Fantastic service, a pleasant setting, and authentic Southern Vietnamese dishes are what make Lanterns one of Nha Trang's most popular restaurants. Adorning the open-air dining room (the retractable roof closes on rainy days) are orange paper lanterns that match the traditional dress of the endearing wait staff. The six-course prix fixe is remarkably inexpensive, or you can opt for such house favorites as slow-cooked shrimp, beef served in a clay pot, or whole red snapper
grilled on a bed of coal and then wrapped in foil to capture the flavor. Vegetarians have a designated menu, and there is an on-site cooking school for those who want to learn the secrets of the kitchen.