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“Overall ok”
Review of Char Barossa

Char Barossa
Ranked #10 of 35 Restaurants in Tanunda
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: AU$22 - AU$60
Description: Relaxed dining, friendly service & simple food done well. This is our restaurant philosophy with a seasonal menu featuring the flavours from the chargrill. A family-owned business in the heart of the Barossa Valley, we are prominently located in the Main Street of Tanunda. Offering a relaxed & family-friendly environment, you may choose to dine in the comfort of our Dining Room, enjoy the sunshine on our front Terrace or the serenity in our Char Garden out back. We are known to indulge in a fine Barossa wine ourselves and would love to share our recommendations for you to enjoy with your meal from our extensive wine list. We hope to host you soon!
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Description: Relaxed dining, friendly service & simple food done well. This is our restaurant philosophy with a seasonal menu featuring the flavours from the chargrill. A family-owned business in the heart of the Barossa Valley, we are prominently located in the Main Street of Tanunda. Offering a relaxed & family-friendly environment, you may choose to dine in the comfort of our Dining Room, enjoy the sunshine on our front Terrace or the serenity in our Char Garden out back. We are known to indulge in a fine Barossa wine ourselves and would love to share our recommendations for you to enjoy with your meal from our extensive wine list. We hope to host you soon!
Reviewed 23 November 2023 via mobile

Great food with a large variety. Overall good experience. Lovely waitress but not great knowledge of the menu, no idea about the compliments to certain dishes. Felt like we were annoying asking lots of questions, no steak knifes.

Date of visit: November 2023
1  Thank Cassandra A
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Management response:Responded 24 November 2023

Hi Cassandra, thank you so much for taking the time to review us. We are really pleased you enjoyed your meals with us and appreciate your honest feedback about the service you received. We do have a couple of new staff members who are still learning and we will use this experience to help develop their knowledge for future services. We hope to have the opportunity to host you all again.

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Reviewed 22 November 2023

Amazing service! Fantastic food! A complete pleasure to dine at this restaurant. Menu has lots of options, everyone in our dining party ordered something different and none of us were disappointed. Food was wonderfully presented and cooked to perfection. Friendly staff, always smiling and very attentive. Everyone made us feel completely at home. Gorgeous location and the ambiance is nothing less than superb. Most definitely be a repeat customer and do not hesitate to recommend to both locals and visitors alike.

Date of visit: November 2023
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2  Thank Kim P
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Management response:Responded 24 November 2023

Hi Kim, thank you so much for taking the time to review our restaurant. We are so happy you had a wonderful experience with us and hope to host you all again soon! Much appreciated.

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Reviewed 11 November 2023

Wife and I were recomended char whilst away in the barossa for an anniversary getaway. So glad I took their advice!
The service staff were lovely and knowledgeable and very patient while we went through the menu and asked a lot of questions (my wife has specific dietary needs) which meant a lot to us especially with how busy it was.
We ordered dumplings and kingfish, both of which were incredible, followed by duck and king Henry pork chop.
We shared a brule for desert which I strongly recommend!
Wonderful experience, will definitely be back and have already recommended to friends planning on visiting the barossa. Thank you for a great evening

Date of visit: November 2023
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3  Thank Peter Z
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Reviewed 8 November 2023

This restaurant experience was very poor. We would not have chosen to eat here had someone not have suggested it. We had considered it the night before but had gone elsewhere. Pity we didn't do so again the second time. I was wanting something light after a busy day. My go to is a Thai Beef Salad, so I am very familiar with this dish. What I received was Not a Thai Beef Salad. The dressing drenched over the salad tasted like it was ordinary salad dressing out of a squeeze bottle. There was no Thai anything about this dish. Not even a hint of spice or those tasty Thai flavours. It was bland. Basically a mountain - well a small hill actually - of green salad with a few beef strips hidden within. Also flavourless. No sign of tomato or capsicum or anything coloured other than green. No nuts to speak of - a good Thai salad has a good quarter cup of chopped nuts for texture. Occasionally some crispy noodles also for texture but these are optional. At $38 this dish promised much on paper and delivered so little on the plate. A comment to the waitress of my utter disappointnent initially went ignored or unheeded. A second approach yielded a higher authority coming to the table to try to defend this dish disaster, the indefensible. A somewhat prolonged discussion mid dining room about the qualities of the dish - the lack thereof - yielded no result. "What would you like me to do about it" is not an adequate response. Suggesting a healthy squeeze of Thai Chilli Sauce is also not what a diner wants to hear to rectify a failed dish. We got nowhere, cut short our meal, unfortunately our last in Tanunda, and left, wondering why we hadn't patronised a recommended restaurant further up the road. I suggest others contemplating this restaurant at the door keep walking. There are better experiences to be had elsewhere, especially if you are in the Barossa for a memorable time. Visiting this restaurant will put a dent in that. We won't be returning to Char on future visits to the area. Give this restauarant a Big Swerve.

Date of visit: November 2023
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2  Thank Wanderer27370830754
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Management response:Responded 13 November 2023

Hello Wanderer27370830754,
We have been expecting your poor review, as promised by you prior to departing our venue. You clearly did not enjoy your dining experience at Char, and as much as we do our best to please all of the customers that dine with us, it was clear this was not going to be the case on this occasion.
Our team at Char take great pride in delivering a great experience to all of our guests and hold ourselves to a high standard of doing so, and to twist our words is not fair on our team who give their best every service. “A healthy squeeze of Thai chilli sauce” was not something that was or would be recommended to “fix” the forementioned issue. Adding to that, “what would you like me to do about it” has quite a different tone to it than “is there anything I can do about it” which is what was actually said. We do care about our guests experience, the food we provide and the service we offer, so we will always try to rectify anything that our guests feel may not have been up to their standards.
What was served was exactly what is stated on our menu: ‘THAI BEEF SALAD of premium chargrilled SA beef strips, cucumber, bean shoots, coriander, Vietnamese mint, peanuts & house made Thai dressing’. The dish includes 150grams of SA prime eye fillet, crushed peanuts and a dressing made in our kitchen (not from a bottle). Your complaints about the dish not being to your liking were referred by your waitress onto our Restaurant Manager, who personally addressed them with you. After hearing out all your negative comments you were offered another salad or even a completely different dish from our menu, to which you declined, and then proceeded to eat the remaining salad in its entirety.
Food is always subject to opinion, and it is completely fine to express that this particular dish was not to your liking. Your attitude towards our staff however was not appreciated.
Though be it not ours, we do hope you continue to support our region through your patronage of our fellow Barossa businesses and we wish you all the best for your future dining experiences.

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Reviewed 19 October 2023 via mobile

We had the platter but money wise is not worth that money.

Food was average
Food was too little for platter that cost $98.00

Date of visit: October 2023
2  Thank froggies123
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