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: 5:00pm 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, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, 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
Whenever we have a special occasion to c ...
Whenever we have a special occasion to celebrate we inevitably book at Characters. The service is exceptional, the food well above the norm, and the atmosphere warm and quiet. We've also had our company Christmas party here on several occasions and it's wonderful. It's a bit pricey but worth the experience.
With Characters being in such close prox ...
With Characters being in such close proximity to the new downtown arena, it was the perfect option for us to get a meal before the game. The other bonus was that we were able to leave our vehicle in the parking lot and walk to the arena. That saved us $25 that we would've had to pay to park elsewhere. That being said, our meals were fantastic as well.
Food and ambiance was very good. However ...
Food and ambiance was very good. However, service was very poor. It seems odd because we had all these different people waiting us - but when we asked for something, we were directed to our waitress. No one else could attend to us. So, it was a lot of waiting and waiting. We finally ordered second desserts (desserts were good) to go. Even this, was not fulfilled. We were asked to sit by the fireplace in the central area to wait for our waitress to take our order. We couldn't wait any longer. Dinner was around 2 hours. We had appetisers, main course and dessert to share.
It was a Friday night and we were the on ...
It was a Friday night and we were the only people dining. I had the venison Wellington. The venison was cooked perfect but the pastry was a bit under done. The brussel sprouts were nice but only 5 halfs so not enough on the plate to cut through the richness of the pastry.
We went to Characters for a fine dining ...
We went to Characters for a fine dining experience to celebrate a milestone birthday. As a restaurant with a good reputation, it was disappointing. Given the prices and surprisingly limited menu, we expected spectacular food. What we got instead was very good food that was overwhelmed by the sauces or not particularly appealing for other reasons. While we are not foodies, we are also not inexperienced diners. We expect the seasoning to bring out the taste of the food rather than dominate. Our general impression was that this place is just trying too hard.
Other popular restaurants do a better job of preparing and presenting good food in ways that appeal to the palate, even when the flavours are unfamiliar. Characters has stiff competition and for our next dining adventures, we will be trying some of them that we have not yet been to.
Characters remains a classy place and the decor is great. Despite the food challenges, we enjoyed our evening out. However, we will not be back anytime soon.
On a final note, its proximity to the new Rogers Place arena is a significant risk factor. The night we went there was a special event at Rogers Place. We managed to secure the last free guest parking space in the Characters parking lot. It will be interesting to see what happens to parking in this area in the long run once the hockey season begins. Spaces in the lot were being sold for $25. I would not go to Characters or other food and beverage places in the same area if that was an added cost I had to pay.
Very lovely atmosphere and cozy feeling. ...
Very lovely atmosphere and cozy feeling. Felt welcome and pampered, great food and really nicely done cocktails not too many choices though. Despite the great food and atmosphere it was possible to make reservation on the last minute (Tuesday dinner) which felt strange for such a nice place.
Big thanks for the Characters team!
I'm a little troubled when I read some o ...
I'm a little troubled when I read some of the reviews of Characters talking about poor service. Every time I have had the pleasure to dine there, my servers have been fantastic. It seems like they know exactly when I need something such as taking the different orders, or recommending menu items or wine pairing. I understand that different people set different standards and have their own expectations, but I definitely wouldn't have it keep me from enjoying everything Characters has to offer.
I had asked for no pork in my meal but t ...
I had asked for no pork in my meal but that communication wasn't provided to the chef. I felt that the management took care of it immediately and took it off my bill. They were great at fixing the issue. Food was great portions and delish.
This restaurant has been around for a wh ...
This restaurant has been around for a while and I go maybe two or three times a year.The food is ALWAYS the best you will get.Its not cheap.I don't know why it was so very very quiet on a Friday night.It is a pleasant atmosphere and tastefully decorated.I t has not changed much over the years but I have to think what needs to change .When I see the Canadian brewhouse as number one on trip advisor and this as 240 I think we need to differentiate VERY good food and refinement from the rest.
Characters was the perfect place to brin ...
Characters was the perfect place to bring a first date. If you're looking to impress someone special with the choice of restaurant, I highly recommend going here. Some say the way to a woman's heart is through her stomach, and it sure worked out that way for me. Call ahead for the private elevator room if you're looking for some extra privacy.
Fabulous evening out, favourite wine Ang ...
Fabulous evening out, favourite wine Angel's Share, Delicious food including the Coquille St. Jacques, Pork Tenderloin, & the Beef Tenderloin. For dessert Sorbet & Table S'mores what a blast! Privacy and excellent service in the elevator room.
A group of friends met for an early dinn ...
A group of friends met for an early dinner and had a wonderful dining experience. I love the menu and between the four of us we were able to sample a lot of different dishes. All were uniquely different, but delicious. Service was fantastic as well.
Excellent service and fabulous food as a ...
Excellent service and fabulous food as always. Downtown location but with ample free parking. This is one of my favorite restaurants in Edmonton for business or pleasure. The staff are knowledgeable and very courteous. The wine list is excellent and suitable for a range of budgets. The atmosphere is relaxed and fits smart casual to more formal business events. My friends and my business guests are always more than satisfied and I am consistently pleased with my dining experience. Edmonton has an excellent range of restaurants, including several that meet high international standards. This venue provides one of the best dining experiences in Western Canada - I have found myself here more regularly in recent years and have never been disappointed.
Nice atmosphere but would like more menu ...
Nice atmosphere but would like more menu options. Entrees had nice meat/fish but accompaniments were skimpy and deconstructed desserts were a total miss on look and taste. Lunches are a much better value in terms of cost and flavour. Won't go again for dinner.
I love the new menu, especially the fact ...
I love the new menu, especially the fact that you have six appetizers and six entries to choose from. This allows the chefs to concentrate on the total flavour profiles of the dishes as well as presentation. I don't go to fine dining restaurants to read a novel of a menu, there are chain restaurants for that.
It was very quite which was great as we ...
It was very quite which was great as we really got to chat with our server. We have never been disappointed with Characters food or servers, only once did we have an ambiance issue a noisy group at the chefs table. Even the chef and his team had problems communicating. We are always recommending Characters.
Four of us went to Characters on a Satur ...
Four of us went to Characters on a Saturday evening in June. My wife and I had been there several times over the last few years while our guests were neophytes. The restaurant was not very busy yet I found the service a little lax. No big deal but not quite up to establishments in this price range. The pork dish was not as in the menu but had been replaced by Canadian pork. The dish was still good but I had expectations for the Spanish equivalent. The ham in the appetizer was glorious as always! The menu had recently been changed and some of my favourites had been taken off but then that is what happens in life. The shrimp cocktail was a great twist on an old classic and maybe it will be back? Overall a great restaurant and wonderful feature of my neighbourhood.
For Father’s Day 2016, my wife and two d ...
For Father’s Day 2016, my wife and two daughters treated me to a delectable meal at Characters. Over the course of the evening, we enjoyed bison, venison, beer, duck, and sea bass – a cornucopia of ingredients with fresh flavour combinations that paired wonderfully with a variety of vegetables, creams, and sauces. Of particular note were the dessert sampler trays chosen by our daughters – they were a fantastic medley of flavours and textures. Service was the just the right amount of relaxed professionalism with personable guidance. We would unreservedly recommend this restaurant to anyone willing to spend a bit more to feel a little spoiled.
We had the tasting menu...a 7 course sam ...
We had the tasting menu...a 7 course sampling of dishes + desert. It was fabulous !!! Next time we will try this menu with the wine parings option. Overall it was a very nice ambiance for a night out and fine dining experience.
Once again we were lucky enough to show ...
Once again we were lucky enough to show up for Characters' launch of their new menu. With Characters as one of our favourite restaurants, one of the things that makes it stand out is that the menu changes seasonally and takes advantage of the fresh ingredients that come available at different times of the year. Another thing that makes them different is that this menu contains six appetizers and six entrées, which enables the chefs the ability to get more intricate with flavours as well as plating. It's something you will want to go and experience yourself.
My brother and his fiancée were in town ...
My brother and his fiancée were in town after getting evacuated from Fort McMurray due to the forest fires and Characters was the perfect place to go to have a wonderful meal. It was great to have such fantastic service and delicious food so that we could all forget about the tragedy for a few hours and just enjoy each other's company.
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.
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.
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