Character Distinctive Dining

4.9
35 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
CHARACTER Distinctive Dining is a modern expression of the American Dinner House. That said, it maintains a constant connection to the history of ‘Fine Dining’, as well as the myriad influence of cuisine across the globe. Housed in an early 1900's home surrounded by an outdoor patio, CHARACTER serves dinner nightly, featuring an eclectic wine selection and innovative drink list to pair with the menu of ever-changing cuisine. Expect a memorable entertainment experience when you visit CHARACTER.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 35 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great cocktails! The staff was very welcoming and took the time to talk to us about their restaurant in detail as it was our first time there.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded 3 hours ago

Thank you so much for this lovely review! We are so happy that you felt welcomed and that you enjoyed your first experience here at Character. We can't wait to have you back to see us again soon for another memorable experience!

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CurtC
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here and had a wonderful experience. The food was remarkable and flavorful. The chief prepared a truly one of a kind flavor experience.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded 2 hours ago

Thank you so much Curt for this fantastic review! We are thrilled you enjoyed your first experience with us! Chef Red Hauska and his entire team take great pride in concocting a creative and delectable menu and we will pass along your kind words to the Chef and his team. We can't wait to have you back to see us again soon to try even more of Chef Red's flavorful dishes!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cannot say enough good about Spectator. Peter and staff provide superior service. The meals are an elegant experience well worth the prices.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded a day ago

Thank you so much for this lovely review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience with us and we hope to have you come back and see us again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent staff and a great experience.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on February 17, 2021

Thank you so much for this great review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your experience with us! We hope to have you back to see us again soon!

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vipConk22
Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First visit. Great place. Great food. Great drinks. Will return often.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on February 17, 2021

Thank you so much for this great review! We are so happy you enjoyed your experience with us and we can't wait to have you back to see us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Valentines Day dinner here and it was great. Better than expected. Service was great and despite it being a busy night for restaurants we never felt rushed. The atmosphere was perfect with our table being inside just in front of the bar but it felt private . The presentation of the food was beautiful and the flavors matched. The beet salad was my favorite. I had a bite of my husband’s scallops that were perfectly done. For the main course, He has short ribs that he loved and I had bass that was delicious. My husband ordered a mescal cocktail called Jefe the Enabler that was almost too pretty to drink.
With Character being on our street and next door to a cringe-worthy hotel that has no regard for Covid protocols we thought it was going to be a disappointment but we had a great time, felt safe and will definitely be back.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on February 16, 2021

Thank you so much for this wonderful review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience with us and that you felt safe while doing so. We strive to ensure every guest has a memorable experience with us while also ensuring the safety of our guests during this time. We can't wait to have you back to see us again soon!

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vipAlmed3
Phoenix
36 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A very cute restaurant with excellent food and superb presentation. My fiancé and I went there for their Valentine special price fix menu. I started out with the scallops that were amazing and she had the beet plate that was not only delicious but also beautifully presented. We both had the short ribs with a cream sauce wonderfully cooked onion and mushrooms and thin sliced potatoes. The meal finished with a strawberry chocolate dessert that was just the right portion. The waiter Alan was very attentive and one of the owners Peter was clearly supervising the guest experiences. Make no mistake, this is not an inexpensive restaurant but you do get what you pay for. I would definitely come back.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on February 16, 2021

Thank you so much Almed3 for this fabulous review! We are thrilled that you and your fiancé enjoyed your experience with us this past Valentine's Weekend! We can't wait to have both you and your fiancé back to visit us again soon to try even more of Chef Red and his teams' phenomenal dishes on our regular service menu!

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DarrylB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the Valentines Weekend 2021 dining experience at Character. The ambiance was energetic and the food was amazing. As we don't drink alcohol, the bartender made special hibiscus mocktails for us.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on February 16, 2021

Thank you so much Darryl for this amazing review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience with us! We are always looking to make sure the guests have an enjoyable experience no matter what and we are glad that our bartenders were able to create a delicious mocktail for you to enjoy with your meal!

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ChristopherB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality and fantastic flavor. Would definitely recommend and will return myself. A bit on the pricey side.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on February 16, 2021

Thank you so much Christopher for this great review and for providing us with your feedback regarding the price of our dishes and experiences! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience with us and we can't wait to have you back to see us again soon!

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GwenA
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is the best! The service is great, the food is delicious and thoughtful. It's a pretty high price point for the area, but my husband and I like to think of it as a great spot for celebrations and holidays.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on February 16, 2021

Thank you so much Gwen for this awesome review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience and we hope to see you again soon for your next celebration or night out on the town!

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vipIvymayk
Phoenix
34 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time here. The food was as great as the first time. Favorite dish still has to be the artichokes but it’s a tough call. The romanesco was amazing too.
My only suggestion would be to expand the wine by the glass menu.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on February 9, 2021

Thank you so much Ivy for this lovely review and for your feedback! We are particulary fond of the grilled artichoke hearts ourselves (and the romanesco, and the charred octopus, and the sliders, and well, the whole menu really :D ). We appreciate the feedback regarding the wine list and hope to expand the list sometime in the future as we continue to grow. We can't wait for you to visit again soon to try even more of our amazing menu!

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NicoleF
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have eaten out twice this last (COVID) year. . . And I can’t exclaim enough how worth it it was to come here for a special occasion. Four of us sat outside under a heater and enjoyed the most amazing food and attentive service - all COVId precautions taken.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on February 9, 2021

Thank you so much Nicole for this wonderful review! We take pride in keeping up with COVID precautions so that our guests feel safe and have an enjoyable experience while they are spending their evening with us. We are so happy that you enjoyed your evening with us and we can't wait to have you back to see us again soon!

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vipAmazing
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely wonderful! Inventive, delicious dishes and amazing cocktails! Service was top notch as well! Can't wait to go back!

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on February 9, 2021

Thank you so much for this Amazing review! Chef Red Hauska never fails to deliver with his creative and incredibly delicious menus, and Richie Moe behind the bar along with our other amazing bartenders is a recipe for some outstanding cocktails! We can't wait to have you back to see us again soon for another memorable experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, cocktails and service!

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on February 2, 2021

Thank you so much for this great review! We hope to have you back to see us again soon!

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Rmg372
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was above exceptional!!!!
Can't wait to go back.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on February 2, 2021

Thank you so much for this awesome review! We can't wait to have you back to see us again soon!

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vipHoyaJack
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The entire staff made us feel very comfortable.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on February 2, 2021

Thank you so much for this wonderful review! We take great pride in ensuring every guest has a memorable experience with us and we can't wait to have you back to see us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic and the service was great! Such a cool new spot.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on February 2, 2021

Thank you so much for this lovely review! We hope to have you back to see us again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it!!!!

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on February 2, 2021

Thank you so much for this lovely review! We hope to have you back to see us again soon!

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vipAJ10
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great new addition to the downtown dining scene. Great service, amazing food, and wonderful, attentive staff. This will be a regular spot for us!

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on January 25, 2021

Thank you so much for this awesome review! We are so happy to be part of the Roosevelt Arts District and look forward to having you come and join us again soon for another memorable experience!

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vipGourmande
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an awesome patio experience! Food and wine were outstanding and the staff was very friendly and accommodating! Recommend.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on January 19, 2021

Thank you so much for this wonderful review! Our mission is to make sure every guest has a memorable experience when they dine with us, and we are so happy you enjoyed yours. We can't wait to have you come back and see us soon for another awesome experience!

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vipPalatePleaser
Phoenix
58 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice to have a new restaurant to try! We had great service from Cornell and we just grazed thought the menu. The octopus was excellent as were the meatballs and burrata. Great selection of small plates to share. Only downer was the kitchen was very slow, it took over 30 minutes before any food arrived to the table.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on January 27, 2021

Thank you so much for this great review and for your feedback regarding your experience! We sincerely apologize for the delay in getting food out to you, and we assure you that we are working on our processes to make every guests' experience with us a positive and memorable one every time. We hope to have you back to see us again soon for an even better dining experience!

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vipIvymayk
Phoenix
34 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was outstanding! Every dish was so delicious and well presented. Highly recommend the black cod, artichokes, octopus and bread pudding.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on January 19, 2021

Thank you so much for this awesome review! Chef Red Hauska and the Character Kitchen Team take great pride in creating delicious and visually stunning dishes, and they truly appreciate the great compliment! We can't wait to have you come back and try even more of the fabulous menu they have created!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on January 28, 2021

Thank you so much for this great review! We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best I’ve had anywhere and I guarantee you we’ve been to wonderful places all over the world! Please bring your creativity to Nashville!

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on January 4, 2021

Thank you so much for this great review! We are thrilled you enjoyed your experience and hopefully, someday, we can expand and bring our creativity and distinctive Character out to Nashville! We hope you come back and see us again next time you are in Phoenix!

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DebbieR
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Character is definitely a favorite of ours. We have been there 2 times and have taken friends and family there. Each time we have enjoyed many of their menu items and all have been delicious! The patio is comfortable with plenty of spacing and heaters. We were not rushed and when an item took too long they offered us a special dish and comped the item that was delayed. We highly recommend. The neighborhood around Character is also so interesting now with all the street art. Go enjoy the evening!

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on December 30, 2020

Thank you so much Debbie for this great review! We are thrilled you've come to see us twice now and enjoyed your experience each time. We hope to see you again soon and that we continue to make your experience with us a memorable one!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food and service. We felt welcomed the moment we were greeted by PK at the door. Highly recommend a wonderful night out here. You don’t regret it.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on December 29, 2020

Thank you so much for the great review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience and we hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service and yummy cocktails!

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on January 5, 2021

Thank you so much for this great review! We are thrilled you enjoyed your experience and we can't wait to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food highly recommend!

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on January 5, 2021

Thank you so much for this great review! We hope to see you again very soon!

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vipCourtneyB
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, libations, menu choices, cocktails and awesome people! do not miss Character

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on January 5, 2021

Thank you so much Courtney for this great review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your experience with us and we hope to have you back here again very soon!

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vipMasatoTanaka
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very solid. Croissant bread pudding is a winner! Drinks were ok. Service great and ambiance is lovely. Better than Josephine that was there. I recommend

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on January 5, 2021

Thank you so much for this great review! We always appreciate honest feedback and we will continue to work on perfecting our drinks. We are happy you enjoyed experience otherwise and can't wait to see you again soon!

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vipDevinM
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, cocktails and service were outstanding. Would definitely recommend. Great date night spot.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on January 5, 2021

Thank you Devin for this great review! We are thrilled we were able to make this an enjoyable date night experience for you and we can't wait to for you to come see us again!

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JackR
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for our 1 year anniversary dinner. The food was spectacular - from the caramelized onion bruschetta to the duck confit with curry cauliflower and pistachio gremolata, was a delight to the senses. The cocktails were also fantastic, with the tobacco bitters in the manhattan and Yellowstone man 🔥🔥🔥 finished off with a poppyseed roulade for dessert which was a perfect end to the night. The service was above and beyond, and I am planning my next trip back here for sure. 5 stars all around.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on January 5, 2021

Thank you so much Jack for this great review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your experience with us and we can't wait to have you back to try more of our delectable menu items!

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vipGregF
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best halibut I have ever tasted! Melted in your mouth!

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on January 5, 2021

Thank you so much Greg for this great review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed the halibut and can't wait for you to come back and try more of our delectable menu items!

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vipIanD
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so pleased to have Character in the neighborhood! We sat outside, so I can't comment on the interior, but the patio is fantastic. On a quiet street with some cute dogs going by. The food is outstanding. We started with the octopus, which was cooked to perfection - tender with a little char from the wood oven. I had the lamb, which was amazing. Thick cut rack of lamb, crisp on the outside and cooked to a perfect medium rare. I got one end piece which I loved. My husband had the duck, he let me try some of the breast which was wonderful, it was also served with confit. Dessert was a lemon poppy seed cake, done jelly roll style with lemon curd instead of jelly. We managed just a taste and took the rest home, I couldn't wait to have it with coffee the next day, it was still fantastic. We tried a couple of wines, all fantastic, and will have to try a cocktail next time.
So great food and exceptional service, this is a top notch team who is excited about their new restaurant, they are taking a lot of pride in creating a great dining experience.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on November 25, 2020

Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback. We are so happy to be in the neighborhood. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OmG! The best of everything, the service was incredible! Keith Rocked my table, super knowledgeable, the owners treat you like Family!
The food is amazing! The best lamb I ever had and make sure to eat the waffle fries!
Outstanding 5 stars! Can’t wait to be back!

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on November 25, 2020

Thank you for the compliments. We are really happy to be open and safely serving our amazing guests! Please come back soon!

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FAQs

Character Distinctive Dining offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (602) 675-4069.

Character Distinctive Dining is rated 4.9 stars by 35 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.