Peli Peli - Vintage Park

4.6
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3949 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Southern African

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About

Peli Peli, known for its flavors from around the world, 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Southern 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

Happy Hour: Monday - Friday, 2-7pm
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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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Private party facilities
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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Private party contact
Thomas Nguyen: (888) 610-1492
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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!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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JS
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 1

Normal menu ditched for ‘special’ Father’s Day menu...no good.

DG
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing!!! Service was great and a overall perfect atmosphere! Great experience will definitely be back.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Service is always great. Outdoor seating is available for those comfortable days. This place gets busy for dinner, make a reservation. Valet parking is available.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super service!

WS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Very tasty food. Wonderful ambiance. Only negative, cocktails were decent but very weak.

SW
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! Great Customer Service and food was Delicious!

l
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very nice evening out as usual. We enjoyed the food!

J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good experience with friends. Love the unique flavors Peli Peli has to offer.

LB
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food tasted exactly as it should and Rick was patient, helpful, and friendly to my indecisive family!

JE
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service here was amazing. We enjoyed everything we ordered from the South African Sampler to the Durban Butter Chicken and the Greak Karoo Lamb Chop to the Sticky Toffee Pudding. Each bite was full of flavor. The menu was a bit pricey however with the quality of the food I can see why. We will definitely be back. =

D
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat at Peli Peli VERY often!! All of the food is always amazing! Chef Paul has created so many amazing recipes! I believe we have ordered each item on the menu and can honestly say we have never been disappointed. We are generally too full from our meal that we order dessert to go - cuz the desserts are incredible!!! Some of our favorite dishes are: crab cakes and stuffed mushrooms, the ginger carrot soup and Peli salad, Espetada and Cape Town skillet. The carrots braids and Brussel sprouts are amazing! And the sticky toffee pudding is a must! The servers are always wonderful. The decor is incredible. Peli Peli is an amazing experience with the most incredible dishes!

PG
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had stuffed mushrooms and drinks on the patio while listening to the band playing outside by the fountain. It was so pleasant that we continued having dinner on the patio. Great night!

S
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Peli Peli is THE restaurant in NW Houston. Thank you for another wonderful eventing.

A
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great!! Service was great!! It was very loud and hot. Not what I was expecting for an anniversary dinner.

G
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Ridiculously overpriced for all the South African dishes. Curried chicken should be given a miss. The beef and veg boboties were tasteless. I did like the carrot soup.

SB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food good service good company. All around good dining.

JD
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service!!!
I had gotten a new phone and couldn't figure out how to access my member benefits. Our super waitress Macy tried to figure it out, and it went up two more levels of managers who went above and beyond to get us taken care of. Love this place!!!

EJ
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Our waiter, Joshua, was very attentive to our surrounding neighbors way more than us. Took him about 15 minutes after we sat down to even ask us if we were ready but we were waiting on ordering appetizers first. He even told the other tables the specials but we never heard them. Also our table lamp was broken so it was a little dark.

But other than that the food was beyond excellent. Very pricey but I feel worth it for a special event splurge.

H
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch menu and drink deals.

t
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the food, managers, and waitstaff. We are always greeted with such a warm welcome. The food is always amazing. Give it a try. You will love it there.

AS
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food! Great ambiance. Noise level is perfect, not too loud but not so quiet so you feel bad talking to your table mates or kids. Calvin the waiter was awesome too. He was helpful and accommodating with substitutions requested. Food was a amazing. Enjoyed the lighting too.

LW
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely fantastic. Mai Tai was great. Service was great. Ambiance was so great! The only complaint is that we were seated in a booth right by the kitchen door which disturbed the mood and contributed to some of the noise. We will definitely be return customers.

t
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, cocktails & food. Had a great Anniversary lunch date

AT
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

I was sad to see the place is looking shabby inside. Not at all what we used to see at this location. The booth seats were badly peeling and in need of repair, there were many noticeable spots on walls, just overall poorly kept. They seem to be more focused on opening more locations than maintaining the ones they've got. Expect more for the what it costs to eat there.

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was recommended for a birthday outing and I mis say, I was not disappointed. The food was tasty and flavorful even the Peli Peli salad was refreshing. The waitress was cordial and the ambience was great for the moment.

MW
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I loved our date night with the pleasant and helpful staff at Peli Peli. Our server, Pete was very patient with us as it was our first time. He explained the dynamic meat dishes and flavors we could expect, which we ultimately selected the off-menu dish. 6 filet minon, each with their own signature sauce, and couscous with brussel sprouts for sides. The steaks were cooked perfectly; my husband liked the blue cheese sauce, the Peli Peli and garlic sauces, and my favorites were the mushroom and the marinara. We had heard amazing things about the brussel sprouts and they lived up to the hype - they were deliciously caramelized. The couscous was a light and fresh addition. Can’t forget the ambiance - Pete explained the symbolism of the decor, and let us in on a little known secret that’s buried in the foundation. Phenomenal experience - we will be back again.

C
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the service was great. We love this place.

CW
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love the food here. Nowhere else offers a menu with these unique choices. Because we were there at lunch and there was a large table of folks celebrating something, the noise level was very much higher than normal. Don’t let that keep you away!

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Will definitely go back

TS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual the food was outstanding, with the perfect amount of spices. I especially loved the Bobotie!!

TL
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Bobotie- A family friend recommended this and it was the best part of our experience, the mango chutney was to die for.

Espetada- The meat was cooked at a perfect Medium Rare and came with a garlic butter on top that would melt and run down the spear of meat. I wish the server would have offered a sauce to pair with the meat as the garlic butter added an underwhelming amount of flavor and ended up being just a visual novelty. As for the sides, the Sauteed Baby Spinach and Roasted Potatoes were delicious but the Carrot Bredie was a below standard choice when compared to the other sides and I felt like I was just eating mashed carrots.

Curried Chicken- My fiancee was recommended by our server to get this. It is shredded chicken on rice surrounded by diced tomatoes, raw onions, toasted coconut, and mango chutney. The presentation of this dish is probably very traditional, but it's a restaurants job to elevate traditional dishes to a modern environment and this dish is not something I would ever expect to be served at a 5 star restaurant.

Dessert Trio- The Chocolate Mousse was soft and was our favorite. The Sticky Toffee Pudding was amazing as the toffee really set it apart from other restaurants' "molten brownie ice cream". The only thing we did not even attempt to finish was the Melktart. The filling had little to no flavor when compared to the over abundant whipped cream atop it, and the crust was so dry and thick we found ourselves looking for a server to refill our glasses.

The only think that truly irritated me was the bathroom sink. The sink is a giant bowl beneath a spout and they are so close together I cannot fit even one hand in water even when applying force. I found myself scooping water with three fingers onto the rest of my hands. When I came back to the table to tell my fiancee she exclaimed that she was just as annoyed about it as I was and couldn't believe that something to obvious was left unfixed in such a nice restaurant.

J
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food was delicious and the service was great!

TM
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolute best staff and the food is phenominal!
The atmosphere is very inviting and comfortable as well.

TE
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

We were seated in the covered exterior under the air conditioning vent so it was cooler that we would prefer. The table had no silverware or napkins and we had to ask for them after the waiter delivered our food. The food was excellent.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bobouti and chicken curry!

CD
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Night and day compared to my last visit! The food and drinks were so, so delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and a great mother's day experience

TW
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

When you pay $40+ dollars for a NY strip it shouldn't be tough and full of gristle like mine was. Very disappointed!

C
Houston
106 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Too much noise for better evaluation. You can not converse with your table mates!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service.

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