Characters Fine Dining
Had the beef tartar, per usualHad the beef tartar, per usual it was amazing. I really liked the new presentation of it too! The calamari is the best I have ever eaten (I have sampled a lot). I also enjoyed the fresh made pasta, with garlic, basil, and olive oil. I will always come for more tantalizing experiences!!9/4/2013 12:00:00 AMWhen outstanding food andWhen outstanding food and service are as consistent as it is at Characters, you begin to look at the more subtle aspects of fine dining. One of these is the plating of the dishes. I believe the only boring, plain white, circular plates are the bread ones. To give you an example, when I ordered the T-bone steak it came to me on the most original dish I had ever seen; a wooden cutting board. It's details like this that puts Characters in a league of its own for fine dining in Edmonton.9/2/2013 12:00:00 AMFine dining DOES exist in Edmonton!Wonderful food - amazing service...does it cost? YES...it's expensive but it's not something you do every day.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMWe went to Characters forWe went to Characters for our anniversary and everything was excellent. We are planning to go back soon,5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMNew menu day is my favoriteNew menu day is my favorite day to go to Characters, not only for the different menu items, but also to watch head chef Shonn work his magic in the kitchen. The best way that I could describe this would be watching Yoda train his Jedi's in the arts of the force. The new dishes were fantastic and very tasty and I love the idea of the sampler on the dessert menu, because most of the time I am too stuffed to eat a full serving of dessert. The service was outstanding as usual and I'm looking forward to my next visit.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful food, comfortableThis is one of my favorite lunch and romantic dinner restaurants. The warm spinach salad is unique in all of Edmonton - add prawns. It is interesting to be able to see the wonderful dishes come out of the kitchen. Busy and yet quiet and organized.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent; celiac friendlyWe absolutely loved Characters. From the well-thought-out menu through the classy ambiance and good service, the evening out was enjoyed from start to finish. My baby octopus salad was delightful and the venison was succulent. My mother is celiac, and they were very careful to tailor her choices to be food safe. She enjoyed the lamb very much, and her salad was delicious as well. We each had a dessert, and were so very full. I can't say enough about how excellent our experience was.3/4/2013 12:00:00 AMI'm craving the french fries!In reading some of these reviews, I feel it is important to me to come to the restaurant's defense because of my experiences. I don't understand why people complain about the complementary gourmet french fries with black bean sauce. In speaking with the owner and head chef, he stated that a lot of his customers are requesting gluten-free items. For me gluten-free doesn't matter, but I would much rather have some hot and delicious french fries than stale cold bread any day.
A quick review of my meal, from appetizer to desert, was fantastic.
I'm looking forward to visiting Characters again soon, I'm craving the french fries!1/3/2013 12:00:00 AMMerry ChristmasI was in charge of booking our company's Christmas party and Characters was my first choice. They were able to accommodate a group of 40 of us in a wonderfully set up private room. We were able to choose from a great variety set menu and the prices reflected the options we picked. The best part of that was that there were no bad choices, so everyone in the group left happy. The service was also top-notch, despite the restaurant being packed. I am really looking forward to having next year's party here again, and I know to book early.11/12/2012 12:00:00 AM