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Charivari Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.charivarirest.com
  • Phone: (713) 521-7231
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Contemporary European, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Johann Schuster
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Maria (713) 521-7231

Getting there

  • Cross Street: McGowen
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: In front of the restaurant.
A word from Charivari
Transylvanian born Chef/Owner Johann Schuster is a master of Continental /European Cuisine.

You won’t find anything like it anywhere in Houston.

The only one in Texas rated by ZAGAT with 29 Food points.

”The freshness of an ingredient awakens my creativity for simple straightforward cooking.”

I am excited to share that with my customers.
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Diner Reviews
  • "When I want to go out for a special dinner, Charivari, is one of my top choices. Friday night the restaurant did not live up to my expectations. We were the only people in the room when we arrived It took quiet a while for the waiter to come over to the table. I know that service at Charivari is paced, but every time we needed a waiter I would have to raise my arm and signal for one to come over. At one point, I got up from the table and asked the hostess to find a waiter. I had ordered lamb chops served on a slice of green bell pepper. Weird combination! No mint jelly. I ordered roasted potatoes which never came. The soup was delicious, enjoyed the little extras. A 91st birthday. Usually cake is compt but not here."
    Dined on 9/19/2014
  • "This is our second time at Charivari and we loved the food/ambiance/service. It always surprises us as to why this place is not sought after by many on friday nights/saturday nights (which is when we have been there). Nevertheless, the food was great, service impeccable and ambiance just perfect for any occasion where people are looking to have a relaxing, quiet, intimate dinner."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Every thing was great! Great service & food! Can't wait to come back!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Dining at Charivari is a wonderful reminder of what eating at a restaurant can, and ideally should be. The pleasant, attentive, and helpful service; the creative, diverse, well-explained menu; the beautifully presented and absolutely delicious food. This is one of those places that does everything so very well that one feels comfortable ordering dishes that might normally be a bit outside his prior knowledge or comfort zone, trusting that they will be very tasty and enjoyable. It all combines so that we never fail to smile during our meal and inevitably find ourselves smiling as we leave the restaurant, reminding ourselves how much we enjoyed it and how much we look forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Great place, nice ambiance with live piano music. Staff were very friendly even the chef went around to make sure all was great! Would definitely recommend this place."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "All though waiters were nice. The food wasn't that great for the original price and what you would expect. Definitely would make sure you tell them how you want your meat cooked because per chef's recommendation it is medium rare. However it really seemed rare which was very unappetizing to us and my spouse didn't eat any of it. That is something very simple that can be changed by request. The steak just didn't seem to be very favorful. I think they rely on the sauce for all the flavor. The lobster bisque was too salty maybe cause of the butter not sure. So would I go again unfortunately not but wish them the best. And as far as the taxes and gratuity that everyone has spoke about."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Our reservation was for 715 and we were seated by 710. Mostly empty with the exception of a private party of 20-30 people. I believe this is the reason for the poor service. We had a 4 course meal and it was 30-45 minutes between each course and no one let us know they were running behind.The food was really good but the lack of communication and extremely long wait made this a bad experience. The waiters were very nice, but I do think they were understaffed that night. I would eat here again."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Dinner was great. It was my wife and I's anniversary, and everything was exquisite. Good time"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Old world/old school dinning experience. Great place to relax and enjoy a multi-course meal. Too many "foodie" restaurants today run algorithms on how many customers they need to run through each table to make a profit. Just one reason they don't last, they treat customers like a commodity. Charivari's staff are quiet and unpretentious and make you feel you have all the time in the world. Food was creative and remarkable. Truly a unique experience in today's fast-paced, scheduled world."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Charivari has been one of our very most favorite restaurants for many years! It is quiet; the food and drink are delicious with a European flair (and sometimes Peruvian) that you do not get elsewhere; the service is attentive and friendly; and the price is right. What else do you want?"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Went for dinner with my husband, it was not bad but overpriced (like most restaurants in Houston). The service was not impressive, waiters a bit on the grumpy side... I'd go back if someone invites me."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I have been dining at Charivari for years and without fail, they serve interesting, delicious food, and provide exceptional service. Charivari is perfect for lunch, a perfect place to dine with friends or bring business clients. Dinners are wonderful, in a classy, and romantic setting. Once you step inside, you forget that it is located in a small shopping center. Thank you Johann and Maria, for providing this wonderful dining experience! I had a special request and the excellent staff was quick to help too. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great for a quiet dinner with soft music. Conversing is easy. Menu is superb. Service is attentive but not intruive."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Great place to go. It has a variety of food types and is relatively quiet. You can talk to a friend."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "If you are looking for a really special restaurant that has it all, this is it! You can carry on a conversation which is almost as important as the food! And the food is wonderful. I love that all the entrees are brought to the table under covered silver domes and they are put in front of the dinner at the exact same time. The drinks are reasonable. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Overall, the experience at Charivari was a good one. The food was good.. unfortunately, it was not great which is what I was expecting given the prices. Portions are on the smaller side, which was fine with me but my friend was dissatisfied (and still hungry when we left lol). Regardless, the food came out hot and fresh from the kitchen. Our drinks were great! I ordered the rhubarb martini and it was spot on.. very well poured! The wait staff was great! Very friendly and helpful :) In conclusion, I was not necessarily disappointed with my dining experience but I just wasn't impressed either... with so many great restaurants in the area, I do not feel that the food stood out at all."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Service was exceptional, food was great. We went on a Group for the 4-course prix fixe dinner. It was very good. Loved the pace of the meal, time in between. Didn't feel rushed. It was a great date-night for my husband and me."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We discovered this restaurant on open table. The food and service were outstandng. This will be a new regular restaurant on out trips to Houston!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Everything has been wonderful and delicious for us with great service. It is a wonderful European place with authentic taste. It is one of our favorite places to go."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Excellent European style restaurant. The food is always excellently prepared and the presentation is perfect. Piano music adds to the ambience on Saturday evenings, without it being so loud as to impede quiet dinner conversations. We have gone here many times and will definitely return."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Although we had a voucher, we found the food and service excellent. Although not a big fan of white asparagus, they were tasty and accompanied the main course very well."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Enjoyed the pork steak and charivari salad a great deal. The service was great with the exception of taking over 30 minutes to bring the check. Live piano music was nice."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The service was great; very friendly personnel and I enjoyed also talking to the chef. The ceviche is awesome. I also liked the fact that I was able to get a reservation for a party of 10."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We have been dining here for over 10 years. Never disappointed. Maria is always amazing and makes being there so special."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I have eaten at Charivari many times, so when I saw the offer for dinner for two we jumped on it. The menu selection for is for steak only. I think that should be changed and other selections offered. Chicken or fish. Elegantly prepared and served. Beautiful european style restaurant makes for an enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "There are better places to go for the money. Wasn't horrible, just wasn't great."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Went for our 40th anniversary. Service was slow but people were nice. Food was a 7 out of ten. They put a 20% tip on the bill which is about what we tip anyway but we thought it was odd to do that."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We went to this restaurant for our anniversary and it was just okay. The host greeted us when we first walked in and he was very nice. The waiter took FOREVER to come to our table. I think we were sitting there for about minutes before we even received water. The waiter who took our order just mumbled and would barely speak up. All of the food was sort of bland. I read rave reviews on this place and was expecting to be blown away, but left underwhelmed. The black garlic potatoes could have used at least a sprinkle of salt or anything to spruce them up. I will say the steak was cooked perfectly, but again, it could have used more seasoning. The chef came by to check on our table as well as everyone else and he was very nice."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "My friend and I ordered the same dishes, and they plated our food incorrectly, putting her side on my sliver of what must have been the skinniest cow ever. Call me crazy but I grew up in Texas and I KNOW what a STEAK should look like. Became unfriendly when I wanted corrected. We had the apple strudel which looked beautiful, I could hear the chef yelling at the waiter about my sending it back and asking for the raspberry sauce to be removed from the plate, hate raspberry. Then I got a very sad looking strudel with no powdered sugar, or cream. When the bill was brought they charged us for a Bottle of wine, when we only had 2 gasses. I can get pretty darn full on $109 elsewhere, and get an actual steak and be treated respectfully."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "I took a friend here with a groupon just to check the place out. It seemed to be a much older crowd of diners. Mostly 60-70 something's dining in large groups. There must have been some sort of event going on that night. The host was very friendly and sat us right away. I was disappointed that it took over 10 minutes for our waiter to greet us and offer us a wine list. The food was delicious. My favorites off the 4 course menu were the lobster bisque, the top sirloin with the green peppercorn sauce and the applewood smoked bacon ice cream. The chef stopped by to ask us how the food tasted which I thought was nice. Overall we had a nice experience at Charivari and will definitely return."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This is my third time and I will continue to come to this wonderful restaurant. We had fish from the Mediterranean sea and Dover sole. Both were fresh and cooked to perfection. The garlic soup was extraordinary. The desserts are powerful."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Firstly, this place is gloomy, dark and off-putting. Secondly,the staff was supercilious and thirdly, even though Valentine's Day was on the Friday, we were informed that on Saturday, there would be no a la carte menu, only a prix-fixe "Valentine's" menu. After reviewing the menu choices, we found nothing even remotely appealing so we left,"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This place reminded us of dining with our families when we were growing up. It's a bit more traditional than most today. We enjoyed the valentine menu and will likely give it another try. The setting was really conducive to a quiet conversation, which is again all to rare with most modern dining options."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Charivari's popularity has been growing with Mid-town. But its recipes and flair for central European cuisine remains its true legacy. The Schusters have been thrilling us with their culinary delights for more than a decade; and their Valentine's Day menus added to pleasant memories for us. Now we are looking forward to their annual homage to White Asparagus!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "An elegant, romantic dining room, with the culinary creations of chef Johann is an excellent combination. Consistently excellent food and a limited but very good selection of wines. Central Europe shines through Johann's cooking, with Western and South American twists that add the unexpected touch. This is the only place in town for the Austro-Hungarian torts, which makes each visit a delight. At this visit, we have a delightful piano player who proviced delightful background music at volumes that still allowed civilized dialogue. Bravo again!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "It was a nice experience. The food was either a hot or miss... Some things were excellent like the sorbet, the spread paired with bread, and deserts. But the steaks were tough and rosco sauce did not complement it at all. Overall the food wasn't great, maybe if I ordered something else... Experience was great but probably won't be back because it was pretty pricey for ok tasting food."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "The lunch specials are both excellent and reasonably priced. You can't eat better than this and I've never eaten a more delicious Pork steak."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "The food and presentation was excellent. It did not however outweigh the two hours we sat at our table with inattentive service from our main server. The staff was not overly friendly and poorly trained."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Food arrived at the table cold. Steak was rewarmed. Potatoes were not. Very little meat on the plate."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "An overall great experience. Extraordinary service, perfect display of courses, superb blend of tastes; one of our absolute favorite dining experiences"
    Dined on 1/30/2014