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Red Lantern on Riley

#97 of 4,594 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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60 Riley St | Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
+61 96984355
18:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 18:00 - 22:00
Fri 12:00 - 15:00
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Sydney, Australia
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

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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50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 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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73 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

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 

Thank TombRaider62
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

Yet again this restaurant and their staff continue to impress. We had pre ordered the $75 per head banquet and was very pleased to see that the portions were generous and no-one left feeling underfed or still hungry. Of course every meal was amazing and not one person with us thought the food was anything less than ordinary or average.

Thank Sarah L
Sydney, Australia
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

Joined a special dining event at Red Lantern recently, got completely blown away. The staff were efficient and very friendly. The food was a explosion of flavours, which were sophisticated and perfectly balanced. The paired wines were perfect for each course. Very impressed. Will definitely return and recommend to everyone I know.

Thank jojochen1228
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

Will most definitely return to Luke Nuygens restaurant. Food was fabulous and waiting staff attentive. If you like vietnamese food, this is the place to go. Yum!

Thank Hewettp
Middle Dural, Australia
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81 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

We dined here for a special dinner gourmet traveller in partnership with APT last night at the incredible Vietnamese/French influence restaurant We enjoyed a shared 9 course matching wines dinner . The whole experience was truly magnificent . Luke's ability to balance the flavours and showcase fresh produce is outstanding . Highly recommend coming here for any occasion . We... More 

Thank Kym P
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

Lovely decor that totally transports you and attentive service are the perfect accompaniment to the delicious food. Starters are really substantial and probably better than the mains. This place is expensive for Vietnamese food but a real treat.

Thank DVDPlayer_13
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42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

There was a slight delay in the service when we got there but when the food started coming it got better and better and we were completely stuffed by the end of the set menu list. The service was good and the wait staff friendly. Would have loved to see Luke there but we were initially told he was in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 31
Asian, Vietnamese, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 60 Riley St | Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Darlinghurst
  • Neighbourhood: 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Darlinghurst

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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.
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