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Red Lantern on Riley

#74 of 4,619 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
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60 Riley St | Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
+61 96984355
Tue - Sun 18:00 - 22:00
Fri 12:00 - 15:00
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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49 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The ambience. The impeccable service. Most importantly, the authentic Vietnamese FOOD and the great wine that came with our eight-course dinner! What is there not to rave about this place? Must try when in Sydney. Period.

Thank Rex Y
Level Contributor
9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited Red Lantern with a colleague for a mid week dinner. I went against my normal instincts, ordered the set banquet and was really pleasantly surprised. All the dishes were good and quite different from each other. Some are not traditional Vietnamese flavours but all were really tasty and the menu worked overall. The staff were very good and even... More 

Thank WinstonBB
Port Noarlunga, Australia
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67 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

As far as my daughter and I are concerned this place is an absolute must when visiting Sydney. It is not exactly cheap [Im an aged pensioner] but the anticipation and [in my case] saving up for is definitely worth it.

Thank jenpickard
Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked a table for 8 at 8:30. Arrived on time and only waited a couple of minutes for our table. Excellent attention from wait staff. We opted for one of the set meals. (Saigon) All of the dishes were divine. My favourite was the calamari. The wine list was good and we enjoyed both reds and whites.

Thank MarcusOlding
Melbourne, Australia
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I came from Melbourne to eat here and we were left extremely disappointed. We've dined at many Vietnamese restaurants in Melbourne so we had high expectations. We expected Luke Nguyen to elevate Vietnamese food like what George Colomburus did with Greek food - more modernised, more flavour. Unfortunately, we felt like it didn't meet our expectations. The... More 

Thank iAiver
Perth, Australia
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Searched for Asian restaurants online near our hotel and picked this one. Great service, wonderful food and adequate but expensive wine list

Thank Robfitz22
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42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I had dinner here on Sunday for Mother's Day. We had the first booking at 6pm. We were greeted very nicely by staff as soon as we walked in. We were taken to our table quickly. Our waitress was fantastic, she actually had checked our booking details and knew that my wife had allergies and made us... More 

Thank Mauricio H
Canberra, Australia
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for our anniversary, the place was perfect. We had the Saigon Scrumptious tasting menu, everything we ate was delicious and there was so much! Left feeling very full and satisfied.

Thank Pat B
Melbourne, Australia
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A group of 4 of us came to Red Lantern due to the hype surrounding Luke Nguyen's restaurant. Whilst the atmosphere and wait staff were fantastic we were left kind of disappointed with the food we ordered. Whether our expectation of the food to be high, or it was just an off night for the chefs, the taste/flavours of our... More 

Thank UniqueGlobeTrotter
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took my girlfriend for her birthday and she was very impressed. Good vibe and dimly lit. We ordered the banquet and were so full, so many meals! You won't get any standard meals here, every meal is designed to the T and there was nothing we didn't love. Note to call and book ahead of you're vegetarian or vegan and... More 

Thank daniel b

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$112
Asian, Vietnamese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Wine and Beer
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 60 Riley St | Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Darlinghurst
  • Neighbourhood: Darlinghurst
  • Phone Number: +61 96984355
Set within a designer space reminiscent of French Colonial Vietnam, Red Lantern on Riley mixes the nostalgia of Indochine with the personal quirkiness of the Nguyen family. The restaurant is owned and operated by chefs Luke Nguyen and Mark Jensen, and Luke's sister Pauline Nguyen.

With a focus on shared dishes, an evening at Red Lantern on Riley is an experience best enjoyed with friends and family.

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Staying in Darlinghurst

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Home of the small bar revolution in Sydney, Darlinghurst has more bars per capita than any other suburb. Themes range from American whiskey bars and 1950’s theme bars to hidden bars requiring secret passwords. Oxford Street is the "Gay Capital" of Australia, where gay and lesbian-friendly venues feature “diva shows” and dancing until the morning. Vintage lovers flock to Crown Street, and small designer boutiques can be found along Victoria and Bourke Streets. Dining in Darlinghurst is a gastronomic adventure. Food from all over the world is on the menu, from American ribs to tapas, sushi to gelato and every ethnicity in between.
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