Our group of four dined at Charivari during the first week of February and were pleasantly surprised. We have traveled and eaten in many fine and excellent restaurants in Europe, Canada, Iceland, Mexico, Puerto Rico, India, Dominican Republic, China, New Zealand and all points in-between. We greatly enjoy getting to know the personality of a restaurant. Charivari is a wonderful oasis in Houston of "dining as it is meant to be". On the inside, the restaurant reminds one of Austria's better establishments with white linen, well-set tables and subdued lighting. There is no pretentious table-watching or people-spotting and the food ranks with some of the best. The service was never rushed. We enjoyed six courses and each was served at the correct temperature and presentation was thoughtful. Only a chicken course was a bit saltier than two of us prefer -- but it was not overwhelming. Two others did not find it salty, so it is a matter of taste. Wines were overall nice choices from good vineyards that are lesser known but respected in the trade. One course was a risotto that melted in the mouth -- and one person at our table wanted to order only that! The mushroom soup was among the best we have eaten. We all agreed that the desserts were outstanding and recommend saving room. Of special note -- the restaurant is wonderfully QUIET. Conversation is possible without straining. The waiters are attentive and also quiet in their service. The owner/chef came to the table, and we noted he is attentive to all the tables. We hope to return and try other dishes.
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