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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
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wed - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 210
    Excellent
  • 162
    Very good
  • 106
    Average
  • 45
    Poor
  • 38
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Food was amazing, service was so so.

Came here for dinner a few nights ago, got seated quite promptly. The restaurant was busy for a Monday night. No service for another 15-20 minutes, not even tap water. Finally got the waitress' attention and ordered. Had baked scallops with crispy pork belly for entree and ranger's valley rib... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2015
Shariel H
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Perth, Australia
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
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561 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Darwin, Australia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Beaut location and setting but overpriced and we were disappointed after a lot of hype about how good it is.

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char_manager, Manager at Char, responded to this review

Hi There, Thanks so much for your feedback. As we are always trying to find ways to improve here at Char, I would really appreciate further feedback as to why you were disappointed with your experience. Please feel free to email me at manager@chardarwin.com.au Kind Regards, Emily Williams Restaurant Manager More 

Deventer, The Netherlands
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

These steaks range in the top ten of best ever steaks. Cooked to perfection. No, they don't come cheap but when you have the money to spend, go there. This is one experience in life you shouldn't miss! Staff could be a bit more down to earth but that's the only remark.

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South Lake Tahoe, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

I want to start by saying the food was delicious! We were there on the 18th of May. This restaurant is very expensive. We were greeted by Mel. She was sterile and robot like. Our waitress took our order and we never saw her again, the support staff does all the work. Mel came to clear our dishes and said... More 

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Innisfail, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

My husband and I ate here while we were staying in Darwin. We thought we would be eating something special. They say they have the "best steaks in Darwin" what a let down. My husband had the rib steak on the bone and I had the eye fillet. The staff were efficient and the meal was bought out in a... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I've heard mixed reports so was pleased to finally get to Char. I was at a function for 40 people upstairs; there is no sound absorption so holding a conversation with anyone more than a person away at the table was impossible. The service was fine, unobtrusive, personable and efficient. The food definitely underwhelmed. Scallops and pork belly was poor... More 

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Perth, Australia
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Came here for dinner a few nights ago, got seated quite promptly. The restaurant was busy for a Monday night. No service for another 15-20 minutes, not even tap water. Finally got the waitress' attention and ordered. Had baked scallops with crispy pork belly for entree and ranger's valley rib fillet for mains. My meal was absolutely yum! Everything was... More 

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Port Douglas, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The food is excellent and well presented the staff are friendly and attentive. We ate inside the restaurant do to the heat outside. The reason I have not rated the place with a 5 is due to the cost, $275 for 2 people. We shared a dozen oysters and we had steak for both of our mains finished off with... More 

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I should have learnt the first time, but no I attended a second time. I can only say this place is over priced & over rated. Good service, average food, with a limited menu. I won't be going there a third time.

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Canberra, Australia
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Top quality food with excellent steaks that were cooked superbly. Good service and wait staff who knew what they were talking about and were helpful in recommending dishes. Yes it is a little on the pricey side but you get what you pay for - excellent food. Recommended for a special occasion - or (as we did) as a special... More 

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Vevey, Switzerland
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We were told this is one of the best restaurants in town but were very disappointed as it is essentially a steak restaurant, so one would have thought they would know the difference between rare and medium rare, but obviously not. We also ordered the whole baked fish which could have been delicious had it not been overcooked to the... 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: Doing business, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Local cuisine
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?