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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Peli Peli reviews from OpenTable diners
279 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (203)fit for foodies (147)romantic (136)neighborhood gem (113)good for groups (83)notable wine list (75)hot spot (71)great for outdoor dining (67)great for lunch (67)great for brunch (62)late-night find (33)vibrant bar scene (21)kid-friendly (10)scenic view (9)Show More
  • Business Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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.
  • Great food with excellent service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Hundreds of great restaurants in Houston. So decision often comes done to also expecting great service and reasonable prices. Peli Peli is one Houston restaurant that never disappoints in all areas. Every meal is a wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • first visit
    Miabella130
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My husband and I went for my birthday on Saturday 8/30/2014. We had a reservation for 6:15 but was not seated until around 6:45. The food was wonderful we really enjoyed it, but our waiter not so good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peli Peli never fails to please
    Maryjom
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our group of 7 was seated in a back room - which was quiet initially - and which was just fine for us. The food and service were both superb. The only complaint - if I have to have one - was that the portion sizes are too large. We all ate far more than we should have - and not in a good way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Find.....
    TAZ247
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This is my "um-teenth" time at Peli Peli's and it gets better each time. This time I tried the Carrot Ginger Soup. It was flavorful and not to heavy. The estenpada was great, as usual. (I like the fact this restuarant is consistent). A good portion of beef with four sides. Ok, the carrot potatoes were not my fav (a bit bland for my taste). However, the sauteed spinach was the best. Great wine list, we tried the S.A. Cabrenet this time and it was a wonderful selection with the meat. Everyone from the hostess to the waitstaff was courteous and attentive. I brought (3) new people to the restaurant and they all wewre blown away by the experience. Looking forward to the Galleria opening!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great meal & great service
    Foodieabouttown
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Peli Peli never disappoints. The food is always delicious and the service is wonderful. A friend and I had the HRW menu and at the suggestion of the waiter, tried the sticky toffee pudding. I am not usually a fan of these kinds of desserts (I'm more of a cheesecake/crème brulee kind of person) but this dessert changed my mind! It was amazing. Peli Peli will always be a place I visit time and time again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yes
    Petwick
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Loved Peli Peli and am excited that they are opening up in Galleria. Great dining experience for all in the party!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    DoyleT
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Great food with unique combinations and spices. The Kingsklip fish was FANTASTIC! The ONLY complaint is the noise level because the tables are very crowded.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bday Celebration
    Duane
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food and service was awesome! Perfect place to celebrate a special birthday.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodies1
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The place was great but I shouldn't order Bobotie pie for appetizer and Bobotie crepe for entree since I don't like raisins and both dishes were too sweet for me especially with the mango salsa on top. Anyway, i like the place with nice ambiance. Not sure if I will go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always exciting
    FitHoustonFoodie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was my second time dining here with my boyfriend who introduced it to me last summer. This place really pushes you to branch out and try new things, which I love doing, but always have a hard time not going for tried and true favorites at a usual spot. That's why this place is so good because you most likely haven't tried half the things on the menu! I had the sea bass with the carrot bredie and sautéed spinach; and gumbo to start. All incredibly diverse and flavorful. We shared the bacon wrapped scallops which is always a crown pleaser. Then we both had our own sticky toffee pudding because it is too amazing to share!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    MrsWilliamTaylor
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The Tastes of Africa plate was tasty....wings were spicy. .. Dont recommend stuffed mushrooms as they were really small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We went to your restaurant for a send off before my daughter left for Germany and had great food and a great time! The waiter was awesome!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Restaurant in Houston!
    lovetodine
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I was so surprised with Peli Peli. South African fusion at its best, I honestly think this in the top 5 best restaurants in Houston.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very noisy
    Delvine
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Requested quiet table. For an upscale dining restaurant, this is a very noisy crowded place.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food in Houston
    JermDaWorm
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Amazing food, complemented by great service (ask for Kevin), and a rather simple, yet unique wine list. . . We've been twice and we will absolutely go back!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is one of our favorite spots
    Ouch
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My wife and I found Peli Peli by word of mouth and recommended this treasure to many people we know. This weeks visit was one of those times when we brought new people to experience the unique menu items. However, I was embarrassed by the prices that have gotten out of control. I understand that your costs are rising, but there must be a way to put traditional South African dishes on the menu at affordable prices. We stopped going to our other favorite "Perry's Steakhouse" when dinner for 2 came with a $200 tab, without dessert. PP may need to go in this category, which would be a shame. By the way unless $16 for a glass of wine (or1/2 glass as it seems)is obscene unless the bottle came from Christie's Auction House... With respect...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.