We were very pleased with
We were very pleased with the meal we had. We all enjoyed everything we ordered from appetizers to main courses. The music was a little loud (we were right under a speaker)but otherwise it was very pleasant.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
A good night out with friends
The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The decor is understated, comfortable and very attractive. The only complaint we had was that it's very noisy. Our friends and we don't appreciate having to shout at each other while dining, and when the room filled up, that's exactly what happened.
The staff was very attentive and friendly.
We'll be back
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
First Visit to Char
We were a little apprehension as the reviews we read said it was noisy but we did not find that to be the case. The staff and the manager were all very congenial and made our dining experience a pleasure. The meal, we split the Striped Bass entree and my wife had the pear salad (which I tasted) were both excellent. We look forward to dining there again in the near future.
8/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
EXCELLENT - AS ALWAYS!!!!
I have nothing but good things to say about CHAR. This is my 5th visit and each time I am even more impressed with the entire experience. I brought business associates this time and they raved about the food and service. The Dover Sole special was beyond words!!! I have traveled all over the country and spent summers on Cape Cod. That being said, the fish at CHAR is the freshest and most well-prepared I've ever eaten.
I'm looking forward to my next visit very soon!
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and good service. Char is a very good restarant.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Byram welcome addition
We had a wonderful dining experience at Char on Friday. First of all, the ambiance of the room is dramatic and beautiful. This family-run new addition to the western Greenwich dining scene presents you with a diverse menu, a well priced wine list and free parking. Restaurants come and go but with the owners on site and so welcoming, we got the sense that Char will be here to stay. Also, after a wonderful dinner we stopped off at the bar for a nightcap. It is so beautifully done and comfortable, almost zen-like. I can see this becoming a very popular place for cocktails after the theater which is right around the corner.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
very friendly and good food
a nice place with good food and service the meals are well portioned and they are presented well .the waiter was very attentive . we left feeling just right and not overly full. i will definitely return
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
New Date Night Spot
Char is a great addition to the Byram neighborhood. The atmosphere is casual yet there is an exciting edge to the decor. My date enjoyed the wide variety of appetizers and I was thrilled with the fresh seafood choices that were available. The wine list was quite extensive. I was happy to be one of the first to welcome Char to the neighborhood, and plan on returning again and again.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Port Chester/Byram is a wee short on parking, so while we walked from our residence in PC, out of town diners will appreciate the free and ample parking for starts.
Food wise the quality and taste exceedingly beat our expectations. Our server was friendly and effective and was backed up with a great waitstaff. The host was very conversational and thankful for our patronage while Chef David came out to greet us personally after we sent compliments back to the kitchen.
The main dining room is rustic and elegant. One can admire the amount of effort and money invested in Char. We can't wait for the cooler weather when they can turn on the fireplaces.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had delicious food and
We had delicious food and enjoyed our dinner. The only complaint was the noise level. Too many hard surfaces in the renovation
made it very hard for us to hear each other. Maybe dining in the bar would be quieter? Will check that out next time.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a lovely meal with another couple and each of us enjoyed our cocktails and meals alike. We were seated in the side room which was nice because the main dining area can be very loud. But the food is fantastic, will definitely be back!! It's so nice to have another great choice for dining, we are thrilled Char moved in!!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
New Restaurant in Town
Finally, a good new restaurant in Byrum. The food was very good, the service was very helpful, and the price was righ - we will return!
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hope This One Lasts
There have been many dining establishments in this location since the old days when it was an old fashioned pizza place! This is the best one and hopefully it will get the business it deserves for a long life! Interesting combinations of fine ingredients. All four of our party had fish of some kind it all plates were enthusiastically enjoyed - no doggy bags for this group! Good salads and an excellent dessert of French Toast bread pudding! Friendly efficient staff as well.
9/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
Char gets better and better-
This is a restaurant that truly cares about the quality and presentation of its food and the consistently excellent service it provides. . Four of us dined and all the dishes were superlative. Particularly outstanding were the crab cannelloni, the octopus, the rare sushi quality tuna and that's only first course,.
The garlic shrimp was fabulous and the sole special that evening was wonderful. Don't pass up dessert - french toast bread pudding and espresso semi freddo are winners. This is not a fluke - this place is a gem, easily one of the best in southern Connecticut. Watch out competitors!.
9/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
A real winner
Eclectic menu, great wine list, family run with attentive service. Been there twice - had tasted 6+ appetizers a d entrees. All excellent and there are more on list for next time. A new star in Port Chester. Highly recommended
9/6/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food is excellent, we had the tuna tartare bruschetta and grilled octopus to start, both were outstanding. The pan seared snapper was excellent and the cauliflower purée was creamy and delicious. My husbands steak frites was good, but the steak was only warm when it arrived at the table. The food took over an hour to come out so as a new restaurant they are clearly working through the initial bumps, but we were not in a rush. The wine list is varied, well thought out and affordable. It is a bit on the loud side, there were several large groups and there are not any soft surfaces to absorb sound. That being said we had a great date night, the tables are not on top of each other which we appreciated and will definitely be back!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful and tasty
My wife and I had an extremely good meal here. I'll remember the frisee salad with poached egg, wild mushrooms, and lardons for some time. Our mains were equally delicious. The room is beautiful, and the service was first-rate and friendly. This is a place where you can go for a romantic meal or to enjoy some inventive food with friends. I highly recommend.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tried Char for the first time
Tried Char for the first time with friends for dinner - really good. food was excellent. Wine was good. Service was excellent. the restaurant has a great ambiance - hip, cool and lively, but relaxing without being too noisy. Great for date night or dinner with friends. in Port Chester, but right on thr Greenwich border, so easy to get to if you live in Greenwich. Earlier in the evening, there were a couple of families, so I guess you could take your children too, but good for an adult night out. Would highly recommend you give it a try.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is the third time we've
This is the third time we've been to Char. Atmosphere and decor are great, there is a nice varied menu and food is consistently good. However, on this visit the service was very spotty. It took quite a while for our appetizers to come. When our entrees arrived the server put them on the table without removing our appetizer plates (which had been empty for at least 10 minutes). He then just walked away, leaving them on the table. We'd love to see Char succeed but the service needs to be as good as the other aspects of the place or it won't.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
CHAR Continues to Impress
Just when we think the chef has exhausted his repertoire for excellence and creativity, he surprises us once again by exceeding any and all expectations. House made desserts an extra bonus. if you haven't been there, you really need to go. The regular menu has excellent choices but the daily chef's creations should not be missed. A foodie's paradise!.
10/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
WE like it there and have
WE like it there and have been back several times. This time brought a good friend with us for dinner which once again was very enjoyable. Elio and his son Agon make us feel like one of the family and in fact Elio gave me some of his homegrown tomatoes as on the prior visit we had talked about gardening and my crop was not all that good.
This is a can't miss dining experience.
10/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always a home run with the bases loaded. Owners and Executive Chef - marriage made in Heaven.
10/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
What a change
Quite a few restaurants have been in this location but you have a winner with Char! The food was good, wait staff was so friendly and the manager followed us out to make sure that everything was good! I will go back again.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for tapas
Mid-week crowd did not come in until 8pm. Food was excellent. Sampled 6 small dishes rather than 2 large entrees. Service was friendly, informative. Made us feel special. Great parking in a location with normally limited parking.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoy talking and eating
Finally a restaurant that can deal with noise. So many places have such bad acoustics that you cannot hear the person sitting next to you. They did a nice job changing the inside look. Everyone enjoyed their meal. The service was prompt. Nothing negative to say. I highly recommend it.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and we had a great time. The food was delicious (scallops, butternut squash soup, striped bass, steak) and the service was great. We had a wonderful time and would go back again.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
NYC quality in Westchester
Why travel and pay absurd parking for fine dining? My husband and I have seen this newcomer restaurant grow from its first quiet week to this past weekend, where it was a hoping and trendy destination for true foodies. The staff are divine, the chef is magnificent and we love introducing it to our friends that never even heard of it. It them becomes their favorite restaurant to dine. Once the bar scene hits off (only a matter of time), this will be a THE place in Westchester!
10/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food: delish Service: lacking
I only have good things to say about the food and ambiance. The service is another story. We only saw our waiter when he took our drink order and when the check was dropped off. I had to wave down a manager to take our food order. And then that took an unusually long time to come out. We noticed the same situation with tables around us. Food just takes forever. I would still recommend Char because I hope this type of service is not the norm.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food, Loud Room, Get Beignets
Really liked this restaurant for its delicious food and cool decor. The main dining area was VERY loud - not sure how they can remedy this situation - but there is a smaller dining room in the back which I suspect would be quieter, I would request seating in that area. The one thing that you will lose though is the big roaring fire which, on a cold night in October, was very appealing and inviting. Each of our four appetizers and entrees were very good. I ordered the beignets for dessert and everyone was trying to get one, they were delicious. The other area that was not quite up to par was the service. Maybe it was just our waiter and with the restaurant being fairly new, I am sure that they will improve in this area.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
When I went online to sign up for open table I was e-mailed to mention it to the person at the front desk - when I did they told me I had to do it online ! What's up with this? Jon Caviola
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
So good and beyond expectations, we returned 2 days later with family members.
10/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
As noted in earlier review
As noted in earlier review we consider Char to be one of our favorite places to eat. Thank goodness Agron has forgiven for mis-spelling his name in the first review. We had a good laugh about that last time I stopped by with my wife for a decompression cocktail at the bar.
This trip I brought an old friend we needed to have someone who would listen to him for a while so, the atmosphere, the food, ambience and the service were a perfect fir for our needs.
10/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Our first visit, and we really enjoyed the service, which included the chef checking how our meal was. The food ranged from very good to excellent. The signature squid and the salmon main course were the best of an enjoyable bunch. We will definitely return. The bar is also very nice, quite apart from the restaurant and good for drinks, with or without appetizers.
10/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fall/Winter Menu is Amazing
We happened to be there in the beginning days of the new seasonal menu. To tell the truth - I was a little concerned that with my favorites gone, I wouldn't be as excited about my meal. Worry not, foodies, Char continues to be the gift that keeps on giving. The new menu is superlative, creative dish after creative dish well executed by the kitchen even on a Saturday evening. I was torn between so many delicious choices that I had trouble ordering - and our server graciously waited until I finally made a choice. Truth is, you really can't go wrong. They are committed to making every dining experience memorable. Congrats!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Waited 20 minutes to be offered a drink & finally flagged down a waiter (not ours). This is my 2nd time here. Both times very disorganized, spotty service. Like the food, presentation great.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great dinner for two!
We visited Char for the first time after searching for a farm to table restaurants on Urbanspoon, and we loved it! The restaurant is located by the river that separates Greenwich and Port Chester. There is a parking lot, which was full, but we were able to easily find street parking.
The first thing we noticed was the ambiance - there is a great cozy-lodge feel with grey tones and a wonderful fireplace. They had a number of great appetizers - we loved the vanilla bean vinaigrette spinach salad and the duck confit. There is a great selection of fish dishes - we recommend the salmon and swordfish. For dessert, we requested just the ancho chili ice cream, which was very unique with a spicy after taste. Overall, excellent experience!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
My friends and I celebrated
My friends and I celebrated a birthday here having found it on Open Table/Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. Everything about this lovely restaurant was pretty much perfect and unique (i.e. lamb burgers and various Mediterranean dishes which were cooked to perfection). The owner(s) apparently have been in the restaurant business for years and their savvy service and their friendliness-without being "too-too" was appreciated. Would def return for a special occasion and recommend to others looking for a place off the beaten path (in Byram vs. Greenwich Avenue).
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great dinner all around
Seated in front of the fireplace. Warm, welcoming service and excellent food. We will be back.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I have dined here
My wife and I have dined here several times and were never disappointed in the food, the service or the ambience. I have now in addition booked several luncheons there one with an old friend who needed a good listener and one for business. In both cases we sat near the fireplace, enjoyed it and enjoyed our meals and the service.
On the second occasion there was a party of 30 something women at the next table clearly enjoying everything about Char so, can't say enough positive about this place.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, service was fair
A beautiful place, sat by the fire. Food was great, unfortunately the waiter was overwhelmed and service was lacking. We had to wait over 15 min just to order a drink at the bar.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Made A Special Occasion Even Better
Char was a great place to bring my wife on her birthday. Both of us were really taken back by the romantic ambience of the place and the wait staff was absolutely amazing and attentive. We really enjoyed the Edamame Dumplings with the Sweet Chili Sauce. Something very new to me but were absolutely fantastic. My Hanger Steak came perfectly cooked (where around here can you get hanger steak? I love it!) and my wife's Salmon was very good as well. I was also surprised and pleased to see they had some local beers on tap. I tried the Half Full IPA (brewed in Stamford, CT) and it was really good. We really enjoyed our dinner at Char and can't wait to come back and try their desserts. Highly recommended!
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great new restaurant.
Decided to go with friends after passing by the restaurant on few occasions and thinking that it "looked cool". We were definitely not disappointed. As soon as we walked in we knew it would be a good experience and it only got better from there. Super cool interior, all wood but the place still manages to look modern. Big fireplace, comfortable chairs. Drinks are inventive and tasty. We shared a few appetizers and entrees. Everything was just great. Server was attentive while not being annoying. Would definitely go back.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Must Save Room for Dessert!
Had to schedule a casual business dinner and decided based on the reviews read to give Char a try - happy we did! Hip yet upscale decor, beautiful center fireplace. Service was attentive and conversational. Apps had at the table: seasonal butternut squash soup and octopus. All said we'd be happy ordering a second round of each apps that's how good they were. Entrees were chicken, pasta and salmon. All a little overcooked but good flavor. Now dessert - we'd all go back daily for dessert! French Toast Bread Pudding, Black Forest Cake and Semifreddo. BIG Kuddos to the pastry chef! He/she is making some creative and memorable dishes. Will be back again!
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
New place making a hit
Char, we were told, had opened gour months ago. Seems as though they were higly experienced. The staff and management showed great concern for our comfort and eating pleasure.
We were a group of five. We all ordered different appetizers and shared. All were unique and flavorful. 'Although the menu leaned heavily on fish and seafood, the steak I ordered (ribeye) was the best steak I had in many years. Everyone else was pleased with their orders as well.
It's a long trip for us, coming from south-western Westchester County. Nevertheless, we plan to return soon.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Looking up in Byram
It's nice to have a good restaurant...and one with easy parking...in our part of town. Our welcome was friendly...but the service was uneven.
Our meal was delicious...but the choice of appetizers is a little strange. No straightforward green salad, for example.
We enjoyed our dinner and will definitely return.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really enjoyable meal!
The staff was extremely accommodating at Char! The food was very well made. Dishes were prepared perfectly and in a straight forward manner. The only shortfall was the wine list. More options that pair better with the dishes would be appreciated.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Each dish crafted with care
Octopus was the best I have ever had in my life. Venison special was also memorable, as was the molten chocolate cake. There are lots of other places you can go to have this cooked for you, but Char brought each of these dishes to another level. Rare to see such consistency of excellence.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Gorgeous atmosphere on the River
This was our first visit. We were celebrating our anniversary and wanted to stay local( we live in Stamford). Although our table viewed the kitchen, the ambiance was beautiful, service excellent and attentive, and the steak was amazing.
Their was a curtain pulled back that looks as though it was designed to mask the entrance to the kitchen. Too bad they were not using it.
Lots of easy, free parking.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Hot spot in Byram
Char really hit the mark for dinner on Saturday, it was just the type of restaurant we were looking for.
the restaurant is really comfortable, the lighting is quite lovely, and the the wait staff is very attentive. I thought the special
menu was very creative, and there is a very good variety on the regular menu. All of of our meals were
very delicious. Afterward, we had a nightcap in the bar, a very cool atmosphere and fun way to end a
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food. Nice atmosphere
Relaxed environment. Good food. Buzzy, but not too noisy.
12/12/2013 4:00:00 PM