Absolutely top notch in every
Absolutely top notch in every way! It's a real pleasure to go to a restaurant and receive impeccable service and delicious food. I will be going back very soon!
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was sad to see then lobster
I was sad to see then lobster month had passed, but was both surprised and intrigued by their choice to have an entire month of specials dedicated to my favorite vegetable asparagus. I started with the asparagus soup which was delicious. For my entrée I have the special which was beef tenderloin with the béarnaise sauce, accompanied by fingerling potatoes and asparagus. Truly a wonderful experience!
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a wonderful evening.
This place is once of the BEST restaurant in town.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was my best friends birthday and Characters really went out of its way to make it special! The decorations and birthday sweets were very thoughtful. They had great service and the food was very well presented.
6/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love it when Characters
I love it when Characters releases their new menu and I was lucky enough to have my reservation fall on such a day. To my extreme excitement, my eyes were immediately drawn to the appetizer; my favorite when I'm dining in Las Vegas, the cold shellfish platter! To have this available in Edmonton is truly a dream come true. It says that it is meant for two people, but the table of four of us shared it along with appetizers of our own and were still okay with ordering entrées. I have to admit that we did have to "doggie bag" some of our entrée so that we had room for dessert, but it was well worth it. I am going to have a lot of fun trying everything on the new summer evening menu.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my favorite spots in Edmonton with consistent tasty food and great service
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Character's Restaurant knows how to deliver an amazing fine dining experience. An excellent menu that changes every season, helpful and friendly staff, an amazing wine list and a great atmosphere all combine to make this, in my opinion, the best fine dining experience in Edmonton.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I don't know why I go to other
I don't know why I go to other restaurants, when none of them can compare to the food and service offered at Characters. I love the fresh summer menu items like the heirloom tomato salad and watermelon ice cream. I recommend checking it out while it's still here.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was absolutely fantastic
Food was absolutely fantastic from appetizers to dessert. Fantastic wine list and excellent service. Only concern was that the restaurant was quite empty at 7 o'clock so the ambience suffered. Not sure if it was an off night, if it's more of a weekday spot or if it fills up later.
Overall very impressed.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic food and service.
Fantastic food and service. I couldn't have been more impressed with the entire experience! I can't wait to go back.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is still awesome, but....
We returned to Characters for the fourth time in a row to celebrate our anniversary. I had checked the menu online when I made the reservation and was happy to see that my favorites were still on the menu. Imagine my disappointment to find that a mere *two weeks* before our dinner, the menu was changed and ALL of the items I so enjoyed were gone. Every single one. Because the webpage had not been updated, I was not ready for that and was very disappointed, which did affect my enjoyment of my meal. The food was great, yes, but there was that "but" hanging there that kind of ruined it for me. We likely won't be back.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
The weather was fantastic
The weather was fantastic so we decided to eat on the patio. I was beautiful and I loved the artificial grass. The atmosphere was casual, but when the food arrived we were reminded that this is a fine dining restaurant. Our meals were so good and the service was exceptional. A real pleasure our short summers.
7/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
Simply One of the Best!
I dine out a fair amount for business and personally extensively in Edmonton and Calgary. Character's is without doubt one of the most consistent fine dining experiences in Alberta. Professionally managed and staffed, remarkable food with a varied menu!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the restaurant, cook(s) and the table service. I have a food allergy (garlic) and the server/cook was very accommodating. This type of attention has been typical of almost all higher end restaurants and Charcters was no different. It was very quiet and our table was able to conduct business with no noise.
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were there for my Mom's 85th birthday. The service was great, the food was excellent. The portions was just right and the dessert was good. It's one of Mom's favorite places to eat so this was a great place to take her for her special day. The only thing that I was sort of disappointed in was that even though I did tell them it was my Mom's day they didn't do anything special for her in terms of a sparkle on her dessert otherwise no complaints.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Like everyone I don’t go to fine dining restaurants on a daily basis, but when I do I like to have the total culinary experience. This isn’t McDonald’s or Boston Pizza where I expect to have my appetizer, entrée, and dessert finished within an hour. All of the high-end restaurants know the perfect timing between courses and Characters is no different. I know that I can have up to one hour per course, which leaves me enough time to savor the amazing food and also visit with my guests. So sit back, relax, and enjoy your indulgence.
7/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
Don't pass the salt!
I’m not a chef, so when I go out for dinner to a fine dining restaurant I put all my trust in the cooks to prepare and season everything to the highest standards for flavor, and I’ve never been disappointed at Characters. I believe the reason there isn’t a salt-and-pepper shaker at your table is that they want you to experience the food the way they have put it together on the menu you’re ordering from. I’m pretty sure if you try, you won’t be disappointed.
7/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
My wife and I went here for
My wife and I went here for our anniversary. The food was great, the service professional but not overwhelming and the chef even came out to wish us a happy anniversary.
We loved it and will be back!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Two adults, three children
Two adults, three children all under two years of age. Fantastic food, great wine. With kids or without it's a too not h dining experience.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
By far the best restaurant
By far the best restaurant in Edmonton. A totally amazing dining experience!
8/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was excellent, but the service was outstanding!! There was a very minor mix up with our soup/salad and it was dealt with quickly with out us having to mention it. The resolution was beyond put expectation and we were very impressed!!! We highly recommend this restraunt.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was an absolutely divine experience. Being a single (ie. one person) female diner, I was treated with all the attention and respect usually reserved for couples or large groups. Food was amazing, and the portions just the right size. I am coming here with my husband for our anniversary next month.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really enjoyed the relaxed
Really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere sitting on the patio. The food and service was excellent too!
8/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
A Dessert Lovers Dream!
I have yet to find another restaurant with such a wonderful selection of desserts. No matter what you’re looking for to tame your sweet tooth craving, Characters has something for you. A favorite of mine, when I go with kids are the tableside smores. They actually bring the fire to you so that you can roast your own marshmallows, just like you are at a campfire. The cheesecake, pecan pie, chocolate cake, and banana bread pudding are also magnificent. Sometimes I feel like bypassing the entire meal and going straight for the desserts.
9/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great evening! The desserts
Great evening! The desserts are fabulous, and the duck was really, really tasty. MASSIVE wine list, with nice specials.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always, the food was superb.
As always, the food was superb. From the appetizers to the main course, the choices are interesting and varied. The service is more than attentive with a server that anticipated our every need. We were a table of six and all of us loved our choices. Two of us had the rack of lamb and we both felt it ranked with the best we have ever had. I requested medium rare and received exactly medium rare. Another guest had the Chilean sea bass and said it was tender and moist and the presentation was lovely. All in all, it was an amazing dinner.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of Edmonton's best!
Dinner at Characters was absolutely fantastic. From the service to the food and everything in between.
We had the crab cakes and beef tartare to start. The crab cakes were among the best we've ever had
and the tartare was delicious. Our main courses were venison wellington and pork medallions. Both mains
were cooked to perfection and the flavours were amazing! The portion size was very generous but we had
to try the famous Characters dessert. Sticky toffee pudding and pecan pie. The pudding was out of the world
good and the pecan pie was the perfect sweet treat. Overall this was an excellent dining experience and we
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch like you are on vacation!
I don"t normally have the time to indulge in a long, leisurely and decadent lunch but a recent staycation prompted a spontaneous decision to dine large for lunch. We have enjoyed Characters previously for dinner: lunch may have even trumped that experience. Chef Shawn has full control of his kitchen, the menu is seasonally creative, the service attentive but not intrusive and the food was outstanding. Excellent portion sizes for lunch, highly recommended are the pork and green onion croquettes, butter lettuce salad, veal schnitzel and pasta primavera. Great wine list that is reasonably priced, yummy deserts and a stunning earl grey tea rounded out an incredible treat!
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I really hate being disappointed
I really hate being disappointed when going out for dinner, which is why Characters is my favorite restaurant in the city. I know that no matter what I order on the menu, it’s going to have great quality ingredients and taste amazing. I’m also a fan of variety and enjoy the fact that every three months they release a new menu. Of course consistent service is also the key to a satisfying meal, and Characters is top-notch. I highly recommend making Characters one of your favorites too.
9/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
My family and I went to dinner
My family and I went to dinner to enjoy the new menu. It was outstanding, my new favourite appetizer is the lobster ravioli. I would encourage everyone to go and find their new favourite dish!!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
A gem of a restaurant!
Characters continues to be a first class restaurant!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful yet again
Once again very special food for a special occasion. Excellent wine list
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worthy of a last meal!
I always wonder what I would want to eat if I knew it would be my last meal, and Characters always comes to mind. The only difficult decision would be what to have because of all the wonderful options. I really recommend trying Characters, and hope it won't be your last.
10/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Really good food!
I really enjoyed the food...what an innovative, creative menu! My only small complaint is that water and drinks should be served immediately. We were seated and waited for an excessive amt of time before our server came to our table to greet us and ask us for drinks. Service improved after that.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner at Characters
Beautiful room, attentive service, good variety in both the appetizers and the main courses. We had the bacon wrapped pork tenderloins and the venison wellington; excellent cuts of meat, tender and juicy, attractively presented. I even found several of my favourite Canadian wines on their list.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Business Group Lunch
Service food and ambience was perfect. We wnated to talk to each other not compete with background noises.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding all around!
I couldn't complain even if I wanted to. That saying, the food was so good that I ate too much, but I think that's a compliment to the restaurant.
10/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Jalapeno Cheddar Bread is Awesome!
Normally I'm a sucker for the gourmet french fries and black bean dip, but when we came in on a Friday, we got a surprise with the bread. It had the right amount of heat without being overpowering. It's worth booking a reservation on a Friday!
10/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
Service is always great!
We we're in the restaurant and it was quite busy. Despite that fact, our server was very attentive, knowledgeable, and friendly. That, along with the wonderful food made the whole evening special.
10/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
We decided to sit on the stools
We decided to sit on the stools looking into the open kitchen and really loved the first hand view of how everything is prepared, cooked, and plated. I have a lot of respect for the chefs now that I've seen them in action, especially when it got busy. Great experience and meal!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
My girlfriend and I went here for date night for the first time. We both enjoyed the ambiance of the restaurant with the dimmer lighting and decor. The food was great and the kitchen accomodated my gluten intolerance no questions asked. Our potions were just right and the appetizer and mains were served in a timely manner. Highly recommend.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was extremely comfortable.
It was extremely comfortable. My wife and I were there for a few hours enjoying ourselves. Never did we feel like we needed to hurry our meal. The restaurant is quiet yet you don't feel like your voice is traveling. The food and desserts were outstanding and their drink menue was very impressive. We now have a new favourite place to go! We will be going back for sure.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good for groups
The beef soup of the day was pleasant with soft pieces of beef. The special hen with compote was delicious. The pecan pie was a good choice for dessert. Luckily there was a nice Pinot La Crema to wash it down. The decor and space was very comfortable and luxurious which is perfect for large groups. The service is eager and attentive.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Five Stars Always!
When it comes to fine dining in Edmonton, Characters is my only choice.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
A lot of work put into food preparation and presentation. The venison Wellington is amazing. The chefs are inspired. The service is excellent.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful for a special occasion
We went to Characters to celebrate, and impressed at the quality of the food, and upscale, but not uptight atmosphere.
I had the beef tenderlion, it was a flawlessly prepared piece of meat, with fantastic presentation. My partner decided on the special, an oven roasted hen breast, with risotto balls and beet puree. The execution of this dish was also without fault.
For dessert we opted to split the sticky toffee pudding with date ice cream. It was presented in a small mason jar, and was fantastically sweet and rich to end the meal. A minor issue with the ice cream, which was frozen a little solidly. I would have preferred a softer ice cream, a personal preference.
Overall, this was a fantastic night out. We will definitely return
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've always loved the spaghetti
I've always loved the spaghetti with lobster meatballs, and on my last visit I saw why. I knew there was something different with the pasta at other restaurants or at home, and the key is freshness. They made the spaghetti from scratch, right in the open kitchen in clear view. Fantastic texture and flavor, means I'll be ordering it more often!
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food great service great atmosphere big bill but worth the price
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
A perfect first visit to Characters! Chef Shonn came by to chat, the service was impeccable, the room was beautiful and the food was incredible. First-rate experience.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was the best sushi restaurant I have been in Edmonton. Excellent food and very pleasant service. The ambiance is not outstanding, but the restaurant has clean lines and is quite comfortable. Great place if you like sushi, sashimi, etc., with a North American flavour. Highly recommended.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM