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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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10257 105 Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 1E3
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Canadian, Dessert

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday thru Friday: 11:30am to 1:30pm;
Dinner: Tuesday thru Saturday: 5:00pm to 9:00pm for reservations

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(780) 421-4100

Website:
http://www.characters.ca/

Parking Details:
We provide our own parking lot on the south side of our restaurant while our customer enjoys lunch or dinner dining.

Executive Chef:
Shonn Oborowsky

Additional:
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

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

84% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (9)
Business Meals (8)
Special Occasion (8)
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Good for Groups (7)
Romantic (7)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Good for a Date (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Authentic (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Casual (3)
Cozy (3)
Fun (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Great food and service. Will be back.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I have been to Characters in the past and enjoyed the food, service and ambiance. This time I was very sick after eating the duck.
I feel awful this has happened.
We did get to see Oiler people.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on December 31, 2017

First I would say this was our third time at the restaurant both previous visits were extremely enjoyable. My husband and I ordered the tasting menu with wine pairing the first course was baby octopus, it was extremely chewy, like a rubber band. The second course was smoked sardines and the bones made it difficult to eat. The smoked sardine left a taste in the mouth and there was no palette cleanser between that course and the next. The third course was beet cured salmon, I honestly can’t say anything bad about the course nor anything good it was 2 tiny pieces of salmon with 4 small beet halves. To be honest the nicest thing on the plate was pretzel pieces. The fourth course was a carrot risotto which would have been wonderful if it wasn’t so extremely salty. At least the taste of sardines isn’t still lingering though. Our fifth course was beef tartar and was accompanied by rye toast. I will admit I’m not a big fan of tartar but was pleasantly surprised it was nicely flavoured. . For the sixth course we had cider glazed pork belly. Now having had pork belly at this restaurant previously my husband and I were both looking forward to it.....it was completely disappointing. It was DRY. Our main course was the venison Wellington cooked to rare(we were not asked how we would prefer it cooked) it was the best dish so far. Lastly we had desert which was fine, mostly unmemorable all I can really say is it was sweet all of it the custard the cake and the meringue.
To be honest I’m not sure if it was so bad because we came on December 30 and it was a quiet night. Or if it was just BAD. My husband even suggested to me that perhaps the chef was off.
Probably won’t return.

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vip
 (Edmonton)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Top notch menu and service. Fantastic wine selection. Highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Last time I was at Characters (for a special dinner), the food was okay but the service and ambiance were so great, we had a wonderful time. This time, the lunch was tasty but the experience was pretty disappointing as it was THE worst service that I have ever had in a restaurant - EVER. I have never (and my friend agreed) encountered a more surly, aggressively rude and downright awful server. She is in the wrong profession and acted like serving us was the last thing she wanted to be doing on this earth. We were very polite throughout the visit so I thought she would lighten up eventually but every interaction with her was so negative, we were afraid to even speak to her for fear she'd say something mean (really!) or roll her eyes. She also got the order wrong and gave the lamest, most grudging apology possible. If I were her boss, I would have fired her on the spot. I hope others having lunch that day had a better time of it.

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vip
 (Edmonton)·Dined on December 16, 2017

I hesitate to write negative reviews because I know everyone is trying their best (I hope). To begin, the chefs did a great job in preparing the orders, but our poor service experience topped them all in our history of dining out. We dined on a Friday evening at around 6pm and only a few tables were occupied. After about 10 mins. our server, Michael, was apparently busy so our drink order was taken by another server. We met our actual server after about 15 mins. asking "do you guys want water?" and then hustling off. When he returned to take our order, he was very indifferent and did not seem very keen on helping with some menu suggestions for a gluten allergy. When food arrived, presentation was good, but my dining partner tasted that the sardine had a fishy taste to it, suggesting a freshness issue. My lamb was well prepared but the serving too small for the asking price and lacked any significant vegetable component on the plate compared to other local competitors. By the end of the meal, we weren't in any mood to further our experience here with dessert, so another server ended up bringing us the bill. After it was paid to this other server, we were getting up to put on our coats and only then did our actual server make his way briskly to the table because he probably thought we didn't pay yet. Anyway, all-in-all a very disappointing experience. For this aspiring-caliber of restaurant with prices to match, we would have hoped that service quality also matched .

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Whent for girls night, we were amazed! !! The food was spectacular and original. Staff extremely friendly, knowledgeable and professional. If you want to impress someone this is the place to go! We will return!

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Romantic, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Healthy, Local Ingredients
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great dinner for a table of 6. Excellent service and fantastic experience. Chilean sea bass was incredible as was the s’mores desert!

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Wesley was a wonderful server with interesting stories to share and excellent suggestions on wines, specialty coffees and ports. The meals were well seasoned and presentation was outstanding.

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vip
 (Edmonton)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Outstanding service as always.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was as good as ever, Tara our server was outstanding her timing was perfect from start to finish. Brownie dessert is a killer .
STILL Our favourite special occasion location.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on November 12, 2017

My spouse and I go to Characters for every anniversary. She always gets the Ahi Tuna Loin, I order something different each time and we both enjoy exploring their unique appetizers. The food and service was exceptional as always!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Every thing was great but the food

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Service was excellent. The food was good BUT over priced. Especially when you consider the competition, the bill for 2 people was probably about $40 more than it should be.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on October 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We absolutely loved our visit to Characters! The food was amazing, the wine spectacular, and the service stellar. We would absolutely go back - hopefully soon, too!

Tags: Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on September 28, 2017

A wine list with prices would be a good addition. The reuben sandwich was very messy and I wasn't excited about the banana chips in my glass of banana cream pie.

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vip
 (Edmonton)·Dined on September 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Always an excellent experience.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on September 21, 2017

It doesn't matter what kind of special occasion you are planning, Characters will accommodate any special requests. As long as you give them enough time, they will do their best to make sure it is memorable and flawless.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on September 10, 2017

One of the best veal chops I have ever had! Highly recommend.great food service and ambiance.one of my new favorites!

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vip
 (Edmonton)·Dined on August 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Seasonal
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vip
 (Edmonton)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Fantastic restaurant!

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on August 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on August 11, 2017

As usual, the food and service at Characters was excellent!! The hot spinach salad is always a winner!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on August 6, 2017

We were not disappointed with anything that we ordered. Wonderful presentation! Cooked to perfection!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on August 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on July 26, 2017

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.

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·Dined on July 23, 2017

We had the lamb. It was very tough and unfortunately that was the reason for this review. The dessert was excellent. The waiter was very good.

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vip
 (Edmonton)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Awesome food, as usual, in a very comfortable environment.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on July 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on July 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on July 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Tasting Menu
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Fantastic service and food. We happened upon Characters by accident, but it won't be an accident when we eat there again. Yum.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Authentic
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vip
 (Edmonton)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Fantastic meal, with a very creative menu. Services always great.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Paleo Friendly, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Disabled Access
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Went out for a family dinner. We all ordered something different and sampled each other's choices from appetizers to desserts - all were very different from each other and were exceptional.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on June 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on June 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Food and atmosphere always great. Tasting menu is amazing!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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