CHAR Whiskey Bar and Grille

July 29, 2023

Todd Hall

Food Spotlight: Char Whiskey Bar and Grille in Rocky River

If you’re seeking a satisfying dining experience that doesn’t veer too far from the familiar, look no further than Char Whiskey Bar and Grille. Located in Rocky River, this restaurant has quickly become a go-to spot for those who appreciate good food, great drinks, and a comfortable atmosphere.

Char’s ambiance effortlessly captures the rustic charm of a backwoods cabin, with its reclaimed wood decor and hand-lettered chalkboard menu. The extensive selection of brown spirits adds to the appeal, making it a paradise for whiskey enthusiasts. Whether you’re looking for a casual lunch or a relaxed dinner, Char offers an American tavern-style menu that hits the mark.

While adventure might not be on the menu, Char excels at delivering classic dishes with a touch of finesse. Start your meal with their trio of fresh-baked pretzels, generously sized and served with whole grain mustard and silky cheese sauce. The crab cakes, despite lacking the promised lump crab meat, still impress with their flavorful blend. For a unique twist, try the mushroom and truffle mac and cheese, where roasted cauliflower replaces traditional pasta, resulting in a delicious gluten-free alternative.

Char’s sandwiches are reliable choices, with highlights such as the BLT on soft naan bread or the Italian stacked with meats, cheeses, veggies, and dressing. The kitchen truly shines when it comes to the nightly features, the Charburger redeems itself with tender shredded short rib and a generous serving of cheese sauce. And don’t forget to explore their seafood and steak options for a more indulgent dining experience.

The bar area, boasting a beefy three-sided, 24-seat bar, is perfect for meeting friends or enjoying a cocktail during happy hour. While their drink menu omits prices, you’ll find a range of tempting options, from the complex and well-balanced Mezhattan to a variety of craft beers from local and regional breweries.

At Char Whiskey Bar and Grille, you’ll find a place where familiarity and quality meet. It’s an ideal spot for those seeking a reliably enjoyable meal without straying too far from their comfort zone. So, if you’re in the Rocky River area, consider stopping by Char for a satisfying dining experience that’s sure to please your palate.

Location: 19337 Detroit Road Rocky River, Ohio

Type of restaurant: Bar and grill.

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays; and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Liquor and wine: Full bar with a few draft beers, several craft cocktails, and an extensive whiskey list.

Cuisine: Americana.

Vegetarian: Several options.

Special diets: Certain items are listed as vegan or gluten-free.

Dress code: Casual.

Reservations: Accepted

Online ordering: Available.

Prices: Moderate to high, with appetizers around $12, salads around $10, and entrees ranging from $24 to $39, with the exception of a Wagyu Burger special for $21.

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