Charlie Brown's Steakhouse

★★★☆☆
Restaurant chain serves USDA Choice beef and fresh seafood dishes in a family-friendly atmosphere.
  • 2 Kinderkamack Rd

    Oradell, NJ 07649

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  • 201-265-0403

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Just went there this week of Halloween 2011, and they say the Charlie Brown's brand is under new management. There isn't much detail, but I suspect the new owners are connected with the Boston Market/McDonalds conglomerate. What evidence do I have? As you enter, tell me that new signage isn't exactly like what you see in a Boston Market restaurant.

The food was "okay" ... My hamburger was "medium", and came pink on one side and well done ( and bone dry) on the other. Applebees hamburgers would put this to shame! We also had the fried Calamari. I would recommend you skip it. The steamed Asparagus were shriveled and I guess I'm making a case against the place, but this is not Chez Foo Foo, so I took it all in stride. Our kids had the Mac and Cheese, and we're used to that not being anything rich and homemade - in fact the menu made note that it was Kraft Mac N Cheese is odd - as though that is actually a bragging point! So many restaurants use thin tube noodles slathered in day glo Veleeta gook, the bar is set low by design. The salad bar is still the draw. But even that is nothing spectacular, or ever was. They do what you would expect - have fresh tasting items to compliment your entrees. The place is a local favorite and I would not rule out a return trip, but it is further down on our list. Leaving there $75 lighter for a family of 4 ( kids are 1st graders) we should have gone to a Boston Market.

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★★★☆☆

Just went there this week of Halloween 2011, and they say the Charlie Brown's brand is under new management. There isn't much detail, but I suspect the new owners are connected with the Boston Market/McDonalds conglomerate. What evidence do I have? As you enter, tell me that new signage isn't exactly like what you see in a Boston Market restaurant.

The food was "okay" ... My hamburger was "medium", and came pink on one side and well done ( and bone dry) on the other. Applebees hamburgers would put this to shame! We also had the fried Calamari. I would recommend you skip it. The steamed Asparagus were shriveled and I guess I'm making a case against the place, but this is not Chez Foo Foo, so I took it all in stride. Our kids had the Mac and Cheese, and we're used to that not being anything rich and homemade - in fact the menu made note that it was Kraft Mac N Cheese is odd - as though that is actually a bragging point! So many restaurants use thin tube noodles slathered in day glo Veleeta gook, the bar is set low by design. The salad bar is still the draw. But even that is nothing spectacular, or ever was. They do what you would expect - have fresh tasting items to compliment your entrees. The place is a local favorite and I would not rule out a return trip, but it is further down on our list. Leaving there $75 lighter for a family of 4 ( kids are 1st graders) we should have gone to a Boston Market.

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Having been to CB's in Washington Township and Old Tappan, I prefer Oradell. Better salad bar selection and not those stairs that pose a challenge in Washington Township. Waitstaff very nice, especially Steve who doubles behind the bar and in the dining area by the bar. Cedar plank salmon and Bourbon Flat Iron and Parmesan crusted chicken are always reliable.

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Having been to CB's in Washington Township and Old Tappan, I prefer Oradell. Better salad bar selection and not those stairs that pose a challenge in Washington Township. Waitstaff very nice, especially Steve who doubles behind the bar and in the dining area by the bar. Cedar plank salmon and Bourbon Flat Iron and Parmesan crusted chicken are always reliable.

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The food here is pretty good and there is an unlimited salad bar. You can almost eat yourself full there and take home you entire entree. The deserts are really good too; you should try the warm apple pie with ice cream.

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★★★★☆

The food here is pretty good and there is an unlimited salad bar. You can almost eat yourself full there and take home you entire entree. The deserts are really good too; you should try the warm apple pie with ice cream.

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Charlie Brown's is a great place to eat. They have really excellent beef and a wonderful salad bar. The prime rib is especially good. I would recommend a reservation because they can be quite busy.

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Charlie Brown's is a great place to eat. They have really excellent beef and a wonderful salad bar. The prime rib is especially good. I would recommend a reservation because they can be quite busy.

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You can always count on having great food and excellent service. It is always a great place to celebrate any occasion, especially birthdays. The steaks are always delicious and juicy.

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You can always count on having great food and excellent service. It is always a great place to celebrate any occasion, especially birthdays. The steaks are always delicious and juicy.

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We go there enough to see that you will get consistant and reliable service. We have dinners after work there and they do allow reservations for a bigger party. Once in a while, you will get a server who is not as friendly as we are used to but still good. We'll go back again and again.

PROS: location and prices are good
CONS: it gets crowded sometimes.

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★★★★☆

We go there enough to see that you will get consistant and reliable service. We have dinners after work there and they do allow reservations for a bigger party. Once in a while, you will get a server who is not as friendly as we are used to but still good. We'll go back again and again.

PROS: location and prices are good
CONS: it gets crowded sometimes.

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We like to go here a lot. First of all, it is very convenient and if you belong to the handshake club you get coupons for free meals. Salad bar is always good and fresh.

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We like to go here a lot. First of all, it is very convenient and if you belong to the handshake club you get coupons for free meals. Salad bar is always good and fresh.

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