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Lantern Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Asian, Pacific Rim
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423 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
(919) 969-8846
5:30 pm - 2:00 am
Closed now
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Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 2:00 am
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Boca Raton, Florida
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61 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went here for dinner. Not a plush place, but great food. Had the dumplings and salt and pepper shrimp first. Both wee outstanding. Loved the flash fried cilantro. Main courses were the pork chop which he loved and the smoked chicken which was like Peking duck. Drinks were adequate. All the flavor of the food and quality of the ingredients... More 

Thank llbalto1947
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was looking forward to eating at Lantern since it was a well-renowned restaurant. I was with a group and we shared appetizers. The dumplings stood out and was very tasty. The others were OK but not memorable. The homemade ginger ale was very good. I had the catfish red curry and that was just OK. For me, the problem... More 

Thank Anita S
Raleigh, North Carolina
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49 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'll state upfront that I know I'm in the minority by posting a negative review of Lantern, but the following review details my first and last experience at Lantern. When I arrived a few minutes early for my reservation, the friendly hostess sat me right away, and things were off to a great start. The server arrived, took my drink... More 

Thank AtlKev
Holly Springs, North Carolina
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been to Lantern many times in the past. Recently with a group of four friends to celebrate the return of our friend to the "Southern Part of Heaven". We ordered meat,, fish salads, red wine and white wine. We split two desserts. All was excellent and the service superior. My halibut was, if not close to the best fish... More 

Thank James P
Vancouver, Canada
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137 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came to North Carolina not knowing what to expect. This was our first meal in the State. We are from Vancouver, BC so we are very used to eating very,very good food. We made a reso and were glad we did. The place was busy!! We ordered appies and entrees: heirloom tomato salad, salmon bento box and crusted shrimp.... More 

Thank Shabnam J
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100 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We love the back bar here. We have never made it to the restaurant as we dig the scene at the back and they make awesome drinks. It's a little more of a local hangout and you meet some interesting people there. Most of the food is available in the back and they are often open to requests.

Thank Ms_Demeanor
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went with my boyfriend to the Lantern for New Years and we were excited because it's such a well known exclusive place. I knew the menu was limited because it's supposed to be a choice of the most top notch selections. Both my boyfriend and I couldn't find anything that looked appetizing which is saying slot since we love... More 

Thank JessicaBolz
Southeast US
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

Excellent food. Awesome combining of Asian flavors using many locally sourced ingredients. This restaurant has been on our must do list for quite sometime. We are sorry we didn't try it earlier. The night we dined it was a full dining room and the garden patio had not opened yet. Even though the room was packed sound levels were acceptable.... More 

Thank dfburnt
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Asian fusion in a semi-casual setting. The food is superb. Also has one of the best cocktail bars in Chapel Hill. Not inexpensive but worth the money for a special occasion. You have to try Lantern at least once.

Thank Steven W
Raleigh, nc
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Upstairs is a great place to hang out with friends at the bar or a small table for drinks or appetizers. Entrees are great too. Upstairs environment is much different than downstairs.. very intimate!

Thank heather27589

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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 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $30
Asian, Pacific Rim
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 2:00 am
5:30 pm - 2:00 am
5:30 pm - 2:00 am
5:30 pm - 2:00 am
5:30 pm - 2:00 am
5:30 pm - 2:00 am
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

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