Char Steakhouse - Raritan

4.7
2555 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 2555 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time dining at Char for Mother's Day. The drinks and food were good (the Tomahawk for two was a tad bit overcooked for 'medium' but still very good) and the service was very good as the waiter was very attentive. We liked the ambience of the restaurant and were pleased with a table by the window. Overall, we had a great time and will definitely be back.

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Asok
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was no bad part about the whole dinner experience. Will go there again.

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KK1620
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was delicious. However, the main course came out while we still had half of our appetizers left to eat. Felt very rushed.

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LaureenL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time and dinner at Char! I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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Amerissa
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous from start of the apps to the wonderful dessert!

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Raven51c
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience4

I would still recommend Char to a friend, I wasn't happy with my seating arrangement in the back of the restaurant, outside of the main dining room with the buzz. Unsure of how to get a reservation in the better part of the restaurant. Prices seemed off the charts to me but could be post COVID inflation. The food (steak) was still well prepared. I can get an excellent meal for half the price elsewhere. This is mostly a trendy place.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and it was everything I hoped it would be.

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TaniaC
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Mother’s Day Dinner

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a birthday, anniversary, and pay raise all in one! The outdoor patio area is beautifully set up with a water feature, umbrellas, heat lamps, and landscaping - you would never know there is a major highway on the other side of the bushes! The cocktails were smooth and the death by potatoes never disappoint. The waitstaff was attentive and professional. Overall a fantastic dining experience!

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vipAllieMC
New England
27 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Very noisy - difficult to hear others at the table. Food was good, drinks expensive, service was decent. Overall just ok - many other high end steak houses to consider for the price.

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ScottJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A small celebration with friends. Got to enjoy outside!

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AlixG
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Char is our go-to spot for our wedding anniversary, and they never disappoint. The food was fantastic, and our server, Adam, was very knowledgeable. I wasn’t sure how to have my filet cooked, so he walked me through it and helped me order. It came out perfect! We sat outside where it was beautiful, and quiet despite being along the highway. We didn’t want the evening to end so we brought home dessert, and that brownie a la mode was delicious. Can’t say enough, we’ll be back!

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Mike
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dine in style! Good food and a great dining environment both inside the restaurant and outside on the patio. Great service too!

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alterrick
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Robert , staff , food and ambiance was great thank you

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vipPhilD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent time - great food - terrific service. Can't recommend highly enough.

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vipRobert
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience2

Was enjoying a nice dinner out with my wife, until a group of five men were seated next to us, who just got done golfing and couldn’t find a bar to drink at. So we had to listen to them swear and make lude jokes for the next hour. Very disappointed in the restaurant for this. We have been many times before. Not so sure now.

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vipPatC
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

We always go to Char's for special occasions and have never had an issue until our most recent visit. We visited on Friday, April 30th for my husband's birthday. There were 3 of us. The service was wonderful until our dinners came out. I ordered the filet medium and when it arrived at the table I took 2 bits and the meat was ice cold. My daughter ordered the Salmon medium and when she started to eat realized it was almost raw. We told the waiter and he promptly removed the dishes. He came back 10 minutes later with the same dishes. This restaurant has very upscale prices and they could have just replaced the dishes with new food. This was so disappointing and we will have to rethink about the next celebration meal.

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ClaudiaJ
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place, perfect for my husband’s birthday celebration. Will definitely be going back!

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DavidB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants. I always go for the steak, lamb lollipops, and any potato side.

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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service at the bar, Candice always does a great job. Hostesses were very accommodating when we wanted to change tables too.

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RobertS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was delicious and very high quality. A nice place for a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary.

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JenniferM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Service was great and the atmosphere was perfect for a date night.

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Beeyah
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time at this place . Waiter was outstanding (his name started with an A will not even attempt to try and spell it ). The food was amazing ! Steak cooked to perfection, death by potatoes very good . White cosmo made to perfection . Bread pudding I was not a fan of but it was decent. I have been telling my friends about this place and will most definitely be back again . It is worth every penny !

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal.

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MillyR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Being an avid steak lover, Char was on my list of places to try. The food and service alike were absolutely amazing! I cannot wait to go back!

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Matt
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner , food and service were on point ! Will be returning.

JA
JAC89
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall great experience and excellent service and food is fantastic

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TracyS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best popovers! Almost worth a trip just for that.

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vipbhughe
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Still has fun classy vibe, where you can take those favorite fancy shoes out of the closet for date night. Food was delicious, service was very good. Al la carte gets pricey but quality. Largest coffee / tea mugs EVER! Loved it.

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vipDarrenL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paige was a phenomenal server!

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vipMichelleM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Crab cakes awesome, truly spectacular. Steaks and lamb lollipops perfection, filet was velvet. Sides were mostly excellent. Next time I will order Au Gratin Potatoes instead of death by potato. Fries were excellent too. Choc chip Nutella cookies were average but served warm. Should have tried one of other chocolate desserts or cheesecake. They make popovers, in the bread basket which we loved, rare find. Will go again in a heartbeat.

Service was OK. Took our waiter forever to take our order, I like not being rushed, but it was too long. Water glasses went empty. Had to look for him over my shoulder at least 2x, didn’t bring ground pepper until asked. Skip the Au Poivre sauce, flat and not tasty. Expensive, food quality was there/worth it. Don’t expect lackluster service at high end establishment.

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vipROBIN
New York Area
673 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have not been to Char in a while. The visit was very positive. Indoor seating was to Covid guidelines. Menu was the same with some nice specials. The food was good. Our server was on top of things and very attentive to our needs. It was a nice evening

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vipLindaA
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will be returning to this restaurant. Everything about it was excellent! My only negative- the popovers were quite heavy. I shouldn't eat them anyways 😊

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MitchL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The last few times I’ve been to Char the food has been ok but not outstanding like expected at a top steakhouse and like the food was once upon a time.

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BarbaraP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Char and we were very pleased with the service and food!

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Kathy
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was very good. Our waiter was excellent.

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ROBK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT SERVICE AND ATTENTION BY OUR SERVER! FOOD WAS INCREDIBLE AND SO ARE THE PRICES BUT WORTH IT TO OUR FAMILY!
THANK YOU

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ElsyA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, every one(6) was happy with their food! Very clean!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a 7pm dinner reservation and were brought to our table right away. The tables were spread out and we felt very safe eating out in this pandemic. We were greeting promptly by our server Robert and his back waiter Joshua. They were both amazing all night. Attentive, personable, funny and caring. They both created a wonderful experience. We had everything we needed all night. Our food was delicious, our drinks were fabulous, and we can't wait to go back. Upon leaving, we spoke with the manager about how wonderful both Robert and Joshua were. We will definitely be back.

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vipJeff
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated the 80th birthday of our dear friend and the evening was wonderful. Quickly seated and the various menus were delivered and explained. The escargot and the burrata special appetizers were delicious. My wife and I shared the Tomahawk steak for two and it was cooked perfectly. It went well with the Chianti wine and the creme brûlée that was served as a birthday treat (gratis) was a lovely touch. Can’t wait to return when the weather warms up to enjoy their outdoor patio. Highly recommend

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Char Steakhouse - Raritan is rated 4.7 stars by 2555 OpenTable diners.

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