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Char

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70 Esplanade, Darwin, Northern Territory 0801, Australia
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6:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wed - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff

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  • 145
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  • 56
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  • 43
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
They can cook steaks but not lamb

I was very excited about s return visit to one of my favourite Darwin restaurants. I had 2 colleagues with me one from Melbourne & one from Gold cost and had built the place up about the great food and service, but on this occasion I was disappointed. The entrée of sea scallops was magnificent and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Katy44b
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Brisbane, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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879 reviews
309 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3,307 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We dropped into Char for dinner on our first night in Darwin. The restaurant has a lovely ambience for fine dining. However; due to the restaurant being busy we were basically placed onto the side of the restaurant alone & felt disconnected to the restaurant. Due to our seating the service was also very slow. We did however enjoy our... More 

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Thank Ellemay
Brisbane, Australia
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55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was very excited about s return visit to one of my favourite Darwin restaurants. I had 2 colleagues with me one from Melbourne & one from Gold cost and had built the place up about the great food and service, but on this occasion I was disappointed. The entrée of sea scallops was magnificent and the mussels were also... More 

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Thank Katy44b
Darwin, Australia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

a dinner with family and friends. Being December we were inside, which can be very noisy, but this does not take anything away from the quality of th food or service. During the dry sitting outside is a completely different experience.

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Thank Jane A
Darwin, Australia
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21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I received a $200 gift voucher as Christmas present so booked for myself and a friend. Before being seated I asked if I could use $100 of my gift voucher this visit and return another time to use the remainder. We are not big eaters or drinkers and knew we would really struggle getting through $200 between us. We were... More 

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Thank balibride13
Darwin, Australia
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53 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Dined at Char last night for my birthday dinner and had a wonderful time. The food was amazing, an extensive wine list and our waitress Katherine was so helpful and engaging. The only downside is the noise, when we first arrived there were many people at the bar and the noise was awful. It eventually died down and our evening... More 

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Thank JaneyWard1960
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful venue... Loverly food and good wine selection.. Staff were well trained and very helpful and knowable

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Thank Mark B
Sydney, Australia
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant's new menu surpasses their previous. The food was absolutely delightful. The wine selection is outstanding especially for Darwin. I would truly recommend this restaurant for the discerning visitors and locals.

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Thank AAK62
Melbourne, Australia
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65 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant had lovely staff and the chili muscles were amazing. We both ordered the grilled barramundi which was served with a muscle and a couple of prawns which were really bland. The sauce that the barramundi was resting in was horrible. We ordered a dessert, which was really nice, but was really late arriving at our table. The didn't... More 

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Thank US2Oz
Mooloolaba
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't order steaks but had the fish. The fish tacos we had for entrée were very tasty the mains were average. The setting is very nice and service quite good. Overall I would say "nice" but not wonderful.

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Thank thomoMooloolaba
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Second time at this restaurant in past few months. Service was not great on either occasion. Meals are average to good taste wise, but for me overpriced for quality. They do have a good wine list and the seafood and salads are fresh. It does have a good location and the bar is a good spot for pre dinner drinks.... 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 100
  • Cuisine: Australian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?