Char Modern American Restaurant
Char Modern American Restaurant

Char Modern American Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.char179.com/
  • Phone: 8282662179
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Saturday: 11am - 2am
    Sunday: 10am -10pm Sunday Brunch 10am-4pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Mediterranean, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: James Trez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We can cater your party and business events. Call to speak to Colton or Alaina for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Char features 3 roomy indoor dining areas and additional dining on our Covered Deck during the warm months. With a seating capacity up to 150 - Char is perfect for private parties, wedding receptions and business meetings.
  • Private Party Contact: Colton Lenz or Alaina Walker 8282662179
  • Entertainment: Entertainment We feature a variety of nightly entertainment for your enjoyment, including DJ Music & Dancing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights, Live Music on the Covered Deck during the warm months, and special bookings of Live Bands from time to time throughout the year.

    The Nightly Lineup:
    Mondays: Cornhole Tournament & Prizes - 9:30pm until...
    Tuesdays: Live Mic - 9:30pm until...
    Wednesdays: Live Trivia & Prizes - 9:30pm until...
    Thursdays/Fridays/Saturdays - Live DJ Music & Dancing: 10:30pm -2am
    Sundays: World Tavern Poker - 7pm & 10pm

    Call or Visit our Website for Special Entertainment schedules
  • Special Events: Call or Visit our Website for Special Entertainment schedules

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: For your convenience, we have a shared private lot parking across from the restaurant. Street parking is also available.
A word from Char Modern American Restaurant
Char is a casual, up-scale Bistro located in scenic Downtown Boone, North Carolina offering a variety of inspired and delectable dishes. Patrons love the warm, open cosmopolitan setting with walls adorned by art from local artists, friendly attentive service, and a diverse, creative cuisine, engendering a unique atmosphere where you feel like you're just blocks away from the Broadway lights, yet surrounded by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our sleek modern bar is a perfect setting for friends to meet and enjoy cocktails & appetizers, after a long day at work.
We offer 3 spacious indoor dining areas and additional dining on our outdoor covered deck dining during warm months. With seating up to 150, we are the perfect place for parties, wedding receptions and business meetings.
And....to make your experience even better... we feature Nightly Entertainment.

Come join us at Char for......... Food • Drinks • Music • Art • Fun
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Char Modern American Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
4 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.3
  • Food3
    Service4
  • Ambiance3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)fit for foodies (1)good for groups (1)great for lunch (1)neighborhood gem (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Brunch
    dineallot
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Like the ambience, etc. but the Sunday brunch was a disappointment: had steak and eggs but steak was gristly! Eggs Florentine cooked to order but not much flavor. Nice potatoes and fruit. Bottomless mimosas were delicious. I wish they had told me they were$12.00 each! Would recommend Char for late night on the patio but not for Brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    RJMJr
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The music was good. The food not so much. The 'rustic' nature of the place carried over into poor rest room conditions, hallway crammed with storage articles. All in all, we will never return.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 2 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 48 reviews are from the Char Modern American Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Surprise in Boone
    yonakerVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Made Thurs night reservation on Wed afternoon, anticipating crowd for App State graduation weekend. Turned out we shot the gap in crowds , between the dining group that probably finished at 8 and the bar crowd that filtered in starting probably at 10. But despite the empty room and surprised acting waitstaff, we had good experience. Highlight was a curry duck breast (I know it sounds weird, but it was recommended by the waiter and it was superb), modest filet, caesar salad, and outstanding draft beer lineup. If possible, eat out on deck and away from gathering bar crowd. This is excellent option for Boone area.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    barney16
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The food was just O.K. The restaurant had an unpleasant smell that even my husband commented on. I don't know if it was because of the old building or just a strong odor of fish. I really expected a better experience, based on photos and other reviews.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great mountain eatery
    CodyVIP
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    Had the best ahi appetizer and duck curry I've ever had! Would definitely go again when in Boone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food
    Axel243
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    I've had dinner here twice and the food and service has been excellent. Nice to have somewhere to eat where you can carry on a conversation without yelling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Not that good...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    I expected a much better experience. Food just not my taste (I guess). We had four order different meals and nobody in our party was really too happy. Limited attention from wait service. Given the restaurants to choose from in the Boone area, I would definitely not recommend Char. Vidalia a much much much better choice and it's just right around the corner. No plans to return.
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  • Great experience except for
    Gene
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Great experience except for the fact that they charged $14 per drink on two margaritas. Kettle One and Dewars 12 were $6 & $7 each (very reasonable).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visited on what should be
    LyzaVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Visited on what should be a busy weekend, but we were the only table seated during the duration of our dining experience. Many items on the menu were NA. No one was seated at the bar. It wasn't a good vibe!
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  • Always a Favorite
    josiebeeee
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    Living locally, this restaurant is often the one we choose, often with out-of-town guests. The interior is very nice and the atmosphere friendly. Last night, my husband enjoyed the tuna, which is consistently wonderful. I had the flounder special, which paired with roasted celery root and red potato hash, asparagus and chanterelles was one of the best meals I've had anywhere. Plus, the presentations were beautifully done. Jeremy, our server, couldn't have been better. The staff is smartly hired and expertly trained - in addition to being very personable. The menu could be considered somewhat limited, so check it out before you go and maybe call to ask for specials. We've never been disappointed. Great for lunch, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Love Love their New Orleans
    Tastetester
    Dined on 9/23/2013
    Love Love Love their New Orleans Style Wings with the Dry Rub! Cooked Crispy is a must. Their Happy Monday Wing night is our new place. A great find for my husband and I. Topped off with a Margarita was the perfect match. Prices are just right for the college students and for us young at heart. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place anytime
    Jrussell
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    We have been to this restaurant numerous times and it has never failed to please. The food, service and ambience are all excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely worth repeating
    SusieqVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    My scallops were excellent, beautifully prepared. Grilled asparagus was also excellent. I found the mashed potatoes I ordered to be very ordinary, served in a white cup with not even a sprinkling of parsley. Only problem I had was that my scallops were not hot when they reached the table. My husband loved his shrimp and grits and he is a connoisseur of this dish!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay for a 3rd Choice
    Appmarine
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    First time eating at Char and we weren't impressed. Dining area is dark and devoid of atmosphere. Good menu though and our watiress was personable and prompt. Problems began with a long wait for our food. When it arrived, my wife's trout was lukewarm with pastey grits. My friend scallop plate only had 3 small to medium scallops and they were not appealling (he did not eat them and they removed them from his bill). My son ordered beef tips (appetizer) and a wedge salad. The tips came with everyone else's meal, but they didn't bring the wedge out for another 10 minutes. Char would be okay if all the other good restaurants in Boone were booked -- better than fast food, but that's about it.
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  • Food was very good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    Waitress was a little off but it was very busy. Beer list is ver local. Great patio.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice spot in Boone
    Jimbo
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Waitress was very attentive. Appetizers of fried plantains, and pesto flatbread were awesome.. My son and I both had the veggie plate and were pleased. My wife had a pasta dish which she also enjoyed. The outdoor seating space was a lot of fun. Will definitely go back when we are in town.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Doing Alright... Needs Polishing
    extrapulpVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    Thai Beef Tidbits were savory and cooked perfectly; Plantains were crisped fantastically, their cilantro/lime sauce was flavorless and oily; Fried Calamari w/ basil aioli was clean and standard; the real let-down was the Ahi Tuna. This was described: "Seared & chilled sashimi-grade Ahi tuna served over fried wontons topped with Asian slaw & dressed with our citrus-ginger vinaigrette." The ahi would have been perfect if served alone - but it rested on dry, undressed green & purple cabbage which in turn sits on even drier fried wonton and a conspicuous lump of wasabi on the plate. Dressing missing and inedibly dry without it. We asked for the dressing and were told nothing came w/ the dish but that we could get 'soy sauce, if we wanted it'.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good selection of food, well
    diningisourpleasureVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Good selection of food, well prepared .wait staff was friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food served cold
    Deer
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    Lovely place. We had to send the soup back because it was served luke warm at best. Obviously reheated in microwave. The NC Trout was over done and the cheese grits had consistency of paste. The manager noticed the meal returned mostly uneaten and came out to comp the meal, apologizing for the fish. I may try this restaurant once more, if I am in the area, but it won't be at the top of my list.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, but SLOW
    RaleighGuy
    Dined on 5/26/2013
    The food and the waiter were good, but we waited about 40 minutes for our order after ordering it, and we ordered were soup of the day and salads.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wanted it to be good
    JanS
    Dined on 5/26/2013
    We were staying in Blowing Rock Sunday night but drove to Boone to go to Char because it was highly recommended by a friend. The server was absolutely wonderful and friendly. They were out of the scallops dish I chose so I ordered something else. A few minutes later the waitress came back and said they were out of my 2nd choice as well so I ordered the Tilapia. My husband ordered the Ribeye. When our food came, mine was OK but my husband's steak and all of his sides were cold. The restaurant was not very busy so not sure why the food was cold. he waitress and the manager were very kind and wanted to make it right and comped my husband's glass of wine. We really wanted to like Char but won't be back.
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  • Friendly servers, friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/25/2013
    Friendly servers, friendly place, nice appetizers, well mixed cocktails. Cant ask for much more.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The total dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    The total dining experience made our Valentines Day so special.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was above average, but
    Carrbrey
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    Food was above average, but not great. Not a lot of people there, but maybe it was a slow night. Not a bad experience, but a little overpriced for what it was.
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    good for groups
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  • Nice location but the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/16/2012
    Nice location but the food was not exactly what was expected for the price.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charge for extra sauce
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/22/2012
    We ended up with a party of 9. Food was good, and our waiter was GREAT!. HOWEVER, one of my friends and I asked if we could have a little more of the sauce that was on our filets and the chef said that he would have to charge us $1 because it was made with red wine!!! Really?! I am paying $29 for my entree and you are going to charge me for a little more sauce?! Probably won't return because of that. Chef needs a little lesson about how to please his customers.
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  • food was just."ok" the baked
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    food was just."ok" the baked brie appetizer was served with stale baguettes. they did remove charge. would not recommend
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not as good as expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/9/2012
    Not what we expected. Portions small for the price, and be careful of the descriptions. Was told the ravioli was slightly spicy (but really was a bland tomato cream sauce). The trout, seemed fresh but preparation was basic, dull, not very flavorful.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Frustration beyond acceptable
    Charlotte
    Dined on 8/4/2012
    The most frustrating restaurant experience I've had in a long time. The "featured" wine list included a by-the-glass price, but we were told we couldn't order "featured" wines by the glass. So then we ordered a bottle of a featured wine, and 10 minutes later were told they were out of that wine. So we ordered a bottle from the excessivly complicated wine list, 10 minutes later were told they were out of that and that the bar tender recommended a different wine, so we accepted that offer. When that wine came is was horrible. We had been seated for over 25 minutes and still didn't have a drink, much less anything to eat. When the server returned, we thanked her and left.
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  • Excellent casual spot for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2012
    Excellent casual spot for lunch or dinner. Was a little loud when we dined, but food was excellent and service quite good as well.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friendly staff. Informal atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/15/2012
    Friendly staff. Informal atmosphere. Al fresco dining available. Inviting decor. Food presentation appealing (we had seafood options). Note: bar at first couldn't make "Painkiller" (which was offered on menu), but eventually did make the drink. Wait staff helpful & attentive without being overbearing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Delicious food, allergey friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2012
    This was our first visit to Char and we really liked it. They have a gluten free menu, and it also noted which item was vegan. The chef was knowledgeable about food allergies and the food was delicious. We had the spinach and artichoke dip, and they subbed carrots and celery for the flour tortilla chips. Then I has a veggie plate and my husband had a mediterranean salad with salmon. Both delicious. I liked the wine list. Nice atmposhere, pleasant wait staff. We will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Food and service was excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/22/2012
    Food and service was excellent. My husband and I were late diners.....got there just in time to see the changeover from romantic restaurant to bar scene with DJ. Great atmosphere all around. Can't wait to return in July for our Anniversary.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food was quite good. Very
    danmVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2012
    food was quite good. Very good bargain for brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Don't miss Char!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/26/2012
    We have visited Char several times. There are many things we like about the place. The food is delicious. The service is impeccable. The atmosphere is inviting and relaxing. We have tried several different menu items. My favorite is the red pepper crab bisque and pesto flatbread. My husband prefers the ribeye. We have also sampled the desserts. The coconut layer cake was incredible. We like the outdoor dining area. It is quiet and romantic. We will return. You can not go wrong with this place. There is something on the menu for every food palate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • Disappointing.
    indyannaVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    Very disappointing. We were really looking forward to eating there, but the food was just ok and the service was poor. Not a good use of time or money. It was a graduation dinner for our son and we were saddened to have such a poor experience on such a special night.
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  • Food does not measure up
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/24/2012
    Have been to Char twice and both times have been disappointed with the food. There are many solid choices in the Boone/Blowing Rock/Banner Elk area at this price point and Char just does not measure up.
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  • all 5 of us had great dinners;
    42ndAnniversary
    Dined on 12/23/2011
    all 5 of us had great dinners; the flatbread appetizer was to die for (we asked for the recipe). The vermouth sauce on the cod special was exceptional. Sam, the waiter, was fantastic
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    fit for foodies
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  • The food was faulous. Creative
    keylimegirl7296
    Dined on 12/9/2011
    The food was faulous. Creative AND delicious! Service was perfect.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My husband and I went to Char
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/2/2011
    My husband and I went to Char to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary and it was fantastic. I had the Beef Wellington and it was cooked perfectly and my husband really enjoyed the Shrimp and Grits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate