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70 Esplanade, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800, Australia
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Open now
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Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wed - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Fabulous meals and great service in a perfect spot. Enjoy a meal and a walk along the esplanade. Is a little pricey tho, but perfect spot to go for a special date.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Certainly not 5 *, more like 2. Waited nearly 1 hour for dinner to arrive after entrees. Everything overpriced for what you get. Overall every1 (group of 9) very disappointed- a really terrible experience. Steaks good, fish tasteless. Waiter advised us it was not a nice place to work. Avoid at all costs.

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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the only restaurant we could find open on a Monday night and so we booked a table. Although the food was ok it wasn't anything special and I didn't think the price was justified. The food is good but the price is out of sink for what you are receiving. There were three of us and we had... More 

Thank James G
Sydney, Australia
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79 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed birthday dinner at Char, steak dishes not cheap, but the meat was delicious and cooked to order. Service was good and waitress attentive; would go again but not at this time of the year, too noisy inside; dry season much nicer ambience outside under the trees.

Thank shellj0
Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best in Darwin .... best service ..... best food ..... best meal I've had...... best steak.... and an excellent waiter from France made for a beautiful dinner and experience Highly recommend

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Melbourne, Australia
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169 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You will see a common theme through all the reviews - Char is expensive. When you do everything brilliantly you can afford to be expensive. But when you consistently deliver flaws then the patron is left underwhelmed and disappointed. That was the case with my meal. Two steaks were served and neither were as asked. The accompanying mash as a... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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77 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a nice evening dinner and we were not disappointed, quality food and quick service. Steaks were done perfectly and the appetizer was nice. The wine list is extensive and we had a nice Shiraz . The only criticism was the price that we had to pay - aged beef though. Recommended!

Thank Caius P
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Whilst it is a great environment I found the means to be off balance. You can't order a balanced meal, you order a main and then ideally you should order a variety of sides.. Otherwise you'll be stuck eating a meal of fish/meat all on its own. I found the food to be bland and very expensive.

Thank Elleni T
Palmerston, Australia
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Char is an expensive restaurant. It specialises in fine steaks and seafood. A waitress will explain the meat types and the suggested cooking styles by the chef with a tray of the different meat cuts available. The steak was tender and cooked well enough to be rare but not raw! Wine can be purchased by the bottle or glass. A... More 

Thank Roger J
Darwin, Australia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sophisticated upmarket foodie zone that can be the ideal place to suit most reasons that marks your occasion to celebrate and splash out! love their oysters! steak menu is excellent! Extensive wine menu to match and the staff know their stuff! can be presumed to be pompous, but its not. Get to know what this restaurant is about, they do... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Steakhouse, Australian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Scenic view, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 70 Esplanade, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Northern Territory  >  Top End  >  Darwin
  • Phone Number: 0889814544

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