Sunday, May 13, 2018
First time at Char. Restaurant is beautiful. Service was great. Everything was really good except for the porterhouse for 2. For $109 I expected melt in your mouth, perfectly cooked steak. Was mediocre at best. Poorly picked cut. Appetizers were delicious, my sons filet mignon was cooked perfectly. Lobster was great as were the oysters. Pretty good selection of Bourbons was appreciated. I grew up in Manhattan so comparing to Smith & Wollensky and Lugars and Sparks, etc. Was hoping to find a reliable steak place relatively locally (we drove at least half an hour to get there), but no luck. I would recommend in general, but not for true steak lovers based on this first visit.
Very disappointing experience. For a high end restaurant, the food should have been much better, service could have been better and since we had a reservation and there was room in the dining room, we should not have been seated in the noisy bar area.
The scalloped potatoes were uneatable,
watery and had no flavor. The Lobster Mac & Cheese had no lobster and too much truffle oil and or garlic that overpowered the dish. You couldn't even taste the bacon in it.
The $40 to $50 steaks are served on a plate with a bulb of roasted garlic. Not a very appealing presentation. Would it hurt to put a few carrots, pieces of asparagus, roasted potatoes or something on the plate???
On the brighter side, the lobster and avocado salad was delicious! The bread was also delicious, but it would have been nice to be offered another piece to go with the soup or salad once they arrived.
WHAT AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE!!!! The food/ambiance and service was PHENOMENAL. Was very upset I didn’t get to try the 3 cheese/black truffle mashed but they weren’t selling it anymore. Can’t wait to go back.
Best prime aged beef
Waitress was friendly, prompt and knowledgable
Can’t wait to go back when the outside is open.
What happened to Char? We've been coming here for years and have been disappointed in our last couple visits. The PROS: the bread and cocktails are great and the steaks are perfected prepared, tender and delicious.
The CONS: wine by the glass is warm (I would expect around 65F) and the side dishes - creamed spinach and potato au gratin disappointing...spinach was slimy and too full of garlic while the potatoes were too salty and over herbed. Decadent side dishes are a must-have for a steakhouse. Not sure if we will go back for more than a cocktail. Sadness.
The food was wonderful and the service as well. It was a little loud for a Thursday night but they had a lot of large parties. All and all it has been very good and consistent.
It was delightful, our waiter was friendly and courteous and funny. His honesty and recommendations were superb. My first time and I love led it .
We had a delicious dinner with friends. We were treating them as a thank you. Our server, Sam, was excellent, as always. We love Char!!!
First time. Had a 7:15 reservation. Waited 20 minutes for a table. Food was excellent. Restaurant very busy. Server never came offering ground pepper. No salt or pepper on table.
Awesome food and service. Thank you!
Steak was suppose to be medium rare, three times came back raw.
Great meal and great service.
Though pricey excellent food and service. A must for special occasions.
Excellent food and service. Seated at table near bar where servers picked up so a little loud and servers were congregating in this area
Not great. Kitchen was not on key.
My wife and I had a great time on our date here! The food was excellent and cooked to our liking. Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. We did not feel rushed at any point during our meal.
Easter Dinner, as always excellent food and fabulous service
Great as usual
Serge our waiter was outstanding!
Went to dinner for Easter! AMAZING! Our server was incredible and made every minute we were there fantastic! Food was on point as always!!! Thanks Char!!! We’ll be back soon!
My mom, husband, and I greatly enjoyed our Easter celebration at Char-Raritan. The food, service, and atmosphere were EXCELLENT!!! We look forward to visiting Char again in the future and will definitely recommend Char to friends and family. Thank you for an unforgettable dining experience.
My wife and I received the highest level of service. Our waiter was very familiar with every aspect of the menu and made great recommendations for wine. The aged New York strip was one of the best I’ve ever had.
Empty restaurant seated in back room despite request - too many waiters - 4 watching you eat - meat significantly undercooked even when ordering well done - wearing sport coats - 2nd visit - far better options around - waiters way over the top - feel badly for original owner - deteriorated
The restaurant was great but my guest was horrible. Complained the entire evening. I will come back with another guest!
Char is top notch! From the moment we sat down we had friendly, well-informed and attentive service. The steaks were delicious but they have plenty of options for those who aren’t beef eaters. It is definitely on the pricey side but in my humble opinion worth every penny.
Always top notch food and service. We reserve Char for our special occasion dinning and make an event out of our visit. Cocktails at the bar before sitting down to dinner. Menu never disappoints and the specials are always excellent alternates. Delicious sides and a focused wine list with many high quality options make it easy to enjoy yourself. Better than other local additions to the steak house faithfuls.
Food was ok. Service was very good. Highly over priced for the quality of steaks.
Service was exceptional and I was treated to a desert because it was my birthday. Very nice. I always take associates from outside the US here because everyone loves the atmosphere.
Char is an expensive, first-class restaurant that consistently delivers quality food served by excellent staff. This offer a NY-style restaurant ambience in central NJ. We always enjoy the best steaks in NJ here. Tonight we enjoyed the KC strips and filet mignon cuts. The sides are always excellent and we enjoyed a special carrot cake prepared tableside to celebrate our birthdays. Make sure you have a reservation and an appetite as this won't disappoint.
This was my first time there. Given the prices, I was expecting much better quality of food. The service was slow and they got our order wrong. I won’t be returning especially at these prices...disappointed.
Went with my boyfriend and daughter (12) and we all enjoyed out meal.
The steaks here are really top-notch and prepared and served perfectly. We shared a porterhouse for 4 of us and one other chose the bone in filet mignon. The steaks cane with roasted garlic which for me is to die for. We ordered 3 sides..potatoes gratin, asparagus, and sautéed onions. We ate everything and we stuffed. Plenty of alcohol and wine kept the group well oiled and happy. A perfect evening.
We had 2 dishes which we were disappointed with. One was the calamari which was too salty.
When we told the waitress she said she would tell the chef.
The other was a very tough piece of steak which was a special. When we told the waitress she said that's because it was aged.
The waitress never asked if we would like something else.
Also, we were there to celebrate an anniversary - actually 2 anniversaries. We ordered dessert and not even a Happy Anniversary wish.
On the other hand, the other dishes were delicious.
We really wanted to like this place. It's got a great outdoor space and a nice ambiance inside. Unfortunately the food is mediocre. Steaks just had a weird flavor, as if they had cooked them on a dirty grill. The wedge salad was cold and crisp, so that was good. Sides were disappointing: mashed potatoes with very little flavor. Drinks (we had the "Char-garita") were too strong and didn't for the description on the menu. We didn't stay for dessert. If you're looking for a really great steak in NJ, I'd recommend sticking to Roots in Morristown or Summit. Ruth's Chris is also really good despite the fact that it's a chain.
Meat dishes were good. Salmon dish was fair. I expected better for the price.
My friend ordered a ny strip he said it was tough, he said I should taste it I said send it back very very tough sent it back n 3 minutes later they brought him a filet mignon which I had n said it was soft , do not u understand how they brought it back soooo fast but did not try to replace with another ny strip of course he was not happy very nice manager came to apolgize but should have taken something off Bil or given him coffee and desert on the house he said he is not coming back too fast not cheap for the two of us $150My friend ordered a ny strip he said it was tough, he said I should taste it I said send it back very very tough sent it back n 3 minutes later they brought him a filet mignon which I had n said it was soft , do not u understand how they brought it back soooo fast but did not try to replace with another ny strip of course he was not happy very nice manager came to apolgize but should have taken something off Bil or given him coffee and desert on the house he said he is not coming back too fast not cheap for the two of us $150My friend ordered a ny strip he said it was tough, he said I should taste it I said send it back very very tough sent it back n 3 minutes later they brought him a filet mignon which I had n said it was soft , do not u understand how they brought it back soooo fast but did not try to replace with another ny strip of course he was not happy very nice manager came to apolgize but should have taken something off Bil or given him coffee and desert on the house he said he is not coming back too fast not cheap for the two of us $150
Very rich food, excellent steaks. A bit loud, but not a big deal.
Every was good , but the waiter was in a bad mood no friendly,
Check him because is his job
Unlike my last visit to char, this time it was the complete opposite. Had a fantastic meal that was not overly saturated with garlic. The atmosphere and service were outstanding. Had so much fun that we stayed way past the closing time. No rush from the wait staff either. Would definitely go again.
Food was great service was fabulous. Very loud atmosphere, not to my liking.
Great tasting food, excellent service and modern atmosphere. The only steak house worth eating at in a 30 mile radius, bar none.