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Char Restaurant

4.2
4.2
127 Reviews
$41 to $100
Modern Australian

Modern Australian Steak Restaurant located on the Esplanade overlooking Darwin Harbour. Located in the historic grounds of Admiralty House is the award winning Char Restaurant and its sister restaurant located upstairs The Darwin Club.

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Booked 5 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch
    Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
    Dinner
    Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (08) 8981 4544

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Richard Brown

  • Neighborhood

    Darwin City

  • Cross street

    70 The Esplanade, Darwin City

  • Parking details

    Ample street parking is available

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers

Menu

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What 127 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. B

    Bob329

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Char was amazing, had an excellent time. Perfect meal and quiet ambience to have a normal conversation. Wish I could visit again.

  2. OS

    OliviaS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Kids menu needs a good re-vamp as does not reflect the quality of the other meals and resembles a poorly creative pub meal. Main meals were lovely although too pricey. Wait time on meals was minimal and staff were lovely. Overall, I believe with a revamp of kids menu and slightly more realistic pricing of mains- I would visit Char regularly.

    Char RestaurantResponded 3 days ago

    Hi Olivia, thanks for your feedback about the kids menu. We like everyone to feel welcome at Char; Families sometimes struggling to find a nice restaurant with kid meals without having to spend heaps of money for a family dinner out. We are happy that overall your experience at Char was good. Looking forward to seeing you again!

  3. D

    Dani

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2021

    overall2food3service4ambience3

    The chairs you sit on are plastic and uncomfortable for an upmarket restaurant. But the decorations were nice. It was also quite hot inside. The food tasted good but we both felt sick after our meals. Not sure we’d go back.

    Char RestaurantResponded 3 days ago

    Hi Dani, sorry that your experience didn't achieve your expectations. We can ensure that our products are sourced from the best locations in Australia and our meals are fresh made for each customers. We look forward to see you again :)

  4. AE

    AbbeyE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    We had a fantastic night for my husband’s 30th. The wagyu rib eye and the wagyu ragu were both spectacular. Drinks and entrees were amazing also.

    Char RestaurantResponded on November 22, 2021

    Thank you so much for your great review Abbey, happy to read that you had a great time with us. Looking forward for your next visit! Please, send me an email next time to marketing@admiraltyhouse.c om.au so I could give you the best table!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great night celebrating our sons 18th birthday here. The food, atmosphere and service was great. Highly recommend Char.

    Char RestaurantResponded on November 22, 2021

    Thank you so much for your great review, we are so happy that you had a great time at Char. Looking forward to see you again!

  6. LP

    LindzeeP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This iconic Darwin restaurant continues to grow and flourish under the new team. Wonderful food, amazing service and a great wine list; what more could you ask for.

    Char RestaurantResponded on November 22, 2021

    Thank you so much for your great review Lindzee, We have great suppliers to create the best wine list in the Territory!

  7. E

    Emjay

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Terrine-amazing Lamb cutlets-amazing Wagyu Ragu- mediocre spag bol

    Char RestaurantResponded on November 1, 2021

    Hi Emjay, we're sorry to hear that not all our dishes achieve your expectations. We use the best quality products in Australia, to achieve high quality meals. Please, if you decide to visit us again, contact me personally at marketing@admiraltyhouse.c om.au and I would personally look after you. Vanessa

  8. BL

    BLee

    Western Australia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very nice... food, service, ambience, wine selection, all great!

    Char RestaurantResponded on November 1, 2021

    Thank you so much for your great review, we are really glad that you had a great time with us. Looking forward for your next visit!

  9. DS

    DianneS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I ordered the crab spagetti which was delicious. I would have that dish again. My husband ordered the Housemade Tortellini of Kent pumpkin which was also delicious. A good selection of wines and you could order wine by the glass. The staff were welcoming and attentive.

    Char RestaurantResponded on October 25, 2021

    Thank you so much for your excellent review Dianne, we worked really hard to get our wine list so we are really glad that you like it. Looking forward to seeing you again!

  10. M

    Maggie

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience1

    Unfortunately it was not a good experience for our Anniversary. I had crab spaghetti but I could hardly find any crab. The minute pieces of crab did not indicate there was any real crab at all. The lights were very bright and hot so the ambience was not good. In hindsight I should have asked to move to a table without horrible LED lights. I initially asked for pork belly but was told it was very fatty and they recommended the crab. All in all it was not what I expected. My husband's sirloin was okay and vegetables okay. The dessert was okay but not brilliant for the price. I doubt we will return.

    Char RestaurantResponded on October 25, 2021

    Hi Maggie, I am sorry we did not meet your expectations when dinning with us in such a special occasion. I can assure you that we use a high quality blue swimmer crab for this dish, 120 grams in our main dish. As the flesh is really delicate, it almost melts in the sauce. We invite you to give us another opportunity to show you our hospitality & food quality.

  11. DL

    DavidL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2021

    overall2food1service1ambience2

    After reading reviews and getting personal recommendations from friends we were very disappointed. In my view the meal was overpriced, of very average quality And the wait staff was arrogant and intrusive. Would not go back if it was half the price!

    Char RestaurantResponded on October 25, 2021

    Hi David, I apologise if your experience dinning with us didn't achieve your expectations. We always try to have high standing food & service, getting only the best Australian products for our kitchen. Please, if you change your mind and wants to give us another opportunity, don't hesitate in email at marketing@admiraltyhouse.c om.au and I will look after you personally

  12. KB

    KylieB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Always looked after by staff, food is delicious. Love chilling out alfresco with a bottle of wine to savour with the dishes either solo or with friends.

    Char RestaurantResponded on October 18, 2021

    Thank you Kylie, we are really glad that you had a good time with us! Looking forward to see u again!

  13. S

    Scott

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Atmosphere is well crafted, service is prompt with a great wine selection. Meal was on point and couldn't be faulted

    Char RestaurantResponded on October 18, 2021

    Thank you Scott, we are really glad that you had a good time with us!

  14. SM

    SteveM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    We had a lovely meal at Char. The atmosphere and setting was lovely. Our choices of food which included the pork terrine and scallops for entree were delicious. The steak was rated as very good but the highlight for me was the baby barramundi. Amazing flavour and it too heavy. Alice was outstanding in the wait staff and the rest of the staff were very friendly. We will return again.

    Char RestaurantResponded on October 11, 2021

    Hi Steve! Thank you so much for your great review, we are so glad that you have a great night with us! Looking forward to seeing you again :)

  15. SL

    SharonL

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service in a lovely place. Great view.

  16. BD

    BevD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a fabulous meal with great wine in a fabulous setting

  17. HL

    HarryL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It all just works From reservation to the meal Many thanks for a great night

    Char RestaurantResponded on October 11, 2021

    Thank you so much Harry, we are glad that you had a great night!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Perth

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Beautiful food and drinks. Lighting could be a bit more intimate inside.

    Char RestaurantResponded on October 11, 2021

    Thank you so much for taking your time in review your experience :)

  19. OE

    OceaE

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    For me this restaurant has the potential to be 5 star all round. My experience lacked finesse and care, you know those little things that make a dining experience go from ok to amazing. For example our first table was wobbly, but our party was only moved when a glass broke. The second table was an experience of water dripping on me from the ceiling. I moved aside but it continued and when it was mentioned to the staff (who were all polite by the way) I was informed that it is something that just happens. Ok. The food was lovely. However, I caveat my review with the thought that maybe they were having a bad day, and that I have been fortunate to experience restaurant dining that is exceptional, so my benchmark may be different from others. I would go again, and would recommend it to friends but maybe not with the same vigour as it was recommended to me.

    Char RestaurantResponded on October 4, 2021

    Good morning, thanks for your feedback and sharing your experience with us. I apologise for the small things that make your experience with us not as excepcional as we like. With the change of the season and the wet season here, we realised that we have problems with condensation in the air cons, we are working on a solution but its not a excuse. Please, don’t hesitate in email me at marketing@admiraltyhouse.c om.au in your next visit and i’ll make sure of look after you

  20. A

    Angie

    Adelaide

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delish meal and friendly attentive service in a beautiful environment.

    Char RestaurantResponded on October 4, 2021

    Thank you Angie!

  21. JV

    JudyV

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Food was excellent in beautiful location. Perfect evening

    Char RestaurantResponded on October 4, 2021

    Thank you Judy! We are glad that you had a great night. See you soon

  22. KF

    KatF

    Northern Territory

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing setting, friendly and professional staff, Fantastic food, would definitely recommend.

    Char RestaurantResponded on October 4, 2021

    Hi Kat! Thank you so much to take some time in your review and let it us know about your experience. Looking forward to see you soon

  23. PC

    PaulC

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As usual, service and food are excellent. Nice location and excellent beverage list. We are lucky to have such an excellent restaurant in Darwin.

  24. TG

    TriciaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere,good food ,lovely night. Would highly recommend.

    Char RestaurantResponded on September 27, 2021

    Hi Tricia, Thank you so much for your review, we are looking forward to seeing you soon

  25. GR

    GregR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience5

    Lovely ambience with very nice staff but dinner was disappointing. Husbands 200g fillet steak was grisly & a bit chewy. Food was not hot especially the chosen sides of the mash potato & carrots. Coffees although nice were also only like warm. Overall a very expensive meal & have experienced better food at a local pub.

  26. RC

    RobertC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Easy booking and back up, staff, setting food was great. Will definitely go back again on next visit to Darwin

    Char RestaurantResponded on September 27, 2021

    Thanks Robert, we are looking forward to see you back!

  27. KE

    KylieE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    We have been to Char many times on our visits to Darwin. It never disappoints. Last night we had the beef ribs (amazing) and the terrine (delicious) My main of the lamb cutlets was actually a bit tough. Hard to cut. Not as good as usual from this place. My husband had the snapper and it was great.

    Char RestaurantResponded on September 27, 2021

    Hi Kylie, We are glad that you had a good experience with us overall. Sorry to hear about the lamb cutlets, we always try to offer high standing food, we are sorry that this particular time wasn't as good as usual. We are looking forward to seeing you again.

  28. NR

    NoRush

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Very good service. Staff very attentive and friendly. Bit expensive for me but great for special occassion. Ambience snd sorrounds were excellent. Maybe suggest laundry truck come at a time prior to dinner serving.

  29. AD

    AlisonD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always fabulous food, service & wine list. Location, location, location. Service staff always very attentive & knowledgeable. No doubt will become one of Darwin's iconic restaurants.

    Char RestaurantResponded on September 27, 2021

    Thank you so much for your review Alison, it's always a pleasure have you here

  30. MC

    MartynC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2021

    overall3food1service2ambience3

    Had high hopes for this place, was very disappointed by the $98 Wagyu. Various staff attempted to tell me that it was normal to not be able to chew half of it as "I did order the high marbled steak". ( I have a feeling this is their "go to" line as they all said it ) The gristle that made up about fifty percent of the steak was not marbling I said as I pointed to the large bit of fat that I had to remove from my mouth as it was like chewing set silicone. They did offer some free drinks and a dessert but by then the disappointment was too much to deal with so we just accepted their offer to remove the steak from the bill. Bit of a let down considering all the hype. I wish I had taken a pic of it but they whipped my plate away sharpish when they realised what a sub standard steak I had been provided, leaving me to much on few sides.

  31. LC

    LyndaC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience2

    Loved the service, location, ambience, food, attention. Hated the noise levels from other diners, scraping chairs and tables and bottle smashing in the trash bins by the bar staff. Needs improvement.

    Char RestaurantResponded on September 27, 2021

    Hi Lynda! Thank you so much for your review & feedback. We are already trying to fix the noise levels, changing some bars procedures. Looking forward to seeing you again!

  32. R

    Rian

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Food & cocktails were amazing! The steak was cooked exactly how we asked. Sides were good too, the corn was a little sad, needed a bit more flavour but the roast potatoes, Brie onions and seasonal greens were good. Happy to pay that bit extra for a great meal but was quite disappointed having to pay $4 for table water and $4 each for sauces when your paying for a steak by itself, other than that it’s worth the price!

    Char RestaurantResponded on September 27, 2021

    Hi Rian, Thank you so much for your review, we are glad that you have a good overall experience. We are sorry that you feel disappointed about the extra charges, we are only charging for our sparkling water at the moment. Looking forward to seeing you again!

  33. HL

    HollyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and exceptional service - would highly recommend

    Char RestaurantResponded on September 27, 2021

    Hi Holly, thank you so much for yoour review!

  34. CS

    ChrisSNT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    I love Dining at Char, though I think there is still improvements to be done in some dishes. The crab spaghetti was delicious, however after half the dish I was craving a refresh of the citrus - perhaps a fresh squeeze of lime? The side of chilli greens could also do with a slice of lime. I think the side of chips are absolutely delicious, and worthy of the price tag. The service was exceptional as always, and I most definitely will return.

    Char RestaurantResponded on September 27, 2021

    Hi Chris, Thank you so much for your review and feedback, next time if you missing anything just ask our wonderful staff and we would make sure to provide it. Looking forward to seeing you again!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sunshine Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and food

    Char RestaurantResponded on September 27, 2021

    Thank you

  36. J

    Jeff

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Highly recommended for fancy dinner :) everyone should try this.

    Char RestaurantResponded on September 27, 2021

    Thank you Jeff!

  37. D

    Dazza

    Northern Territory

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and service with wonderful ambience. Highly recommend.

    Char RestaurantResponded on September 27, 2021

    Thank you Dazza!

  38. KP

    KathyP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Lovely atmosphere. A few hiccoughs the ordering but food was delicious.

    Char RestaurantResponded on September 27, 2021

    Thank you Kathy!

  39. CW

    CarolW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    Need to improve service and meals need to come out together. Steak was medium rare when asked for medium well. Had to ask several times for different things which really isn't good enough. Would only recommend if service was improved.

    Char RestaurantResponded on September 27, 2021

    Hi Carol, Thank you for your review, we are sorry that you had a bad experience dining with us. We always try to have high standing food & service, we are sorry that this particular time we didn't achieve your expectations. Please, next time that you think in visit us, send me an email personally and I would make sure that you are look after

  40. KB

    KylieB

    Adelaide

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Great location esp at sunset. Food was lovely. Service was a bit slow esp the drinks service but the service person was friendly and professional when she was there. We would have ordered dessert and more cocktails but the thought of waiting for someone to come take the order then waiting even longer for them to come we decided to just leave and grab a gelati on the way home. We had a table of 8 and was a sat night maybe smaller groups or less busy night this may not have been an issue.

    Char RestaurantResponded on September 27, 2021

    Thank you for this feedback Kylie - we will see you again - and I have marked these items for attention with our Res Manager - we were busy on Saturday but no excuse - can always be better !

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Char Restaurant is rated 4.2 stars by 127 OpenTable diners

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Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Char Restaurant

70 Esplanade Darwin City, AU-NT 0800

  • Cross street

    70 The Esplanade, Darwin City

  • Neighborhood

    Darwin City

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch
    Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
    Dinner
    Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Ample street parking is available

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Richard Brown

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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