Characters Fine Dining
Characters Fine Dining

Characters Fine Dining

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.characters.ca/
  • Phone: 7804214100x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday thru Friday: 11:30am to 1:30pm;
    Dinner: Tuesday thru Saturday: 5:30pm to 9:00pm for reservations
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Shonn Oborowsky
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Special Events: Business meetings, Corporate Events, Corporate Parties, Wine Tasting Events, Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Retirement Parties, Christmas Parties, Creative & Fun Events...

    Characters Fine Dining will host your special occasion. Please phone 780-421-4100 for arrangements.

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We provide our own parking lot on the south side of our restaurant while our customer enjoys lunch or dinner dining.
A word from Characters Fine Dining
Characters features a menu with a diversity of fresh, seasonal offerings presented with exceptional attentive & accommodating service. Our menu changes seasonally.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Characters Fine Dining reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (32)romantic (27)notable wine list (27)fit for foodies (27)good for groups (22)great for lunch (18)neighborhood gem (7)great for outdoor dining (6)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • open kitchen
    Dish
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This week's family dinner brought us to Characters. Our party was seated by the bar where we had great views of the open kitchen with the chefs at work. We also saw the carving of a large leg of ham that was on display. It is the black hoof pig - the finest ham in the whole world! Unique! Our meal was satisfying - the kids ordered the bison, tenderloin, and lobster. For dessert we shared the s'mores. It is a must-have! There is a cauldron of fire on the table to roast the homemade marshmallows! Our server was attentive and was very amiable to the kids. Would surely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative food experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We loved the meal - we had thanksgiving dinner at characters and loved that each course contained some kind of squash - even down to the desert - pumpkin brule - served in a miniature pumpkin. Great food, well presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • kje1
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Always consistent. I love the restaurant. Service is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mose69VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Characters is perfect in every way! There's not much left to say.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We come to Characters Fine Dining for our business luncheons. Great location (walking distance for us and available parking for our business associates if they have to drive DT) Food never disappoints ( we had the Warm Spinach Salad with Salmon, Seared Salmon and the Tortellini dish - all three were delicious) Ambience is great for business meetings - never a problem to carry on conversations Service was slightly "off" this time - long waiting times
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice room, inventive menu
    Robster
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Terrific room, well lit, tables spaced well apart, no background music. Service was a bit spotty. Food was interesting, not over-salted, and well presented - especially the Earth Salad served on a shovel....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well prepared food & quiet evening
    Fragola
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Excellent food, quiet for a Friday evening dinner but service a bit unpolished since my dinner companion and I had a server in training as he had announced at the beginning of the evening. We had to ask about the specials instead of our server announcing them automatically. My companion asked for a non-alcoholic cocktail to be made up with no specific ingredient requests. Our server did not have any specific suggestions but brought back a drink concoction without explaining what was in it. I had to stop our server before he left the table to ask what had been made. Other than that no issues for a pleasant evening. Scallop and grilled baby octopus appetizers were well presented, as was the mahi tuna steak, Brome Lake duck was quite filling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mose69VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I wish that open table would have even higher ratings than five stars, because Characters would definitely earn them. It’s not just the food, it’s the attention to detail. Dining room is set up so that you actually have space to move around and you don’t have to hear the conversation of two different tables close to you. The servers are very knowledgeable about the menu and the open kitchen lets you see how the magic is made. If you are looking for a dining experience and not just a meal, then I would highly recommend Characters!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food but a long sit
    luvnit2
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had an incredible evening for dinner for 2 of us. We each tried a multiple of foods for appetizer salad soup and land entrees. The food was very well presented and tasted delicious. We did pick a a wine they were out of but we're given a selection premium to the one we chose and loved it. Our only issue was the wait. The restaurant was only half full and yet we were an hour before we were served our appetizer. Our server did tell us a dinner was being catered as well downstairs in advance of us asking. But the wait did dispell a bit our love of the food! She was a wonderful server and she dealt with the delay as best she could
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Erin
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was only my second time at Characters, and it does not disappoint! I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    Toothfairy
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My boyfriend and I came here for our one year anniversary and we both loved it! Everything tasted so good and portion sizes were perfect! We loved how they didn't start us off with the same generic bread starters that every restaurant does as well. Quality of food was phenomenal. I truly must try gem in the city. Tableside smores for two! Best experience ever. It gets messy but is so much fun!!!!! Huge but the best way to end your night. And may I also say they have a delicious dessert menu that believe me if I had a stomach large enough to try it all i would! Totally coming back! Service was great! Slower but still very polite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Okay
    Silver68
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    For the price, I was expecting much more. The fried chick pea stack (vegetarian plate) was very salty, and this overpowered the other flavours of the dish. The complementary fries and ships to start were good, but I felt that they were definitely out of place in a restaurant boasting a "fine dining" experience. The raspberry souffle was very nice. Bottom line: I have had much better experiences in higher-scale restaurants in regards to the service and food, for the same price. May not dine here again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JaneVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Have visited this restaurant many times and have always enjoyed. This last visit the food and service was exceptional! Everyone in our party of 4 was thoroughly impressed! Dan our server was excellent...going out of his way to meet our needs yet being considerate not to interrupt our conversations by timing his approach appropriately. Definately recommend the boar bacon wrapped scallop, the bison, Chilean sea bass and raspberry soufflé! Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    CSTODAY
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I felt amazed how all went after I worked through my disappointment of being seated in the middle of an area which I had specifically asked not to be done when I made my reservation. Out of three of us, two of us shared the delicious food, I even risked having a tiny taste of the lemony alcohol drink my daughter ordered. I felt welcomed by our server as she received our food/beverage orders. All three of us enjoyed the evening and will return. Thank You!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome. Always dependable.
    Foodie245
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Bison striploin is the best I've ever had. Scallop appy was divine and the harvest veggies tomato soup was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mose69VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I have been to Characters many times and know how wonderful the food and the ambience are. However, this time I was pleasantly surprised when I took my two nieces for dinner. On the new menu, there is a tasting menu for the adults (which I would recommend to anyone), but now they also have one for children. It’s very exciting for them to share in the fine dining experience, with their own four course meal. I don’t know of any other restaurants that offer this wonderful option, so I highly recommend taking the whole family out for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining night
    PopskiVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Last minute decision to go for dinner, creative menu presented beautifully, steak cooked perfectly, creative appetizers, wonderful night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    trevamy
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    First time I've been to Characters and it won't be the last. The service and food was excellent, restaurant was spacious and there was a parking lot outside of the restaurant, I couldn't believe it! That might be one of the best parts, free parking at a high end downtown restaurant, wow! Loved it, thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mose69VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our meal wasn’t just totally delicious; it was also like eating a piece of artwork. The plating and useful colors of ingredients, make their dishes worthy of Michelin stars. Add in the superior wine list, amazing service, and fairly priced menu items, you have the perfect dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magicians and Artists
    Foodnotonlyfuel
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I am a repeat customer of Characters. Sean and his staff never fail to amaze me with their creativity. Service is always professional yet friendly. The wine list is broad enough to satisfy every level of wine lover. And the food! Always a gastronomical orgy. Characters is the place you sit and enjoy. You will not feel the time pass as you sip your wine, savour the tastes that will dance on your tongue and enjoy the atmosphere with your tablemates. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service & delicious food!
    KMrunner
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Two of us went for dinner for the first time to Characters; we had a lovely quiet booth near the Scotch exhibit and as soon as we were seated we were promptly shown dinner menus and a wine menu. Our server was friendly and very attentive when we needed her but she seemed to have a second sense about when to give us our privacy. The wine selection is impressive, and the bottle we ordered was served by a sommelier (or we assume he was a sommelier) who was quite knowledgeable about our choice. As for food, words cannot express the culinary delights that await you at this fine dining restaurant! Definitely try the scallop appetizer, the raspberry mousse for dessert, the Cherry Manhattan cocktail, and the Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best place...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Found this restaurant while travelling; the food is really superb and creative; service is perfect and a restaurant serving meat on a warm wooden plank with Laguiole knives,wood handle, is a *** place for me!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night with family
    Gr8evening
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We celebrated my wife's birthday dinner at Characters and had a terrific experience. They had just changed to a new menu and the food and service was excellent. The Butter Chicken appetizer should be a main dish item....we all loved it. The place definitely has character, great food and desserts. Very nice evening and great choice for a special evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mose69VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Characters has the greatest wine list I've ever seen in a restaurant. Such a great selection, I was glad my server was able to assist me in choosing the right wine to pair with my meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mose69VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Very good prices when you account for the quality of the ingredients. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Outstanding
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We had a great time with our server and the food presentation was amazing and tasted amazing. Great job to the whole staff at Characters.. we will be back....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unique
    mamaducki
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We were able to be seated half hour before our reservation and the service was impeccable. We were immediately poured water. I went with a half bottle of a Pinot Gris (Adorable! Teeny little wine bottles). The jalapeno cheddar bread basket was welcome and delicious. Apparently they only have the bread on Fridays. The calamari starter was a little heavy on the salt but overall well cooked. Not rubbery- perfectly crunchy coating and tender inside. It pairs well with the chili yogurt but the black bean aioli doesn't quite fit with the dish The bison was perfect. It was delivered on HUGE cutting boards but it is portioned into medallions so it works. The potato cakes were wonderful. I wasn't crazy about the date chutney.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 457 reviews are from the Characters Fine Dining reviews archive.
  • Mose69VIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Without a doubt the best calamari I've ever had! Black bean sauce is so good, I'd drink it on its own.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food was well prepared and hot. Any issued health or other concerns were dealt with in a timely, professional manner and with genuine concern.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Amazing food! Best calamari I have ever tasted. We had fantastic wine, and the kids menu (4 courses) was awesome!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    Whitey780VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Perfect all around there wasn't anything I could say bad, I didn't get plates for s'mores for two lol but very trival in the larger scope of things. Cheers!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mose69VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Outstanding is an understatement! Perfect in all aspects.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Watch my lips: It's about the food.
    VinceMarinelli
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I've been going to Characters for years. It is great for lunch and for dinner. The staff has always been great and the ambiance is very unstuffy pleasant. But I keep going back because of the food.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Elegant dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Very nice restaurant for special occasions and great atmosphere. Staff was excellent.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always great service and an
    Vegophile
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Always great service and an interesting unique menu. Very limited and rather boring vegetarian selection. A few other options would have been nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For foodies with kids
    Tracklement
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    They have a kids set menu which keeps them busy your entire dining experience. They have high chairs too, just go early then you won't feel like you are bothering anyone else there. Food is pricey, but great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Myself and party of five each
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Myself and party of five each enjoyed a three course dinner. All of the food we ordered was amazing and I was pleasantly surprised that there is a 4 course kids menu which includes the cutest sundae for dessert. We had fabulous service, great wine, and delectable food. Perfect night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mose69VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Fantastic in every way! I can't wait to go back to try more things on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • There is are reason why Characters
    Loves2eat
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    There is are reason why Characters has been around for nearly 15 years. There are few restaurants in Edmonton that will match the consistent outstanding service, food and ambiance that they do. Still one of the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Overall the experience was above average. Our server helped select appropriate wines and was very knowledgable on the food pairing. The Tuna was good but a bit think and sinewy, it was however very fresh. Other than that the food, wine and dessert was fantastic. We really enjoyed the fries and chips as an alternate to the basic " bread" to start with. The portion size was perfect if you are looking for a fine dining level of food. Complex flavours made the meals great. We will definitely dine there again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.