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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
423 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2314
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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

Thank La_fl_drew
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Friendly service, lovely atmosphere, delicious meal! I especially loved the spring rolls and the dumplings.

Thank Dawn L
Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

I tried it based on reviews. I found that all dishes needed seasoning. The salt and pepper shrimp did not live up to expectations. It just had none of the flavor associated with this dish. The flash fried greens the shrimp was served on were...More

1  Thank cmeru51
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Lantern has been a reliable but innovative restaurant for some years now. The menu always offers surprises and the service and food are superb. The bar is a favorite. It feels like you are doing something illicit, but of course not...too bad. It can get...More

Thank PEvans8690
Reviewed 2 April 2017

We enjoyed the salmon bento box which was fresh and delicious. The salt & pepper shrimp were also excellent. Our fish with bok choy was delicious. Excellent restaurant

Thank Janet A
Reviewed 12 March 2017

Eat here to support local producers and enjoy some of the best food in the Triangle. You have many options in Chapel Hill so save this one for special occasions. You will enjoy.

Thank Richard R
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We went here for a group business dinner with a special arrangement, having a room for ourselves. The food was excellent, well prepared with a sense of detail and care. I liked the fusion aspect of it, creative combinations, combined with good taste.

Thank Dominik R
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Howard A
does the lantern take reservations?
9 November 2016|
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Response from Katie G | Reviewed this property |
Paul C
Would you take a party of fifteen tomorrow around 5:30. We are visiting Playmakers theatre for the show tomorrow night. I would put it on one check. What would be the price range without wine or beer? thanks Paul castagnop@uncw.edu
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
US$21 - US$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
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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