Peli Peli - Vintage Park

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Featured on the Food Network and CNBC, Peli Peli is an award-winning destination for South African steaks & seafood by Chef Ryan Stewart. A 2013 OpenTable Award-Winner for Top 100 Best American-Fare Restaurants in the US, Peli Peli is one of the best-reviewed restaurants in the greater Houston area, with at least 4.5 stars on every major review platform.

Two private dining rooms and catering services are available.  Please email events@pelipeli.com

Weekend Brunch | 11am - 4pm
Happy Hour | Monday - Friday | 2-7pm
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$25 3-Course Executive Lunch Menu

Enjoy our $25 3-course executive lunch menu Mon - Fri before 4pm!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: March 4, 2020

Ends: March 5, 2119

Availability: Mon-Fri 11:00AM-4:00PM

South African Happy Hour

Enjoy our $6 light bites and select cocktails for happy hour every Monday - Friday from 2:00pm to 7:00pm!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 20, 2020

Ends: February 21, 2119

Availability: Mon-Fri 2:00PM-7:00PM

Half-off bottles of wine every Tuesday!

Enjoy half off bottles of our favorite wine at Peli Peli every Tuesday! The perfect experience for foodies and wine lovers!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 17, 2020

Ends: February 18, 2119

Availability: Tue 11:00AM-9:00PM

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C
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! It was really really good. It was really great that I could get a reservation at the exact time I wanted.

BT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Bar menu was very misleading and I did speak with the manager and told him my thoughts. I ordered a GIN Martini on the rocks and was told it would be $13 + $3 for a single or $16 + $3 for a double. I pointed out that the menu reads GIN $13 single & $16 double depending on the gin ordered. I was told if you get a Martini there is a $3 up charge. #1 - The price of a Vintage Park Martini should not be $16 or $19. Those are NY City prices. #2 - There should be no up charge for olives and a pinch of VERMOUTH. Based on this pricing, I ordered an Old Fashoned (good not great) and a Margarita (good but not great) which was on sale. At the end of the night, I paid way too much for food and booze (including two glasses of house Cab). I remember the good old days when there was Happy Hour and we could walk out for under $30 total.

PR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the experience. The food was incredible. The servers are very knowledgeable and more than happy to answer any questions you may have. I would definitely recommend it for a special occasion.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fabulous dining experience here. Service was great and food was great. Will be coming back again soon.

JC
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

After 8 years away from Houston, I was excited to come back and enjoy this outstanding restaurant. The food was even better than I remembered!

AQ
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am loyal to Peli Peli and it never disappoints! That is what keeps me coming back. Brandon our waiter was so great. Excellent customer service skills, knowledgeable about the menu and he has very attentive to our needs regardless of the language barrier from my guests. He was very culturally sensitive and made sure our food was made to it's best. Thank you Brandon for making my mother's birthday brunch such a wonderful experience!

D
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Peli Peli is still a great venue. Menu changes since the changes in leadership do not live up in quality. I was disappointed to see torn and worn out booths during our visit. I would like to see better upkeep. It cheapens the experience, especially for the price that is being charged.

F
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Cold coffee served, out of item ordered and had to ask to turn music down. Very disappointed. Our foodie group will not return.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Valentines date with my wife. We really didn’t know what to expect. Never have we tried South African food before. It started out a little shaky for us at the bar while waiting to be seated. The bartender seemed like he was ignoring us. We had to actually stop a manager to order our drinks for the bartender to make them. I feel if we hadn’t done that he would have served other people that came after us. Once we were seated our waitress Chase was super nice and informative. You can say she saved the night for us. She gave recommendations at our request and really broke down the menu to us. The food was amazing. Far better that what I was expecting. We will definitely be back.

RJ
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We have been eating at the Vintage Park location since Chef Paul opened the first Peli Peli years and years ago. We went Saturday for Valentines Day weekend. We had an early reservation at 6:30pm. The process to check in was slow and seemed like they could only handle one thing at a time on an iPad device and was a bottleneck even though not crowded. Our server was Brendan (spelling?) and he was very polite and attentive. However several issues throughout the evening. We had appetizers but were waiting for wine to enjoy with them. When the entrees came out the order was not what my wife requested. A delay while they prepared the correct steak. My crusted Chilean sea bass was over cooked and came with very little sides (small portion of slaw with a couple of legumes for $47.) We were disappointed that many of our long time favorites are no longer available like the Peli Peli salad, Chilean sea bass (this was a special event serving only and not the original, etc.) My wife ordered a glass of Malbec for dinner and it was the only one listed under Malbec available by the glass at $13. We were brought another Malbec for $15 that was under another heading. Felt like we were not treated right and should never have to worry about this. This was likely our last visit. It has continued decline in nearly every aspect. We have brought many people here for their first visit and always thought of it as our special place but those days are behind us now. New owners and managers need to get their hands around this quickly instead of trying to open more locations and squeeze out faves for more profits which is apparently their current strategies.

ER
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I remember correctly our servers name was Collins. Great hand shack. He was awesome... Polite, professional, very knowledgeable of the food and restaurants history. He also applied a veterans discount to our meal without us asking. We will be returning and hopefully sit in his section. Two thumbs up!!!

MH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it Loved it Loved it Loved it Loved it Loved it Loved it Loved it

PR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The only disappointment was the reservation, I’m sure you heard this already....This was a surprise for my wife, she is from SA.... When you make reservation on a certain time, you think you will be seated at that time.... very crowded when you first come in, there was one female trying to check people in, I feel for her but when We finally got seated, everything else was great and the waitress was awesome

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Valentine’s Day experience at Peli Peli was overall good. Restaurant was very packed and a rather lengthy wait due to the many reservations. But we were accommodated with a free glass of champagne and shown to a private area in the back, which was much more quiet and intimate!

DB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience4

We arrived 30 minutes prior to our 8:30 PM reservation but the host stated they did not need reservation info and took my info from scratch? The waiting area was quite empty at the time. We were told there would be a 25 minute wait. By 8:30 PM it was a madhouse with a crowd of 15-20 people surrounding the hostess station. We were finally texted at around 8:45 PM but could not get to the hostess counter due to the surrounding crowd. There was only a single hostess and no one assisting with seating the tables. While standing with the rest of the group who had been texted with tables ready I caught the manager who seemed to be completely overwhelmed. I asked him who we were supposed to inform the table was ready and who was sitting tables but only received an I'm sorry and he understood. I then explained that they had no specific lines for incoming patrons nor a line for seating. Rather than taking control and getting some organization to the cluster I just received a blank look. My wife finally caught a waiter in the hallway who apologized and took us to be seated. A nearly 20 minute wait after being called for your table and who knows how much longer had we not found a go-getter on the wait staff. Even more comical was when we entered the table area half the tables were empty with staff waiting. I normally don't post on these things but it was a complete breakdown and on all days, Valentines Day. Definitely was not worth the $200 we spent, but hey at least they had Blanton's Bourbon!

AW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The only reason this review didn't receive 5 stars across the board is due to the fact that my wife and I waited 30 minutes past our reservation time to be seated. There isn't much point to a reservation if you don't have a seat reserved. Other than that, the food was wonderful and delicious, the service was spot on, Jazz did a wonderful and satisfactory job. Peli Peli helped give my Wife and I a Happy Valentines Day. Well done!! and thank you

APW

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!! Wonderful ambiance, fantastic staff, and decadent food!!! This place is a must do!!!

TP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was terrible, food mediocre, sat us on a cold patio.

h
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Chilean Sea Bass was EXCELLENT! We also had the crab cakes as an appetizer and they were delicious. I was pleasantly surprised that the food was so great! This was a Valentines Day dinner. Service and food were both great!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was great Kalvin our waiter was amazing. Carrots came out cool and the food took a while , but it’s a holiday and they were busy. Never had those issues on any other night.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We went on Valentine's Day. We were seated in what I think was their event space set up for overflow space rather than the main dining room. So the ambiance was probably a little below their typical set up.

The special Valentine's menu listed happy hour until 7:00, but the waiter said they didn't have happy hour that night. Not a big deal, but a little disappointing.

I had the seared scallops with the corn succotash. The scallops were on the small side and kind of gritty. Overall, just ok. The succotash was very good.

My wife had the beef espetada. The presentation was very cool-- kind of a hanging skewer. The beef had a good flavor, but was a little on the tough side. The sides were a legume dish that looked and tasted like green beans and a carrot dish that tasted like mashed sweet potatoes. Both were fine, but nothing to write home about.

For dessert, we got the sticky toffee pudding. It didn't read the description and was expecting more of a creme brulee type dish. It was more of a spice cake with ice cream (which is what the menu said). Not my favorite, but my fault for not reading the menu.

I ordered a cappuccino, but the I guess their milk frother was broken. It was decent but without the frothy top.

Overall, a forgettable meal. Everything was fine, but not great. This was my second time at Peli Peli and my wife's first. I was a lot more impressed with my first trip. I'm guessing it was mediocre because it was Valentine's and they were busy. We'll give them another chance one of these days.

PT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Not a Fan of the Very limited Valentine’s Day menu. We only wanted the tiger prawns and again they didn’t have them. We could have went to Fogo de Chao for what we paid.

“Somewhat Disappointed and Dissatisfied “

S
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice Valentines dinner. It was a fixed menu and we would have liked more options but the food was good and the waitress was personable and responsive.

f
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Something happened I usually order lamb chops ( since years a go) but this time wasn’t a same flavor

BS
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Dinner with my husband. Food was delicious as always. We had a great waiter! We were in a room off the side and it was not as loud as it usually is in the main room which was really nice. Great experience!

H
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food!

B
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I was put off by the way the greeter spoke to me. She called me a liar in regards to my reservation

SR
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my 3rd time dining at Peli Peli. The food is always good. It is one of those few restaurants where you can sit and enjoy your food in between courses. I never feel rushed. The servers are always friendly and attentive. I'll be back.

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Liked everything except the strip steak and fries.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Drinks took a long time
Salads served before appetizers
Entrees average

C
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Brought some friends that had never been before. They were up to trying something new and they really enjoyed it. We had reservations and were sat right when we got there even though we were a bit early. Appetizers, drinks and entree were very good as always.

DE
Houston
51 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Unfortunately in NW Houston we do not have any Great Restaurants, we do have a few good restaurants and Peli Peli is among the few. If you order a salad, make sure you hold off on ordering your entree until you're almost done with the sale, unless you're in a rush.
Many servers do not seem to understand the need to check on their customers if they have appetizers or a salad before they put in the customers entree order to the kitchen.
We do find the restaurant to be a bit noisy, very high ceilings and nothing to absorb sound is the cause., and we know some people will not go to a restaurant that is this noisy, so beware or go early before it gets crowded.

SM
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Have always enjoyed Peli Peli in the past. This time the food was bad. Dry and over cooked. 5 meals, all brought at different times, the last one a full 10 min after the others. Sent worst plate back, was just as bad second time.
Angry and aggressive manager when discussing issue.

BD
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was 1st wedding anniversary . Waitress knowledgeable & the manager comped us a desert (sticky pudding).

TO
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Our waiter seemed to be impatient. Our food came to the table barely Lukewarm. I informed our waiter and they offered to re-make the order. When they brought it back, there was no real change. The food was still Lukewarm as if there was no change at all. I had ordered this dish before so I was aware of how it should’ve been presented. I chose not to send the order back a 3rd time. I very disappointed seeing that it was my Birthday and I had been looking forward to the dinner? Will not be returning

JU
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply perfect in every way! Food was amazing, service impeccable, ambiance lovely. Did see a bug crawl past our table.

NR
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have heard nothing but great things about PelPeli! Boy did our experience there deliver! Service was great and food was amazing! Thank you Peli Peli! Can’t wait to come back.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The cocktail menu and food menu have changed slightly. Our favorite drink the Johannesburg Sour has fallen off the cocktail menu but they did do it for us but as a la carte spirits to add to a drink totalling $18 a drink. The chicken espetada used to have a buttery finish to it and now it is a bit dry because they no longer do the drenched butter unless asked for. The lamb samosas and the bobotie were excellent and a great suggestion from our great server Tracy. So I can take or leave this place as a place to have dinner again. I’ve had better experiences here before.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Towards the end there was confusion about the tip.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great brunch, as always. The service is always on the mark. I've never had a bad meal. It always arrives at our table quickly and hot.

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