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Lantern Restaurant

423 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
(919) 969-8846
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Ranked #2 of 243 restaurants in Chapel Hill
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Asian, Pacific Rim
Good for: Doing business
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Doing business
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

My husband, daughter and I took a friend for her birthday, so we treated the evening like a special occasion. We all dressed up and went with high expectations that were easily met. We had 3 appetizers and 2 main dishes between the 4 of us and it was plenty. My husband always wants the dumplings that I thought were... More

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Chapel Hill, NC
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is my favorite restaurant in Chapel Hill, and is clearly the best Asian in town. It is Asian fusion with local ingredients and flair. Don't miss the funky bar in the back, where you can get some unusual cocktails and access the full food menu as well and sit at the bar tables.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Lantern is one of our go to places when we want a great meal. the food has just the right amount of flavor and uniqueness. Start with the dumplings. Entrees vary by season. I had the best pork chop of my life, the duck soup is a regular and a safe bet. The service is excellent. They are there... More

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75 reviews 75 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is a world class resturant in the heart of Franklin Street, Chapel Hill. The atmosphere is great and service is of high standard. The food is great take on asian fusion and everytime we come here we try something new. There is also a great bar out the back to enjoy cocktails and champagne with friends pre or post... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

The food at this restaurant was wonderful and easy to share with our friends at the table. So many things to choose from that we could not decide. Everything had a great taste and was unique. However, our server, (KB) was so apathetic and ruined our evening. He just wanted to take our order. He made no suggestions, poor follow-up... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Innovative menu, fabu bar, lovers, families with college age children or business folks will all appreciate this lovely neighborhood treasure. Design will inspire all who enter!

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

After reading many reviews in local papers and magazines that stated this was one of the best restaurants in the area, we were eagerly awaiting our first visit. The interior decor is plain and uninspiring with tables packed tightly together in a small area. The food was good but we've had better. We were underwhelmed and a little disappointed.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
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55 reviews 55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Situated in the groovy west end of Chapel Hill, Lantern has established itself as one fine place to dine, as well as a nice spot to have a drink too. The bar in the back of the restaurant is a throw-back to a time when people went to bars and drank cocktails. It's dark and cozy, and you can eat... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I love the back bar for a romantic drink and small dish. I rarely sit in the "regular" part of the restaurant. Drinks are A+, service great too!

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Bartender makes some great stuff - try the Dark and Stormy. Food is very good, locally sourced. Asian fusion cooking...

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