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Char Restaurant

The Esplanade | Cnr Knuckey St, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800, Australia
+61 8 8981 4544
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good28%
  • Average16%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible6%
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“steak” (484 reviews)
“wagyu” (30 reviews)
“barramundi” (66 reviews)
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Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
The Esplanade | Cnr Knuckey St, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Wonderful meal. Shame about the flies. Don’t bother. We had a wonderful meal. Cannot fault the food. Our last night iin Darwin and wanted a special meal. The food is expensive, the reviews are in general good so you would only choose this restaurant knowing...More

Thank n0rmancw
Reviewed yesterday

Ate here twice while in Darwin. Had a good experience both times. The waitstaff were friendly and engaging. Very pleasant to talk to. Discussed the various menu items as well as the wines. The menu is not large, but is very interesting with excellent selections...More

Thank Art H
Reviewed 3 days ago

Food was good - especially the small plates but perhaps a little over-priced. The crispy skinned Barramundi was exceptional. Seriously good wine list but priced accordingly.

Thank BorisZ
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My birthday dinner at Char with a family couple was a great night. Wine selection, food, company, service, and venue was all terrific. Our wait staff were all very professional and personable and looked after us extremely well. Highly recommend

Thank AquavueTeam
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A group of friends out for the evening. One of us had been there before and loved it. Arrived but all tables outside (including the one we booked) we're closed off due to impending bad weather. They gave us a table inside. Nice layout but...More

Thank David B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a top notch night at Char. The nummus - like an Aussie ceviche using a pink reef fish - was excellent with interesting with unusual citrus flavors. Very good sides. The steaks were excellent (the family said). My main was barramundi, cooked very...More

1  Thank N120AB
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been looking forward to trying Char for some time but left dissapointed. The staff are very friendly, the setting perfect but the food we thought was average. My husband had the pork belly to start which was lovely, I had the garlic prawns...More

Thank chellebelle007_12
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was looking forward to having some seafood while visiting Darwin. The restaurant itself looked nice and the service was friendly. But one of the fish fillet my husband received which was recommended by the waiter was inedible. It was all chewy. And my $49...More

Thank daegu77
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were looking for a place that was little bit special to celebrate the end of our holiday. The locations was great, outside dining available, the service excellent and the food delicious. We shared a plate of beautiful oysters natural with seawed followed by crispy...More

Thank AlanD1950
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have been to this restaurant before and we were excited about our return visit. Both had steaks at $60 & $ 50 - veg mash an additional $20. They were nowhere near supposed size both cold and tough. Sauces were also cold and tasted like...More

Thank AuntyMargy
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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!
22 July 2016|
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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 4 - USD 14
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, View, 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: The Esplanade | Cnr Knuckey St, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Northern Territory  >  Top End  >  Darwin
  • Phone Number: +61 8 8981 4544
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