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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” (19 reviews)
Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
423 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2314
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We loved our experience at the Lantern last evening. The food was very good. For starters we had the pickle plate (a creative collection of seasonal veggies all pickled—really creative and cute) and pork dumplings. Entrees included the red drum, excellent prep with baby bok...More

Thank LeeinVAUSA
Reviewed 6 days ago

We didn't have reservations at the Lantern, because we assumed that arriving as they opened at 5:30pm on a weeknight, we would have no trouble getting a table. They were able to seat us at a table in the bar, but if you want seating...More

Thank hsbvim
Reviewed October 2, 2018 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 October 2, 2018

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 September 21, 2018

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 40nancym
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 684jennieh
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
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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, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
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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