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Char Restaurant

The Esplanade | Cnr Knuckey St, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800, Australia
+61 8 8981 4544
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Overview
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good28%
  • Average17%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible5%
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“steak” (468 reviews)
“wagyu” (29 reviews)
“barramundi” (64 reviews)
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Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$$$
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LOCATION
The Esplanade | Cnr Knuckey St, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday

On a recent visit to Darwin we went to Char for our last night away. When we went to the front counter to be seated the gentlemen we spoke to was extremely rude. He asked us to move aside so he could serve another guest...More

Thank ShazMostert
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visited Char on a business trip to Darwin. Made a booking and when we arrived we had to ask repeatedly to be seated, chase staff to order drinks and food. The service was slow and the meals were adequate but overall quite disappointed and wouldn’t...More

Thank Kathryn G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had a great night with good food and wine, and a waitress who helped make the evening so good. Thanks Irma. We sat outside on a lovely evening and I was impressed with the wine list and then emjoyed the problem of sorting out...More

Thank Dennis J
BoutiqueVenues, Guest Relations Manager at Char Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks for the terrific feedback Dennis J. We are delighted you enjoyed your experience and in particular having Irma as waitress, I am confident contributed to this experience.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a very special dinner at Char. We sat outside and it was a perfect Darwin night where we could watch the sunset colours in the sky. The seafood was delicious and the drinks and service all attributed to a wonderful evening.

Thank simoneclapham
BoutiqueVenues, Guest Relations Manager at Char Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks for the great feedback Simoneclapham. We appreciate all feedback, be it positive or negative. IN this case, we will be sure to pass on to the team your positive comments.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic restaurant been to Darwin many times the first time for Char Restaurant. Fantastic food excellent service. Will go again next time in Darwin.More

Thank Sheryl C
BoutiqueVenues, Guest Relations Manager at Char Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the great feedback Sheryl C. We hope to see you back at Char on your next visit to Darwin. Also hope to see you at either of of our Brisbane sister restaurants (Cha Cha Char, Jellyfish and Ilcentro) any time you are in...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unbelievable !!! Fantastic Food, Service was great, Expensive but worth every penny !! Thank you Char Restaurant for a great night especially our wonderful waitress.

Thank sjmrks
BoutiqueVenues, Guest Relations Manager at Char Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the review sjmrks. Delighted that you had a great experience with us. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The meat is really good and the staff really pleasant, professional but very friendly too. We spent a very good evening and did not have to wait long as some reviews seem to imply.

Thank Kualafrench
BoutiqueVenues, Guest Relations Manager at Char Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to provide your positive feedback Kualafrench. The team certainly strives each day to deliver an experience to our guests that is consistent and ‘wow’s’. We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent service by Irma, it was great being able to select your steak at the table. Best steak of our life in fact! Delicious wine. Desserts were superb, fave was the cheesecake. And that Turkish delight was amazing! Only negative is that we live too...More

Thank Sarah D
BoutiqueVenues, Guest Relations Manager at Char Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi SarahD, it is no surprise that you enjoyed your experience and that Irma was involved. She is terrific and a valued asset, who I am sure will remember you when you return (even if it is some time in the future). We look forward...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The waiting staff and bar staff were great, keeping drinks filled. My meal of gnocchi with mushrooms and truffle butter was excellent, although most of the other meals were not to everybody's liking. The 12 year old in our group ordered chorizo and goat's feta...More

Thank Beryl M
BoutiqueVenues, Guest Relations Manager at Char Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi BerylM, thank you for taking the time to provide feedback of your dining experience. The bread, salted butter and house made beef & red wine jus (an age old recipe hailing from the owner John Kilroy’s grandmother). The cost of the bread is not...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been here many times over the past few years but this was not the best night. The bar/bar attendant was super, of course it’s con located right in the center. We felt our meal was not quite up to par. The lobster sauce...More

Thank Christineaf1955
BoutiqueVenues, Guest Relations Manager at Char Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Christineaf1955, thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. We take all feedback seriously, be it positive or negative we always take feedback on board and use it to ensure our offering is the best it can be. We have passed on...More

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Chloe B
Hi my name is Chloe Buhler and I am currently studying food and hospitality as a year 12 subject. I was wondering if you'd be able to answer a few questions to assist in my investigation on how American cuisine is impacting Australian restaurants. Feel free to skip any questions. 1. Would you consider your restaurant to be American style? (In terms of food, appearance, theme) 2. Do you believe your restaurant menu is influenced by American cuisine? (In terms of food items, flavours, presentations, ingredients, portion size) 3. If so, is there a particular part of America that has influenced you restaurant? 4. Would you consider it a positive or negative thing that some restaurant menus are influenced by American cuisine? 5. Do your customers leave mostly positive or negative reviews about your food? 6. What would you say customers appreciate the most about American style food? (In terms of taste, smell, portion size, presentation) 7. Would you/do you prefer American style food over other cultures? If so, why? 8. What type of foods that Australian restaurants sell, would you consider American style? 9. What about those items makes them American style? (In terms of taste, smell, portion size, presentation) 10. Do you believe the American theme will spread and grow throughout Australian restaurants? 11. If so, why? Thank you for taking the time to help me and I hope you have a great day!
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Response from Carol C C | Reviewed this property |
Hi Chloe, Lots of questions but I will try and answer As best I can. Firstly Char did not relate to an American style restaurants at all. While steak restaurants are popular in the USA served with pride particularly in NY... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$4 - US$15
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, View
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Monday
6:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Tuesday
6:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Wednesday
6:00 PM - 1:00 AM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 PM - 1:00 AM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Friday
6:00 PM - 1:00 AM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Esplanade | Cnr Knuckey St, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Northern Territory  >  Top End  >  Darwin
  • Phone Number: +61 8 8981 4544
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