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Lantern

4.7
4.7
550 Reviews
$31 to $50
Asian
Starting Wednesday, July 20th Lantern is celebrating summer (and making space and time to renovate our front dining room) with a three course $36 dinner deal. The evolving seasonal menu will include classic summer dishes like local silver queen corn soup, NC crispy catfish and cherry stone panna cotta and add-ons like NC oysters, salt & pepper shrimp and dumplings. Feel free to join us for a full meal or just drinks and snacks.

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.

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 550 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Healthy

  • Durham

    Fit for Foodies

  • Durham

    Healthy

  • Durham

    Outdoor Dining

  • Durham

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. D

    Deeds

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    Clif

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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!
  3. MT

    MariT

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.
  4. n

    needhama

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

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

    DawneL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good flavors - Value for money Service is important to them
  6. 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.
  7. SG

    StuartG

    Raleigh

    91 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    91 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.
  8. C

    Chloe

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything is delicious, and the servers make you feel cared for. I love Lantern.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. MS

    MSha

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautifully tasty food. Spiced right! Really cool layout and ambience.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love Lantern’s back bar! I took my 24 y/o nephew out for appetizers & wine—.the food was outstanding and the wine was delicious.
  13. JM

    JesseeM

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Interesting flavors, great cocktails including some nonalcoholic options.
  14. SW

    SusieW

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a special night out with friends from out of town. It was delightful to spend it at Lantern. Andrea has an amazing touch!
  15. SB

    StephenB

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I have been coming to Lantern since it opened in 2002. The food has always been wonderful and the quality has never waned. I don't know of any other restaurant where I can say I never had a disappointing meal. Usually pan-Asian means jack-of-all trades, fusion-y mish-mash, but Lantern is the exception. And the desserts are always memorable, The main dining room was under renovation, so we ate in the bar, a lovely room, but noisier than the rest of the restaurant. The server was talented and knowledgable, as always. My one gripe about Lantern is the music: horrible techno swill.
  16. JH

    JimH

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience1
    With dining room closed for renovations we mistakenly made a Rez for sidewalk seating. It was miserably hot with a ton of flies buzzing around during dinner. I'll talk half the blame but the Lantern could have placed larger, more fans to help with the heat if they are offering sidewalk seating. The food was exceptional as always however I ordered the crispy catfish. The server told us that it was a 6 to 7 ounce filet so I ordered it. I figured it had some type of batter which is fine. The catfish was not a filet but about 7-8 battered strips and not at all what I expected...it was a bit dry as well again due to the filet being sliced up into smaller pieces. Black and pepper shrimp, chilled tomato soup, and spring rolls were a "10+". Overall food was exceptional except for the catfish what was communicated and what was delivered. The dining experience was miserable with the heat and flies...I mean a ton of flies as half the eating was shooing away the flies.
  17. s

    shorttooth

    Raleigh

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Lantern for a birthday dinner. One reason we chose Lantern was the outside seating available, since we have not eaten inside a restaurant since the beginning of the pandemic. Even at 6 p.m. on a hot summer day, the table was shaded under an awning, and it was surprisingly comfortable. I had the chilled Japanese tomato soup, which was wonderful and full of big flavors. And I had the crispy catfish, which was delicious and came with a whopping big portion of spicy cucumber salad. Cucumbers are not one of my favorite vegetables, but this salad was refreshing with a pleasing texture, and it had lots of mint and other herbs in it. I am glad to be able to say that the food at Lantern is still great, and I highly recommend it.
  18. D

    Durhamhp

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Delicious food as always! Sat in the bar due to ongoing construction of the front dining area and it was a little loud and quite dark. I much prefer the front dining area. Will have to pay closer attention to what I’m booking next time.
  19. JB

    JohnB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

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

    SallyJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    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.
  22. JG

    JGrigston

    Raleigh

    131 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    131 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious! Great service. We really enjoyed it. Thank you!
  23. 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.
  24. NR

    NithyaR

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

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

    Sarah

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Good food and great ambience.
  26. 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
  27. 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.
  28. PN

    PhillipN

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

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

    ChapelThrill

    Raleigh

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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!
  32. 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!
  33. C

    Cornbread

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    EXCELLENT AMBIENCE, FOOD & SERVICE!
  34. SB

    StephenB

    Raleigh

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food consistently excellent. Service was attentive. Meal not rushed
  35. 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.
  36. K

    Kimberly

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 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!
  37. 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!
  38. d

    dctraveler

    Raleigh

    69 reviews

    5.0

    69 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.
  39. F

    Fipps

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 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.
  40. 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.

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 4.7 stars by 550 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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