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About Char Steakhouse - Raritan

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.

777 US Highway 202 North
Raritan, NJ 08869
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
First Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(908) 707-1777

Website:
http://www.charsteakhouse.com/

Entertainment:
Our staff provides all the entertainment our diners will need

Catering:
Char Steakhouse will deliver to any location within 25 miles for parties ranging from 15 to 500 guests

Parking Details:
Our private parking lot accommodates 80 to 100 vehicles and Valet is available for special events.

Public Transit:
Raritan stop on the New Jersey Transit Raritan Valley Line.

Private Party Facilities:
Char Steakhouse features private and semi private areas that can accommodate a range of party sizes from 15-200 guests.

Private Party Contact:
Cat Consten: (908) 809-9081

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Our event planning packages cater to corporate and private events and are available at most any budget. Our team of trained professionals will guide you through the event planning process from menu development to customized table and room decor. Contact Cat Consten / 908.809.9081

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Come celebrate the holidays with amazing food, service and Festive Ambiance!

Char Steakhouse - Raritan Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (39)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
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Worth the Drive (23)
Business Meals (23)
Romantic (22)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Cozy (13)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Bar Seating (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Authentic (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Fun (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Casual (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Great Beer (4)
People Watching (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Scenic View (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Healthy (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Cuisine did not match the atmosphere in quality. Over fried calamari, under done veggies but the ribs were wonderful and the steaks a B+ to A-

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Birthday for my dad. Great time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Enjoyed some wine along with great appetizers with steak and tuna meal. Never a bad meal.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was ok, lobster was cold.Over priced.Service was good.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent steaks cooked the way you like it. Sides were delicious and big enough to share. Try the warm walnut brownie for dessert. As most steak houses, everything is a la cart but everything our table tried was great! They do have a 3 course prix fix menu on certain days, not on Sat though.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We have been to Char many times, every time is excellent. The service and food are over the top. Good for any meal!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

It was our first time there and we go out to eat frequently. It was a delight all the way around. The waiter was friendly, knowledgeable about the menu, and recommended a great wine! The food was really good. Portions were large but not over the top. Overall, a place we’d definitely go to again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The stuffed lobster tasted very much like a whole lemon was squeezed on top of it. It was overwhelming and ruined the whole dish. The service was lovely and the bread delicious. There was a gentleman at the table next to us that looked like he came directly from the gym. Gross and inappropriate.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

It's an awesome place. Best for the rich or on an expense account. Food, service and ambiance are great.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

They will only seat two people at a table for two even though for the 2 1/2 hours we were there they didn't seat any table for 4 in our room. They sat us right across from the door to the courtyard and went in and out at least 300 times or more. It created a draft, blew the candle out several times and got colder and colder as the night went on. Tables for four were down the room and would have been more comfortable all the way around. Food was just okay but I must say the server was excellent.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 1, 2017

I enjoy the atmosphere and great food and service.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 30, 2017

We won a gift card and decided to try it for pour anniversary. While the food is excellent, it's so expensive, that its hard to enjoy it. The servers give off a very haughty vibe and room is pretty but not warm and inviting. We enjoyed what we ate but overall it wasn't a great experience and for that money, it should be.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Ok so I’ve been to Char a handful of times both locations. As always Food is great. Service likewise. Now they have a few seats by the bar area... not seats for a date, not a pleasant area to eat. While we ate we had the pleasure of seeing people stare at us while they waited for a seat at the bar. Louder then normal noise. Just not the romantic section of the restaurant. And they did have other seats available btw. So if you go on a date to this location and want a romantic setting request a table outside weather permitting or by a fireplace or window. This won’t change my thoughts of going there again as I know I will return. But I will make it a point to request to be seated away from bar.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Char is a constant go to for us and last night was the first time I was disappointed. Service was slow and non attentive. We ordered the seafood tower which he have ordered many times before. We asked to substitute some extra shrimp instead of oysters. This was met with a great concern. Please oysters are more expensive then shrimp. We were given no oysters as requested but one extra shrimp over the standard order. There are normally 4 oysters. There were also no clams and when I inquired. I was instructed there would only be two. Normally there are 4 if those as well. I should say we ordered for 2 people as it is priced per person. I am still waiting for my drawn butter and extra cocktail sauce.

I had the filet mignon bone in special and my wife had the crab cakes, which were both excellent as usual and expected.

We ordered the potato gratin and baked potato and were made to feel like carbohydrate pigs by our waiter Serge who insisted we should order a vegetable. He may have been correct but I didn’t need to be chided like a 4 year old.

I ordered dessert(sorbet) it arrived quickly but the 5 minutes to get a spoon so I could eat it was frustrating and the 10 minutes for a cup of coffee that should have come with dessert was frustrating.

I have eaten here many times, hoping it was just a bad night. But in a town with many options near by it may be a while before I convince my wife and friends to return to poor service for a 100 per person.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

we have been to this restaurant several times and seems to be getting better each time we go.
service was excellent from hostess, to waitress and busboy.
Food was excellent and defiantly come back again

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Amazing. Lovely two hour dinner. Great menu, great food and great service. Valet Arlington a plus.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Char is a steak house. That being said, I have never quite understood steak houses. They charge you an arm and a leg for a steak then charge you another large amount for your sides. The cocktails were good but again, very expensive. I have had better meals and drinks for less in New York City. The ambiance is nice but your are either facing the parking lot or a freeway. The service was good - attentive but not intrusive. It seemed like mostly business people having business deal dinners on the night we went which was a Tuesday. My husband ordered a filet medium well but it was good more well and was dry. His sides were mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts with bacon which were fine. I ordered the seafood special of the day which was sea bass and it was perfectly cooked and actually came with cooked greens, tomatoes and cannelli beans so I was happy with my meal. All in all it was a fine experience but I will not be going back because it was nothing special and I can make a steak myself for much less money.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

the ambiance and outdoor area is the reason to go, the food was okay, steaks overpriced. Go for drinks or happy hour or for appetizers to get the best value. One thing to note, the menu is misleading in my opinion, they list $54.95 for Porterhouse but it's for 2 so you must multiply the price by 2 - it does say priced per person but it's still confusing because you have to do the math which can be hard after a few drinks... lol. Why they don't just state $110 is misleading in my opinion. Lastly, their bearnaise sauce was not good.

Tags: Happy Hour, Tapas, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Yes, this is a pricey dining experience, but food, ambiance and service are always a 10 and tonight was no different. Always love going here!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We love going to Char for many of our special occasions. The service is always excellent. We have never had a server that wasn't simply pleasant but also extremely knowledgeable of the menu items. Each course is spaced so you don't feel over stuffed. Although you can always count on outstanding beef, the specials are worth trying as well. We try to go often enough to enjoy the menu, but not so often that it doesn't feel like a special evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

One of my all time faves, although we had a very off night due to our waiter rushing us every step of the way (brought dinner when we are still eating apps, brought our check when were were still eating dessert, etc.). Usually a much better experience but the food never disappoints.

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Food is good. Wines by far too expensive, not worth. Although selection OK. But why are European wines cheaper than US ones? Overall price level is too high.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We went to celebrate for a friends birthday. We were seated promptly and our server, Dario, was wonderful. He was friendly and gave great insight into the menu and food. In my opinion, he truly made our evening great! We already decided that we are going back again!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Love, love the outdoor area. Love the fire pits and waterfall and cabanas.
Unfortunately we were offered the WORST table outdoors. We were not treated too nicely when we refused it. In the end we waited 1/2 hour and were seated at a slightly better table.
The food was good. Not fabulous but good. I would go back again

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Dinner was wonderful - Our server, Serge, was fantastic. Friendly, yet professional. The food was great - for appetizers, my husband had the escargot - absolutely delcious, perfectly garlicky; I had the soup of the day- cauliflower with sunchokes - really good; and our son had the crabcake, which he loved. For our main courses, my husband had the cowboy ribeye and it was cooked to perfection; my son and I both had a pork dish from the specials menu. It was crispy on the outside and falling off the bone tender inside. To die for! We'll definitely return.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Disappointing. Been here too many times to count, but had been chosen other steakhouses because of inconsistent steak quality, but wanted to give them another try. The filet was cooked right and very tasty. The KC dry aged bone-in strip was cooked properly to a nice medium rare, but half the steak was veiny and therefore chewy. The other half - melted in your mouth with a great taste. If you want to charge these type prices, you need to have exacting standards on what you plate. The small things - never did see a manager (special occasion which the hostess heard us speak about), waiter never returned to check-in on our food (cooked to our liking,...) and last but not least - charging for a soda refill. Just charge me an extra dollar for my steak, but don't nickle and dime me for a $2 refill.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Kim was great!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great steak options and wonderful array of side dishes including many vegetable choices. The service was excellent and attentive. I was expecting a better inside decor for the price. Almost needs an update.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Tables are on top of each other. Tables for two are too small to hold drinks, plates, candle, etc. felt like we were juggling all night. service was rushed. Food was good but won't come back

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 29, 2017

This place jas a bit of an identity crisis... you are not in 212... youe prices are ridiculous for the service provided. Food was good. Service horrible. Will not be returning. Left with a bill of 500 which i dont mind except the service was non existent from seeting.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2017

I made the mistake of ordering the crabcake for my entree because I wasn't in the mood for red meat. It tasted like crab that came out of a can and was tossed with Stove Ttop stuffing. The accompanying corn that the crab cake sat on was definitely out of a can - unacceptable considering fresh corn is still aplenty right now. It was a very disappointing meal especially because it wasn't cheap. It was money wasted on a crummy meal. Maybe I should have stuck with the steak, but overall I was not impressed with this restaurant at all. It had a wet rag / bar rot smell to it. Though the outside area did look inviting and our waiter was very attentive. I would not go back here.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Second time eating here. Excellent restaurant from prompt seating at reserved time to excellent service and food.

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

It was great!!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Would have given higher stars but waiter inexperienced. Third time at Char as food good as always. I had the ribs, HUGE rack, very flavorful and cooked to perfection. Wife had filet Mignon, great as always.
If a warm night be sure to sit outside, tremendous atmosphere.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Ambiance for outside dining is great, very trendy. Service was good. Appetizers, fried calamari and escargot , were excellent. My wife's filet mignon was great but my 55 day aged Kansas steak was fair at best.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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 (London)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Service was great but the food was merely average - not nearly up to the quality expected for the prices charged.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Food was fair for the price. I want to be wowed for a dinner bill of 250.00. Lobster was tough had to be returned, steak was tasty but chewy. Guinness On tap was great but served in small glasses. Service was below par. Had to tell waiter to clean table when it should have not been necessary. Glad we had the experience but would not return or recommend.☹️

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

This past Saturday my husband, daughter and I had an 8:15 reservation. We were very excited to experience Char once again.
The valet was very professional, and the hostesses were friendly but informed is there would be a wait as they were very busy. Many others were also waiting for their reservation to be seated. Customers began to complain, and after 20 minutes my husband did so as well. He was told by a gentleman we assume was the manager that he would get us seated ASAP.
We were brought to a table that had a view of the outside fire pits. It was a great view! Our waiter was extremely professional and friendly, as was his helper. Our courses arrived in a timely manner and were delicious! Oysters, Caesar salad, mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, rib eye, filet and surf and turf were all fantastic! Cooked to correct temperature, and delicious!
In addition to the delay in being seated for our RESERVATION, the loud music and din of conversation made our experience at Char underwhelming. Please address the acoustics, and sound system. The three of us couldn't hear each other at a small table for 4. Of course, after the room cleared the dining experience was enjoyable.

As someone who travels and loves to dine out, and thought your cuisine was excellent, I'd advise you to address the issue of reservations, music, and acoustics to maximize the pleasure of your guests' experiences.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We we made a reservation for 8:15 showed up about 20 minutes early and were told they were running on time. At 8:20 we went to the desk and said what about us, we were then told 20 min more because people were not getting up. I had watched a black couple come in after us no reservation and were seated before us. Really? We were seated 1 half hour after our reservations.
Then NO lobster bisque soup. We had come for that. Also the recommended wine was awful. At 13 dollars a glass unacceptable.
I think the very skinny blond needs a new job.

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

It was my Boyfriend's birthday and we wanted a romantic atmosphere, however, it was too much noise as well as the host appeared to be confused and overwhelmed. The food was great.

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