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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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Diner Reviews
  • "service helpful and friendly The ambience is inviting The food totally delicious"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "No matter what main dish you choose, it will be good, but the stuffed Peppadews and Flatbread starters are ALWAYS my family's choice. Chicken curry is best around, not typical Indian "curry", but great dish with great flavor. NY Strip Steak is unique and great also."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The caraway cole slaw with the stuffed pepper appetizer was the bomb. Recommed the mixed grill, the crusted lambchop was seasoned perfectly."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This is definitely one of the best restaurants Houston has to offer. My family and I have been eating here many times and we are never disappointed."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Degustations are the best for those who like new things, but I personally was delighted by the desserts. Mojitos are also a must!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Celebrated the 19th bday of my daughter! We really really enjoyed the food, our wonderful server, Nina was amazing! I already recommended the place to all my friends!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Everything from the food to the service to the ambiance was wonderful. The most flavorful seafood dish I have ever had in my entire life was the Cape Town skillet at Peli Peli. I am excited to have found such a great gem and will be returning here. Thankfully, there is another location opening up in the Galleria area at the end of this year, so we won't have to drive so far!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "First time eating at Peli Peli, it was a awsome experience, I definitly will recommend the establishment to others."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The food and service were amazing. I think a restaurant of this caliber should have a minimal dress code, at least a collared shirt."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Food was tremendous! We enjoy it every time. This time we all had beef dishes. The sauces were very good."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We never had to wait for anything. Attentive waiter and very involved manager. The best service in the area. Spectacular service and very good food will always have me coming back."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Exotic food! Great service! Noise level is high but we will definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I pre-informed the restaurant it was our anniversary, and they really took care of us! Our server, Virginia, was professional, courteous , knowledge and her timing was perfect. The food and ambience make it a place worthy of a return."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Our friends and family from the Dallas area visited over the weekend and we wanted to take them somewhere they would never have been before. The food was fabulous, service terrific, and the cucumber martini amazing!! They loved it so much all of them bought the Peli Peli seasoning to take home. Afterward we walked the plaza and enjoyed the atmosphere with fun music as well."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Having written reviews for Peli Peli on several occasions, in the main I have been critical of the service. Nothing has changed! Young and inexperienced. College kids out for summer? Food quite superb, although Gumbo ingredients do not excite me. Service was rushed and inexperienced. Hardly had last mouthful of delicious lamb chop in mouth, when plate was seized from me. Within 30 seconds, the bill was presented even though I had the better part of a glass of wine to consume. My wife had indicated that she did not want dessert, so I guess the server assumed I did not either. The use of young and inexperienced wait staff continues to bug me. It won't be tolerated at the soon to open Galleria location. However, CONSISTENTLY EXCELLENT FOOD!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "If you want your taste buds blown away try the tours of South Africa, it was so amazing! This resturaunt is definitely our favorite ever! The best service you could ask for! Definite must try!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "My fifth or sixth time dining and it was wonderful as usual. The atmosphere is always perfect with well informed servers. The food is always five star no matter what I end up getting. All in all it's my favorite Restraunt."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Fantastic Sputh African spin on meat, fish and specialty dishes. Great service, some excellent SA wines make it a great all round evening out."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I made reservations at Peli Peli for 6/30/14. Earlier that day I sent my beautiful girlfriend (now fiance) :) on a extravagant scavenger hunt. After the scavenger hunt was done and I purposed we were headed to Spring for dinner. We arrive at the restaurant and instantly were very surprised on how cool the restaurant was. A very contemporary artistic elegant atmosphere. You first notice all of the vibrant neon lights then you smell the aroma of the food being cooked. We were quickly seated in a special candle lit table. The service was very attentive and caring. They wanted our experience to be 1st class and it was just that! The food was amazing! Very different but delicious all at the same time. We had an amazing night! Thank you Peli Peli"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We had another wonderful experience at Peli Peli. We introduced another couple to this gem on this visit and they loved it also. Service was great and the food was very tasty! Never had a bad experience at Peli Peli."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The food was great - from the chicken livers, to the Chilean sea bass and steak."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We had dined at Peli-Peli for dinner, but never for brunch. We arrived at 11;30. It was not crowded and we were seated immediately. I had a bloody mary. It was excellent My wife had the prawn-cake benedict, while I had the pork steak benedict. Both were very tasty. For dessert we split the key-lime pie which was also very good. All in all an excellent dining experience."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Aircondition not good!!! Food is very good, russian beer diferrent , service is fast!!! Like the colorfull tall cealing but that makes it. Very hot restaurant..."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I had wanted to try this restaurant for a while and loved the decor. At first, I was a bit taken aback by the entrée prices, but the South African food did not disappoint. My husband and I decided to split a salad ($6) and an entrée ($38). (We were not charged for the split plate.) Small portion sizes. The steak was covered in "special sauces" that they are very proud of! Interesting menu - it was hard to imagine the flavors described without actually tasting the food. Great flavors - not traditional food. We also tried some SA wine - $40 btl - reasonably priced."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Our server, LaToya, was the most amazing waitress ever. She was informative, responsive, nice and energetic. She really added to our dining experience. The food was (and this is not an exaggeration) the best food I have ever tasted. We were very satisfied customers and will return for a special occasion. Unfortunately, our budget doesn't allow this on a more regular basis, but it sure makes for a special treat."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Went there for my birthday and absolutely loved every single item that we ordered. I loved it. I am overwhelmingly pleased with great food and Peli Peli surpassed by thoughts. We enjoyed their signature Bobotie and their Jumbo Shrimp appetizers. Then we ordered two of their steak dinners and they were perfectly prepared with the corn and the sweet potato choices of sides, Wow!!!!!!! I am so pleased that they are opening a location in the Galleria for proximity for us, BUT, with that said, I would drive all the way to their current single location in a heart-beat, to experience other items that totally intrigued me. I totally wanted to try one of everything. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable and great."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Where so many restaurants rehash an existing formula, Peli Peli brings a fresh approach using vibrant, contrasting yet complimentary flavours. The waiter was knowledgeable, and showed a genuine enthusiasm for the whole menu without appearing to simply agree with his guests views. The lively atmosphere brings vibrancy to this venue but also contributes to my only criticism - Peli Peli is not the greatest venue for an intimate romantic meal, mainly due to the architectural design which whilst visually stunning does not help to minimise the ambient noise levels. Overall, Peli Peli deserves its reputation as one of Houston's finest restaurants, a position it should easily cement with the opening of their Galleria location later this year."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Every meal at Peli Peli has been awesome. Good food....good service. Always looking forward to the chef's off-the-menu dish. My favorite on menu : Espetada & Flavors of South Africa"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "THIS WAS OUR SECOND VISIT AND THE PRIOR VISIT WAS FOR BRUNCH. WE FOUND THE FOOD TO BE VERY DELICIOUS BUT ALSO SOMEWHAT PRICEY. DRINKS AND DESERTS WERE MORE THAN PRICEY, THEY WERE EXPENSIVE. THE RESTAURANT IS ALSO VERY NOISY AND LOUD. IT WAS DIFFICULT TO HEAR OUR FRIENDS AND WE WERE ONLY 4. SO MUCH LOUD NOISE IS A REAL DISTRACTION FROM WHAT OTHERWISE WOULD BE A GREAT EXPERIENCE."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We took friends here for a special birthday lunch. Both the food and service were very good. It is a bit pricey (but we knew that going in). All the dishes were well explained by our waitress. We would have liked a little more time between appetizers and meal. Our appetizers and soup and salads all came out together and then entrees before we had barely begun so it felt very rushed which seemed odd since the restaurant was not crowded at the time we were there. We would go again. Everyone enjoyed the different foods we ordered."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food is very good here - although not a lot for my wife who is a vegan!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I have dined at Peli Peli on various occasions and overall have had wonderful experiences. The birthday photos with Chef Paul are always a hoot and the staff makes you feel very special. The recipes are very innovative and it's nice to have such a unique dining experience"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Food was great - as always. Really enjoyed the sticky toffee pudding. Service was great. Temperature was a little stuffy but manager came to our table and apologized for that."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My husband took me for my birthday. Our waitress Emma was lovely, service was perfect. The four us enjoyed our entrees & cleaned our plates. Emma took a pic & brought it to us. It was a great evening."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We just love Peli Peli. The food is South African and is absolutely delicious! The atmosphere is full of energy just like the food. Would definitely recommend others to dine here. Also great for ladies night."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food of course was awesome but the attention to detail, not only with the food but the attention each table was given while dining. The biblical themes brought in a very peaceful and pleasant atmosphere. The atmosphere set a tone where we were able to just escape life for a moment and relax. We truly enjoyed ourselves and look forward to dining there again."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We have been to Peli Peli several times, and it is always an amazing culinary experience. This time we went for Father's Day brunch and they had a totally fresh and delicious menu. The mimosas are spectacular and the service is one of the best. Dinning at Peli Peli leaves you feeling that you are truly living the good life."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had high hopes for a date night. Unfortunately just not that impressed with the place. We expected some ambiance, but inside looks like a Cheesecake Factory. Can you really have a "romantic" dining experience when the guy at the next table is wearing a tank top? So take all that fluff about "Houston's most romantic restaurant" and toss it. Staff was very attentive. Rushed us through the meal. Appetizer left the table 5 seconds before the entree arrived. Food, pretty good, but nothing special. Menu is weirdly "Applebee's-ish" The "South african flair" is kind of interesting but not earthshaking. Basically new american food with more seasoning. $35 for spicy fish and couscous? Meh. Interesting but not worth the premium $."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I took my husband here for Fathers Day since this is one of his favorite spots. He was not disappointed and we both left talking about the NEXT time we go there. Glad to here there will be another Peli Peli in the Galleria area! I recommend this place to all my friends."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Peli Peli has an extensive menu of unique and delicious food. Regardless of your taste for the signature spicy dishes or a more modest flavor they are sure to please."
    Dined on 6/14/2014