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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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“dumplings” (34 reviews)
“chaat” (17 reviews)
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Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
423 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2314
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is something different for the Chapel Hill/Durham area and a great change of pace. The chaat, all roasted veggies was most appreciated by several of us, the fried catfish with rice on red curry sauce was lovely, and others enjoyed the fried shrimp in...More

Thank Bi-coaster
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is outstanding - just so long as you like dishes that are well-seasoned. We do. No problem at all. It's small, not noisy, and obviously attracts a crowd from the great University of North Carolina that is just a few blocks away. It's...More

Thank SanFranciscoGuy634
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good food, some unusual but their prices for for the amount you are served are way out of whack. How can any restaurant not serve ice tea????? Its a Carolina/Southern staple! If you are looking for funky food and don't care about value- go for...More

Thank JacksonRandall
Reviewed September 5, 2018

We went here for the first time in awhile. We had the bento box and pork shoulder which turned out to be a great match. We made sushi rolls from the nori, smoked salmon, rice, cabbage etc in the bento box and then we made...More

Thank Nancy M
Reviewed August 1, 2018

This restaurant is fantastic. Food is terrific, as are the knowledgeable wait staff. Our waiter Brandon was super professional and excellent. Do not miss the dumplings!

Thank lisasT2064VT
Reviewed July 24, 2018

delish and wonderful service. The service was fast and we had plenty of attention lion to make sure our dining experience was fantastic.

Thank idayne
Reviewed July 14, 2018 via mobile

Lantern made my young adult daughter and I believers. Our server brought the fried shrimp appetizer and said we may leave the shells on like a soft shell crab or peel them. Although we doubted her at first we decided to try them as she...More

1  Thank Jennie H
Reviewed June 18, 2018

The menu is unusual (at least by my standards). Also the menu is limited to a few items. Still, the food was good.

Thank Jim C
Reviewed June 18, 2018

I love sitting at the bar area in the back of the restaurant. It's decor is sexy, and cozy, quiet an the staff there are very attentive and knowledgeable. Great selection of wine and spirits. The food is amazing and never disappoints. Worth every penny.

Thank Rachel R
Reviewed May 26, 2018 via mobile

Had 6 tiny oysters for 16.00 and very average at best pork pot stickers for 9 with a salt like sauce. I won't return I went across the street to a taco trailer and had a 2.50 street taco that exceeded my expectations and the...More

Thank Gardner S
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Howard A
November 8, 2016|
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Paul C
October 27, 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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:30 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
5:30 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
5:30 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
5:30 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
5:30 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
5:30 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
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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