Lantern

4.7
403 Reviews
$31 to $50
Asian
If you aren't able to find your preferred time or party size on OpenTable, please contact Lantern by phone at 919-969-8846.

To best ensure the safety of our guests and staff, Lantern will now require that all guests over the age of 12 be fully vaccinated. Guests will be asked to show proof of vaccination (physical card or photo), and check in with our COVID contract tracing QR code. Face masks are required to enter the restaurant, and must be worn when not seated at the table, both indoors and outdoors, as mandated by Orange County Board of Commissioners.

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 403 people are saying
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AlexanderS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was inventive and very delicious. Miguel is personable and helpful. The staff is fairly professional. We will come again next time we're in town.

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AndreaL
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything overall was great! Always wonderful experience to go to Lantern!

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mhf12345
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

I hated ordering on my phone in a nice restaurant. Really missed the interaction with a waitstaff. Timing of meal was off. Our entree arrived and we had nothing to eat it on…or with and it got cold waiting.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was outstanding! I highly recommend the heirloom tomato salad and the oysters! I only wish they had had more options for small plates so that a tapas style meal was more plausible without having to navigate sharing a large plate which was hard to divide up. Overall an excellent experience!

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vipHillsboroughDinersClub
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the outdoor seating space almost as much as the food. The small plates were superb and the large plates were just as good. The wine list is a bit offbeat but don’t go to Lantern for the wine — their cocktails are excellent. Our waiter was exceptional; no hovering but he was always there when you needed something.

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TomB
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food and service was excellent! Lantern is one of the finest restaurants where we live. We are always happy to enjoy a meal there!

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AlexK
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Overpriced and every dish tasted like butter and salt

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Mary
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Iknow you are trying your best with the outdoor seating but I found it unrelaxing. But it cannot be helped, I suppose. We have been dining at Lantern for years and I keep waiting for a big change in the menu. The dumplings were fine...not great. The Bento box salmon had no real flavor and seemed soggy. My husband thought his spring rolls were ok. My daughter liked the smoked chicken quite a bit, so that was good. I was sorry I missed the coconut cake and my memories of a long ago Earl Grey creme brulle linger. Anyway--I am glad you all made it through the pandemic.

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vipJenniferB
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

There was Oktoberfest next door (very loud music), which is not the restaurant’s fault, but did diminish the experience since it was outdoors.

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Cyrus
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service & food. Local vendor had outside event with loud music.

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LauraB
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Pros: We love Lantern and have missed it being open. The food is amazing and we got to have our favorites, including the salt & pepper shrimp and the whole fish. The back bar outside area is so cozy and beautiful - we loved sitting out there.

Slight Cons: Using the app to order the food is a little bit awkward and might have lead to some delay between our appetizers and entrees, but we understand the reasoning behind it. The heavy stools at the long shared table get a little uncomfortable by the end of the meal, but not too bad.

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DennisC
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had five appetizers rather than a main course for two people we had oysters okra salt and pepper shrimp the Bento box with salmon and dumplings. Gus was our waiter and was great. The peach melba dessert was fabulous. My wife loved her june bug cocktail

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JasonH
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The requirement to digitally order food on the phone was very frustrating and resulted in both my orders (one, for drinks and one for food were lost). I had to eventually ask only to find the kitchen was confused? The waiter did his best but was unaware of the delay. It was very frustrating and I think the restaurant should stick with giving the orders to the waiters.

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vipLuisR
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service outstanding, hopefully the inside area will be open soon

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the outdoor dining on Franklin Street and the local food was delicious

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SwatiJ
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We met some friends after a long time. The food was delicious for the most part but a bit overpriced. The okra was the best!

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Lolo
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, as always. This is the first time we've been to Lantern since before the pandemic, and found that not only have they not lost a step in their wonderful menu and ambience, but are on top of covid measures as well.

We brought our vaccination cards to be checked at the host station. I found it very reassuring to know the other diners were also vaccinated, and the staff is consistently masked. You will need to wear a mask if you wish to use the guest bathroom inside.

We were eating in the side courtyard which was cool and quiet, very romantic with the climbing vines on one wall and the moon above. The food came at well-timed intervals and it was delicious. We especially enjoyed our old favorite, the Salt and Pepper Shrimp, as well as the Tom Kai Gai soup.

Thanks, Lantern for a lovely evening.

SG
vipStuartG
Raleigh
80 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful experience as always - great food and drink and staff - the steak was wonderful and the fried spinach - desserts excellent

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Huck
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Lantern recently reopened so I booked what I thought was the back patio

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vipJGrigston
Raleigh
117 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is so wonderful having Lantern back after the horrible Covid time. The food, the service and the ambiance were all perfect. You cannot go wrong with Lantern!

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vipstickyheels
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a LOVELY time at Lantern on Wednesday night. The system where you order through your phone is revolutionary and so, so easy. The servers were available if there were questions, and checked in on us appropriately, kept our waters full, but we were able to dine and enjoy ourselves without much interruption at all. Food was spectacular, as always. Drinks were delicious. The Fig/Caramel Sundae was such a wonderful way to end our meal. We can't wait to come back.

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Jack
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first trip back to dining post-covid. Wanted it to be special as it was also my daughters' first Lantern experience. We were not disappointed. Lovely time, excellent service, outstanding food.

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vipStuartG
Raleigh
80 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lantern is by far our favorite place in the triangle. The best food around with the nicest people helping you. Staff is so knowledgeable. Interesting choices. The steak was done perfectly. The fried spinach with it is worth the trip by itself. We are going back next weekend again, cannot get enough!!

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vipDylanE
Raleigh
48 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

So excited that Lantern is open again for outdoor dining. The menu is done through QR codes and an online ordering system. All the food is delicious and cocktails are really special. I have eaten here twice in the past two weeks and it has been great every time. The only constructive piece of criticism is that they still have not completely figured out the online ordering system through your phone - both times I have dined here they have accidentally brought us food/drink that was meant for another table - these are just kinks they have to sort out because of the pandemic so this is completely understandable. I anticipate things will only continue to get better. Cannot wait to be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great to have Lantern up and running. Outstanding food and service!!!!

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vipKaren
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great flavors! Loved the patio seating! Excellent service!

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Rose
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reliably fabulous! We love Lantern and return regularly.

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vipAnabanana
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We secured a patio table on a beautiful evening. Started with cocktails that were perfectly balanced. Then heirloom tomatoes salad and pea shoot and scallion dumplings. Both were delicious! We shared a red snapper served with tamarind. Perfectly prepared and succulent. Service was superb too. Perfect night out with an old friend. Thanks!

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vipSheezaH
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

They were not seating at the really nice outdoor area you see on the website…but rather, at the tables on the sidewalk. That was disappointing, but it was the only disappointment. Each dish we ordered (bi bim bap, oysters, crab cakes, Japanese steak and chocolate cake) was amazing. Though you order via a QR code, the service was still top notch. They had unique (but not overpowering) flavors. I would absolutely recommend Lantern and will go back.

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vipbeckyv
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and ambiance.
Def recommend the Lantern.

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Juwi
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. The tomato salad is terrific. Highly recommend.

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Tabletopper
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Have always loved Lantern - quality and atmosphere endures

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in the Triangle!

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Live2fish
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lantern always excellent. Very glad that they have re-opened with outside seating.

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vipJGrigston
Raleigh
117 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a WONDERFUL time! The food was outstanding, and it was so enjoyable to sit under the awning and relax to the sound of the rain. This place is a MUST try!

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MarkM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Lantern has always been a favorite of ours. We were excited when they finally reopened. The food this time was good (on average), not great. Exceptional: pork and chive dumplings, corn chowder and coconut cake. Good: The Bi Bim Bop (sliced beef, sticky rice, egg, grilled vegetables and hot sauce on the side) a quality dish but it didn't really excite my wife or me. Disappointing: The salt and pepper shrimp, fried with shell on, including jalapenos and coriander. Our waiter, Stephen, was great... the perfect combination of being knowledgeable and just the right touch of personal warmth. His recommendation of the Cabernet Franc was spot on. However, our service experience was severely marred by having to place the order for each course from our cellphone. Who wants to interrupt a dinner conversation, let alone remember, to order each course from your cellphone? This is not a quick service restaurant at LaGuardia. Retrieving a menu via a QR code is great. But placing your order with the proper timing should be the job of the waiter... even if you have to wait a few more minutes because you're short staffed. Finally, if they know it's your wife's birthday and you're dropping $200 for dinner, perhaps comping a slice of coconut cake would be a nice touch.

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Fiore
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service. Great job in a covid world

SG
vipStuartG
Raleigh
80 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

what can i say? i have tears in my eyes that lantern is back!!! it is like coming home to family. had a fantastic meal as always... the service, the innovative food, the incredible spices, the surprises, and the knowledge of the staff - really really enjoyed eating outside - the menu many be a little more "limited" that "normal" but it was just the best around - my only complaint (and it is really not a complaint) is that this is the first time since going to lantern since they opened i could not get a sakitini.... the second tear in my eye - just LOVE LANTERN!!!

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vipfishbones
Raleigh
59 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be able to sit down with real plates, etc at one of our favorite restaurants. Love those salt and pepper shrimp, but everything was great. Ordering off the QR code link pretty seamless, but prevented much interaction with our servers. Always a treat at Lantern!

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Nadim
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was just an amazing experience. Succulent food and great ambiance and service!

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Lantern is rated 4.7 stars by 403 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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