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Lantern Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Asian, Pacific Rim
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423 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
(919) 969-8846
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5:30 pm - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 146
    Excellent
  • 45
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
:: delicious date night dinner ::

We visited Lantern in July for our anniversary and it was delicious! We ordered the duck, and seafood soup-both cooked well, and yummy. Wine was great. Romantic ambiance, but also well suited for dining with friends. Will definitely return!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
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English first
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We visited Lantern in July for our anniversary and it was delicious! We ordered the duck, and seafood soup-both cooked well, and yummy. Wine was great. Romantic ambiance, but also well suited for dining with friends. Will definitely return!

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Some delicious creative choices at a fairly reasonable price. As a vegetarian, my choices were somewhat limited, but it was an enjoyable evening.

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traveler101
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Had meal before which was pretty good. Won't go back because of rude bartender service. Too many other good options in Chapel Hill to waste your time here.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Unfortunately our meal was disappointing. We had high expectations given the James Beard award winning status of the chef, but were not impressed at all. I ordered the NY strip special, and literally half of my steak was completely inedible gristle. The steak itself had good flavor, but for $30 I expect extremely high quality...that steak never should have left... More 

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Jackson, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Everything we ordered was fabulous! A group of friends shared a bunch of appetizers - dumplings, spring rolls, shrimp. It was ALL good! The shrimp, flounder & clam ceviche was amazing.

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Get the shrimp app and the whole nc flounder. Really, you can't go wrong here with anything, but these are my go-to dishes when we visit. Of course the bento box rocks, too. Do it!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

In Chapel Hill on business I was fortunate to secure a seat in the back bar area for a painfully quick dinner. Circumstances required I be in and out within 40 minutes. I explained this to the mixologists at the bar and they assured me this would not be a problem and went a step further to suggest items in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Went with a large party last week. The majority found the food fantastic. A few were less than wowed. I had the tea spice chicken with the fried rice which was very good but not as good as my spring roll pork appetizer. Japanese pot on fire and flounder also got rave reviews. Wok seared rice noodles were fine. Grape... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

As newbies to Chapel Hill and Carrboro, we visited this place from TA reviews. The atmosphere was elegant, dimly lit and the Staff was engaging. The food was brought out timely and the Flavors were right. Portions are reasonable - meaning not too much and not too little. We had dumplings - 5 to a serving and enough for two... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

There is simply no way to explain how special this restaurant is. It is on a par with many of the fine Asian restaurants in the Bay Area of California. Not to be missed.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 423 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: (919) 969-8846

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Asian, Pacific Rim

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business
Open Hours
Monday
5:30 pm - 2:00 am
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 2:00 am
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 2:00 am
Thursday
5:30 pm - 2:00 am
Friday
5:30 pm - 2:00 am
Saturday
5:30 pm - 2:00 am

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