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179 Howard St, Boone, NC 28607
+1 828-266-2179
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Ranked #55 of 126 restaurants in Boone
Price range: $7 - $25
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Char -a Spacious, Unique Contemporary Bistro in Downtown Boone, serving Modern American Cuisine including Fried Calamari, Crab Bisque, Black & Bleu Salad, Turkey & Brie Sandwich, Fish & Chips, Burgers, Fish Tacos, Shrimp & Grits and Angus Steaks- char grilled to perfection. Covered Deck, 2 Stylish indoor dining areas and a Sleek Modern Bar featuring 5 flat-screen TVs. Nightly entertainment. GLUTEN-FREE & VEGETARIAN Friendly. Upscale Cuisine -Casual Prices. Margarita Mondays: $.35 Wings. $4 Margaritas.Mar'Tini Tuesdays: 1/2 priced selected Martinis & $6 Pizza & a Pint. Wine Down Wednesdays: 1/2 priced selected bottles of wines. Sunday Brunch includes Huevos Rancheros, Crabcake Benedict & more. Come join us at Char for....... Food • Drinks • Music • Art • Fun
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69 reviews from our community

66% Recommend
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West Jefferson, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

First the positive which was the service. Sat us promptly and food came quickly. The crab bisque was delicious but was cold, Steaks asked to be cooked medium were rare and were very fatty. Portions of other dinners were small for the $ they charge. All in all not a pleasant meal. Will not return.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The first night we ate at the restaurant the food was very good and the service was above average. We were a little disappointed that they ran out of trout and never served us bread but other than that we had a good experience. So we decided to head back. What a mistake the second time around was. We had... More

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Huntersville, North Carolina
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

My husband and I recently were in Boone for our anniversary. We ended up at Char for a late afternoon lunch, probably 2:30. The weather was great so we sat outside and enjoyed the band on the patio. Considering there were only a few other diners the service was a little slow. We were in no hurry so it did... More

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Port Richey, Florida, USA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

My wife and I stopped in this beautiful college town for the night after driving up the Blue Ridge Parkway. We did not have internet access to check Trip Advisor to check out where to eat. We drove around and decided to have dinner at Char, food was fantastic, all freshly made from scratch. Service was friendly and their advice... More

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North Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

My family stopped in for lunch while visiting Boone over the Memorial Day weekend. I liked the ambience of the place, and the front porch seating was nice although there's no view (unless you like looking at dumpsters while you eat). Sevice was rather slow, but our waiter explained they were short-handed so that's forgivable--things happen sometimes. Decent beer selection,... More

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Raleigh, NC
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119 reviews 119 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

I recently attended my daughters graduation at App State. It also fell on Mothers Day. We had a reservation at Char and they did take us on time to our table. There were 8 of us. The food was fine..actually the shrimp and grits were really good but the rest was ok. However, it took well over an hour for... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We recently went to Char for our son's college graduation. We had a great experience there, and it was all we could have hoped for. The hostesses were so welcoming, and our waitress was delightful - very responsive and attentive. The food was delicious and offered a great variety for our 9 year old to 83 year old palettes. It... More

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Miami, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

We went to Char for New Year's Eve dinner while visiting Boone that week. They had a 5 course menu for the fantastic price of $49 pp. The food was surprisingly very good, although the wine list left something to be desired.

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

A few friends and I went to Char for drinks and were very disappointed in the service we received. There were no other patrons there except our group and yet we still seemed to be the last priority. Two friends in our group had bragged about their past experiences and were both frustrated that this visit was not enjoyable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

My first time here and I was very pleased. Our server was great and the food was great. I had the ravioli du jour and I loved it. The only thing I can say negative is that it was a little loud but they had 2 big parties that no one could control. Will def go back.

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