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Char Steak House

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777 US Highway 202 North, Raritan, NJ 08869 (First Avenue)
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Spring Lake, New Jersey
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been to the best steak houses all over the world – from New York – Aruba – Sarasota – St. Maarten – Red Bank – and Char is horrible – over-priced and the service was horrible. My 18 year old sons asked for rare – the waitress argued with them and brought them medium rare. My four teen-aged... More 

Thank Skippy S
New Jersey
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22 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This can be a very pricey restaurant if you have appetizers, a main course, dessert and alcoholic drinks - but every time I've been there, it's been worth it (been there 5 times for dinner with my husband). The side dishes are VERY big and filling -- I always have the mac and cheese :). The steaks are very good... More 

Thank ParenthoodNJ
Princeton, New Jersey
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196 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Steaks were good, we had bone in rib eye, bone in filet, several filets, salmon, and a veal chop that was not on the menu. Place was hoping. very busy Saturday evening. Steaks are good. priced under a Ruth's. (& should be). Satisfied. Not deserving of mediocre ratings, but not great either. service friendly and good.

1 Thank Randy J
Princeton, New Jersey
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46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

Char is our 'go-to' place for that special occasion, since it's going to run $200-$250 for two. The steaks are good, but not superb. The outside dining is always a treat...except when the kitchen help spends 20 minutes trying -unsuccessfully- to light 4 propane patio heaters at 8 pm. They are banging propane tanks around, pushing switches, making noise... while... More 

1 Thank johnmac999
Washington, New Jersey
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

We just came back from having dinner there for the first time. Food and service was just okay. The bill was nearly $300 for 4 of us, no alcohol. Two of us had steak which was nothing special. Don't think we will be going back.

2 Thank Maria C
Somerville, New Jersey
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

Went here to celebrate birthday. Bar is okay but can't get my frozen Margarita here. Everything is separate so your meal becomes pricey but you won't leave hungry. Expect to bring home a doggy bag.

Thank LolaPorter
New Jersey
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52 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

We had dinner here last evening, and if we had read the reviews here we probably would never had made a reservation...but we are glad we did. We have been meaning to try Char since it opened, and finally did last night. My GF has the specialty cocktail of the evening (can't recall what they called it but it had... More 

Thank DanHNewJersey
Rochester, New York
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60 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016 via mobile

Had a Kentucky 43 cocktail and blue crab sliders. Both were tasty but not stunning. Sliders were a generous portion of three with a good consistency and plenty of crab. Cole slaw was sub par buy the fries that also came with it were above. It's exceptionally pricy, even for central NJ. But I recommend it for a special occasion... More 

Thank JMWC2002
south river,nj
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109 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

Went here for Mothers day with the family at the recommendation of other family members that have been to this high end chain. First the positives-The wait staff was professional and pleasant, our waiter was very friendly and helpful. The décor was lovely and the lighting inside was relaxing. As far as the food, nothing was impressive. I had a... More 

1 Thank dragonladyrvrr
Houston, Texas
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76 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

Ate there with a group of people. I was a bit put off when the man next to me ordered a well done steak and the waitress refused. She stated that medium rare was the only way they will serve a steak. I like medium rare red bloody juicy steaks and so it was perfect for me but painful for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$40 - $60
American, Steakhouse
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Business meetings, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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

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