Charivari

4.4
668 reviews
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$30 and under
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Continental

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About

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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Continental, Contemporary European, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Dinner: Monday -Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday : 5pm -11pm
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am-3:00pm
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Phone number
(713) 521-7231
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Johann Schuster
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Private party facilities
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Charivari can accommodate all your special event needs.
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Private party contact
Maria Schuster: (844) 693-8266
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
McGowen
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Parking details
In front of the restaurant.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 668 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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K
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Excelllent

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KJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was awesome! Service was awesome! We had the escargot, schnitzel, and the meatloaf for lunch....they were all mouth-wateringly delicious!

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MC
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't believe I've never dined here before after they being in business for 18 and know I found out they are closing their doors in a month.

If you've never eaten here before I recommend you do so quickly, it's truly a delight, excellent service and a variety of food seldom found in other restaurants.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

All in All...it was a pleasant meal. Service was good and attentive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I took my mother here for an early Mother’s Day dinner. It was absolutely amazing, very authentic Eastern European food. I felt I was at my friend’s grandmother’s house in Romania. We had the octopus carpaccio which I loved , and I hate HATE octopus. This however was delicious very flavorful and most of all not chew at all. I had the duck, my mother had chicken, my girlfriend had the pork Berkshire with the noodles, and my dad had the Mancino. All of the dishes were delicious !! I could literally go eat each one separately!

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CE
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic all the way, I highly recommend this restaurant.

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MB
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the dinner. It is just so nice and something you cannot get anywhere else.

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HF
Houston
69 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

White Asparagus season!!!
And I took full advantage of it!
The Lobster Bisque with Asparagus was delightful and the Veal Cordon Bleu stuffed with the Black Forest Ham and Asparagus with Sauce Bernaise made my tummy very happy!

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JE
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined there for years. It is the same wonderful food and friendly proprietors. The service is excellent and the ambiance is inviting and great for any ocasion.

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Houston
20 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the halibut and it was absolutely fabulous! Great restaurant for foodies but reasonably priced especially if you get the weekly Chef’s Special.

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FB
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great food from good people! Maria and Chef are as real as you find, and their food is unique and world class!

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E
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favorites. Great food and good service. Always nice that both Johann and Maria give their patrons special attention. Johann does an excellent job with white asparagus, when it is in season. One thing that I like is that I can eat there and enjoy something that I wouldn't see at other restaurants.
Oh, we also enjoyed the flatbread with mushrooms. Excellent suggestion as a starter.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and the food was outstanding

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Houston
8 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Extremely slow service. Food was not good. The Wienerschnitzel tasted like chicken nuggets. We are used to fine dining and know good quality of food. This was not. Chefs wife is the server and she is the ONLY server, there are a couple of helpers. Hence the extremely slow service. The “Caesar” salad had strawberry vinaigrette. Need I say more.

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JM
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has become one of our favorites. We do not eat out much, but this is always first on our list.

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DG
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New seasonal menu items were delicious. Veal Cordon Bleu and white asparagus were excellent

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m
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing visit. The food and service is always top notch.

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T
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu and the chef and make it all! Highly recommend to all! Excellent service and delicious!

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SK
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been wanting to try this restaurant for a while. We were celebrating my dad's 90th birthday. We are from Germany and the Weiner Schnitzel was great. Great food and great service. We couldn't have chosen a better place. We will be back.

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JD
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Love this restaurant and the owners! Wonderful food and the service is the best.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit and brunch was excellent. We will definitely come back.

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AB
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a pleasure to come back here. The food is just amazing and absolutely reasonably prized. Keep in mind, that Chef Johann became almost a Michelin Star chef. I love it.

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Houston
15 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Three of us had the special Mitzi-ball soup, sorbet,red fish, cheesecake dessert. One of our guests had venison. We all order the risotto as a first course and it was superlative. Everyone enjoyed each course especially the sauces.
The one distraction to the lovely evening were the three large screen Tvs each on a different channel it did not fit the otherwise attractive ambiance.

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GS
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was really good but the service was the highlight.

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H
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first visit. We took some friends who had been here before, years ago. I always like a menu that has many choices. It makes me want to come back.

The bisque was excellent. My wife ordered the "Original" Schnitzel and I ordered the Jaeger Schnitzel and we shared both. I liked mine better. The rye bread and schmear were perfectly matched. Even though it is an hour and a half drive, we'll be back on our next trip into the city. The service was just right; not hovering, but prompt.

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BL
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dining experience was wonderful! Great food and service in a very pleasant atmosphere. A great place to dine for any reason.
LRB

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing delicious food. Friendly and helpful service. The chef came out to greet us and we so enjoyed meeting him and hearing his story. A real hidden gem!!

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JM
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Had not been here in many years; glad it was as good as I remembered. The food is Continental and distinct; the common denominator is that it's good. The space is nice without being elegant, and there's room to talk without practically sharing a table with adjoining diners, and the noise level is a soft murmur instead of cacophony.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

We went here for Valentine's day. They had a 5 course tasting menu. After the second course they completely fell apart. It took 45 minutes between the 2nd and 3rd course, we didn't get our 4th at all. Overall the meal took over 3 hours. The manager then refused to comp the course we didn't get and insisted on giving us a gift card. I'm going to give it to a homeless guy.

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JJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

I think this is a good restaurant in terms of the quality of the entrees. I appreciate that the chef planned an interesting 6 course dinner. The problem was the lack of simple options. Most multi course dinners I have enjoyed offer diners a choice for courses where an allergy or preference is common. The problem is that my wife did not want a creamy soup and many people do not want cream based soups or gluten entrees, but that was the only choice. A salad would have been a simple alternative.

The service was the other challenge. I understand that wait staff must learn on the job and it just turns out that unfortunately it was our waitress's first day, but she was clearly put in an impossible situation. It really is important for the senior staff to accompany the wait staff until they know the basics (like what the wine list means, not the actual suggestions, but that the prices are per bottle, etc). The other issue was that the meal was actually coming out at a normal, expected pace, but our waitress kept apologizing and asking us if we were ok. We know that a 6 course meal takes 2 hours or more and we were there to enjoy it.

Overall, I think this restaurant is a mismatch in terms of food quality and atmosphere/service. The food was tasty but I think the "front of the house" needs a total makeover in terms of appearance from the menu design to the decor and the wait staff needs additional training.

I hope this does not sound too "snobby" but to put it in perspective, the bill for 2 that night was over $300 and with that comes the expectation of a special meal.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great and interesting European food.

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SA
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

This was our 2nd visit to Charivari. We dined there last year and the whole experience was perfect. We were looking forward to dining there again, but this time the night was not so good. Not only should the food be delicious, but the ambiance, and the wait staff on stellar. Charivari is a "mom and pop" place. Co-owner Chef in the kitchen, the co-owner Wife in the front of the house. The food was OK, not special. The Wife was flustered and frowned the whole night. She was genuinely having a bad night which was projected onto the customers. No specials were told to us, and you could tell that the front of the house was struggling. Hate to say, but we won't be going back; too many other restaurants to try.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been coming here for years and this restaurant never disappoints. The food is amazing and it’s nice and quiet. Always enjoyable!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was great. From appetizer, entree, side dish and dessert.
Great experience

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GJ
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

I’m confused by the glowing reviews and the core of obviously repeat customers here. The space is a big, open rectangle dimly lit by CFL can lights. The carpet looks and smells like it was cleaned, but not replaced after the flooding in the area.

There is one woman who is the combination server/bartender/FOH manager. Support staff includes combination runner/bussers and a hostess, for a total of 5 FOH to accommodate a seated capacity of around 50-60 diners. So expect glacially-paced service. All were pretty friendly, but obviously overtasked.

A sad-looking four tiny half pieces of bread is served in a basket that holds an entire loaf. I swear one of the pieces looked like it had a thumbprint embedded in it. A small ramekin of a pretty tasty spread accompanies.

The $25 “caviar service” was served with undercooked blinis and way too much sour cream. A nice, if not icy, spiced sherbet is served as a palate cleanser. The accompanying mint leaves looked like they could be harvested and re-used in the uninspired “mojito” we ordered.

My Jaeger schnitzel was tasty, but not worth the $26 price tag. My wife’s $28 shrimp scampi was riddled with veins that hadn’t been removed, bereft of garlic flavor and slightly burnt.

We were not happy with the experience and the very pricy tab at the end of the meal which we had to beg to receive, then wait again to pay and finally couldn’t wait to get out.

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J
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

It is always a special treat when we chose to go to Charivari's so we don't go on a regular weekly or monthly basis. The food was as great tasting as every along with the presentations.
We went on a Saturday night and found it to be very busy. I do believe they were a little short
on wait staff and that was obvious in the stress of the staff. Hopefully that is only a temporary situation and we will have a better experience the next time as we have been going there since they opened over 17 years ago.

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DP
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Still one of the best. Service is attentive without being cloying, food is always tops, ambiance is old world where you can enjoy conversation with your table mates without shouting!

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CD
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has long been a favorite of ours. Beautifully plated exceptional creations by the chef, excellent wine options, and impeccable service. Thanks for a lovely evening.

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AB
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has been consistently outstanding through the years. In this occasion I order a Berkshire pork chop. The best I have ever tasted anywhere. As usual, the service and ambiance are excellent. This place has to be one of the best kept secrets in town! Bravo for them!

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service! The Chef personally introduced himself and was very friendly.

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