Charivari
Charivari

Charivari

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.charivarirest.com/
  • Phone: 7135217231x
  • 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, Global, International, Contemporary European
  • 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 7135217231x

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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Charivari reviews from OpenTable diners
21 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelQuiet
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (15)special occasion (14)neighborhood gem (11)romantic (10)good for groups (5)notable wine list (3)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (2)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Quiet and Sophisticated
    JOak
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I visited Charivari with a group of 7 of my friends as a "girls night out" and while we all appreciate good food, this restaurant was not the best place for a large group of friends wanting to catch up. We felt uncomfortable and unable to "let loose" because of the quite atmosphere and very intimate setting. There was definitly an older croud, and while we didn't fit in we were dead set on enjoying our night out without husbands and kids! The food was good, slightly overpriced, but we really enjoyed the little tastes of things we didn't order from the chef in the kitchen. Overall i rate this restaurant 4 out of 5 stars, and i didn't fault it for not being the right setting for our group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Donna
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    They were having a wine tasting the night we were here and half the restaurant was blocked off by a screen. It got pretty loud too. I think I should have been notified of this. Service was terrible....we waited and waited. We have been going to Charivari for years but no more. It was my husbands birthday dinner and it was ruined.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing food!
    Modernmarvels
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Amazing food! Service is terrific. It is a must for anyone who is from/traveled to/or longing to go to Europe. The food is amazing! I will be going back to check out brunch and lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxing evening
    JimG
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Enjoyed the evening, the food and the service. Look forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, great service!
    TIBE
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Went here to dine with nine other ladies and with the majority originating from Europe, means we know European cuisine. The food was just delicious; fresh, flavorful and original. Maria, who took care of us was tremendously service minded and kind, and made the dining experience very pleasant. Tip: The chocolate mousse for dessert is highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once is never enough
    HoustonfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Charivari never ceases to please! I've been coming here for the past 5 years, and they continue to make you feel relaxed and welcome, and the food continues to be consistently well done. This is one of the few places left where they treat you special and let you stay and relax, while they take time to ensure the food comes out perfect. We just went for the Oktoberfest menu, and the pretzel was fresh and left you wanting more, the potato soup was silky and rich, and the pork shank was heavenly. It's hard to find shank where they cook it all day so that the skin is crispy and the meat fork tender. Oddly enough, though, the food is all very clean and non-greasy, yet rich and full of flavor. This is by far my favorite place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • martyVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    superior seafood and beef carpaccio; very high culinary standards. Chef frequently visits table, making suggestions and making you feel at home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent cuisine in midtown
    TXBBCVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This was a Wednesday evening and our first visit to the restaurant, an unimposing strip center with a small sidewalk table option out front. We were seated promptly, ordered a split of Piper-Heidsieck and began with Foie Gras and Caviar Blinis for our appetizers. Both were excellent and were presented in an original fashion. Our two entrees of Berkshire Pork Strips & Shrimp Scampi with sides of homemade spaetzle and potato pancakes were among the best I've ever tasted. We ended with a shared fig torte accompanied by their special Viennese Coffees for dessert. The waitstaff was professional and friendly and the chef stopped by our table for a brief visit before desert was served. We'll be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and service
    kevinhoustontxVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This appears to be a family owned and operated restaurant so it has that personal touch. We really enjoyed the food and service. It has a very unique menu which was a great change of pace from the usual steak and seafood options at typical restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • classic, refined at a great price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Classic and perfectly executed continental European with an emphasis on German and French. Outstanding value for money. On both visits I had seafood and partner had traditional German. Portions reasonable but filling, mains served hot, well seasoned, prepared perfectly with sauces well balanced and unbroken. Amazing how many very $$$ places where basic sauces come out oily and separated, not the case here. One complaint was the saltiness of the escargot starter. On first visit the stuffed mushroom app was also quite salty. If you are new to this type of service, you may be frustrated with the pacing. Not trendy, but a leisurely, delicious meal with superb service. Looking forward to coming back next month for wild game specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointing
    eatsoutalot
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    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.
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  • Charivari excels both times
    AUDCVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 293 reviews are from the Charivari reviews archive.
  • Awesomely delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Every thing was great! Great service & food! Can't wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is how it should be done!
    TCA5VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bubblets71
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • experience
    lovedining
    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.
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  • Great food not so great service
    foodisgreat
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Groupon Dinner
    GVLN
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Dinner was great. It was my wife and I's anniversary, and everything was exquisite. Good time
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Classic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our view of Charivari
    pseudofoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    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?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • okay
    Chrissy
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent evening at Charivari
    Bill
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hughes
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Great for a quiet dinner with soft music. Conversing is easy. Menu is superb. Service is attentive but not intruive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Great place to go. It has a variety of food types and is relatively quiet. You can talk to a friend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    eatsoutalot
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Positive experience overall
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Experience!
    scarymary
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our first time, but not our last
    MarkVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently great!
    PatrickDVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent European style restaurant
    WhitVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent European-style restaurant
    arthur
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty food with live piano music
    Richelle
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding service
    Anny
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always amazing
    mksteele
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We have been dining here for over 10 years. Never disappointed. Maria is always amazing and makes being there so special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner for two
    Consul
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing special
    SgtSmith
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    There are better places to go for the money. Wasn't horrible, just wasn't great.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just OK
    LonghornED
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Okay
    Dianna
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't get the Special Cheat you.
    patansesVIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    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.
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  • I took a friend here with
    Htownfoodie
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.