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AustralianFine Dining

Char Restaurant

Average price $105
7.8/10
154 reviews

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Average price $105 Special request

The chef recommends...

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Pappardelle with wagyu ragout and egg yolk, creamy mushroom sauce, bonito flakes
$42

Ratings & Reviews

7.8/10
based on 154 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after making a booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Quality of food :7.3/10
Service :7.9/10
Setting :8.6/10
  1. David R.
    David R.
    • one review
    3/10

    Really disappointed that this restaurant has declined so fast since my last visit to Darwin 6 months earlier. The food although still expensive was really dry (for the steak) and cold for the vegetables. Nobody came back to the table to ask how our food was - so we mentioned it when paying the bill at the end. The care factor was none existent which made us think that they are very used to receiving complaints. Won't be back.

  2. Jesse M.
    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.

  3. Maddison C.
    Maddison C.
    • one review
    9.5/10

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

    Char Restaurant

    We were delighted to read that your night went well and that you enjoyed all aspects of your romantic visit. We look forward to welcoming you back to Char Restaurant Darwin in the future. Kind regards,

  4. A A.
    A A.
    • 256 reviews
    10/10

    A must-visit restaurant in Darwin!

    Char Restaurant

    Thank you for taking the time to review our Restaurant. Its indeed a pleasure to read succinct, to-the-point comments such as these and the team was delighted to receive them. We look forward to welcoming you back to Char Restaurant in the not too distant future. Kind regards,

  5. A A.
    A A.
    • 262 reviews
    9.25/10

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

  6. Richard D.
    Richard D.
    • one review
    5.25/10

    Beautiful location for a sunset but the food was overpriced and very average. Even the waiter was laughing at our $199 bill for one starter 2 mains one dessert a half bottle of wine and a cocktail.

  7. A A.
    A A.
    • 267 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.

  8. Susan T.
    Susan T.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

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

  9. Susan T.
    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.

    Char Restaurant

    Susan, Thank you so much for your great review, obviously the Chef is delighted to read your comments on the fresh fish you enjoyed on the night. Coupled with your comments regarding ambience, views and service, it pretty much ticks all the boxes for us which we again thank you for. We are therefore looking forward to welcoming you back to Char Restaurant Darwin in the not too distant future. Kind regards,

  10. Jai P.
    Jai P.
    • one review
    9/10

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

  11. Louise d.
    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 .

    Char Restaurant

    We are delighted that you have enjoyed the food and service including the wine pairing. We will certainly pass on your comments to Nicolas. Many thanks for completing this survey.

  12. A A.
    A A.
    • 252 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.

  13. A A.
    A A.
    • 258 reviews
    10/10

    Great atmosphere, book an outside table.

    Char Restaurant

    Many thanks for reviewing our Restaurant. We agree, at this type of year (Dry Season) its especially nice to dine outdoors in Darwin. We suggest an outdoor table in the 30's, 40's or 50's sections are our 'poll position' and to be booked early.

  14. Stephen M.
    Stephen M.
    • 8 reviews
    8/10

    Nice to see 2 Sparkling Shiraz options

    Char Restaurant

    Thank you for your kind comment regarding our wine selection. We look forward to welcoming you back to Char Darwin in the future to enjoy another sparkling Shiraz.

  15. A A.
    A A.
    • 244 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.

    Char Restaurant

    We were sorry to read your review of your recent dining experience with us but also appreciated the positives you highlighted from the night. In an effort to improve our services we recently changed the A' La Carte menu and have been having some level of success with the new version from regular diners. However, we are still tweaking aspects of this, still experimenting as to what works consistently and as is evident with your useful thoughts in the review, we still need to try harder. Many thanks for your feedback.

  16. A A.
    A A.
    • 277 reviews
    8.5/10

    Overall very satisfied

    Char Restaurant

    Many thanks for your positive review. Its only through processes like this (good & bad) that we get to evaluate our F & B services. We look forward to to you joining us again next time. Best regards, Char Restaurant

  17. A A.
    A A.
    • 267 reviews
    9.25/10

    Great restaurant, but expensive.

    Char Restaurant

    Thanks for the review. We do feel that our pricing is reflected in the quality produce that we offer but we appreciate the feedback. Great to hear that you enjoyed your experience and we hope to see you again!

  18. Susanne M.
    Susanne M.
    • one review
    8.5/10

    Beautiful view of sunset, good food

    Char Restaurant

    Thanks for the great review Susanne! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience and hope to see you again.

  19. Deb S.
    Deb S.
    • one review
    3.5/10

    Terrible service Very ordinary food

    Char Restaurant

    Thanks for taking the time to leave a review Deb and sorry that you felt disappointed. I will certainly pass your feedback to the team. If you could provide addtional feedback about what you ate and the service I would appreciate you reaching out to operations@bv.net.au so we can get a better picture of what needs to be addressed. Thank you and apologies again.

  20. Robyn S.
    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 ??

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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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