About Peli Peli - Vintage Park

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.

110 Vintage Park Blvd.
Suite P
Houston, TX 77070
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
South African, Contemporary American, Global, International

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

Cross Street:
Louetta

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(281) 257-9500

Website:
http://www.pelipeli.com/

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!

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.

Executive Chef:
Paul Friedman

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

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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

Peli Peli - Vintage Park Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (53)
Creative Cuisine (49)
Good for Anniversaries (43)
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Special Occasion (40)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Authentic (29)
Romantic (29)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Worth the Drive (24)
Good for Groups (23)
Great for Lunch (23)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Fun (21)
Notable Wine List (21)
Business Meals (20)
Casual (20)
Cozy (19)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Great for Brunch (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
People Watching (12)
Hot Spot (11)
Spicy (10)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Seasonal (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Healthy (5)
Vegan (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Scenic View (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Organic (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Tulsa)·Dined 5 days ago

The food and service here are absolutely excellent but this location compared to the Galleria location are quite different. The Noah's Ark room for couples on a date doesn't have the ambiance that the Galleria has. The tables are positioned weird and the room is brightly lit and it's extremely quiet, the tables and chairs were wobbly and run down. The tables and booths in the main dining room are also a bit rundown as well in comparison to the Galleria location. The staff and the food are absolutely fantastic at both locations though! Asked to sit in the main dining room and they made it happen and it was much better although it needs a bit of updating compared to the newer location in the Galleria.

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 (Houston)·Dined 5 days ago

Formerly a romantic atmosphere with tablecloths and lights on the tables, now it is similar to a tavern. No tablecloths, no cute little lights, very loud. The newbie waiter forgot to bring my husband's salad before his entrée. They offered the free dessert, but seemed quite uncaring about amateur service. The approx. 8 pages menu is now on 2 sides of a plastic card, most sides are set instead of being able to pick, vegetarian plate gone. Very expensive, the food was good, but you can't hear the person across the booth. No more live music in the restaurant.This was our favorite restaurant, but I don't think we will be back. What was supposed to be a special relaxing night out was stressful and disappointing.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Totally underwhelmed. Got there, waited about 10 minutes after our reservation time to be seated. Service was okay. The food was good. Seemed very disorganized. We both ordered drinks from the menu and were told that they were out of them. They were out of every bourbon on the menu. I tried to order a few different wines all were out. The waitstaff was dismissive and laughed it off. They were hesitant to apologize and offered no explanation.

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·Dined 6 days ago

The chicken curry and the prime steak special was outstanding, along with the dessert that had chocolate cake and ice cream. Every visit to Peli Peli has been great and unique. Enjoy!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

We loved our waiter, Jeremy. He is a gem. The Noise level was not ideal for a business meal but we all had a nice time anyway. Food was fantastic.

Tags: People Watching, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 11, 2018

This is one of our favorite restaurants, usually have a great experience. Went last night for an awards dinner for my wife. 2 of her co workers ordered the espentada. When it was brought out the server asked us to check the cook of the meat. It was over. He told them that the bottom piece is always cooked a little more. The rest would be perfect. The rest was medium well, supposed to be medium rare. When we told the manager about it he apologized. Didn’t offer to bring out another one, didn’t offer to take it off the check. Instead he said he was going to give us a dessert on the house. 1 dessert for 6 people. $80 in over cooked meat, and 1 $12 dessert for 6. Hmmm. So then when we get the bill it had the dessert that he was supposed to comp. so they charged us for the dessert that we didn’t order. Once again they apologized. Instead of taking it off, they gave us a card for a free appetizer for next visit. Not the typical Peli Peli experience were used to.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 9, 2018

They are going through some type of transition. Many bar choices were not available and our server was not friendly. She seemed to not want to be at work that evening and even taking our order was scattered and awkward.
The entrees were very inconsistent and some seafood was over cooked and dry. Not a top restaurant any longer.

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Peli Peli is one of my favorite places to eat. Everything is so flavorful!!!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 7, 2018

First Time visiting this Restaurant after looking on reviews..
I totally agree: Great Food -from appetizer to dessert- and plus Good Service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We had such a great time!! I told my husband,that I loved this Peli Peli so much! Have been to the galleria and cinco ranch but loved the food and ambiance here do much! It was a 45 min drive from katy but it was so worth it!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Cozy
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 7, 2018

I and my husband had the Chicken Espetada. It is ultimate splendor! We also tried the Sticky Toffee Pudding. It was extremely delicioso and wonderful! The waiter, Jeremy, was awesome as could be! A bit pricey this is, but for a special once in a while, you will love it! I do wish they had a more extensive wine list with more cabs, especially. This is a favorite spot of our list of favorites!

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

My wife and I have always loved this place. Maybe it was just an off night... or at least let’s hope so. They have several seating areas so be sure to be specific that you want to sit in the main dining area if you want to enjoy the ambiance. We were sat in a back room off the main dining area. It was awkwardly quiet, limited decoration and just overall non-inviting. Several couples around us could be heard complaining of the experience. For the price you expect it to just be a bit better. If you want to try something unique and different give it a shot.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Every time I’ve been here Peli Peli blows me away! The service is above and beyond and the food is unique and delicious:) I insisted on taking my mother, my grandmother and my great-aunt there for my grandmothers 88th birthday. They were concerned when I told them South African food, but they all thanked me for pushing them to go!! And the Vintage Park area is so nice and fun on weekends!

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Vegan, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Our umpteenth time here - we've NEVER been disappointed!

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

The steak was phenomenal and the service was great. We had an enjoyable experience just wish it had been a more romantic setting for our anniversary.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 6, 2018

This was our first visit, and definitely we'll be back soon. The menu was interesting and we tried some new things. The food was really good and presented very well - also the service was outstanding. Notable waitstaff were Tony at the bar, and Sebastian at our table . . . they sincerely cared and did everything they could to make the evening enjoyable !

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Fun
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Peli Peli continues to be one of the best restaurants the greater Houston area.
Don't let the the unfamiliar sounding South American cuisine be a deterrent, there is something for everyone here.
Excellent food and service !

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·Dined on January 5, 2018

As always, wonderful food, too many good choices so a different dish each time for me.
Would recommend as the best or one of the best places to eat in Houston!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Peli peli is not as good as it was.
Food was average, overcooked potatoes and undercokked shrimp.
Disapointing dinner over all.

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The food is outstanding. Unfortunately, the evening we had dinner was my friend's initial experience, & the wine & gin selection were limited. Also, the noise level was too loud even with a small crowd. Something needs to be done about the acoustics!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 2, 2018

The staff was very nice, friendly, and made this first time visitor comfortable. I'll be back!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The Prawns Benedict was superb as well as the sausage that accompanied it.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had the NYE pre-fixe menu and were very satisfied with the flavorful food and experience.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

A night out with friends to celebrate the New Year. Honestly, the only thing I didn’t like was being seated in the addition/ enclosed patio thing. It’s just a totally different dining experience from being inside and 5 of us, 4 men, were squished in an awkward circle booth with an extra chair. The food and service, as usual, were fantastic. On future reservations I’ll be sure to specify that I would prefer to not be seated out there.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Didn't care for the change to the wine menu where only Peli Peli's private label wines are available.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Phenomenal food and service. Noise level: too loud.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Overall experience was great. Our waitress did well at interacting and being friendly with our baby girl that joined us for New Years Eve. Good quality was cooked perfectly. We always come back for the South African Mojitos. Dissapointed to see the Green Beans and Couscous leave the menu but still great sides to choose from. Will continue to come back to Peli for Happy hour and dining.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Seasonal
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great service and awesome food!!

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

We have been coming to Peli Peli since it opened as we love the food and wine selection. But recently we found out that they have decided to switch their wines to South African wines and eliminate my favorite Pinot Noir. It’s unfortunate that they have decided to not carry any other wines other than from South Africa so that will probably be our last time at Peli Peli. Food was great, service was great but the wine list is now suffering. Sad......

Tags: Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Love this restaurant! They have changed some things that I hope won’t hurt them but overall fantastic! So happy to see the manager Josh is still there.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Outstanding service from our waitress, great food. We did the blind tasting with wine and it was exceptional. I would recommend this to anyone in the area and I will be back the next time I visit family.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Unfortunately, this was our worst experience at Peli Peli. We took my husbands parents to celebrate their 49th wedding anniversary and we didn’t have a good experience. They were out of all beer, a lot of wines, and several menu items. Our server wasn’t attentive and when I told her we were celebrating an anniversary she just said they didn’t do champagne toasts anymore. I wasn’t expecting that, just a dessert or even a nice word. I told the manager whe we left and she was apologetic and gave us a gift card to come back. But, not sure we will be returning again.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 27, 2017

It was a great experience! Dana was amazing and did a great job for our first time! My husband really enjoyed celebrating his birthday at Peli Peli!

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Peli Peli far exceeded my expectations in my limited experience for fine dining, with an atmosphere suited for casual dining. The food was absolutely out of this world, my waiter was very knowledgeable about the chef, the food choices, and the recommendations for a first timer. The flavor - OMG!!! It makes sense why there was no salt or pepper on the table - it was just not needed. The love was all in the food - and soooo flavorful - the levels of flavor kept building in my mouth, from the home cured billtong, to the homemade sausage, with the carrot mango (?) chutney, to the Tiger prawns, and let's not forget the South African version of Sheppard's Pie - wow! EVERYTHING was so succulent!! Calamari that practically melts in your mouth, Peli Peli sauce that needs to be bottled and sold on the market, flat bread used to sop up the sauce left in the original pan my dinner was cooked in (how practical!) I can sum this experience up in 4 words - Fancy Without The Frills! In the words of The Terminator - "I'll Be Back!"

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food was exceptional and different from ordinary restaurant fare. Serve was perfect for our party of 11.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Fun, Vegan, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We were told they were re-vamping their drink & food menu so a little disappointed in the selections we were offered but the food was amazing! The lamb chops were perfect and melted in your mouth and I loved the curried spaghetti squash but I think we all enjoyed the sampler appetizer the most.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Excellent experience. Great unique food. Awesome service.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Authentic, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 18, 2017

The food is always consistently good here. Wait staff if friendly and efficient. A great place to take clients or a date.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Better service than the Galleria location. Plenty of parking

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

We dine here quite often and the food has always been suberb. On this occasion, four of us ordered the same entree, and it was at room temperature. Very disappointed! I talked to the manager and I was given a discount, but this ruined our experience. I do have to say, the waitress was absolutely attentive to our every need.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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