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Red Lantern on Riley

#78 of 4,625 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
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Tue - Sun 18:00 - 22:00
Fri 12:00 - 15:00
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Brisbane, Australia
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81 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

A relaxed early Sunday evening dinner for two was booked on short notice, and this venue did not disappoint. The entrees were prepared very well, if fairly simply, from very fresh and high quality produce and portions were very generous. Chilli squid was cooked well and without unnecessary adornment, but the tea-smoked duck salad was our pick of the night!... More 

1 Thank Michael W
Sydney, Australia
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

What an amazing place Felt like I'd been transported back to beautiful Hoi An 4 of us dined on Sunday night, we went for the 8 course Hanoi Hungover I seriously could not fault the food, hard to pick favourite as all were so good Service was outstanding also Can't wait for a return visit

1 Thank dianna j
Sydney, Australia
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162 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016

The prices were a bit of a shock for Asian but when the food came we were very happy. Also a very thoughtful wine list and excellent service and decor. Will return.

1 Thank Julie1958594
Adelaide, Australia
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Went there on a Tuesday night and it was nearly full. At the end of my meal I understood why. Best rice paper rolls I've ever had, never seen anything that well put together. For mains we had the prawn and duck dishes, these were just lusciously succulent. The service was prompt but not too fussy, just the way I... More 

Thank wheelbarr0w
Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

On arrival we were greeted by Lorraine who made us feel quite special, she remembered that it was my husbands birthday and had managed to arrange an inside table for us. Ambiance is fantastic, staff are super friendly and the food is fabulous. We had the banquet which gave us the opportunity to try dishes we might not have picked... More 

Thank Burnsey60
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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54 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

We went for the Hanoi Hunger, being our first time here and the servings were more than enough to satisfy any hunger. The only change that we made was that we substituted the tea smoked duck salad for the salt and pepper deep fried squid as my partner is averse to molluscs and crustaceans, and a very good swap that... More 

Thank Barry L
Sydney NSW
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016

This was the second time to Red Lantern and again, we were not disappointed. The food was impeccable and the service first class. You just can’t fault this place. We had a group of 4 for the 6.30pm sitting and while we had to be out by 8.30, we easily consumed the Tasting Plate and Desert within the time. An... More 

Thank Prestidgep
Tauranga, New Zealand
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62 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

After reading the mainly highly recommended reviews decided to try this restaurant at the last minute and used the online booking system. They run 2 sittings we ate early at around 6.30, I think they expect you to vacate around 8.30pm to allow for another service, so if you would prefer to relax more with a larger group book the... More 

Thank holiday2travel
Sydney, Australia
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Chose this place as it had lots of good reviews, and now I can definitely agree with them. My partner and I were lucky to get a table without a reservation on a Friday night as it got very busy. Staff were very friendly and attentive, even when we kept dropping our chopsticks! We chose the 8 course set menu... More 

Thank Bitsy_Baby
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84 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Four of us enjoyed a wonderful evening at the Red Lantern last Saturday night We all went with the $75 Hanoi Hunger Tasting menu which consisted of eight scrumptious courses. The service was fantastic as was the general ambience.

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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$113
Asian, Vietnamese, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Wine and Beer
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
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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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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