Char Cafe Restaurant

Cuisine: A La Carte, Grill, Steakhouse
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+
Ranked: #2 of 8 restaurants in Nelson

Situated in the historic Panama Hotel building on the corner of Collingwood and Hardy street, Char Cafe Restaurant offers a wide range of food and an excellent beverage selection.

Enjoy some of New Zealand's top craft beers and award winning wines along side beautifully hand crafted meals. On our menu you will find steaks, prawns, fish and gorgeous sticky ribs. We also cater to vegetarians so there is something to everyone.

Serving breakfast lunch and dinner, Char is open from 7am Monday to Friday, from 8:30am on Saturdays. With free WiFi and great coffee, Char is a great place to hang out anytime.

*First table discount excludes lunch time $14 specials

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Char Cafe Restaurant
112 Collingwood street
Nelson 7010

Open Hours:
Mon - Fri: 7am - late
Sat: 8.30am - late
Sunday: 10.30am - late (closed Sundays effective 21st May)

Phone: 03 546 9300
Website: www.charbarandgrill.com

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Ranked: #2 of 8 restaurants in Nelson 2
Char Cafe Restaurant
Location: Nelson
Cuisine: A La Carte, Grill, Steakhouse
Mains: $25 - $35+

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Alice Dewhurst

It was good tasty food.

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Sandy Hampton

What a thoroughly enjoyable dining experience. The food was outstanding, the waiter was attentive, entertaining and an absolute delight. The head of house was also very engaging and welcoming. I recommend everyone should have a meal here.

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Raewyn Shand

We love that Char is very agreeable to changing some portions of a meal to suit our nutritional requirements.
The food was beautifully presented
The staff were very friendly and helpful

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Sensational meal.We both had the filet steak rare served with a prawns garnish char grilled veges and homemade hash browns and a rich jus.Perfectly cooked,beautifully presented,thankyou Chefs and Waiter.

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What a lovely lunch! I was visiting from ChCh and thoroughly enjoyed our meal.My daughter said hers was the best salad she has had in Nelson. The service was very friendly and we felt the atmosphere was the same. Hope to try the dinner menu next time

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Fantastic isn't even the right word to describe the amazing meal at Char Cafe Restaurant, it would be the best main I have ever had! All three of us had the most wonderful food and decided to have a dessert even though we wouldn't normally, just to see if they could be anywhere near as great as the mains. They were beautiful. The whole meal presentation stunning and the taste...definitely recommend and it will be hard to go anywhere else now.

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Great food, very attentive waiter and lovely host. Will go again.

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a lovely meal, accomodating staff and enjoyable atmosphere thank you Char

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Angela Middlebrook

Wow where do I start! Right from walking in I knew we were in for a special night. The decor is warm and inviting and there is decent space between tables. We had super service from the lovely staff, nothing was a problem, we were even able to sit in reserved seating! I enjoyed a lovely mocktail made with white chocolate (yum!) while my husband had a lovely velvety Pinot noir. Kids meals and entrees came out super quick, although sadly the kids fish in the fish in chips was overlooked. The chips were delicious thick cut ones though. The calamari for entree was the best I've ever eaten and the portion size was huge. Enough for two! For mains we had the fillet steak and pork belly which were so incredibly tender we could've cut them with a spoon! Although we were pretty full we managed to squeeze in some decadent chocolate brownie which to be fair tasted more like a moist, rich dark chocolate pudding but I wasn't complaining! You can taste the food is prepared fresh and the chef obviously is passionate about what he does. All in all, we had an awesome dining experience and can't wait to dine again. Thanks Char Cafe!

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James Hodgson

Fantastic food. Fantastic service. Will be coming back.

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Paul Roughan

Wow what a meal. Best ribeye I have had in years .all our meals were fantastic complimented with great service this is the place to dine thank you see you again thanks paul

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Busy lunch period- explained that there would be a delay which was fine.
Unfortunately, food not up to dinner standard that we have had in past. Service still fine.

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Kristen Martin

Char was absolutely fabulous! All 4 dishes were tasty and dynamic. My mum even commented it was the number one best cooked steak she had ever had (not always an easy woman to please). Desserts/ entrees and drinks were all of the same fantastic caliber.

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Great food and an incredibly helpful and patient staff, especially faced with a rowdy toddler who, as it turned out, had a high temperature. Thanks!

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Food was great and never had better service from the lovely japanese lady

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Rachel Judd

Such friendly service and the food was great!

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Excellent food with very good service. Mains of ribs and john dory good sized portions. Desserts very tasty, Overall a very pleasant dinig experience, will go back..

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Tanya Kumagai

A fantastic menu selection, great food, great staff and we will be back :)

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Raewyn Shand

Awesomely delicious food
Beautifully presented
Great service
Love the cocktail selection
Definitely a restaurant to keep coming back to!!

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Loved our meal at Char Cafe restaurant last night... was very very nice...gd staff great food...nice way to end a very hectic week.

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Colette Meeske

My husband, myself and our youngest son had a truely love meal and experience at Char Bar and Grill. The food was lovely and the portions huge. The service was great and the staff friendly and helpful without being invasive. Definitely be going back. A lovely eveni g was had by us all

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Julie Gardiner

Wasn’t sure what to expect from this restaurant as it’ probably could do with a slight makeover BUT the food was beautiful.. Spare ribs were melt in your mouth. I had the pork belly and it was perfect. Would definitely go back. Staff were lovely and helpful as well

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Can't rate this place highly enough. Loved the food and staff very friendly and attentive

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Ali Ross

Again we had a beautiful meal at Char Grill. The staff were excellent and the meal superb. It was beautifully presented and we took friends who totally enjoyed it and were so impressed they booked in for a group they belonged to, to go later. We will be back for sure.

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Robyn Black

Friendly, competent service and lovely food.

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Rebekah Joy

Took my kids last minute to here instead of getting takeaways. We had a burger, squid rings, hot chips and chicken wings. It was really lovely, the restaurant was not so full which was lovely (for us). One of the chefs came out to show us her Xmas bear and the waitress made such a fuss over the kids. A really lovely team, atmosphere and food. A great time had by us.

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Really enjoyed the whole experience. Excellent value and a very high standard.

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Sarah Mitchell

We were greeted immediately, showed to our table with water straight away the staff here are so efficient and best we have had in Nelson. Food was incredible as always.
always a fantastic night from start to finish thanks guys our new Favourite restaurant.

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We had a very enjoyable experience. The staff were chatty and friendly.

There was nothing to complain about. We would recommend anyway to give this place a try.

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Llane Hadden

We have dined here several times and again we weren’t disappointed. For starters we had beef cappracio and garlic bread and for mains we had half a rack of beautifully tender spare ribs and scotch fillet. Both very ample meals and we took the leftover rack home. Staff were attentive but not hovering.
A great dining experience and we’ll be back

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Best fillet steak I've eaten in Nelson.

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Graeme Byars

Great food, great service, very attentive and engaging

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Quiet night, nice ambience.
Attentive wait staff
Good food

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Aleisha Rankin

Everything was very good, food was nice and came out at appropriate times. I had the steak and partner had the pork belly and both meals were a good size and cooked perfectly! Both lady’s that were in the restaurant were extremely friendly and helpful and meal us regularly! Will definitely be back

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Phillip Hignett

Fantastic food and service. The pork ribs were so tender and succulent. My Partner gave me a bit of her steak and it was very nice. Great service as well made it a nice night. Will definitely be back next time I’m in Nelson!

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Raewyn Shand

Four of us dined at Char last Thursday. Each course of every meal was absolutely wonderful. The steaks were cooked perfectly. I really appreciated the chef tweaking my meal to suit my palate. He did the exchange well - so well in fact that my partner was wishing he'd also done the same :-)
The Creme Brûlée was the best we had eaten in a long while.
The cocktails are so deliciously more-ish - I especially loved the Blueberry Sour.
We had a great evening. Our friends were first time Char diners and they will definitely be returning.

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Jeanette Head

Great service nice atmosphere lovely food good portions will definitely be returning for dinner and will also take friends for lunch.Would not hesitate to recommend

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Tracy Merry

Excellent food and service that went above and beyond, we will be back for sure and spreading the word to others!

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Cheril Lindsay

Lovely meal, and possibly the best blue steak I've ever had. Definitely recommended.

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Steve Booth

Great hosts at this place. Food was delicious on our first visit there. Thanks

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Sonia Smith

Food was very good and the service was excellent.

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Three of us dined here with First Table. One had a great meal, very large steak, plenty of potatoes with lovely greens. Unfortunately two of us ordered the Pork Belly. Usually one of my favourites! The meal was embarrassing small compared to our companion eating a lovely steak. The pork was very dry, must have been reheated and was very small. The crackling consisted of a few sprinkles of crunch. Underneath was a tablespoon of coleslaw ( this stuff is cheap right!), along 4 or 5 polenta fry’s. The waitress was very attentive but it was slightly awkward on paying to be short chained. All in all a bad dining experience.

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Joe Sowerby

Brilliant as usual!
Changes to the menu allows for beautiful seasonal produce to be served lovingly.
A delicious dining experience, great staff and talented chefs

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A brilliant meal with superb service

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We had a lovely evening - great food, great service and a lovely way to celebrate a birthday. Thank you :)

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Sarah Mitchell

What a fantastic experience we had at Char last night the staff made the night friendly attentive and lovely. The food was Beautifully cooked and well presented, we will definitely be returning

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Very friendly staff who knew about the menu. Both meals were delicious well presented and generous portion sizes

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Melanie Scott

Beautifully well presented food. Great service!

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Ali Ross

We totally enjoyed our night here. The Japanese waitress was just amazing and fun. Just one wee negative...if you don't like spicy hot food don't order the hamburger, as our friends found it very hot.Staff sorted it out very well though.Will go back for sure.

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Teresa Foster

Really friendly service and excellent food. A lovely evening had by all and a great way to farewell my son who's been visiting for the past week, thank you <3

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