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Char Restaurant

Average price $105
8/10
154 reviews

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Scores & Reviews

Very good
8/10
based on 154 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Food :7.6/10
Service :8.1/10
Setting :8.6/10
  1. Jesse M.
    • one review
    8.75/10

    The only issue I had the entire night was the heat inside, which is understandable in Darwin during the wet season. Other than that we loved everything and would highly recommend.

  2. Maddison C.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    All the staff were so friendly and the atmosphere was amazing and perfwct for my romantic date.

  3. A A.
    • 259 reviews
    9.25/10

    Wonderful venue with a wine list to applaud & very friendly service

  4. A A.
    • 261 reviews
    8.75/10

    Each person enjoyed their meal flavours but really the portion sizes could be a bit bigger. The ravioli was quite small in serving. The steak with lentils needed something like a bed of mash. The risotto could have been slightly larger. Steaks were really nice but the potato bake lacked richness. Can’t believe the banoffee pie is off the menu, it was the main reason I chose the restaurant for my birthday dinner. Sticky date just could not match it.

  5. Susan T.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Fabulous last night experience. Fined twice at Char during our seven day visit. Excellent both times. Highly recommend.

  6. Susan T.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Best fresh snapper and barramundi we have ever tasted. Home made wagyu spring rolls super tasty. Ambience. Views. Great service.

  7. Jai P.
    • one review
    9/10

    The food was amazing and the best we have had in darwin!

  8. Louise d.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Nicholas's service was outstanding. He was very professional friendly and efficient. The fish of the day was superb, beautifully presented and delicious. The recommended wine complimented this gorgeous meal. great ambience .

  9. A A.
    • 248 reviews
    6/10

    Char was highly recommend to us by good friends. Unfortunately, out experience was not that great. While the steak was excellent, the ravioli was over- salted and the 2 X risottos were cold and had to be returned to be re-done. While the waitstaff were outwardly friendly, they were rather supercilious in their attitude. We also told them when booking that we were there for a special occasion and this was ignored. This is not a cheap restaurant and we specifically chose Char on recommendation to celebrate a special occasion and that it did not live up to its promise is disappointing.

  10. A A.
    • 257 reviews
    10/10

    Great atmosphere, book an outside table.

  11. Stephen M.
    • 8 reviews
    8/10

    Nice to see 2 Sparkling Shiraz options

  12. A A.
    • 243 reviews
    7.75/10

    A beautiful location with professional service and nicely presented food. However, for the price, the food was quite underwhelming. The scallop entree did not work with vanilla (though they scallops were cooked beautifully), the octopus with warm potato salad was not warm at all - again, cooked beatifully but lacked flavour. The steaks were flavoursome and cooked to perfection but the accompanying dauphinoise tasted like pure nutmeg and the red wine jus was runny and bland. It was OK - but honestly, The Cav & Telegraph (Mantra) offer better value, size and flavour.

  13. A A.
    • 276 reviews
    8.5/10

    Overall very satisfied

  14. A A.
    • 263 reviews
    9.25/10

    Great restaurant, but expensive.

  15. Susanne M.
    • one review
    8.5/10

    Beautiful view of sunset, good food

  16. Deb S.
    • one review
    3.5/10

    Terrible service Very ordinary food

  17. Robyn S.
    • 3 reviews
    4/10

    What a major disappointment, group of friends meeting for the last time for a long time to be greeted with a pre booked table not ready. The fish meals some were good, others barely cooked and one raw. The replacement was sent out way after we had all finished to find the replacement fish raw again. The wine list ridiculously over priced. COMPLETELY DISAPPOINTING ??

  18. A A.
    • 250 reviews
    4.75/10

    Food is average, position and setting is great. Its ok to charge 300% markup for wine is the food quality is there however it isn't. Would not recommend

  19. A A.
    • 282 reviews
    8.25/10

    Eftpos machine wasn't working $200 bill luckily we had cash

  20. Rob K.
    • one review
    6.75/10

    Had a difficult time with booking, having to confirm & reconfirm via email, phone, then when I called to arrange so wine, they couldn't find our booking. Service was excellent, my steak was cold, my wife enjoyed her barra. Did not enjoy the art in rest rooms (male & female), too toxic male for 2019. I guess that is the theme tho with references to masculine cocktails and the restaurant being where the power deals are done in Darwin. Bit of a "Wolf of Wall Street" theme going on.

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How to get to the restaurant

70 The Esplanade, 0800, Darwin City, Australia

About the restaurant

Nice to meat you...

Be it an intimate meal for two, a formal business lunch or a night out with friends, Char Restaurant is the place to be seen. This unique and contemporary venue is truly one of a kind, delivering fresh local produce and innovative cuisine coupled with exceptional service and style. The restaurant itself is set in the grounds of the beautiful Admiralty House making it a stunning tranquil location for all occasions.

The obvious thing to order is steak or seafood - both are prepared and presented to absolute perfection - chosen by esteemed restaurateur John Kilroy. Although the a la carte menu is very enticing desserts are also worth saving room for… there’s chocolate indulgence, creme brulee, banoffee pie plus a selection of cheeses!

Best dish: steak of course !

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