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Lantern - Menu Prices

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jrfulbright Sep 20, 2011 05:58 AM

So, after hearing all the hoopla about Lantern Restaurant in Chapel Hill, I really want to go try it out. Unfortunately, they don't have any prices posted on their menu. Can anyone give me an idea of what range I'm looking at? I live in Raleigh and really don't want to show up over there and find out all their dinners are >$60. Thanks!

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    Tom from Raleigh Sep 20, 2011 06:58 AM

    This is a reasonable question. If you're talking about dinner for two with drinks, I don't know of a good place in the area where you can spend less than $60 before tax and tip.

    Their apps range in price from $6 to $13. Their entrees range from $18 to $28. This is based on memory. Your best bet is to contact the restaurant and find out for sure. Lantern is my favorite restaurant in the area. I've eaten there many times and have always felt the meals were were a good value.

    There's free valet parking across the street, btw.

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    1. re: Tom from Raleigh
      LulusMom Sep 20, 2011 08:11 AM

      We were just there last month, and had a really good meal (although, once again, I DO wish they'd change up the seafood offerings - the same two things have been on the menu for 7 years). I'd say Tom is just about spot on with the menu prices, maybe even slightly higher on some of the mains, but definitely in this ball park. Portions are more than reasonable, if that helps.

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        jrfulbright Sep 20, 2011 08:15 AM

        Thanks to you both. I suppose my post was a bit confusing. I meant $60 a plate. Just wasn't sure their pricepoint considering all the accolades they'd been getting lately. This fits right into my ballpark though. Should be a great time!

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          Tom from Raleigh Sep 20, 2011 10:59 AM

          I've tried just about everything on the menu. As in many places, more creativity goes into the apps while the mains are more static. Keep an eye out for the special apps. One time we had beef tartare drizzled with sea urchin flavored oil. It was out of this world.

          If you have time, try to stop in the bar for a cocktail first. Their beer selection is good not great, but I think it's one of the best bars in the area for inventive cocktails. My wife likes the spicy orange drink which is a essentially a screwdriver with added lime juice and a pickled serrano chile in it. It's really tasty.

          1. re: Tom from Raleigh
            LulusMom Sep 20, 2011 12:23 PM

            Totally agree on the appetizers. They'll change at least a few of them every couple of months, and always have one or two (if not more) specials. And speaking of drinks, it isn't on the menu anymore, but they make a lovely sakitini, and they'll still do it if you ask.

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