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About 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.

2521 Bagby
Houston, TX 77006
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Continental, Contemporary European, Global, International

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

Cross Street:
McGowen

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(713) 521-7231

Website:
http://www.charivarirest.com/

Parking Details:
In front of the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Johann Schuster

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Charivari can accommodate all your special event needs.

Charivari Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

89% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (15)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Special Occasion (15)
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Good for a Date (14)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Business Meals (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Romantic (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Good for Groups (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Cozy (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Seasonal (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Casual (2)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Tapas (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Houston)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Great and interesting European food.

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Late-night Find, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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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 (Houston)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 17, 2018

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

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 15, 2018

An excellent continental restaurant with personable owners. It is quiet and easy to talk. Some of the best dishes are salmon and wierner schnitzel.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always wonderful! The schnitzel is unbelievably good - best on this side of the pond! :)

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The perfect adult family Christmas! Thanks Maria and staff

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We have come to Charivari for Christmas Day lunch twice now, and will likely make it a tradition. The menu is wonderfully diverse; the wine choices are very nice, and there is just a warm, family sense to the entire experience. There is care in everything. It feels personal, and we value that.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Our visit to Charivari was blindly decided. We had never heard of it and wanted to try something new to start off the new year. Our reservations were on Christmas day and our party was impressed by the quality of our meal and the great service we received on such a special day. From the moment we walked in the mood was festive yet elegant and presented with class. Many thanks to all who worked to make our Christmas special, you are appreciated!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great service , great food comfortable quite atmosphere

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Excellent quality of ingredients, superb preparation, beautiful presentation. A restaurant where substance matches style. Tucked in a somewhat out of the way location, but worth finding.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food is fabulous. Service was superb and the bottomless mimosa glass never went empty. It would be a crime to go here and not have the apple struedel! It is a drive for us but to such a destination the road is never long!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Really great food, as always. The oxtail soup, with remarkable intensity, is great for the cool weather lately --- while it lasts.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great Beer
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Amazing time! Try the tasting menu it is AWESOME

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We came for my husband's birthday dinner. He heard positive recommendations years ago and wanted to give it a shot. We were sat promptly and waited for approximately 15 minutes before someone finally approached us about getting waters. We tried to place drink orders and were told that he was not the waiter and couldn't get the drinks but will tell the waiter. Soon after, a waiter approaches us and asks if we wanted to place drink orders. Confused, we tell him what happened and then minutes after that ANOTHER waiter comes up. We basically never knew who our waiter was the whole night during our appetizer and drink orders. We had to flag waiters down to place our main course orders, our food was late (our main courses were lukewarm while our sides were hot - clearly the kitchen did not time things well). Terrible to even say considering my husband ordered his steak rare and the meat was not cooked properly as it tasted borderline cold. Also, because it took so long to get our food, we were discouraged to get desserts when asked. It's a bad sign when we had to ask for refills on our waters and alcoholic beverages. No one was rude but clearly the waitstaff service and kitchen , but it was astonishing to pay so much money for courses and services that were disappointing. Basically, I would've had a more satisfying service and meal at McDonald's or Chili's and I hate those places.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Excellent. True “chef” and exquisite food, taste and wine pairing. A hidden gem of Houston! We will be back ... and it will be soon!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

A wonderful Thanksgiving lunch!

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Another great meal. One person in our party said it was the best meal he’s ever had because the lamp chops were that good. Lobster bisque and mushroom soup were excellent. Fresh fish filet prepared perfectly.

One person in our party said the crab cake wasn’t as good as before but I didn’t taste it personally.

The chef takes great pride in everything ge cooks. Favorite restaurant in Houston.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great food and drinks always amazing presentation!

Tags: Tapas, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Great Beer
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We love this place. Very good and creative dishes. The owners are very personable and available. A bit pricey for frequent visits, but always on the list of options. They do provide a special weekend option as well as reasonable weekday lunch menus.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Seasonal
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was good and plentiful. Service was very courteous and pleasant but very slow.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Amazing! Each time my husband and I go here for dinner we get something different and it
is better than the last time. The food was more than we could both eat but well worth it.
We only go here on special occasions and make it a treat. The owner and his wife are always
there to greet us at some point in the evening. There is not another place in Houston that
is so personable and such a delight to go out for dinner.
Can't wait until our next night out to this wonderful restaurant.
17 years open and getting better every year!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 17, 2017

The food and setting are very elegant. Without exception the food is fresh and artfully prepared. The menu is interesting and creative without being weird. The presentation is excellent. This restaurant always impresses guests.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Excellent as usual. Some of the best food in Houston. Nice when the owners come over to talk with you and check to see if you were satisfied with the meal.

Tags: Business Meals, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The food was good, the beer was great. The service was so slow, it took away from the overall enjoyment.

Tags: Great Beer
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 27, 2017

We tried out the restaurant during Houston's extended Restaurant Week Month, heard about it but had never tried it. It was excellent and we will definitely go back to try other items on the menu. I had a wonderful salmon dish and my dining partner had the Wiener Schnitzel. He said it easily rated equal to Schnitzel in Germany and Austria. The Garlic soup as a first course was creamy and had just enough garlic in it to make you aware of it but not too much to make you look for breath mints immedidately. I had a very good mixed salad with lettuces and pears under a perfect dressing.

We plan to go back one night for dinner and try some of the other items on the menu that looked tempting. They have different lunch specials and a special Octoberfest menu available in addition to their regular menu.

For a late weekday lunch, the dinning room was not too full but busy. The waitstaff easily handled the crowd and we were checked up by the manager and the chef during the meal. All of the other diners around us seemed pleased with their meals.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Incredible food. Menu and flavors unlike anywhere we've been. Chef personally came out to talk us through the menu. Quality sourced food, cooked perfectly, incredibly seadoned. Wonderful family owners and excellent staff. Will be back as much as possible. Don't miss this gem!

Tags: Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Chef Johan Schuster never disappoints! His passion for cooking food that people love always shines through.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Authentic, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Live Sports, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The HRW week menu was excellent and a very good value. The food and service are always very good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great Beer
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Food was excellent (best German / Austrian food in town) and is genuine / authentic, unlike many other knock offs eg Kings / rudi's. We will come back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Fun
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Wonderful meal with absolutely delicious Jagerschnitzel

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal
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