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CHAR bar and grill

#22 of 15,934 Restaurants in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence
££££
Neighbourhood:
South Bund
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29-31 Floors, top of Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund, No.585 Zhongshan Dong Er Road | Near Dongmen Road, Shanghai 200010, China
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+86 21 3302 9995
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17:30 - 22:30
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Sun - Sat 17:30 - 22:30
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Orlando, Florida
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The experience was very good - CHAR has magnificent views of the city, the quality of the meat was exceptional and the fact that head chef came out to our table was a nice touch. The only downside is CHAR is pricey - really pricey, and I say that has someone who doesn't mind paying good money for a high-quality... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Can't fault the service, the quality of food, the location - it's all really quite good. From my experience, only 4 out of 5 due to the price. It's an impressive meal and a good experience but it is a bit over priced.

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Heidelberg, Germany
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134 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Starter (lobster bisque) and salad (cesars in a creative style) were good, but the steak as a main course was prepared rather well than medium even though it was ordered medium rare. That should not happen in a high price steak place like this. Dessert (apple tartine and creme brulee) was very good again

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1 Thank eatdrinkmenwomen
Willmer C, CHAR dining head Chef at CHAR bar and grill, responded to this review

Hi eatdrinkmenwomen Thanks for taking the time to write a review on CHAR dining, I understand that you enjoy the food in general but unfortunately I am very sad to hear that you have an issue with your beef on your last visit. We take great steps and consideration to make sure that we only deliver our products to the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Char is a perfect place to eat with a very nice view. We ate oysters who were fantastic and a Wagyu meat that was also very good. The chef is amazing and I really recommend this place. Definitely I will come back.

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Thank Gabriela M
Willmer C, CHAR dining Head Chef at CHAR bar and grill, responded to this review

Hi Gabriela M Thanks for your review, It was a pleasure to take care of your table on your last visit and I am really happy to hear that you enjoy your dinner and our great selection of oysters. As well thanks for your great comments. Please fell free to lets us know for your next visit and if you... More 

Shanghai, China
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1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We frequently dine at the restaurants all around the Bund and we sometimes feel some of them rely too much on the views. Char has probably the best view of them all but also it is one of the best dinning experiences in Shanghai. Cozy place with a nice atmosphere and we were looked after very well. Home made bread... More 

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1 Thank Juan V
Willmer C, CHAR Dining Head Chef at CHAR bar and grill, responded to this review

Hi Juan V Thanks a lot for the great comments about CHAR dining, definitely we have been working really hard to make sure that we stand out from the rest on the Bund and not only for our location but as well for the passion that we have to make this place a destination for great food, excellent steaks and... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Char boasts the best view in Shanghai of the skyline from its rooftop bar on the Bund. This is a remarkable location that offered us a clear nights view while enjoying champagne and oysters at bar while taking in the light show that is a signature of Shanghai. We followed up our time at the bar with an outstanding dinner... More 

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Willmer C, CHAR dining head Chef at CHAR bar and grill, responded to this review

Hi SouBru What a great review!!! i am very happy to hear that you have the opportunity to try our oyster promotion at CHAR bar and of course our menu tasting at CHAR dining, Again I am more than happy to take care of my guest personally and as soon as I have an understanding of your preferences prepare a... More 

Shanghai, China
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As we stayed at the Indigo Hotel during Chinese New Year, we also visited the CHAR bar. The decor is a mix of vintage, glitz and glamour with dark wood, artsy pictures and glitter on the pillows. The rooftop seating area was a fantastic lookout on the Bund, the Huangpu River and Pudong. One of the best views we've had... More 

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1 Thank Christina F
Willmer C, CHAR Dining Head Chef at CHAR bar and grill, responded to this review

Hi Mrs Christina F Thanks a lot for your review and for visiting us at CHAR Bar, I am really sorry to hear that you were not satisfied with the service on your last visit and i will bring this to our Bar Manager attention. With regards of the service charge I am happy to inform you that we have... More 

Stockholm, Sweden
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good food. Great choice of steaks. Very cosy place with superb views. We will enjoy going back there once in Shanghai again.

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Thank Adele V
Willmer C, CHAR Dining Head Chef at CHAR bar and grill, responded to this review

Hi Ausra V Sometimes the best reviews are those that goes directly to the point and make us all very happy that we have been be able to deliver a great experience once more. We will be delighted to be able to take care of you on your next visit. Sincerely More 

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296 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place was good from top to toe. The meat was so soft when you cut it. The waiter was well educated so you learn 1 or 2 things. You had to such with knife aswell.

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Thank Nana P
Willmer C, CHAR dining Head Chef at CHAR bar and grill, responded to this review

Dear Nana P I am very happy to hear that you enjoy your beef at CHAR dining. Definitely we have carefully selected the best available Australian Brands to be able to satisfy all our costumers. this together with our large selections of Wagyu, Grain fed and grass fed products make us the perfect place for those in love with our... More 

Towcester, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

The restaurant is situated high up and most abel have a fantastic view of the Bund and Shanghai City - which is stunning. The service was excellent and the menu choice is huge. I ate the Crab cakes to start and the grilled King Prawns for the main - all of which was presented really well and extremely tasty. The... More 

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Thank Nick O
Willmer C, CHAR dining Head Chef at CHAR bar and grill, responded to this review

Hi Nick O Thanks for your great review, I am really happy that you enjoy our Autumn dishes and that you have a great evening at CHAR dining. We have been working hard to make an interesting and a large selections of products that we are sure will be able to satisfy most of our guests. Hope to see you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$44 - US$116
Cuisine
Steakhouse, European
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Parking Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic, View, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
17:30 - 22:30
Monday
17:30 - 22:30
Tuesday
17:30 - 22:30
Wednesday
17:30 - 22:30
Thursday
17:30 - 22:30
Friday
17:30 - 22:30
Saturday
17:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 29-31 Floors, top of Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund, No.585 Zhongshan Dong Er Road | Near Dongmen Road, Shanghai 200010, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Shanghai Region  >  Shanghai>  > South Bund
  • Neighbourhood: South Bund
  • Phone Number: +86 21 3302 9995

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Staying in South Bund

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South Bund
This waterfront area below the most famous section of the Huangpu River has undergone multiple phases of development that started when the Waterhouse Hotel opened its doors. Though it’s been slower to catch on than people expected, every year something new and exciting opens up and gives people a reason to keep calling the South Bund the "Next Big Thing." There are a couple of landmark hotels and restaurants of excellent quality that serve as anchors, and multiple annual events such as beer festivals, art and fashion fairs and music shows take advantage of the wide spaces, waterfront location and the tiny man-made beach to host huge crowds of people. Wandering about the newness, one can stumble upon authentic Chinese life in the stone gates of people’s residences or the street markets.
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