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CHAR bar and grill

#24 of 15,961 Restaurants in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighbourhood:
South Bund
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29-31 Floors, top of Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund, No.585 Zhongshan Dong Er Road | Near Dongmen Road, Shanghai 200010, China
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+86 21 3302 9995
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17:30 - 22:30
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New York City, New York
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126 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My family came on a trip to China and one of the recommended places for views of the Bund was CHAR at Indigo Hotel. We decided to go for dinner which was a great decision instead of just going to the bar. We had several appetizzers to share which we thoroughly enjoyed and the staff was very attentive and welcoming.... More 

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126 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Incredible views, well worth a visit when in Shanghai, go as the sun goes down. Pricey, but very good. Really chilled, good music.

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Thank NatashaKinch
Willmer C, CHAR dining Head Chef at CHAR bar and grill, responded to this review

Hi Sasha T We are delighted to hear your comments and my team will be super happy when they hear your review. As usual I completely agreed that the views from CHAR dining and CHAR bar are just unique in the city and the sunset from the bar is one of those things you can not miss in shanghai. please... More 

Jakarta, Indonesia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Business friend brought me to this restaurant food was so so and the service could be better for the price we are paying for.

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1 Thank yapahkaw
Willmer C, CHAR Dining Head Chef at CHAR bar and grill, responded to this review

Hi Mr Yapahkaw I am really sorry to hear that you did not have a good experience on your last visit, I normally take my time to see to my costumers when ever possible and try to get comments on the evening but it looks like on your last visit i was unable to do so. it will be great... More 

Orlando, Florida
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

The experience was very good - CHAR has magnificent views of the city, the quality of the meat was exceptional and the fact that head chef came out to our table was a nice touch. The only downside is CHAR is pricey - really pricey, and I say that has someone who doesn't mind paying good money for a high-quality... More 

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Thank bmalenius1
Willmer C, CHAR dining Head Chef at CHAR bar and grill, responded to this review

Hi Bmalenius1 First and foremost let me say thanks for your review and your comments about CHAR dining, I am very happy to hear that you have a good meal and that you enjoy our apple Tarte Tatin, I will discuss with my pastry team to make sure that they improve the service time or if we are unable to... More 

Hong Kong, China
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

Can't fault the service, the quality of food, the location - it's all really quite good. From my experience, only 4 out of 5 due to the price. It's an impressive meal and a good experience but it is a bit over priced.

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1 Thank bwattonline
Willmer C, CHAR Dining Head Chef at CHAR bar and grill, responded to this review

Hi Bwattonline Thanks a lot for taking the time to write a review on CHAR dining, our team takes great care on making sure that all our guest have a great experience from the moment that they come to our restaurant until they leave. With regards of our prices we are on similar price range of other restaurant of our... More 

Heidelberg, Germany
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140 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

Starter (lobster bisque) and salad (cesars in a creative style) were good, but the steak as a main course was prepared rather well than medium even though it was ordered medium rare. That should not happen in a high price steak place like this. Dessert (apple tartine and creme brulee) was very good again

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1 Thank eatdrinkmenwomen
Willmer C, CHAR dining head Chef at CHAR bar and grill, responded to this review

Hi eatdrinkmenwomen Thanks for taking the time to write a review on CHAR dining, I understand that you enjoy the food in general but unfortunately I am very sad to hear that you have an issue with your beef on your last visit. We take great steps and consideration to make sure that we only deliver our products to the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

Char is a perfect place to eat with a very nice view. We ate oysters who were fantastic and a Wagyu meat that was also very good. The chef is amazing and I really recommend this place. Definitely I will come back.

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Thank Gabriela M
Willmer C, CHAR dining Head Chef at CHAR bar and grill, responded to this review

Hi Gabriela M Thanks for your review, It was a pleasure to take care of your table on your last visit and I am really happy to hear that you enjoy your dinner and our great selection of oysters. As well thanks for your great comments. Please fell free to lets us know for your next visit and if you... More 

Shanghai, China
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1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

We frequently dine at the restaurants all around the Bund and we sometimes feel some of them rely too much on the views. Char has probably the best view of them all but also it is one of the best dinning experiences in Shanghai. Cozy place with a nice atmosphere and we were looked after very well. Home made bread... More 

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Willmer C, CHAR Dining Head Chef at CHAR bar and grill, responded to this review

Hi Juan V Thanks a lot for the great comments about CHAR dining, definitely we have been working really hard to make sure that we stand out from the rest on the Bund and not only for our location but as well for the passion that we have to make this place a destination for great food, excellent steaks and... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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64 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Char boasts the best view in Shanghai of the skyline from its rooftop bar on the Bund. This is a remarkable location that offered us a clear nights view while enjoying champagne and oysters at bar while taking in the light show that is a signature of Shanghai. We followed up our time at the bar with an outstanding dinner... More 

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Thank SouBru
Willmer C, CHAR dining head Chef at CHAR bar and grill, responded to this review

Hi SouBru What a great review!!! i am very happy to hear that you have the opportunity to try our oyster promotion at CHAR bar and of course our menu tasting at CHAR dining, Again I am more than happy to take care of my guest personally and as soon as I have an understanding of your preferences prepare a... More 

Shanghai, China
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

As we stayed at the Indigo Hotel during Chinese New Year, we also visited the CHAR bar. The decor is a mix of vintage, glitz and glamour with dark wood, artsy pictures and glitter on the pillows. The rooftop seating area was a fantastic lookout on the Bund, the Huangpu River and Pudong. One of the best views we've had... More 

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1 Thank Christina F
Willmer C, CHAR Dining Head Chef at CHAR bar and grill, responded to this review

Hi Mrs Christina F Thanks a lot for your review and for visiting us at CHAR Bar, I am really sorry to hear that you were not satisfied with the service on your last visit and i will bring this to our Bar Manager attention. With regards of the service charge I am happy to inform you that we have... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 44 - USD 116
Cuisine
Steakhouse, European
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Parking Available
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, View
Open Hours
Sunday
17:30 - 22:30
Monday
17:30 - 22:30
Tuesday
17:30 - 22:30
Wednesday
17:30 - 22:30
Thursday
17:30 - 22:30
Friday
17:30 - 22:30
Saturday
17:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 29-31 Floors, top of Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund, No.585 Zhongshan Dong Er Road | Near Dongmen Road, Shanghai 200010, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Shanghai Region  >  Shanghai>  > South Bund
  • Neighbourhood: South Bund
  • Phone Number: +86 21 3302 9995

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Staying in South Bund

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South Bund
This waterfront area below the most famous section of the Huangpu River has undergone multiple phases of development that started when the Waterhouse Hotel opened its doors. Though it’s been slower to catch on than people expected, every year something new and exciting opens up and gives people a reason to keep calling the South Bund the "Next Big Thing." There are a couple of landmark hotels and restaurants of excellent quality that serve as anchors, and multiple annual events such as beer festivals, art and fashion fairs and music shows take advantage of the wide spaces, waterfront location and the tiny man-made beach to host huge crowds of people. Wandering about the newness, one can stumble upon authentic Chinese life in the stone gates of people’s residences or the street markets.
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