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Lantern

4.6
4.6
532 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 Lantern Bar, our Garden Patio, or on our summer sidewalk for dinner Wednesday - Saturday. 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

10:30 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 532 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
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Healthy

  • Durham

    Fit for Foodies

  • Durham

    Healthy

  • Durham

    Hot Spot

  • Durham

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. JB

    JohnB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about the meal and the experience was excellent!
  2. SJ

    SallyJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Korean Cauliflower is amazing! We had a wonderful 26th Wedding Anniversary!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service2ambience4
    We loved the food and the ambiance in the bar! The cocktails were fabulous! We are looking forward to sitting in the new outdoor area. Looks very cool. Our waiter was nice but a little inattentive. Did not clear plates regularly at all.
  4. JG

    JGrigston

    Raleigh

    128 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    128 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious! Great service. We really enjoyed it. Thank you!
  5. LT

    LauraT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our patio table was not ready for our reservation time, but they were able to seat us inside. We had hoped for patio, but understand that it was a lovely evening, and they couldn't kick the others who were lingering over their meals. They were very apologetic and kind. The service was great. The food was incredible. They were very respectful of my food allergies and helped me choose safe options for me. Overall a wonderful experience despite not being able to sit on the patio.
  6. NR

    NithyaR

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a lovely restaurant for date night or family.
  7. S

    Sarah

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Good food and great ambience.
  8. DM

    DickM

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vegetarian Friends of long year’s surprised us with a visit
  9. P

    Paedagogue

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I love eating at Lantern: the old standbys (salt & pepper shrimp, bento box, I'm looking at you) and the new initiatives (the popup steakhouse, for example)--but I do prefer seating at less busy times, or sidewalk seating anytime (very relaxed, the planters are lovely, the street-life is fun to watch, and much quieter than the bar seating at busy times). Indoor seating will ease up, no doubt, as soon as the main dining room reopens.
  10. PN

    PhillipN

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Service was slow. Especially at the end of meal.
  11. CT

    ChapelThrill

    Raleigh

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Lantern is excellent in nearly all respects. My only quibble, is that there are too few entries to choose from. I wish they had more choices and variety. There were a total of four entries, and one of them was vegetarian (which is fine if your a vegetarian), They used to have more, plus nightly specials. That said, the food and service is excellent.
  12. TD

    ThomasD

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was very good. One nice feature is they offer small and large plates and a variety of appetizers. The service was right on time; no hovering but no waiting to get more water or another drink.
  13. S

    Sarah

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in Chapel Hill. Great drinks, perfect food, friendly service. Love this place!
  14. CC

    ChelseaC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Brie, was amazing! The outdoor seating was lovely and our meal was delicious. Save room for the warm brown butter cake with pink peppercorn ice cream!
  15. C

    Cornbread

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    EXCELLENT AMBIENCE, FOOD & SERVICE!
  16. SB

    StephenB

    Raleigh

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food consistently excellent. Service was attentive. Meal not rushed
  17. DV

    DianeV

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Thought “inside” meant air conditioned. It was very warm. Perhaps our mistake, but not comfortable. Service was slow, but attentive when we got going…had to hand the check to the bus boy. The food was excellent, as always.
  18. KH

    KimberlyH

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lantern is consistently wonder. On our most recent dinner we had Chaat (mixed roasted vegetables in a mint-herb dressing), pork dumplings, tea smoked chicken and the market special fish, which was Sheephead. All were exceptionally delicious, fresh and high quality dishes. Our server was friendly. knowledgeable and attentive but never obtrusive. The brown butter cake dessert was the only, very slight disappointment as it was good but rather blah. It was served with peppercorn ice cream which made it acceptable in the company of all the other incredible food we enjoyed this visit!
  19. PM

    PMAS

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super company, super dinner and super service - can't ask for anything more!
  20. d

    dctraveler

    Raleigh

    67 reviews

    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great evening to sit outside and enjoy the weather, sipping cocktails and enjoying a leisurely dinner. My husband and I decided to share an appetizer and an entree. The whole NC redfish was outstanding! The sauce on the fish with herbs was a good combination of flavors. Plenty for us to share, and the accompanying carrot ribbon salad was very nice, as well. The local strawberries are in season so we opted for 2 different strawberry desserts, and the panna cotta was especially delicious.
  21. f

    flips

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The wok noodles, dumplings, salt and pepper shrimp and chaat were all excellent. Lots of flavor and the wok noodles had the perfect spice level(I like spicy food). The beer selection was great. We didn’t care for the cocktails we tried (junebug and dunwell). Nice ambiance and great service.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gus was our very attentive and pleasant wait person. He guided us in an understated way. Delicious food. Cozy atmosphere. Lantern is a treasure in Chapel Hill.
  23. SS

    SusanS

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a lovely date night at Lantern. Delicious food, great drinks and fabulous service. So fun to be out in a restaurant on a Friday night!
  24. S

    Scarlett60

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Asian restaurant I've been to. Food and service were outstanding. The three of us shared an app and two dinners. Plenty of food. Can't say enough about the pleasant and attentive staff. I thought the cost was reasonable. My only thing would be I would've liked to have been seated in the main seating area rather than the bar, but it was fine and probably quieter. It was quite dark in the bar as well. I would suggest finding ways to bring more natural light in or some sort of soft lighting. Fabulous place to eat and have good conversation!
  25. AR

    AlanR

    Raleigh

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lantern meets all expectations, but the back terrace was a bit noisy. Some clot hangings or wall hangings might make it less defining.
  26. LI

    LawrenceI

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good. Disappointed that so many excellent sounding dishes had hot spice in them.
  27. R

    Ryan

    Raleigh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Our server was *** 
1. We requested a few whiskey sours, *** told us that he and other coworkers had made 140 whiskey sours for a party earlier and he couldn’t justify cracking an egg for another whiskey sour. Lantern still had eggs. This is a premium restaurant, everyone else justifies making one, how can Lantern not? 
2. We ordered two apps- Pork and Chive Dumplings and Japanese Crab Cakes. Our apps got delivered by a food runner: Dumplings and Shrimp. Partially wrong, right? Tasting the dumplings, it was clear they were not pork. The dumplings were instead their other dumplings: Pea Shoot and Scallion. When *** came by, I asked him if these were the Pork dumplings we ordered and his response was: “No, we were all out of the Pork dumplings so I ordered these so you could have some food on the table.” THE IGNORANCE OF ORDERING SOMETHING DIFFERENT WITHOUT ASKING US OR CHECKING FOR FOOD ALLERGIES? This is unacceptable. 
3. 10 mins later *** returns for the main entree orders. My girlfriend ordered the Wok Seared Rice Noodle dish, my friend ordered the Seared Red Poll Beef at medium temp and I also ordered the Beef at medium temp. The entrees came out by a food runner & it was only 2 dishes: 1 Beef dish and 1 Noodle dish. *** came over shortly & when I brought up only receiving 2 entrees, he specified that there must have been confusion as he thought it was only 2 dishes total. This was his mistake as he had already demonstrated numerous times before, but instead of owning it & apologizing for his mishap, he blamed it on us as if we were the ones confusing him. As my girlfriend and friend finished their food, my food arrived. 
I went to this restaurant 10 per yr pre-COVID, but if this is the new Lantern, I will not be back and will tell everyone else likewise. We didn’t have a manager come and check on us; no apologies given, & no items were complimentary. *Lantern reached out to make things right- they listened, apologized, & were quick to respond to my concerns.
  28. RD

    RayD

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding food and exceptional service. Outdoor seating was preferable to bar seating, which felt too close.
  29. PS

    PenkaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great twist on main stream dishes. Steak tartar is very unique, dumplings delicious! Service was great. Nice selection of wine!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    The service was really bad. There was a large private party inside and we were outside. It took about 50 minutes for the main courses to come.
  31. JG

    JGrigston

    Raleigh

    129 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    129 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An ABSOLUTELY excellent experience. We sat outside in their courtyard area. The food was so delicious. The Shrimp Soup was to die for! The service was first rate, as always, and the entire experience was delightful. Lantern never disappoints!
  32. MC

    MeighanC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The meal and service were great. The main dining room was closed for a private event which left us with the street, a back garden with very uncomfortable wooden stools and a small interior "bar" which was actually quite nice. It was very dark and a bit noisy but definitely a worthy spot for this excellent meal. Have the steak it was amazing.
  33. LW

    LisaW

    Greensboro

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous meal with outstanding service.
  34. MO

    MarkO

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing, as always - this place is a true gem.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went for a graduation dinner. Delicious. Highlights: greens and crab cakes.
  36. J

    Jklm1

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and creative dishes, wonderful service, great ambiance. One of our favorite spots in the Triangle.
  37. MM

    MMmmmA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The oysters appetizer (both broiled and raw) were delicious. The ribeye tasted good, but was a little dry, although medium rare. Herb salad that came with the ribeye was fabulous. Warm chocolate cake dessert was something I could have made at home, but my companions had the banana ice cream dessert, which looked good. Cocktails were good and so was the oloroso sherry.
  38. A

    Ally

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The steak and dumplings were delicious, the popover was great as well but should definitely be for 2 or more people.
  39. f

    foodie910

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    We usually have a great dining experience at Lantern but last night was very off. Our party of 4 waited an hour for our entrees and when they arrived the two steak dishes were so oversalted they were inedible. I like salt but this was way over the top. Our server offered to have the kitchen cook us different steaks but given the first ones took an hour, we decided to decline. They comped us for one meal but we were very disappointed because we were really looking forward to a nice dinner. I think it must have been an bad night in the kitchen becuase their food is usually so good. The service was very good, however and we will try the restaurant again in the future.
  40. LG

    LouG

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved The Lantern, not only was the good exquisitely prepared and the service friendly and attentive, we are in a magical, beautifully lit space on the patio. We traveled 1,000 miles and it was worth 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 532 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 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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