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The Lantern Chinese Restaurant & Take Away

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Emmet Street, Ballina, Ireland (Formerly The Lantern)
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Ate here today was delicious,food was amazing staff great and very clean Defintely recommend,best Chinese around in my opinion

1 Thank Minicooper03
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pleasantly surprised. The location along the Moy allows wonderful views. As we arrived early we were lucky enough to get a table by the window eventhough we had no reservation. Its only newly opened and the decor is very fresh and clean. We were a party of 4, two of whom opted for the 2 person special , one for... More 

Thank Jude D
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have had many take away's from here and its always great value for money. The food has always been great. The chicken dry hot and spicey is a must have, large portions at great value. The exterior lets it down but thankfully you have moved premises. If in Ballina you have to eat here.

Thank bernard128
Ireland, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

The Lantern never fails to supply great food at a fair price. One of the tastiest Chinese restaurants in the locality and indeed the county. Our server Chloe was very pleasant and attentive to the table. Will definitely return!

Thank unhappycampe6789r
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

I'm an Asian attempting to try Asian good in this restaurant. Yup, the service was good, no doubts about that. If you like authentic char siew, then don't order the Char siew and roasted pork. I ordered their Singapore noodle but was shocked with the amount of Msg they put in there. When I checked with the waitresses, I was... More 

2 Thank jat_jeremy
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

Got a takeaway...the duck sauce was like dental mouthwash absolutely disgusting.. chicken wings were as bad!! And the fried rice was more like boiled.. literally would not give to my dogs.. terrible. If people in Ireland think this is good food they would want to get out of town the odd time. Would never go back and hope I don't... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

Couldnt recommend this restaurant enough. Delicious food and generous portions.Staff are very accommodating and polite. Eaten in many chinese restaurants and this is by far the best! You will not be disappointed leaving The Lantern.

1 Thank Lauren S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

Dined here for a 3 course meal lately and really enjoyed it. Service great, possibly the most courteous and attentive staff I've ever come across. All were delightful, especially Nina - I think that was her name! The food was scrumptious, chicken wings for a starter were only 3€ and so worth it! Chicken curry then with chips and rice... More 

1 Thank zoem799
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

The food here is just amazing, initially i went here on a trip to Mayo just to try the signature 'Chicken Dry Hot 'n Spicy' dish after hearing about it throughout Ireland from many people, if celebrity's drive here from Dublin just for this dish then it must be worth a visit!! We loved it that much that a second... More 

Thank alansanoz
Westport, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016 via mobile

Best wings in Ireland! Take the "Hot, Spicy, Dry Challenge!" You won't find better Chinese food anywhere! Very unique, must visit restaurant!

Thank Carnahan1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $22
Chinese, Asian
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Reservations, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Emmet Street, Ballina, Ireland (Formerly The Lantern)
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Western Ireland  >  Province of Connacht  >  County Mayo  >  Ballina
  • Phone Number: 3539670236
Established in 1986 by Sunny & Loretta Ho, The Lantern Chinese is the oldest and best known Chinese restaurant in Ballina. Famous for it's original dishes such as Spicy Chicken Wings & Chicken Dry Hot & Spicy. The Lantern continues to offer authentic Chinese cuisine at exceptional value and great service in a cosy and relaxing environment with stunning views of the River Moy & St Muredachs Cathedral. Now offering our Early Bird Value Menu Mon-Thur - €18 2 courses with a great selection of dishes to choose from. Good for: Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Business, Special Occasion Dining, Entertaining clients, Birthdays, Hens & StagsDining options: Dinner, Reservations, Take Away, Delivery Service, Full Bar Licence,

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