Char Steakhouse - Raritan

4.6
2637 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Finally, a New York style atmosphere and experience crosses the Hudson to Central Jersey. Char Steakhouse's innovative cuisine features only the finest cuts of Dry Aged and Prime Beef with fish delivered fresh daily. Guests will dine by landscaped views revealed by towering windows. Mahogany wood walls and ceiling treatments create an authentic steakhouse environment rivaled by none in the New Jersey dining scene. Unique features include four modern fireplaces that are the first of their kind, a curved wall of water that rains serenity in the aptly named Rain Room. Guests can enjoy 7 cuts of the finest quality dry aged beef or snack on oysters and colossal blue crab from our premier raw bar. Seating in the lounge is offered on a first come first serve basis or party goers can reserve arched custom booths for up to twelve. Our highly trained and experienced staff exhibit warmth and hospitality in welcoming Char's guests home. All of this at a prices you never thought possible.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2637 people are saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MyraB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service Best filet mignon around.

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vipRichardA
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside. Great meal! Great service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience5

Our server was very disinterested and not attentive. For example, she took our drink order and then didn’t come back for 20minutes. She finally came back out with our drinks, set them down in a staging area across the room from our cabana and proceeded to take another table’s order for 5 minutes. She never once let us know why there was a delay or why she decided to take another tables order midway delivering our drinks. Even when she finally did give us our drinks, There was no apology or acknowledgement as to anything being wrong with how she handled it. Basically ice was melted and we were drinking watered down cocktails.

I’ve been here multiple times with parties large and small (we were a table of 8 this time), and this was the first time I experience bad/standoffish service so I’m not going to look too deeply into it.

It was definitely the talk of the table for about half an hour but it is what it is.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner for 6 good friends 4 of whom had not been to Char prior.
Enjoyed every aspect from welcoming team at reception, manager, our server Phil and support staff.
We each had different entree’s and shared 5 sides including ‘Death by Potatoes’. No issues, everything cooked to our different preferences and served hot, and at same time.
Desserts worth the calories. Coffee very good.
Nothing left to take home!
We left happy, content and full!
Thanks Char for a fun evening!

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eatoutalot
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Having been patrons of Char for years, we were happy to take our older son for his birthday and let's just say it has gone really downhill. So much so, that he didn't even want to stay for dessert and candles. Our family of 4 went for dinner and ordered over $250.00 worth of food . Every one of us was disappointed in our apps as well as our entrees. Some meals were not properly cooked but most were just really bad tasting. It had to be one of the worst meals we have ever had (and we eat out A LOT). The service was also poor. We actually couldn't wait to leave which is sad because it was very expensive for half eaten meals for a special occasion. We ended up picking up food on the way home. We used to always come here with friends but will be crossing it off our list. We don't expect much but this was just bad after bad. Too many other places to choose from and not have to pick up after spending a lot of money .

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Axlefoley
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great, take it slow on the warm pretzel rolls their very tasty

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Sharon
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservation was for 6:30, but we got there at 5:45 and the staff was able to accommodate us. They also set us up for after dinner drink outside, which was lovely.

Meals were spectacular, as always. Overall great experience.

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ChrisH
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and excellent steaks!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal and service!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great service and great steak.

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vipMathewM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both had appetizers that were very good. I ordered the special, excellent! She had the stuffed lobster and raved about it all the way home. We shared a “death by potato” side and fell in love with it.

I would definitely recommend this restaurant for any occasion or just a really nice meal out.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service

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AntonioL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, Sergio is very nice and professional. Appetizers were delicious. Rest of the meal was good but very expensive for what it was.

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StaceyH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Robert was amazing and very detailed.
Tomahawk was delicious.
I highly recommend this place!

TM
TerriM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and our waiters were also amazing . We took forever because saw friends we haven’t seen in years. They were so patient and understanding.
Definitely will be back !!!!

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tasha
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Tomahawk steak was not flavorful at all & the pecan bread pudding was terrible. NO FLAVOR! I was looking forward to my night out w good meal. That didn't happen.

DC
DetriaC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m never disappointed in the service , food or customer service .
I highly recommend this place to accommodate whatever the occasion is 💯

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GerardC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Didn't replace utensils and had to ask for water refills. Waiter not very attentive. Took clients out for a dinner meeting and expected a lot more with the money spent. It was Tuesday evening, could have been an off night. The food was excellent, no complaints.

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Kenn
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience2

Food was great. Our expectation is that this being a high end restaurant, all levels would be excellent but that was not the case.
Service was not the same that we experienced in other high end restaurant. We felt that service did not match the food.

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vipCarsnfoodforme
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always excellent- from unique specials like zucchini flowers to rich and delicious lobster Mac and cheese- we love having this gem right nearby

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food was delicious as always.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

This was a birthday dinner celebrating two of my friends. All three of us have been to Char many times and always loved it.

We loved the seafood tower and zucchini flowers for appetizers.

However, our meals were cold, and both the Tuna and Meat and Potato dishes were not nearly as tasty as they usually are. There was very little short rib and the the tuna was bland , disappointing.

Our waiter was very good, but seemed to be servicing too many tables at once.

I think I been to Char at least 30 times and this was my first sub par experience.

My understanding is that many restaurants are faced with the challenge of reduced staffing so I am imagining that this is not the new norm.

Will definitely go again, with

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DanielS
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

OUTSTANDING food and service.
Originally seated next to a family with young and MUCH TOO LOUD children.
Our request to move was immediately accommodated, resulting in a great experience.

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VarunK
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING food, service, and environment. No complaints at all!

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DetriaC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything went well with food , service and ambiance.
I’ve never had a bad experience and always refer people .

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jasonb
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food preparation is always very consistent Loce Char

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Anthony
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Robert was our server and was great. Will definitely be asking for him next time.

JW
JWGIII
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything about our dinner experience was outstanding especially the food and service. Paige was a wonderful server and the food was as good if not better than any steak house in New Jersey of New York.

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vipAric
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great ambiance and delicious food .. love the choice of selection, from the steaks, to raw bar to seafood … food is really delicious… loved the Smoked cocktails .. kudos to the bartender … overall a great experience…

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PEteK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Fantastic steaks cooked perfectly to order. The gratin potatoes were delicious. Service was quick and attentive. Noise level was harsh and distracting.

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NicholasS
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The Salmon was great and the others loved the surf and Turf and steak. Bread was amazing and Salad was excellent. Service was well-timed and friendly, drinks were very nice.

SM
SteveM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Would absolutely return. Steven our server was fantastic

SM
StevenM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent and our waiter Emery was fantastic!

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Trish
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and a great way to celebrate my parent's anniversary.

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BethW
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Husbands 60th birthday celebration 9 of us. Perfect setting, above quality presentation of dishes , service exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing
Service, food, ambiance ...great time

KD
KathyD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First timers to Char to celebrate hubby’s birthday. All our food was top quality, well prepared, delicious, and worth its prices. Together, we enjoyed the meat and potatoes, oysters, cowboy ribeye, and crab cakes with creme brûlée for dessert. Be sure not to miss the popovers as your bread choice. We chose to sit inside due to the humidity outside, and it was quite loud between the music and the dining noises. But that also aided in conversations not being heard among the side by side tables. It was at times also difficult to hear our server due to the noise. Despite the noise, Sergio provided excellent service. We had a great experience and we will be back for other special occasions.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were impressed with this restaurant. Loved the decor & placement of tables. Our waiter was attentive. Menu was extensive & food delicious.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love char. The service is always amazing and the food is delicious. Braised short ribs and a glass of Malbec 🤤. Excellent experience

DF
DrewF
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent as usual . Steaks perfectly cooked and outside patio is an awesome place to have dinner .

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Char Steakhouse - Raritan is rated 4.6 stars by 2637 OpenTable diners.

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