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Char Restaurant, Darwin City, AU-NT

Char Restaurant

4.2
4.2
307 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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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • 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, Cash not accepted, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Richard Brown

  • Private party facilities

    Char Restaurant can host a variety of functions with access to private dining areas. Let our functions manager take the care away from your next function

  • Neighborhood

    Darwin City

  • Cross street

    70 The Esplanade, Darwin City

  • Parking details

    Ample street parking is available

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, 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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What 307 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
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. K

    Kagey

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Was a bit disappointed. Booked months ago and asked for a good table at the time. Did not get a table outside and when asked them was told that one wasn’t available. Can thoroughly recommend the corn bread. Other entree of arancini balls was cold but was apologized for and replaced. Steak sauce choice was very good, but not impressed when one steak came out without sauce and was only then told that the choice of bernaise was not available and to choose another. Cocktails overpriced for the size. Not the best experience and I’m sure there are better restaurants available for the same price.

    Char RestaurantResponded todayHi Kagey, We are sorry to hear that your experience dinning with us didn't achieve your expectations. We always try to accommodate all the request but sometimes it's complicated with the high amount of bookings that we recieve. We ask you to please don't judge us in just one interaction and invite you to come back to dine with us again. Regards, Vanessa

  2. SS

    SallyS

    Melbourne

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fabulous dining experience. Outstanding menu made it very hard to choose !! Tempura jalapeño oysters a standout dish. Great wine list. Attentive service. Steak lovers paradise.

    Char RestaurantResponded todayHi Sally, Thank you so much for your review. We are really glad to read that you had a great time in our venue. We look forward to seeing you soon. Regards, Vanessa

  3. AB

    AntoniettaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent dining experience , lovely food and views . I will definitely be coming back !

    Char RestaurantResponded todayThank you for your great review Antonietta!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food amazing, service first rate, great atmosphere. We all had a great night

    Char RestaurantResponded todayThank you so much for your amazing review

  5. DM

    DarwinMom22

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Family friendly with a 2 and 5 yo. While definitely more of an adult place, the staff were particularly friendly and accommodating. Kids menu, ice cream and colouring in were a hit. We were celebrating a family anniversary and everything felt extra special.

    Char RestaurantResponded todayThank you so much for your amazing review. We are really glad that you enjoyed a good time with your family at our venue. We look forward to see you soon to keep celebrating life. Regards, Vanessa

  6. N

    Noels

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Waited too long for food. Ran out of bernaise sauce and did not advise us Steak not cooked as requested

    Char RestaurantResponded todayHi Noels. We are sorry to hear that your experience dinning with us didn't achieve your expectations. Our produce is source from the best locations in Australia and cooked by skilled chefs to achieve the best experience for our customers. We obviously miss the mark with you and I trully apologise on name of the Admiralty House team. We hope that we can welcome you again in our venue. Regards, Vanessa

  7. H

    Henry

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good service and the food was really good I would love to come back on my next visit to Darwin. Really enjoyed their beef dish and the oysters were enjoyable with the drinks

    Char RestaurantResponded 5 days agoThank you so much for your great review Henry

  8. JJ

    JazzyJ

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    Hmm, made a booking few weeks ago and requested outdoor. Arrived and was seated indoors, as there was no outdoor tables available supposedly. Seated for 10 minutes and 2 groups of walk ins arrived and were given outdoor tables. Not happy. Requested an outdoor table again and was relocated. Indoors is noisy and canteen like. Service was slow though friendly and the food was good though not outstanding. Had the terrine which was lovely, steak (eye fillet) was average and partners duck was good. Try Phat Mango, lighter and more modern.

    Char RestaurantResponded 5 days agoHi Jazzy, we are sorry to hear that your experience dinning with us didn't achieve your expectations. We always try our best to allocate outside all the bookings that request it but sometimes we can't. We look forward to seeing you next time. Regards, Vanessa

  9. BW

    BudW

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was lovely however portion size was down on what was stated in the menu - particularly when it came to size of steaks

    Char RestaurantResponded 5 days agoHi there, We are glad that you had overall a nice experience on our venue. We cut and weight all our steaks on house. When the steak is heated, it releases juices that cause the protein to shrink so it could look like the steak is smaller. We look forward to seeing you in our venue again. Regards, Vanessa

  10. DJ

    DeniseJ

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    On arrival told to go to bar to order. Pol Roger champagne not cold enough. Ordered Prawns as entree but steaks came out first. Told them we hadn’t had the entree. Person brought back steaks and prawns and salad and said prawns were side dish and we had to have them with steaks. Salad not as expected.

    Char RestaurantResponded 5 days agoHi Denise, We are sorry to hear that your experience dinning with us didn't achieve your expectations. This experience is far away from the one that we like to offer to our customer. We ask you to don't judge us just in one interaction and we invite you to visit us again in the future. Regards, Vanessa

  11. KT

    KerinT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Char was amazing, beautiful night, great service and beautiful food.

    Char RestaurantResponded 5 days agoThank you so much for your great review Kerin

  12. M

    Murphys

    Northern Territory

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of Darwin’s best restaurants. Food and service is always impeccable. We have been many times. It never disappoints.

    Char RestaurantResponded 5 days agoThank you so much for your stunning review Murphys. The team is above happy!

  13. LH

    LinaH

    Sunshine Coast

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely ambiance and service by our waitress Mania! Enjoyed the food we ordered however our dessert order was forgotten until we asked for it!! Overall it was a nice experience. Thank you

    Char RestaurantResponded 5 days agoHi Lina, Thank you for your review and feedback. We are glad to hear that overall you had a nice experience. Regards, Vanessa

  14. CM

    ChrisM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service as always in a wonderful atmosphere/environment

    Char RestaurantResponded 5 days agoWe couldn't be more grateful for your amazing review Chris. Looking forward to welcome you soon in our venue! Regards, Vanessa

  15. MC

    MariaC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food great service. Highly recommend this restaurant

    Char RestaurantResponded 5 days agoThank you so much for your review Maria :)

  16. A

    Anon

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    We were a little disappointed after booking a table outside, we were told it was no longer available. The food was generally excellent, but the zucchini flowers were oily. Drinks service was a little slow, but overall it is still a good restaurant.

    Char RestaurantResponded 5 days agoHi Anon, Thank you so much for your feedback. We always try our best to allocate everyone that requested outside on this area but sometimes we've to give the priority to the customers that booked earlier. We look forward to welcome you back soon. Regards, Vanessa

  17. GR

    GeoffR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent venue esp. Dry season under the tree, expensive but worth it for that special occasion.

    Char RestaurantResponded 5 days agoHi Geoff, Thank you so much for your review and feedback. We are really glad to read that you have, overall, a great experience. Regards, Vanessa

  18. A

    Aleesha

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Beautiful place for dinner, good vibe and stunning view.

    Char RestaurantResponded 5 days agoThanks for your amazing review Aleesha!

  19. LM

    LachlanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really beautiful heritage building, very cultural. Perfect food.

    Char RestaurantResponded on July 20, 2022Thank you for taking the time to review our venue Lachlan! We look forward to you visiting us again. Regards, Vanessa

  20. LB

    LittleB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience3
    I’ve had better dinners at my local sports club. Disappointing doesn’t begin to describe the experience.

    Char RestaurantResponded on July 20, 2022Hi there, We are sorry to hear that your experience dinning with us didn't achieve your expectations. Our produce and service is far from any local sport club as we source our produce from the best locations in Australia. We asked you to don't judge us in just one interaction with us, and we invite you to come again and enjoy our hospitality. Regards, Vanessa

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Char was a truly wonderful dining experience. We were there for our wedding dinner with a couple of friends and family and it was so beautiful. The food was amazing… best steak I’ve ever had! Dining under fairy lights was so lovely. Thank you for a magnificent night.

    Char RestaurantResponded on July 20, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to provide us with a comprehensive review. The type of feedback you have provided goes a long way to both enhance our service standards as well as Kitchen team. It goes without saying, we certainly look forward to welcoming you back to Char Restaurant in the not too distant future. Kind regards, Vanessa

  22. N

    None

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The food is expensive for what it is. It is good food but not that good. The wine menu is excellent but the service of that was poor.

    Char RestaurantResponded on July 20, 2022Hi there, We are sorry to hear that your experience dinning with us didn't achieve your expectations. Our produce is source our produce from the best locations in Australia. We asked you to don't judge us in just one interaction and we invite you to come again and enjoy our hospitality. Regards, Vanessa

  23. PG

    PaGaMe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was amazing, a great combination of flavours and cooled just right. We were there for our anniversary and it was lovely to be greeted with complimentary glasses of champagne to celebrate.

    Char RestaurantResponded on July 20, 2022Thank you for your great review! We look forward to welcome you again in our venue!

  24. j

    johnb

    Canberra

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great restraunt overall, little disappointed they do not take cash payment and then charge a 3% credit card fee. Highly recommend this place.

    Char RestaurantResponded on July 20, 2022Hi John, We are glad to hear that your experience was good overall. Since the start of the year, we decided to be a cashless company in line with our COVID guidelines. The bank, however, has a 1.7% surcharge in credit card transaction with visa or mastercard and a little bit more with Amex and other cards. We apologise if that was an inconvenience for you. Looking forward to seeing you again. Regards, Vanessa

  25. DC

    DianeC

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    A beautiful oasis in Darwin, ambience, service and food all very good. The prices are quite so a restaurant for a special occasion

    Char RestaurantResponded on July 20, 2022Thank you for a positive and constructive review! We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Kind regards, Vanessa

  26. CT

    CaraT

    Northern Territory

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely beautiful venue and location. The staff were excellent and the food was delicious. Cocktails were also lovely

    Char RestaurantResponded on July 20, 2022Thank you for a positive review Cara! We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Kind regards, Vanessa

  27. C

    Cheryl

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    A lovely meal with good service. It was our 4th visit to Char... we'll return next time we're in Darwin.

    Char RestaurantResponded on July 20, 2022Thank you for a positive and constructive review! We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Kind regards, Vanessa

  28. PS

    PhilS

    Adelaide

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful evening, lovely outdoor setting, sunset, mai tais, food is fantastic with great service, what more could you want?

    Char RestaurantResponded on July 20, 2022Thank you for your review! We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Kind regards, Vanessa

  29. CC

    ChristopherC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The night was overall great. Very pleasant and inviting.

    Char RestaurantResponded on July 20, 2022Thank you for taking the time to review our venue! We look forward to you visiting us again. Regards, Vanessa

  30. JS

    JillS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Incredibly overpriced. Duck mains was tiny portion. Waygu steak cooked to perfection

    Char RestaurantResponded on July 20, 2022Hi Jill, Thanks for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that you find our restaurant overpriced. We source our produce from the best locations in Australia and train our staff to offer you a remarkable experience. We look forward to welcome you back. Regards, Vanessa

  31. NK

    NickK

    Western Australia

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Seating arranged poorly. (nothing to do with tree). Food unimaginative. Poor flavours and presentation.

    Char RestaurantResponded 5 days agoHi Nick, Thank for you feedback regarding the seating and food. We proud ourselves to source our produce from the best locations in Australia and cooked it to perfection to offer a unique culinary experience. We are sorry to hear that this wasn't your experience. Regards, Vanessa

  32. CZ

    ConsumerZ

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    Fried barramundi was delicious, as was the mushroom and truffle risotto. The wagyu rump came a bit more done than we would have preferred; chimichurri sauce could have had more flavor. Primary issue was slow service; they did not notice that mains order was delayed due to restaurant technical issue until way later. Restaurant has great ambiance with well decorated indoors and lots of outdoor seating.

    Char RestaurantResponded on July 20, 2022Thank you for a positive and constructive review! We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Kind regards, Vanessa

  33. J

    Jacey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The setting was absolutely beautiful. The staff where absolutely gorgeous and so friendly and the food was absolutely delicious. Will highly recommend are friends to experience this restaurant.

    Char RestaurantResponded on July 20, 2022Thank you for a positive and constructive review! We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Kind regards, Vanessa

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was told it might be a little pricey. But no difference to similar restaurants in Melbourne. The service and staff were fantastic even when some parts of dinner was slower than expected. Recommend and great view of the sunset

    Char RestaurantResponded on July 20, 2022Thank you for a positive and constructive review! We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Kind regards, Vanessa

  35. T

    Tanya

    Sydney

    16 reviews

    1.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Our waiter who happened to be the duty manager did not look after us well. Our food took almost 2 hours to arrive only after we complained twice. Staff blamed the kitchen but other tables had 2 courses served and eaten before we received our first... they then accused us of not ordering simpler dishes when all we did was order steaks in a steak house off their menu, no special requests... this all caused stress for my guests, so overall very disappointing given that I know Char can do much better from my earlier experiences there ...

    Char RestaurantResponded on July 20, 2022Hi Tanya, We are sorry to hear that your experience dinning with us didn't achieve your expectations. This is far away from the experience that we like to offer in our venue. All I can say that hand on heart we have rectified the issues that evening so that it does not happen again - and I ask you consider giving us another go. I am happy for you to contact me direct at marketing@admiraltyhouse.c om.au on your next visit and I will personally make sure you are looked after. Regards, Vaness

  36. SG

    SharynGA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A really beautiful location to celebrate a special occasion. Outside under the lights would be our recommendation (increased ambiance and far less noise from the bar area). The service was excellent (friendly and very helpful). The Pork Belly was definitely THE best I have ever eaten. The Zucchini Flowers and Iceberg & Bacon Salad were also especially delicious and adequate for 2-3 to share as sides. NZ Pinot Noir was an excellent recommendation and really complimented our meals. Many thanks!

    Char RestaurantResponded on July 11, 2022Thank you so much for your great review Sharyn. We looked forward to have you with us again. Regards, Vanessa

  37. GL

    GregL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Always interesting food at Char - even Patagonian Toothfish. This time had the duck breast and lamb cutlets. Well presented.

    Char RestaurantResponded on July 11, 2022Thank you so much for your great review Greg. We look forward to have you with us again. Regards, Vanessa

  38. RC

    RobertC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were exceptional and my gusts and I will be back.

    Char RestaurantResponded on July 11, 2022Thank you for your great review Jayde. We look forward to having you with us again!

  39. LT

    LauraT

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We enjoyed our evening at Char immensely. The service was impeccable, but warm and friendly. The meals were beautifully presented, with good portion sizes and were delicious. We sat outside under a tree lit with fairy lights overlooking the water. A beautiful last night to remember our top end holiday.

    Char RestaurantResponded on July 20, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to provide us with a comprehensive review Laura. The type of feedback you have provided goes a long way to both enhance our service standards as well as Kitchen team. It goes without saying, we certainly look forward to welcoming you back to Char Restaurant in the not too distant future. Kind regards, Vanessa

  40. JS

    JosephS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing venue, great atmosphere, great food and the girl that was taking care of our table was amazing. I forgot her name, I think she said was from Nepal. Great night out. Thank you very much.

    Char RestaurantResponded on July 6, 2022Thank you so much for your great review Joseph. We are really glad that you enjoy your dinner with us. Looking forward to welcome you in our venue soon. Regards, Vanessa

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Char Restaurant is rated 4.2 stars by 307 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Google Map for Char Restaurant

70 Esplanade, Darwin City, AU-NT 0800

Additional information

  • 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, Cash not accepted, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Richard Brown

  • Additional

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

  • Phone number

    (08) 8981 4544

  • Private party facilities

    Char Restaurant can host a variety of functions with access to private dining areas. Let our functions manager take the care away from your next function

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