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Char Restaurant, Darwin City, AU-NT

Char Restaurant

4.3
4.3
390 Reviews
$A41 to $A100
Modern Australian
Modern Australian Steak Restaurant located on the Esplanade overlooking Darwin Harbour. Located in the historic grounds of Admiralty House is the award winning Char Restaurant and its sister restaurant located upstairs The Darwin Club.

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2 people

10:30 p.m.


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian, Steak

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (08) 8981 4544

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Cash not accepted, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Richard Brown

  • Private party facilities

    Char Restaurant can host a variety of functions with access to private dining areas. Let our functions manager take the care away from your next function

  • Neighbourhood

    Darwin City

  • Cross Street

    70 The Esplanade, Darwin City

  • Parking Details

    Ample street parking is available

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 390 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. JM

    JanaM

    Adelaide

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious steak and sauce, paired with the perfect wine, attentive service and a table by the window with a beautiful sunset. No wonder we come back again and again. Highly recommend this restaurant.
  2. h

    hemip

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food the star of the show Service was good, but has been better. Our waitress was outstanding but general staff could be inattentive, but was extremely busy Beautiful setting, but way to noisy and restaurant is now overcrowded. You have to squeeze thru diners to get to your table.

    Char RestaurantResponded 5 days agoThank you so much for taking the time to review your experience and give us some feedback. We'll take it in consideration and pass it on to our management team so we can improve for your next visit. Looking forward to welcome you back! Regards, Char Restaurant Team

  3. CP

    ChloeP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Service was great. Attentive and polite. My steak was pretty undercooked. Everyone else was pleased with their meal. Seated inside which was nice but fairly noisy, although it was a Saturday night so obviously busy.

    Char RestaurantResponded 5 days agoThank you so much for your review Chloe, we appreciate the feedback regarding the food and will pass it on to our chefs. We look forward to welcome you back soon. Warm Regards, Char Restaurant Team

  4. SA

    SarahA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the best night for my sons 21st Birthday. Ella was superb in contacting me to make sure everything was perfect - cake, balloons - all ready. Service was impeccable and the food absolutely divine 😍 Highly, highly recommend Char Restaurant!

    Char RestaurantResponded 5 days agoThank you so much for your standing review Sarah! We are delighted to hear that your Sons 21st Brithday was a success, Ella is without doubt one of our shinning stars! Looking forward to welcome you again soon! Warm regards, Char Restaurant Team

  5. FK

    FrankK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Good size side orders for two steak was cooked as requested cocktails a bit expensive

    Char RestaurantResponded 5 days agoThank you for taking the time to review your experience Frank!

  6. SJ

    StaceyJ

    Perth

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Food, we had the Patagonian Toothfish with garlic potatoes and the 300g ribeye steak with chips plus 2 bloody May oyster shots . Great service .. sang happy birthday to my husband.. We would definitely visit again if ever in Darwin.

    Char RestaurantResponded 5 days agoThank you so much for your standing review Stacey! We are delighted to hear that you enjoy your husband birthday, and we were able to make it special. Looking forward to welcome you again in your next visit to the Top End! Warm regards, Char Restaurant Team

  7. w

    waynez

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great setting with very frequent friendly service. All staff engaged and great listeners, with quick response. Had a shared meat platter. All meat was of a high quality and perfectly cooked.

    Char RestaurantResponded 5 days agoWhat an awesome review Wayne! Thank you so much for taking the time to review your experience. We very much look forward to welcoming you back! Regards, Char Restaurant Team

  8. AH

    AngelinaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the view, food presentation (and taste !) .. Highly recommend this restaurant if you want to have your date night or friends get together ❤️ Definitely try the Char’s signature chocolate mousse desert ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Char RestaurantResponded 5 days agoThank you so much for your 5 stars review Angelina! We are delighted to hear that you had a great night at Char Restaurant, the chocolate mousse is also one of our favs! Looking forward to welcome you back again soon! Regards, Char Restaurant Team

  9. K

    Kjmorris24

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10 great place to take friends and family!!!!!!

    Char RestaurantResponded 5 days agoThank you so much for leaving us such an amazing review. Great to hear you enjoyed your experience dining with us. Looking forward to welcome you back to our venue soon. Warm regards, Char Restaurant Team

  10. JH

    JenniferH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We tried the Wagyu Rump Medium Rare. It was the best steak I have ever had. the Cafe de Paris sauce was really great also.

    Char RestaurantResponded on November 21, 2022Thank you so much for leaving us such an amazing review. Great to hear you enjoyed your experience dining with us. Looking forward to welcome you back to our venue soon. Warm regards, Char Restaurant Team

  11. TR

    TaraR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always 10/10 beautiful date night 💗 Just magical with the fairy lights, delicious food and mouth watering wine

    Char RestaurantResponded on November 21, 2022Thank you so much for your standing review Tara! We are delighted to hear that you had a great date night at Char Restaurant, it's always a pleasure to having you with us. Looking forward to welcome you again in our venue. Warm Regards, Vanessa

  12. LW

    LukeW

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and cocktails. Attentive staff. Lovely atmosphere.

    Char RestaurantResponded on November 21, 2022What an awesome review Luke! Thank you so much for taking the time to review your experience. We very much look forward to welcoming you back! Regards, Vanessa

  13. PC

    PaulineC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seated indoor with walls of glass overlooking the beautiful old trees and their fairy lights. Food and service was a delight. Highly recommend!

    Char RestaurantResponded on November 14, 2022Thank you so much for the glowing review!! We loved your feedback and hope to welcome you back soon! Greetings, Char Restaurant Team

  14. P

    Phil

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    We had to wait almost an hour for dinner and it wasn’t that busy and they kept switching up what was available. 2 of us got the lamb cutlets which was $51 and they were literally all fat. I’ve never been serve lamb cutlets like that before, especially from a ‘fine dining’ restaurant. One of the desserts we had, had an off ingredient and need to send it back. The chef wanted to provide a free dessert and I asked if they could make something GF and DF which he said they couldn’t… what chef can’t whip something up with the ingredients they have to ensure it’s gf and df?? They provided a free cocktail instead. We were so disappointed with our dinner and was really looking forward to it. I don’t mind paying top dollar prices as long as the quality and service is there. Not sure we will come back here.

    Char RestaurantResponded on November 14, 2022Hi Phil, we are sorry to hear that your experience dining with us didn't achieve your expectations. I would like to apologise in name of the team, this is not the usual experience and I'm really sorry about it. Also, I would like to thank you for bringing this incident to our attention as we learn from our mistakes and take customers feedback to keep improving and offer a better experience. We ask you to don't judge us just in this interaction and come back in the future. Regards, Vanessa

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tropical QLD

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The attentive and friendly staff were the absolute highlight for me. Food was delicious and came out quickly.

    Char RestaurantResponded on November 14, 2022Thank you so much for leaving us such an amazing review. Great to hear you enjoyed your experience dinning with us. Looking forward to welcome you back to our venue soon. Warm regards, Char Restaurant Team

  16. LM

    LindaMaine

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious -- highly recommend the duck in particular.

    Char RestaurantResponded on November 7, 2022Thank you so much for the great review!! We loved your feedback and hope to welcome you back soon! Regards, Char Restaurant Team

  17. EL

    EandL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, friendly service, lovely ambience. My new favourite place

    Char RestaurantResponded on November 7, 2022Thank you so much for the glowing review!! We loved your feedback and hope to welcome you back soon! Greetings, Char Restaurant Team

  18. M

    Mick

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    I requested for a corner table for privacy as it was a special occassion for me and my wife. We were seated in an awkward positioned table. The cheeseburger i had was great. My wife’s steak though she asked for medium but was served with rare it was bloody actually. Overall i wont say its bad but we had better dinner on other restaurant.

    Char RestaurantResponded on November 7, 2022Good Afternoon, Thank you for sharing detailed review of your dining experience. We are sorry to hear that we have not met all your expectations. We always try to accommodate all our costumers requests per order of booking. We will share your feedback with our team for improvement in the future. Hope to see you again at Char Restaurant. Warm regards

  19. L

    Louised

    Northern Territ

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutley beautiful ambience, great service from professional, friendly, welcoming staff. Very good variety of wine. A new wine list is currnetly in the process of being devised. great menu. Meal beautifully presented and delicious!

    Char RestaurantResponded on November 7, 2022hank you for taking the time to leave us a review! It is lovely to hear you enjoyed your visit and we hope to welcome you back soon! Greetings, Team Char Restaurant

  20. LS

    LindaS

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We found our food choices to be excellent, I had scallops for entree and pork belly for main, both were excellent. My husband had wagyu meatballs for entree and tooth fish for main. The meatballs were delicious but the tooth fish was outstanding, The presentation was first class, the flavours and texture were exceptional. It was a meal we will remember for ever. We would recommend Char to anyone travelling to Darwin.

    Char RestaurantResponded on November 7, 2022Thank you for leaving us such a glowing review. It is always a pleasure when we hear that our guest really enjoyed their visit. We hope to welcome you back soon! Kind regards, Char Restaurant Team

  21. N

    Nohj

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location, wonderful service and magnificent food.

    Char RestaurantResponded on November 7, 2022Thank you for leaving us a 5-star review. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your dining eperience with us. We hope to welcome you back in near future! Kind regards, Char Team

  22. AG

    AdrianG

    Adelaide

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Our food was great and we will go back. Just need waiters to understand orders🤦‍♀️

    Char RestaurantResponded on November 7, 2022Hi Adrian, thank you for your review and your feedback. We've an intensive training programme for all our team so they can offer the best of the of the experiences to our guests. Regards, Char Restaurant Team

  23. MC

    MarcusC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The dinner and dining experience at Char was excellent. The food was the most enjoyable meal I have eaten in a restaurant and over the past five years. The staff were attentive and overall it was a great way for my wife and I to celebrate an important milestone.

    Char RestaurantResponded on November 7, 2022Thank you for your wonderful review Marcus! Your comments are a pleasure to read and I am so glad we could create such a welcoming environment for your dining experience with us. You are welcome any time! Warm regards, Char Restaurant Team

  24. WL

    WendyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I really liked dining here. The table was a nice distance from other diners,the service was prompt and efficient. The waitress really professional,and the food quite delicious. Overall,a very pleasant experience!

    Char RestaurantResponded on November 7, 2022Thank you so much for leaving us such an amazing review. Great to hear you enjoyed your experience from start to finish and we hope to welcome you back soon! Greetings, Char Restaurant Team

  25. LM

    LisaM

    South Australia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was absolutely amazing, you will not be disappointed. All the staff were friendly and very attentive. Highly recommend

    Char RestaurantResponded on October 31, 2022Hi Lisa, Thanks for leaving us an awesome review. I'm pleased to read that you enjoyed our food and hospitality. We look forward to welcoming back at Char Restaurant in the future. Warm regards, Char Team

  26. L

    Local

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Food okay but our meals were not worth the money. Better steaks at better prices down the road. Had to flag down a waitress for a drinks list. They were wanting our order before we got a drink. It was a birthday dinner for my partner. Very noisy. Overall okay but nothing special.

    Char RestaurantResponded on October 31, 2022Hi there, We are sorry to hear that your experience dining with us didn't achieve your expectations. We place a great emphasis on our food & service and always strive to deliver a top experience to everyone who dines with us. It seems like missed the mark with you and I apologise for that. We hope you give another chance on the future and not judge just on this interaction. Warm regards, Char Team

  27. CO

    CindyO

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food with great service

    Char RestaurantResponded on October 31, 2022Hi Cindy, Thanks for the awesome review. We're stoked you had a great time dining with us and you enjoyed the food and service. Looking forward to welcome you back. Regards, Char Restaurant team

  28. AK

    AnnaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a very enjoyable night out & really enjoyed our meal. Compliments to the chef & staff

    Char RestaurantResponded on October 24, 2022A big thank you from all the team for your incredible review Anna! We couldn't be happier to hear that you enjoyed your night out with us. Looking forward to welcome you again! Regards, Char Team

  29. LF

    LaurenF

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The steaks were cooked perfectly and were ‘melt in your mouth’ delicious. The blue dressing salad dressing was also very tasty!

    Char RestaurantResponded on October 24, 2022Wow Lauren! Thank you so much for your stunning review. Looking forward to welcome you again at Char Restaurant. Warm Regards, Char Team

  30. S

    Snazzy

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous service! We felt welcome as soon as we walked in. Amazing food and a considered wine list.

    Char RestaurantResponded on October 24, 2022Thank you so much for your amazing review Snazzy! Looking forward to welcome you again at Char Restaurant!

  31. M

    Merz

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and incredible service I would definitely be back

    Char RestaurantResponded on October 17, 2022Thanks for your incredible review regarding our food and service. We look forward to welcome you again in our venue.

  32. a

    alistairb

    Adelaide

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service!

    Char RestaurantResponded on October 17, 2022Thanks for your 5 stars review Alistair!

  33. DR

    DarleenR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quality and delicious food. Attentive and friendly staff. A wonderful venue for the entire family.

    Char RestaurantResponded on October 13, 2022Thank you so much for your amazing review Darleen. We look forward to welcome you again in our venue. Regards, Char Restaurant Team

  34. EG

    EllyG

    Sunshine Coast

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    We were looking forward to dining at Char after hearing great reports. Unfortunately, we did not find the experience particularly great. Firstly, the garlic bread was horrendous. The risotto was far to rich and lacked the creaminess and flavour of Parmesan. Ten spoonfuls later and my husband had enough, far too intense. Thank goodness the pork belly did not disappoint. Please offer a glass with a stubby, especially at a quality restaurant.

    Char RestaurantResponded on October 13, 2022Hi Elly, we are sorry to hear that your experience dinning with us didn't achieve your expectations. We source our produce from the best locations in Australia and carefully cooked it to provide and oustanding experience. We are sorry to hear that it wasn't your experience. Regards, Char Team

  35. KS

    KellyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful old building with lovely outdoor seating under a massive old trees indoor seating also good, great food and excellent service

    Char RestaurantResponded on October 13, 2022Thank you so much for your amazing review Kelly, we look forward to welcome you again in your next visit. Regards, Char Team

  36. M

    Melissa81

    Northern Territ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    This was our 2nd time dining at Char this year. We were disappointed on the 1st go but had an amazing experience the 2nd time around. The tempura oysters, pork belly & banoffee dessert were the winners for me. Service was quick & we would definitely go back again. I would highly recommend Char for a romantic date night.

    Char RestaurantResponded on October 13, 2022Hi Melissa, thank you so much for your review and for giving us another chance. We can't be happier to read that you had a great experience dinning with us. Looking forward to welcome you back. Regards, Char Team

  37. KD

    KDarwin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Food we ordered was ok, nothing special for the price - their service is excellent though (i would recommend not ordering your main until after you have finished your entree otherwise you will be in and out in 45 mins)

    Char RestaurantResponded on October 13, 2022Hi K, thanks for your review and your feedback regarding food and drinks. Our service is normally relaxed and slightly slower, it should have been a really quite night to have finished your dinner that quick. Next time, please indicate your waiter that you would like to wait more for your mains and we will happily accommodate your requirements. Looking forward to your next visit. Regards, Char Team

  38. R

    Robbio

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had main meals and desserts. Exciting range of WAGYU cuts or meals incorporating Wagyu. Both selections very good. Sides as extras varied and compatible with selections. Desserts of Affogato ended on a high note. Ambiance wonderful. Window table to watch beautiful sunset. Staff knowledgeable and attentive, without being overbearing.

    Char RestaurantResponded on October 13, 2022Hi Robbio, Thank you so much for your amazing review. We are really happy to hear that you enjoyed our selection of wagyu and the whole dinner experience. Looking forward to welcome you again. Regards, Char team

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northern Territ

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you again Char for a fabulous dinner ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Char RestaurantResponded on October 13, 2022Thank you so much for your 5 stars review!

  40. JC

    JanC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Beautiful venue. But very noisy as everyone was inside due to rain.

    Char RestaurantResponded on October 13, 2022Hi Jan, Thank you so much for your incredible review, we are sorry that the rain changed your experience in our venue. Looking forward to seeing you next time in a sunny rain season day. Regards, Char Team

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Char Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 390 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 p.m.


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for Char Restaurant

70 Esplanade, Darwin City, AU-NT 0800

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    70 The Esplanade, Darwin City

  • Neighbourhood

    Darwin City

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Ample street parking is available

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Cash not accepted, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Richard Brown

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (08) 8981 4544

  • Private party facilities

    Char Restaurant can host a variety of functions with access to private dining areas. Let our functions manager take the care away from your next function

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