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Red Lantern on Riley

#91 of 4,558 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
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Sat 18:00 - 22:00
Fri 12:00 - 15:00
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White Plains, New York
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103 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

For a party of 8 we had a fixed menu with many delicious courses, each one as good or better than the last! Very accommodating for gluten and lactose free dietary sensitivities. Attentive service without rushing!

Thank Susan L
Sydney, Australia
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124 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Funky atmosphere, good service, interesting food and thoughtful wine list. This is my go to restaurant when I am craving Asian. Well worth a visit.

Thank Julie1958594
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking for an resturant to treat ourselves on our trip to Sydney... we found it at the Red Lantern. We had the tasting menu.. 8 delicious courses which flowed on from each other very well. The staff were friendly, efficient & attentive. The resturant ambiance took me back to my holiday in Vietnam. This evening was a very... More 

Thank Sue G
Newcastle, Australia
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56 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had great expectations but in reality is was only a restaurant. My wife and I are great admirers of Luke Nguyen and enjoy his cooking on TV including his travelling around the world. At his restaurant the service was satisfactory but nothing special and the food while enjoyable was only comparable to Vietnamese restaurants in Newcastle! Hence our disappointment;... More 

Thank John F S
Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First visit here to celebrate a friend's birthday. The restaurant was full and on a Wednesday night too. The waiter suggested a set menu and we were happy to go with the Hanoi Set (the cheaper of the two options). Great food throughout with an eight course menu. Soft rice paper rolls to start were lovely as was the chilli... More 

Thank MarkeynPaula
Melbourne, Australia
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37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You have to have the banquet but if there is something that you do not want on the banquet then simply ask them to substitute that dish for another. Vietnamese is about balance and co-ordination. the staff are excellent at this. i had originally picked al a carte. the waitress convinced be to go the banquet with changes and it... More 

Thank Melbournetraveller17
Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the food was confusing not vietnamese, an assortment of chinese dishes done ordinarily, nothing on degustation menu was 'wow' service was poor and billing was botched, charged a bottle of wine price for a glass

Thank berlinN
Sydney, Australia
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77 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very cool fit out with great use of timber and stone, yielding an intimate comfortable atmosphere. We went to Red lantern on a Tuesday night and had the banquet as we were in a group of eight. There was probably a bit too much food on the $85 menu, so maybe try the smaller one, then food was all good.... More 

Thank PeterGP71
Wellington, New Zealand
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54 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Being a fan of Luke Nguyen's TV shows my wife and I took the opportunity to visit the Red Lantern and we were not dissapointed. The layout and ambiance of the restaurant reminded us of restaurants we had been to in Vietnam. The waiting staff and the quality of the food was fantastic and well worth the visit. we chose... More 

1 Thank RiflemanWellington
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55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

We arrived on time for the banquet meal and Saturday night and enjoyed some average but also some very tasty dishes. There were often long gaps between courses though and nearby tables on the same 630 pm banquet seemed at least one dish ahead of us most of the time. When we mentioned this to the staff we were unhelpfully... 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
US$15 - US$30
Asian, Vietnamese, 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
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Darlinghurst

Neighbourhood Profile
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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