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We are open for dinner from 5-9PM, Wednesday thru Saturday. Our dining room and bar are open, and we have heaters and wool blankets on our weather-dependent patio. Walk-ins welcome, reservations are available via OpenTable. If you don't find your preferred time or party size on OpenTable, please contact Lantern by phone at 919-969-8846. 

Dine-in orders will be placed with QR codes at tables. 

TAKE OUT is is open from 5:30-9PM Wednesday-Saturday, pre-order online. Please note, our to-go offerings are limited.  


In an effort to make indoor dining as safe as possible, our indoor dining spaces are now equipped with a state of the art UV air filtration system that eliminates 99% of bacteria and viruses. All diners over the age of 12 must continue to show proof of Covid vaccination and masks are required when not seated, as mandated by Orange County. We appreciate your understanding and hope to see you soon!

*All of our team members are fully vaccinated and will remain masked at all times. We have implemented strict sanitizing and cleaning measures in all dining areas.


From March 2020 to June 2021, the Lantern Team collaborated with EAT NC (formerly Durham FEAST) to help cook and move more than 1,000,000 meals.

In March 2021, in partnership with No Kid Hungry and EAT NC, we turned our Kitchen Patrol program virtual for the spring semester by launching a series of live online cooking classes. Follow along on Instagram.

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Eater: Watch Andrea Reusing's TED Talk on the Illusion of Abundance and the Invisibility of Farm Workers

"Here's a thought-provoking TEDx Talk from Lantern's Andrea Reusing in which the Chapel Hill, NC chef urges the food world to 'make a place for farm workers at the table.' Reusing points out that we live in a world run amuck with 'foodies,' saying, 'We have tote bags for our tote bags. Our compost piles have their own Tumblrs.' But yet somehow still the food community often ignores 'something that's much more fundamental to the way we live: the lives of the people who harvest the food that we eat.'" 

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Cooking in the Moment

Cooking In the Moment selected as one of the New York Times notable cookbooks of 2011!

A serious thank you to Serious Eats for including Cooking in the Moment with such great company in their favorite cookbooks of the year.