Red Lantern on Riley

4.6
689 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Vietnamese
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Good Vegetarian Options
The vitality of Vietnamese cuisine revolves around fresh produce. We are dedicated to retaining and complementing the flavour and freshness of the produce we use.

We have embarked on a journey to promote ethical eating by using the freshest in local sustainable and organic produce. It is our dream to leave as light an environmental footprint as possible.

Our family’s secret recipes, skills and techniques have been passed down to us. We have learned that above all, the sourcing of good produce, simplicity in presentation and preparation with the slowness of good omen should always be the core of our approach.

Set within a designer space reminiscent of French Colonial Vietnam, Red Lantern on Riley offers all the favourites of the original Red Lantern, with a greater focus on shared dishes. Mixed with the nostalgia of Indochine and the personal quirkiness of the Nguyen family, Red Lantern on Riley is an experience to share with your friends and family.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Vietnamese, Asian, Southeast Asian
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Friday 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday to Sunday 6:00pm - late
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Phone number
(02) 9698 4355
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Chef Luke Nguyen, Chef Mark Jensen
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Cross street
Stanley Street, Sydney, AU-NSW 2010
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Parking Details
Street parking around the restaurant is limited and metered.

There is a Wilson Parking garage located less than 50 metres from the restaurant at 70 Riley Street, Darlinghurst.
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Buses and Trains
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrating my wedding anniversary there,we had a great dinner.we did a $89 dollars degustation. The food was very good n worth for the value.In fact there are other dishes in their al Carter menu we would like to try so we will definitely return to this restaurant.
Only comment is the pickled octopus was a bit too sour that took away the flavour of the octopus.

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Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great experience and never disappointed

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Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Red Lantern serves great Vietnamese cuisine and Chef Mark Jensen goes out of his way to engage with guests.

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Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

I took my wife and we sat outside, this was our request and the staff were helpful. The wait staff were very good. we had the dearer of the banquets. A lot of food , some dishes very good and some that did not grab us. The deserts were excellent. Our anniversary was acknowledged with some sparkling wine . Probably should of gone al a carte. Would be good to see a revamp with better value price points and a new opening. its up to red lantern if they want to move ahead or change at all.

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Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food, drinks and atmosphere. I had been to Red Lantern a few times before and took 2 colleagues and they loved it!

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Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional food and service.

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Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We travelled from Melbourne to go to this restaurant for my wife's birthday. We had the Saigon tasting menu with matching wines. We were not disappointed. We have been a fan of Luke for a long time.

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Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

great food, good variety and exceptional service .
The place has a nice vibe and feel

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Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful service, great food.

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Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything about the dining experience at Red Lantern is fantastic! The staff are friendly, professional and super knowledgeable. The food is next level and great value for money. This is the third time I’ve flown to Sydney over the last couple of years just to get my Red Lantern fix!!

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Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very friendly and knowledgeable waitress; the dishes were not as tasty as what I experienced when I visited Red Lantern the first time on Crown Street.

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Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We came for a birthday lunch and were delighted by the fabulous fresh tastes. As first timers the lunch tasting menu provided a star studded introduction. Favorites were the pork and green papaya salad, smoked spatchcock, duck green curry and the coconut creme caramel. The service was excellent, and we were allowed to linger as long as we liked over all the lovely flavours

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Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I would never visit Sydney without going to Red Lantern. These folk seriously care about their food and craft. Bold interpretations of Vietnamese classics. A must for me.

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Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had a lovely dinner at Red Lantern to celebrate my husband's birthday. It was our fourth time there, and it was as delicious as ever! The banquet menu was a great way to sample lots of different dishes, the service was friendly without being overwhelming, and the ambience was inviting.

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Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Again exceptional in all respects
Food never ceases to amaze
Service as always wonderful
Left feeling we had just been extremely spoilt by our family

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Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Red Lantern has always been a favourite and it did not disappoint. We had the banquet and it was delicious, with amazing kingfish, great Vietnamese rolls, duck curry, beautiful beef and great prawns. The dessert platter was also outstanding. The service is friendly and efficient without being intrusive and the wine and cocktail list extensive and with a variety of prices.

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Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Too noisy, food very slow in coming and was just average when it did

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Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love it here. We return each time we visit Sydney. The staff are really good. Great service with a smile and nothing is too much for them.

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Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Outstanding food and experience. When I return to Sydney each year I must eat at Red Lantern it is fantastic and my favourite restaurant !!
And I have to say the food quality and flavours keep getting better !! Congratulations Mark and the Red Lantern Team !!

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Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Well what can I say, the food and service at Red Lantern are extraordinary. Every time we come back, the food and service is excellent. We would highly recommend to all and our friends.
Well done Red Lantern and the team.

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Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lived up to my expectations. Enjoyed the food and selection on menu. Definitely enjoyed the Hanoi Hunger banquet.

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Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

High standard and interesting variety of food. Not so typical vietnamesr food

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Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb food: great value as top quality dishes, generous serves. Excellent service: attentive, but not intrusive; informative, friendly.
Very relevant wine list.
All round WOW!
Do go.

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Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food and fantastic service. Highly recommend!

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Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was beyond amazing. We had the most delicious meal and excellent service. We can't wait to go again. Thank you for the experience.

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Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Even on a quiet Friday lunchtime friendly relaxed service and great food

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Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great ambience. We have traveled in Vietnam often and this place made us feel like we should return there quickly. Very good food with wide range of choices, using fresh, high quality ingredients. We ate at Red Lantern for a family birthday and staff were helpful in ensuring we knew which dishes were vegetarian suitable.
When the bill was presented we felt like we were expected to tip. Tipping should not be expected or left open - staff should be paid appropriately so as not to expect tips.

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Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

Terrible. Luke Nguyen needs to have a little chat with his staff.

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Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic Excellent great taste and favours

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Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

For a special occasion Red Lantern is perfect. Not cheap but high quality delicious food and the service is beyond amazing. Love the atmosphere. Complimentary glass of bubbles on arrival plus a delicious little appetiser. Love this restaurant

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Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great atmosphere friendly staff and fantastic food, looking forward to my next visit.

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Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have eaten at Luke's restaurants before. This is the best of them. Make sure you go as it's one of the best dining experiences in Sydney.

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Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was just too difficult to decide between all those delicious options, so we picked the set menu to share among four of us, only substituting the octopus with Auntie 5s rice cakes. High 5s all round!

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Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tasty food with substantial portions. Service was friendly and efficient. It was a cold night but was comfortably warm within the restaurant. Very much enjoyed our evening and look forward to returning.

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Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We dined at the Red Lantern with friends in September 2018 … a very enjoyable experience. Excellent service and excellent food. Stylish Vietnamese cuisine with sufficient variety for all tastes. We shared a variety of dishes, both entrees and mains (menu on internet). Relatively small wine list, but good choices at various price levels. Well recommended.

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Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a wonderful, wonderful place. From the moment we were welcomed through the door we felt at home. The atmosphere was warm and cosy, and beautifully exotic. We were blown away by the service, everyone was so caring and attentive. We felt nothing was too much trouble for any of the staff. It was really special. And the food!!! OMG. Atlantic crab, tender beef, succulent tuna, magic flavours all cooked with the most important ingredient - love. We will be back!

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Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

My friend and I were thrilled with the food....exquisite tastes.
My only complaint, and it’s a small one, is that our table was very small and we felt a bit cramped....too many tables, too close to each other.
But I would still recommend Red Lantern to friends and I will definitely come again.

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Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Maitre d' was particularly welcoming, helpful and a lot of fun. Tasting menu with accompanying wine was very enjoyable. Catered well to dairy intolerance.

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Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love the taste menus. That way I can have a little bit of so many wonderful flavours.
I love the way The restaurant is decorated. It’s just a wonderful food experience all round

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Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Enjoyable evening but not as exciting food wise as the last time we went. Saying that the goat curry was absolutely delicious. The setting is beautiful. Good food, sometimes great food, sometimes exceptional food.

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