Peli Peli - Galleria

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$31 to $50
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Southern African
Featured on the Food Network and CNBC, Peli Peli is an award-winning destination for South African fine dining and upscale private events, specializing in steak, chicken and seafood creations by Chef Ryan Stewart. A 2013 OpenTable Award-Winner for Top 100 Best American-Fare Restaurants in the US, Peli Peli is one of the best-reviewed restaurants in the greater Houston area, with at least 4.5 stars on every major review platform.

Weekend | 11am - 4pm
Happy Hour | Monday - Friday | 2-7pm
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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, waiter was outstanding and the food was exceptional! Overall a fantastic experience!

L
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We were disappointed to see the menu changes they've made. They no longer have the mango coleslaw or the sweet potato fries which we always ordered. Hopefully, they will reconsider and put them back on the menu.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great server; Food was amazing and very flavorful

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service from Daniel. He knows the menu well and gave excellent recommendations. Food was amazing as were the cocktails

MD
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

25th Wedding Anniversary

K
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Peli Peli was great! The food was delicious and the wine list was impeccable. I will definitely be dining there again!

BS
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time here so had no expectations. Food was pretty good, but what made our experience awesome was our server. If you go to Peli Peli you have to ask for Yuseef as she was fantastic. Probably one of the best servers ever, as she got us excited about trying different things and explaining the different flavors in the food. Yuseef you will not be disappointed!!

VS
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was fabulous! We were there for a very special occasion - our 25th wedding anniversary - and we chose Peli Peli because some good friends recommended it. And it certainly lived up to the recommendation!

R
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was my first time to try South African food - it was fantastic! Our waiter was very helpful in explaining each dish; he made great suggestions.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Food quality and ambience were VERY underwhelming and did not live up to the hype or the price.

H
London
22 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience4

We took advantage of the Christmas Day dinner special - the Beef Wellington. It was superb! Our waiter in the resturant was very personable and professional and provided us with excellent service.

However, our experience in the bar was NOT enjoyable! I looked at the cocktails in the bar menu and the most expensive was $14.00 - consistent with most of the other upscale restaurants in the Galleria area. So I ordered an apple martini and my guest ordered a Grey Goose Cosmo. The bill was $45.00! Where did that come from? Sorry but that is totally out of line - especially since we had to wait about 20 minutes for the drinks. It was NOT busy and the bartender was obviously taking his time, stopping to chat with other customers.

We will be back for dinner but we will NOT be patronizing this bar!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Really bad service on Christmas. Waited half hour past our reservation. Food was cold. We sent it back and still got charged for the full meal, even though we ended up sharing one

E
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, ambience, and service was great !! I will be coming back !!

GW
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Day, staff were terrific and upbeat despite working on a holiday. What a nice gift!

h
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Can't believe a pretty nice restaurant in the Galleria Mall going down so bad.The food is bad and the presentation are so cheap and you are not fit in one of the best mall in America.

OT
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff and fresh, well-prepared food.

SS
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great restaurant within the galleria. Great for lunch meetings or to take a quiet break from shopping. The service was slightly slow when we first arrived (and they weren't busy) but actually improved as they got busier.

PG
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Looking for something different with excellent service this is a great choice.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious and timely

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Ordered 4 Filet Mignon and 1 of their signature beef dishes...none of the steaks came out cooked to the requested temperature (off by a lot in 2 cases. Ordered Medium and received rare in one instance, ordered mid-rare and received Medium Well in another) The manager was nice and brought I requested alcoholic beverages to the table to make amends, but did not ask if we were drinkers, and we are not so it was a nice gesture but ended up being a waste of alcohol.

CM
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Food was not great.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Peli Peli has been one of my family’s favorite restaurants in Houston. We appreciated the delicious, well cooked, & flavorful foods here, thinking and telling others, “world class level of food,” however, the recent dinner that we had to celebrate for our oldest daughters’s college graduation was not the same experience as we had in the past. The menu was changed for the worse. Our favorite South African Samplers were OK, but our favorite chicken was absent...disappointed. Great Karoo Lamb Chops was over cooked and dry, Center Cut Filet was over cooked as well and was sent back and replaced. My used to be favorite dinner was out, and I chose similar looking dish..Sandy Bay Skillet, hoping to be as good as the old one. But that dinner was awful...not much flavor, just salty...almost looks like this restaurant has new chef, went down to a random restaurant level. I literally said to my family, “I am mourning...”
I love cooking and I really appreciate the efforts, time and energy that people put in for great food. I wondered what’s going on in this restaurant. I feel like we need to find another good restaurant to appreciate real and good food.

RT
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful, the food and the drinks! Great service as well!

CP
San Antonio
16 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday 🎂 for vegan friend!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My group had a great time. The service was excellent and food and drinks were amazing. Will definitely visit Peli Peli again soon.

AD
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Second time dining and the Chicken Espetada was amazing! Look forward to trying other items!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A bit pricey but well worth it for the quality of food, service and the ambience.

One disappointment was that, as a South African, the “melktert” was very different to what we get in South Africa - I had high hopes!

JT
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is unique and every bite you take is an experience. The staff is extremely attentive and I always feel like we appreciated.

T
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice for a meal when staying in the Galleria district. The quality of the food was top-notch and the menu choices unique. Our waiter was able to make recommendations and we thoroughly enjoyed the service, food and ambience. My husband who has never written a review in his life mentioned that this would be the time to do so!

JS
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love everything about it. Food was wonderful. They were very nice the whole time

OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day

E
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best south African in food town, love the dishes and the staff is always so friendly.

CS
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall2food5service4ambience1

The food & service was great. The seating area in the mall entrance hallway is horrible with people constantly passing interrupting the meal. It’s too narrow for tables on both sides. Strollers & walkers can’t get through without a patron having to get up. Maybe stagger them so they aren’t directly across from each other. It is very unpleasant

GT
Houston
142 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of Houston's finest restaurants! Unusual food, with a wonderful taste! Great service!

G
Houston
41 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

1st time we dined at Peli Peli, and we were not impressed. While the portions are quite large and the quality is fairly good, but way over priced for the quality of the food and service. There are way too many other restaurants in Houston that offer much better quality at more fair prices with much better ambiance. Needless to say, we will not be returning to Peli Peli.

SR
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Matthew was superb. His knowledge about the food per palette was soothing to the ears and helpful in making a quick decision for a new timer like myself.

OT
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wouldn’t call the noise level energetic. It was noisy.

AH
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The decor is really nice, the food is great and the presentation makes the food even better. Large portions and the food is top tier. Service was excellent.

Y
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall1food3service4ambience3

Serving same food for years. It’s good enough but getting boring. And if you have an issue don’t expect a response from management or for anyone to care.

GR
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Peli. Peli is one of our favorite places. However I had never been to Galleria location before and I would not go back there. Parking was HORRIBLE, the overall ambience of this location was lacking to me. Felt like my table was just too close to other diners and basically in a hallway type area. Food as always excellent but for a nice Anniversary meal it was a let down.

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