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Lantern Restaurant

423 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2314
+1 919-969-8846
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good21%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Asian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
423 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2314
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Reviewed 13 November 2014

After reading many wonderful reviews my Husband and I finally made it to Lantern. The highlight for me was the Tom Yum soup- AMAZING and my Husband's pork dumplings were really great. As others have noted the entrees were not as spectacular- I had the...More

Thank Virginiagirl24
Reviewed 12 November 2014

I don't get the hype. I went here with family to celebrate my husband's birthday. We were all really looking forward to it, but it turned out to be such a disappointment. To start, we ordered Indian fried okra and dumplings as appetizers, and both...More

2  Thank Tara C
Reviewed 4 November 2014 via mobile

Definitely one of my absolute favorite restaurants in town. The restaurant is small and stylish and the menu isn't a book, but everything on it is over the top delicious. Fresh local ingredients and options from red meats to fish and vegetarian entrees are available....More

1  Thank cm4delta
Reviewed 4 November 2014

We have been going to Lantern for several years and have always had excellent meals. If you are a bit daring and eager to get exposed to new tastes and combinations, this is the place for you. I am particularly enthusiastic about the was fish...More

Thank Mitch E
Reviewed 23 October 2014

I went to Lantern the evening with my son who is freshman at UNC. I selected it based on Trip Advisor reviews, its proximity to the UNC campus, and my son's love of Asian food. Their menu changes (don't count on choices in the link...More

1  Thank ethelouise
Reviewed 30 September 2014

Food options are unique and exquisitely prepared across the board. The bar is a fun place to be. The service totally attentive, caring, yet with a pleasant lightness. Awesome experience.

Thank ladykatyj
Reviewed 30 September 2014

The physical facilities are clearly tired and in need of updating (cracked bench seating upholstery and worn tabletops). The Asian fusion cuisine is tasty, but may be a bit spicy for some. It was disappointing to learn that the website was a bit misleading as...More

1  Thank Travelteam69
Reviewed 30 September 2014

We ended our meal with ice cream - creme fraische. You know how you save the best for last? Well I couldn't. We ended with a wonderful treat. To start we had the salt and pepper shrimp, which was perfectly divine. Then for the main...More

Thank Travel2MuchMommy
Reviewed 30 September 2014

If I'm paying fine dining prices I expect well prepared, interesting food and impeccable service. Lantern provides both consistently! Oh- and their cocktails are great fun too. There is good reason why Andrea Reusing has won a James Beard award.

1  Thank Alyson S
Reviewed 9 September 2014

The food here is truly spectacular. The combination of flavors and textures and temperatures makes for a spectacular meal. In addition the service could not be better. Our waiter was knowledgeable and attentive without hovering. We split a bunch of appetizers and he made sure...More

Thank RTP54
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Howard A
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
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 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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