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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
Closed now
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Mon - Sat 17:30 - 02:00
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New Jersey
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190 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Dallas, Texas
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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 17 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
1 review
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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9 reviews
5 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
Greensboro, North Carolina
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

The food was fantastic! Certainly different than our typical date night fare. The catfish was delicious and my non-veggie eating husband devoured the crunchy spinach. The decor inside is very bland and there's no real ambiance about the place, but the food is very good and location great.

Thank mtaamcd
Chicago, Illinois
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399 reviews
298 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

I came for an early dinner and had two substantial starters and a a local craft bee for $33 (before tip). The service was okay, but the place had not gotten busy yet and the servers spent a good bit of time chatting among each other with some delay in attending to me. Still, the service was friendly and the... More 

Thank Fontek
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
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90 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

I have been to Lantern a few times and I have never been disappointed; in fact I have always enjoyed everything here. They have a great selection of cocktails, beer and wine and a great ambiance; ask for the special drinks and experiment a little. The menu has a Thai influence but is always fresh and edgy; again, ask for... More 

Thank Jaime H

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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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
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?