Peli Peli - Galleria

4.4
1501 reviews
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South African
Peli Peli, known for its flavors from around the World, is an award-winning South African concept that features steak, chicken and seafood cuisine by Chef Paul Friedman. A 2013 Award Winner for Top 100 Best American-fare Restaurants in the US by OpenTable, Peli Peli is currently top 10 in Houston on both Tripadvisor & Yelp. As seen on the Food Network and CNBC's Restaurant Startup.
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Spend Valentine's at one of the most romantic restaurants in Houston! Award-winning steak, chicken & seafood from Chef Paul Friedman. As seen on the Food Network and CNBC, rated top 10 in Houston on Tripadvisor & Yelp!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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TE
Houston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service. It was the first time for our friend and they love the food and the story behind the restaurant.

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AR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to dine! Loved the food, service, and the ambiance. Definitely plan on going back!

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London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Bland. The quality of the ingredients was acceptable. I ordered the curry chicken and it was not even remotely appropriately seasoned.

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MU
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Bobodie and Peli Peli shrimp was delicious. The atmosphere and ambiance was soft, authentic and inviting. I'm definitely planning on returning next time I'm in Houston!

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service. Food was excellent. Great dining experience.

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AK
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was so great! I met a friend here for brunch on Sunday and it wasn't that crowded, so very good for talking and catching up. The brunch menu sounded great and we later confirmed that it also tasted great too. My friend got the chicken and waffles and I got the espetada benedict, which I had no idea consisted of a meat skewer dangling OVER the meal. It was fun and really good! Definitely recommend this place.

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DD
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The overall service was great; unfortunately, the food was just okay, nothing special. My wife and I feel the quality of our dinner was not worth the cost.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing and flavorful South African cuisine! Great place for a date night and good selection of South African wines.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jasmine was the best server. Great recommendations when we had questions or could not decide between dishes. Great knowledge of the restaurant’s history. We will return and ask for Jasmine! Outstanding one of a kind restaurant you don’t want to miss if you are in the Galleria area in Houston.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Very accommodating to celiac needing gluten free birthday meal. We were able to try the 3 courses gf and was outstanding experience!!!

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B
Orange County
218 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Dinner at Peli Peli - Galleria was of mixed quality. My dinner (Peli Peli Curried Chicken) was disappointing; no flavor. On the other hand my wife's dinner (Chicken Espetada) was excellent. The service and ambiance were good. Noise level reasonable.

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EP
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Spent too much to have the employees closing up, sweeping next to us and yelling about which tables need to be cleaned up. Food was ok, service was good. Ambiance was ruined.

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F
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was bad we had to wait 10mints before someone came !

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LT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

I was surprised the 2nd time around going here in the Galleria area that the food wasn't good like my first time for my birthday I came there on Dec 14 2018 and the food was amazing. I invited a guest to try my new discovery for good food on 1-06-2018 and was so disappointed the food wasn't like my last visit.The food was not seasoned and not juicy just dry I had the same exact order I had on my birthday.They must of had a different cook for the food to taste way different

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Toda la comida Super rica!! Tengo que volver

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J
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is unique and tastes great. Strongly recommend the large appetizer selection. Great service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed food and ambiance. It was my second time visiting and i will be back. I live out of town but I enjoyed the service & food so much i will be back.

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F
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service. Good food. Overpriced wines, which can be found at total wines.

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TP
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

NYE menu was very boring. We didn’t get notify before hand

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JD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely as always. Waitstaff was fantastic, new loyalty program seems like a good deal and management was very helpful in making sure everybody is totally satisfied.

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C
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Great service, good food. But not amazing food. You're definitely going to pay for the atmosphere. You can get comparable food quality for a lower price elsewhere. The pricetag reflects the upscale feel of the restaurant in my opinion.

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LW
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Peli Peli never disappoints! I took my fiancé’s family who are native South Africans and they were impressed to say the least. The bobotie doesn’t fall short of the hype and the biltong is “just as good as back home”, said the Afrikaners. Such a special experience, the waitstaff were attentive and friendly. Would highly recommend to all

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JJ
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

First two times I went I would rank food a 10. This last time it was closer to a 7.5. I’d definitely recommend though.
And save room for sticky toffee pudding!

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BR
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! It was nostalgic from a recent trip to South Africa which has a surprising fusion cuisine of African and Indian influence. Our server Mike made exceptional recommendations 5/5!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First impressions are typically the worst impressions and boy, were we wrong! We walked past this place because South African Fusion was something we’d never heard of. By recommendation of the barber at The Art of Shaving, we decided to give Peli Peli a chance and we were so pleasantly surprised! Once Ashton, our server, found out that we’d never been, he took care of us by recommending everything from meals, drinks, brunch and dessert. He even went as far as finding out places we could visit while in Houston! The service was excellent and the food was beyond spectacular! We will definitely recommend Peli Peli to anyone that visits! So so good!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent server and service — he made the meal
Food was all good — pricey though
They delivered my side order lamb chop to another table so I skipped it when they told me

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CB
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Peli Peli is consistently delicious. Yesterday we tried the Businessman's Special which is a 3-course lunch and is offered M-F before 4:00 PM. Soup or salad to start, one of 4 entrees, and the sticky toffee dessert, all for $20.00/person. We were very pleasantly surprised that the entrees also came with two sides - quite the deal! This is the fourth or fifth visit to the Galleria location and once again, the food was outstanding. If you like lamb chops, you can find no better than the ones at Peli Peli.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Roman was the best kind of server: helpful, knowledgeable and friendly without intruding on our evening. The food was amazing and interesting. I loved it!

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MR
Toledo
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our meal at Peli Peli. Lots of unique dishes and the waitress did a fantastic job of helping us choose which ones to try. Good find for anyone near Galleria area

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KM
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there as a group and ordered only appetizers and was out of this world delicious and fun!

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SP
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was amazing. The chicken espetada was amazing. All 4 if us got different dishes. The steak, beef burger and lamb chops were awesome too. The brussel sprouts are the best in the world and I have traveled some. The carrot mash and mango chole slaw. Yummy. Finally the sticky toffee pudding. It is sweeter than the ones I have had in london. The service was great. They explained ask the dishes. We will definitely be going back.

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AL
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was exquisite, but the service was of a fas-food place level. Got greeted by server, who bursted out their specials in a rush. All the interactions with the server were, when we had to flag him down across the room. Maybe this is a problem with just the Galleria location, but it is unacceptable for this or any other price level

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. Service was outstanding as well. The atmosphere was incredible. I have never been to a restaurant such as this one. Perfect restaurant to celebrate a special occasion.

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c
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was awesome! great food and ambiance, especially loved the brussel sprouts!
Even the kids menu options were awesome!

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O
Central Texas
21 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I been there before and we loved the food and the service , this time we took our daughter first time and she loved, the service and food are excellent!

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C
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and excellent menu. Ask about the decor - every element has meaning from the 12 tribes of Israel to the ceiling colors changing throughout the day. Great place for a date or family gathering with older kids.

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ZM
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. We were treated very well and the food was absolutely delicious.

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DW
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

We had dined previously at another location, and had a great experience, so when it was time to select a dinner for my husband's birthday dinner, this location worked best logistically for my family to come together. Unfortunately, the food and ambience was overshadowed by the poor service we received. Our server seemed to be stretched too thin with some larger tables so we bore the brunt of that. Wine that was ordered when we ordered our food came at the end of the meal. Server never came back to check on us during our meal. Was charged an upcharge for a call liquor which was not requested. Then to add insult to injury we were charged an 18% automatic gratuity because of our party size (6). We were not given 18% service. I have spoken to the manager and expressed my concerns, and he was very apologetic, but we would probably not return to this location give this experience. Food is excellent, however, we would go back to the Katy location.

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DO
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The service great. I wasn’t happy with my food selection but everything from lighting was excellent!

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NM
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The server was great. The drinks are amazing , the food is a tad bland.

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