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Lantern Restaurant

423 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
(919) 969-8846
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Ranked #2 of 249 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
Cary, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
178 helpful votes 178 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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Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia
Top Contributor
181 reviews 181 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

My husband took me to the Lantern for my birthday while we were visiting Chapel Hill/Carrboro. The food was delicious and beautifully presented and the service couldn't be better. We left full and happy. We will return!

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

An overhyped restaurant that I have been going to for years, when it was new it was an amazing fresh take on Asian fusion, but over the years it has had little change in their cuisine, the service is great and they have great cocktails, you will definitely enjoy it but it is overhyped for sure, especially since I have... More

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Belleville, Michigan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Local ingredients, wonderful use of spices and seasonings, and a patient/helpful wait staff. In a word, YUM! I know YUM is a bit simplified, but in going there to celebrate first anniversary of daughter and son-in-law, we had a truly marvelous meal and dining experience. This was the choice of our kids. Being newly weds, they are on a limited... More

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Top Contributor
115 reviews 115 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

We loved this restaurant and definitely will return. Their house cocktails were amazing. I recommend maiking reseervations and giving yourself time to sample as much as you can. Everything tasted very fresh and textures and flavors were very well balanced.

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Gainesville, Fla
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Lantern is an Asian restaurant which uses lots of local ingredients in a creative and delicious way. On a recent trip to Chapel Hill, my accomplice and I had the pleasure of eating here with another couple. For an appetizer, we started off with the black mushroom and cabbage dumplings. This seemed like a very unlikely combination, but was very... More

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East Lansing, Michigan
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45 reviews 45 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We were a party of four on a Friday evening, when the restaurant was busy, and had a wonderful meal. Each dish was perfectly conceived and prepared and the service was marvelous. The Asian elements in the dishes were pronounced without being precious. One can often tell from the vibe of a restaurant whether regular customers have confidence that things... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This restaurant is a bit special for my wife and I, as we tend to go on special occassions. I have had several meals here and they all have been excellent. The service is excellent. The atmosphere of the restaurant is good, not great; but that is not what I really look for in a restaurant. As long as the... More

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