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Lantern

4.6
4.6
580 Reviews
$31 to $50
Asian
Lantern is a marriage of Asian flavors and North Carolina ingredients sourced mainly from local farms and fisheries. Join us in the Lantern Bar, our Garden Patio, or on our café sidewalk for dinner Wednesday - Saturday starting at 5pm. Snacks like raw NC oysters, salt and pepper shrimp, chaat, and handmade dumplings along with Japanese Steakhouse-style bavette, Tea and Spice Smoked Chicken, and our Cured Salmon Bento Box are all great for sharing over a relaxed meal.

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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

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  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (919) 969-8846

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Andrea Reusing

  • Private party facilities

    Lantern Table is available for nightly bookings and is an ideal space to gather and host a memorable bridal shower, engagement party or rehearsal dinner. Lantern's kitchen team develops menus exclusively for each event, including wine pairings and a full selection of cocktails and beer from our remarkable bar.The cozy kitchen dining room can accommodate up to 50 guests for seated dinner or up to 60 guests for passed appetizers. Our floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors allow guests to mingle in the kitchen for snacks or can be screened for total privacy. Our state of the art AV system allows for a truly personal evening, from music selection to slideshow and movie screenings.We look forward to welcoming you to our table!For more information, please send us an email at events@lanternrestaurant.com or call us at 919-969-8846.

  • Private party contact

    events@lanternrestaurant.com: (919) 969-8846

  • Neighborhood

    Chapel Hill

  • Cross street

    Basnight Lane

  • Parking details

    There is on street parking that is free after 6 pm, as well as a city lot directly adjacent, which is free after 8 pm. There are additional city lots within 1-2 blocks of the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    J, F, and CW routes

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 580 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Fit for Foodies

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Healthy

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Outdoor Dining

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Durham

    Fit for Foodies

  • Durham

    Healthy

  • Durham

    Outdoor Dining

  • Durham

    Romantic

  • Durham

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. TR

    TRMS

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Dishes were very hit or miss and the misses were pretty bad in my opinion. Service was a bit spotty as well. We sat with no drinks or tons of a bunch of dirty dishes on our table for a while but our main server was very friendly. Ambiance is very nice.
  2. KN

    KenN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My wife and I went to the lantern for our 10th anniversary. The food was outstanding!
  3. TH

    TonyH

    Greensboro

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Very disappointing experience. We’re accustomed to great dining experiences in our area and the Lantern did not measure up. Our seating was uncomfortable and the table rocked every time I put my elbow down. It took 15 minutes to get our bottle of wine after ordering. My entree arrived luke warm at best and was remade. Unfortunately by the time I received my hot entree my husband had finished his. The only response from the restaurant was we’re sorry, hope you give us another chance. We will definitely steer clear of the Lantern when there are so many wonderful dining options in the area.
  4. s

    shohreht

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    My husband ordered three appetizers, and three of us ordered one appetizer and one entree. His three appetizers came right away. After 45 minutes our appetizers arrived. Then dinner arrived. The black drum was very fresh and cooked perfectly. The seat was extremely uncomfortable.
  5. LC

    LauraC

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything (outdoor setting, food, service, etc.) was impeccable, as usual. We can't wait until our next visit.
  6. AW

    AtlantaWeekender

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Staff were polite and attentive. Dumplings were amazing! They are worth the visit. Mains were also really well done. I would definitely come again when in town!!!!!
  7. MO

    MissOpheliaRose

    Raleigh

    138 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    138 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was WONDERFUL from the food to the service to the ambiance. You can never go wrong with Lantern!
  8. JS

    JoshS

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to Lantern for an anniversary. It’d been years since we ate there and this time was every bit as great if not batter than we remembered it being. Service was superb. Every dish was superb. New outdoor patio is comfortable and nicely done. Definitely one of the better restaurants in this area.
  9. SG

    StuartG

    Raleigh

    96 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    wow - what can you say - lantern is fantastic every time you go. seems to get better and better. great sitting outside on a beautiful night under the awning - the apps were fantastic, in particular the pork and chive dumplings - the pork was just great, and the sunday, the service was spectacular and the sakitini was just lovely - will be back soon and often
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had a great anniversary dinner! Server was really knowledgeable and friendly. Dumplings were incredible. We got two different desserts - panna cotta was great, but the ice cream sundae felt like it had a lot of freezer burn.
  11. MP

    MargaretP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Inside in bar, very dark, food was good, service was good, menu small but varied choices, tables close and cosy.
  12. MO

    MissOpheliaRose

    Raleigh

    138 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    138 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An absolutely wonderful experience, as always! The food, the service and the ambiance were all perfect. It was a beautiful night, a musician was playing across the street, and the awning was delightfully lit up with string lights. It was relaxing and magical, and we enjoyed great food, dining al fresco.
  13. DL

    DavidL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    Had much higher expectations. Most of the indoor space was "under construction" and off limits. Disappointed this was not noted on any online information include company website. After having long term reservations and waiting 15 minutes for a table standing outside, we were seated in the bar area by bathroom doors, in a corner, with all wait staff traffic going by our table. The waitress was superb in her attention to detail and in being of service. Food was good, but given the price and MANDATORY 18% "fair wage upcharge that only a percentage goes to the waitress helping us, was not appreciated. We were also informed if we elected to tip extra - then yet again, out waitress would only receive a portion after it was divided among ALL staff. Boo
  14. OO

    OhanaOf4

    Raleigh

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    First visit to Lantern (finally). Ate at a bar table. Great cozy sexy atmosphere. Service was impeccable. Overall the food was delicious - Tom Kai Gai, Crispy Local Okra, and Sichuan Dumplings were among the favorites (pea shoot dumplings were very bland - don't recommend). Had 3 desserts (Peach Melba, Hot Chocolate Cake, Fig Sundae) and all were unique and superb. Menu is limited so we look forward to visiting again in the next menu "season".
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, you all are the best! Thank you, Lantern!
  16. RM

    RobbieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always my favorite whenever I come into NC! Service is great and the food is always good. The $39 three course menu was great value for a very nice evening out.
  17. MO

    MichaelO

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic atmosphere, food outstanding and the waitstaff are friendly and professional. Especially Miguel.
  18. AK

    AK88

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    Cute space but the food was not good.... not sure the appeal but we tried almost everything on the menu and not one thing was a stand out. Even the tea & lemonade were not good....im hoping this was just a seasonal thing but for what we paid I don't think we'll be back. Tomato Salad - tomatoes weren't ripe, and literally served on mayo...no Tom yum soup - too much fish sauce but was prob the best tasting thing but have had better at thai places Dumplings - strong pork flavor, almost felt that it wasn't cooked fully S&P shrimp- I don't understand y u would fry shrimp w shell on n call that edible, no mam Bimimbop - no flavor, underwhelming Catfish- fried great but also underwhelming flavors Desserts - boring, mostly ice cream sundaes
  19. TR

    ThomasR

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    We were seated at the community table on the patio on a Friday evening. Right next to us was a group of five people- very loud (basically screaming) and inconsiderate. Not very pleasant atmosphere- we could not carry on a conversation. We shared the pea shoot and scallion dumplings and the Thai chicken salad. The dumplings and dipping sauce were absolutely tasteless. The salad was ok, kind of “blah.” Our server, however , was a very kind and energetic young woman. She was the best part of the experience. Overall, food and atmosphere were a C-, and service was an A. Would not return.
  20. CL

    CaroleL

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eating on the Lantern garden patio is delightful. Great atmosphere and always wonderful food. The crispy okra, heirloom tomato salad, and salt&pepper shrimp were excellent. Perhaps someday I will be able to go to Lantern and order something besides salt&pepper shrimp, but I'm not sure.
  21. D

    Deeds

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our server was excellent! Food on par as always .. a wonderful evening.
  22. AJ

    AndrewJ

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lantern continues to be innovative and delicious, with a great menu and really good, professional service from the staff. The garden is lovely.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Seated outside by the street with a lot of traffic noise pollution, a lot of flies swarming the table, mediocre food, but pretty good service!
  24. L

    Lotte

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We tried Lantern for the first time and had a wonderful experience with the food and atmosphere. It's located on a quiet part of Franklin Street, though still feels vibrant. Miguel from the staff was very kind and open to our questions. The food itself was a great value (we both got the summer prix fixe menu): generous portions with lots of fresh and local produce, which Lantern clearly takes pride in sourcing from local farms. The fish was perfectly crispy with a delightful red curry and seasonal vegetables. The crème fraîche ice cream with brûléed figs was another highlight. We look forward to returning and trying out their other dishes!
  25. a

    asmamsa

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    We enjoyed our dinner at Lantern. We chose Lantern because of the consistent ratings but the experience wasn't special or memorable, though the occasion (my husband's birthday) was. Food was good, service was slow, seating was fine, and prices were high.
  26. MB

    MeaganB

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food, excellent service. I can't wait to return!
  27. NI

    NIkki

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food is generally fresh and tasty and priced fairly for the quality ingredients. Their outdoor garden seating is super uncomfortable. Chairs are so deep and lean back, there’s no back support at all and the benches are too high off the ground and too deep for back support. The waiter was very sweet and conscientious or I would have given a lower rating.
  28. GS

    GertaS

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another amazing meal at Lantern with delicious food and drinks. I appreciate that they offered a vegetarian/vegan option, which was probably the best dish on the menu.
  29. A

    Andy

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Our party of 4 sat at the bar/restaurant, and found the experience disappointing. The room was very noisy, and the food was mediocre as well as quite expensive. Both couples attending had dined at Lantern once before, and had enjoyed our meals from an older menu.
  30. D

    Diane

    Portland

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food! We ate outside on the patio and had an amazing meal. We both ordered the price fixe meal and the catfish. Divine!
  31. D

    Deeds

    Raleigh

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, as always. Our server was perfect, not too much, not too little, water always full. Overall, a wonderful experience.
  32. C

    Clif

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    A James Beard award winning chef, Gourmet Magazine "Top 50 Restaurants in the US," and the history of having a Michelen Star...if that is not enough of a reason to go, what are you looking for? The Asian Fusion food was tasty. I am from the SF Bay Area and was in Chapel Hill for a week. This was definitely the best restaurant that I dined at!
  33. MT

    MariT

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience2
    We ate in the bar, which I would not choose to do again. Too, tight, too loud and too warm. Great meal and good service. Terrific cocktails.
  34. n

    needhama

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always love the bento box, salt and pepper shrimp, and dumplings, but also really enjoyed the heirloom tomato salad and yuzu meatballs
  35. DL

    DawneL

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good flavors - Value for money Service is important to them
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks were amazing for a much needed date for me and my partner. Service was excellent and food was trascendental. Just amazing. We will be back, again and again.
  37. SG

    StuartG

    Raleigh

    96 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    lantern is never disappointing and last night was no different - the staff are so friendly that it is almost like going to a friend's home for dinner. the flavors were fantastic - i had the pork and my dining partner had the chicken - both were fabulous... and the desserts... and the drinks. we hope to be back at lantern soon! the best in chapel hill hands down.
  38. C

    Chloe

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything is delicious, and the servers make you feel cared for. I love Lantern.
  39. LG

    LakkuG

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    Lantern used to be among the best restaurants in Chapel Hill. This was our first time back post the pandemic and it was disappointing to say the least. The salmon in the bento box is inferior, the pea shoot and scallion dumplings were a disappointment (the accompanying sauce just dis not work). Most disappointing were the oysters-- just 5 small oysters to the serving and the yuzu just did not work and it just drowned the natural salinity and goodness of oysters, all for 16$. Really sad to see this Chapel hill gem loose its luster.
  40. AJ

    AshlieJC

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved our meal. Everything was so delicious! Highly recommend it.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Lantern using the Order Online button.

Lantern is rated 4.6 stars by 580 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Order online
Google Map for Lantern

423 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2314

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Basnight Lane

  • Neighborhood

    Chapel Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    There is on street parking that is free after 6 pm, as well as a city lot directly adjacent, which is free after 8 pm. There are additional city lots within 1-2 blocks of the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    J, F, and CW routes

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Andrea Reusing

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (919) 969-8846

  • Private party facilities

    Lantern Table is available for nightly bookings and is an ideal space to gather and host a memorable bridal shower, engagement party or rehearsal dinner. Lantern's kitchen team develops menus exclusively for each event, including wine pairings and a full selection of cocktails and beer from our remarkable bar.The cozy kitchen dining room can accommodate up to 50 guests for seated dinner or up to 60 guests for passed appetizers. Our floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors allow guests to mingle in the kitchen for snacks or can be screened for total privacy. Our state of the art AV system allows for a truly personal evening, from music selection to slideshow and movie screenings.We look forward to welcoming you to our table!For more information, please send us an email at events@lanternrestaurant.com or call us at 919-969-8846.

  • Private party contact

    events@lanternrestaurant.com: (919) 969-8846

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