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Red Lantern on Riley

#84 of 4,392 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
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60 Riley St | Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
+61 96984355
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Milan, Italy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I didn't enjoyed my experience at Lantern. I think the fish was not fresh and the flavour was not that tasty.. Mussels were really not good. The meat was hard. The coconut dessert was good. Too expensive for the level. The wine list is poor. Few beers available. Cocktails are expensive and very small in quantity..just ice..

Thank Debbyandre
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Just a quick call out to Pauline, Mark, Luke and the entire team at Red Lantern here in Sydney. Thank you for an absolutely fabulous lunch recently (or should that be a very long lunch?!). I took some of our staff out to celebrate and acknowledge a team members work anniversary. The service and food was impeccable throughout our long... More 

Thank kiwiwcyril
Sydney, Australia
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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Given the fame of a certain part owner, the expectations were high. Too high, I guess. 3 of us tried the Hanoi Hunger tasting menu, $75 without sweets. The 8 courses were generally well executed though some of the combinations seemed a tad too try-hard for me. For example it is difficult to see what the (excellent) oven baked pork... More 

Thank GiancarloYannoulis
Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I visited the Red Lantern some time ago when it was at the top of Crown St - it was expensive but worth every cent. The location, the ambiance were both fantastic and the food was sensational. So I thought it would be good to visit again and bring the family - I will be short: The booths are too... More 

Thank Adam B
Sydney, Australia
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Took a dear friend to celebrate her 50th birthday and we chose well. The food was authentic, fresh and vibrant. The decor warm and welcoming and the service faultless. Thank you for a great evening!

Thank Kerry G
Sydney, Australia
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208 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I made one of Luke Nguyen's recipes at home and was really impressed. My partner had been to his original restaurant in Crown Street, so we decided to check out his 'new' (it's 4 years old now) one in Riley Street. To start with the decor and ambiance is stunning. Lighting was perfect. There's the a la carte menu and... More 

Thank Peter D
Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Greeted by warm friendly smiles as soon as we walked through the door, I loved the dimmed lights and décor, it feels so cozy and almost like you've walked into a friend's house for dinner! Tables are neatly set and staff a quick to attend to you straight away! Food is amazing!..so much flavor and variety, the only problem was... More 

Thank chimk281
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47 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent Food, ambience and service. What more could you ask for? We had the lesser tasting menu and it was more than we could all eat. The food was very good, excellent flavours, textures and presentation. Don't expect to get the ubiquitous range of coffees. They only have their own brew floating on a thin layer of condensed milk. I... More 

Thank BeenThere55
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great atmosphere and location , beautiful food, wonderful stuff. Pauline is an amazing hostess and I will be back! Foodies will love Red Lantern.

Thank janiebabe61
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67 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love this restaurant. If you want the Vietnamese street food experience, that is sitting on plastic chairs and no fancy trims - then this is not for you. This is a classy little restaurant with 5 star food and service. It is what I classify as gourmet rather than street food. It has a new function room out the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $30
Asian, Vietnamese, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Parking Available
Good for
Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 60 Riley St | Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Darlinghurst
  • Neighborhood: Darlinghurst
  • Phone Number: +61 96984355
Set within a designer space reminiscent of French Colonial Vietnam, Red Lantern on Riley mixes the nostalgia of Indochine with the personal quirkiness of the Nguyen family. The restaurant is owned and operated by chefs Luke Nguyen and Mark Jensen, and Luke's sister Pauline Nguyen.

With a focus on shared dishes, an evening at Red Lantern on Riley is an experience best enjoyed with friends and family.

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

Staying in Darlinghurst

Neighborhood Profile
Home of the small bar revolution in Sydney, Darlinghurst has more bars per capita than any other suburb. Themes range from American whiskey bars and 1950’s theme bars to hidden bars requiring secret passwords. Oxford Street is the "Gay Capital" of Australia, where gay and lesbian-friendly venues feature “diva shows” and dancing until the morning. Vintage lovers flock to Crown Street, and small designer boutiques can be found along Victoria and Bourke Streets. Dining in Darlinghurst is a gastronomic adventure. Food from all over the world is on the menu, from American ribs to tapas, sushi to gelato and every ethnicity in between.