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The Lantern Chinese Restaurant & Take Away

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Asian, Chinese, Szechuan, Cantonese
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Bury Street, Ballina, Ireland (Formerly The Lantern)
096-70236
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5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Established in 1986 by Sunny & Loretta Ho, The Lantern Chinese is the...
Established in 1986 by Sunny & Loretta Ho, The Lantern Chinese is the oldest and best known Chinese restaurant in Ballina. Famous for it's original dishes such as Spicy Chicken Wings & Chicken Dry Hot & Spicy. The Lantern continues to offer authentic Chinese cuisine at exceptional value and great service in a cosy and relaxing environment. Now offering our Super Saver Menu available 7 days a week - €3 starters and €12.50 mains with side with a great selection of dishes to choose from. Also offering 10% off A La Carte Menu prices. Good for: Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Business, Special Occasion Dining, Entertaining clients, Birthdays, Hens & StagsDining options: Dinner, Reservations, Take Away, Delivery Service, Full Bar Licence,
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Visitor rating
  • 38
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Fabulous food & staff well worth the visit!

Just had a fantastic meal with my husband for Valentines. We also decided to take our kiddies with us (aged 1yr & 4yr) and they were made feel so welcome too! All I can say is The Lantern is a fantastic Restaurant! Food and staff are fabulous. There isn't a thing the staff wouldn't do for you to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 13, 2015
Ferguson84
Good for:
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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59 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Just had a fantastic meal with my husband for Valentines. We also decided to take our kiddies with us (aged 1yr & 4yr) and they were made feel so welcome too! All I can say is The Lantern is a fantastic Restaurant! Food and staff are fabulous. There isn't a thing the staff wouldn't do for you to make you... More 

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Hove, United Kingdom
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42 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

The restaurant was recommended to me as an excellent Chinese restaurant and lived up absolutely to its reputation. My meal was exactly as I might have hoped, with generous portions, a range of flavours - and very obviously fresh and hot. Service was both friendly and extremely efficient. I was told this was the best Chinese in the area: I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

On work in Ballina so went in search of something tasty and found the Lantern, dont let the outside put you off! Great menu but decided to try the earlybird special menu which was excellent choice and 100% value for money, honey chilli chicken one of the best i have tasted and ive ate all over the place. See you... More 

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Foxford, Ireland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Access to the restaurant itself is not attractive, but the welcome inside was very friendly. The restaurant interior was somewhat 'tired' and could benefit from some attention. There was nothing wrong with the food, but nothing outstanding about it. The prices of the dishes were a bit too high for their quality. You expect any restaurant in Ireland to serve... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

I generally don't write reviews unless I've visited more than once, and this week has been my second visit. If you're not from the town. Which I'm not you could miss it, it's just off the street side but boy is it worth finding. On my second visit i tried the house special and i have to say it's one... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Place with reasonable food.. If you really need to have chinese food then head here.. It's probably the only restaurant serving chinese dishes which tasted average..

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Ballina, Ireland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Wide variety available on menu , excellent food , quick service and very friendly staff ! A must visit Chinese in Ballina

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Dublin, Ireland
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

I like to get take aways from here whenever I am back home in ballina. Love their chicken dry, hot and spicy dish and their spicy chips! Some friends and I have searched for a similar dishes in various chinese restaurants across dublin but it is impossible to find anything like the lantern's DHS. Great food all round, the service... More 

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Galway, Ireland
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Have tried it a few times with family & friends and would not recommend it also very over priced, people with me also unhappy

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Sligo
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014 via mobile

But this has to be the best one, yum yum yum :), I had the famous hot dry and spicy chicken with rice and spicy chips, it was fab and I can't wait to go back x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Bury Street, Ballina, Ireland (Formerly The Lantern)
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Western Ireland  >  Province of Connacht  >  County Mayo  >  Ballina
  • Phone Number: 096-70236

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 22
  • Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Szechuan, Cantonese

Description

Established in 1986 by Sunny & Loretta Ho, The Lantern Chinese is the oldest and best known Chinese restaurant in Ballina. Famous for it's original dishes such as Spicy Chicken Wings & Chicken Dry Hot & Spicy. The Lantern continues to offer authentic Chinese cuisine at exceptional value and great service in a cosy and relaxing environment. Now offering our Super Saver Menu available 7 days a week - €3 starters and €12.50 mains with side with a great selection of dishes to choose from. Also offering 10% off A La Carte Menu prices. Good for: Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Business, Special Occasion Dining, Entertaining clients, Birthdays, Hens & StagsDining options: Dinner, Reservations, Take Away, Delivery Service, Full Bar Licence,
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am

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