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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” (33 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 7 January 2015

If you love seafood, you should go here. they are innovative and creative in their menu, I enjoyed their fish and crab. great food with great price. Service was superb. Staff were very humble and clean. I enjoyed. Kids loved shrimp...

Thank jeraldp2015
Reviewed 6 January 2015

Lantern's food is superb, and perhaps we encountered a holiday wait-staff when we visited Lantern during Christmas week, but our dinner then was something of a comedy of errors. Three out of four correct starters, but none was presented to the correct diner... If there...More

2  Thank ThreeRosettes70
Reviewed 5 January 2015

The other positive reviews are generally on target. However, we have found that the appetizers are almost always fantastic while the entrees are hit or miss. Get yourself a deliciously refreshing Junebug (Lantern's take on Pimm's cup), and a couple of apps and I promise...More

Thank jh555
Reviewed 31 December 2014

The service was excellent. The food was good but the scallops were salty and the rice was plain and average. The dessert was excellent.

Thank Martha Neale P
Reviewed 29 December 2014

We had a fabulous meal at this restaurant. The chaat was full of flavor and the base of crispy black lentils was amazing. The steamed steelhead trout melted in your mouth and was served with coconut jasmine rice, a cucumber salad, and a delicious light...More

Thank Susan_Ed2013
Reviewed 7 December 2014

Located on Franklin Street, adjacent to a public lot. Small -- not an easy place to get reservations! Attentive service, noise level manageable. The restaurant features a fusion of Korean, Japanese, and Chinese food. We split the black mushroom and cabbage dumplings, basically high end...More

Thank David S
Reviewed 25 November 2014

Fantastic time at the lantern restaurant. Food was impeccable and ambience was very chill. We were seated in the bar area because they were out of room in the dining area. Everyone was still happy. Great place!

1  Thank Carson Z
Reviewed 12 November 2014

After reading many wonderful reviews my Husband and I finally made it to Lantern. The highlight for me was the Tom Yum soup- AMAZING and my Husband's pork dumplings were really great. As others have noted the entrees were not as spectacular- I had the...More

Thank Virginiagirl24
Reviewed 11 November 2014

I don't get the hype. I went here with family to celebrate my husband's birthday. We were all really looking forward to it, but it turned out to be such a disappointment. To start, we ordered Indian fried okra and dumplings as appetizers, and both...More

2  Thank Tara C
Reviewed 4 November 2014 via mobile

Definitely one of my absolute favorite restaurants in town. The restaurant is small and stylish and the menu isn't a book, but everything on it is over the top delicious. Fresh local ingredients and options from red meats to fish and vegetarian entrees are available....More

1  Thank cm4delta
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Howard A
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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 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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