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Lantern Restaurant

423 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
(919) 969-8846
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Ranked #3 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
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English first
Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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
13 helpful votes 13 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
36 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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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The Lantern is an excellent restaurant that does not serve "run of the mill" food. The menu is always interesting with an unusual twist. It is expensive but well worth the cost. It has an impressive and changing wine list. The waiters are very knowledgable and interested in making your dining the best experience possible.

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Went with a party of folks from work after a meeting with US team. There was a separate room booked which had a lovely relaxed atmosphere. Welcomed with a nice glass of local (well US) wine. The meal was a mixture of starters, too many yo recall but the lentil dish was lovely as was the soft shell crab. The... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

My girlfriend and I went here in May 2014. The atmosphere was romantic with candles on the tables offering soft lighting. The bathroom had the same intimate feel with candles and aromatherapy. The downside was the fact that the seating was tight. It felt a bit cramped. As for the food, the appetizer was OK. We had the Thai seafood... More

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Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, United States
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39 reviews 39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We loved our dinner at Lantern!! Service was first class... We started with chaat ...interesting and deliciois! Also had the asparagus spring rolls. The pork was amazing and I had a whole fish with ginger and jasmine rise The Italian rose was perfect. And the coconut cake for dessert was divine!! We can't wait to return!!!

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

The food is unusual-different...always good. Not a cheap dinner-place, but more of a place one would go for a special night out for dinner, or for once-a-month dinner-out. I highly recommend it.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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70 reviews 70 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

This was my second visit to Lantern and my impressions were the same. Lantern has a lot of buzz locally and has won some regional awards. Given those accolades, I found it disappointing. The food quality is good and nicely presented. It is a fusion restaurant so I had mushroom dumplings and then steak. The steak was well prepared, the... More

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