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“Best salad bar around!... not to mention... super fish!”

Chart House Restaurant
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Ranked #8 of 436 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $40 - $60
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: New Haven
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“Best salad bar around!... not to mention... super fish!”
Reviewed May 20, 2008

Best salad bar around!... not to mention... super fish!

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Orlando, Florida
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57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Excellent Seafood – best of a chain!”
Reviewed May 1, 2008

Some chains are often inconsistent in terms of food or service - this one The Charthouse chain, does it better than most. We love to eat at the one in Annapolis, down on 2cnd Street, and have enjoyed eating in the chain from Miami to Maine - but then are we so often and regularly disappointed with the staff’s attitude at our closest one, our ‘local’ in Daytona.

But this one in Melbourne excels! We used to eat there before the ‘big’ hurricane blew away all the decks and outside seating, watching the yachts sail out just feet from your table, smelling that sea air that zests the appetite. It is even better nowadays, and has even managed to keep some of its well-trained staff for a long time – and that shows in the service here. Food quality is pretty consistent around the whole chain but there is the service here in Melbourne that makes everything taste better! While there is usually good parking it is a very pleasant stroll from downtown if that is where you are staying. Just enough to sharpen the appetite – the best of sauces!

…. and that fabulous view of water, docks and boats.

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East Orlando, FL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
“Excellent Seafood”
Reviewed March 24, 2008

The sad reality is, despite being surrounded by water, it is very difficult to find consistently fresh and well-prepared seafood in Central Florida. Chart house doesn't disappoint.

On my most recent visit, I was greeted promptly by the valet staff and ushered to my table in short order despite being 10 minutes late to the reservation. The server was attentive and offered numerous suggestions for wine and appetizers.

We all settled on a Sauvignon Blanc and got some crab stuffed mushrooms and Calamari. Both were very fresh though lacking in sodium chloride.

I ordered the Wahoo grilled and the salad bar. My wife ordered the black grouper grilled and my other guests ordered the Snapper Hemingway and a filet mignon, respectively.

The salad bar was really nice. The greens were fresh and the plates were cold. There was a wide selection of top notch items on the salad bar, even caviar.

All of the dinner selections were excellent. My Wahoo was about the freshest I have had and my wife reports that her grouper was also very fresh and expertly prepared. We all ordered some extra creamed spinach for a side item and the spinach was very nice. My guests thoroughly enjoyed their entrees - the snapper hemingway was sublime and the filet mignon was perfectly prepared to the requested medium.

Two of us opted to share a lava cake, which was well worth it.

With friendly, attentive, unpretentious service, a clean restaurant, fresh food, a great view of porpoises and pelicans gorging themselves on the river's bounties, we could not see any negatives during our evening.

I will gladly be back.

Originality: 9/10
Price: 7/10 ($50 each including wine, dessert, appetizers)
Fresh Food: 10/10
Plating/Presentation: 6/10
Service: 10/10
Taste: 10/10
Atmosphere: 8/10

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“Great location and a nice chain restaurant.”
Reviewed February 24, 2008

Great location and a nice chain restaurant.

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“We go here on our Anniversary.”
Reviewed December 24, 2007

We go here on our Anniversary.

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