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Lantern Restaurant

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$$$
Asian, Pacific Rim
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423 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
(919) 969-8846
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5:30 pm - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Doing business
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 136
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  • 40
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great food, average service

My husband and I went with another couple for dinner on Saturday. We had made reservations several weeks in advance and got a confirmation call the day of, which was nice. We were seated sort of in a back corner, next to a young child and her mother...not the most auspicious start, and a little... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
laurenpk
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NC
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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221 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
NC
Top Contributor
137 reviews 137 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

My husband and I went with another couple for dinner on Saturday. We had made reservations several weeks in advance and got a confirmation call the day of, which was nice. We were seated sort of in a back corner, next to a young child and her mother...not the most auspicious start, and a little unnecessary as there were other... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

An eclectic asian bent, which if that is your taste you will love it. It is very popular and hard to get a reservation, so many people must love it. I am less enthused. I guess the sign is that I live 15 minutes away and we never seem to choose to go there. On the other hand I cannot... More 

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Chapel Hill NC
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

You absolutely must make a reservation or you are likely to be disappointed. We don't eat out very often, but when we do, we go to the best restaurants we can. Lantern is always high on the list. We enjoy taking out of town 'foodies' there as well. If your palette runs to meat and potatoes then you might find... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

We called Lantern Restaurant to ask about sitting at the bar for dinner on Valentine's day as the restaurant was completely booked. I was told to come before the restaurant opened and wait at the front door. We arrived 45 minutes early, were first in line, and waited in the bitter cold. When the restaurant opened we were shown into... More 

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chapel hill
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Back bar is straight out of Hong Kong. Salt and Pepper shrimp rock. Can't go wrong as a date restaurant

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I know if I want an exciting food adventure I will find it here. It is locally sourced, and really fresh. The chef won the James Beard award a couple years ago and has maintained the top spot among cutting edge places in the city if not the Triangle.

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Terrell, NC
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Hi, My husband and I received a gift certificate from my brother for the Lantern. We were so very excited, and got a reservation for early evening. The place was already very busy. We ordered the whole fish, dumplings and NY steak. The steak was favorable but was very tough and chewy. For the price it was very poorly done.... More 

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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 423 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: (919) 969-8846

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Asian, Pacific Rim

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?