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Char Steak House

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777 US Highway 202 North, Raritan, NJ 08869 (First Avenue)
Raritan stop on the New Jersey Transit Raritan Valley Line.
9087071777
Today
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 48
    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Consistently Quite Good

We have been here several times over the past few years...never disappointed. The outdoor area is very nicely done and inviting on a warm evening. Service has always been top notch. The meats are cooked correctly and are flavorful and tender. The seafood platter for starter is Manhattan quality.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
Frank P
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Princeton, New Jersey
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Princeton, New Jersey
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146 reviews 146 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

We have been here several times over the past few years...never disappointed. The outdoor area is very nicely done and inviting on a warm evening. Service has always been top notch. The meats are cooked correctly and are flavorful and tender. The seafood platter for starter is Manhattan quality.

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Easton, Pennsylvania
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49 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Recently had a very pleasant dinner here. Restaurant has pleasing amenities, service was better than satisfactory. Bring a sack of money: this ain't Burger King. Food was quite tasty. It was what I expected; my return is assured.

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Fairfield, New Jersey
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31 reviews 31 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Several times a year my wife and I have dinner with my best friend and his wife, who moved from northern New Jersey to New Hope, PA. Char is equidistant from our homes. I am an aficionado of steak houses. While Char does not serve quite as good a steak as the River Palm which I believe is much better... More 

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10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

The filet here was very tender and delicious, but also expensive. The food was very good and the service was great - just be ready for the price.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I've been to Char's multiple times for business dinners and every time they never disappoint. The steaks are always incredible, the service is top notch and the drinks are always done very well! The Manager remembers me and is always welcoming with a smile, the bartenders and the wait staff have always had excellent service, and the ambiance creates a... More 

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Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
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46 reviews 46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a classic steakhouse with a range of steaks and then other dishes in case someone in the party doesn't like steak. The food is fine, but it's not particularly imaginative or exciting which given the cost of the food means I'd rate is as average. With a couple of galsses of wine dinner is about $100-$130 per person.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The hostess with the mostest actually needs more clothes and better fashion sense! What a turn off to be welcomed (with children present) by creases of someones private parts because they're dressed so minimally, courtesy of Fredericks of Hollywood. In general the food was *okay* but how can you mess up garlic mashed? Cold, dry potatoes....not good. And my $50... More 

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New York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Went to this great restaurant with my husband and another dear friend. We all had excellent meals-- steaks and veal chop cooked to perfection. Attentive wait staff. They even brought us a small chocolate mousse cake gratis. Excellent wine choices by the glass. Pricey, but a place for special occasions. Loud on a Saturday night, but we were happy to... More 

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Garwood, New Jersey
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6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Went to Char for my birthday. Craving a nice juicy steak. Ample parking. The place was packed but we didn't have to wait long to be seated. The service and the ambience was top notch. The food was a little pricey, but I didn't mind( I wasn't picking up the tab). Only complaint-a bottle of wine was way over priced.

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Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We went for an early Valentine's dinner and dropped close to $200. Complaint #1: They didn't really give you much wine for $14.00/glass. Complaint #2: They gave all the other women carnations - we had to ask them what was going on. Yes, they were very gracious and brought one over, but I didn't get how they missed us in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 777 US Highway 202 North, Raritan, NJ 08869
    (First Avenue)
  • Public Transportation: Raritan stop on the New Jersey Transit Raritan Valley Line.
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Raritan
  • Phone Number: 9087071777

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 40 - 60
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
Open Hours
Sunday
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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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?