Peli Peli - Vintage Park

4.7
3647 reviews
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$31 to $50
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South African
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Peli Peli, known for its South African flavors & Southern hospitality, 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 (Opentable). Currently ranked #1 out of 7,298 Houston Restaurants on tripadvisor.com.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
South African, Contemporary American, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Sunday: 10:30am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am; Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:00pm
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Phone number
(281) 257-9500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Paul Friedman
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Catering
Peli Peli offers outside catering for weddings and social events as well as 2 private rooms that seat up to 40 and 120, respectively.

For more information please email our event coordinator, Dana Reeves, at danar@pelipeli.com or info@pelipeli.com.
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Cross street
Louetta
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Entertainment
Take the "Tour of South Africa" our unique culinary dining experience that will take you through our most popular appetizers, entrees and dessert for a one-of-a-kind South African experience!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Peli Peli is the perfect setting for private parties, business meetings and seminars, as well as rehearsal dinners, birthdays and social events. Our intimate private room seats 40 and features a 50” HDTV. Ideal for business presentations and sales & marketing luncheons. Customized menus upon request

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What 3647 People Are Saying
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Houston
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waitress! She was very efficient and handled our group old guys very well,

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MV
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kalven was awesome! Made us laugh and gave excellent service!

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HM
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was perfect! Manager was nice and waitress was very knowledgeable! Drink special was delicious! Food was good and came out quickly.

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MD
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Something different from a casual date night, so decided to come here. Food was amazing once again! Tucker was a great server for the evening. Explained the menu very well and answering any questions we had, and awesome drink recommendations. Been wanting to try the Espetada and it did not dissapoint! A must try place!

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TB
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice and the waiter Jamal I think was a very good host.

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KM
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place was amazing! From the food to the service was impeccable!!!

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AB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Peli Peli never disappoints. No matter which location, I can always expect the best service and consistent, flavorful food.

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o
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service!!

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JW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday. The service was amazing! Our waitress was wonderful and the food was exceptional. They didn’t charge us a fee for bringing our own cake either.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Every time I have had lunch at Peli Peli the service starts our great and the food is always good. However once the meal is complete trying to get the payment process started always takes too much time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for my husband's birthday with our 3 kids. We all loved it!!! The staff was very welcoming and attentive. Since it was our first visit, Adonis, our waiter, explained the story behind the chef's inspiration for the restaurant including the decor. He gave us amazing recommendations on the food. Everything we tried was delicious. The adults were also brought a glass of champagne and the kids a glass of cider to toast my husband's birthday while Adonis took our picture. He then presented us with our picture at the end of the night. It was a very memorable evening. We will definitely return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were fabulous! Delicious meal and great atmosphere!

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RE
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was first time at Peli Peli and I was not disappointed! The food was absolutely terrific as well as the service. Sticky Toffee Pudding for dessert was AWESOME! I'll be back!

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A
Houston
319 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Hard to find but worth the trip. From not having signs to find to restaurant to not having signs for the door, it was sure hard to get there. We had the lunch special and it was a great value. Food and service was great.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

I don't know if they have a different kitchen staff on Sunday but our meals were mediocre at best. My appetizer was overcooked, a bit burned on the bottom and my steak was luke warm. We have loved Peli Peli in the past and always recommend it to friends. We will not be going back. :(

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KW
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Used to be much better. The flavors of South Africa dish used to come with different sauces to actually sample different flavors. Now it is one sauce because “it is too hard for the kitchen to do multiple.” Quality and portion of meats much lower than before too. Things have changed since this brand became a franchise. Now very ocerpriced for the quality.

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EH
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We love Peli Peli! The food and ambiance is always spectacular. Our waiter was just not up to par on this visit, which is a first. They also seemed short-staffed. I would still recommend the restaurant highly!

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CG
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! We had such a great time here from start to finish. The staff was friendly, our waiter was so knowledgeable and gave such great recommendations, the food was amazing. Everything we tried was so great.

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KP
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to have a wonderful meal and service!

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MA
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined there 4 times. Exceptional food and service each time.

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J
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is always fresh and great. Unfortunately, they did not serve the Lunch menu, but rather the Brunch menu, on a Saturday afternoon during Houston Restaurant Week.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating 20 years of friendship

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

Food was great! We did the 3 course HRW menu, we each choose a different appetizer and dessert to share. We are all surprised with how amazing the flavor of every dish was, including entrees! Our waiter Jeremy was very knowledgeable and made the experience truly personal. The surprise card with picture that was taken during dessert time was the cherry on top!

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BF
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Always consistent! Will be back again!

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Q
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent!!
The server was very knowledgeable about the menu!!
She along with the management staff were very warm and pleasant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed the atmosphere. The menu was unique with a South African flair. The food and dessert were delicious! The service was great.

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was great the only problem I had was the temperature of some of the food that came out. It wasn't very hot.

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GJ
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place was fantastic. I would highly recommend it to anyone. The food was excellent.

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JS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was absolutely outstanding. Server was very knowledgeable about South African recipes they use, and very helpful in selection delicious combinations. The service was prompt but not rushed. The decor is beautiful without being overbearing. Our party of four had a wide variety of dishes and everyone said it was delicious. A reasonably priced, super dining experience.

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F
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had the seafood skillet. Everything was very delicious except for the squid which didn't have much flavor. Our server was very friendly and attentive. It was very nice to be able to make reservations.

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RD
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to the Galleria location and enjoyed the ambience of the restaurant. We wanted to experience the Vintage Park location also since this location is closer to our residence. The food and service was great. There were lots of families with young children which made us comfortable since we also had a child in our group. The overall decor and the setting is wonderful.

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JH
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I appreciate the manager accommodating my party after a miscommunication from the prior day. I was told prior that this location was serving Houston Restaurant Weeks lunch on the weekend because the Galleria location was only serving the brunch. Upon my arrival at the Vintage Park location I was informed that lunch was not being served and only brunch was offered. I explained this to the manager as I would not have driven out to this specific location. The manager simply offered the lunch menu and switched out our menus so my party could have what we came out there for. We appreciated him doing that and enjoyed our meal and visit as it was our first time visiting Peli Peli.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an awesome time, the food was amazing and the service from Jeremy was outstanding!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for Restaurant week and enjoyed the experience.

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TA
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Waitstaff was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. If I lived in Houston I would go again.

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A
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

It was good but the service wasn’t as good as years past. For example, I wrote on the reservation that it was my husband birthday but it went unacknowledged. In the past when we’ve gone on a special occasion, we were even offered a free glass of champagne. It’s also extremely noisy. This was our first kid-free dinner in 9 months and it was hard to communicate with the high noise level. And although it a small detail, they’ve changed from having nice, leather menus to a laminated piece of paper which seems cheap for an expensice steak house. The ambience definitely doesn’t match the price tag. We spent $150 for two people.

The food was good but I’m not sure this will be our go-to celebratory restaurant anymore. It now feels very generic like every other chain restaurant.

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DH
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here many times. NEVER had a bad meal. Exceptional every time.

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KW
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

We went during restaurant week and I ordered the Peli Peli shrimp. I felt my meal was very bland, but everyone else at the table said their meal was delicious. I will try them again and just order something else

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BA
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

NW Houston is fortunate to have this establishment. If you are tired of the same old food, try this place. There are foods that Americans are comfortable with a South African/Indian/Dutch flair. I've never been disappointed with anything on the menu.

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EH
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my mom's 70th birthday and I brought her to Peli Peli for lunch. The waiter (Eric) was remarkably great at providing customer service; making her day extra special. In addition, the manager gave her dessert on the house. Thanks a lot for the excellent service. Will return soon.

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