Peli Peli - Vintage Park

4.7
3562 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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Neighborhood
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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!
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Gift Card
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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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3,562 reviews
4.7 out of 5 Stars
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4.6
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4.6
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HA
Houston
1 review
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I dine there often, we k now most servers, we know the managers and bartenders. We have been to South Afrika several times, and we like that Peli Peli keeps food authentic, adding a little flavor to an area while very prominent and wealthy, has little variety of quality. I hope they stay there for many years to come.

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SC
Houston
1 review
1.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Went back to Peli Peli after not going for a few months. Not sure what has changed but it was awful! Worst meal I have ever had there. Service was exeptionally poor, and I also found half a wishbone in my curried chicken! When I told our waiter to take it away as I couldn’t eat it after finding the bone he said a manager would be over to see us. No one came. When we asked for the check a $10 compensation had been deducted from the check but still had the full amount of the curried chicken. I walked up front to speak to a manager. After a 10 minute wait I was told to go back to me table and someone would come see us. A gentleman did come over and offered to take 40% of the curried chicken I had sent back after 4 bites of food! After telling him that he would be taking the whole entree from our check, we left and will not be back. Terrible terrible service. Not the way it used to be. Chef Paul, you need to look into this, seriously!!!

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OT
Houston
1 review
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service - top notch!

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OT
Houston
3 reviews
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my all time favorite restautants. They really go out of their way for me to make sure I'm happy! Food is always delicious!

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j
Houston
11 reviews
4.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent as always - The service was a little slower than usual. They seemed to be very busy for a Wednesday night which probably were not equipped for. Will still go back as this was very unusual for them.

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OT
Houston
1 review
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great!

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OT
Houston
9 reviews
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful birthday celebration!

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OT
Houston
1 review
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food and overall service, although our waiter was a little shy or reserved, which didn’t work to his advantage in such a noisy place. The noise volume was rather high for an early evening dinner. Made date conversation tough. Food was excellent as always. We don’t live in the area so not sure when we will be back, but we will definitely make the trip again.

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TO
1 review
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. Love the many infusions of flavors in every bite!
Service was terrific. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the food and very attentive.

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GL
1 review
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. The managers and staff were very attentive to us. We were offered passionfruit champagne. Our meal and evening was very memorable.

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BH
Houston
1 review
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent spot for a business lunch. Everything was perfect start to finish.

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DK
Houston
4 reviews
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal - celebration at Peli-Peli. Steak & Lamb Chops were our main courses = both awesome. Chicken samosas shared as appetizer. Treacle pudding to finish. A first class experience.

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AT
Houston
3 reviews
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was exceptional, as always. Was disappointed that 2 desserts arrived and were finished before I received by dessert drink.

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R
Houston
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time enjoying the brunch menu. Everything was delicious and our waiter showered us with impeccable service. Will definitely return!

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AD
New Orleans
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfectly prepared and very tasty food. Cocktails are great and service is outstanding. Great for a date or just a special dinner experience with friends and family.

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t
Houston
20 reviews
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always perfect and so tasty.
We love it there.

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G
Houston
5 reviews
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome. Service was fast and courteous

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E
Houston
20 reviews
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the redfish special for lunch, until was fabulous. Best piece of fish I’ve had in a while. Normally I have the filet trios but glad I stepped out for something new. Will be back soon.

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OT
Houston
1 review
3.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We never complain, but... Was there for our 25th wedding anniversary’. Was rather disappointed. Side dish came out 5 mins after main course. Wrong side dishes brought out. Was offered a special anniversary dessert; however, they didn’t deliver on that offer. We didn’t ask, they offered. But would have made our evening more special and they need to do what they say they’re going to do. Food was good, but next special occasion will be somewhere else.

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K
1 review
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious in every way possible. The atmosphere was fun and I cannot say enough good things about our waiter Patrick. He was thoroughly knowledgeable of the restaurant origin, the cuisine, the entire menu- he explained every order’s ingredients. Super friendly - we’re going to ask for Patrick when we go back!

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EB
1 review
4.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always our meal was great. Margaret is always a plus when we visit Peli Peli she is so knowledgeable about the wine selection and she exudes excitement about the craft cocktails. Our waitress was nice but her personality and her knowledge the menu was lacking. I'm thinking maybe she was new. We will be back!

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KB
Houston
1 review
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food prepared in a not overly conventional way. Try a few of the South African signature plates, the servers are more than qualified to guide you to some new favorites. The ambiance and decor is fun and exciting, but a little too loud for my taste, however the menu makes up for it.

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C
Houston
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved every minute of our experience!! From the way we were treated - to the food absolutely spectacular !! Thank you

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DP
Houston
1 review
4.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We love going to Peli Peli, great food, service and friendly staff. Very disappointed that they no longer serve the cheesecake.

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F
Houston
7 reviews
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience yet again at Peli Peli! We love this restaurant and after moving out of state last summer it was the first place we wanted to go when we came to visit! The only complaint my husband and other friends had was that their espetada special with prawn was less than expected due to over cooked prawn. Everything else was excellent and it was a great way to celebrate my husband’s birthday!

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DD
1 review
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating Father's Day. Unfortunately they had ran out of the beef so WE had to order something else. It was good but it wasn't what WE came for.
Maybe next time..

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This visit made a believer out of my skeptical husband! We will be back.

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B
Houston
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The manager even ran all the way out to the parking lot to bring us something my father left behind. Great service and willing to go the extra mile

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TH
1 review
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

I was disappointed by the limited menu because most of my favorite dishes were not on it. I would probably not go back if they are only offering a limited menu.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good experience. Patrick our server was very patient with us. Didn’t feel rushed at all.

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C
1 review
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We love Peli Peli. The only thing we had issue with is the VERY large increase in drink prices without prior notice.

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DM
Houston
1 review
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Peli Peli and we were very impressed. Our friends who joined us had been there before and pointed out some favorites from the menu. Great service and tasty food. We plan on returning.

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SB
1 review
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my dad for Father's Day and he enjoyed it. The food, service and atmosphere was all wonderful. We will be back!!

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MW
1 review
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed Father's Day Brunch with a couple of friends, food was great!

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R
Houston
1 review
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual the food and service were outstanding and a great value for the quality you get

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DM
1 review
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The service was outstanding the waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and very we'll spoken. The waiter was entertaining and suggested meals for this was my first visit. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who' delight is delicious meals.

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JR
Houston
2 reviews
2.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Calamari was uneventful. Rubbery. Prawn cakes were over cooked. Waiter pushed an expensive $70 bottle of wine that wasn’t worth the price at all. All in all, it was a disappointment.

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DH
Houston
1 review
4.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We arrived about 20 minutes late but still seated immediately. The waiter was very good, explaining everything about the restaurant and menu items. Just the right amount of attention when we needed him.
Food was amazing, authentic South African fare and delightful new tastes, excellent presentation.
We especially liked the bobotie and killer prawns.

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JC
1 review
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved peli peli! We took our 6, 4 and 10 month old and they loved trying all the food. The bobotie is the best and so is their toffee cheesecake!!

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DV
1 review
3.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Normally have a better experience, this time waitress was distant with us, no recognition of special occasion even though was noted on reservation. Food was OK, Carrot bredie was chunkier than normal, specially sausage had course ground spices that were not pleasant to chew on.

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