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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

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

We will be OPEN on Christmas Eve from 4 PM to 9 PM. Happy holidays!

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

We will be OPEN on Christmas Day from 11 AM to 8 PM. Happy holidays!

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Ring in the New Year with our special New Year's Eve menu. We will be open from 4 PM to 10 PM. Happy New Year!

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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Business Meals (14)
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Good for a Date (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Authentic (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Seasonal (8)
Cozy (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Great Beer (7)
Romantic (7)
Worth the Drive (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Casual (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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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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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Amazing time! Try the tasting menu it is AWESOME

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 3, 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 22, 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 4, 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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·Dined on October 22, 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 19, 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 24, 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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·Dined on September 23, 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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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We had a fabulous dinner last night! Food was fresh and tasty!! We had a fig appetizer that was awesome. Both of us had fish options. The chef knows how to prepare fish. The prices are always reasonable and the owners and staff are very welcoming. This is our favorite Houston restaurant.

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Thank for choosing to showcase the chef's skills with your Houston Restaurant Weeks menu. In particular,

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Although we're spoiled with shuttle service to the theater at other midtown restaurants, Charivari's food and service make it well worthwhile in having to drive and park once dinner is over.

All four in our party made selections from the Houston Restaurant Weeks menu which offered great three course dinners. Especially noteworthy was the bisque starter. Entrees at our table included sole, chicken and vegetarian, all perfectly prepared and well presented. Cobbler dessert was delicious.

Service was excellent.

Look forward to returning soon.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 18, 2017

María was very nice & helpful and the food was good except for the bartender serving me a sweet Chardonnay when I ordered Pinot Grigio. When I questioned it and said it was a mistake he gave me a bad look and attitude. After I insisted he reluctantly brought me a new bottle of Pinot Grigio to open and pour at the table in an attempt to prove he had originally given me Pinot Grigio. I know my wines well and the new bottle was NOT the same wine previously served me. He definitely served me Chardonnay the first time. I eat out expecting to enjoy my wine/meal and disdain wait staff attitude when dining so don't know if I will return soon to Charivari in spite of Maria's hospitality and the good food. This experience really affected my impression of Charivari. María should find a better bartender with better manners for her clientele if she doesn't want to run the risk of losing them. When she does I will return.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Excellent food and service. We will be back. The Dover Sole and the lamb chops were amazing. The escargot was the best I have ever had.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Austin)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Chef is a great person who enjoys creating new dishes and uses the best meats and freshest ingredients

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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·Dined on August 15, 2017

Only complaint, not being seated by a window when several were available and restaurant was almost empty due to this being a late lunch.
Transylvania Soup was the best soup I've ever had!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Outstanding from A to Z: very nice atmosphere, outstanding cuisine with varied options from the meat to fish to vegetarian to vegan to gluten-free cuisine options prepared by a chef of very high quality with cares indivually for the customer. The Weiner Snitzel sets the high bar of taste. A class place.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Romantic, Fun, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Excellent as always. Great to see Maria and Johann, who came to our table. They'll always make recommendations if asked.
One of my favorites for years.

Tags: Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Disappointed in the Restaurant Week food. There were 4 people at our table and no one really liked their food. Hanger steak was not good quality & overcooked & pomme frites cold, sole & chicken too salty and we like salt. None of the meals were hot & in fact room temp, like they had pre-made & sitting somewhere waiting to get served. Would have sent back had we not been hosting friends. The peach cobbler was all pastry except for very last bite which had a quarter size amount of peaches. Strudel was horrible, not edible (very dry and tasteless, sauce was also not tasty). Ate here before and enjoyed it. Would think restaurants would put their best meals out there during restaurant week to gain more future customers. Meal was a failure.

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 11, 2017

The restaurant week menu was exceptional. I especially liked the Dover sole. The servers were friendly and knowledgeable. The service was very prompt. It's a lovely little place with convenient parking.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on August 11, 2017

What was intended as a somewhat quick lunch turned into a great experience. Welcoming from the moment we stepped-in; great service, food, and ambience.

We will come back!

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 11, 2017

We went here for Restaurant Weeks because their menu seemed so good. We were not disappointed. Fabulous service, quiet atmosphere, friendly staff all made for a pleasant evening with our friends. I don't recommend this place is you're in a hurry. We had time to savor our food for each serving. Excellent wine menu was a big plus. I had the hangar steak, my wife had the sole. My wife claimed the sole her favorite dish, maybe ever. While my steak was very good I wish I had tried the sole.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on August 10, 2017

I have been a Customer at Charavari since it opened. My very Favourite restaurant in Houston Restaurant .
The Chef /owner and his wife Maria are Lovely. Special occasion for sure.
Great Wine Fabulous Food.
Olive Guthrie

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 10, 2017

The excellent continental cuisine lived up to it's reputation at Charivari's. It's been on my list for quite some time, and I chose to come here for my birthday lunch on a Thursday afternoon with work colleagues. There is a respectable German beer selection as well as a select few well crafted cocktails. The lunch time regulars appeared "older" than I am, but I figure they've had more time to discern good taste! I'll definitely be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on August 9, 2017

We brought some new friends there last Wed nite. They called us the next night thanking us for a wonderful evening and for introducing them to a gem of a place.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Went for Restaurant Week for the first time, even though I lived right down the street for about a year!
Enjoyed the meal - chicken breast stuffed with manchego cheese, delicious! Apple strudel for dessert was flaky and decadent, just what a dessert needs to be!
Our waiter was attentive yet gave my friend and I space and a chance to catch up....excellent service.
Other reviews say it's the spot to go for lunch, so I will definitely be back to try it again then!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on August 6, 2017

The place only lacks some old-world curtains to make the place more cozy and look less like the strip center it is in. They once had (I believe) heavy red velvet curtains. Something similar would add to the European feel of the place. Otherwise, its a gem.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on August 3, 2017

The service was extremely slow. Steak was tough. There was issues with the check and as a small group (8) we asked for separate checks and this was not honored. The service staff had to go back and redo which took another 40 minutes. I would not recommend. We were in the restaurant for over three hours.

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Service was friendly & very attentive. The food was yummy & I will definitely go back with friends!

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Our group of five were warmly greeted and we had a wonderful dining experience!
Great atmosphere to visit with your dining guests and hear one another and savor delicious food.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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