Peli Peli - Vintage Park

4.7
3597 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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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 3597 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined a day ago

Loved the kale salad. Very enjoyable and bright location. Kind waiter. All good

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

For second time in less than month wine we ordered was not in stock so that was disappointing. Also kingklip which is usually excellent this time was not. It was chewy and seemed like it was not cooked through. Service was excellent

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1.0Dined 5 days ago

Cold food and poor services.I’m not going back.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

The restaurant said they were not able to accommodate the reservation because they were so busy and could not look at the online reservation. However we were seated outside. Fortunately it did not rain the entire time and the weather was not horribly hot.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Amazing dining concept if you're looking for an authentic South African experience. Food presentation and true taste sits on point. Service was prompt, professional, and super friendly (Kalven took time to know his party and made it more personalized. Splendid job!!) Interior decor shares a story about the 12 tribes of Israel and feature a huge ambient tree of life in the center - AMAZING creativity! We will always be back!!!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

The food and table service here are always excellent. But for the 3rd time in a row we had to wait more than 20 mins past our reservation time. I just wish they would honor their reservations.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Friendly, quick, attentive service with fantastic food flavors to dine on. If one is open to trying unique flavors from South Africa, you will be rewarded for the experience. My wife and I dine here on special occasions and have never been disappointed with the whole experience. Save room for the Sticky Toffee Pudding.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Good food - good service - very enjoyable

We will be back

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Peli Peli had been recommended to us and it was everything that was expected. It was at the upper end of the price range that we will spend but the food was delicious - mains and desserts. And there were dishes not usual for Houston. Service was attentive and friendly. Reservations are a good idea at the key times.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

I have been to this location before, I enjoy the ambience and the wait staff is very knowledgeable. Our waiter name was Patrick and he was very informative and recommended very nice items. He checked on us several times and he was very pleasant. will return again with my husband

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

They have a couples only room which is great for a date and if you need a break from large groups or families. The food tasted amazing!!!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

South African cuisine done well. Service was knowledgeable and attentive. Decent win list but heavy on S African wines.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

We love your restaurant and it's food and come back regularly.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Very enjoyable evening, delicious food, knowledgable waiter, very professional and friendly

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Had dinner with some friends for Houston Restaurant weeks. Enjoyed the options and portion sizes. Everyone enjoyed all the food. The restaurant was clean and our waitress was kind and friendly. I told our waitress about my allergies and she made sure to notate my allergies and make accommodations. Much appreciated. Will be back when i'm in the area or try another location.

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Overall experience and food quality is slipping here. Perhaps too many locations/formats are a distraction.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

My fiancé and I went for Sunday brunch for houston restaurant weeks 2018. We had the bobotie, chicken sosatie, chicken shnitzel n' waffles, and french toast. It all tasted authentic and amazing! The mimosas are also on special $12 for a carafe! Would recommend to friends!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Great food as always! They ran out of the dessert we wanted but it was late so was to be expected

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Service from our waitress wasn’t great but other staff were good. Some of the appetizers came out cold. A little disappointing considering the amount of money we spent.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

11 year anniversary dinner!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

I had requested a less noisy area with my reservation because two of us wore hearing aids. Was I pleased. They seated us away from the big room with was very noisy in a smaller more intimate room and visiting was not a problem. Food and service were great.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

The food was excellent. Jamaal was our waiter and he was BEYOND excellent. We got to meet and fall in love with Chef. I can hardly wait to come back!

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Great service and wonderful food! Especially fun for a special occasion.

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Our dinner was very good. Several of us had the Bobotie as an appetizer and it was delicious although it could have been heated through more, it was just warm, not hot. All of our entrees were perfectly cooked. I had a piece of Chilean Sea Bass that was still very flaky and moist although a bit pricey at $46. We had the Chicken Espetada and that was also cooked perfectly.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

The staff was pleasant and accommodating. The food was absolutely delicious and not terribly expensive. I will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

The service and food were excellent!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Awesome food, server Patrick was phenomenal, he explained how the restaurant was started the type of food served to the friend who had never dined at Peli Peli and was very helpful with the menu selections.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Awesome food. They got us sat down quickly and in a perfect spot for first timers. We could take in the whole restaurant with all it's decor and ambiance. The waiter was great. He had a wonderful sense of humor, didn't make anything awkward and very knowledgeable of the menu. We will definitely be coming back.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Great customer service and the food was delicious. The atmosphere was very nice and romantic.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

This is our 3rd time at the Vintage park location and I have to say each time was amazing, the food, so delicious and the staff friendly and attentive makes recommendations and answers any and all questions we have. I rave about this place every chance I get.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Once again, Peli Peli did NOT disappoint! Celebrated a family member's bday with a group of 10. Everthing was great - food, service, beverages, etc. Staff very accommodating for our large group and the homemake cake we brought with us. Definitely recommend (but do note that the restaurant is a little loud, so know that before you go in).

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Great place for an anniversary or date night. They really took care if us!

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

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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1.0Dined on July 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Excellent service - top notch!

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Food was great!

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1.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We were visiting from out of town and my parents took us there to celebrate my birthday. They love this restaurant and wanted it to be a special night. My mom is not very mobile, so this was a big deal. We ordered a bottle of the house specialty wine from South Africa. Because it is old, our waitress said she had to use the two-prong type of wine bottle opener, and she was having a hard time. She ended up popping the cork down into the wine and splashing red wine on my mom and dad. Ok, so that can happen and she apologized. She sent the manager over with a second bottle...he did the EXACT same thing, this time spraying my dad and my husband with red wine. The third bottle he opened fine and asked if we wanted it decanted. We said yes. He decanted it and then poured the entire bottle from the decanter into three glasses? Why even decant it? They were huge pours of wine. They asked if it was a special occasion when we were seated and we said it was a birthday. So while the wine debacle was happening, two tables near us got a dessert with a candle in it... so I was expecting something similar; we ordered one dessert. It came out. No candle. And here is the kicker...we were charged for the dessert which we assumed was gratis AND we were charged for the wine. I don't go around looking for freebies, but after splashing wine on three of us, I did expect to get some sort of discount. When I asked the manager, his offer was to pay for our dry cleaning...if we brought the receipt back. We told him we lived out of town. We were never rude and never complained., but at that point I did say the experience was ruined by their poor service. He said he would look over the bill when I listed all the things that had happened. After 20 minutes of consideration, he came back and said he would take 15% off of our bill. It didn't even cover half the bottle of wine. We will NEVER go back. Which is sad, because the food was actually good.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

It was a wonderful birthday celebration!

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