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Charivari Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.charivarirest.com
  • Email: charivari@charivarirest.com
  • Phone: (713) 521-7231
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, 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 (713) 521-7231

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mc Gowen
  • 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "There are better places to go for the money. Wasn't horrible, just wasn't great."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Food was really mediocre for the price. Service was very very slow even though there were only a few people in the restaurant."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "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
  • "Charivari's is a very special place for my wife & I to enjoy a night out. The food, service & ambience are consistently outstanding."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "We used a Groupon because it was our first time at this restaurant. I looked they didn't want to sell it. The steak was just OK the portions were very small and the service terrible. Even the bread was hard. The brought me a check written by hand where they included 25% on tip. That is of the full "value" of the dinner without the discount for the group on. So it was not even worth it."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "As always, food was great, service exceptional. The temperature in the restaurant was a bit cool but then it was cool outside. Maybe a degreer two would help in these circumstances."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Left hungry after 4 courses. Lobster bisque served in a bowl that was less than half full and temperature cool. Sorbet was barely enough to cleanse the palette. Serving of steak consisted of 4 very small half slices that when cut in half barely gave 8 tiny bites. One dessert was shared on separate plates between four people allowing for a couple of small bites. On a positive note, the food presentation was nice. I will not return as I could have eaten at Flemings or a high end steak house for the same amount I spent."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Food was good service was extremely slow.....waiters hung out in the back"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I have been comming to Charivai's for some years. It is the perfect place to go before the opera, symphony, ballet or a play. Even if it is located in a strip center, the ambiance is very pleasant. The perfect table is in the corner with fenestration on two sides. They have sherries to sharpen the appertite. It is unhuried, still the service is attentive. The food is excellent. Looking at a web site ,with coupons, there were some excellent specials, however, I did not opt for those. The wine list was reasonable, mainly French and Californian. My selection of a Californian red, of a decent age was excellent and the price for the vintage was very reasonable. She will go out with me again."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Seasonal menu changes and daily specials insure a variety of pleasurable and delicious dining experiences at this unique restaurant close to downtown. In addition, the owners understand people dining there what to share some time together and need to be able to talk with and easily hear their companions. The quiet and elegant ambiance and excellent service support this understanding and make visiting this establishment worth while."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "We took some long time friends to Charivari for a special dinner. This was our third time to Charivari and the first for our foodie friends. It was simply an outstanding meal from beginning to end!"
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "For fine dining in Houston, our favorite is Charivari. Marie runs the dining room and no request is impossible."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Good service, good food, great people...enough said!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "The food was excellent, but the portions were tiny. Waitress did not smile once during our meal. They also had the audacity to tack on a 30% tip before bringing the bill."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Reservation for Christmas dinner for two made online. Their website mentioned they have Christmas specialty like Christmas duck. We arrived 30 minutes early but restaurant is not busy so were promptly seated. Bread was served and was quite tasty. Had mimosas for opener. We got a sad surprise when were told hat they run out of both the Christmas duck and Quail dish that's only available for the day. We ends up with Fillet Mignon for boyfriend and rack of Lamb for me. Not impressed by steak but lamb is quite good. For dessert had sacher torte for him and hazelnut cake for me and they're really good. Overall was quite good experience but not optimal for missing the Christmas special dishes."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "The food was very overpriced and awful: too salty and otherwise tasteless. Their serving of half a slice of bread per person in a basket was miserly. It wasn't even good bread. Not worth going and certainly not worth going a second time."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Without a doubt, one of the best restaurant in Houston! The lunches of the day are always delicious and dinners are incredible."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Charivari was a wonderful choice for Christmas lunch. They offered a very interesting Christmas a la carte menu with a great variety of choices in every category. Each of my guests order different appetizers and entrees, and all of us loved our choices. It's a pleasure to dine in a quiet restaurant with lovely ambiance. I will return for future special occasions as well as for regular dining."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "My wife and I enjoyed our dining experience very much. It was Christmas and my wife ordered the Christmas roasted duck and I had the filet mignon. Both were delicious and met our expectations. The servers were attentive but not overly so. Charivari will be a restaurant we will visit again. Thank you for a great time."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "I love this place menu is european based and everything I have tried has been wonderful."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "We had lunch here on Christmas Day (2013), and everything was great. We will definitely be back. Thanks for a great day."
    Dined on 12/25/2013