About Red Lantern – Thunder Valley Casino Resort

Red Lantern Chinese cuisine explores unique culinary perspectives on traditional recipes and cooking techniques to craft authentic Asian dishes with Hong Kong-style flair. Savor house specialties sure to tempt every palate such as dim sum, fresh seafood, noodle dishes and barbecue as well as a host of other delicacies complemented by a signature cocktail menu.

1200 Athens Avenue
Lincoln, CA 95648
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Chinese, Dim Sum

Hours of Operation:
Dinner on Sunday - Thursday: 4PM to 11PM
Dinner on Friday, Saturday: 4PM to 1AM
Happy Hour: Daily, 4PM to 7PM (excluding holidays and concert nights)
Lunch on Saturday and Sunday: 11AM to 4PM

Cross Street:
Industrial Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(916) 408-8326

Website:
http://www.thundervalleyresort.com/Dining/Red-Lantern

Parking Details:
24-hour free valet or self-parking available.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Red Lantern – Thunder Valley Casino Resort Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (11)
Casual (10)
Good for Groups (9)
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Authentic (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Comfort Food (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Fun (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Healthy (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Business Meals (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Romantic (2)
Spicy (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Notable Wine List (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Cozy (1)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Enjoy their food. Good selection on the menu. Love their chinese beef stew. All of their entrees are pretty good. Go there once or twice a month.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Lilly is the best server. Noise level is a little high.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Everything was delicious, the only "delta" was the beef in the broccoli beef: it was a bit too tough and salty.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The food was quite good despite being in a casino. If the restaurant was transplanted into a different atmosphere, I would have ranked it higher. It was loud and bright and not inviting.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The food was good for the most part. The hostess never smiled. So many different waiteresses came to the table. I couldn’t tell who our actual server was because I had to ask for everything. And it was a good thing I had it charged to the room because they never asked for my players card. Great service is hard to find nowadays.

Tags: Late-night Find, Comfort Food
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Excellent service & great good!
Always look forward to having dinner with friends...best dishes in the area.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Consistently good food, and great service. The menu has a great variety of dishes to choose from. It is our favorite restaurant for Chinese food.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Romantic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Aside from them not having the Chinese Dumplings appetizer available the night we were there, the experience was a pleasant one.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Why to many onions in all the food, there was more onions than chicken

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Food was great. We enjoyed each dish that we ordered. Our server was great too.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Everything was great except the salt & pepper sea bass. The fried asparagus had 5-6 bottom shoots that should not have been cooked. They were woody, hard and stringy. Every cook or person that cut them into pieces should know not to cook the bottom portion of the asparagus shoot.

If I didn't bring half of them home I would of definitely brought it to the server's attention but I only spit out a couple while we were dining and the rest came home.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Great food and service. Chuck is the best bartender in the casino

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

The food was wonderful. It was our first time at the Red Lantern, but now it will our go to place for great Chinese food.
I'm so glad that I live close by, but if I did not I would still go to Red Lantern.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

The service and the food was very good. The place was elegant and beautiful. This is my second visit. The price was a bit stretchy though. Because of the traffic and the concert, we were 10 minutes late and the front desk person was a little arrogant or annoyed with us but the back was perfect. Will dine again there.

Tags: Disabled Access, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Healthy, Fun, Casual, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Visit this place after most concerts. Love the fresh, fast, delicious authentic food every time.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Cozy, Quick Bite, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 2, 2017

There were just a couple of things that kept this from being a really good time. The cigarette smoke from the casino was very strong, and the roast duck was cold.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Excellent Chinese food, prompt and courteous service, reasonable prices for the decent amount of food served and large round tables for bigger groups.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

My friends and I enjoyed our get together dinner at Red Lantern. Food was good and service was good too.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Been here a few times. Food and service has always been excellent. Would recommend and have to family and friends.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Food is always fresh tasting and ambience great. Service slow and wish they had gluten free menu. At least you know you will have a great meal!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 5, 2017

I am vegan and I ordered the lunch special which was vegetable rolls ,rice ,soup and vegetables. I asked head of time what was in the soup the waitress told me that it was tofu and broth and green onion and I thought perfect ,when the soup came there was egg in it and I told her I am vegan and I do not eat egg the restaurant refused to give me something else in place of the soup they said under no conditions are there substitutions. To me that was bad service I asked for something else in its place and they still refused and said there are no substitutions. I explained to the waitress that I asked ahead of time what was in the soup and she did not tell me there was egg in the soup. They could have given me one extra veggie roll or say they were going to increase my serving of my vegetables anything would have been nice but they refused. Terrible customer service I will not be back

Tags: Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

First time attending here. The restaurants that serve this type of cuisine in my town have gotten bad over the years. About a 45-minute drive for me, I felt it was worth it. Very delicious and I will be returning.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Honored reservation early.
Food was fast and delicious!

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 1, 2017

We had a great time dining here. The menu is extensive, but you can find your favorite and traditional chinese specialty items here. The food was piping hot, flavorful, and cooked to perfection. I wish we lived a little closer, so we could enjoy it more often. The waitstaff was helpful and friendly, and VERY patient as we made our selections. Our leftovers tasted just as good the next day. We will definitely visit again!

Tags: Fun, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date, Vegan, Casual, People Watching
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Very disappointing. We felt very rushed the entire time and the food was subpar. My partner asked the waitress to come back for his order because he hadn't decided what he wanted yet and she said 'I'll just wait' and stood there with her pencil ready to write until he decided. We got the Lettuce Wraps as an appetizer. Someone delivered them, shoving them in front of my partner. He was a bit confused about it. Plates for the appetizer came after it was delivered. The wraps were fair but the 'filling' was finely chopped up something with a bit of chicken.

Only a couple of minutes after we got the appetizer, our meals were delivered. We both ordered the Roast Duck and it was rubbery and barely warm, all of it was from the backbone. The Potstickers were also lukewarm and very dried out on one end, overall very leathery. The Crab Claw Shrimp Ball was almost all fried dough with a tiny bit of shrimp and a small Crab claw stuck in the end of it.

The dining room is nice decor but very noisy. We couldn't figure it out since it wasn't that crowded. Although we had a reservation and they were not full, they sat us at a small table, on a busy path, where one of us was staring into the waitress station. Not too enjoyable or appetizing.

I've had much better food at take-out Chinese places. For one cocktail, tea, one appetizer, and 2 specials ($18), it was $60. We don't recommend this restaurant at all and will not go back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 23, 2017

The decor is really nice, the food and service are good. It's also nice (for a change) to see some authentic Chinese dishes on a menu.

The place is noisy, though, but still it's a fun place for drinks and dinner.

Tags: People Watching, Fun, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

The noise level was ridiculous. We had 6 people at a round table and had to speak very loudly to hold a conversation. The food was served at the same time as the appetizer which was not expected nor desired. The food was below average in taste for the price. I would not recommend this restaurant nor will I revisit.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Excellent!! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting great food and Customer service. This was our first time and I can't wait to go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Greasy food. Waitress rushed us to order and then took our order with the table next to us. My husband ordered a Diet Coke which I had to ask for as we were already eating. When it finally came it wasn't Diet Coke. She said Pepsi no Coke after he started drinking it. Then she promptly turned and left. I was asked if I wanted a box when I was still eating. Terrible service and food. Tables too close. The tables pad Thai smelled off. Never will return! Horrible experience.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on June 10, 2017

We have always believed on San Francisco has great Chinese cuisine. The Red Lantern proved us wrong. The food is excellent and the service great! This place was a jewel that helped top off a great concert that we attended.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on June 3, 2017

ALWAYS A GREAT MEAL----FAVORITE ASIAN RESTAURANT IN THE AREA.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Service and food were pretty good but the menu pices were slightly high.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 26, 2017

They were accommodating. We got there much earlier than the booked time but they allowed us to dine.

Our server was great. She recommended great dishes and even reminded me of the 5% discount with my thunder valley card.

The food was delicious.


Overall. Great!

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The food was excellent, and service very good. The noise level is always questionable. A tad bit on the noisy side.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Daughter's birthday excellent meal!! Always enjoy the food

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Very good Chinese food which was surprising since it's inside a casino. We've dined here several times and enjoyed our experience.

Tags: People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Healthy, Late-night Find, Good for Groups
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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Super slow service, and our waitress wasn't very attentive and kept forgetting things. We also had to checkout on a tablet an we had to choose the tip amount directly on front of her. Probably won't go back.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Kids free night out with the wife.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Noise level very high - we were seated in the back with very large groups of people.
The original waiter was confused about ordering our drinks and requested we "write them down"
That was a first - then another waitress came by did assist but took 15+minutes to get (at that time) 2 drinks -
vodka cranberry and a white russian.!!!! Pretty standard drinks -
When I received the bill it was clear I was to pay 18% tip and to be quite honest I usually pay 20% but I felt his work was just fair - and not really worth 18% however, it was Easter and I had my immediate family with me and did not want to get into the weeds over this matter.
Thank you.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Great food and atmosphere, but the smoke from the casino fills the restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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