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Peli Peli South African Kitchen - Katy

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635 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern African
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 private event space and catering services are available.  Email events@pelipeli.com

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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 635 people are saying
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KimberlyB
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Take off of open table till you are open for dine-in.

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vipByAnyOtherName
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

My husband and I tried a sample of most of the appetizers on this first visit to the restaurant. Nothing stuck out as 'need to have this again'. Friends of ours recommended the restaurant, so we will try again with main course items.

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AaronS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was exceptional. We will definitely be back.

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DateNighters
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Steve was an excellent host. Very lively atmosphere. Food was fantastic, tasted as good as it looked. Only thing that could have been better was the value of the scallops dish. Very small portion for a relatively high price. The other entrees were portioned appropriately.

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joeburrus
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and service. Slightly slow food delivery but it was very busy.

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alanc
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Bad quality main dishes, not worth the money. All advertisement, no delivery. no pride in the prepration of main courses. desert is quite disappointing.

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ScubaDiver
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

31 anniversary

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AlastairF
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly staff. good menu options, great food and excellent service.

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RandiS
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Found a rubberband in my greek salad! Green beans and chicken kabob undercooked, fish n chips n fries: small portion and last of the fries in fryer, not worth $18. We went for sea bass and lamb chops- waiter said only offered on dinner menu. We over heard another waiter telling customer people can order food from dinner menu anytime of day. We were very disappointed in quality, service, and price. Most likely wont be back.

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Kkdine
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The space is much different than the Galleria.

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vipMbsguy
Houston
65 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance. Interesting menu awesome food and service. Great manager Steve, a real gem.

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vipAnna
Amarillo
21 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We loved to have lunch at PeliPeli! Everything was good! We plan to come back soon!

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EBRT
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Peli Peli in Katy never disappoints. The food is great and is only topped by the Service. The manager Steve is friendly and accessible and he makes it his business to ensure you have an enjoyable experience. We enjoy good food and wine and we must say that our server, Jason G is one of the best we have ever had in many years of dining out. He has taken care of us on several occasions and he always offers great recommendations on both the food and wine selections. He is a fantastic ambassador for Peli Peli.

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vipFoodie4thought
Houston
78 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful place to have dinner and we were treated so well especially for our anniversary. They made it extra special. Food and service was phenomenal. Love it there.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great time

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VickyV
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is awesome. Wait service and front desk service very friendly. We enjoyed our evening. House red wine was outstanding.

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DaveG
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall the evening was good. The food was not as good as past dining at Peli Peli in the Galleria. We were disappointed that the prawns were not not cleaned with just the tails left on and the taste was not as good as we remembered. Our service was very good. I’m sure we will return as we enjoy the menu but hopefully with improved food quality considering the price.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Upcoming wedding.

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Pablo
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Food is great. Really different and some interesting flavors and experiences. Tables are weird and the whole place feels run down. Front of house is not welcoming and left us waiting. Rest rooms are banged up and the corridor to reach them doubles as storage. Just doesn’t feel like a high end restaurant. Also no non-alcoholic beer which is a travesty in 2020. How difficult is it to just have one available? I’d go back for the food but not the experience. A real shame.

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ChrisM
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! We will definitely be going back to this place. Would highly recommend for anyone who wants a delicious night out!

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Travis
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

We have visited the Peli Peli in The Vintage numerous times and so we chose this one on our anniversary because it was closer to home. Normally Peli Peli is very good. However, they were off their game this night. We ordered a glass of wine and had to send it back because it was stale. The calamari was the best part. It was crispy and very good. The steak and Kingklip were both over cooked and under seasoned. Overall it was just a pretty meh experience and after we didn't really touch our food, nothing was said or done about it. I'll try it again because of all the good experiences, but it'll probably be back at The Vintage.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience1

I am not a big fan of the Katy location at all, the Galleria location is SO MUCH better! The atmosphere, and even the waiters there. I will not be back at Peli Peli’s Katy location.

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OfeM
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Very flavorful and creative. Will definitely be back.

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WilliamW
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Peri Peri in La Centerra was the location I had dinner. Food was above average, service was good and the ambiance was nice. It was Sunday night so not so crowded. Having traveled in South Africa extensively I was hoping for some “spice” I my meal but it was not to be. I even asked the waiter to make sure the scampi were spicy. Very nice place, I’ll definitely return.

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ThriedriaN
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great, the manager is excellent, excellent customer service

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vipJulieH
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

I have traditionally been a huge fan of Peli peli and visited the Katy location a dozen times. Tonight, simply put, was horrible. We had a reservation and were seated right away so things started off very positive. We had a male waiter bring us drinks and take our appetizer and main course order (party of 3) so simple enough. That’s when the night turned terribly wrong. We never saw that waiter again, waited 45 minutes for the appetizer to arrive, then another 30 minutes for the food to arrive and not once did anyone offer to refill our drinks. Luckily, we were near the water stand, so I filled my kids cups with water. They brought my soup out without a spoon, which took another 10 minutes to get, them I had to ask twice for the check and a to-go container. The bartender finally handed me the bill and a to-go container. Needless to say, it was not the experience I had expected and bragged about to my kids prior to our arrival. Our bill for three was just under $75, so not exactly cheap for a basic dinner. I did something I usually do not do and I left $1.00 tip. I couldn’t tell you who our waiter was, so honestly, I didn’t feel like the random servers who stepped in for our missing waiter did enough of a job to deserve a tip. I know it is 1/2/2020 and the staff might have been on the 3rd round draft picks, but geez!!! At least offer to refill drinks if a mom and two kids spend $75 on a meal. The Brussel sprouts were amazing as usual. That’s what I have to say that is positive. The pumpkin soup was excellent too despite being cold by the time I got a spoon to eat it with.

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Lisa
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect menu and perfect atmosphere!!! I had beef tostadas , which was perfectly medium- rare cooked. Will recommend to my friends.

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vipHollyS
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was exceptional!!

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NewportRegular
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Christmas Eve dinner. Short staffed so service was slow .. but that not really the issue... issue was the Espetata was very fatty .. waited forever for the Wellington which was too rare for me. Not our best visit. Disappointed for the price. Not sure we would return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

38th wedding anniversary, staff made us feel at home and were extra attentive. The food was exceptional.

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familygirl
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was celebrating my birthday and had a fabulous lunch. While bacon wrapped scallops were no longer on the menu they did accommodate my request! I was thrilled because I love this dish. The waitress was friendly and attentive! The manager was helpful and really made my birthday extra special. The others with me always get Peli Peli lamb chops! They always enjoyed these superb chops!

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Momof
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent. Terrific flavor and presentation. There was a group in the "party" room and the server kept leaving the door open. We couldn't hear at our table. Small problem in the big picture. We will return.

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Mudwalker
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Luv this place but was disappointed they have cut their menu down. Not sure if it’s due to the new chef or not. The staff and management are awesome

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vipKumar
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Food quantity has decreased. What have they done with the recent changes. I know they did. Cost cutting - but looks like it was cutting in quantity, no change in pricing

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff was very attentive and friendly. Food was excellent. We will be back.

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JasmineP
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always great. Staff is always super friendly and going out of their way to make your experience out of this world. It’s a wonderful visit everytime.

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AnniversaryDinner
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my 3rd time at Peli Peli and I was very impressed yet again. Fantastic food, attentive service, and lively atmosphere. If you have never been, I highly recommend ordering the South African Sampler as an appetizer and the Espetada as an entree. The sampler allows you to try the different unique South African specialties (which are all delicious). The Espetada is delectable beef filet with three sides (the brussel sprouts are great). Great value! You will not regret it.

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SharonN
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and our waiter was very accommodating and helpful as this was our first time there. at first we found it to be a little too noisy especially as we were seated so close to the bar but it did quieten down a bit later on. We missed happy hour by 1 minute but the waiter did inform us that as it was Tuesday we could do a half price bottle of wine and he brought us several samples to taste before making our decision. We would go back again for special occasions as we thought it was a bit pricey but well worth it!

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Kathy
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I sent my food back because of the garlic (garlic doesn’t like me) and our waitress and the GM were very gracious and accommodating. Definitely recommend, just let your server know if you don’t care for garlic.

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matthews
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went here as an alternative to our normal places for a nice night out. The decor was very nice, and the restaurant was lively. I would have preferred a bit more of an intimate atmosphere, but that is a personal preference. Service was great, and the waitstaff was all very knowledgeable. We ordered the special, which started with the bobotie, followed by beef over fish, shrimp, and scallops, and finished it off with the sticky toffee pudding cake. All of it was fantastic! We had a great time, and will definitely schedule a return visit.

FAQs

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

Peli Peli South African Kitchen - Katy is rated 4.3 stars by 635 OpenTable diners.

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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