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Peli Peli South African Kitchen - The Woodlands

4.5
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205 Reviews
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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 private event space and catering services are available.  Email events@pelipeli.com

Full Menu | Sun : 12pm - 5pm | Tues - Thurs : 12pm - 9pm | Fri - Sat : 12pm - 10pm
Facebook | www.facebook.com/pelipelihouston
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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 205 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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Sjrellis
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a family dinner for my wife’s birthday. It was a fantastic meal on every level! Stevie was attentive, but not in the way. We (8 of us) discussed each persons meal and there were no complaints! My daughter in law wasn’t crazy about the curry on her chicken sandwich, but she did not complain. Thank you for a pleasant evening! We will be back!

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Tommy
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience2

The food is excellent. Everything we had was superb. We had a new waitress so service was not as good as expected but we gave her the benefit of the doubt. The interior is somewhat boring. Very contemporary but not lively or inviting. As such low marks for ambiance. But we didn't go there for "looking at the walls and furniture" and as mentioned thefood was delicious.

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TomB
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great to have a server that was actually fro. South Africa. She was able to suggest items to try th jat we wouldnt have thought of. It made the experience even better!

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vipMichaelD
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was great. Some food was great and some was mediocre.

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CarolA
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was fabulous! This is our second time dining here and we will definitely be back.

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DeMo
Seattle
34 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my second time to the restaurant, but this time with my wife and as before the food was fantastic and the service was likewise great. The manager stopped by our table to check on us and was very engaging and made us feel very welcome. The only comment was that the restaurant seems to be in transition between owners and the wine list was very vague and we were told that there really weren't many choices. While not a big deal for us, it may be for others. We will definitely be back and really enjoy this place.

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NicoleN
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, but a bit pricey. Good for special occasions.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Todo estuvo muy bien así que volveríamos a ir

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justkatha
Hamburg Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Never dissappointing!

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OpenTable Diner
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating retirement! It was wonderful❤️❤️❤️

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JacquieG
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Houston Restaurant Week and the menu selection was incredible. The food had flavor and was appealing to the eye.

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chuckb
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Had the HRW special, no so special. The ribeye was so thin it wasn’t was completely over cooked. This is my first not so good meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We had been loyal Peli Peli fans for many years before we moved out of the area. Sad to say the new casual concept leaves something to be desired. The food was ok, but just ok - missing the depth and complexity of flavors we had become accustomed to over the years. Overall, the experience was not bad, but it was definitely lackluster compared to our previous experiences.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Steaks not cooked to correct temperature. One went back twice.

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ChrisV
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Didn't know what to expect, but found the menu unique. Food was well prepared, presented and very tasty. Service was excellent. After reviewing the menu, looking forward to visiting again soon.

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MrsWebb
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were outstanding. We highly recommend the bobotie, it is amazing. The only thing we didn’t like was the seating, not ver comfortable.

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Fernanda
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food! An explosion of flavors!
The Beef Bobotie is amazing!

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janeloshea
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

First time eating here. We went because of restaurant weeks and the food was outstanding! We were in no rush, but it took a REALLY long time for our first course to arrive. It would have been fine if it was just the kitchen being backed up. But three tables that were seated after us got their food well before us. Once we got the first course, remaining courses came in a timely manner. It was lunch and there were only about six tables seated at the time and only three when we arrived. The servers were friendly, competent and I felt well taken care of...except no one even acknowledged and I felt forgotten for that probably 20 minutes of nothing.

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Deziner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for our first time to celebrate my husband’s birthday and from the minute we walked in we were greeted and I knew the night would go well. Our server was Mike and he was fantastic and so attentive. The food was so flavorful and a few of us had the Restaurant Week menu and the portions were large. Everything we tasted was amazing. We will definitely go back! Also received a nice surprise for the birthday guy! They know how to treat people as guests and we felt very safe with their Covid safety also.

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KBC123
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always. If you have never had it, you must try the Bobotie.

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vipRobertL
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time we went to Peli Peli in a month. The food was delicious and we love the way they painted the interior.

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MatthewD
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific appetizers, entrees, drinks, and service!

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MarkL
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

This is not the same place Chief Paul started. Everything is less quality since it changed ownership. I will not be going back.

Peli Peli South African Kitchen - The Woodlands
Responded on September 24, 2020

Appreciate your passion for Peli Peli and our 11 years of hospitality Mark! Evolution is necessary in a hyper-competitive market and we are proud of our improvements to the menu including fresher ingredients, greater value in pricepoint, more authentic South African dishes and our ability to maintain our status as one of the best-reviewed restaurants in Houston is evidence we are headed in the right direction. Your issue could be an execution one. Please do allow us to make it right with you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jackie was an outstanding waiter. I would definitely recommend this restaurant because of her. Customer service to me goes hand-in-hand with the food; You’re able to enjoy the food better.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Probably one of the best meals I have had in a really long time.

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ChelseaW
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

From the service to the food, everything was great! Even got a free dessert for my birthday! We will be back soon!

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JackieJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful and fresh. Loved every bit of it!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great, gluten free selection was good

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience1

Peli Peli- Galleria has been our go-to for years. We were very excited to try out one close to home. The ambiance and slow service was such a let down.
The Galleria and Vintage location has beautiful lighting and great decor and The Woodlands location lacks all the charm those restaurants have but with the same price tag. Design changes are minimal since it was Bonefish or Mi Cocina.
It took 20+ minutes for each round of drinks (simple cocktails) and food took so long to come out we forgot what we ordered. It definitely wasn’t the Saturday night birthday experience we expected.
Dimming the intense LED lighting in the evening would be a start to making it a smidge less uncomfortable. Also, the manager kept going to tables and delivering shots and yelling something at the top of his lungs. It was funny the first time but aggressive after hearing it 3/4 times. Even the staff looked uncomfortable when this happened.
Won’t return to this location but still a fan of the others.

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vipAdavis59
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I was disappointed in our overall dining experience and probably would not return. We drove all the way to the Woodlands from Katy as the Katy location has been closed and it was one of our favorite dining spots. The atmosphere was underwhelming and my food came out barely warm. The manager did allow me to get something else but even that dish was just average. The quality of the steak was not up to par. To top it off my husband visited the men's room until to find it under water from the toilet being clogged. It was definitely an unpleasant experience and not sure the manager had a sense of urgency. We will wait until the Cinco Ranch reopens.

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Daijianicole
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Food was good just needed a little salt. Other than that the staff was friendly fast and knowledgeable.

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Holein01zig
Tahoe
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If social distancing is your concern -tables are appropriately spaced. Food is spot on as I’ve come to expect. 1st time at woodlands location as vintage location was our usual. Loves me some peli!

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Alex
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service: the waitress was kind, nice, helpful, attentive however, forgot to bring napkins with the cutlery, it took to much time to bring a cocktail and the food.
Food: Soup delicious but not even warm. Espetada: beef OK, sauces OK, fries (side) greasy. Mac & cheese OK.
Dessert: not crunchy felt like re-fried, not good (chocolate lekker tart)

Overall: my experience with this restaurant, being the first time, was an over promised of what I've read and heard about it many months ago.

I'm willing to try different location and compare, believing that the issues might be related tom how the franchise is managed.

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vipSpaceCaptain
Houston
43 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I write with this with the problems caused by the Chinese virus as contributing to much uncertainty in operation. Seated with reservations 20 minutes late. Appetizer took 35 minutes to get. We decided to have mains and desserts to go. With regard to the friendliness of the staff and the taste of the food- The food taste and prep was excellent and wait staff very nice. Will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Excellent food. Above my expectations!

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HPAWP
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

When you think of South African food, expectations are set. Bold, Flavorful, Spice, we didn’t get any of that. It was unfortunate since I took my wife to celebrate our anniversary. She is a chef and immediately enjoyed the apps( we had the fritters, the mains and desserts were left unseasoned and disappointing. As a chef, her dissatisfaction was apparent and we decided to eat at a local breakfast spot after since we didn’t really get to eat the rest of our food. Service was good but the wait staff didn’t have the guest WiFi password so we could reach our family to say hi via FaceTime. This was a moment we looked forward to for months and fell extremely flat.

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NickR
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and the service was also great. The drinks are tasty. I will definitely be going back

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MargieL
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Steak sandwich was dry. Bar offered only one chardonnay and bar tender couldn’t tell me anything about it. Interior decor disappointing. Just not what I had experienced at Pelé Pelé in Vintage Park location.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

FAQs

Peli Peli South African Kitchen - The Woodlands offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (281) 257-9500 ext. 4.

Peli Peli South African Kitchen - The Woodlands is rated 4.5 stars by 205 OpenTable diners.

Peli Peli South African Kitchen - The Woodlands does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/peli-peli-woodlands/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.