Char Restaurant

4.1
19 reviews
$41 to $100
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.

Offers

  • Early Diners Special - Free Drink on Arrival

    Multiple dates available

    Fri - Sat 5:30 PM - 9:45 PM

    Early Diners Special. Bookings made at 5:30pm Friday and Saturday nights will include a complimentary drink on arrival. Choice of soft drink, basic spirit, draught beer or house wine. One Drink Per Person. RSA Applies.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
What 19 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.1based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.1
Service
4.3
Ambience
3.8
Value
Noise · Energetic
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EbonyZ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Prices are reasonable, food is absolutely amazing, a little slow with the drinks service but overall it was a fantastic dining experience.

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Johno
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sensational location and excellent service and superb steaks 👍

DM
DavidM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Everything was really very good. I made the mistake of ordering a glass of house wine after we'd finished our bottle. It was like kerosene however it was replaced without a quibble. Considering the availability of good cheap wine I'm unsure as to why a good restaurant would even have a terrible house wine like this in their cellar. I'd go back here without any hesitation

RC
RoyC
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service... wonderful outdoor setting and food excellent

RS
RobertS
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Noise levels were very high inside. Would therefore have been better to be dining outside, but that option was not available. Otherwise, the dining experience justified prices which were a little expensive.

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OleWiggers
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect friendly staff, highly to recommend!
Next booking done already! 😉

NT
NTFoodie
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Quality of food was good. Wait staff knew that we had a person with a seafood allergy after I stopped them from mentioning the seafood specials for the day. Staff did come back each time seeking feedback. However wait staff took a long time to take our dessert order as they were too busy chatting to the table next to us. The muffin cake in the pear dessert was really dry.

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angelicaa
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing place, great service and food. Will definitely go back again.

RD
RobertD
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Excellent as usual - service was not quite up to the normal standard due to several new and inexperienced staff

FP
FlorenciaP
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

We had the Tomahawk and besides it was 1.1 kg it was just pure bone and fat. We had to paid the mushroom sauce aud 4 when the dish was $110. I think it will be nice to have the sauce included in the price. Overall, the meat was rich in flavour but nothing to make me pay the same dish again. Next time I will have another meat!

KT
KandT
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Still really nice food like the previous times we have dined here but the service is nowhere near as good as it used to be.

CR
ChrisR
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All aspects of the dining were fantastic, from dealing with Matt through to all of the friendly staff on the floor. Ever so grateful for the chefs staying on to assist with our late arrival - top notch, thanks everyone.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sensational evening ! Service was excellent from the time of booking to the very end. Thank you for an excellent evening!

LR
LachlanR
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

I have always loved this restaurant, but was let down at my last experience.
The whole experience was mediocre which was a disappointment as i had been awaiting its reopening. Unfortunately it seems to be a trend in Darwin.

SD
SeanD
London
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Had high hopes and had heard good things. Maybe that’s why we were so disappointed. Char feels like and RSL bistro trying to pass itself off as a high end steak house. Across all fronts it is okay, but not good. The service was a struggle. The food was not good enough, anywhere good enough to justify the price.
The signs out the front with pictures of the food on it should have been warning enough...

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RobL
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

After reviewing this restaurant for a birthday event we were very disappointed. After waiting 1 hr 15 mins for main course we finally got waiters attention to follow up. 20 mins later 4 courses incl. 2 steak were very good but one meal inedible and was sent back. Needless to say we did not get a replacement. We did not stay for dessert or more drinks

RD
RobertD
2 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent service for table 12 throughout our dining experience. We will be back for a rerun in the not too distant future.

NM
NaomiM
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Spectacular venue. Love the food, attention and finishing touches.

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Xavier
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience1

The waiter was excellent; one main course had to be returned because the pasta was undercooked; tables were jammed in tight, we had waiters trying to navigate tables around us through tight apatures; the noise level was akin to a pub; fine dining it was not because of the cramped nature of tables and the noise; the restaurant needs to evaluate its vision for diners

The reviews below were submitted before March 1st 2021, when this restaurant changed management.
OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Reviewed on 22 September 2018
Overall1FoodServiceAmbience

We had an overall poor experience at Char, all service driven.

1. When we arrived, we were asked to wait at the bar while our table was being prepared. That would normally be understandable, except the restaurant was 2/3 empty and we were the only people waiting.
2. They had 2 pinot noirs by the glass and we made a point to say we would like one of each. However, they brought the wrong wine.
3. They also brought us the wrong steak. We had 3 people sharing 2 different steaks, and they brought us 2 of the same one. We then had to wait 30 minutes for the correct steak to be cooked, by which time we had already finished the rest of our food.
4. We had half of a steak leftover at the end of the meal (the one that we already had to wait for). We asked to take it to go - we were at first told by the waitress we would have to sign a waiver, but then told by the manager we couldn't at all because it was against the law to take it away. (We had just dined at another nice restaurant in Darwin the night before, and were able to pack up our leftovers without any problems.) After a lengthy and unpleasant discussion with the manager, we ended up grabbing a box we already had and packing it up ourselves.

The food was decent, but not good enough to justify the price, and certainly not good enough to justify the service and dining experience. I do not recommend this restaurant at all. There are plenty of nice restaurants serving steak and seafood in Darwin - save yourself the trouble.

AB
AndrewB
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2016
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good food, good location, some fantastic staff. Read the menu carefully. The rib eye steak (without the blue cheese sauce) was cooked beautifully.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 13 June 2016
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience4

Slow service, not of a high std.
Incorrect orders, twice.
Asked if would like bread and then charged for rolls.
Extemely expensive for what is essentially a steak house.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 2 June 2016
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very helpful and friendly staff. Food was delicious!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 1 June 2016
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience2

Very expensive; even for Darwin. Waiters from around the world owing to the backpacker lifestyle in Darwin, but this does not result in good service. Even though our waiter explained the special lamb dish to my wife, which she then ordered, the wrong lamb dish came out! And they managed to spill water and wine each time they poured! Table in the corner was too noisy; everyone's conversation echoes off the glass.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 28 May 2016
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

The food was disgusting and I have been sick all night. I ordered rib eye and at the suggestion of the waitress, peppercorn sauce. The sauce tasted awful... Smelt and tasted like bleach or cleaning fluid. I presumed something want astray and that the sauce jug must have had bleach or something left in it. I sent it back to the kitchen but it was returned to me with a message from the chef that he had tasted it and this is how it is meant to taste!! I scraped off the sauce but still got sick!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 14 May 2016
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is delicious. The waiter who looked after us was wonderful and friendly. Very helpful when asked questions and kept our water topped up. The steak was cooked perfectly, my entree of scallops was amazing, in fact that is the dish that keeps me coming back. The pork was delicious, I would have scored 10 but it was a little pink for my liking (personal preference) highly recommend this wonderful restuarant.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 23 April 2016
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

We set out for a quiet meal together which we wanted to be special farewelling a close friend in a group of three. The food was delightful however we found the wait staff whom had been initially very attentive lost interest after the mains got literally dumped on our table by someone from the kitchen. We even had to go seek someone out at the end of the evening to pay our bill. Lovely food but on this occasion average service in a place that didn't have a huge number of diners.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 21 November 2015
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Entrees were delicious, the restaurant was lovely and had a really nice find dining feel to it. Service was friendly and our waitress Charlotte made some wonderful recommendations, she was great. The way you bring out the meat is great, made me change my choice from fish to steak. Only qualm is it was a tad over priced. But would definitely come back to try the other menu options.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 12 November 2015
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great restaurant! Everyone's food was perfection, cocktails are delicious, and the ambience is good as well. Highly recommend for a romantic meal, or group dinner.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 7 November 2015
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great location, delicious food especially the steaks (a bit on the expensive side) and very friendly and thorough service. Had a lovely dinner outside with family. Would go back for other special occasions. Thank you

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 7 November 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good menu, excellent service and well prepared food. Not cheap but good value for money

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 5 November 2015
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience2

Great food, but function on so service lacked and food (steak) wasn't cooked to order as a result of kitchen being behind and long waits

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 4 November 2015
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Was very impressed by the efficiency of the booking process and acknowledgement when arriving of our dietry requirements. Surprised then that my vegatarian wife was then advised on the best steak cuts! Food and coctails were generally of good quality but service was slow and some waiting staff had attitudes/appeared unhappy with their job.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 31 October 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

As you expect, Char is serious about their steaks. What you get is excellent quality food in very nice surrounds, but you will pay for the experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 31 October 2015
Overall3Food4ServiceAmbience2

service was terrible

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 31 October 2015
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Took my fiancée out for her birthday dinner was so pleased with char as a place to dine. Great service ......

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 27 October 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food, great service, great atmosphere. Would highly recommend

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 24 October 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely atmosphere. Delicious food and knowledgeable, attentive wait staff. We will be back again for sure.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 24 October 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and service and willing to modify menu to suit a kid size meal. A little on the high side for price if you order a steak and still have to throw in a side however all exceptional in taste.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 23 October 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This is our favourite restaurant in Darwin. We are always made to feel welcome on arrival and Irma, our Service Specialist, looks after us like we were family! Eric knows our favourite cocktails and makes them extra special with exotic flavours and new twists. The food is always top notch and of the highest quality. We LOVE CHAR!

FAQs

Char Restaurant is rated 4.1 stars by 19 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.