Houston's #1 European Restaurant for Restaurant Weeks: Charivari
What You'll Love...
  • Premier service
  • Outdoor seated smoking area
  • Creativity with food
What may annoy you...
  • Ambiance not modern European
90%Overall Score
Reader Rating: (1 Vote)
Chef Johann

Chef Johann

Hailing from Dracula’s hometown of Transylvania; Chef Johann Schuster of Charivari has wedged his European fare into the heart of Houston’s culinary society.

He’s not afraid to push boundaries with his food and is too in-tune with his diners to push too far. In fact, if there ever was a chef who’s struck Utopian balance of creativity and practicality its Chef Johann.

His raw talent surfaced when he was 14 years old, it was polished at the Culinary Institute of Hermanstadt and its been calibrated to perfection through stints at Europe’s finest restaurants.

For this reason alone, his restaurant Charivari located in Houston’s Midtown on 2521 Bagby Street, Houston, TX 77006 is worth the visit. (website)

Food at Charivari can be described as a montage of European headliners with Transylvanian subtitles throughout the menu. Dishes like Dracula’s Garlic Velute, Budapest Style Foie Gras and Scampi Provencal are sure to satiate the palate of your most distinguished European food critic and definitely any one of Houston’s dine-out tourists.

Service is above average. High touch accouterments like amuse-gueule and palate cleansers between meals create a memorable dining experience that crescendos until a harmonious peace consumes you with the last bite of his sinfully addictive desserts.

Ambiance within is a nice break from the overly cliched restaurants of Midtown. You won’t be met with an ultra-modern; cookie cutter, European chic interior. Instead you’ll find a muted, subtly with attention to detail that makes for a great date restaurant or special occasion destination.

And with Houston Restaurant Weeks raging until September, now is the perfect time to visit Charivari and savor 3 courses of Old charivari logoWorld menu orchestrated through Chef Johann’s new school soul for only $45.00.

Don’t simply take our word for it, Zagat rated Charivari 29/30 for excellence.

When you are ready to top it all off, grab a scotch from his bar and post up outside, light your favorite cigar and enjoy one of the unusually cool nights we’ve been having in Houston!

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