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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Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday thru Friday: 11:30am to 1:30pm;
Dinner: Tuesday thru Saturday: 5:30pm to 9:00pm for reservations
CAN$31 to CAN$50
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We provide our own parking lot on the south side of our restaurant while our customer enjoys lunch or dinner dining.
Private Party Facilities:
Please call for details.
Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/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
The food was prepared very well. Nothing ...
The food was prepared very well. Nothing that knocked your socks off. The service was great. And the wine was fantastic!
Quiet night. Was surprise by the lack of ...
Quiet night. Was surprise by the lack of crowd but we've the full attention of the server. Food was well presented and delicious. Value : right level for fine dining. Dessert : splendid. My wife had a good time. Thanks.
The portions are on the small size, but ...
The portions are on the small size, but so delicious and unique, you won't be disappointed!
It was our first meal on the patio this ...
It was our first meal on the patio this season. The weather was incredible, so we decided to have our dinner on the patio. We love the fact that you could sit casually on the sofa's having drinks and the complementary French fries, before moving to the tables for appetizers and entrées. Great set up!
Excellent Service and Great Food
Our service at Characters was excellent. Our reso was at 730 but we were running late so I called to see if I could push it back to 8. The Hostess was very kind and polite and allowed us to make the change. Our server was also polite and knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. Food was amazing.
Great for work - but also fit for foodies
I was arranging a lunch to meet an acquaintance I did not know well, other than the fact that she was new to the city from Montreal. We agreed to meet - and it was Monday. Not all the best restaurants in town are open for lunch Mondays. But Characters is! Thankfully. Impressive food beautifully presented, expert service full of courtesy and attention, and a soothing quiet atmosphere which allowed conversation to flow without straining to be heard. Thanks to Characters, we have struck up a nice friendship and will return to Characters soon for lunch. She also said she would tell her husband about this spot because he was sometimes at a loss to recommend a good spot for a quiet business lunch.
As always the food and service were exceptional. We have not found another place we enjoy as much in Edmonton. We continue to return and encourage others to try Characters.
Fantastic in every way possible. Lookin ...
Fantastic in every way possible. Looking forward to returning very soon.
Perfect place to impress a date!
If you're looking for a romantic place to take your significant other, this is it. The restaurant is very spaced out, so you don't have to worry about other tables eavesdropping on your conversations. If you want even more privacy, I recommend booking the elevator shaft room, which you can completely close to yourself off to the rest of the restaurant. Add in the delicious food and you'll be sure to make a great impression with your date!
One of the best in Edmonton.ntononton
This was my second time eating at Characters. Before going I read a lot of the reviews and there seemed to be a theme in a few of them that portions were too small. My wife and I each had an appetiser and split the main course of scallops wrapped in boar bacon. This with the fries and that wonderfull bread left us stuffed. In my opinion the serving sizes are on the large size rather than being small. We will be going back soon!
Not as expensive as you think.
There have been a few reviews expressing that Characters is overwhelmingly expensive. However, when you look at it more closely, it's a very good deal. Most people when they dine calculate their meal on exactly how much the ingredients would cost if they were making the dish themselves. The problem is, when you think of it like that, you are not calculating the server's salary, the chefs, the rent, upkeep, utilities, and of course premium ingredients. Just something to think about the next time you analyse a menus prices.
The Calamari is PERFECTION. No calamari I have ever had compares. Everything is delicious and I am never disappointed.
This restaurant is very expensive.
Our server was very knowledgeable and helpful in aiding us to make a decision on what to order. The atmosphere was tranquil and romantic. The food and it's presentation was undoubtedly great but we found the prices to be very high. We would not recommend this restaurant to someone on a budget.
Always a menu to look forward to!
Love Characters! Although I don't get there as much as I would love to. When I do, the experience is always positive! Each of us had something different for lunch and each of us raved about the food: salmon, warm spinach salad and the schnitzel .... all wonderful. Was pleasantly surprised at the prices as well. Very affordable for lunch - will add more of Characters to a lunch time destination! Thank you everyone at Characters for your awesomeness!
Our meals were fantastic in every way po ...
Our meals were fantastic in every way possible. We can't wait to go again!
Decor well thought out. Food excellent. ...
Decor well thought out. Food excellent. Wine pairings with tasting menu done well.
The best calamari I have ever had the pl ...
The best calamari I have ever had the pleasure of putting in my mouth! It's definitely not your typical rubber ring calamari that you get at pretty much every restaurant on earth. Something about the spices that they use and the quality of the squid, make it a sinfully delicious appetizer. On its own, it's worth a visit!
Great Dining Night
This dining experience was fabulous. Food was delicious and the waitress was very attentive. We will be back.
I Love the Tasting Menu!
Sometimes I'm in the mood to try everything on the menu when eating at fine dining restaurants. That's why tasting menus have always been my favourite. At Characters, you get the perfect little portion, just enough to satisfy yourself without needing a wheelchair to leave because of being stuffed. Another good thing was that I was able to ask the server to speed up the courses so there wasn't quite so much time in between samples. Most restaurants are very accommodating when you just ask and Characters is no different. Try it for yourself, you won't be disappointed!
Characters Fine Dining
One of the fanciest restaurants I've ever been to! If you were to ever go on a date and you want to impress then this would be the place. The food was exquisite and flavorful. Our server was very friendly and made our dinning experience that much better. I was completely satisfied with my experience and would definitely go again.
We went to Characters for the first time on the recommendation of friends. They have a great menu with variety. We had the seven course tasting option. All of the food came with great presentation and plating but we found most was lacking in flavour. Although all the food was acceptable, it was missing something. We know people that have been there several times and were surprised by our experience. Must have been an off night. We may try again.
Presentation of the food served was fabu ...
Presentation of the food served was fabulous! Loved the idea of the root salad veggies being served on a spade shovel. Order the Smores ... you'll be in for a treat! Only downside was the server forgot to bring the cheese plate ordered and she was unable to answer questions about menu items being served. Great ambience for our Valentines Day dinner.
Do not go with the tasters menu
This was my second time at Characters and the first time I was very impressed. However, this time i was highly unsatisfied and I am not sure if that is because they have recently changed the menu or if in the last few years the standards have just fallen. My husband and I chose the tasters menu thinking it would be a good variety of the whole menu. I found it heavily focused on the appetizers and was left hungry after each tasting. It took us 3 hours to get through the selections, which is fine, but when you come expecting a nice dinner and get a small one bite tasting of food every 20 min, you are left watching and wishing you would have chosen what the table next to you had. I watched all the tables around us get served beautiful duck, decorative salads, and heavenly smores, while i sat most the night with an empty plate in front of me wanting and waiting for more. The selections to me were very light and did not seem to reflect the popular items I was watching come from the kitchen to tables around us. It was not until the veal stew arrived that i felt satisfied. I would possibly return to this restaurant and just not get the tasters menu. For what we paid for, we left wanting a little more.
It was a Thursday and we just happen to ...
It was a Thursday and we just happen to have a large amount of snowfall, but we decided to go out for dinner anyway. After being seated, we noticed that we were pretty much alone in the restaurant for exception of two other tables. You wouldn't know it by the service and food quality, which was top-notch. I have been to restaurants for situations like that, where the servers and kitchen essentially take the night off and ruin the whole dining experience. Characters took care of us and the food was amazing, it was almost like having our own private chef.
New Menu Day.
My group was lucky enough to show up the day that Characters was launching their new spring menu. Whenever that happens, we all like to order different appetizers and main courses, so that we can see and taste everything new. A few of my standout favourites for appetizers were the smoked arctic char, and surprisingly the artichoke platter. For the entrée's, the duck breast, boar bacon wrapped scallop, and lamb loin were amazing. As for dessert (which in my opinion Characters can do no wrong) the cheesecake, soufflé, and chocolate terrine, were all mind blowingly delicious.
Decided to take my wife and family out to Character's for her birthday. Had the romaine salad, it used to have a soft poached egg, but now has a hard boiled egg. I enjoyed the soft poached egg more than the hard boiled egg, but otherwise it was a good Caesar salad. The appetizer fries and chips were awesome as usual. I had the duck breast - it was done nicely. The wife had the paella and the Caesar salad which she enjoyed. My daughter had the pizza appetizer and the black cod - she seemed to enjoy it. Her fiancé had the chicken which he also enjoyed. For dessert we shared two apricot/honey soufflé's - very nice. All in all an enjoyable experience. Our server was attentive and very good.
It was good food.
It was good food. The waitress was a little bit insulting but other than that it was a great evening
The entire staff has done it once again. This is about our 15 time dining at characters over the years and every time is great. From the time you walk in the door to leaving the staff is attentive to your needs and you are never left wanting. Our server Kesha (I believe that was her name I have a bad memory for names) was knowledgeable and fielded a variety of questions from us about menu items and made some great drink suggestions as well. We had 5 courses and everything was served at the right time and temperatures. Couple stand out items were the cauliflower duck confit pizza which sounds a little outside the box but was delicious and very generously sized. Also the from the earth salad served on a shovel held in place by a full sized brick was an ingeniously different way to present a salad. Looking forward to tasting the new menu coming about in a few weeks.
We enjoyed our dinner. Waitress was plea ...
We enjoyed our dinner. Waitress was pleasant and prompt. Fine dining type food is always a bit different tasting, but fun to try. The s'mores for two was quite unique and delicious.
As always a wonderful experience
My business lunch was much better due to the warm atmosphere, minimal buzz of others' conversations, execellent food (had monk fish), welcoming service and excellent pace. I will take others here for lunch and dinner.
I Never Leave Hungry!
My complaint with some fine dining restaurants is the ridiculous portion size. That's what I love about Characters, you get gourmet food, with enough that you don't have to swing by McDonald's on your way home. In fact, there have been numerous times where I have to take a doggie bag home. So when you treat yourself to this great restaurant, come with an appetite, and order three delicious courses.
If there is a better restaurant in Edmon ...
If there is a better restaurant in Edmonton, I haven't found it. Characters is top of my list when you consider the beautiful surroundings, the great service, and the mouthwatering food. I eat out a lot, something I'm not proud of, but that fact gives me the ability to compare all of the fine dining and even not so fine dining restaurants. Trust me when I say that you won't be disappointed with your experience at Characters!
Just a consistently fine restaurant. Alw ...
Just a consistently fine restaurant. Always a new twist to the menu...excellent cuisine...fabulous wine list... love the Two Hands Shira....and a great price!
New Year's Eve
We ordered the tasting menu, which IIncludeda lot of meat. The disappointing part was the flank steak. Very tough. This is a great high end restaurant, and the service was great but it was just ok that night
I was going out to dinner with some frie ...
I was going out to dinner with some friends who I hadn't seen in a very long time. Being that it was the holiday rush and a lot of restaurants had only a few tables available, one of the factors that swayed us to choose Characters was how specious the layout is. Almost every restaurant (I know you can relate) has the tables so close to each other to maximize the number of people they can fit, that you can hear everyone's conversations around you. At Characters, we were able to have a great visit catching up and also enjoyed delicious food and fantastic wine.
It was my sons birthday, he chose Characters and was very disappointed. meals were not brought to the table together items were left behind and delivered later in the meal, waitress was not friendly , food was flavourless very poor at any price will not be returning ever
Doesn't get much better than Characters! I loved every aspect of my dining experience.
A quiet comfortable place after two hectic days. The food was well presented and tasty. Staff were very helpful. My only issue was at the lighting: a bit dim for us older folk especially when glasses were forgotten. Thankfully, the hostess took the time to help with the menu. Both my guest and I have food issues: wait staff were aware of the issues and had suggestions for menu choices.
Great presentation and delicious food
Characters have some of the best plate presentation I have ever seen in a restaurant. I had the beef tartar and it came to the table wrapped in brown paper and tied with the string, exactly the way you get meat from the butcher. The other cool presentation was the smoked scallops and pork belly. It came to the table with a glass dome over top of the plate filled with smoke and as the server lifted the dome the smoke dissipated, revealing food. Presentation alone only gets you so far, which is why it was so great that everything tasted phenomenal!
Good service and food...a little expensive....
I went there with my wife for dinner. At the entrance the greetings were good, kindly and very efficient. Great atmosphere and comfortable seats: we loved it. The service was efficient and friendly. The food was quite sophisticated and well presented: overall a good experience but be prepared to pay an high bill...but in any case a good restaurant recommended for special occasions
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