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Lanterns Vietnamese Restaurant

34/6 Nguyen Thien Thuat Street, Nha Trang 0, Vietnam
84 058 2471 674
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Ranked #3 of 237 restaurants in Nha Trang
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: We have been operating since 2008 and hold half day cooking classes for visitors to Nha Trang at a cost of $24 USD per person. It is a great experience of travelling to the local market, buying food and then preparing 3 dishes as chosen by the guests. We also provide a small recipe book at the completion of the tour, as a memento and keepsake. We are also keen to differentiate ourselves from all the other dining places in Nha Trang and give the customer a unique Vietnamese experience. One area is, we are strongly supporting 12 local orphanages. I spent 2 months travelling through Nha Trang & Vietnam & spent a lot of my time with the children at orphanages. As a result, I am trying to give back to these kids, by teaching them life skills and how the real world operates, outside of the usual visits and photo opportunity.That's where the idea for Lanterns came. We invite kids and their careers to each at least one day per month, but any time they wish to come. We encourage the schools/orphanages to allow the older kids to gain work experience at our place and meet the people who visit Vietnam first hand, in a friendly helpful environment.One thing I am strongly committed to, is making sure the kids are not exploited in any way and nothing is ever done without discussing it & getting approval from the carers involved.
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Excellent food. We had spring rolls, a seafood pancake and shrimp curry — all really good quality. Staff is very helpful and speaks good English. Great experience overall.

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Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We took part in the streetfood tour Lanterns offers, it was just the two of us and one of the girls from the restaurant. It is a walking tour around the local streets stopping at 6 different streetside stalls all offering varied food. The food is mostly delicious, I am not a big fan of prawns at the best of... More

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Sydney
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I believed the hype of this restaurant's high rating on tripadvisor and thought this would be a memorable and tasty dining experience, our first night in Nha Trang. We were extremely disappointed! Perhaps I've been spoilt with the abundance of fresh and cheap vietnamese restaurants back home in Australia and my standards are too high. We ordered the fresh spring... More

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Soccarooby, Owner at Lanterns Vietnamese Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi and thanks for your review. We take all feedback very seriously and appreciate your feedback. We are constantly reviewing our dishes and level of service and have conducted a full review with each and every staff member, in light of the recent reviews (some justified and some questionable) to ensure we fix any problems we are identifying within our... More

London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Each time we walked past it was always full with people waiting to go in. We finally decided to try it on the 20% off deal and we were not at all disappointed. The Simmering Pork was soft and full of flavour and my partner had the Seafood pancake and it was huge and lots of seafood. We also had... More

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Soccarooby, Owner at Lanterns Vietnamese Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi and thanks for the kind words. Not sure in light of recent reviews we are any good at all but we do thank you for your kind support and enjoying your meal with us. Thanks very much from all of us here at Lanterns. More

Seoul, South Korea
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Had a really enjoyable meal and a fun time with the staff at Lanterns. The food was very tasty and served quickly despite being so busy. Staff managed to find time for a chat despite so mahy other people to seve and wait on. Well worth a visit, wont be disappointed

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Coburg
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

If you like too mingle with other tourists and fill your stomach at a reasonable price, then it is a nice place to go to. If you are looking for a nice choice of tasty, good quality Vietnamese food and a nice atmosphere, then this may not be the right location. I don't understand why our hotel (Evason Ana Mandara)... More

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Soccarooby, Owner at Lanterns Vietnamese Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello and sorry you found our restaurant too touristy, we have never made any secret that we are located in the heart of the tourist area and that a majority of our visitors are travelling foreigners. If it is not the authentic experience you were looking for then we apologise, but we do not market ourselves as something we are... More

Sundbyberg, Sweden
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We where four persons who celebrated my father's 65th birthday at Lanterns in June. We had beers, lemon juice, Vietnamese coffee, mojitos and excellent food and we paid about 800 000 vnd. Nice service, good vegetarian food.

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Sydney
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

Had previously walked past on previous nights & was busy so arrived there about 6pm & easily seated. Atmosphere was great, food was tasty & staff were extremely friendly. What really made me like this restaurant (apart from the food) was their "giving back" to the local community by assisting orphans, organising cooking classes as well as day trips to... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Quite good food, but we left wondering how this restaurant had attained such notoriety. We had Vietnamese dishes, which lacked a little in flavour, at least compared with Thai food. The restaurant was popular the day we were there and service was a little slow. It has a sliding (canvas?) roof, which can be opened to allow greater air circulation,... More

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Soccarooby, Owner at Lanterns Vietnamese Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi and thanks for writing. Sorry the visit was a disappointment and the food not up to standard. As I have stated many times before, we are not sure ourselves why we receive such incredible support from the travelling community but are most grateful for the support we do get. You will see from our replies to each review, good... More

Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I traveled to Nha Trang in June 2014, and my friends and I went to Lanterns for lunch. We loved the ambiance and food, and the prices were very reasonable. It isn't necessarily the street food you'd find a few blocks away, but it's great food overall. Service was quick and easy, and we had a large group of around... More

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Soccarooby, Owner at Lanterns Vietnamese Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi and thanks for your kind words and so glad you enjoyed the Ninh Hoa tour with Hang. The idea behind the tour is to get out of Nha Trang and see a simpler part of Vietnam but at the same time add a personal touch of actually visiting some homes where our staff grew up or still live :)... More

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