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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 230
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  • 170
    Very good
  • 114
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  • 47
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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
Great mix of seafood and steak

Great atmosphere and beautiful setting. Menu provides a good variety of seafood and steak options. Food quality is of a high standard and service is excellent. It is expensive but still a good option where food and service standard cannot be compromised.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Juliewishes
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Darwin
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
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Singapore
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Stayed in Darwin for 3 nights and we visited Char on our 1st evening here - my partner had the Sirloin and it was exceptional ! True to what they claimed - the best steak house in the Northern Territory. We went back there again on our last night and tried the Ranger's steak and Wahyu Rump, again they were... More 

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melbourne
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 409 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We were staying at the Hilton and wandered past earlier in the day. The setting looked great especially for eating outside at night. We made our way down and found a great table under the tress, it was dark already (winter) but still balmy and warm for a southerner. The staff were quick, perceptive and great at their job. Our... More 

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Darwin, Australia
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Fine Dining. Very impressed with selection. Food was superb. Steak was cooked to perfection. Relaxed environment.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Romantic/classy atmosphere/setting. Great wine selection. Ordered steak and it was cooked to perfection. Dessert was awesome too, must try the banofee and tart tatin. Kind and courteous staff. Highly recommend.

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Darwin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Great atmosphere and beautiful setting. Menu provides a good variety of seafood and steak options. Food quality is of a high standard and service is excellent. It is expensive but still a good option where food and service standard cannot be compromised.

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Darwin, Australia
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Amazing food and wine enjoyed in a gorgeous setting either inside or under the fairy lights on the deck. Every meal enjoyed here has exceeded my expectations, paired with exceptional service from staff who are ever attentive. Highly recommend the kingfish numus which is a favorite.

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Adelaide, Australia
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69 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Char, Darwin is simply extremely overpriced. Even adding a premium for the location in NT, the prices are simply not justifiable. Numerous restaurants in the south and eastern states have more finesse and are at half to two-thirds the price. The restaurant is well known in Darwin and has an established reputation. The decor is relatively basic with plastic chairs... More 

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Adelaide, South Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Dinner with no booking, but that didn't matter. Everything was first class- service, food, the lot. Not cheap, but great value for money.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Great food, excellent and friendly service, terrific atmosphere and a wonderful wine list. After drinks at the bar, we had the scallops and tataki beef entrées followed by an eye fillet and rib-eye. All dishes were presented beautifully and cooked to perfection. Not cheap but worth every cent! We will try to get back before we leave Darwin next week.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This was my second visit to char and the first (admittedly 1 year ago) was lack lustre at best. Tonight however, we had wonderful food and fantastic service! The gnocchi was light and flavourful and the wine was wonderful!! Absolutely recommended!!

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Additional Information about Char

Address: 70 Esplanade, Darwin, Northern Territory 0801, Australia
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Northern Territory  >  Top End  >  Darwin
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
Average Prices: USD $100
Cuisine: Australian

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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 $100
  • Cuisine: Australian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business, Large groups
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?