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Peli Peli
Peli Peli

Peli Peli Details

  • 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: South African, Fusion / Eclectic, Global, International
  • 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
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "The food and service was awesome! Perfect place to celebrate a special birthday."
    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."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "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!!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Requested quiet table. For an upscale dining restaurant, this is a very noisy crowded place."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "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..."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "I usually have something negative to say about service, but this time Miss Ali Heath proved they CAN provide excellent service. Kudos to Ali. The food continues it's 100% rating from me. Never been disappointed!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Really great place with amazing food. The waiter explains the menu thoroughly and makes sure to facilitate any request you have. Great find!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "The prawn cake benedict was off the "yummy" charts! Can't wait to try the Bobotie egg crepe!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The food was delicious and very flavorful. The staff was outstanding in every way. I really enjoyed learning more about the chef and his inspiration to create the international fusion throughout all his dishes."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We had 3 entrees from the brunch menu (crepes and 2 different kinds of eggs benedict), and a chicken curry from the dinner menu...and the toffee cheesecake. All were great!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Peli Peli is a great spot to take the foodies in your life! Not only is the food unique and tasty, but the service and ambience is outstanding!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I really want to like this restaurant as I have read such positive reviews, and I have found the dishes served to be fair to good. However, the service is terrible... consistently rushed and very unprofessional to the degree I don't think I will be returning."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "My friends and family have raved about Peli Peli's food and so my husband and I took the opportunity to visit during Houston Restaurant Week. The entire experience was fantastic. From the moment we entered the restaurant we were greeted and directed to our table. Cali, our server, was so friendly and patient with us as we asked questions about the options offered as well as explaining the décor. Our dining experience began with the scrumptious Peli Peli Bellini. We had the Bobotie as the appetizer, Carrot Ginger soup, hubby had the Espetada and I had the African KingKlip and for dessert he had the Peli Peli cheesecake and I had the bread pudding with toffee sauce. Everything was amazing! We are definitely going back very soon."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Very nice restaurant in the suburbs and can see why they will open another location in the Galleria... We tried every recommendation form the waiter and all were excellent... he even got us an off the menu dessert, which was very good! I am looking forward to going back and trying more items on the menu since they all look so appealing..."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Wonderful food and excellent service. Will visit again."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Great food and great atmosphere!!!! I really enjoyed the experience."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We have been eating here at least monthly for over 5 years now. We are blessed to have a exceptional restaurant like Peli Peli north of Houston. The food is always amazing, the staff is very experienced."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Great food, great service, couldn't go wrong here."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Our server was knowledgeable about all of the times on the menu and praised the chef. The food was delicious and unlike anything that you can find anywhere in Houston, service was attentive, and a totally satisfying experience."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Peli Peli has become a favorite spot for dining for my husband and me. Chef Paul is amazing, and the atmosphere is upscale and very friendly. The food is beautifully presented, original, and always excellent. If you are looking for a place to celebrate a special occasion or just want a nice place for date night, this is a great choice."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "The food was fantastic, the service was fantastic! But the noise level, thanks to 10 women, was terrible! We were in the Noah's Ark room at the front of the restaurant. It is enclosed, with seating for about 30. 10 of the 30 were incredibly loud, yelling from one end of a long table to the other end. My husband sat facing the women and I asked if they were drinking a lot. He said no, no wine glasses or martini glasses were on the table, so they were just plain loud and rude! We have eaten at Peli Peli many times and this is the first time we have had any problems with noise."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We have eaten at this restaurant before but always in nice weather and we were able to eat outside. The interior of the restaurant was very charming but the noise level was thru the roof! I know that most restaurants are noisy today but this was beyond the norm. We had a hard time visiting with our friend as a result. I don't think I will go back until we can eat outside."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I made a reservation for noon on Saturday, August 9th as part of Houston's Restaurant Week. Our server Michael was awesome! He was super friendly and had a good sense of humor. I asked him for suggestions for other restaurants to try for HRW and he made great recommendations. The decor and ambiance was very romantic! Our food was delicious and I really enjoyed the entire experience :)"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We were there to celebrate a friend's birthday and expected the restaurant would provide something special as most restaurants in Houston do, but it didn't! Food is yummy."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I LOVE this place! I've dined here many times before and still find something new to try. The entire staff from the hostess to the wait staff to the food servers and on and on are so friendly and helpful. And the food... delicious! I plan to go once a week during Houston Restaurant Weeks so I can indulge my taste buds!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I surprised my friend with lunch here and we had such a great time. From the Host at the door to the knowledgable wait staff everyone was so nice and all of them enjoyed sharing stories about the restaurant and the owner/chef. We let our waiter suggest which appetizer we should have ~ it was great and so full of flavor! With that success we went with his suggestions for the remainder of the meal ~ we were not disappointed. We can't wait to go back and try the chef's four course tasting menu!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "GREAT food and EXCELLENT customer service! I would go seven days, everyday if I could! LOVE, LOVE!!! PLEASE try their BOBOTIE"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Awesome service and food was delicious. First time there."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We had great service and the food was outstanding...We will be back again soon!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "It was a birthday party. And Chef Paul's coming by and wishing birthday wishes as well as the photo taken made it truly SPECIAL for her. The waiter, Josh, had a wonderful personality, too. Top it off with exceptional dessert dishes ... wallah!! And to think I got the gratitude from everyone for picking your restaurant ... priceless."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Food was great as usual. I been an avid patron of this restaurant. They usually have a live jazz trio and the owner was always there . This really set the mood for a great dining exerperience!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "High quality preparation. Different food. Everyone loved what they ate."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "As Johnny Mathis would sing Peli Peli is wonderful, wonderful. oh so wonderful! We throughly enjoyed our experience; food, wine, dessert."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This restaurant never ceases to please us. I would eat at this restaurant more frequently if I weren't a college student. It is slightly pricey but the cuts of meat are phenomenal so this is to be expected. At this time, it remains the number one special occasion restaurant. The ambiance, service, and food are always spectacular."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I love great food, but I'm not always super-adventurous when it comes to exotic cuisine--and I had no idea what to expect for South African food. Turns out that it's a lot like normal food, with a nice hefty dose of Cajun-style pepper spice. The gigantic tiger prawns are amazing and they're a food adventure in themselves! Don't miss them. Steaks were succulent and fabulously tender, sauces were amazing but not overpowering. Everything we had was fantastic--no room for improvement. Our server, Callie, was incredibly knowledgeable and really helped us first-timers make the most of our experience. Most entrees are at least $30 and the cheapest wine was $11 a glass--but well worth it for a memorable evening."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We only visit Peli Peli a couple times a year, but every visit has exceeded expectations. We haven't eaten anything yet that we didn't like. We started with the Bobotie, which I highly recommend. My wife ordered the Madagascar Peppercorn Steak and I had the South African Kingklip. Not knowing anything about the Kingklip, I took a chance on it, with excellent suggestions by our server for side dishes. The Kingklip was well-seasoned, and it's flavor and texture reminded me of crab meat. My wife also enjoyed her steak very much. If you haven't been to Peli Peli, you are doing your palate a disservice."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Restaurant was the busiest that I have ever seen it. We arrived in time for our dinner reservation and were told that there would be a 30 minute wait for a table. We were seated within 5 minutes The service and food were once again first class. The couple that we were with were first timers and they have now added Peli Peli to their list of favorite restaurants We have never had a bad experience at this restaurant and take our visitors here every time they come to stay. They always want to come back"
    Dined on 8/1/2014