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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, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
423 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2314
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a variety of appetizers, each one unique and delicious. It's a sort of fusion cuisine from all over East Asia and done really well. You can tell the chef really knows their stuff!

Thank MGoldberg68
Reviewed 1 week ago

In town for a wedding, and the rehearsal dinner was at the restaurant. With a large party of people, we had a reserved room for the evening. It is a farm to table restaurant, so the menu changes with what is available. The food for...More

Thank katork
Reviewed 6 February 2018

There are higher rated restaurants Chapel Hill, but I don't think there are better chefs. The food here is always interesting. I don't understand the negative reviews. The food here is as good as any of the fusion places in town, and much better than...More

Thank SeanW301
Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

We read that Lantern was one of the top-rated restaurants in the country, so we were eager to give Lantern a try. We were seated in a small, austere dining room that needed freshening. The service and wine list were fine, but much of the...More

Thank macmac114
Reviewed 1 February 2018

Went here with my wife for a nice dinner while visiting the area. Had to be in the area in the morning so arrived for an overnight and stayed in the neighborhood just to eat here. It was a Tuesday night, not too crowded. Dined...More

Thank bpmoh
Reviewed 22 January 2018

The Lantern gets excellent reviews on Tripadvisor, but I was disappointed with the food. The menu changes often so perhaps when I went the menu selections were not their standard offerings. I had several dishes, none of which were remarkable or memorable. We started with...More

Thank LillyKate3
Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

This Asian Fusion restaurant is awesome! They have a great appetizer menu with lots of shareable options. Spring rolls are the best! Great entrees as well and surprisingly wonderful desserts. Would highly recommend. Tip: sit in the back near the bar a great vibe!

Thank RayMat
Reviewed 20 January 2018

We loved Lantern. Modern and warm. Delicious food that is essentially Asian fusion. The catfish was fantastic.

Thank Wayne M
Reviewed 13 December 2017

I come here often with friend and clients and have never been disappointed. When they ask what kind of restaurant it is, and what type of food they serve...and you say its kind of Asian fusion with a Southern meld...you kind of just get the...More

Thank ManoSteel9
Reviewed 6 December 2017

My husband and I ate at Lantern for our anniversary. He ordered two starters which were more than enough for a meal. The Chaat was one of the best side dishes I have ever eaten. It is extremely flavorful and very healthy. The Korean fried...More

Thank gardener967
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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
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
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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