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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
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wed - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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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  • 199
    Excellent
  • 154
    Very good
  • 96
    Average
  • 43
    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
Most recent review
Worth the wait for table on a Wednesday night

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
lukebutler1954
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Maleny, 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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Maleny, Australia
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

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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Darwin, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Staff were good meeting and greeting and helping with choices etc. I expected a lbit more for,price, maybe the steak is the best, I didn't have however other food was average. I asked for a cocktail well it took ages no one seemed that interested in selling cocktails. O h well plenty of other places to dine in Darwin. Noisy... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

My favourite place to eat in Darwin. Service is friendly and efficient and the vibe is happening but not too noisy or hectic. Definitely go the oysters with horse radish sorbet - amazing.

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char_manager, Manager at Char, responded to this review

Thanks! Glad you had such an enjoyable experience! We look forward to seeing you again. More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Given its reputation and the expensive meals, I expected far more. The food was poor, the service was slow and unhelpful. I won't be going back.

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Darwin
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

It's not quite the best dining experience in Darwin, but still it well worth a visit. The steaks are good - cooked as you like them - and the seafood it also well worth trying. I would go again but think it's a bit too expensive..

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Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I visited here for business and so had a quick dinner on my way back to my hotel. The service was great and the fish selection amazing. I had Barramundi and it was delicious. The wine list is good and the wait staff knew a little about matching to you chosen dishes. I would recommend a visit

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Brisbane, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

It was our last night in Darwin and this was a restaurant that I had always wanted to go to. Lived up to all expectations. Idyllic position on the Esplanade, food was great and the service was fantastic. Would highly recommend.

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Darwin, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The food is very very good at Char and so is the ambiance. It is a lovely place for a celebration or nice meal out. The service can range from good to completely rubbish however. In the 5 times we have been 3 times that service was unacceptably bad, impacting a great night. On one occasion the service was inexcusably... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Pages missing from the wine list. Asking twice whether the table was ready. Received the wrong meal. Being charged for the meals we did not want cause the waitress left them on the table. Being charged $28 for 8 bread rolls - are you kidding! Undercooked grissly steak. The Manager not prepared to discuss anything. Yeh, great night! Oh yes,... More 

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Holt, Norfolk
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162 reviews 162 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

I chose to eat outside and service was excellent. The steaks are a good size and great quality. The presentation on the plate was good. It was a certainly my favourite place in Darwin and good value.

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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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?