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“special evening”
Review of CHAR bar and grill

CHAR bar and grill
Ranked #22 of 16,925 Restaurants in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $44 - $117
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: South Bund
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“special evening”
Reviewed November 10, 2012

Wonderful views from both Bar and Grill. The outside bar on the 30th floor with views over the river is a unique experience. Great food by Julie the Head Chef.

Visited October 2012
5 Thank Barry T
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English first
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Overpriced for poor quality food - avoid”
Reviewed November 4, 2012 via mobile

First, the pluses:

Roof-top bar has a good view.

Servers at least tried.

Now for the rest:

- wine list is way overpriced, even for Shanghai, for young wines. $300+ for a Burgundy under 5 years old, AOC only, no specific vineyard, not 1re or grand cru.

- bait and switch on the wine list - advertise an older vintage, deliver a younger one, no mention of the vintage mismatch when the wine is displayed.

- steak so tough that I could not cut it with the supplied knife that they made a big deal of presenting. Steak was full of gristle that gets caught between your teeth once you manage to saw through the meat

- lobster that my wife ordered was delivered cold

- did not deliver my entree

- I would give 1 star for the food, but it didn't poison me so I am being generous and giving two. I guess I can tip my hat at the bread at the beginning of the meal, it was good

- Shanghai is full of good places to eat. Even Bund view places with inflated prices but good food. Go there, not here.

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Thank MyrdinPotter
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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great dining experience”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

Sensational views. Delicious food. Great team and service. With a great wine list. Loved the selection of salts and choice of international steak knives. Nice touch! My husband ordered the 1kg tomahawk... Just for himself!

Visited September 2012
8 Thank NatalieShang
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Singapore, Singapore
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“The greatest bar in Shanghai”
Reviewed October 16, 2012

What I understand the night life in Shanghai, you will never have both the amazing view, drinks and service at the same time…CHAR is an exception.
There’s a unique view from the south bund and overlooking to the historical 1920’s building as well as the commercial towels located in Pudong, it just fabulous and spectacular.
It seems that they are still busy on Monday night, we are unable to find a table on the rooftop terrace when we arrived, but a little girl suggest us to begin with couple of glasses inside and kindly informed us the table is available outside right after the drinks have been served. Overall the service is very attentive, and we were given 2 pieces of scarf from maitre d’hotel who also helps us on choosing their signature cocktails.
Yes, for those who are tied with cosmopolitan, maitai, Singapore sling etc…I was recommended and really enjoyed the <French Decadence> which was made up by fresh herbs, peppercorn and different juices. House wines are also tasty and value for money.
Then just discovered the steak house down stairs and definitely will try my next stay in Shanghai

  • Visited October 2012
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10 Thank PeggyCheong
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Shanghai, China
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139 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
“Char a must go”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

near the bund in the very trendy Indigo Hotel, Great restaurant, excellent service. the stake it's soooooo good you can eat it on its own no need to add a thing, they give you option to choose your cuttlery, and up to 7 different type of salts... we are there almost every week. You can finish by walking upstairs to the Lounge which have amazing views to the Pudong side and the Huangpu river.

Visited October 2012
10 Thank Nala1111
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