Peli Peli
Peli Peli

Peli Peli

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pelipeli.com/
  • Phone: 2812579500x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Sunday: 10:30am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am; Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Global, International, South African
  • Executive Chef: Paul Friedman
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Peli Peli offers outside catering for weddings and social events as well as 2 private rooms that seat up to 40 and 120, respectively.

    For more information please email our event coordinator, Dana Reeves, at danar@pelipeli.com or info@pelipeli.com.
  • Entertainment: Take the "Tour of South Africa" our unique culinary dining experience that will take you through our most popular appetizers, entrees and dessert for a one-of-a-kind South African experience!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Louetta
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Peli Peli
Peli Peli is an award-winning South African fusion concept that features steak, chicken and seafood cuisine by Chef Paul Friedman. 2013 Award Winner for Top 100 Best-Reviewed Restaurants in the US (Opentable). 2013 Chef of Chefs Award Winner (Wine & Food Week). Currently ranked #4 out of 7,135 Houston Restaurants on tripadvisor.com

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Peli Peli reviews from OpenTable diners
284 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (210)fit for foodies (153)romantic (132)neighborhood gem (118)good for groups (88)notable wine list (73)hot spot (72)great for outdoor dining (69)great for lunch (65)great for brunch (64)late-night find (32)vibrant bar scene (20)scenic view (9)kid-friendly (9)Show More
  • Try something different
    greatdiningplace
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This is the place to go to try something different. The specialities served here are out of this world.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service. Food was ok.
    OneTwoThree
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Service was great! Waitress was very attentive and informative. Appetizer was great but my peli peli salad was only ok. Spouse said his seafood combo was good but nothing special.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique & delicious in Houston
    Kitty
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Amazing and unique South African food. A real treat and change from the same old steakhouse. Be sure to try the Bobotie and the Pepperdew peppers as appetizers. The staff was very friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique and nice place
    AggieFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food, service, and ambiance were all wonderful. Our server, Kaleb, did an outstanding job. He was quite knowledgable and perfectly timed. We did their culinary tour, which was outstanding and a great way to become familiar with the wide variety of south African food they serve. Most people are not particularly familiar with SA food, we were not, so this place represents a bit of an adventure. Although the food itself is very high end, the surroundings lean slightly toward casual and there were a number of families eating there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breath of fresh food
    Host4me
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Peli Peli was a recommendation from a coworker of a nice place to entertain out of town coworkers. I was pleasantly surprised with the food choices and pleased with the quality. My boss is definitely mature in wine tastes and was very happy with the selection. Thank you for making my hosting easy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Favorite
    Agsmac
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Pell Peli has become one of our local favorites for something different. Great food and always great service. Ask for Ashley, she was outstanding. We went there to celebrate a family birthday and she found a unique way to make it special. I'd recommend Peli Peli to anyone looking for something a bit different then the run of the mill steak and potatoes restaurant. Excellent!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Getting Better All The Time
    TimR
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I've been eating at Peli Peli since it opened a few years back. I've always enjoyed the food and ambiance but did not think the steaks were one of their best offerings. Last weeks visit changed my mind. The filet i ordered was perfectly cooked and really very good. They offer some unique items that are worth trying. The Carrot Bredie and Sticky Toffee are two of them. I recommend this restaurant. Be sure to reserve as they are busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Steak Ever
    JEBSSB
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    This was my son's first time at Peli Peli and he said it was the best steak that he's ever had - Huguenot Filet. I have to agree, as it's our 'go-to' dish when we dine at Peli Peli. We have tried other entrees and they are delicious, but the Huguenot Filet melts in your mouth. If you want a great steak - this is it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Experience!
    LivinAsAFoodie
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary at Peli Peli. We had an early dinner (4:30 p.m.) and sat outside. At the time there were only a few parties there besides us. Towards 6 the place became busy, but still the ambiance was great. Our waiter, Josh, was wonderful. He was personable, knowledgeable and very attentive. He even took a picture and printed it out for our special day! My husband and I were pleasantly pleased because we were not rushed. We ended up staying for 2 1/2 hours. The food was amazing, the wine was sublime. Everything was cooked perfectly. We highly recommend this restaurant. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great place
    cabrito
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Awesome food and excellent service. Very impressed and definitely going back soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hasn't Disappointed Yet!
    Djstoler
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The ONLY reason I gave ambiance a 3/5 this time is because despite having a reservation, we were sat outside in the very back of the patio where there wasn't a ceiling fan or any air flow, which made for a very warm dining experience. The outside seating isn't nearly as nice as the inside. I LOVE the inside ambiance and seating. Outside, not so much. We ordered the "tour of South Africa". It was exceptional. Four different starters, three sides, two types of steak, fish, shrimp, squid, calamari, and giant prawns. All followed up with two types of dessert. Everything was stupendous. Haven't had a bad dining experience at Peli Peli (this was my third time there).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A+ Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    A best friend recommended Peli Peli for dinner as a treat for my visiting mother. This could not have been more perfect as the service was professional, courteous, and attentive, the food was magnificent, and the Executive Chef is very social and friendly. The cuisine itself is VERY good...well above average. EVERYONE enjoyed our dining experience at Peli Peli. I look forward to returning...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Culinaryadventure
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I took my son and his wife to dinner at Peli Peli. The staff was exceptional from the moment we arrived. We were 30 minutes late due to traffic but the hostess found us a great table with very little wait. The food was delicious. We choose the tasting menu which gave us a taste of many of their specialties. Exceptional from appetizers to desert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice, but.....
    Eveningout
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    It was way too LOUD for our taste. The food was great but we could barely hear each other and we were seated next to each other.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Will definitely go back.... this was an outstanding restaurant. We met the chef and everything food and wine was fantastic and presented in a fine manner. The wait staff was excellent - have no complaints what so ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definately in my top 10
    BrightStar
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    A delightful, meaningful, artistic elegance to enjoy excellent food, with the details of presentation, savory flavors, and refined taste. Love that chef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch
    FOODS
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I have been here a few times for Dinner and it is always GREAT. It is also a great place for lunch and a business meeting.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best joint in town
    Fatgurl
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I've been a frequent customer of peli peli and it's the best food that money can buy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    romantic
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Everything from our setting and dinner was an awesome experience. We have visited several times and each time the experience has been terrific. Thank you for such a wonderful place to eat and relax.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and awesome ambiance
    Nike
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My dining experience at Peli Peli was amazing!!! from the cocktail, food, ambiance and staff. we were visiting Houston for a wedding and decided to stop by Peli Peli and have a romantic dinner with my husband. I will go back to Peli Peli every time I am in Houston.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great unique food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was beyond excellence. We enjoyed the entire experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Fantastic! Agree with TripAdvisor #1 Rating Service and food were superior
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jagwire
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great food!!! Great Service we are always happy with Peli-Peli
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Great service. Champagne brought to table as anniversary thank you. Great food & service through out the meal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting
    HoustonHappy25
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Food was interesting and tasty. Steaks were delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We celebrated my daughter's 60 birthday there. The food was scrumptious, the atmosphere was nice and our server was sensational.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    KeyGripWife
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Perfect for date night. Service and food is always amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anla
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The food was EXCELLENT!!! We cleaned out our plates. THe waitstaff was very courteous and service was great! I definitly give this place very high marks, and have plans on visiting again in the near future.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food is always excellent
    tingrin
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Typically the service is excellent. I did not like the change in uniforms or the change in the menu presentation. The paper menus look cheap and dirty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, but lost our reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    They seated us quickly, but had no record of our Open Table reservation (luckily I still had the confirmation on my phone).
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, fun atmosphere!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This restaurant had great food, a fun atmosphere and a very helpful staff. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great good great service!!!!
    Martinez
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had the best waiter "Austin" our first time at Peli Peli he recommended some great entrees....not to mention the food and service was superb.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Delectable dishes. Can't wait to go back! We had the stuffed mushrooms, bobotie, plum salad, curried veggies and the lamb! My tastebuds were doing the happy dance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dining at Its Best
    momofqp
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Peli Peli is an awesome place to dine. It has just the perfect ambiance, food selections and service. We have only experienced the very best of fine dining on each visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KAndre
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Our server was very knowledgeable and observant; one of our party does not drink alcohol and he made sure her dessert on the tasting menu did not have any. We look forward to returning
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Parker121212
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Perfect. With great service. It's was a wonderful experience and actually already planned another date there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always a treat
    gourmayVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We normally have dinner at Peli Peli, but had lunch here on this occasion. Same great food - the place was packed inside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic food and service
    Suemarie59
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We have been wanting to dine there for quite a while and found the service (Austin) wonderful and very informative even knowing the new wines that were just brought in. The steaks were cooked to perfection and amazingly tender. I love the bacon on top of the steak.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    FANTASTIC
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We have dined at Peli-Peli on multiple occasions. The food does not disappoint - ever. Chef Paul has created a menu of wonderful flavors - nothing like any "corporate" steak house or seafood restaurant. The wine selection is sure to please and I understand they are making some changes to that list. We chose the Houston restaurant week menu and were not disappointed. It is hard to put into the words the experience of flavors that are always delights. Leave the kids at home, please; this restaurant is designed for adult enjoyment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food but Evening Fizzled
    Fizzled
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    First, let me say the food is fabulous. Uniquely different and very tasty. Secondly, we booked our table well in advance and noted one of our couples was celebrating their 34th anniversary. We also told our waiter, J.D., when we arrived and nothing was mentioned or done. They could have put a candle in the dessert or something to acknowledge the couple but didn't. We were disappointed and told the couple we had told the restaurant about he event and kept hoping it would be acknowledged but it didn't work out as expected (and this was a Sunday evening too). Details are important so if you are just having dinner, the food is wonderful but if you're expecting attentive service, don't.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.