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70 Esplanade, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800, Australia
+61 8 8981 4544
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“banoffee pie” (14 reviews)
“wagyu” (29 reviews)
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Steakhouse, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
70 Esplanade, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800, Australia
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Great wagyu steak, perfectly cooked but not cheap. The sides are really creative yet simple and all very generous sized servings too.The setting is nice, layout is good and spacious. Very cold beer is a blessing and it has a great wine list too. Service...More

Thank 975garryh
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

While filming House Hunters International we had a meal here with great food, service and local beer.

Thank Anita P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Booked for 8 but 10 arrived, seemed difficult for staff to rearrange outside table Our French waiter was arrogant and more worried about the $50 wine glasses on our table I asked him to leave our 2 yo's dinner on table while he cleaned up...More

Thank mark m
Reviewed 1 week ago

A group of four dined at Char and all were grateful we had finally found a great restaurant after dining a whole week at not so great restaurants. The waitress was helpful and very friendly. The fresh fish dishes were a surprise as with a...More

Thank TraceyLea2013
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having just arrived in Darwin I asked acfew locals a good restaurant. Was told Char. Staff are good, prices way to $$$. Sirlion delivered with a mushroom and tomato top very $$$. Wine list is not cheap. Overpriced for valueMore

Thank Pauline B
BoutiqueVenues, Guest Relations Manager at Char, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for listening to our locals and giving us a try and also thank you for the feedback. I note and take on board your comment on the prices. We go to great effort to ensure we source the best beef Australia has to offer,...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Four of us had dinner at Char last night. Food was to die food, service excellent. Best steak I have had in a long time. A must is dessert too😄

Thank Molly0910
BoutiqueVenues, Guest Relations Manager at Char, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Molly0910. Thanks for the great feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your birthday with us, and what's more on behalf of Char, Happy Birthday and thanks for celebrating it with us. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was a bit nervous given the advertised emphasis on award-winning steaks but was delighted to discover this restaurant has a thoughtful separate menu for vegetarians...and the silken tofu salad with fried okra was to die for. (Not to mention the yummy mojito!)More

Thank Paul M
BoutiqueVenues, Guest Relations Manager at Char, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi PaulM, thanks for the great feedback and also thanks for giving us a try even though we are as you say a steak restaurant. Chef Dean, has gone to great length to consider all palates and preferences, with his menu that he is constantly...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really disappointed with our meal at this establishment. Has a beautiful setting right on the esplanade, and that's were is stops. Entree was bland, and the main meal of Barra was muddy. All meals come out with chirozo on the side, why I don't know....More

Thank 01jms
BoutiqueVenues, Guest Relations Manager at Char, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi 01jms, thank you taking the time to provide your feedback. We have passed on your feedback to the chef, especially that with the Barra. The barra comes from Humpty Doo Barra, due to its consistency. However with the feedback provided Chef Dean will be...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went for dinner with friends . Unfortunately we were seated inside, which looks nice but has horrendous acoustic's to such an extent that you could not hear anyone except the person directly next to you. The waitress stood at the end of the table...More

Thank MKHeffey
BoutiqueVenues, Guest Relations Manager at Char, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi MKHeffey, thank you so much for providing your feedback. I have passed on your feedback regarding the acoustics and acknowledge that it can at times be noisey. However we are currently looking at venue upgrades and will consider this point you raise. Our chef...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is probably the 15th or maybe more time that I have eaten at Char. The food is always at a very high standard and the wait staff always at a faultless standard. The knowledge of the food being served by our waiter Kevin was...More

Thank Jeremy A
BoutiqueVenues, Guest Relations Manager at Char, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Jeremy A. We are delighted that you had a great time and its awesome to see how many times that you have dined with us.. We look forward to seeing you again soon. For someone that has dined with us on so many occasions,...More

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Chloe B
Hi my name is Chloe Buhler and I am currently studying food and hospitality as a year 12 subject. I was wondering if you'd be able to answer a few questions to assist in my investigation on how American cuisine is impacting Australian restaurants. Feel free to skip any questions. 1. Would you consider your restaurant to be American style? (In terms of food, appearance, theme) 2. Do you believe your restaurant menu is influenced by American cuisine? (In terms of food items, flavours, presentations, ingredients, portion size) 3. If so, is there a particular part of America that has influenced you restaurant? 4. Would you consider it a positive or negative thing that some restaurant menus are influenced by American cuisine? 5. Do your customers leave mostly positive or negative reviews about your food? 6. What would you say customers appreciate the most about American style food? (In terms of taste, smell, portion size, presentation) 7. Would you/do you prefer American style food over other cultures? If so, why? 8. What type of foods that Australian restaurants sell, would you consider American style? 9. What about those items makes them American style? (In terms of taste, smell, portion size, presentation) 10. Do you believe the American theme will spread and grow throughout Australian restaurants? 11. If so, why? Thank you for taking the time to help me and I hope you have a great day!
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Response from Carol C C | Reviewed this property |
Hi Chloe, Lots of questions but I will try and answer As best I can. Firstly Char did not relate to an American style restaurants at all. While steak restaurants are popular in the USA served with pride particularly in NY... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 100
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 70 Esplanade, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Northern Territory  >  Top End  >  Darwin
  • Phone Number: +61 8 8981 4544
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