Red Lantern
Red Lantern

Red Lantern

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.redlanternboston.com/
  • Phone: 6172623900x
  • Hours of Operation:
    HOURS OF OPERATION:
    Sunday thru Wednesday:
    Bar and Lounge: 4:30pm - 12:00am
    Dining Room: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    Thursday:
    Bar and Lounge: 4:30pm - 1:00am
    Dining Room: 5:00pm - 12:00am

    Friday & Saturday:
    Bar and Lounge: 4:30pm - 2:00am
    Dining Room: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Contemporary Asian, Chinese
  • Executive Chef: Kevin Long
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Clarendon Street
  • Public Transit: Back Bay (Orange Line) and Arlington (Green Line)
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available for $17.00. On-street parking is also available.
A word from Red Lantern
A sophisticated, sensual Asian Restaurant and Lounge, Red Lantern features the award-winning cuisine of Chef Kevin Long (Tosca, Stars, Shrine, GEM and Empire). A diverse Asian menu includes appetizers like Wood Fired Skewers, Spicy Lettuce Wraps, Peking Raviolis and Lobster Rangoons. An extensive dinner menu includes Wood Grilled Steaks, Seafood and Chicken Specialties, Wok and Noodle Dishes. Specialty Sushi Rolls and Traditional Sushi is prepared fresh to order. With a capacity of 300, Red Lantern features an open kitchen, sushi counter, wok station, oversized tables, a community table and private dining room for up to 40 guests. Stunning decor and exceptional cuisine come together to bring you on a culinary journey like no other.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Red Lantern reviews from OpenTable diners
218 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (109)vibrant bar scene (106)hot spot (92)special occasion (87)fit for foodies (75)late-night find (59)neighborhood gem (46)romantic (41)notable wine list (10)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (5)great for lunch (4)great for outdoor dining (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Overpriced for what it is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I've been here a few times for drinks but have never eaten here until the other night. I have to say I'm disappointed. The food tasted almost exactly like PF Changs except that the service was not great and the prices were higher. The decor is nice but the AC ducts consistently dripping on us (and like 4 tables around us) was not so nice-according to the manager, this is normal. There was not one glass is red wine under $11 on the menu (which is something I'm used to here but usually the wine is decent) and it was the most TERRIBLE wine I've had in a while! The atomosphere was extremely noisey even with the place only 3/4 full and my boyfriend and I could hardly talk. Two drinks each, two sushi rolls and two entrees for $145-no thanks!
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  • Unusual Night
    RBNYCVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    My husband and I have always commented on how consistent the food and service is at Red Lantern. My last visit changed that opinion. The service was terrible! Our waitress acted as if we did not exist. It took 15 minutes to get a soft drink and much too long to find the waitress to ask what was holding up our food. When my friend and I asked her if it was unusually busy, she replied "no" - it is usually much busier. Therefore that excuse is out the window! The food was excellent except for the chicken skewers which were lacking taste. Our love of the boneless spareribs should of told us to double-up on that rather that try something new. Usually a great place, but not this evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but Slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Hi - i've been to Red Lantern numerous time. this time was exceptional slow even though the restaurant was not very busy. Drinks are a bit pricey $10-16. But the food was hot, well seasoned, and good portion sizes. Wish our food came out a bit faster though,
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My RL experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Had reservation for two got stuck in a tight corner space with people next to us while there are hundreds of empty tables. Waitor's attitude seem like he doesn't want to serve us it's like"eh whatever type", we've waited 35 minutes for our drinks. Foods is not that great I think it's because we lost our appetite from being stuck in a corner.
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  • Atmospheric Asian fusion
    brymel
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Went in a group of 4 on an August Saturday. Half full when we arrived at 7; packed by the time we left around 10. Fun atmosphere: generic "oonce oonce" dance music playing, oversized red lanterns and Buddha statues everywhere. Our server, Eden, was fantastic -- highly knowledgeable about the menu, friendly, and efficient. Loved the rice bites appetizer so much we re-ordered. We all loved our mains - miso sea bass, an udon dish, a rice noodle dish, and an oversized sushi roll. Portions are generous. Lemon donuts with green tea ice cream were a delicious dessert. Only disappointments were the hot and sour soup (not very sour) and the weak decaf coffee my friend got afterward. Overall enjoyed it and would go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dine Out Boston
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We arrived on time for our reservation and were told our table was being set up. They said they'd text when it was ready so we waited at the bar. I got a text and went to the hostess and had to wait another 15 min or so until finally I asked, and only THEN were we seated. We got seated nearby a very loud group, so it was hard to hear anything despite sitting right next to each other. The staff was friendly, but absent most of the night. Our desserts were brought with no silverware, so we had to wait to eat until we caught a waiter. The food was very good, the Singapore street noodles were especially delicious, and we got a lot for the cost. Overall, great food, terrible service. I'd recommend it if you don't mind a 2hr+ dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awful Service
    Awful
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I have now had a few of these experiences. As much i we enjoyed the food the service was slow and unapologetic (except for the manger, who was interested and helpful). The food was good enough that we thought maybe the service was an aberration. I now think it is not. I like the food so maybe it will just be eating at the bar or bust.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud music/trendy spot
    nenaeats
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Came here with husband & daughter for dinner on Wednesday evening. Decor is really nice: modern, Asian inspired with concrete, wood & some dark color throughout. There was loud dance music playing. Food nothing to write home about. Asian choices & all were bland. We shared an order of chicken fried rice & large grilled meats and vegetable dish. Rice was very bland with barely any flavor. Some of the grilled meats had some flavor and others did not. We liked the pork & chicken (or so it looked like)as they had flavor. Very cheap on the servings for the grilled meats & veggies. As for the veggies it was only zucchini & nothing else. The drinks were pretty good. The dessert-donuts and green tea ice cream were delicious! Pricey!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Asian gem not to miss
    gazebo3e4
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The rock shrimp app is superb: little bit of coconut flavor and a touch of heat. Loved the Singapore street noodles with shrimp, scallop and pork. Ask for the house hot sauce and sirracha if you want some heat and/or sweet heat, respectively. Sushi maki are excellent: the red dragon roll topped the ronin roll in our book. Server said tuna crispy bites app & pineapple bread pudding are also to die for. Facilities are very nice, including bathrooms. Servers are very attentive, knowledgable and cheery. On the louder side when there are lots of patrons. Valet is quick (and useful when on-street parking is hard to locate). Would go back in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good
    foodies
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The staff was extremely friendly and helpful with ordering. We loved the decor, felt like we were in New York City, not Boston. So much to look at in the room. Location of place was easy to find. I took the train to Back Bay and there it was. Food was wonderful as well as the presentation. The server always cleaned the table between courses, water glasses were kept full. We had a groupon which is how we found this place, we look forward to going back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They came through once again
    RickyDVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We had the scallop fried rice, Kalbi beef skewers, boneless spare ribs and 3 different sushis. All were excellent.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Rosie8305
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I've eaten at Red Lantern numerous times and I'm never dissapointed by the delicious good and drink options. Although the environment is loud it's always packed and fun! The extensive cocktail menu is also a plus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a gem!
    cigar1
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    If your ever in Boston you must make the Red Lantern a must go. Great ambiance. great food and friendly and attentive staff. Try the lobster and bacon fried rice....BEST EVER! Wish we had a Red Lantern in New York.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    joshzash14
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Loved this Red Lantern. I have been to the one in Foxwoods and this was was a step above it. All the food was delicious and would definitely drive out to Boston again to eat here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great ambiance, but food only ok
    bourbanmom
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The sushi was great, but the duck pancakes were a huge flop to everyone in our party. Can't ever beat the ambiance though.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing service
    pumbitaVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I've been to Red Lantern before but this time the service was outstanding. Also, desert is to die for, great for saturday night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Salt killed us but not the norm
    Kimmiecupcake70
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food is usually awesome. This time we both suffered terribly from over salting. We got the special pad Thai which was the one of the best I have had. The eggs were so fluffy. Got the chicken fried rice the hoisin chicken which I love:lots of vegetables and the chicken is grilled. sat at the bar overlooking the cooking area. It's much more enjoyable to watch that than to have to compete with televisions. My fiancé always turns into a zombie if there are tv's. Chef Long was there too so the food comes out fast and hot hot and he came over to talk to us. The only other complaint I have is the waiter interrupted us four times and, Usually waiters can sense when couples are still eating and talking. He was super nice just needed to back off.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was a Disappointment
    JoeG
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great Ambience , decor . Service was ok , but the food was a major disappointment , bland...rice, noodles,vegetables ...you will get quantity vs. quality. Beef was full of fat, 1st visit was at the bar..2nd was for drinks and food ,will not return .
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Continues to deliver
    RickyDVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Each time I go the food and ambiance has been great.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • KitKate617
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I went here for my birthday dinner with a few friends. They were very accommodating to multiple changes in the reservation with both time and people attending. Service was average, but food was very good! I highly recommend the pineapple bread pudding for dessert!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    It was great. Food was awesome, service was great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great vibe, good food and cocktails
    JenB
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    A great spot for groups, good sushi and attentive staff. I will gladly go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hasn't let me down
    RickyDVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This is about the 8th time I've been there. Food is really good (I even eat the vegtables-all of them-and for anyone that knows me, that is saying something). Love the music and trendy feel. Orginally I'm from NY so a place like this in Boston makes me feel very at home.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service waned
    Rexbunch
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Food and atmosphere was very good but our server rushed us and them disappeared forgetting to bring out our last course.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unlimited sushi
    Catherineann12
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We loved the unlimited sushi Tuesday at Red Lantern. Out server was attentive and the atmosphere was romantic and relaxing. I'm coming back next week!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good dinner
    stevegVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    As we usually do, stuck to appetizers and sushi and were not disappointed. Food was fresh, very tasty and enjoyed by all. The service ( Kevin, Nina ) was excellent as was the hostess
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was better than expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The service was ok I wish they would have taken the crumbs off the table when they cleared it. We had to ask several times to take the empty plates. The waitress did the best she could for I believe she had too many people to service in her station. certain dishes were great but the rice nothing special. I would go again that is for sure. for the pricing wasn't bad per couple was about a $100 a person with drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • needs to get its edge back
    j12551VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Red Lantern used to be hip and happening. Id have to decribe it as yesterday's news now. The food is just okay, the service is the same, and quite frankly with all the other options around and the high prices at RL why bother? The exception is that I must say that the decor is beautiful and if the could just turn down the disco music a bit, the vibe is attractive. Been there several times but each time we have been less impressed. So, that was my last visit.
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    good for groups
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  • Vibrant atmosphere, lacking service
    deebee
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Went to Red Lantern with 2 of my girlfriends last week courtesy of a living social deal. I had previously been here for drinks and thought the decor was so cool and had heard good things about food. Well the food was good- I am not going to say it was the very best sushi I have had, but no where near the worst. My two friends agreed- we did feel our fried rice was quite bland though. However the one thing I could not get over was our server, who would disappear repeatedly. Eventually we started to ask another server for things- such as more water, napkins, just because ours was no where to be seen. A smile goes a long way, and we certainly wish our server could have come across a little more approachable and available.
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  • sugar high
    LauraVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food is tasty, Until you realize 90 of ithe meats are coated in sugare and the sauces (even the hot ones) are all full of sugar ( that and I suspect MSG).
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    As always, Red Lantern delivered huge flavor, great service and a wonderful night!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All You Can Eat Sushi
    erikmcl
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Honestly one of the best deals in Boston. The sushi choices are delicious, big portions, and they come out quick. My friends and I destroyed more rolls than we care to admit, and it was well worth feeling like a Thanksgiving turkey. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tuesday Night Sushi Night
    IloveFood
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The $25 all you can eat sushi night is great. The limited choices seem disappointing at first but once you order and start eating, your stomach couldn't handle more than what's offered. Would definitely go again,
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    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Party restaurant-slow service
    tuniesdineVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Fun place for groups, celebrations, friendly helpful satff but slow table service,. Great menu with broad range of choices all good for sharing. Excellent sushi, lobster and fired rice and singapore noodles. Big drinks to share are over priced.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • amazing
    kpolisson
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Went there for a bachelorette party and had an amazing time! Our server was great the food was excellent. Cannot wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday night
    Winelove
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Most of the food was very good, some of our appetizers/entrees were a little on the bland side. Our waitress was not very attentive to us and forgot one of our meals. We had to wait 25 more minutes for rice, and still charged us for it. I would come back for the sushi and calamari, they were fantastic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hip and fun
    Samantha
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I went here with a friend and loved every minute. The food was superb (the Hot Rock is an activity as well as a meal, and the lobster rangoons were to die for. And the Mai Tai was nice and strong!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    stevegVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Had not been here in a while. Glad we returned. Food was very good and service was outstanding ( excellent waitress). Had all appetizers and all were were prepared and very tasty. Will return
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive Asian food
    Lizz
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    food is decent but expensive, didn't try drinks. would have to go for special occasion since most food can be available at regular asian restaurants for cheaper.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Appetizers are best
    BillVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The appetizers are the best. Stick with them. Lettuce wraps and duck buns are delicious. Entrees are overpriced.
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