Character Distinctive Dining

4.8
133 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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was a very nice surprise. Every course was absolutely delicious!

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vipByrd
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect birthday dinner. Attentive staff, great food, stellar cocktails. Peter and Ariel were superstars.

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BrianD
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here on a long overdue daddy and mommy date night. We had an amazing experience. The atmosphere, the service, THE FOOD! I would recommend this place to everyone I know. Will definitely be back multiple times. Alias was just as amazing great hidden gem in downtown phoenix.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service. Drinks are amazing!

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BrentC
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Hidden gem. Classy, excellent service, great ambiance. Don't tell your friends or it will get crowded fast! haha The only tricky part is the parking. They don't have a parking lot. Perfect for WAYMO or Lyft. There is a paid parking lot behind the apartment complex to the east of the alley that runs along side of the restaurant. I'm definitely going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful!

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Dianne
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything- from the food to the service to the drinks -was outstanding!

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NatalieH
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Character, food and cocktails are fantastic and the owner's attention to detail to our table, made my husband's birthday dinner there special.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is contemporary and ambiance intimate and warm. The indoor tables were widely spaced so as not to crowd guests. There is a patio when weather allows. The waitstaff were excellent both informative and really personable. The bartender created a delicious cocktail specially for me.

The menu was small and apparently changes frequently. Dinner was delicious and properly portioned so that there was actual room for the dessert which was equally delicious and inventive. Kudos to the chef!

We will definitely recommend Character to our family and friends and return when we are back their way.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on August 6, 2021

Thank you so much for this incredible review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your experience with us and we can't wait to have you come back and see us again next time you are in the area!

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Potato
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful atmosphere. The seafood in particular was very well cooked, and all courses were delivered in a timely manner.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on August 6, 2021

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

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vipAnthonyD
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

REALLY loved our meal, amazing drinks and incredible service

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on August 6, 2021

Thank you so much Anthony for this amazing review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience with us and we can't wait to have you come back and see us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, everything was perfection!

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on August 6, 2021

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

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vipVinnyM
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant and wine knowledgeable staff! Highly recommend.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on August 6, 2021

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

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RobertL
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, friendly service. Looking forward to trying Alias!

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on August 6, 2021

Thank you so much Robert for this great review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience at Character and we look forward to seeing you at Alias soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Dishes were unique and had great flavors. Would highly highly recommend

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on August 6, 2021

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

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vipGeriK
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hits on all cylinders: Ambiance, service, food, and drink are all outstanding. The setting is cozy cosmopolitan, service is friendly and knowledgable, the cocktail program is outstanding, and the wine list is well-curated and avoids any pedestrian choices, as you'd expect from Peter Kasperski. All of our dishes were out of this world, from the "chop salad" to the brown butter trout. It could not have been a more excellent experience.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on August 6, 2021

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

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CharlesB
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food are on point. Amazing presentation of delicious food. Definitely fine dining!

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on August 6, 2021

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

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vipHungry
Cincinnati
55 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come to Phoenix to eat at cowboy ciao found out it closed but the owner reopened at cdd IT DID NOT DISSAPOINT!! Great new restaurant
Congratulations on your new venture

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on August 6, 2021

Thank you so much for this great review! We are thrilled that you found us and that you enjoyed your experience! We can't wait to have you come back and see us again next time you are in Phoenix!

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FanaticFoodie
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was fresh and delicious. Platting was pretty and portion size was perfect. The service was Fabulous ! Rachel was very well informed and helpful, plus she always had a smile on her face.
We had the Melon and Crab Salad and Charred Octopus which both were cooked to perfection and a good combination. We then had the Lamb and Trout again both were delicious. Nothing fancy as for décor and atmosphere, but I am there for the food! We celebrated our Wedding Anniversary and it was delightful!

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on August 6, 2021

Thank you so much for this fabulous review! We are thrilled that you celebrated your anniversary with us and that you enjoyed your experience! We can't wait to have you come back and visit us again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious and creative food!

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on July 7, 2021

Thank you so much for this great review! We can't wait to have you come back and visit us again soon!

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Littleglasscat
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

It was decent but didn’t blow me away at all. I’d go back if someone else was buying. Not super memorable.

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JamieK
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant was spectacular. The way we were greeted seated and treated the entire time we were there was a rare treat. The building has been preserved beautifully and the interior design is simple and nice. The food was out standing! We were attended to by our waiter and the owner so nicely that we absolutely cannot wait to go back and try everything on the menu!

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on July 30, 2021

Thank you so much Jamie for this wonderful review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience with us and we can't wait to have you come back and visit us again soon!

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RAS09
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a newer restaurant near the Roosevelt area downtown. It is a converted house and decor is very pleasing. The owner use to be head chef for Binkley's and the food does not disappoint. The menu is limited (there was choice between 4 entrees, 2 fish, 1 beef and 1 lamb). There are several app and smaller plates to choose from as well. We had the Stripped Bass (was excellent) and the Lamb Rack (equally good). Service was outstanding (our server was Rachel, she was very personable, friendly and knowledgeable). Her fun personality added to our enjoyment of the restaurant. There were two dessert selections as well. A dish of Cherries was nice but the Berries and Cream blew that dish away. We had a great dining experience and will be back again.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on July 30, 2021

Thank you so much for this lovely review! On behalf of our owners Peter Kasperski and Richie Moe, we are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience with us and we can't wait to have you come back and visit us again soon!

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SteveM
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extraordinary fine dining in a casual, cool old home.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on July 7, 2021

Thank you so much for this great review! We can't wait to have you come back and visit us again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly everything was incredible. I’d go a million times.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on July 7, 2021

Thank you so much for this great review! We can't wait to have you come back and visit us a million more times!

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JenniferC
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience , the owners really know what they are doing ! Have recommended to everyone I know ! Will come back

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Dianak
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, staff was very enjoyable and helpful in recommendations

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on August 6, 2021

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

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vipLaurieS
Phoenix
28 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second time to dine here. Food is delicious and contemporary, but devoid of gimmicky trends. Was disappointed that the waffle fries have been retired. Thoughtful wine list to enjoy as well. Hope Peter continues to enjoy success here.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on June 24, 2021

Thank you so much Laurie for this awesome review and for your feedback regarding the waffle fries! We are so happy that you came back to see us and that you continue to enjoy your experiences while you're here. We hope to have you come back and visit us again soon!

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FoodSherpa
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food is amazing - unfortunately the restaurant was so loud it detracted from what otherwise would have been a 5 star experience.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on July 30, 2021

Thank you so much for this great review! We are happy that you enjoyed the food and we appreciate your feedback regarding the noise level. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipBeauL
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly outstanding food and cozy, lively atmosphere. A real gem for downtown Phx.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on June 15, 2021

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

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vipLEVG
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe. Distinctive cocktails. Surprisingly eclectic wine choices. Everything we tasted on the menu was sumptuous. We’ll be back.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on June 15, 2021

Thank you so much LEVG for this fabulous review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience and that we we were able to suprise you with our wine list! We can't wait to have you come back and visit us again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Character never disappoints. The food is amazing, the staff are attentive and the ambience works for a date, friend night, or business meal. Highly recommended!

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on June 9, 2021

Thank you so much for this lovely review! We are thrilled that you were not disappointed with your experience with us and we can't wait to have you come back and see us again soon for a date, friend night, or even a business meal!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place, food, and service! Perfection!

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on June 9, 2021

Thank you so much for this amazing review! We are so happy that your experience was, in your words, "Perfection!" We can't wait to have you come back and see us again soon for another perfect experience!

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vipAZtennisbum
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant in a restored old house is beautiful and the ambiance is great.
The menu is eclectic and we ate mainly from the grazing menu and loved the octopus and scallops. Wine choices are plentiful. Service by Michelle was just right.
Leave room for dessert.
The only negative is parking, which can be tough to find on a Saturday evening but worth looking for a space.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on June 9, 2021

Thank you so much for this incredible review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience with us and that your server Michelle took great care of you during your visit! We can't wait to have you come back and see us again soon to try even more of the delicious dishes featured on our menu!

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vipAnnabelle
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was wonderful

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on June 9, 2021

Thank you so much Annabelle for this great review and for the positive feedback regarding your server! We love hearing that our servers are taking care of our guests and providing them with a memorable dining experience. We can't wait to have you come back and visit us again soon!

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Brandon
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal I've had in seven years in Arizona, no contenders.

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on June 9, 2021

Thank you so much Brandon for this amazing review! We are thrilled to have been the best meal you've had in Arizona in seven years and can't wait to have you come back and see us again soon for another amazing dining experience!

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RudolphO
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The menu was limited when we went as it was restaurant week, but still great food pairing. Drinks were great as well. Definitely a great date or first dinner spot!

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on June 9, 2021

Thank you so much Rudolph for this great review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your experience with us during Arizona Restaurant Week and we can't wait to have you come back and visit us soon to try our regular dinner service menu!

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vipBrentW
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time in and will not be our last. Enjoyed the fixed menu for AZ Restaurant Week and look forward to more options at our next visit. The Foam-Fashioned and Yellowstone Man were also great cocktails!

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on June 9, 2021

Thank you so much Brent for this awesome review! We are very happy that you enjoyed your first experience with us and we can't wait to have you come back and see us again soon to try our regular dinner service menu as well as more of our fabulous house cocktails!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Appetizers and lamb was amazing.

Pork loin entree was really disappointing

Service was wonderful

Character Distinctive Dining
Responded on June 9, 2021

Thank you so much for this great review and for your feedback regarding the pork loin entree we had during Arizona Restaurant Week. We are so happy that you enjoyed your overall experience and we hope to have you come back and visit us again soon!

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

Character Distinctive Dining is rated 4.8 stars by 133 OpenTable diners.