Shebeen Pub and Braai

4.3
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$30 and under
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Southern African
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.
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t
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service1ambience5

They easily accommodated our large party, but service was bad. We were not attended to for most of the time we were there. The staff remediated this by taking our beverages off the check. The food was great, as always.

SC
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great brunch experience! Great food and service and drinks!

W
Richmond
90 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We've been to Shebeen's many times both were quite good. Portions are large so we skipped having dessert. Cocktails are also good & at reasonable prices. The restaurant features South African cuisine & we recommend it.

GG
Richmond
63 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great flavors. Lamb served perfectly. Unique and delish.

RL
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great dinner! Noisy, however. Sounds bounce in (on) wood floors. Many families last Saturday

AC
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food here is excellent. Bartender was great but once we got to the table service dropped off dramatically. Just got excuses when we did see the server. Fortunately manager came by and asked out understanding that server was new

OT
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Forgot salads. Server was absent. Calamari over cooked. Food undercooked.

JS
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Would like to see some lunchy like things on the Sunday Brunch menu

j
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience4

This has been one of my favorite restaurants in Charlottesville for years. That changed tonight. I have noticed my last few times there that business seemed to be falling off, but my meals were always exceptional. Tonight I ended up with a piece of a plastic bag in my mouth - it had been in my vegetables. Don't know where it came from or how it got there. Needless to say, I probably won't be back for some time. The server was appropriately apologetic, and he comped my entire meal - which I certainly appreciated. That is to their credit.

t
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We always enjoy Shebeen. The sides are soooo good, especially the mealie pap and the vegetables are always delicious. My peri peri shrimp was especially spicy this time, or I was especially sensitive, but there are plenty of non-spicy options, too.

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Only saw my waitress to take my order, kind of disappointing. Food wasn’t as great as it has been.

BH
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Pro: I liked the South African wine options, and the glass I got was yummy. The back patio would have been nice if there weren’t two extremely loud tables next to ours. Our server was nice and attentive.

Con: Went for brunch, which was apparently a mistake; the menu at this supposedly South African restaurant features 0 South African dishes. Very confusing. Food was basic and bland, nothing interesting. Maybe lunch and dinner are better.

L
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We all (3) got very different entrees, rack of lamb, salmon, & a vegetarian combo. All were delicious! the calamari appetizer was great too. Waiter recommended excellent red wine to enjoy that was available by the glass. We will definitely be back to this gem!

LL
Richmond
37 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve dined at Shebeen several times and have always had an excellent meal, plus they have a nice wine list and friendly staff.

c
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food was very good, however, the ceiling tiles about our table had water stains and black mold. If the recent rains caused a leak, they should not have used that tableuntil the issue was corrected.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service!

JA
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food always good. Service was attentive
Disappointed they took Steak Pie off the menu

h
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Interesting and different flavors with an authentic African theme

SC
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good service, and excellent mimosa selection. What more can can you want?

OT
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good all the way around

HF
Houston
42 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Lower rating because we were there for a special occasion and had a reservation. We were seated by ourselves in a secondary room which was not as nice as the main dining room. Waitress was lovely, but the ambience was spoiled. Left disappointed.

FD
Richmond
28 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Shebeen always has delicious fresh food and a friendly atmosphere. The cuisine is not typical (I mean how many how many South African places have you eaten at?) but there is something for everyone. The service is consistently good and the ambiance is warm and down to earth. I do not recommend it for smaller children because it is a quiet atmosphere and the menu is not your typical chicken strips and mac n' cheese place. It really is a Neighborhood Gem. The location is a bit tricky with a small parking lot and it is cushioned between McDonald's and Staples.

OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the meal, except for the taking away the bread service. I ordered the corn chowder appetizer. No crackers or bread. My guests didn't order appetizers, so they had to wait 20 minutes for their entrees to arrive. Bread would have been nice to have while waiting for their entrees.

T
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant for a girls' brunch! The food was great - each of us got very different items and we were all pleased. They always have interesting items (unique omelettes, shrimp and grits) alongside classic favorites like blueberry pancakes and sausage gravy with biscuits. Something for everyone and a lovely atmosphere on the covered patio!

DL
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We travel and hour and a half to dine here. Always a delightful way to spend time with a love one. Outstanding in every way.

S
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

TR
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall1food1service2ambience3

My meal was not to my expectation, I shared this with our waitress, I literally took 3 bites, I did not want a replacement, and to my surprise there was no adjustment to our bill. I saw the waitress speak to a gentleman, his facial expression was displeased, which speaks to why there was no adjustment. It’s not about the money, it’s about the guest experience, and ensuring the guest feels they’re taken care of.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience dining with a large, disorganized group for a bachelorette party. We were able to use the private back room and had a great time.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The food was amazing, the waitress was super nice but rarely at our table. Once we ordered the next time she came over was when our food came our. But the restaurant was really cool and the food was awesome. We first ordered the sampler for appetizers which was brilliant on our behalf. Everything was delicious and it was fun to taste each appetizer which the different sauces. I got the lamb curry potjie and my husband got the Sosatie lamb as entrees. We love lots of bold flavors and spices and these didn't disappoint. There was a nice balance of spice and sweetness with both dishes but uniquely different flavors. The curry was AMAZING, the flavors of the sauce were unique and paired great with the rice. I would be happy just eating the sauce and rice all night 🤣 Would definitely recommend if you like flavors, if you tend to like blander food this isn't the place for you ... at least not from our experience.

l
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been to Shebeen many times and this was definitely our best experience ever! We arrived a couple minutes early and escorted by the friendly hostess to a very nice private booth. All the tables are nice but the booths are quieter and more private. My wife had the Sosatje and I had the rack of lamb. Both dishes were superb and prepared exquisitely. I had a question about the choice of South African rose wines and our waitress promptly ask the bartender for an answer. We loved the one he suggested. We’ll definitely put Shebeen back near the top of our list of favorite restaurants in Charlottesville!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! There was a live band out on the patio which we hadn’t know about previous and had such a great time! Food and drinks were awesome then could sit on the patio for the end of the show after dinner. Also the bar swing seats were so cool! Definitely coming back.

H
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Interesting if you want to experience South African flavors. Service was a bit haphazard, especially with a light lunch crowd, but we were intrigued by the menu.

LF
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time did NOT disappoint. We're a hard crowd to please. Two super-foodies and the remaining three were all pleased with their choices.

GS
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a must visit restaurant when visiting Charlottesville, VA. We went for Saturday Brunch and it was outstanding. Very comfortable outdoor seating with a great atmosphere. Highly recommend.

JH
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This visit was my 4th. I brought colleagues for dinner this week. Our server was patient and kind, as the five others had many questions about the ingredients, flavors. The portions were plentiful, flavorful and a good value for the price. We'll certainly returning the next time we're all meeting in Charlottesville.

D
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The meal was fine but the service was lacking. The hostess was rather cold and impersonal and seemed inconvenient by the fact that I asked her for something when I couldn't find the waitress. The waitress was nice but inattentive. The decor was boring and the food was very expensive.

B
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We all enjoyed our cocktails, appetizer, and meals. Great fun. The waiter was very attentive. I had the fish and chips, wife had...shepard's pie, and son had peri peri chicken. All were tasty.

l
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was great as it always is after coming here multiple times. The waitstaff tends to be rude and abrupt . I entered the facility a few minutes before my 10am reservation and I was told they were not open yet though the door was open and I had a reservation. The hostess was rude and dismissive and I felt very unwelcome. Someone else came along and seated us and was much nicer. Because the food is so good we did not leave but it would be nice to feel a little more like a customer and not an inconvenience.

AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & spicy, well seasoned dishes. Loved the desserts as well.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent food. Very attentive wait staff

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