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70 Esplanade, Darwin, Northern Territory 0801, Australia
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6:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wed - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 205
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  • 96
    Average
  • 44
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  • 38
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food, too much meat & expensive drinks

A pleasant experience in Darwin. The quality of the food and service is very good especially in Darwin. The prices are high but this could be because the serving of meat is double that in Sydney! The meals were beautifully cooked. There's a tidy profit on a glass of wine at $18 for a tiny serving... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
annagram09
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Sydney, Australia
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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539 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Sydney
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW via mobile

From the moment I booked (online) 45 minutes before we decided to turn up everything was as smooth and perfect as I was hoping. Taking an 17 month old to a nice restaurant can be challenging but the staff made the whole experience as easy as dinning without our little one. She was promptly handed a pencil case and hello... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

This was the best meal, service and ambience in Darwin during my stay. I sought out various restaurants and none came close to even being simply good on all 3 fronts. A little pricey, but definitely worth it. I had the Barramundi with black rice, prawns, squid and lemon sauce. Delicious and beautifully presented.

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Darwin, Australia
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

We went on a Wednesday night at 8pm, with a booking, in the "off season" and the place was packed. Great service from friendly staff and a real "buzz" in the air with all of the other diners, yet we were still able to hold normal (volume) conversations. The three others I was with had steak of varying kinds cooked... More 

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

My wife and I decided to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary at Char. I mentioned the special occasion when booking the table. The restaurant employee taking the booking promised special treatment for the evening. Previous experiences at Char predicted a pretty special evening. Were we disappointed! The quality of the food was way below par compared to the quality we... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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204 reviews 204 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

A pleasant experience in Darwin. The quality of the food and service is very good especially in Darwin. The prices are high but this could be because the serving of meat is double that in Sydney! The meals were beautifully cooked. There's a tidy profit on a glass of wine at $18 for a tiny serving. The restaurant was very... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Although well known for its steaks, we opted for fish which was terrific. The whole fish was spicy and beautifully presented. The service was friendly and knowledgable. Truly an excellent restaurant.

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Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

After a long time we went back to this restaurant for dinner. We both had a Steak which was great cooked and had a very good taste. The waiter was very friendly and helpful. For dessert see our photos. We will come back soon.

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Brunswick, Georgia
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206 reviews 206 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

We stopped here for lunch and were not disappointed. The barramundi was tender and delicious. Instead of the rice usually served with this dish we had the beetroot/grapefruit salad and the mint/watermelon salad. Everything was very tasty. The price was high but if you want good food in an historic building with a glass wall view of Darwin it worth... More 

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Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

In the style of Morton's steakhouses in the US, these guys bring out the beef cuts and present them in their raw state at your table...very cool. There's a real feeling of authenticity, great trained wait staff that take their jobs seriously in a well appointed restaurant - amazingly all in Darwin! Seriously, this is one of the best steak... More 

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Maleny, Australia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

My business partner and I asked around Darwin during a recent visit where would be a good place to go for dinner. Several business people we met as well as the front desk staff of the Hotel we stayed at recommended Char. It was a Wednesday night and so we rocked up around 7 pm without a reservation thinking it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 70 Esplanade, Darwin, Northern Territory 0801, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Northern Territory  >  Top End  >  Darwin

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 100
  • Cuisine: Australian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?