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Lantern Restaurant

423 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
(919) 969-8846
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Ranked #4 of 254 Restaurants in Chapel Hill
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 2:00 am
Cuisines: Asian, Pacific Rim
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Good for: Doing business
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
New York City, New York
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46 reviews 46 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I had several friends tell me this place was great and difficulties in getting a reservation led me to believe this was true. Our meal was ok but nothing special. The salt and pepper shrimp were the highlight. The dumplings were fine, but the pork was slightly better than the mushroom ones. I split the whole fish with my friend.... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The atmosphere is quiet which is very much to our taste. The food is good, although the last time we were there, the soup was almost cold and it wasn't a cold soup. However, the rest of our meal was very good and we enjoyed it.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

If you love seafood, you should go here. they are innovative and creative in their menu, I enjoyed their fish and crab. great food with great price. Service was superb. Staff were very humble and clean. I enjoyed. Kids loved shrimp...

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North Carolina
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92 reviews 92 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Lantern's food is superb, and perhaps we encountered a holiday wait-staff when we visited Lantern during Christmas week, but our dinner then was something of a comedy of errors. Three out of four correct starters, but none was presented to the correct diner... If there is a large table, this is a bit more understandable, but for a table of... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The other positive reviews are generally on target. However, we have found that the appetizers are almost always fantastic while the entrees are hit or miss. Get yourself a deliciously refreshing Junebug (Lantern's take on Pimm's cup), and a couple of apps and I promise that you will walk out happier than when you walked in. Our favorite apps include:... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

The service was excellent. The food was good but the scallops were salty and the rice was plain and average. The dessert was excellent.

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Houston, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We had a fabulous meal at this restaurant. The chaat was full of flavor and the base of crispy black lentils was amazing. The steamed steelhead trout melted in your mouth and was served with coconut jasmine rice, a cucumber salad, and a delicious light broth. The persimmon bread pudding was absolutely fabulous, served warm with whipped cream. A very... More 

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Beckley, West Virginia, United States
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191 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Located on Franklin Street, adjacent to a public lot. Small -- not an easy place to get reservations! Attentive service, noise level manageable. The restaurant features a fusion of Korean, Japanese, and Chinese food. We split the black mushroom and cabbage dumplings, basically high end pot-stickers. My mother had Moon-viewing hotpot with soba noodles, root vegetables, mushrooms and an egg.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Fantastic time at the lantern restaurant. Food was impeccable and ambience was very chill. We were seated in the bar area because they were out of room in the dining area. Everyone was still happy. Great place!

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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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59 reviews 59 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

After reading many wonderful reviews my Husband and I finally made it to Lantern. The highlight for me was the Tom Yum soup- AMAZING and my Husband's pork dumplings were really great. As others have noted the entrees were not as spectacular- I had the salmon bento box and the salmon was super salty which detracted from the meal. My... 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
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
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: Asian, Pacific Rim

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