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Char Restaurant, Darwin City, AU-NT

Char Restaurant

4.2
4.2
230 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.

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Booked 12 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

  • Area

    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

Popular dishes

Menu

Our Great Buns

Baked daily in-house

  • Corn Roll$6.00

    A Homemade Elegant Dinner Roll with the Rustic Taste of Cornmeal, Served with Moo Jus & Pico De Gallo (Vegan upon request)

    • Char's Cheesy' Bacon' Garlic Bread$16.00

      White Rabbit Dark Ale 'Rarebit', San Daniele Prosciutto, Heidi Farm Gruyere, Garlic Confit

      Entrées

      Chef inspired & made in-house to complement our mains and diverse wine list

      • Beef Cheek & Mustard Fruit Spring Rolls$20.00

        Black Pepper Caramel

        • Truffled Mushroom Arancini$18.50

          Truffle Aioli, Grana Padano

          • Twice Cooked Beef Shortrib$20.00

            House Char Siu, Asian 'Slaw', Lime

            • Baked ½ Shell Scallop$32.00

              Garlic, Lemon & Dill Butter, Pickled Fennel, Chicken Skin

              • Steak Tartare$30.00

                Wagyu Beef Tartare, Black Garlic, Parmesan Custard, Caperberry, Cured Yolk, Crostini

                • 10 G Oscietra Caviar$95.00

                  Blinis, Chive, Crème Fraiche & Shallots

                  • 'Popcorn' Chicken Karaage$19.00

                    Yuzu Curd & Edamame, 'Chilli Hair', Shallot

                    • Pork & Pistachio Terrine$19.00

                      House Made Piccalilli, Salt & Vinegar Pork Scratchings, House Baked Sourdough

                      • Wagyu Beef Meatballs$23.50

                        Scamorza, Tomato & Basil Sugo, Grilled House Baked Ciabatta

                        • Charcuterie Board for 2$48.00

                          Wagyu Bresaola, Sopressa, Prosciutto Di Parma & Spicy Nduja. House Bread, 5th Duke Cultured Butter Pepe Saya, Marinated Olives & Guindilla Pickles

                          Oysters

                          All our oysters are sourced from Coffin Bay, South Australia

                          • Natural

                            Mignonette, Lemon

                            • ½ Dozen$26.00
                            • Dozen$52.00
                          • Kilpatrick

                            Smoked Bacon, Char's BBQ Sauce, Tabasco, Lemon

                            • ½ Dozen$32.00
                            • Dozen$64.00
                          • Tempura

                            Bonito Soy, Jalapeno Salsa, Miso Mayo

                            • ea$8.00
                          • 'Bloody Mary' Oyster Shot

                            Bourbon & Horseradish Tomato Fumet, Celery Salt, Tabasco & Lemon

                            • ea$7.00

                          Mains

                          For those looking to get off the station, we have designed an inspired array of dishes. After all, it comes with the Territory

                          • Patagonian Toothfish$58.00

                            Lobster Bisque, Lobster Croquette, Mussels, Clams, Grilled Spring Onion, Baby Carrots & Chive

                            • Brodetto of Seafood$45.00

                              Tiger Prawn, Mussels, Scallop & Market Fish, Saffron & Tomato Broth, Fennel Pollen, Grilled House Bread

                              • Wagyu Beef Cheeseburger$28.00

                                Monterey Jack Cheese, Onion, Lettuce, Tomato, American Mustard, Ketchup, House Baked Sesame & Brioche Bun, Fries

                                • Roast Pork Belly$40.00

                                  Salt & Vinegar Pork Scratchings, Textures of Baby Carrot, Roasted King Oyster Mushrooms, Apple Jelly & Crisps, Pork & Apple Cider Jus

                                  • Risotto of Wild Mushroom & Truffle$42.00

                                    Mixed Exotic Mushrooms, Truffle Pecorino & Fresh Winter Truffle

                                    • Char Grilled Lamb Cutlets$51.00

                                      Goat's Curd, Parsley & Lemon Gremolata, Ligurian Olive Tapenade, Fried Oregano, Evoo

                                      • Pan Roasted Duck Breast$42.00

                                        Chesnuts, San Daniele Prosciutto, Baby beets, Prune Purée, Fried Kale, Cognac Sage Jus

                                        • Wagyu Ragu

                                          Hand Cut Pappardelle, Mushrooms, Grana Padano, Pangratto

                                          • E$19.00
                                          • M$38.00
                                        • Crispy Fried Whole Baby Barramundi$54.00

                                          Bonito Infused Soy, Shallot

                                          Meat

                                          Sourced for quality, our steaks are served with our garnish of garlic confit, rosemary & Wagyu fat potatoes. Please see our range of sides to accompany your meat selection

                                          • Beef Short Rib

                                            Twice Cooked in House 'Char' Siu Sauce, House 'Slaw, Fries, Texas Style BBQ Sauce

                                            • 600g$59.00
                                          • Eye Fillet BMS 3-5

                                            Black Onyx by Ranger's Valley, 270 Day Grain Fed, Glen Innes, NSW

                                            • 200g$60.00
                                            • 300g$90.00
                                          • Rib Fillet BMS 3-5

                                            Black Onyx by Ranger's Valley, 270 Day Grain Fed, Glen Innes, NSW

                                            • 300g$72.00
                                          • Sirloin BMS 2+

                                            Riverina Black Angus, 150 Day Grain Fed, 18-24 Months, NSW

                                            • 400g$55.00
                                          • Wagyu Rump BMS 5+

                                            Wagyu x Holstein. WX5 by Ranger's Valley, 400 Day Grain Fed, Glen Innes, NSW

                                            • 300g$42.00
                                            • 600g$84.00
                                          • T-Bone

                                            70 Days Grain Assisted, Gympie QLD, Charolais X Limousine 12-14 Months

                                            • 500g$52.00
                                          • Specialty Wagyu

                                            A Premium Cut of The World's Best Wagyu Offerings

                                            • POA
                                          • Steak Tasting Board

                                            A Selection of Two of Our Choicest Cuts

                                            • POA
                                          • A5 Fullblood Japanese Kagoshima Wagyu Rib Fillet BMS12+

                                            Saffron Daikon Pickles, Fresh Tasmanian Wasabi Root, Unfermented White Soy, Yuzu

                                            • 200g$220.00
                                          • Tomahawk

                                            Subject to availability | Pasture Fed, Cape Grim Tomahawk, Tasmania Black Angus, 30-36 Months. Cut By Our Team At The Table, One For The Scrapbook!

                                            • 1kg$140.00
                                          • The Chopping Block$160.00

                                            200g Angus Sirloin, 300g Wagyu Rump, 4 Lamb Cutlets, Smoked Chorizo Sausage, 300g Glazed Angus Beef Short Rib

                                            Add Some Reef to Your Beef

                                            Sustainably sourced seafood to complement your beef choice

                                            • Classic Prawn Cocktail$38.00

                                              Baby Gem Lettuce, Lemon, Avocado Puree & Marie Rose Sauce

                                              • ½ Char Grilled WA Crayfish$96.00

                                                Garlic, Lemon, Dill Butter

                                                • Split Bug$16.00

                                                  Truffled Bechamel, Pangratto

                                                  In-House Sauces

                                                  Pair with any of our meats. Additional sauce $5

                                                  • Red Wine Jus

                                                    • Mixed Peppercorn

                                                      • Café de Paris

                                                        • Wild Mushroom

                                                          • Bearnaise

                                                            • Chimmichurri

                                                              • Ponzu

                                                                • Good Ol' Gravy

                                                                  • Texas Barbeque Sauce

                                                                    • Jackaroo Juice 'Ketchup'

                                                                      Sides

                                                                      • Fries$8.00

                                                                        Shoestring Cut, Aioli

                                                                        • Char's Signature Mash$10.00

                                                                          Olive Oil Drizzle, Pepper

                                                                          • Croquettes$11.00

                                                                            Prosciutto & Gruyere, Romesco Sauce

                                                                            • 'Slaw$9.00

                                                                              Shredded Cabbage, Apple, & Fennel, Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

                                                                              • Onion Rings$10.00

                                                                                Tempura Battered, Texas Style BBQ Sauce

                                                                                • Mushrooms$11.00

                                                                                  Scamorza, Sage, Black Garlic, Aioli

                                                                                  • Potatoes$10.00

                                                                                    Wagyu Fat Fried, Confit Garlic, Rosemary

                                                                                    • Corn on the Cob$10.00

                                                                                      Persian Fetta, Smoked Paprika Butter

                                                                                      • Carrots$10.00

                                                                                        Honey, Bacon, Roasted Almonds

                                                                                        • Zucchini Flowers$11.00

                                                                                          Tempura Battered, Ricotta, Truffled Honey, Pico De Gallo. Subject to Availability

                                                                                          • Chopped Salad$9.00

                                                                                            In-House Vinaigrette

                                                                                            • Seasonal Greens$10.00

                                                                                              Poached Garlic, Chilli

                                                                                              • Iceberg & 'Bacon' Salad$9.00

                                                                                                Triple Smoked 'Bacon', Pico De Gallo, Walnuts, Blue Cheese Dressing

                                                                                                • Bone Marrow$11.00

                                                                                                  Oven Roasted, Parsley, Caper & Shallot Salad, Grilled Ciabatta

                                                                                                  • Rocket Salad$9.00

                                                                                                    Pear, Parmesan, Balsamic Glaze

                                                                                                    • Two Eggs$8.00

                                                                                                      Fried, Salt & Pepper Seasoning

                                                                                                      • Onions$10.00

                                                                                                        BBQ'd, Melted Brie

                                                                                                        House Made Desserts

                                                                                                        All of our desserts are made in house by our experienced chefs

                                                                                                        • Char's Signature Chocolate Mousse$19.00

                                                                                                          Chocolate Mousse & Sorbet, Freeze Dried Mandarin, Mandarin Gel, Chocolate Sable, Edible Gold

                                                                                                          • House Made Apple Pie$17.00

                                                                                                            Apple Gelee, Yoghurt Cream, Vanilla Ice-Cream

                                                                                                            • Banoffee Pie$17.00

                                                                                                              Caramelised Banana Ice Cream, Dulce De Leche, Ginger Biscuit, Chocolate Pearls

                                                                                                              • Strawberry Fields$19.00

                                                                                                                White Chocolate & Strawberry Cremeux, Textures of Strawberry

                                                                                                                • Deconstructed Lemon Meringue Pie$19.00

                                                                                                                  Lemon Curd, Passionfruit Gel, White Chocolate Sorbet, Toasted Italian Meringue, Sweet Pastry Crumb, Seasonal Berries

                                                                                                                  • Mango & White Chocolate Mille Feuille$19.00

                                                                                                                    White Chocolate 'Snow', Mango Sorbet, Compressed Pineapple, Vanilla Sponge

                                                                                                                    • Affogato$10.00

                                                                                                                      Espresso Coffee & Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

                                                                                                                      Selection of Australian & Imported Cheese

                                                                                                                      1 for $13 | 2 for $26 | 3 for $34. Muscatels, Apple, Lavosh Cracker & Quince Paste. Choice of 1, 2 or 3

                                                                                                                      • Pyengana Cheddar | Cow's Milk | NE Tasmania

                                                                                                                        • Shropshire Blue | Cow's Milk | England

                                                                                                                          • Woombye Triple Brie | Cow's Milk | Queensland

                                                                                                                            • Meredith Farm Marinated Feta | Goat's MILK | Victoria

                                                                                                                              • Heidi Farm Gruyere | Cow's Milk | Tasmania

                                                                                                                                • Cacio di Bosco Truffled Pecorino | Sheep's Milk | Tuscany, Italy

                                                                                                                                  Kids Menu

                                                                                                                                  Available for kids 12 and under

                                                                                                                                    Mains

                                                                                                                                    $13

                                                                                                                                    • Fish and Chips

                                                                                                                                      • Chicken Nuggets and Chips

                                                                                                                                        • Minute Steaks and Chips

                                                                                                                                          • Spaghetti Beef Ragu

                                                                                                                                            Desserts

                                                                                                                                            • Chocolate Brownie$11.00

                                                                                                                                              Chocolate Sauce and Vanilla Ice-Cream

                                                                                                                                              • Vanilla Ice-Cream$9.00

                                                                                                                                                2 Scoops, with Strawberry Coulis or Chocolate Sauce

                                                                                                                                                Last updated: 18 May 2022

                                                                                                                                                What 230 people are saying

                                                                                                                                                Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                                                                                                                                4.2
                                                                                                                                                4.2 based on recent ratings
                                                                                                                                                • 4.3Food
                                                                                                                                                • 4.3Service
                                                                                                                                                • 4.4Ambience
                                                                                                                                                • 4Value

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                                                                                                                                                  Lewy

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                  overall4food5service3ambience5

                                                                                                                                                  Great experience. Floor staff still getting up to speed but that is expected in the current climate. They were all enthusiastic and having a crack. No doubt they'll be on top of their game in peak dry season. A lot of menu options were unavailable but again that is probably a sign of the times.

                                                                                                                                                2. CR

                                                                                                                                                  CatR

                                                                                                                                                  Perth

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                  overall3food3service2ambience4

                                                                                                                                                  Food quality was good, but we waited over 90 minutes for our steak and we went early before the rush (5:30pm booking). Forgotten items we ordered we had to follow up. Lots of new staff.

                                                                                                                                                3. DP

                                                                                                                                                  DaveoPerth

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                                                                                  overall3food3service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                                  Venue is lovely. Service was good, albeit a little slow. Food was not that great. The cheesy garlic bread was soggy and weird and very expensive for what it was. The duck was good, but the Patagonian Toothfish was a little dry, the middle very over seasoned and very overpriced for the size of it. The slaw was okay, but nothing special and the mushrooms were coated in a rubbery cheese that we didn’t eat. The mushrooms underneath were a bit underwhelming. Wine list is extensive and the cocktails were okay. All in all, we paid too much for what it was.

                                                                                                                                                4. JW

                                                                                                                                                  JacqW

                                                                                                                                                  Sunshine Coast

                                                                                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                                                                                  overall3food3service1ambience4

                                                                                                                                                  Staff failed to check if more drinks were needed. We waited a little over an hour for our mains, one of which - crispy barramundi was excellent with the other being the duck breast, tough with a burnt jus. It was not the dining experience we expected.

                                                                                                                                                5. C

                                                                                                                                                  Cabc

                                                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 17 May 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall3food3service2ambience4

                                                                                                                                                  Food quality was great but service was extremely slow. We waited for an hour and a half for our meal. We had only ordered main course so were very hungry by the time the meal arrived.

                                                                                                                                                6. L

                                                                                                                                                  Louised

                                                                                                                                                  Northern Territory

                                                                                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 13 May 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                  Magnificent icon of Darwin. Beautiful ambience, superb food, great variety. excellent wine list. friendly efficient service. After your meal relax in the garden with a G n T!

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 17 May 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Thank you so much for your great review Louise. We are glad that you had a good time dining with us. Looking forward to see you again for dinner or a G)

                                                                                                                                                7. R

                                                                                                                                                  Rick

                                                                                                                                                  San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 13 May 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                                  This restaurant is in the old Admiralty Building so is off to a good start. You can eat inside with air con or outside. However dsespite being located near to the sea there is no good sea view either in or out due to vegetation. The servise was excellent, prompt and friendly but not intrusive. Lunch was very good with a rerasonable menu choice although we did not try the wine list.

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 17 May 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Thank you so much for your great review Rick. We are glad that you had a good lunch with us. Looking forward to seeing you again, hopefully this time you can give our wine list a try :)

                                                                                                                                                8. SB

                                                                                                                                                  SuzzanneB

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 11 May 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                                  Was lovely. Sat outside. Would highly recommend you take insect repellent. We had a 730pm booking. We should have made an early booking so you can take in the beautiful sunset.

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 17 May 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Thank you so much for your great review Suzzanne! We do have insect repellent if you need in your next visit. Best Regards, Vanessa

                                                                                                                                                9. OT

                                                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                  Sunshine Coast

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall3food5service2ambience5

                                                                                                                                                  Fantastic meal, service was slow. I think it was just a little stuff up with the order though, so not to worry

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 9 May 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Hi there, we are sorry if you experienced some delays in our service. We are experiencing short staff due to Covid and some style having directions to isolate. We are looking forward to seeing you in another occasion. Regards

                                                                                                                                                10. SM

                                                                                                                                                  StevenM

                                                                                                                                                  Victoria

                                                                                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall4food2service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                                  Menu looks great setting is awsome but the cooks need to put the salt away everything was so salty, salt is not a seasoning it’s salt let the food stand on its own but they can’t with the quality of steaks they pass as 3-5 marble score the eye fillet was watery and the 70 day t bone was so bland . I added a $90 half southern rock lobster but got WA cray and again it was so salty

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 10 May 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Hi Steven, we are sorry that your experience dining with us didn't achieve your expectations. We are changing our menus this week to adapt them to the new season including the WA Crayfish as is no longer Lobster Season down south. Thanks for your understatement. Regards, Vanessa

                                                                                                                                                11. TM

                                                                                                                                                  TimothyM

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  2.0

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall2food2service2ambience4

                                                                                                                                                  Very expensive $59 for a scotch fillet plus $7 for fries & $10 for zucchini flowers! limited menu, children running unsupervised. Forgot my second drink.

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 9 May 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Hi Timothy, we are sorry to hear that your experience dining with us didn't achieve your expectations. We sourced our produce from the best locations in Australia and that incurs a higher price than other restaurants.

                                                                                                                                                12. JJ

                                                                                                                                                  JimmyJJupiter

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall5food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                                  The Char restaurant delivered on all we expected from them. Apart from the steaks being a little undercooked for what we asked (which wasn't an issue really) and the local "wildlife" being rowdy, it was a great night. Highly recommended

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 9 May 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Hi Jimmy, thank you so much for your great review. We are really glad that your experience dining with us was good overall. We looked forward to having you with us again. Regards, Vanessa

                                                                                                                                                13. HO

                                                                                                                                                  HeatherO

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                  Beautiful ambience, friendly staff and the food is delicious

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 9 May 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Thank you so much for your great review Heather!

                                                                                                                                                14. EG

                                                                                                                                                  EmmaG

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 5 May 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                  Amazing good With amazing serves our waiter was great

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 9 May 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Thank you so much for your amazing review Emma

                                                                                                                                                15. EK

                                                                                                                                                  EmmaK

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 4 May 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                  Great food Great service Great atmosphere pricey but worth it

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 9 May 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Thank you so much for your great review Emma

                                                                                                                                                16. TC

                                                                                                                                                  TonyC

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 3 May 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall3food2service3ambience4

                                                                                                                                                  Steak meal was very disappointing considering Char’s reputation as being an excellent steak restaurant. Very tough and parts inedible. However, the Beef Ribs were delicious.

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 9 May 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Hi Tony, we are sorry to hear that your experience dining with us didn't achieve your expectations. We source our steaks from the best paddocks in Australia always looking for the best quality meat. This is not te quality that we serve and we are really sorry about it.

                                                                                                                                                17. L

                                                                                                                                                  Louised

                                                                                                                                                  Northern Territory

                                                                                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 3 May 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                  Beautiful ambience, friendly, efficient service, superb menu. magnificent dining experience in or out doors.

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 9 May 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Thank you so much for your great review Louise!

                                                                                                                                                18. AW

                                                                                                                                                  AllyW

                                                                                                                                                  Canberra

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 30 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall4food3service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                                  Good food and service in the same location. A rare find in Darwin!

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 9 May 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Hi Ally, thank you so much for your great review!

                                                                                                                                                19. BB

                                                                                                                                                  BradleyB

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 30 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                  Fantastic food and amazing dining experience. Great flavours, quality beers and very nice wine selection.

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 3 May 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Hi Bradley, Thank you so much for your great feedback. We are really glad that you had a good time dining with us. Looking forward to have you in our venue soon!

                                                                                                                                                20. CO

                                                                                                                                                  CynthiaO

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 28 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                  Gonna come back soon! A must visit restaurant in Darwin!

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 3 May 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Hi Cynthia, thank you so much for your review. Looking forward to see you soon!

                                                                                                                                                21. GM

                                                                                                                                                  GabrielleM

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 27 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                                                                                                  Beautiful location, lovely waitress however after being seated at 7.30 and receiving garlic bread about 45 minutes later we did not receive our meal until 9.25. We opted not to have dessert and paid our bill. We would think twice about dining at Char again.

                                                                                                                                                22. TY

                                                                                                                                                  TomY

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 27 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                  First dining experience for my brother and I at Char. Sat outside which was perfect. We were waited on by at least 4 staff throughout the night who were quick and efficient. The food was exceptional and definitely value for money!

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 3 May 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Thank you so much for your review Tom, as I told you through social media, the team is above happy that you guys had a good time dining with us. Looking forward to see you in your next visit to Darwin!

                                                                                                                                                23. v

                                                                                                                                                  vanilla

                                                                                                                                                  London

                                                                                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                  Great food and service. Very special restaurant and lovely experience.

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 26 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Thank you so much for your great review

                                                                                                                                                24. PT

                                                                                                                                                  PeterT

                                                                                                                                                  Brisbane

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall4food3service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                  Entrees were excellent. Two of our nation's were excellent but the third was overcooked. The restaurant immediately remade it but it still wasn't great. The wait staff was extremely attentive and friendly, although a more senior person was a bit antagonistic after we'd already had our request for a new steak accepted without question.

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 26 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Hi Peter, We are glad to hear that you had a good experience overall, and our waitstaff was able to resolve your issues. Hope to see you soon in our venue. Cheers, Vanessa

                                                                                                                                                25. GP

                                                                                                                                                  GailP

                                                                                                                                                  Sydney

                                                                                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 22 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                                  We booked as recommended and were pleased we had. Service is efficient, maybe a little slow to start but no big worry. Food is delicious. Ambience is a little noisy but again not really a worry, not a romantic; subdued place, its pretty lively.

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 26 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Thank you so much for your review Gail, we are sorry to hear that service was a little bit slow. We had some of our staff in isolation, and even that we tried our best to run the service as smooth as usual, it is not the same. We look forward to have you with us again. Regards, Vanessa

                                                                                                                                                26. S

                                                                                                                                                  Swansea

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 22 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                  We couldn’t really fault it, thanks it was a beautiful rare lunch out for my husband and I, whilst our son was in child care.

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 26 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Thank you so much for your great review Swansea, we are really glad that you had a great lunch with your hubby. Looking forward to see you both soon.

                                                                                                                                                27. TM

                                                                                                                                                  TerryM

                                                                                                                                                  Melbourne

                                                                                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 21 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall5food3service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                                  Most of our food was delicious but we did have an overcooked steak which was a shame but we understand that they had alot of staff out due to covid issues so we overlooked this.

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 3 May 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Thank you so much for your review and your understatement Terry, we are really glad that you had a good experience overall. Looking forward to see you soon. Hopefully we have our full team then :)

                                                                                                                                                28. RS

                                                                                                                                                  RichardS

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 20 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                  Excellent food and service - In future would book and inside table were its cooler and away from the speaker playing country and western music

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 26 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Thank you so much for your excellent review Richard, still a little bit hotter for our outside area. Happy to accommodate you inside in your next visit. Best regards, Vanessa

                                                                                                                                                29. NM

                                                                                                                                                  NarelleM

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  2.0

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 20 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall2food2service1ambience4

                                                                                                                                                  Had heard Cha had changed hands and it was much improved. Sadly this was not the case. While the quality of the steak was good, everything else was very average so once again, our dining experience at Cha was underwhelming. We won’t rush back.

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 26 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Hi Narelle, we are sorry to hear that your experience dining at Char didn't achieve your expectations. We always try our best to offer the best of the experiences we are sorry to hear that it wasn't your case. We hope to see you back. Regards, V

                                                                                                                                                30. OT

                                                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                  Melbourne

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 20 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                  Busy restaurant but the food was delicious. And the service was excellent!

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 3 May 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Thank you so much for your great review

                                                                                                                                                31. OT

                                                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 19 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                  Having read the mixed reviews here before our meal, we approached our meal with a little trepidation. Pros: The service was attentive, but not overbearing. The food presentation was good. Cons: The menus that were presented upon our arrival (and which reflected the menus linked here) were not representative of that which was actually available: eg, one of our entrees was not available, and some of the ingredients of one of our sides was also not available (tomatoes). I ordered a rare steak - it was medium rare at best (tbh it was medium). Overall, we got the impression that the staff were really trying, but still had a way to go.

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 20 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Hi there, thank you so much for your review. We are glad that you had a good experience overall. We are sorry for not being able to offer our full menu this last week, as we explained on our temporary menu, we have had some of our team given directions to isolate. This has been done to ensure our reduced numbers does not tamper your experience. We hope to see you soon in our venue and be able to offer you the best quality and service as always. Best regards, Vanessa

                                                                                                                                                32. ME

                                                                                                                                                  MichaelE

                                                                                                                                                  Las Vegas

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 19 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                  Great setting, attentive staff and excellent food. The seafood brodetto was outstanding. Steak was perfectly cooked. Highly recommend. My only suggestion would be to increase the premium wine list

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 20 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Hi Michael, Thank you so much for your great review! We are actually working in our new wine list that would be ready really soon. We look forward to seeing you soon! Cheers, Vanessa

                                                                                                                                                33. d

                                                                                                                                                  donnat

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 19 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                                                                                                                  Service is great , if you would like your steaks cooked a bit more than normal you will need to request it firmly.. a lot of the steaks we ordered were rare when asked for medium and no blood .. nice spot , not really a place for young children

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 20 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Hi Donnat! Thank you so much for your review. A medium steak keeps having red on the middle, sometimes if you would like to have without blood at all its better to go medium well or well done. We are always happy to cooked a little bit more your steaks if needed. We are happy that you had a good experience overall and we are looking forward to seeing you again. Cheers, Vanessa

                                                                                                                                                34. j

                                                                                                                                                  janem

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  1.0

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 16 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                                                                                  Booked an outside table which didn't happen, waited 20 minutes for a drinks waiter, then waited almost 2 hours for a substandard meal and to be told the side dishes we ordered were not available. Completely overpriced and overrated, would not go back again.

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 20 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Hi Janem, we are sorry to hear that your experience dinning with us didn't achieve your expectations. As we explained all our customers last weekend, we had a big part of our team given directions to isolate and we decided to reduce our offerings to not tamper the experience. We've been living with Covid during the last three years and we still trying to do our best to offer the best experience adapting our service to the current World situation. Best regards, Vanessa

                                                                                                                                                35. G

                                                                                                                                                  Geoff

                                                                                                                                                  Victoria

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 16 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                  We arrived early due to rain curtailing our stroll along the esplanade. The staff served us at the bar before opening time. We were very well looked after once seated. Our meals were delicious. The drinks menu is extensive! A lovely evening

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 20 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Hi Geoff, Thank you so much for your great review. In Darwin, the weather is always unexpected so we are always happy to accommodate :) Looking forward to seeing you soon. Regards, Vanessa

                                                                                                                                                36. TR

                                                                                                                                                  TonyR

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 14 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                  This is our third time eating at Char and another great night

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 20 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Thank you so much for your great review Tony. You are always welcome at Admiralty House. Regards, Vanessa

                                                                                                                                                37. M

                                                                                                                                                  Matteo

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 14 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                  excellent service, good food. we had a really good night.

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 20 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Thank you so much for your great review Matteo! Looking forward to seeing you soon!

                                                                                                                                                38. C

                                                                                                                                                  Caten

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  2.0

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 14 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall2food3service2ambience2

                                                                                                                                                  Overpriced,staff confused orders,kid’s cokes undrinkable ,complained but not replaced.booking asked special occasion, it was ,0bday but ignored.not special enough for a presumably fancy restaurant .ordered bottle champagne got a glass but rectified.Flew from Victoria for special 50 bday but was disappointed by experience.

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 26 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Hi Caten, We are sorry to hear that your experience dining with us didn't achieve your expectations. This is not the kind of experience that we usually offer at Admiralty House, I'm sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your celebration. Please, if you decide to visit us in another occasion, email me directly at marketing@admiralty.c om.au and I will look after you personally. Regards, Vanessa

                                                                                                                                                39. OT

                                                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                  Adelaide

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 13 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                  We loved the food and service! The fish of the day was delicious. The desserts were beautifully presented and tasted delicious. The staff were very friendly. We will be back.

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 20 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Hi there, we are really glad that you have a good time dinning with us. Looking forward to seeing you soon! Regards, Vanessa

                                                                                                                                                40. C

                                                                                                                                                  Chris21

                                                                                                                                                  Northern Territory

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                                  Dined on 9 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                                  Food was good, didn't get main meal till after 9pm, we were seated at 7.30pm. Tortellini was under cooked though so didn't want to stay for dessert after that. Received one wrong side dish.

                                                                                                                                                  Char RestaurantResponded on 11 April 2022

                                                                                                                                                  Hi Chris, thank you so much for your review and your feedback. We are glad to read that you had a good experience overall. Unfortunately, due to some short staff, on a busy night we can experienced some delays on our service. We are working on it to keep offering the best of the experiences. Looking forward to see you soon. Regards, Vanessa

                                                                                                                                                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

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                                                                                                                                                Google Map for Char Restaurant

                                                                                                                                                70 Esplanade Darwin City, AU-NT 0800

                                                                                                                                                Additional information

                                                                                                                                                • Cross Street

                                                                                                                                                  70 The Esplanade, Darwin City

                                                                                                                                                • Area

                                                                                                                                                  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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