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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Red Lantern reviews from OpenTable diners
193 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (111)hot spot (82)vibrant bar scene (82)fit for foodies (78)special occasion (76)neighborhood gem (43)late-night find (41)romantic (34)kid-friendly (9)notable wine list (8)great for lunch (5)scenic view (3)great for outdoor dining (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Date Night
    luv2dine
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I've been to Red Lantern before, the food is always great. The service was impeccable as usual. Our hostess Sarah was amazing, she found us a seat at the bar while we waited for our table and was there to tend to our every need.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why make a reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    What's the point in making a reservation if we have to still wait 45 minutes for our table and an extra 15 minutes to get a waiter? This has been the FOURTH time this is happened to my reservation. Manager did not care when I mentioned this and avoided our table all night. Good food, TERRIBLE service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Boston favorite
    KDBalVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We have been here five times in th last few years when we have been in Boston. It is real favorite and we look forward to visiting again. The duck buns are superb-----also the shrimp Kung Pao.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing! Loved everything!!!!
    DreaWalsh
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I've been there a couple of times so I definately had the opportunity to try different menu items and everything I ever ordered was delicious! Portions are good, the quality of the fish is really good too! Their Tuna tartare is simply amazing!! Great choice of wine and cocktails! The ambiance is really great at night and you can see that they put a lot on the decor and every corner of the restaurant is beautifully designed! Been there quite a few times and will definately keep on going!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Been here a bunch - consistent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We went back to Red Lantern recently for date and night and requested Kyle as our server since he was so outstanding last time we went there. Red Lantern delivered on our request (so nice!) and we had another yummy round of drinks and apps and an entree. Love the atmosphere at Red Lantern and having a great server makes all the difference. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Can't Get It Right
    VeritasVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I went back to this restaurant after a long break hoping that it'd improved. It hadn't. While the food is good (not outstanding, but good), the service continues to be unprofessional and atmosphere more like a nightclub than a restaurant. Our waitperson told us to expect 30-40 minutes for our duck, and then proceeded to spring it on us after 10 or 15 minutes and literally removed our appetizers before we were even finished. Drinks took a long time as well. And it was very difficult to talk over the pounding music, much less read a menu in the dark. I won't be going back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place, Bad Service
    BostonFoodie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I love this restaurant so I was really disappointed by the bad service we received. I was very surprised because on other occasions we have received excellent service. I think it was just a matter of a really awful waitress who left of waiting for almost 45 minutes before coming back to take our order for result, and during that time she was waiting on every table around us and speeding up when she went past our table so we couldn't flag her down. We spoke to the manager and she apologized for the poor service and gave us a discount off our bill. I think this was an isolated incident, but wanted to let folks know in case it happens to them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Asian fusion with a great vibe.
    WandererVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    A bit hard to find for the uninitiated but worth the search. While asian-fusion is widely available in most metropolitan areas rarely is it done as well as at Red Lantern.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    our server Eden was spectacular. She was timely, knowledgeable and fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great vibe
    adaminboston
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great atmosphere, food, and service. Was a nice touch that the hostess stopped by to check on us during the meal.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time hit
    Dinnerbelle
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Had never heard of RL - decided to take a chance. What a coup! Food and service are reasons to return. It was quite loud the evening we chose but at least it was "happy loud."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We went to Red Lantern on Saturday, September 13th to celebrate our sons 22nd birthday. The food was good, a favorite being the rock shrimp tempura, but what made the food taste even better was the excellent service. Kyle, our server, was terrific, ask for him if you go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ok, but not great...
    TheOneTNVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I had heard that this was one of the places to go to in Boston, and was disappointed. I have eaten at some incredible sushi, asian, and fusion restaurants around the world, and Red Lantern pales in comparison. There wasn't anything memorable we ate - well actually one dish was memorable. I finished with one of the specials of the night - Tuna with Pressed Watermelon. I was so excited to finish my meal with a nice, light, delicate dish. To my surprise - everything was grilled and had the unpleasant taste of smoked wood and grill. How could you take two foods, that are so delicate and ruin them over a grill? Why? I just don't get it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic experience
    foodluver
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I came here to celebrate my two year anniversary and made my reservation the week before. A few days before I had to call and bump the event up by one day and was accommodated. They called the day prior and during to remind me of my reservation. My date and I arrived early and were still seated, with a few options to choose from. Our waitress was so personable and helpful with the menu, and the food was sensational. The atmosphere is youthful and mellow, the dress code was reinforced, and the restaurant takes special requests, within reason. They also surprised us by including a lemon cookie with chocolate drizzled on it spelling out "Happy Anniversary" and a candle when our dessert was brought out: a great touch to top of a perfect night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive and disappointing...
    JoshHB
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We started with Toro Sashimi ($19) and were excited to enjoy it since Toro has been difficult for many places to get lately. Unfortunately, it was covered in a plum sauce that masked the delicate flavor of a wonderful raw fish. Then I ordered the $44 American Wagyu Rib Eye. Had never had Wagyu beef before so I was looking forward to tasting any subtle differences between it and a normal steakhouse quality rib eye--especially at that price. To my surprise, the steak was covered with a sauce that completely overporeed any unique flavors of such a high-quality cut of meat. It was also a very thin cut (1/2 inch at most) which caused the meat to be cooked more than I'd have preferred even though I ordered it medium rare. Very disappointing...
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy sushi
    zestnzen
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The food is amazing! the setting interesting. The service pleasant, though on the slow side and water is hard to come by. THe noise is deafening and worst thanks to too loud music, it is hard to have a conversation across the large tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • midwyfeVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We had a delicious anniversary dinner. Recommend the rice bites appetizer, the miso bass entree, excellent cocktails. All delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pushing Sugar
    zen2goVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Almost everything is sweet here - from the appetizers, to the grilled meats, to the sauces, to the cocktails. They know their diners: fill 'em up, and get 'em high. Sugar is cheap, and the prices here are higher than the sugar addicts. Might be better to invest in the place than to eat here - too bad America is n the grip of an epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes, with rates increasing especially among young people. Just so long as they live long enough to pay...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is fine, service is terrible
    jtboston
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We found the food to be fine at Red Lantern but the service was very poor. We were seated at a table that had water leaks despite the fact that the host and server knew about the issue. When we asked to move we were placed at a table that was for a party twice our size and asked to move again to a table right next to ours that was open for 4 people. We were told the people who had a reservation at 8:00 pm (30 minutes after our reservation) had arrived and that they were taking priority. This made no sense to us but we agreed to sit awkwardly at the 8 person table with just the 4 of us.The poor service continued during our 2.5 hour meal and everything was very slow. The check took forever to arrive and be processed after we gave our cards.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fresh and fun!
    Coco
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Abundant servings of the most delicious fried rice and noodle dishes prepared in an open kitchen for all to see and smell! Of course their all you can eat sushi on Tuesdays is a huge success. The service is first class with a very attentive and friendly waitstaff on every level. The space is sexy and fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun Chinese restaurant
    CriticaldinerVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Good drinks, great decor. We had the Whole Peking duck for 3 of us and really good. The pupu platter was easy and good, not great. There are a few lounge type areas for groups to hang out. Worth the trip!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Theatrical space, pseudo-Asian food
    foodnerdVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Great decor in this soaring space of red lanterns and the standard Asian statuary. A great place for a group,as there are plenty of interesting appetizers to share. Duck bao were tasty morsels of duck and hoisin. Tofu bao were reported to be delicious and filling. Main courses were large enough to share - a good thing especially since they were considerably pricey for Asian food. If I ever went back- might just go for drinks and appetizers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious Asian Cuisine
    Iheartfood
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We love Red Lantern! After first experiencing this gem in Foxwoods, we decided to check it out in Boston and were not disappointed. Red Lantern offers Asian cuisine that is gourmet and well seasoned. For an upscale, dining experience, Red Lantern offers that with their unique and rich ambience of Chinese culture. The menu is specific and offers enough variety to provide a meal for everyone and every pallet. Their Sushi is fresh and drinks are always good. The food comes nice and hot and even when going back for more, your food seems to retain the heat which is a plus. The portion sizes are big enough for more than one person to share and big enough for one person to have leftovers. Overall, the food and atmosphere is great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food and service was very good. It's a little pricey for what it is. Also there were 3 of cramped at a table meant for 2 so that wasn't very comfortable.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced for what it is
    Bostonbornandbred
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Busy, bustling, very good
    BrewstaBoyVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The portions are ridiculously large, so do yourself a favor and order firsts and one entree to split. The menu is creative and the dishes we had were well prepared. The restaurant has an Abercrombie-like vibe - loud and really busy. Not my kind of place in general, but I understand the appeal; it would be a lot of fun with a group, provided you didn't necessarily have to hear each other.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    Sbjle617
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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.
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    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic