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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Excellent food
1. Excellent food
"We had the T-bone with a local bug."
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"Amazing food and service !"
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3. Yummy Steak, Great Wines
3. Yummy Steak, Great Wines
"best steaks"
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Be it an intimate dinner for two, a long business lunch, a night out with your mates or a specially designed function, Char Restaurant is the place to be. Our Vision is to deliver a unique dining experience that offers the best of fresh local produce, international and local wines and innovative cuisine coupled with exceptional service and style, all within the beautiful surroundings of heritage listed Admiralty House and its grounds.
USD 15 - USD 80
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed today via mobile

Saturday evening, yep, busy time, got seated then was told waiter will be back with drinks menu. Half an hour later had to grab a drinks menu off another table. Another half hour later had to flag down a waitress to say we were very...thirsty! Finally "our" waitress arrived & half heartedly apolagised about the wait. Eventually food came out & my steak was delicous. But my wife's pasta, a 5 year old could have cooked it at kindy. Bloody horrible. Same as my friends wagyu ragu, he was very disappointed. If we are going to spend a decent amount of money on a meal it should be enjoyable. Not the crap we got to eat.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed today via mobile

Why do I continue to suggest Char to my interstate friends? Because of the out door ambience I guess and that is ALL Once again cold raw steaks after an hour wait, even at 6.30 pm and I won’t go on about the rest of...the meal Once again a disgraceful disappointment Why why why? Never never againMore

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed yesterday

We’ve been in Darwin over two weeks and this restaurant simply has the best food. Service was great, but not over attentive. Alice is a real asset. Charcuterie board has melt in your mouth jamon. And the seafood brodetta and crab spaghetti were absolutely scrumptious....For a restaurant that specializes in steaks their seafood chefs do an amazing job. Don’t listen to the negative complaints.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 5 days ago

My husband and I had 2wks to plan my son's 18th. It was a last minute decision and Matt and his team were very accommodating. The place was great and the food! Can't be compared to anyone else's. Service from the food servers to the...bartender and manager, greatly appreciated. Will definitely be considering it for future events.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

Food was bad, service even worse. The best for the night was the tall waiter from Serbia who was very attentive. Two steaks were like brown lumps on a large plate. Had to wait 10 minutes for sides. Only one meal was edible. If you...want to pay big and throw your money away then this is the place for you. Darwin we can do betterMore

Date of visit: September 2021
Matthew, General Manager at Char Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Vegitmed, I am very sorry to hear you had a bad experience with us – there is nothing I can say but I am very sorry and ask anyone reading this or the writer not to judge us one experience. It would like be...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Returned to Char and once again great ! We were outside this time and loved it. Family up from Perth commented on how great service was and wines are amazing 👏 thank you

Date of visit: September 2021
Matthew, General Manager at Char Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you Marcos ! Glad we keep living up to your expectations. See you again real soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

went for a drink only, most expensive place in darwin, possibly australia, $12 for bottle of cider. 50% more than casino. went down the road in mitchel st and cider was $7More

Date of visit: September 2021
Matthew, General Manager at Char Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

You know, I do not know what to say here. Struggling to understand the basis and merits of this review and the person who wrote it. You walk into a venue – you look at their beverage menu. Where – and I checked this considering...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were so impressed with our dinner at Char 😍 The setting is stunning, with a great view of the sun setting over the ocean, we were seated outside under the big tree lit up with fairy lights. The food was absolutely incredible! Get the...corn rolls - the condiments served with them are divine! Amazing steak & crab linguine. Service was lovely tooMore

Date of visit: August 2021
Matthew, General Manager at Char Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for this - see you again real soon @

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a beautiful Saturday night... Amazing view! Amazing food!! Amazing staff!!! Eye fillet was cooked to perfection. Dessert so good, had to get another one too... Will be back for more soon..

Date of visit: August 2021
Matthew, General Manager at Char Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your great review !

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First time back here after it closed for renovations. Beautiful set up and easy to get a booking for dinner. Menu is fantastic and food was superb, exactly as expected for fine dining. Friendly and knowledgeable service. Great experience and looking forward to coming back...again soon.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Matthew, General Manager at Char Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you so much - we try not wear the badge fine dining - but appreciate living up to it .

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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 anythingbutzen | 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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Char Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3
  • Atmosphere: 4