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About Characters Fine Dining
Characters features a menu with a diversity of fresh, seasonal offerings presented with exceptional attentive & accommodating service. Our menu changes seasonally.
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Edmonton, AB T5J 1E3
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday thru Friday: 11:30am to 1:30pm;
Dinner: Tuesday thru Saturday: 5:00pm to 9:00pm for reservations
CAN$31 to CAN$50
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We provide our own parking lot on the south side of our restaurant while our customer enjoys lunch or dinner dining.
Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Business meetings, Corporate Events, Corporate Parties, Wine Tasting Events, Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Retirement Parties, Christmas Parties, Creative & Fun Events...
Characters Fine Dining will host your special occasion. Please phone 780-421-4100 for arrangements.
Characters Fine Dining Ratings and Reviews
The ambience was great as well as the background music at just the right level. You were not rushed through your meal and were given plenty of time to drink your wine and have conversations. This makes a great place to go with friends, also good for a romantic dinner. I was quite impressed.
A group of us went for dinner and rather than ordering everything on the menu, we selected the option of the tasting menu. We all loved how it made it more of an experience than just a meal. Going with the option of the wine pairing also made it fun and exciting. It's definitely an option I would recommend.
In the basement of Characters are three stunning private rooms. Depending on the size of your group or if you're looking to do a business presentation utilizing their projector and screen, they will try to accommodate you according to your needs. Couple that with the delicious food, and selection of hors d'oeuvres, make it the perfect destination for business meetings and presentations.
I find that a lot of restaurants these days no longer serve bread before the meal. Characters, has put a creative spin on the bread course, by making it more of fine dining twist. You get French fries! Yes, that doesn't sound very high end, but actually the French fries are served with a delicious black bean dip and in-house made potato chips. The fact that you don't get charged, makes it even better.
One thing about Characters that separates them from the majority of fine dining restaurants, is their generous portions on appetizers and main courses. It's not one of those, one bite and you're done, it's more of a, if I order an appetizer, entrée, and dessert, I will be leaving with my belt loosened and top button undone.
If a large selection of wine is your thing, then Characters is definitely the restaurant for you. It is probably one of the most extensive wine lists I have seen, not just in Edmonton, but even rivaling places such as Las Vegas or New York. The even better part is that they are very reasonably priced, and even if you're not an expert, your server will be able to guide you in the direction you like.
Service was excellent - Atmosphere on the patio was excellent - parking was super convenient. Meal was excellent - Ahi - tuna is the best in the city with a good sized portion on the plate. Would like some offerings that are a little simpler like a simple steak - I guess I could have asked - but chicken gizzard is usually a throw-away item in my house but they did a great job turning it into a tasty appetizer. Wine paring was excellent and suited well to the occasion. Just a winner evening - if you have need to entertain downtown this favourite is one to try. Michael did an excellent job serving us also.
Sometimes, when you want to impress a girl, you take her to a fine dining restaurant. Characters is at the top of my list in Edmonton for such a purpose. Not only is the food and service excellent, but it's surprisingly affordable considering the set up of the restaurant. You will have no problem engaging in conversation, because of the quiet atmosphere. I highly recommend giving it a shot.
Food was good, not fantastic. Service was a little off, ( slow) even though restaurant didn't have tons of people inside. Server was nice, but not attentive enough.
This is our 2nd time at location, still deciding if to go back a third time. Seemed to be missing a spark.
Sometimes I like to get up close to where the action is, and Characters has a great option of sitting at the chefs table. You are literally a couple feet away from the stoves and ovens, and all of the chefs are sociable enough to respond to any questions you have.
Went to Characters for my parents' birthday celebration dinner. We went on a weekday evening and were seated near a window. It was quiet and calm - perfect for my parents who don't like dark loud restaurants.
The food was delicious and service was friendly.
This is now our spot for our annual birthday dinner celebration.
The food was outstanding, the only complaint was the poor service. We were there on a Friday night at 8pm and there were only 4 tables occupied in the entire restaurant. However, it took a full 10 minutes to be greeted by our waitress and offered water, another 10 minutes to get our drink order back and 30 minutes from seating before the bread was served. We very nearly left and went to a drive thru for dinner. I am glad we stayed as the food was very good but for an upscale and fairly costly venue I would expect far better service, especially when the restaurant is virtually empty. Maybe if they expected better from their servers it would not be empty on a Friday night. The caramel pot dessert is absolutely amazing.
Characters is always my favourite place to go for my birthday dinner. They always make me feel so important and take special care in making sure that I have a great time. Of course, they do it year-round, but go above and beyond when it's a special occasion.
Very disappointing. My husband ordered duck and waitress made an error and punched in lamb. So in order for us to dine together he accepted it. It was raw, tough and no flavour. I had the veal tenderloin and it was again no flavor. Over done !
The appetizers have a lot to be desired. There were only 6 people in the resturant on a Thursday night down town Edmonton. Now i can see why.
Excellent menu we had a really hard time deciding what to eat. We went early in the evening and the place was quiet - very nice for a good and chatty date. The decor is very modern rustic best described by my wife as "not what I expected when you said more rustic, it is really nice in here" We had a really good night Walter our waiter was lots of fun. Will be back for sure!
The food was fantastic, the service was great. My only complaint was the hostess sat us beside another couple even though the place was super empty. I would prefer to be more private unless it's not an option. In their defence I didn't say anything but it should be common practice to sit farther away unless the busyness doesn't allow it.
Always an excellent dining experience. Wonderful food. Knowledgeable and competent staff with a pleasant unobtrusive style. Great wine list for every need or occasion. Oh yes.... and very convenient parking. One of my very favorite restaurants on the planet.
As fantastic as the appetizers and entrées are, Characters boasts some of the best desserts I have ever had in my life. If you are downtown, and having a sweet tooth, it's worth it to just come for dessert. Whether it's their cheesecake or s'mores, you can't go wrong with any of the selections they have to offer.
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