Peli Peli South African Kitchen - The Woodlands

4.5
227 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
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
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  • Mandela Family Freedom Menu

    Oct 29 - Dec 31, 2020
    Each diner will receive 50% adult tickets to the Mandela: Struggle for Freedom Exhibit at the Holocaust Museum Houston! Kids receive free entry at all times! This menu includes: Family of 3 -$48 includes two 2-course adult meals and 1 Kiddies meal Family of 4 -$60 includes up to three 2-course adult meals and 1 Kiddies meal * $1 from every meal goes to Holocaust Museum Houston * Available to-go, curbside or dine-in until December 31, 2021

Offers

The ultimate happy hour!

Starting Nov 12, 2020 · Sun 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Tue - Thu 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Fri - Sat 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Our happy hour runs every hour, every day! For the entire day, all of our cocktails are $10! Stop by Peli Peli South African Kitchen and make every hour your happy hour!

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 227 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere!! Can’t wait to go back!

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WendyS
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

What a terrible experience. I ordered the crab dish, however no crackers for the crab came with my meal and my husband had to go in search of one. By the time it arrived at my table my crab legs were cold. My husband’s steak was nothing but fat. We asked to speak to a manager, however he refused to come. I had to go in and track him down. He said he comped our bill however we were still charged. A very disappointing evening.

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vipRemyThug
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time at this location. Food was awesome!

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vipArtsyOne
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

This is the second Peli Peli I’ve been to and I wouldn’t waste my time or money coming back to this one. The hostesses aren’t accommodating to requests and can be very rude. The wait staff isn’t attentive at all and are quick to rush through the ordering process. Our food came out WAY to quickly, even before we got our drinks, which means it’s not freshly made to order.

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JohnD
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, super nice outdoor patio dinning, great food and WOW deserts.

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PennyS
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exquisite! I enjoyed the experience!!

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LaineyD
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Food is excellent. Service was not great because the server was not very attentive. Had to ask multiple times for refills on drinks. Took forever to get order placed.

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vipFrankN
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is our second time eating at Peli Peli. The food and drinks were consistently amazing. We loved the different sauces and flavors. Took our kids this time. Had full assortment of apps and main courses. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal. Only criticism is the lighting. Much too bright in there. Nobody likes to dine in bright lights. We elected to eat on the outside patio. Much better ambiance there.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious lobster Mac n cheese

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OpenTable Diner
Central Texas
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Our food was outstanding and did not disappoint! However our service was subpar. Never the less, we will be returning and hope for a better overall outcome on our next visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone here are super friendly and attentive. Food is amazing as always. We felt safe coming here because they take precautionary measures to help prevent spread of Covid 19 very seriously.

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vipTexasTodd
Houston
91 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dined here on a Saturday night in November. THE GOOD: management listened to previous feedback and now you chose your own sides instead of sides being preassigned to the dish, management listened to previous feedback and wait staff no longer does a 5 minute monologue during first touch point at table, the lamb simosas were a delicious start to the evening, the filet mignon espetadas were perfectly cooked and seasoned, the swazi sauce, her wings were perfectly cooked and spicy citrus sauce was delicious, my slaw, the Sticky Toffee Pudding, and the waiter; THE MEDIOCRE: the digital menu as they have a verbose special at the top and it requires way too much scrolling to get to the regular menu; THE BAD: N/A

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ALMP
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience1

The food was well prepared and flavorful. We loved all the different flavors represented. The atmosphere of the restaurant felt cheap like a bar. It was so loud in the restaurant that it was difficult to have a conversation at our table. The food and wait staff were wonderful and I expected a higher level of ambience and quieter atmosphere. The quality of food and atmosphere were not on the same level.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience1

The food and service were great! However, it felt like we were eating in a shoebox. No upbeat music or lighting to give an intimate or nice ambiance. Just boring and white. Very different than the other locations. Probably won’t be back to this location.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing you guys have the best food and great service

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vipCandyR
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner on Peli Peli’s patio, enjoying introducing my 26year old daughter to the delicious food! Our waiter was helpful, friendly, and very professional.
We will definitely be back.

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txtrio
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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vipMiniMe
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience2

We were sat by very nice staff. Our waitress was very nice and prompt. We ordered the savory flatbread to start. It took a LONG time. While waiting we asked about the burgers with lamb and beef that was wonderfully juicy. We were told they don't make they that way any more. The flat bread finally arrived...rather the dry toast. It was hard and no where near savory. It was not what we remembered either. In fact nothing was. In fact it is so different we decided to leave. The name is the same, customer service is the same. That's it. Don't go looking for any resembling the previous menu. We understand some changes, a update or two but this is drastic and we will not be back. Too bad, because before COVID we came a minimum of once a month.

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AmyH
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and drinks were all great. Glad to see all the precautions in place for COVID as well.

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vipHeike
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Stevie was a very attentive server. We never had to wait for her.

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JayK
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience4

It's very difficult to write this review. The food was amazing and the service offered by waitress Stevie was tremendous! But our experience was less than acceptable overall. Upon arriving, the hostess was not happy we came unprepared for their very stringent COVID procedures. She called a manager over who then called another male over and the two of them muttered things under their breath about us, shook their heads as if we couldn't hear them and continued to act inappropriately. The one who appeared to be either a manager or bar tender continue to shake his head at us throughout the evening as if he couldn't believe we were eating there. I can understand procedures and perhaps even trying to figure out how to work with us but showing such hate to customers and so belligerently was un-American. We should have left and took our 7-person party with us. But we stayed and tried to be civil. And we are glad we did overall because of Stevie! She was a gem and turned it all around. To the others - I am disappointed and unfortunately we will never come back - I hope you find humility and some compassion.

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Sjrellis
Houston
2 reviews
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
8 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.

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 227 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.