in a restaurant. As long as the... More 

Thank Kiljoy
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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83 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2014 via mobile

The Lantern is an excellent restaurant that does not serve "run of the mill" food. The menu is always interesting with an unusual twist. It is expensive but well worth the cost. It has an impressive and changing wine list. The waiters are very knowledgable and interested in making your dining the best experience possible.

Thank TravlinShoes7
Wokingham, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Went with a party of folks from work after a meeting with US team. There was a separate room booked which had a lovely relaxed atmosphere. Welcomed with a nice glass of local (well US) wine. The meal was a mixture of starters, too many yo recall but the lentil dish was lovely as was the soft shell crab. The... More 

Thank JoubertG
Durham, North Carolina
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110 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2014

My girlfriend and I went here in May 2014. The atmosphere was romantic with candles on the tables offering soft lighting. The bathroom had the same intimate feel with candles and aromatherapy. The downside was the fact that the seating was tight. It felt a bit cramped. As for the food, the appetizer was OK. We had the Thai seafood... More 

Thank Philly-In-Durham
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, United States
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55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2014 via mobile

We loved our dinner at Lantern!! Service was first class... We started with chaat ...interesting and deliciois! Also had the asparagus spring rolls. The pork was amazing and I had a whole fish with ginger and jasmine rise The Italian rose was perfect. And the coconut cake for dessert was divine!! We can't wait to return!!!

Thank Melissa R
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 April 2014

The food is unusual-different...always good. Not a cheap dinner-place, but more of a place one would go for a special night out for dinner, or for once-a-month dinner-out. I highly recommend it.

Thank Joel L
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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220 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2014

This was my second visit to Lantern and my impressions were the same. Lantern has a lot of buzz locally and has won some regional awards. Given those accolades, I found it disappointing. The food quality is good and nicely presented. It is a fusion restaurant so I had mushroom dumplings and then steak. The steak was well prepared, the... More 

Thank Barry17149021
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2014

My husband, daughter and I took a friend for her birthday, so we treated the evening like a special occasion. We all dressed up and went with high expectations that were easily met. We had 3 appetizers and 2 main dishes between the 4 of us and it was plenty. My husband always wants the dumplings that I thought were... More 

Thank FoodieViv
Chapel Hill, NC
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2014

This is my favorite restaurant in Chapel Hill, and is clearly the best Asian in town. It is Asian fusion with local ingredients and flair. Don't miss the funky bar in the back, where you can get some unusual cocktails and access the full food menu as well and sit at the bar tables.

Thank tbolon

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 21 - US$ 30
Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 02:00
17:30 - 02:00
17:30 - 02:00
17:30 - 02:00
17:30 - 02:00
17:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 423 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2314
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 919-969-8846

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