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.
Houston, TX 77006
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
In front of the restaurant.
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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