It was our first time at Char
It was our first time at Char to celebrate my daughter's birthday. We had a very nice time with great service and delicious food. One of my guest's steak was not cooked the way he ordered it and it was immediately replaced with a steak that was prepared the way he ordered it. On the whole, it was a delightful evening but slightly on the loud side.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Char but not burned!
Restaurant seemed hip & lively. We arrived later @ 9pm so we were seated in a room off to the side away from the lively scene. The ambiance reminded you that you were in a hotel with the drop ceiling tiles & carpeted floors. The tables, utensils, floral decorations were sleek and modern. The waitstaff & food were always just a little slower than preferred. We waited 30 mins for our appetizers. The food made the wait worth it. The beet salad was thoughtful and had many different notes. It was beautiful and a wonderful blend of taste. The entree's beef with foie gras was wonderful. My duck was also perfect and wonderful. The dessert was so different and was a work of art. I thought each dish was really thought out and tasty.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
We went to Char for dinner
We went to Char for dinner for the first time with a party of 6. We requested a bar booth on the advice of friends. We had a wonderful evening with great food, service and atmosphere! A rare find in our area. I would highly revimmend Char and can't wait to go back!
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Had an outstanding meal (dinner)
Had an outstanding meal (dinner) and wonderful time on Saturday, March 16. The entire staff clearly shared our enthusiasm for the food and our waiters made excellent recommendations. We shared the beef special, a wagyu (sp?) strip, perfectly cooked medium rare and well seasoned. The entire staff from the valet parking attendant to the waiters, manager and even the chef (who came out to say thank you after we mentioned how much we enjoyed our meal) made us feel very welcome and were all clearly focused on ensuring that we had an excellent meal and experience.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
While having lunch at Char
While having lunch at Char we asked to look at the dinner menu and while the choices looked amazing, our group thought that the pricing of the entrees were high for Rochester standards. The lunch was great!
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
If you are sitting near the
If you are sitting near the bar area or near the widow it is lovely. The back room looses its ambiance and is very loud.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great new restaurant downtown.
Great new restaurant downtown. Food was great, service was terrific. Was slightly loud but I blame that on some of the groups that were nearby.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
May be the best steaks in Rochester
What a nice surprise compared to prior restaurants in the Strathallen Hotel. From comp valet to warm greeting but the food is the thing. Could be the best steaks in Rochester! And the sauces! Make sure you try 2-3 to dip in. Most tables had 4 or more but we were just two and had a great time. If you want professional attentive service the wait staff was excellent.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
We were there for Easter Brunch.
We were there for Easter Brunch. A very enjoyable brunch with a decent selection of meats, fish, vegetables and omelette station. Beverages including Bloody Mary, Mimosa and coffee. Desserts plentiful and delicious.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
My group had dinner and Easter
My group had dinner and Easter brunch at Char and enjoyed both very much. The food and service were outstanding.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
My first time - outstanding.
My first time - outstanding. It was really a perfect experience. The service is impeccable. The atmosphere is new and fresh. The food is absolutely delicious - also new and fresh!!!! The desserts are to die for. I would highly recommend going.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and service!
My wife and I celebrated our 18th Wedding Anniversary at Char and had a great experience. The food was amazing and the service was fantastic.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Can't wait to go back!!!
We had five people in our party and everyone was very happy with their meal. The bone in ribeye was both high quality and quantity. The salads were chilled and crisp and tasty.Dessert was fabulous,as well!! Our server,Mark Potter was superb and just couldn't do enough for us and made our evening extra special.Dining at it's best!!
4/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a different waiter
We had a different waiter and his attentiveness was sub par. However we have dined at Char numerous times and had much better service . This one person needs to step it up.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Will return, particularly
Will return, particularly when meaning to impress my guest.
4/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Big City Atmosphere
Upon walking into Char, it felt like we entered a chic NYC hot spot. Decor is warm - not stuffy or sterile. It felt intimate, despite the fact that nearly all the tables were full. Food was amazing. Most of our group had steak - outstanding. This does not feel like a restaurant in a hotel - AT ALL.
A bit pricey - but well worth it.
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very nice but overly pricey
My husband and i enjoyed a nice dinner at Char before going to a show at The Auditorium theater. It was very nice inside, though the acoustics allowe us to hear every word of the conversation of the women behind me. The food was very good, but overpriced we thought.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Char- Good stuff!
This was our second visit to Char- the first was on New Years Eve of 2012.
The food this time was excellent. Half of our party of 6 ordered steaks and the others ordered the fish special (Halibut). Both offerings were excellent. I am always a little reticent of steaks because often the reality fails to meet the expectations, but Char delivered. Our server did a very nice job- a pleasant and knowledgeable guy. The only lower rating that I give Char is for the "ambiance." I know that this restaurant is the product of a recent (2012) renovation to the former Strathallen Hotel, but it just kind of falls flat in respect to ambiance. However, personally, that's not a big deal to me, as I'd rather have great food and service which I've found here!
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice Date Night
My wife and I enjoyed a nice "date" Saturday night. The waiter was quirky, in a good way, and the food ranged from very good to excellent. It was a bit of an older crowd and our three course dinner was close to $200 but that was expected. Very happy overall and would recommend.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another great meal at Char!
As I expected, another great evening spent at Char! Delicious dinner! great service (Mark Potter is the best!)
Will be back soon!
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
High End Dinning
Not often do you go to a Hotel for a great meal anywhere in this country. Char is the exemption! Menu is small but they accommodated our needs. Steaks are some of the best I have ever had. Only disapointment was the size of the sides. Very small for the price and what you would normally recieve in a restaurant specializing in Steak.Overall a wonderful dinner. Bought $500 in gift cards to give out. That's called happy.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was top notch as was the meal - top 5 spot in Rochester no doubt. Just be prepared to spend a few dollars if you want to do it right.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
enjoyable all the way around...
I was in on August 11th for my mom's birthday dinner. I loved the decor from the moment we stepped in. We were greeted promptly and early on the rez list , so given our choice of booth or table. Our server was lovely,friendly,and efficient. Our food was top notch from presentation to taste. Our courses were cleared in a timely fashion without feeling rushed. My mom doesn't get out much as far as high end restaurants go, so this experience was a big deal to her. Both my sister and I work as servers in Buffalo at upscale restaurants with high expectations, so naturally we are a bit more critical (in good ways)than the average Joe . Overall, we all left stuffed,impressed and happy. Thanks to our girl and the staff at Char for great evening.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
CHAR was installed the recently renovated Strathallan Doubletree Hotel. Very nicely done. And the steak was excellent.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed an evening out with my wife for our anniversary. The setting was perfect and noise level was not too high. Enjoyed a couple steaks which I must say is the best we ever tasted in Rochester thus far. Our waiter was very attentive which made for an enjoyable evening. After dinner, we relaxed on the patio next to gas fire place with a glass of wine. Don't miss out on this little gem!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent dinner with attentive
Excellent dinner with attentive waitstaff. Sommelier assisted with wine selection which turned out to be a good choice for us.
Menu had varied selection with focus on beef. Will return
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great birthday dinner
We heard good things about the food at Char and decided to try it for my birthday. We had a great experience and the food was fantastic. Server was knowledgeable and could predict what my wife would like for wine (she enjoys reisling which isn't on the menu but we wound a good substitute.)
I'm a beer snob and found that you have most of the bases covered as well. IPAs are a must!
Dining recommendations were great too. Had never had a bone-in filet before, and the server explained it well; definitely more flavor. We both also found our filets to be cooked as we ordered.
Your mac and cheese is ridiculously good too. And the flourless chocolate cake was a nice touch. Thanks!
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
All was perfect.
Second trip to Char, this time for my wife's birthday. All three of our meals was excellent and prepared to perfection. Two seafood and one steak entrees, plus a few excellent sides. The wait staff was attentive, caring, and very professional. Without a doubt we will return.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
While the ambience is not romantic, the food and service really are outstanding. This is a great place to go for a special occasion. My wife had the lobster ravioli and I had the duck during our recent visit. We would strongly recommend either. The sauces on both were imaginative and inventive. Just what a foody wants to find. Only suggestion I have is ask for a table in the dining room and not a booth in the lounge. It's a bit cozier. Also, the outdoor fireplace is very nice for a warm summer evening.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Char was a pleasant surprise....Ambience, service, and excellent food!
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
the best steaks in town
perfectly cooked steaks, great sides. delish-- wish we could go back soon
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
waitress was wonderful. all the secondary help was helpful and attentive. Three
apps, filets, wine suggestion, and desert was perfect.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great special occassion dinner
We got there a little early so we could have a drink before dinner and to our surprise the rooftop bar was open, so we enjoyed a drink up there. This roof has one of the best views of the Rochester skyline and they recently opened it up again to the public. We came down to the restaurant for dinner and it was a warm Sept. evening and they had the patio open and a fire pit going, so we dined out there and so glad we did. We shared two appetizers, two sides, one 16 oz. Delmonico steak and a bottle of wine which was all perfect. We also tried 2 different steak sauces which were both very good. They split the steak on two plates for us and we noticed others sharing an entree as well. Will like to go back for lunch or brunch soon.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved it! Trendy, fun. I wish
Loved it! Trendy, fun. I wish it was a nice nice so we could have sat outside!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
October Get Away
Had the pleasure of staying at The Strathallan in Rochester while coming up for an event. What a great surprise that the Hotel's restaurant turned out to be excellent. Dinner was superb and breakfast could not have been a better start to the day. I recommend Char to anyone who wants a great meal. Service for bot meals...outstanding.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our second visit to Char and it was as delightful as the first. Food was amazing and the service is second to none! I would recommend this restaurant to everyone.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We came to celebrate my husbands 50th and we're not disappointed ... We were here earlier in the year for our daughters 23rd with a large group, also... Both occasions were excellent! From wine to apps to service to entrees... All great!
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
With so few upscale restaurants open on Sunday late, Char would be the place to go Sunday or actually any night. A great experience and we will be back.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food & service, out on time
We got the oysters-on-the-half-shell, iceberg wedge salad, autumn beet salad, two Filets Mignons with blue cheese sauce caramelized on top, Brussels sprouts, wild mushroom risotto, flourless chocolate cake with salted caramel ice cream, and date-mascarpone mousse with sweet potato ice cream. Every course was beautifully presented & tasted fantastic! The portions looked small, but we definitely left feeling full. The menu has what is expected in a steak house, but with lots of inventive variety. We commented on our reservation that we had to leave by a certain time. Our waiter (Mark) was very mindful of that from the beginning, and despite describing the desserts in mouthwatering detail, he got us out early without feeling rushed.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The atmosphere is very inviting. The decor is beautiful and the local artwork that is displayed throughout the restaurant is a very nice touch. The menu is not extensive but the options offer something delectable for everyones taste. Our sever was pleasant but had a difficult time explaining the only special of the night although he was sure to point out the price for the dish which was odd. All items on the menu are a la carte which is fine, prices were high but expected for the type restaurant this is. I was somewhat disappointed at the wine list however. It was a short list and only had pricing by the glass. Would have like to order a bottle of wine with dinner. I would like to also see more New York State wine options on the menu.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
but not for the budget-conscious. You get what you pay for and the food at this restaurant is excellent. Portions are “reserved” at times, but always satisfying and artfully prepared.
Highly recommended for that special occasion when cost is no object.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, better service
Great food, we had and the stuffed calamari and oysters to start and both were just outstanding! For dinner we had steak and lamb and Char does it right. Perfectly seasoned and perfectly cooked. Our sides were the roasted Brussels sprouts and potato and celery root au gratin. Both were delicious and a nice compliment to our entrees. The best part of our experience at Char was the service. Duncan, our server and Chris, the sommelier were both incredibly service oriented, very knowledgable and friendly. Overall we had an excellent experience and would recommend Char to anyone seeking a great steak and excellent service.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a party of four with very different tastes. Everyone was sated, from the fish special through the perfectly cooked cuts of filet mignon. The service was attentive, the dishes were timed well, and the mix of food options kept the whole group happy. Will certainly be returning!
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a wonderful evening at Char! The bar is fantastic and the sommelier made some excellent suggestions. The food was delicious...don't miss the calamari appetizer! Char is a great choice for a unrushed night out...we look forward to our next visit.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Can't wait to go back.
Duncan was a friendly and knowledgable server, he put with our antics and answered all of our questions with ease. Food was wonderful and the presentation was superb. Prior to dinner we sat at the bar and the bartender created a fantastic and tasty martini for me!!
Don't skip dessert!!! Well worth stuffing yourself with.
Can't wait to go back.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Ruined Steak for Me
It was literally the best steak I have ever had. I will never have steak that good ever again.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Saturday night at Char
This was our first dinner at Char. I have to say it was the the best dinner experience I have had! We enjoyed a wonderful bottle of wine before dinner in the lounge area in the comfortable area by the fire. Brian who took care of us at that point was incredible. Helpful, friendly and very welcoming.
At our table we were greeted by more very friendly and personable staff. Our calamari appetizer was spectacular, followed by salad and lobster bisque which was amazing! My husband and I both had the filet with caramelized blue cheese sauce and side of brussel sprouts.
I can't say enough how much we enjoyed our meal and the whole experience. The ambiance, food, staff is exceptional. We live just around the corner so can't wait to go back!
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM