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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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Mon - Sat 17:30 - 02:00
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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345 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My only regret is waiting so long to come here! My dinner earlier this week was fantastic - black cod with locally sourced mushroooms and black rice. We shared the calamari starter. I'm already plotting a return trip from Raleigh - this place makes the drive well worth it!

Thank Jamie K
Baltimore, Maryland
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

I was in Chapel Hill for work and the Lantern was recommended by a bartender in the area. Eating at the bar was strongly recommended over the dinning room. The bar is located in a back room and is fairly dark. Servers were friendly and not over-intrusive. Gave great suggestions on dinner options. Went with the fried calamari salad and... More 

Thank Mary T
Salt Lake City, Utah
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66 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Went as part of a large group--beware, small venue, you will need reservations if you are a big group or if you want to be sure to get in. They had a pre-fix menu for us. Appetizers were very good, try the chaat, the salt and pepper shrimp and the spring rolls. The charcuterie plate was not something I'm into--"head... More 

New Jersey
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190 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

I've known about this restaurant for a while now and was delighted to have the opportunity to finally dine there. The atmosphere is modern and spare, but with a comforting vibe and the noise never rises above a low hum. We ordered plates to share and a few main dishes: salt & pepper shrimp, veggie spring rolls, vegan dal (more... More 

Thank citygirlpz
Hillsborough, North Carolina, United States
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

The atmosphere was great - dimmed lighting, relatively quiet, seems like a good place for a romantic date. For appetizers, our group shared two types of dumplings, salt & pepper shrimp, and korean fried chicken. All of these were amazing and could not have been better. For my entree I had the pork chop which came with (among other things)... More 

Thank Lance R
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I was a bit reluctant to believe all the hype @ this place, especially since I am not a huge sushi fan....BU, it was totally terrific. Quite an eclectic mix of locally sourced non-sushi items as well. Incredibly attentive wait staff, great wine selection and a solid value for the upscale price

Thank Singleonceonce
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

It's a fancy Asian fusion restaurant. The chef is well known nationally. I've always had good meals. Except about every third visit when it's been mind blowing. Worth it especially for drinks in the back bar--feels like you're in Brooklyn.

Thank Noel B
Lahinch, Ireland
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Not a bad place to eat. Food was okay service was very good. If you're wondering Asian I guess you shouldn't order steak. Or even a pork chop. Everyone about table enjoyed the fish entree. I guess that's what I should have got

Thank irishyahoo
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Excellent food. Outstanding service. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and found every dish we tried, absolutely delicious. There were five vegetarian appetizers and one vegetarian entree, so we ordered one of each and shared them between us. My husband and I thought each dish was beautifully presented, thoughtfully created and wonderfully flavorful. The dessert choices were varied and unique, except... More 

Thank Ophelia Rose d
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Great atmosphere and decor! The restaurant is always full and can be loud and hard to hear soft spoken diners. We totally enjoy our experience at the Lantern -- our favorite date night restaurant.

Thank IreneGaye

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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
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?