Lantern

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$31 to $50
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Asian
Lantern is a marriage of Asian flavors and North Carolina ingredients sourced mainly from local farms and fisheries. It has been named one of "America's Top 50 Restaurants" and "best farm-to-table restaurants" by Gourmet Magazine, one of "America's 50 Most Amazing Wine Experiences" by Food & Wine, and "Restaurant of the Year" in 2009 by The News & Observer.

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DP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think, and this is surprising since I'm not young and eat out a lot, that this was the best Asian meal I've had/can remember. Everything was superb. Salt and pepper shrimp was surprising in that it was served in a tangle of flash fried cilantro and jalapeno - an inspired presentation and flavor profile. Truly a memorable meal.

AS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I believe Fergie said it best when she said "T-t-t-t Tastay tastayyyyy." The food is delicious. Ambience only a little bit awkward. Service was excellent.

OT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice birthday dinner w my 2 daughters
Good food nice atmosphere in the backbroom

MK
Charlotte
62 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely fantastic. Our first visit. We were in CH for parents weekend. I will literally drive back for the whole crispy fish....amazing! All of our small plates were excellent, especially the crispy okra and beef wontons.

KN
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I grew up in New Orleans, where the restaurant standard is high. When I moved to North Carolina, I missed the flavorful, soulful foods that were so prevalent in my hometown. When I ate at Lantern for the first time three years ago, I finally found a place where food wowed me again. My husband and I returned for a celebratory dinner this past Saturday, and I had the same experience - wow. Flavors, quality, skill, love, dedication, knowledge - all there. Our waiter was attentive and helped us choose well. I would recommend Lantern to anyone who wants to be surprised and amazed by food - again or for the first time.

i
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Unique and delicious flavor combinations. We've been looking forward to dining at Lantern since we moved to the Triangle. We weren't disappointed!

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

This was our first time there. The tables are ultra-close to each other which makes the conversation at adjoining tables basically our conversation. Wait staff was mostly attentive, but they forgot to bring our doggie bag after the meal.

FF
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was great. Excellent knowledge of the menu items. Gave good food suggestions. Our favorite Chapel Hill restaurant!

A
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It has been several year since I was last at the Lantern, but it was just as good as ever. Perfect place for celebrating our wedding anniversary. The somewhat hidden bar in the back is still quite cool as well.

MH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to celebrate my wife’s birthday and our son’s admittance into UNC. The service was spot-on: unassuming, friendly, engaging, and informative. Our server made two excellent wine recommendations that paired perfectly with our meal.
The food was incredible! From the dumplings and spicy chicken wings to the steak and fresh fish. My pork chop with a fried farm egg was over-the-top!
Highly recommended!

b
Raleigh
37 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious! The inventiveness of Lantern continues. A great special occasion meal; you can share small plates, or large ones (we did both). Really enjoyed it.

KC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place. Worth a visit

ML
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu offered a wonderful selection of locally grown dishes. The pork chop dish was the best I’ve ever had and I’d definitely order it again. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable with regards to the many and was able to make very good suggestions. He was also very attentive and friendly. We’re definitely coming back.

A
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary and they made everything dreamy. Food was amazing, really good, flavors were all there and all had sort of a purpose. Recommend the fish which that day was a red snapper and the pork dumplings which were delicious. The service was great, very friendly made us feel special.

JJ
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, Lantern delivers with amazing food and service. I've eaten at Lantern about 10 times over the last decade and it's consistently had great, delicious, innovative food. I don't know how Andrea Reusing does it, but she always has her kitchen and staff at their peak. This visit was no different - from the amazing Indian Chaat appetizer to the tea smoked chicken to the vegetable curry to the consistently wonderful asian dumplings and spring rolls - it was a wonderful meal! Every time I come I'm reminded that I should visit Lantern more often!

G
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dinner was wonderful. Two desserts were not good.

ML
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waiter and food. We will be back to taste the steamed fish soon.

M
Raleigh
27 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner and I has drinks, several appetizers and dessert. All were delicious. Their presentation was lovely and we thoroughly enjoyed our dining out experience.

CV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food if you love Asian fusion. Interesting combination of flavors. Cocktails were excellent, don't skip on dessert!

M
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Interesting menu, great food with awesome service. Staff was knowledgeable and eager to suggest dishes.

JF
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

The service was very good!
Wished the two back to back large parties in the bar area had been less loud and respectful to other guests.

MD
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the place, and eat there often. As usual the appetizers were fantastic, but the fish was to die for.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here. Excellent!

CQ
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant but I ordered two starters as my meal and they both had « unannounced » cilantro in them. This pretty much ruined the meal for me and I had to eat dinner when I got home. It is my special treat restaurant for when I come home so it was pretty disappointing!

JG
Raleigh
97 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and ambience were all wonderful. Try the tomato salad. You cannot go wrong having this simply delightful seasonal treat!

LW
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and our server was fantastic! Attentive, helpful with suggestions regarding wine and food choices

JG
Raleigh
97 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every meal we have ever had at The Lantern had been nothing less than perfect. Tonight, everything was even more than perfect. Absolutely delicious and wonderfully creative, the food and the experience here never disappoint!

WB
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place was amazing!

NG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic meal! Lantern is still our favorite place for a nice dinner.

RT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebratory birthday dinner was all that we have come to expect from Lantern. Food was creatively prepared and presented. Wait staff was knowledgeable and very attentive without being too obvious. It continues to be a real pleasure to dine at Lantern.

OC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was very cordial, professional & courteous. We had the Korean fried chicken & pork dumplings for appetizers, pork shoulder for our entrée & hot chocolate cake for dessert. All of the food was simply outstanding. I highly recommend this restaurant.

v
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely wonderful cocktails and food! Celebrated my husband's birthday and Lantern did not disappoint! The tile fish dish and fried whole fish were both fabulous...very fresh and well seasoned. And LOVED the hot chocolate cake with coconut ice-cream!!

J
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Disappointing diner. The pork dumplings much too salty, the tofu and noodle dish was mostly noodles with a few lukewarm pieces of tofu. Did not meet expectations for price. Chocolate cake dessert delicious.

AS
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

We went with great expectations for a 50th birthday party. The appetizers were great but not so the entrees. Somehow the taste did not meet the expected standards specially when we were paying $55 a person with 20% gratuity which adds up to $65 per person. The food was salty and lacking the refined taste. The service was exceptional, no doubt. More options rather than only four available entrees is a suggestion. They could not change the vegetarian plate and decrease the salt as everything is already precooked. Was not interested in the fish or the beef.
The people who handled the booking went above and beyond to get us a table for 8.

JA
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the clams!

P
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lantern is an outstanding place to eat, and especially to celebrate special events. The food is excellent, especially the fish and the dumplings; the service is attentive and professional; the desserts delicious.

MW
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food and atmosphere. Usually sit in bar when I visited Lantern in the past, but the views and atmosphere in the main dining area make for a lovely dining experience.

LT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Food quality terrible, service unprofessional. Will not come again

TM
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always precise ! Terribly consistent! Never disappoint! And the service so friendly and welcoming. Thank you Lantern

p
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food service atmosphere ....a perfect spot

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