Peli Peli
Peli Peli

Peli Peli

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pelipeli.com/
  • Phone: (281) 257-9500
  • 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
278 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (194)fit for foodies (164)romantic (128)neighborhood gem (109)good for groups (90)great for outdoor dining (80)hot spot (77)great for lunch (69)notable wine list (69)great for brunch (60)late-night find (32)vibrant bar scene (19)scenic view (13)kid-friendly (9)Show More
  • Excellent food and experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Everything was great except for the noise level. At times, my date and I had a hard time hearing each other.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marsha
    MsQualityoverQuanity
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Staff is extremely friendly and food is very delicous. You will want to keep going back to try different menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The waiter knew the me nu which allowed my guest to make selection they enjoyed from the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Chicken Fried Steak in Texas
    Skywalker
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    No lie, I've tried a lot of CFS in my life being a born and raised Texan, but the one here takes the cake. The creamy sauce and the eggs on top are just perfect. A+!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place.
    Gipp
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Nice atmosphere and great food. I also learned some history which is great. I have recommended this spot to several people already.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • South African Tour
    Lovebirds
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I've eaten at lots of different restaurants and I have to say that Peli Peli's is now a favorite! It married American and African cuisine in the best way. My recommendation is to take the tour. It's a blind tasting that includes top dishes and a variety of the menu. From beginning to end the tour was great. I took my husband who is a serious food critic and he talked about our experience more than I did. The tour is a flat fee per table and worth it!! I can't wait to take my girls to girls out weekend brunch! Oh I can't forget to mention that service was great! Matthew was fun and efficient. He delivered on making the experience exceed our expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Service
    Rick
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    From the moment we walked in the door the service was superb. We were offered free champagne while we waited for our table which was only 10 minutes. The waitress had a wonderful attitude and took care of our needs without us having to ask. Her assistant was also very attentive. Our drinks remained full and out table kept clean. The food was excellent. From the appetizer to the desert, all of the food was prepared and presented very well and at the correct temperature. We definitely will return and suggest to our acquaintances.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jdsd3652
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Excellent food and wine. The service was good, a little pricy but the excellent food and service made up for that.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Date Night
    WorkingMommy
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We love Peli Peli's food, but to us it quite pricy so we gave it 4 stars overall. For the price it is not as much of a dining experience as other similar priced restaurants.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    My wife and I went to celebrate a birthday. We did the tour which gives you samples of the most popular items on their menu. We thought it was a great idea to offer something like that. We enjoyed the food. We thought most of the plates they served were tasty but they didn't blow us away. Atmosphere was awesome and the service was as well. We would recommend trying it at least once.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Peli-Peli
    noniincknameVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We arrived at noon with two extra people. They seated us very quickly and our waiter brought us all water before taking drink orders. His suggestions on appetizers was excellent. Everyone enjoyed them. Dispite the faafct the didning room was very busy, we got our ordrs in and the food back relatvely promptly. I would highly recommend this place for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A must try
    luv2dine
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    First time here and plan on going back. The staff was very friendly and our waiter JD was helpful in menu selection. From appetizers to the dessert it was very flavorful. Our waiter suggested The Flavors of South Africa which we sampled a few of the appetizers, entrée, and the dessert the sticky toffee pudding chocolate cake was mmm good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always great food
    DianeVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Love their combinations of food and presentation. Fabulous
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Place
    ITChica379
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    This was a wonderful place to celebrate our eighth anniversary. The surroundings were perfect and it was very romantic. I had a plate with samples of several different steak sauces which was divine. The high prices were well worth it for a special occasion evening. They even sent over two glasses of champagne compliments of the restaurant to celebrate our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday on the 8th November 2014
    Debbie
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    It was very good, the noise was bad, we had to really shout to here what the others on the table were saying.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Winston
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We recently celebrated a special occasion at Peli Peli and our experience was fantastic. From the time we arrived until the time we left the very friendly and knowledgeable staff made us feel welcome. The food was incredible
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Although the restaurant was a long distance, it was worth the drive! Went with friends from South Africa who pronounced the restaurant authentic. Our "Food and Service Expert", Virginia, was knowledgeable and fun. She highly recommended ordering the chef's sampler which allowed us to taste several appetizers and main courses that we might have overlooked otherwise. Each course was flavorful and delicious. The peli peli prawns are flown in daily and were the best I've ever tasted. The South African kingklip was also melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Save room for the sticky toffee pudding dessert!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good entree bad dessert
    Dessertlover
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Went to celebrate my mother's birthday the food very tasty but the desserts omg no good they give me caramel liquid caramel no toffee so disappointed.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great place to hang out
    SnowTurtle
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Food was pretty good, but I had higher hopes. We had the kingklip, Chilean sea bass, and scallops. The fish were delicious, scallops were slightly overcooked, and the options for side dishes seemed to mirror those of standard American fare. I would be open to trying this place again to see how the lamb and poultry compare.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food!
    jre234
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We ate here for lunch last minute and had an amazing meal. Our lunch guests do not ordinarily eat food that comes anywhere close to fusion; however, they loved the food from the Biltong to the dessert. The food was very fresh and favorable and we ate it as directed by the waitstaff per Chefs orders. Dessert was out of this world. Sticky toffee cheesecake and key lime pie. Our only gripe was that we went for lunch and had our toddler with us. They did not have highchairs but were otherwise very accommodating trying to help us out. Luckily our lunch guests loved babies and did not put him down the whole time so it didn't interfere with my eating. Cant wait to try something different on the menu next time we travel to the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cost cutting?
    DiningconnVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    We guess we have dined here around 15 to 20 times. Never a cause to complain about food quality and including this visit. However, the change to the new menu card has cheapened the look of the place and these plasticised cards are, in my opinion, unhygienic. The chicken entrees do not appear until the bottom of the reverse side of the card, almost as if trying to "disuade" you from the cheaper meat in favor of the more expensive listed entrees! Chicken dishes are NOT listed as entrees. I wonder why? Furthermore, the chicken curry dish my wife has regularly was only half the original portion. What's going on? There are more and more restaurant choices in the area. Owners would do well to provide a class above the rest, not come down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great flavours
    ChristopheDVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Really worthwhile having diner there. Such a great mix of different flavours and influences, completely the opposite of the chain restaurants with flavorless food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    From the ambiance to the food and wine to the owner and staff, two thumbs up! I took my husband for his birthday and he raved about his steak. The steak medallions I had were amazing, as well and we loved the wine. The story behind Peli Peli is beautiful, also. We will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place
    lola2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    lovely restaurant, good service, nice ambience, and delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pacc
    Pacc
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Had the lamb Osso buco. It was fork tender and delicious with a little tang in the vegetables and sauce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding!
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I was skeptical about trying South African food - not knowing what to expect. I had an idea it would be steaks, but was surprised at how LARGE the prawns were!!! Amazing food!! Can't wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dining Experience
    SpecialOccasionDiners
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    My wife & I enjoy Peli Peli primarily for special occasions because we are never disappointed. We also enjoy telling friends that you will never be disappointed when dining at Peli Peli.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous All Around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Took my wife for our anniversary and we had a great meal. Waitress was very excited about the restaurant and its story. She made the entire evening just a little bit better. Food was phenomenal. Probably the best steak I've heard eaten. They even gave us free champagne for our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 10th Anniversary Dinner....Amazing!
    TheHappyHourHunter
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This was a perfect night with many amazing moments! The manager brought out some special Champagne for the occasion. The staff were amazing in every way, when we walked in it was like the walk of fame with everyone saying hello, how are you, welcome..etc. The waiter was very knowledgeable and laid back in a friendly way. We ordered the ESPETADA and the South African Fish with shredded scallops sprinkled on to; Both were delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I guest and I truly found it to be an Awesome evening!! the Service was excellent and the Food was absolutely delicious!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    ready2dine
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My husband and I really enjoyed our evening. The food was excellent. We both ordered the Tour of South Africa and tried some new dishes along with a bottle of chocolate block wine. Service and atmosphere were top rate. I would recommend in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had a great lunch! The food was great and they had a variety of unique dishes to choose from. The service was excellent and overall we enjoyed our time at Peli Peli.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Place To Dine
    DeniseG
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The atmoshere was beautiful. Our Waitress, Elizabeth was great. The food was superb. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding for daughters 16th BDay
    DDubs
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Our daughter wanted her family 16th dinner to be at Pele Pele. The reception from the time we were greeted at the door, to the champagne (sparkling grape juice for the kids) toast for her birthday to the outstanding food and service. Top Shelf service and food. This place has gone to the top of our lists of special occasion places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bar
    star
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Cocktails were horrible. They offer 1 happy hour drink which was horrible tasting. We had to send our drinks back to the bar twice because they were horrible. The margaritas was made with tequila and lime only. Our server was excellent! He was very patience and polite. I will never recommend anyone to Peli Peli for happy hour. Great dining experience however, most people would like to enjoy a good cocktail prior to dining.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superlative....always
    Magjim
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Peli Peli has been and remains our favorite restaurant for any occasion. This last visit, our 30th anniversary, to Peli Peli featured complimentary champagne in honor of the occasion, wonderful service from Ali, and a wonderfully prepared meal including Peli Peli merlot. My wife's filet was extremely satisfying to her, particularly because it was done correctly for her,and my grilled seafood platter was succulent. The menu is not overdone, but there is still plenty of South African variety. There is great balance in the menu. (It often is a bit quieter on Monday night) The ambiance and decor are just wonderful. This is an upscale location with all the trimmings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    Singer
    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
    xxxxx
    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.