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Peli Peli South African Kitchen - Galleria

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$30 and under
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As the world's spice bazaar, South African food is some of the most vibrant, colourful, and tasty food on the planet, incorporating culinary techniques and traditions from around the world.

We welkom you on this culinary adventure through all the regions of South Africa!

A semi-private event space and catering services are available. Email thomas.nguyen@pelipeli.com

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1823 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience2

Service super slow
Ambiance was lacking
Food was outstanding

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vipNatalieEng
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Peli Peli was AMAZING when we there for Saturday night. At the beginning of covid, we had a bad experience because the kitchen was backed up with to-go orders, but the manager was SO nice to have us back in for another chance and they really redeemed our experience!

The food was amazing, service was impeccable, and the vibe was awesome (full and vibrant). The cuisine here is so unique, we can't wait to come back!

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vipKatyB
Houston
104 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience3

We came in to celebrate our daughter's birthday. When we were greeted, she was wished a Happy Birthday but that was the last of it as she was not even offered a dessert for her birthday at the end of the dinner. Our server was Tre and he has a lot to learn about being a waiter. He rushed us trying to get our order but when it came to asking him to get silverware, water, iced tea and sweet & low, he was in no hurry or had to be asked twice or three times. The food was delicious. We ordered chicken rissoles, crispy cauliflower wings and savory flatbread to start. The wings and rissoles were our favorite! For our main courses we ordered 2 different versions of the espetadas, the filet and chicken. Both of them were out of this world. The brussel sprouts were a side that was \awesome but be prepared for a $2 up charge because they are considered premium sides, although I am not sure why. The mac and cheese was good, the carrot bredie was ok and the roasties were disappointing. We tried to order the Peli Peli chicken but Tre informed us they had just run out and we would have to wait 25 minutes for them to prep it. We declined. The other dish that was ordered was Porto Shrimp. It was tasty. For dessert we ordered 2 desserts and both of them were delicious. Sticky Toffee Pudding and the Chocolate Tekker Tarts are worth ordering!
All in all dinner was good except the service was very spotty.

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Alizcast
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The food was good, but the chicken was very cold when we received it. We hate complaining so we just ate it. Still good.

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FatboiEats
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My Server Mac was wonderful. Just knew what I wanted before I wanted it. She kindly made suggestions to enhance my experience. I didnt even have to bother choosing my sauces. She did it for me and they were on point. Mac was very attentive, cute, and obvious took pride in her menu knowledge. From presentation- start to finish was worthy of me returning. Plus, the staff was very mindful of being covid safe. .that was assuring.
Make no mistake I cant wait to return..

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was my husband and I’s first time at Peli Peli. I want to say our waitress Mac was AMAZING! She acknowledged us as first timers and guided us through the entire dining experience. She recommended our drinks, appetizers, and entree’s that were all very delicious ! I did encounter a hair unfortunately in my Mac and cheese :( That was a disappointment because I was looking forward to finishing it. The manager did come out apologized and offered a new one. At that point I was pretty disgusted and declined, however he did give me a 50% off my entree. Also it was our anniversary so we got a complimentary dessert.

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ZackC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very sociable server, was helpful on meal choice. Overall great experience!

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Cheyne
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent and was great for a date night. There was plenty of separation between tables to keep it safe during COVID.

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sherryh
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing the waitress was amazing I forgot the ladies name

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was great. Service was great. We expected a little more upscale dining and atmosphere based on location but it was more casual.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience2

My partner and I ordinarily patronize dimly lit steakhouses with professional servers. We wanted to be a bit adventurous and give Peli Peli a try. It wasn’t as romantic (of course), and the service wasn’t perfect, but the food was incredible and we’ll definitely be back. Love love love the Brussels sprouts, Shrimp Mozambique, Trinchado, and Sticky Toffee Cheesecake.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a Birthday for my boyfriend. It was each of our first time dining there. We all enjoyed the food. We preferred to sit outside due to COVID, luckily the night was nice and the patio wasn’t too full. We will definitely be back. Our server Rashad was Great and very attentive and knowledgeable of the menu and bar.

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Jack
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and delicious food. The chef accidentally made an extra dish so our server gave it to us for free.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience2

Horrid service but the food was great.

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vipMichael
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our server was very knowledgeable of menu items and very pleasant.
All food items were great except the Peli Peli chicken which was not flavorful. It tasted a bit like the wings from Pizza Hut which was quite disappointing.

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vipMahtay
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The main dining room was relatively quiet due to the decreased seating secondary to COVID. That said, it made for a nice evening - service was great, the manager Steven came over the check on us. The food and service were excellent - I would definitely eat here again. They also have a nice selection of South African wines to enjoy with your meal.

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NicoleG
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

My 3rd time at Peli Peli and my experience was not up to par as the others...ambience, service and entire dinner had changed ...

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TonyaF
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed my visit during HRW immensely! Cannot wait to return!

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SofP
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience1

I came for hrw, and we were seated near the front. Our waitress was super nice, but the food just wasn’t good. My food came out cold for the espetada and trinchado, and the bread for the trinchado was burnt. Everything was super heavy and oily. Also the dessert was too sweet and tastes like it was store bought.

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mariaha
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Perfect perhaps the best I had in a very long time. Thank you for your services

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Kristine
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was the second time my husband and I went out to dinner together since the pandemic, and it was so nice to dress up and have dinner without the kids. Steve was so nice to check on us and ask if we were celebrating anything special this evening. We were just on a date night, but when I mentioned I was named employee of the quarter last Friday at work, he brought us a celebratory drink! What a lovely surprise! We chose items from the Houston Restaurant Week menu. Everything was delicious, and we enjoyed our evening out. Peli Peli has both great food and staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for a date night and it was delicious as always!

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BobbyF
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious! The espetada hanger steak was incredible with the lobster mac and cheese and carmelized brussel sprouts were so good! Plus all the appetizers we got were amazing and came with huge portions with the Trinchado being the highlight at the table. And then the Chocolate Lekker Tarts were like a churro empanadas filled with hazelnut spread so much better than nutella and then covered in chocolate sauce and served with ice cream...*wishing I knew how to spell that sound Homer makes when he drools*

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KennethH
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The wait staff was not knowledgeable of the various wines the restaurant has.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice and friendly environment. The food was awesome! Great mimosas!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly a really good experience and having knowledge of South African Cuisine, this really feels like home! Definitely a must try if you're in the Houston Area!

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TywinLannister
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. It can get a little loud inside but it doesn't deter from the overall experience.

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AustinC
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An exciting menu with a staff that were professional, warm and courteous. We came for our anniversary and the meal was outstanding. But it was the warmth of the staff that really hit it out of the park. Can’t wait to return.

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vipSuze
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing waitresses and service! The food was delicious as well!!

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Jackdom
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our service started out slow, but it picked up and we were given a complimentary champagne toast for the dinner since it was my birthday. I’d only been to the Tomball location, but enjoyed the Galleria.

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ShellyP
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sean was awesome and made our experience a great one.

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JosephD
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Could br a little quieter.

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MichelleC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service the food was excellent! Our server Trey was beyond excellent and was very knowledgeable of the menu and drinks .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience2

Got there at 8:10 wasn’t seated until 9pm.

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vipRuthsChrisFan
Baltimore
84 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I STARTED TO GIVE THEM 1 STAR, BUT THEY REDEEMED THEMSELVES. Let me explain--It took quite some time to get my Hennesy and coke, but when it came the young man Trey was very cordial and apologetic. I ordered from the Houston Week menu and ordered a steak dish on a skewer (espenada?) and my wife ordered the chicken. The kitchen sent out the chicken for both of us! I was upset. A young manager came out and apologized and said he would give me another drink and would take care of me on the entree the next time I came. I was there on business and don't live in Houston. Eventually another manager came out and said, "we are going to take care of you tonight." He took the dish off my bill. Let me tell you this....with all of this, I would give this restaurant 5 stars because they corrected their mistakes quickly. Also, the FOOOD!! The food was delicious! I love this restaurant and the next time I am in Houston, trust and believe, I will make another reservation. Shouts out to the staff there!

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EsamA
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, super friendly and very attentive waitress by the name mykayla, we went there during restaurant week and the menu was great and a plenty to choose from
Food arrived on time, great taste and the right temperature, mykayla suggestions were spot on and we loved every bite of it.

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MiaR
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter's first experience at Peli Peli and she loved it! The HRW menu this year is great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great I like the food and service

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We always enjoy Peli Peli. The lamb simosas are sooo good! The spices and crispiness make them delicious. We had the beer braised beef and the cod. Both were great. I wish they used a little more salt, but you can add you own. The lobster mac and cheese and carmelized brussel sprouts are amazing and a must try.

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vipDiane
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve ever had and extremely reasonably priced as part of Houston restaurant week. Would highly recommend. It is kid friendly and the music Was a little loud at times.

FAQs

Peli Peli South African Kitchen - Galleria offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (281) 257-9500 ext. 1.

Peli Peli South African Kitchen - Galleria is rated 4.5 stars by 1823 OpenTable diners.

Peli Peli South African Kitchen - Galleria does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/peli-peli-galleria/giftcards?utmCampaign=onlineOrdering.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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