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Lantern Restaurant

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423 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2314
+1 919-969-8846
17:30 - 02:00
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Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, United States
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55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2014 via mobile

We loved our dinner at Lantern!! Service was first class... We started with chaat ...interesting and deliciois! Also had the asparagus spring rolls. The pork was amazing and I had a whole fish with ginger and jasmine rise The Italian rose was perfect. And the coconut cake for dessert was divine!! We can't wait to return!!!

Thank Melissa R
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 April 2014

The food is unusual-different...always good. Not a cheap dinner-place, but more of a place one would go for a special night out for dinner, or for once-a-month dinner-out. I highly recommend it.

Thank Joel L
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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217 reviews
197 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2014

This was my second visit to Lantern and my impressions were the same. Lantern has a lot of buzz locally and has won some regional awards. Given those accolades, I found it disappointing. The food quality is good and nicely presented. It is a fusion restaurant so I had mushroom dumplings and then steak. The steak was well prepared, the... More 

Thank Barry17149021
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2014

My husband, daughter and I took a friend for her birthday, so we treated the evening like a special occasion. We all dressed up and went with high expectations that were easily met. We had 3 appetizers and 2 main dishes between the 4 of us and it was plenty. My husband always wants the dumplings that I thought were... More 

Thank FoodieViv
Chapel Hill, NC
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2014

This is my favorite restaurant in Chapel Hill, and is clearly the best Asian in town. It is Asian fusion with local ingredients and flair. Don't miss the funky bar in the back, where you can get some unusual cocktails and access the full food menu as well and sit at the bar tables.

Thank tbolon
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2014

The Lantern is one of our go to places when we want a great meal. the food has just the right amount of flavor and uniqueness. Start with the dumplings. Entrees vary by season. I had the best pork chop of my life, the duck soup is a regular and a safe bet. The service is excellent. They are there... More 

Thank Sandy F
London, United Kingdom
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133 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2014

This is a world class resturant in the heart of Franklin Street, Chapel Hill. The atmosphere is great and service is of high standard. The food is great take on asian fusion and everytime we come here we try something new. There is also a great bar out the back to enjoy cocktails and champagne with friends pre or post... More 

Thank Peteshell12
Chicago, Illinois
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2014

The food at this restaurant was wonderful and easy to share with our friends at the table. So many things to choose from that we could not decide. Everything had a great taste and was unique. However, our server, (KB) was so apathetic and ruined our evening. He just wanted to take our order. He made no suggestions, poor follow-up... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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55 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2014

Innovative menu, fabu bar, lovers, families with college age children or business folks will all appreciate this lovely neighborhood treasure. Design will inspire all who enter!

Thank plumgirl59
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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210 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2014

After reading many reviews in local papers and magazines that stated this was one of the best restaurants in the area, we were eagerly awaiting our first visit. The interior decor is plain and uninspiring with tables packed tightly together in a small area. The food was good but we've had better. We were underwhelmed and a little disappointed.

Thank Scotch27

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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 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 02:00
17:30 - 02:00
17:30 - 02:00
17:30 - 02:00
17:30 - 02:00
17:30 - 02:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?