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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Characters Fine Dining reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (34)notable wine list (29)romantic (28)fit for foodies (26)good for groups (22)great for lunch (19)great for outdoor dining (9)neighborhood gem (8)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (3)late-night find (3)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 452 reviews are from the Characters Fine Dining reviews archive.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mediocre, not worth the price
    meow
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Service was meh, food is overpriced for the portion size and quality. Not terrible, but not going back
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Characters is amazing!
    Yegfoodie
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    My companion and I enjoyed a 5 course meal with fantastic wine pairings. The food was absolutely perfect for every course and our server was friendly and knowledgeable. Characters is a great treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    Jennifer
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Just thought the portion size could be bigger to satisfy men's appetites especially when you order the meat entrees . They come all cut up on small plates.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Portions!
    Mose69VIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Having been to fine dining restaurants in New York and Las Vegas, I know that you aren't going to get Denny's sized portions. That saying, Characters doubles the size of those more pretentious establishments. I find if you go with a three or four course dinning experience, you will leave stuffed and satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Event at the Chef's Table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    A multi course meal celebrating the inaugural flight of Iceland Air. Increadible feast ranging from pickled herring and cod balls, salmon and caviar, Icelandic scampi, Icelandic Arctic Char lightly cooked then smoked (heavenly) Icelandic lamb and Alberta lamb. Our perch at the Chef's table allowed us to be part of the action and made for an unforgettable evening. Great wine recommendation. Superb evneing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taste of Iceland
    Soby
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    WOW!!! What a terrific opportunity to taste some fabulous food and have a unique experience in a beautiful restaurant.This was our first visit to Characters and we were impressed with how wonderful the Taste of Iceland evening was from all angles. Firstly - the food - This was one of the best and most interesting meals we've had in this city...fresh, innovative, delicious and beautifully presented. Service was perfectly paced. Since Edmonton is looking for ways to celebrate the winter months...what better way than an ongoing monthly "Taste of...... " offering us food from other winter climes and countries.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service!
    Mose69VIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Nothing adds to the overall dining experience like an an amazing server. Perfect balance between courses, asking for drinks, pouring wine, and conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    The food here was awesome, the best thing my friend and I had was actually the appetizer, shrimp cocktail, I would to go back just for that, oh ya, and the sticky toffee pudding! Our main courses were both quite delicious too. The best part about this restaurant was the service! By far the best service I've had in edmonton. Everyone, including the hostess, our waitress and the other waiters were very friendly, but not obtrusive. My friend and I will definitely be going back. I cannot recommend this place enough!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.