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Lantern Restaurant

423 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2314
+1 919-969-8846
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good21%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
423 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2314
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This restaurant has an unusual menu. The menu changes often and they use a lot of local products. It is small but interment. Some entrees have unusual condiments. It was pretty good but not somewhere I would frequent.

Thank ncst8fan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the third time we have eaten at the Lantern and it's always a great experience. The food is delicious. It's a great twist on Asian dishes, the fish courses in particular are outstanding. And try the summer rolls, they are divine. Great ambiance...More

Thank kinsale101
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to Lantern with high expectations as it is highly rated. I took my wife and two daugthers as I eat at the highest quality restaurants. Why this restaurant gets such high review is baffling! It was a huge disappointment. The decor is subpar...More

1  Thank John R
Reviewed 20 July 2017

We in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill metro area are blessed with fine restaurants! It's rapidly becoming a foodie capitol, and Lantern epitomizes all that is best. From the pork dumplings appetizer to the several exquisite fresh fish entrees, and its top flight wine list, you will...More

Thank David S
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Ate at the bar. Service was outstanding. Ordered salt and pepper shrimp and the crab and shrimp spring rolls. Shrimp were overcooked and to my taste the spring rolls had no crab in them. That being said, have always enjoyed Lantern and will be back,...More

Thank lcretina
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

Got the pork dumplings as an appetizer. So good I may order a few next time to be my whole meal! Entrees are excellent. Think it'd be hard to go wrong here.

Thank lamer14
Reviewed 31 May 2017

Lantern is my go-to restaurant for celebrations and anniversaries. The food is always wonderful-- fresh, hot, and unique! The chicken with shrimp fried rice is always a great basic, but any of their meat options are cooked to perfection! Not to mention that the staff...More

Thank Amber M
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Asian fusion that is a perfect blend. Service is attentive, and knows the menu like the back of their hand. Always great suggestions and options. The whole experience is always great (including our most recent visit). Must not be missed if dining in Chapel Hill!

Thank Dan C
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

Can't say anything negative about this place. Warm atmosphere, helpful service, amazing food, reasonable prices!

Thank emizco
Reviewed 9 May 2017

I was disappointed in The Lantern. The food was tasty but way overpriced for the quality and selection offered. I guess it's the high-end restaurant in Chapel Hill. Atmosphere (in the bar area) is dark but lively. The bartenders and servers are polite and did...More

1  Thank La_fl_drew
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Howard A
9 November 2016|
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Paul C
27 October 2016|
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Response from qmiller1 | Reviewed this property |
Hello Paul, Sorry I just caught your question. It would probably be $20 per person entree, not counting appetizers or dessert. So $300 estimate without tax or tip.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 21 - USD 30
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 02:00
17:30 - 02:00
17:30 - 02:00
17:30 - 02:00
17:30 - 02:00
17:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 423 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2314
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 919-969-8846
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