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Lantern Restaurant

423 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
(919) 969-8846
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Ranked #2 of 250 Restaurants in Chapel Hill
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Asian, Pacific Rim
Good for: Doing business
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Doing business
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Warrenton, NC
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Food options are unique and exquisitely prepared across the board. The bar is a fun place to be. The service totally attentive, caring, yet with a pleasant lightness. Awesome experience.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The physical facilities are clearly tired and in need of updating (cracked bench seating upholstery and worn tabletops). The Asian fusion cuisine is tasty, but may be a bit spicy for some. It was disappointing to learn that the website was a bit misleading as it indicated that Andrea Reusing the "chef-owner" who won all the awards, hadn't been there... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We ended our meal with ice cream - creme fraische. You know how you save the best for last? Well I couldn't. We ended with a wonderful treat. To start we had the salt and pepper shrimp, which was perfectly divine. Then for the main course I had Tea and spice smoked White Oak Pastures chicken and my friend had... More

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Chapel Hill
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

If I'm paying fine dining prices I expect well prepared, interesting food and impeccable service. Lantern provides both consistently! Oh- and their cocktails are great fun too. There is good reason why Andrea Reusing has won a James Beard award.

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RTP54
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The food here is truly spectacular. The combination of flavors and textures and temperatures makes for a spectacular meal. In addition the service could not be better. Our waiter was knowledgeable and attentive without hovering. We split a bunch of appetizers and he made sure to deliver them so that our table was never to crowded . Outstanding!!!

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NC
Top Contributor
115 reviews 115 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

My wife and I had never been to Lantern before but had heard good things about it. The couple with us had been once before. My first impression was that I had come to a diner rather than a high-end restaurant. The tables were quite close together, the lights were bright, and the noise level was high. We were seated... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

great Asian fusion place. The food is solidly very good. It's a bit loud for an intimate dinner, but otherwise a fun place.

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Cary, North Carolina
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My husband took me here for my birthday dinner recently - it had been on my list of places to try for some time. Décor is minimalist, but food, presentation and service were all excellent! Interesting menu choices. My husband had the whole fish and I had the pork shank special. All came with wonderful spices and sauces and were... More

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lonerganmm
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We had a wonderful dinner for four here. We ordered the chaat and the charcuterie for appetizers. Although I loved my entree (chicken), my favorite part of the meal was the chaat. The chickpeas were crunchy and flavorful. Everyone enjoyed the charcuterie plate and there was plenty for the four of us to share. Two members of our party ordered... More

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Top Contributor
125 reviews 125 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We came here on the recommendation of several other area restaurants and they were absolutely right in urging us to try the Lantern while we were visiting in the UNC area. We tried a variety of appetizers and all of us enjoyed our main courses. Very innovative flavors and preparations. Great taste experience. And as an unexpected surprise, outstanding cocktails.... More

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Additional Information about Lantern Restaurant

Address: 423 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Phone Number: (919) 969-8846
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: Asian, Pacific Rim

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