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
270 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (190)fit for foodies (156)romantic (122)neighborhood gem (112)good for groups (84)great for outdoor dining (73)hot spot (71)notable wine list (65)great for lunch (61)great for brunch (56)late-night find (30)vibrant bar scene (18)scenic view (11)kid-friendly (9)Show More
  • Fantastic food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We went for Sunday lunch and found that menu was "brunch" (breakfast items) and the dinner menu instead of lunch menu. Don't really think the prices should be 'jacked up' for Sunday lunch. All the steaks were 8 oz which would be too much for children. The food was excellent, but the wait time after ordering until we received our food was exceptionally long. The wait staff refilled one drink and had to be asked to refill the others. We ate on the patio because the noise level was less, and we enjoyed hearing the fountain in neighboring patio. I would not recommend it for families for Sunday lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We took two out-of-town guests. Service was great, food was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a little disappointed
    Tonimom
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have been to Peli Peli quite a few times and have raved to our family and friends. My aunt was in town over the weekend and wanted to have dinner there. I made a reservation 2 weeks in advance. When we arrived, we were given a table on the back porch. It was dark and no other tables were filled. Of course, all the ambience, music, activity, etc was inside. We asked the hostess to re-seat us. We were given 2 options-the private room or the front porch. We chose the front porch where at least we had a view of the courtyard and the comings and goings in Vintage Park. My aunt enjoyed the food and her visit but we were disappointed that we couldn't treat her to the full affect of the restaurant and all it has to offer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Ksthought
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Went for my mom birthday, can't wait to go back ! Service and food was wonderful. Loved every minute of it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced and loud
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This place is overpriced with small servings and no romantic atmosphere as it is advertised on the web. This restaurant is large inside and feels like a barn. I couldn't hear my husband speak.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Outstanding Meal
    LonghornFoodie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Once again, we had a wonderful experience at Peli Peli. Service was excellent and the food was outstanding. We always have a great experience here. The carrot ginger soup is a must have every time we go there. Highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite Spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Been several times, always great food, great ambiance...can't say enough good things about this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome as Always!!
    LMS19
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    My husband and I visit Peli Peli about once a month and love it! The variety of the menu is amazing my husband is a vegan and always has multiple items to choose from and special requests are always honored! I love the beef chicken and seafood and always have a hard time deciding! Our last visit was on a Monday which is half price on all bottles of wine which was a pleasant surprise! We always love the wait staff but were pleasantly surprised by our waiter who we had never met before he was amazing, well informed, made great reconnections and extremely attentive! Next time we visit Peli Peli we will ask to be seated in Mike B's section he was awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Dining Experience
    realtygoddess
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    In a suburb bursting with chain restaurants of every description, Peli Peli offers diners truly outsanding recipes unlike anything found in our area. An extensive wine and beer selection, and top notch service, make this somewhat pricey restaurant worth the bill. Our only complaint is the noise level on busy evenings, making conversation and savoring the dishes in a relaxed atmosphere nearly impossible. This time we went early on a Sunday evening and were able to leisurely enjoy our meal and company without noisy distractions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was great!
    RileyGreen
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Nothing but good things to say! We couldn't decide on what meal to get so our waiter chose for us and it was amazing food! Loved the atmosphere as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservation
    TnT29
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I made my reservation online, however when my party arrived, we were advised that there was no reservation found. Nonetheless, we were courteously accommodated without any problems. Enjoyed our outstanding server who not only provided excellent service, but in light of the occasion (anniversary & birthday), took photos, and eloquently sang a couple of beautiful songs for the honorees. We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon...thank you!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superior Food and Service
    Colombianne
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The Food was Very tasty. The meat was cooked to perfeccion, topped with a savory Sauce , served with two delicious sides. The dessert was scrumptious! Our waiter Augustus was extremely attentive and his suggestions were excelent. I can't wait to go back to PELI PELI.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Peli Peli never fails to impress. My colleagues and I work nearby and this is the go-to for when we have out of town visitors. It's unique, delicious and there is something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent place for business lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The food was ok, service a bit slow, a bit noisy but all in all ok.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SouthieVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    we had an awesome brunch and service was awesome! will be back....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TUTTI
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    WE WENT WITH FRIENDS WHO WERE CELEBRATING THEIR 37TH ANNIVERSARY. WE LOVED THE FOOD AS ALWAYS. IT WAS VERY AWESOME. THEY THOUGHT THE FOOD WAS DELICIOUS AND THANKED US FOR RECOMMENDING PELI PELI TO THEM. WE WERE GREETED WITH 4 GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE FROM THE MANAGER. OVER ALL IT WAS A VERY NICE EXPERIENCE. WE LOVE PELI PELI.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Fantastic food, service and atmosphere. Bar crowd noise was loud.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NRT77
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The service was excellent and the staff were very friendly the food came out fast and was well presented as well as tasted great. I will go again
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
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    • 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