The Charming Squire Restaurant

4
895 reviews
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
The Charming Squire is ideally located in Brisbane’s thriving cultural South Bank precinct (next to South Brisbane train station), and is the perfect place for a fun night out, a special function or a casual catch up over lunch or dinner.

It’s also a working James Squire brewery where you can get acquainted with the brewing process as you explore the James Squire craft beer range, all the while enjoying delicious dishes designed to complement the flavours of the beers. Visit our website to see what’s on tap.

Experiences

  • Time Saving Pre Theatre Dining

    A$56.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Heading to the Theatre? Save yourself some time and book in for our pre theatre grazing menu (min 2 people) To start Mushroom & truffle arancini balls, porcini puree, parmesan, basil oil Moreton bay prawns, Mango, cucumber, radish Main Wood fired organic lamb, Labneh, harissa, tabouleh, grilled pita bread Dessert (add $13pp) Banoffee pie, Banana, couer a la crème, honeycomb, caramel

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 895 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.0based on recent ratings
3.8
Food
4.1
Service
4.0
Ambience
3.6
Value
Noise · Moderate
76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Isobel
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you Charming Squire but especially Jarryd for going absolutely above and beyond to feed my group late on a Tuesday night when nothing else was open. Stellar service, wonderful food and great ambience. Highly recommend.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded 14 hours ago

Thank you for your recommendation Isobel, we look forward to seeing you all again next time!

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KaylaO
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Our service was outstanding, she made sure we happy with everything

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded 14 hours ago

Hi Kayla, thank you for your review, we're thrilled you enjoyed your evening with us.

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MarilynH
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Delicious food and the waiting staff very efficient. Limited menu and nothing for children but food for the children supplied satisfactorily. Will be back.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded 14 hours ago

Thank you for your recommendation Marilyn, we look forward to seeing you next time!

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Matthew
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

Planned a early dinner at 6:15pm before seeing a 7:30 show at QPAC. Waiter told us that it would be a 50min wait for dinner menu and recommended that we order from the bar menu. We still waited over 50mins for our food. The waiter gave a full refund from our dinner and gave us a box of chips, garlic bread and calamari to at least have something for dinner.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 7 May 2021

Hi Matthew, thanks for sharing your feedback. We’re sorry your experience didn’t match your expectations. Despite the long wait times we are glad that we didn't send you away completely empty handed. Hopefully we see you again in future for a more leisurely experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Great location for a meal before show at the Cultural Centre. Service was perfect. We shared 3 entrees which were all decent size. Octopus was AMAZING, so tasty and tender. Prawns were fine but lamb skewers were rather dry. Great to see a full restaurant after all the closures. Will be back for more octopus.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 7 May 2021

Thank you for your rating, we are a big fan of the octopus too! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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SoniaF
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

We had a dinner reservation for 5:30pm and they had already sold out of 3 selections we made from the menu.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 7 May 2021

Hi Sonia, Thank you for your review. We're sorry to hear you had such a frustrating experience, but we really appreciate you bringing this issue to our attention. We will pass on your feedback to our team to ensure this doesn’t happen again

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MaggieF
3 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

A friend visiting from Melbourne was looking forward to a great fillet steak which he had ordered on a previous occasion and was a little disappointed to find none available but the waitress did explain that the menu was reduced due to Covid-19. We both chose the lamb which didn’t disappoint.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 4 May 2021

Hi Maggie, thank you for your review, we're glad to hear you enjoyed the lamb and look forward to seeing you again next time for a fillet steak.

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AnthonyM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

I felt the food quality was not upto the price. Have gone there several times over the years. Just feels like the cost has increased but the quality has reduced.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 4 May 2021

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We’re sorry you had a bad experience. We’ll strive to do better. We have a new and exciting restaurant menu on the way very soon.

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ChrissiE
4 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Our waiter was very good, helpful, funny and obliging. The menu a bit limited sadly, ? covid related reasoning ?

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 1 May 2021

Hi Chrissi, We're glad you enjoyed the service during your visit. It is indeed a bit limited due to covid however stay tuned as we have an exciting new menu on the way very soon!

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JimmyL
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

Hi team! I didn’t mind the food, but specifically was disappointed with the lamb. Though, this may be Personal preference. I prefer my lamb to be less chewy, but my friend loved it so who knows. Everything else was perfect.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 1 May 2021

Hi Jimmy, we're sorry to hear the lamb did not meet your expectations. Though we are glad to hear you enjoyed the rest of your visit with us!

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KathyR
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Our waitress was so helpful in assisting us to order what we wanted, which was not part of the lunch menu.
Food was lovely and service good.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 4 May 2021

We're glad you enjoyed your experience Kathy, we hope to see you again soon.

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GrantA
3 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great service from our waiter and the food was great and delivered very quickly.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 4 May 2021

Thank you Grant, we appreciate your recommendation, we look forward to seeing you again.

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PATRICIAM
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

I had a very disappointing experience. Upon arrival they did not even have pour reservation.
Slow to service at the bar for drinks
Food was terrible. I had battered fish and it was dark brown.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 4 May 2021

Hi (customer_name), thanks for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We pride ourselves on the quality of our food and customer service, so this feedback is extremely important to us. We are disappointed that your experience with us did not meet expectations. We’d like to investigate this further. Could you please send us an email at bookings@thecharmingsquire.c0m.au with your best contact details so that we can investigate this further?

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JayE
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly staff.
Food was delicious.
Fun and pleasant atmosphere.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 20 April 2021

We appreciate the review. Thanks for taking the time. Hope you have an amazing day!

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RoseL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Our food was a little slow coming out, but when it came it was excellent. Service was also excellent. It’s not the place for a quiet intimate dinner as it’s very noisy, but would be a good place for a group.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 20 April 2021

Thank you for your feedback Rose, we're glad you enjoyed your evening!

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NicE
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

We booked for the restaurant but moved to the bar. I had the beer battered fish for dinner. For a bar that comes under a beer banner, it was pretty ordinary. I was expecting it to be crisp and light but it was very thick and doughy. The salad with it was not bad but it wasn't great either. My friend ordered a pizza which was pretty good. Both servings were generous. The drink selection is plentiful and it's a great atmosphere with live music. If you're just out for drinks and socialising, it's a good place to start. Staff are great making sure the tables are kept cleared and clean and all the staff (both floor and bar) we encountered were attentive and friendly. All in all, I would recommend going here for a social occasion but not dinner.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 20 April 2021

Thank you for the recommendation, we hope to see you for a drink again soon!

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Amara
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The food was pretty good but the staff were great especially Tristan.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 20 April 2021

Thank you for your review Amara, we look forward to seeing you again.

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rosel
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

great food. good pre theatre venue. service good.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 20 April 2021

Thanks Rose, see you next time!

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Rosco
2 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good location as several of our group caught the train. Service was good and the food and beer was excellent. Would return and will recommend to my friends and family. 😎

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 20 April 2021

Cheers Rosco, we're so glad you enjoyed your time with us. We look forward to seeing you next time.

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Robbo
2 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Restaurant is closed on Monday & Tuesday despite having time slots available & being able to book it on Open Table.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 20 April 2021

Thank you for your review Robbo, we will pass your feedback onto the team.

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Mpppp
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

The staff member didn't put our order in and all our friends had finished their meals before ours had arrived even though we originally all ordered at the same time. When we suggested completely drinks while we waited but the staff member was non committal so we didn't order any. Then when it came time to pay the bill the staff member said there was one complementary drink (there were two of us inconvenienced) which they then took off another person in our party's bill not ours! Don't think we will be back.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 15 April 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a detailed review. We're sorry for the confusing experience you had in our restaurant. We will relay this feedback to our team and hope to see you again in future.

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JouaF
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience3

Took the staff ten minutes to seat us as they had somehow lost the table, the food took a ridiculous amount of time to get out and then was cold when it arrived. The manager did offer a refund immediately which was a good start but won't be going back again

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 15 April 2021

Hi Joua, Our apologies that your experience did not meet expectations. We have relayed this feedback to our team and hope to see you again in future.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and ambiance. Most of us had the Eye Fillet costing $52.00, expecting the typical thick cut approximately 7cm diameter. We received steak that ere absolutely delicious, however approximation 1cm thick, and resembling a scotch fillet. A wider selection on the restaurant menu is needed. Other than that, lovely.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 15 April 2021

Thank you for your feedback, we are in fact working on a much larger menu for our restaurant due to arrive soon. We are delighted that you enjoyed the rib fillet and look forward to seeing you again.

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SarahT
2 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Brilliant service, wonderful arancini balls but the mains were disappointing.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 15 April 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review Sarah, we're very glad that you enjoyed the arancini, we hope to see you again soon.

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AimeeS
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience5

We made a booking for 12 people on a Saturday night for my birthday. The service started out great, we had a very polite and enthusiastic waiter named Tristan. He was more than happy to take drink orders and help us select our food. 45 minutes after we ordered our food we were told that the main I ordered was sold out (They only had a very small selection of mains to begin with) so I had to last minute order something else and our whole table waited an hour and a half for our food - of course ordering drinks in the meantime. When the food arrived my husband sent his back to be remade because it was inedible and everyone was disappointed with their food As it was basic and very small portions (especially for the price!). It really says something about a restaurant when their sides of hot chips are the best tasting item on the table.. When it came to settle our table bill (over $600 at the table, plus we had all been to the bar numerous times spending additional money) we mentioned to Tristan that the wait time and food were unsatisfactory to which he advised us “it’s Saturday night, it’s expected”. So if it’s Saturday night you can expect long waits, terrible over priced food and terrible service. Won’t ever be back and do not recommend! Ruined my birthday

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beef rib special was very tasty. Lamb was a touch dry though

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 15 April 2021

Thank you for your feedback, we're glad to hear you enjoyed the beef rib!

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GregL
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

The food was not great. Entree was lamb kebabs but came out like lamb kofta. We ordered rump steak and wood fired lamb as mains. Steak was very gristly and not worth the $52 price tag. Lamb meal was nice but meat was luke warm. Dessert was banoffee pie which was also nice but a lot of cream and very little banana. Our drinks were taken off the bill as compensation for the gristly steak so that was appreciated. Our waiter was lovely, very pleasant and helpful.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 25 March 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave a detailed review Greg, we appreciate your feedback. We hope to see you again in future.

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Stoney
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our waiter was excellent with service, very friendly but not a pain in the backside.
Food was really good.
The only downside was not much choice on the menu for mains and desserts.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 25 March 2021

Thank you for the great rating, stay tuned as we have a new and more comprehensive menu on the way soon!

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DonnaC
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food. Although the menu is small, the flavours and freshness were exquisite. The bar area is noisy but the restaurant area quiet and relaxing. Great service and ensured we were served in time to enjoy our meal and head off to the ballet.
Will come again and will recommend.
Well done guys.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 25 March 2021

Hi Donna, Thank you for the wonderful review, we'll see you again soon!

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RichardS
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Food was great
A little disappointed we could only have a small selection of the bar food menu as we had teenagers but in saying that the selection available was delicious

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 16 March 2021

Cheers Richard, we're glad you could find something for the family. Stay tuned for our new menu coming soon.

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SamS
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent, our only small criticism was the chips, I expected handmade not the frozen bought in bulk version. That said I would recommend this place as everything else was great

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 16 March 2021

Thanks for the recommendation Sam, we're glad you enjoyed your stay with us.

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Micah
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friend and I went here for a light dinner before attending the ballet at Qpac. We were extremely well looked after and the staff made sure everything ran smoothly and quickly so that we could have dinner and drinks within the hour before heading to our show. Atmosphere, food and service were great.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 25 March 2021

Thank you for the fantastic feedback Micah, we're delighted you enjoyed your evening.

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TerryD
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Large restaurant mostly empty very small menu. Food was ok

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 16 March 2021

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review Terry, we hope to see you again.

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vipnone
London
21 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

We ate late on a Thursday night and the restaurant was empty, service was friendly, prompt and professional. They do a good steak, however the wine list is very limited.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 16 March 2021

We're glad to hear you experienced great service during your visit. We do have a rather large selection of wines available, is there something in particular you would like to see featured?

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M00st4
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Subpar experience. I think the Resturant was understaffed. It took 5-10 minutes to be seated/before anyone acknowledged we were waiting.
The menu was overpriced for what it was.
Once seated, the waiter (Tristan I believe) was excellent and very welcoming.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 9 March 2021

Hi FoodLover, we sincerely apologize for the experience you had, but thank you for bringing this to our attention. We will use this as a learning experience on how we can improve.

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Terrible
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

There was Chilli in all the salads. We have children and a mother that is allergic to chilli, so none of them could eat their meal. No mention of it on the menu yet it was even in the pork sliders. I had asked for no chips but extra salad with my steak and instead of salad I got a pile of slaw that had so much chilli in it it was orange in colour. Very disappointing for the price.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 12 March 2021

Hi, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. Unfortunately the only dietary request we received was for the gluten free steak option, if informed of said chilli allergy we would be more than happy to prepare both of these dishes without harissa. We are disappointed that your experience did not meet expectations, we will pass on your feedback to our team to ensure we provide a better service in future.

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JuliaL
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience2

Really disappointed the restaurant on Saturday night. Prior to COVID we were regular customers as we attend QPAC frequently and always left happy with the menu, food & service. We made our usual booking at 5.45pm. Within 5 minutes we attempted to order an entree to share and two mains. We were warned there would not be enough time to have an entree because the gap between entree and mains would be too long. We ordered mains only (lamb & medium rare steak) and a side of chips. The meals took 45 minutes to be arrive. The meals were all lukewarm at best. We didn’t want to send them back due to time constraints. The waiter (who was great and very apologetic) did take back the chips but we never got them back. We did get a main and the chips removed from the bill, however would have much preferred a decent meal. Given the price point of the menu and the fact that they are now offering so few menu choices, we expected high standard of food and service. Very disappointing.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 9 March 2021

Hi Julia, Thanks for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We pride ourselves on the quality of our food and customer service, so this feedback is extremely important to us. We are disappointed that your experience with us did not meet expectations this time around. We will pass on your feedback to our team to ensure this doesn’t happen again, and we hope to see you soon. Sincerely, The Charming Squire

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WendyB
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

We enjoyed the venue. Proximity to QPAC excellent. Service was excellent but one guest did not enjoy his meal. Too spicy for an old bloke! I feel there could be a little more diversity in the menu for us oldies. This is my fourth visit to The Charming Squire and I will certainly be returning. Thank you for a great spot for a light lunch after the orchestral treat.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 3 March 2021

Hi Wendy, We're thrilled you enjoyed the service during your visit, thank you for your wonderful recommendation. We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

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Smuv2016
9 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

my swordfish came out bloody in the middle, but I accepted it as the way it was cooked , but my wife's smoked chicken came out cold . She could only eat 4 bites and had to leave it. I tasted it and it was overflavoured with smoke and it wasn't warm.
The food is usually very good at Charming Squire , but not this time

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CarolineK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Disappointing change to the menu in the Charming Squire restaurant. 5 main meals to choose from, steak, lamb, chicken, fish or cauliflower.
I’ve dined several times over the last couple of years, it’s a good location prior to a show at QPAC and the menu had plenty to choose from. I will not be returning with the current limited options at fine dining prices in a pub atmosphere.
The explanation of the reduced menu was that the restaurant was trying to be fancier than the pub menu to separate the two areas.
The waiter was very friendly and attentive.

The Charming Squire Restaurant
Responded on 2 March 2021

Hi Caroline, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We are sorry that the experience did not meet your expectations. Stay tuned, as we will have some exciting changes to our restaurant coming up that you will love. We look forward to seeing you again.

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The Charming Squire Restaurant is rated 4 stars by 895 OpenTable diners.

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