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
Red Lantern reviews from OpenTable diners
226 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (120)vibrant bar scene (102)special occasion (92)hot spot (91)fit for foodies (82)late-night find (55)neighborhood gem (51)romantic (44)notable wine list (11)kid-friendly (10)great for lunch (7)scenic view (5)great for outdoor dining (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Great food
    BerkerycVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    food was great. service was good. overall great spot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT ROLLS
    TMND
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    This was my second time at Red Lantern. With each occasion the food was outstanding however as many have stated before the service was just a little bit lacking. Our waiter was very nice but with such a large customer base its hard to stay ontop of every order. All in all I would highly suggest the Red Lantern it has great Chinese food and the rolls are delicious. Also I highly recommend the Lobster Ravioli it is one of the best I have ever had.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    The lobster and bacon fried rice was excellent. We received a complimentary dish, skewers, and they were awesome. Overall, it was a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster Rangoon
    diningoutoftenVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Food here is fresh and inventive. Great sushi and prepared main courses. Staff can be flighty - but all in all solids
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but too funky for family
    JimfromBoston
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Had attended and enjoyed a couple of corporate events at this venue, so thought it would be fun for a Mother's Day lunch. My mistake, just doesn't have the same of feel in vibe mid afternoon with the family. Food was good, but not great. Service was just okay. Cute new playground across the street for the kids.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool venue, near Theater District
    jdcarVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Great little spot -- I've never been here before but I've heard a lot about it... has the feeling of one of those tucked away but cool hot spots b/c it is located at the end of a narrow, twisty street you'd probably never walk down but inside there is a spacious, very cool decor. Food/service were great... we'd definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    KDBalVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This is our third time to Red Lantern and it never fails. The food is innovative in its presentation and delicious. We especially love the duck buns and the whole roasted duck. The sushi is fabulous as is the fried rice! We had a large group and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Hazel
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    I'm happy to pay for an expensive, great meal, but this food quality and atmosphere of restaurant does not reflect the pricing. On some entrees, more like Capitol Grill pricing with PJ Changs feel, actually PJ Changs food is better. $33 for Sea Bass? $25-30 for noodles (which none sounded appealing.) How can you kill lettuce wraps? I have heard the Sushi is very good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Ambience
    FirstTimeVisit
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Overall great dining experience. Food was excellent and wait staff very attentive. Was a busy night but we didn't feel rushed through dinner.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'm hungry just thinking about it!
    AMP21
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Red Lantern had been recommended by a friend many months ago and I am so glad I finally had the chance to check it out myself. I went with a group of four, plus a stroller. It's a tough place to get a reservation - and now I know first hand why it's so popular - so we were lucky and scored a last minute early dinner (before 6:00pm) day-of on a Saturday. I hear the night life scene is energetic, so a little bummed I didn't get to experience it, but will go back. The sushi was fresh, the martinis were delicious, the appetizers were amazing, and the dessert was great! Five stars for the food and drinks all around! I am craving the lobster rangoons and a Red Dragon roll just writing this!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant!
    RBNYCVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    At Copley and someone recommended this restaurant since it was close. It was amazing the first time and even better the second. Nothing negative to say! Only comment would be if you want an intimate quiet place - this is not for you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was so so
    randi
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Nice atmosphere and service was good. I appreciate that they didn't rush us out. Not impressed by the food, the sauces were heavy and not especially tasty.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lacking in Customer Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    The food: good and the restaurant: attractive. Beyond that the experience was disappointing. First time dining at Red Lantern and our Hostess initially attempted to seat us between two parties in a half empty restaurant. I requested a different table. This was an issue for her. We were seated at a table other than the one I requested. The table that I requested was "reserved for another party". After 2 hours no one was seated at the table that I had requested. I spoke with the General Manager: Travis Newman and shared my concerns with him. He offered his business card and several excuses. I emailed Mr. Newman yesterday morning with the intention of giving Red Lantern a second shot. I did not receive a reply and cancelled the reservation.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    I like the restaurant. I was impressed with the service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    KellyVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    I love the food here but the service was a little slow on this occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chicken rice bowl!!! The food
    Kimmiecupcake70
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Chicken rice bowl!!! The food is awesome!!!! Hot rock was good but it stuck to the rock really bad and was hard to eat but it tasted great!! Had a special chicken and green bean dish that I would order every time I go there and it went well with the rice. We went the week before And had the chicken lettuce wraps which were very good. Lettuce was crisp and the sauces they have are yummy and not too salty like some Asian places. Also had the tuna tempura. Some pieces tasted so wonderful and others were fishy which I hated. It is one of the best Asian places for food And the music is the bomb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • panasian fantastical
    ninjaman
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I've been to the Lantern a half dozen times now and I've never been disappointed...neither have my guests - love this place for drinks, food and fun...sexy fun!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food!
    KellyVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    We all got different things on the menu and no one was disappointed. Big servings, excellent flavors, and fun drinks (flaming shots anyone?). Big open restaurant, fun lounge area by bar, and great bar seating by cooks (separate from regular bar). Make a reservation though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty, good food
    Mott07
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    White red lantern doesn't reinvent the wheel, the space is lovely and the food was good-pretty straightforward dining, but we did like everything we ordered. I wish they had a few more cheaper bottles of wine but what can you do. We liked the place, but did not love. I wouldn't go out of my way to go there again but if someone recommended it for a night out I wouldn't veto. Did go mid-week so might be louder on the weekend, but was fine for us.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Job Kevin Long!!!!
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    We have been to Red Lantern and enjoy the entire experience time and again. Chef Kevin Long keeps the kitchen humming along with terrific food which the servers love to sell - great execution on both ends. Recently we took advantage of Boston restaurant week at Red Lantern and were very impressed. YUM!!! Lemon grass wonton soup was to die for. We love the location and vibe and it is now our Asian go to restaurant. Specials are always well thought out- one stand out was the Spring Fried Rice with peas,chives and asparagus. EXCELLENT. Perfectly prepared food is made to look very casual here but don't be fooled - there is plenty of expertise behind every dish. Great music over an excellent sound system is just an added bonus.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Looks great, and that's about it.
    JackVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    We waited 20 minutes even with a reservation, and when they finally sat us it was at this makeshift coffee like table, maybe 2 and a half feet off the ground, we couldn't even put our feet under it. We squeezed on to a couch because the chairs they gave us were hard and flat, unlike all the nice cushioned chairs that surrounded us. Our waitress was unfriendly and inattentive. We all order sushi and she didn't bring soy sauce, even after we asked, (a runner finally brought it.) The only time she smiled was when we asked for the check. Easily my worst dining experience in Boston yet. The sushi was average, but the decor is great. Everyone else seemed to be having a great time, maybe we just caught them on a bad night.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best server ever
    Vinny
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Anile(I think this is how you spell her name) the Brazilian server was amazing! Helpful with the menu and specials list and then the dessert menu. Everything she said was perfect and the pineapple bread pudding was the best bread pudding I have ever tried and I would not have ordered it had it not been for her. 10 out of 10 for service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good spot for Sunday night dinner
    LongtimeOTVIPVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Highly varied menu with many choices! Excellent specialty cocktails and wines by the glass.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot for a fun night out
    Lauralgc
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Big restaurant space with many large tables to accommodate big groups. Clearly a popular destination on Saturday night. Good Asian food and interesting drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun night out
    Creoleseeker
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Was looking for a restaurant with my good friend and we had a blast. Great environment for a Saturday night out between two girls
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Money
    GiantPinkElephants69
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Wicked Expensive! Dinner for 2.. Expect it to be around $100+
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place, outstanding decor,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Great place, outstanding decor, delicious food! Everything was perfect! Will go back for sure!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went for all-you-can-eat
    emond
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    We went for all-you-can-eat sushi on Tuesday. Food was excellent, as were the cocktails (Elisha(sp?) is an incredible bartender--got my gimlet right which is not the easiest of tasks.) Our one gripe was that our server took a long time to come over in between our "rounds" so we weren't able to get the food as fast as we would like. Great value for Red Lantern, as all the other dishes are extremely pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    more like a 3.5- our server was pretty inept, forgot an bottle of sake we ordered, and acted like he could have cared less. Food was decent. Some sushi rolls were pretty tasty, and others were a miss. decent appetizers, but maybe not worth the price. Overall a pretty good spot, and fun decor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food ok / slow service
    stiacs
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    like the title says, we had 2 hrs for dinner (6-7:30pm, as we had an call with Asia starting at 8) figured it would be early enough not to cause an issue), and I stated that after they called to confirm my reservation. Couldn't find my open table reservation and took 15-20 mins to seat us despite numerous open tables (figure out the reservation stuff after we've been seated). Then, as I said, service was fine, just quite slow. Had to run ahead of the team to get back to the office to start the call. Def not the place to go for dinner on a weeknight if you're in a hurry. Though I thought 90 minutes and a heads up about would have sufficed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing place - very cool
    xinaruthVIP
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    The food was delightful, the decor is inspired and somehow intimate and yet inclusive of large groups. Service was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    mellana
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Our experience at Red Lantern was pretty mediocre. The food was very good, but it took way too long for the food to actually come out to us. We waited about an hour for the entrees to come out and the waitress who was serving us did not bother to check in with us.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    Jamie
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We had a great experience at Red Lantern! Our server was wonderful. Tuna tartar and steak noodles were our favorites!
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  • Very disappointing food! Dishes
    Barneyginger
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Very disappointing food! Dishes were oversauced and others flavorless. 2 dishes came cold and it almost felt like food was pre cooked and then reheated! Nothing seemed fresh!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was basically tasteless
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    The food was basically tasteless and overpriced. Sorry to day I wouldn't go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food, Lacking Customer Service
    CN8993
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    The pro's: We had a reservation and were seated immediately, the waitress was friendly and very helpful for the first half of the meal. They have a good selection, creative drinks, and a gluten-free menu. The con's: The waitress disappeared as soon as our food arrived (she may have been overextended), and then an arrogant and clearly annoyed manager stopped by to ask if we wanted to see a dessert menu, acting as if the task of interacting with us was beneath him. There was no sincerity, not even a smile, and then he disappeared and we were left waiting for our check for nearly 20 minutes.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous!
    JoyeuxNoel
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Everything abut the Red Lantern was fabulous ... from the ease of making a reservation at Open Table to receiving our check in a timely manner at the end of our evening. Okay ... so the music seems loud. But miraculously we were able to carry on a conversation without the need to shout. Food ... Fabulous! Drinks ... Fabulous! Service from seating to leaving ... Fabulous! We will definitely dine at the Red Lantern again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A definite go to!
    KL24VIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    As always our visit to Red Lantern was phenomenal ! Our server was personable and attentive even on a busy Saturday night. Food was outstanding. Highly suggest any noodle dish, you won't be disappointed and will have plenty to take home or share. Only complaint is always the size of the cocktails for the price, but it's Boston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • yum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Nice bar. Some standout dishes. Duck Buns are so good, I will be going back for them. The boneless spareribs were delicious as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    Lori
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Service and food were really good!! If you're coming here to dine on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday I'd definitely recommend reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.