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Charlie's Cafe & Bar

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by Jane Wong (subscribe)
My dogs and I are kind of a package deal. www.instagram.com/eddyandsam
Published November 9th 2016
Great food, fast service, and very much dog friendly


Where is Charlie's Cafe & Bar?

Charlie's is located on Cavill Avenue, in the heart of Surfers Paradise. In fact, you can see the iconic Surfers Paradise sign from Charlie's! Surfers Paradise is described as the jewel of Queensland's Gold Coast, with it's easily distinguishable high-rise skyline. Located by the sea, you will be able to feel the lovely sea breeze from Charlie's while you enjoy your meal.

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The iconic Surfers Paradise sign.



What is the history of Charlie's Cafe & Bar?

Charlie's has been operating since 1976 - considering how often restaurants come and go, that's an impressive 40 years of business they've been running. Charlie's started with more humble roots, having opened as a sandwich shop. However, their small business quickly took off and evolved into a friendly diner, catering towards local beachgoers and holidaymakers.

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Cafe & Bar since 1976.



What food and drinks are served here at Charlie's Cafe & Bar?

Operating from 7am to 10pm 7 days of the week, Charlie's is a great place to go at any time of the day. Although I have yet to eat breakfast or lunch here, their dinner menu is extensive - if it's anything to go by, their breakfast and lunch menus should be equally impressive. Being both a cafe and a bar, they of course serve food with a wide variety of drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

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Food menu at Charlie's.


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Drinks menu.


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Drinks menu part 2.



How was the food and drink and Charlie's Cafe & Bar?

As with every time I've visited Charlie's, I opted for the 250g MSA Black Angus Rump with Mushroom sauce, while my friend chose the 250g MSA Black Angus Rib Fillet with Dianne sauce. Both of us ordered our steaks cooked medium rare, and with a side of chips rather than mashed potato. The steaks were perfect, as were the chips and the salad. Drinks-wise, I went for a vanilla milkshake, whereas my friend went for a spider. The milkshake was massive, and was served in a legitimate milkshake cup, which I loved!

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Eddy pictured with our steaks.


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Medium rare, unlike other restaurants I've frequented who must think medium rare means cooked through.


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Eddy with our drinks.



Are there any special deals at Charlie's Cafe & Bar that I should take advantage of?

Charlie's has Chef's Choice menu items that change on a regular basis - seeing as the food we ordered (which was not on the Chef's Choice menu) was already mouth-watering, the food personally chosen by the chef must be extra scrumptious. Upon your visit to Charlie's remember to take a look around the place and scan their walls - you never know what deals they might currently be promoting. When Eddy and I visited, Charlie's had a Corona deal - only $4.95 with any purchase of a meal meal or pizza; it's a great deal!

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Keep an eye out for Chef's Choice menu items.


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$4.95 for a corona? Yes please!



What are the seating options at Charlie's Cafe & Bar?

There is both indoor and outdoor seating at Charlie's - we of course opted for outdoor seating. In addition to being dog-friendly, patrons who choose to sit outside are able to feel the cool sea breeze, in addition to people watch on bustling, vibrant Cavill Avenue.

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Indoor seating.


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Different view of the indoor seating.


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Outdoor seating.


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Perfect table to people watch.



How dog-friendly are Charlie's Cafe & Bar?

When Eddy was around 3 months old, Eddy sat on a bench at the outskirts of the restaurant - I vividly remember not being able to eat more than a bite of my steak before someone would inescapably come up and ask for a pat/cuddle/photo with Eddy! Although I learned my lesson after that and Eddy now sits at my feet while we dine, it was a testament as to how dog-friendly the community in Surfers Paradise is. In addition, despite there being nearly a 10 month gap since my last visit, one of the staff at Charlie's recognised Eddy, and commented on how much bigger he had gotten! I was so surprised she remembered Eddy; for all she knew, it could have been a different pug. This again shows how accepting of dogs Charlie's is - they're actually dog-friendly, not just dog tolerant. Eddy was also given a bowl of water each time we visited, without us asking - we really appreciated it.

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The bench in question.


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Look how much Eddy has grown!
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Why? Great service for both people and dogs, and excellent food - good location too!
When: Monday to Sunday 7am - 10:30pm
Phone: (07) 5538 5285
Where: 8 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
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A special cafe with amazing decorations. Really want to go and try the food and drinks.
by lokyl (score: 2|402) 369 days ago
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