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About Shebeen Pub and Braai

Discover Africa at Shebeen. South African Inspired Cuisine in Downtown Charlottesville. Not the illicit beer hall of South African townships, our Shebeen, styled after the Cape wineries, offers unique food in an engaging setting. Presented with peerless South African hospitality, our menu reflects the multiculturalism of the Southern African palate. From spicy African peri-peri sauce and Dutch farmer"s Boer sausage to pub-style fish 'n chips, you will explore a cuisine of surprising diversity. Allow us to host your next dinner party, or simply meet your mates in the pub for a pint. In the warmer months, enjoy a traditional verandah luncheon on our expansive garden patio, or sun down under the summer sky with a bottle of acclaimed S.A. wine. A country of wonderful people, breathtaking landscapes, masterful wines and surprising cuisines, South Africa truly is a destination. Make The Shebeen your next. Cheers.

247 Ridge McIntire Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22903
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
South African

Hours of Operation:
Restaurant Hours
Open 7 Days a Week!

Kitchen
8:00 AM to 10:00 PM on Sunday
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturday
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Friday
8:00 AM to 11:00 PM Monday to Thursday

Pub
10:00 AM to 10:00 PM on Sunday
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturday
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Friday
11:00 AM to 11:00 AM Monday to Thursday

Cross Street:
West Main St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(434) 296-3185

Website:
http://www.shebeen.com/

Executive Chef:
Walter Slawski

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Shebeen Pub and Braai Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.0

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (7)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
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Good for a Date (5)
Casual (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Spicy (4)
Business Meals (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Cozy (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Romantic (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

You gotta go here! The food is delicious, perfectly spiced and the flavors are well balanced. C’ville gets unique dishes that really sing. Don’t miss this gem, especially the lamb entrees. Nicer still, the service is equal to the offerings.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Healthy, Casual, Romantic, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Enjoyed the food and service. Close to eating back in South Africa

Tags: Spicy, Great Beer, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I made this reservation for brunch a month in advance. The Shebeen is by far my favorite restaurant in Charlottesville and I was excited to bring a group of my friends who were visiting from out of town. Our waiter ignored us, it took 45 minutes to get water, every food order was wrong or forgotten. The experience was terrible. The manager was apologetic and comp'ed our entire ticket. For that reason, I will come back to the Shebeen but I would never bring a group of friends or family again.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We have been going to this restaurant for years, but this time (and the last time) was very disappointing. The waiter had no personality, did not recognize or care this was a special occasion, and did not seem to care about our feedback on how they changed on of our favorite dinners, Sosatie. The meat was tough and we had to ask for the mango chutney and yogurt to go with the meal. Not sure if we will go back again which is too bad, since this was one of our top restaurants in Charlottesville.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

We were there for a Sunday Brunch, and it wasn't terribly crowded but took over 50 minutes to get our food - and then one of the meals (eggs) was cold. The waitress was fine, the atmosphere nice, but the wait when so many tables were empty was disappointing.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Four items requested from the menu where not available-2 signature drinks, one beer type and a bottle of wine. Wine service was none existent- bottle opened and plunked on table. 3 of my 5 guests could not finish (barely began) their meals. Waiter could have cared less about our concerns. I had to apologize to my guests for the service and food. Very embarrassing. To top it all off was the mandatory tip for parties of six or more. No wonder he didn't care. This was very unfortunate as the two prior times I was there it was very good. I will not be dining there again.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Shebeen is a restaurant I like to frequent when in Charlottesville. Service has always been good & the food delicious. I need to branch out and try some other items on the menu but once I found the Sadza Cakes I can’t seem to stop ordering them as they are delicious!! Highly recommend you give this gem a try.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Vegan, Special Occasion, Authentic, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Veggie options are excellent. Favorite is the Sadsa Cakes but the West African Ground Nut Stew is also delicious. Meat eaters in our party were well satisfied.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 19, 2017

What a unique find. We bumped into this restaurant while visiting Charlottesville for a couple of days and were so excited to revisit the cuisine that we had experienced in Southern Africa almost a year ago! The food was excellent, the wine list of South African wines was excellent, the ambiance of the restaurant was very evocative of a South African Shebeen, while not trying to completely duplicate a shebeen.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Casual, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Spicy, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great breakfast/brunch before the UVA football game!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great find in Charlottesville! Everything we ordered was delicious, if you like lamb, I would recommend any of those dishes - fall of the bone delicious!

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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Interesting menu and really good food. A great choice for adventurous diners in search of a change. A real bargain during Restaurant Week, too!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Went for restaurant week with a group of six others, and we all loved our food. Service could have been slightly faster, but the food is always excellent and flavorful. Shebeen's atmosphere really transports you to another place, as does the food!

Tags: Comfort Food, Spicy, Healthy, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 21, 2017

I once loved this restaurant and dined there often. But I've now had four bad experiences there, all for different reasons, and so this was my last visit. I'd never bother going back- too many other good places in town.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 16, 2017

This restaurant continues to be our favorite. We bring out of town guests here. Took advantage of Charlottesville Restaurant Week to return to dine. The menu was fine, but because there were three courses, each of the courses were smaller. It was all tasty.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 8, 2017

You'll like learning about new dishes..glad to discover two tasty vegetarian entrees.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 2, 2017

The food here is plentiful and tasty. Build your own Bloody Mary is really fun and delicious and inexpensive. I had the chicken special that was spicy but very good. The food is great and the bill is painless.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Authentic, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Tasty experience...the waiter was very knowledgeable and gave great suggestions. Love the decor and cozy dining room, lots of outdoor seating. Comfortably busy for a Monday evening.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 25, 2017

This is not my favorite place because things are too spicy for me. My daughter from Atlanta loves it so we eat here when she comes. She took part of her Peri Peri Chicken home and the next day when she started cutting it up she discovered it was not done. That upset her so maybe we can go somewhere else the next time she comes.

Tags: Disabled Access, Casual, Great for Brunch, Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Quality restaurant. Dependable for good food.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Our meal was OUTSTANDING! We ate here while visiting Charlottesville for our anniversary and my husband and I could not stop talking about how good both of our meals were. We had the Shepherd's Pie and the Sosatie and both were so flavorful. The portions were pretty good size, we wanted to order more food just to keep trying different dishes but we were both so full. We will definitely come back when we visit Charlottesville again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Great food and cool space!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Costa Rica)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Probably the 30th time we have dined at Shebeen. If possible it gets better every time. If you are in the mood for lamb, eat here. Fantastic service!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, People Watching, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Three of us dined there for lunch. We tried the special, the sadza cakes and the burger. Everyone was satisfied. The portions are more than adequate and the prices are reasonable.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 8, 2017

The food was great. We liked our waiter. The service was fast. The wine was good. We had a good experience at the restaurant. Would recommend it.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 5, 2017

Very cozy and quiet. Have some spicy chicken dishes and an excellent lamb shank. Unusual decor gives the feel of a South African Restaurant. Highly recommend.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 3, 2017

Super size servings which was fine, but hostess could have warned me about that. Ordered a salad with calamari and it had to be about 2 cups of DEEP DEEP Fried calamari. It was too greasy for me.

Entree was the peri peri shrimp. Very tasty. The side of veggies that came with it though were not good and were overcooked in lots of oil.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 28, 2017

The food was very good, with unique spices and flavors

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Food was good/tasty - but not outstanding. Had the shrimp piri piri and lamb dish - yummy. Samosas were quite spicy! Did not care for the creme brulee - top was not properly crispy. Service was okay -

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 26, 2017

Not our first visit, and as usual it was wonderful. We went during Restaurant Week and the prix fix menu that was offered was delicious. We will be back again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 28, 2016

Nice place to dine. Service is very good and accommodating. Food is predictable.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 28, 2016

This is just a great restaurant for any type of gathering. A truly unique menu, upscale but casual, and reasonably priced compared to other places in town. We've been in Charlottesville only a year and a half but have made it to most of the better restaurants in town and this is our favorite.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2016

Always excellent shepherd's pie. The lamb shank is a generous portion and very tasty. The lentils are a favorite side dish.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Outstanding Value, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 16, 2016

A fun place; great food selection; witty staff; very enjoyable time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Fun, Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 11, 2016

Wonderful mimosas and a great selection of brunch entrees. Delicious! I want to go back.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 8, 2016

Excellent experience over all. Delicious food. Interesting decor. Good service. We arrived, ordered our food, ate, and were done within about 90 minutes.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2016

We've been to Shebeen about a half dozen times since our first started college in 2012. Our daughter is graduating this coming spring. I guess we'll have to find another reason to come to Charlottesville just so I can have some nut stew!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 13, 2016

Food was good, but it was 1 hour between ordering and receiving our meals. The restaurant was about half full, so I have no idea why it took so long. Will have second thoughts about going back.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Very nice meal, it was served quickly and service was good

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Nice casual restaurant with South African flavors that are a nice change of pace. Lots of comfort food that tasted great on a chilly November evening.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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