Good all the way around
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Excellent food & spicy, well seasoned dishes. Loved the desserts as well.
Excellent food. Very attentive wait staff
The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. Thanks to the staff of The Shebeen for making our Book Club night out special.
Food and service were perfect! Brunch menu is on point
Casual restaurant with booths and tables in warm decor. Food mostly South African, but there are American standards also. We ordered one meat dish and a vegetarian special, and we loved both. Service very attentive with a manager checking with us during and after the meal.
Table was ready when we arrived and server did a fine job of getting our food and drinks. Food was fine although one entree was a bit over salted. We were in a hurry to get to a concert and staff made sure we made it. Nice to have this type of menu.
The only downside is we were seated directly behind the hostess stand with nothing but a faux wall blocking us. When there were clearly other tables in the dining area open and more comfortably arranged. But the quality of the food help offset our feelings on seating location. Overall we know we will be returning for another special dinner.
Amazing food and great service! I had the salmon, can't wait to go back and try the Shepherd's pie.
At our table we had the ground nut stew, the Durban chicken, the peri peri shrimp, and a Stellenbosch red wine. Everything was delicious, and the service was pleasant and efficient.
We loved the lamb curry and the vegetarian stew (african stew). Both were delicious but we'd have to say the vegetarian african stew was tops, tasty, along with the yellow rice, which had the best flavors. We had a great bottle of wine to go with everything and the brownie sundae to complete valentines day dinner.
Waitress was terrific. She noted that while I ordered the yellow rice the plate came with white (before I said anything) and then brought what I ordered! Terrific service.
2nd time here, but the food was significantly better than the last time. I ordered one of their classic African meals & it was very tasty and flavorful. Our waiter was very nice. Food portions were just a bit small for the price.
The food was excellent. I highly recommend the squash soup and lamb shank.
Fantastic! Food was very flavorful, and everything was cooked to perfection!
The Shebeen is a true gem of Charlottesville. The food is delectable and the staff is always so friendly. I had never had Southern African cuisine before eating at the Shebeen, but now it's always at the top of my list when recommending to others. There's something for everyone on the menu, even if you were unfamiliar with the style of food like I was. The drink selection is also extensive and well-priced.
Excellent happy hour! Very friendly crowd and discount drinks and appetizers! The Peri Peri Wings excellent but will have yours lips tingling....hot spice! Enjoyed the calamari and Samosas too! House wins were good too! Great service and friendly staff!
Our dinner reservation was for 6:30. We received a text message and a email reminder about our reservation. When we arrived at Shebeen the restaurant was closed!! If 2 reminders could be sent about the reservation why was there no notification sent that the restaurant was closed for some reason? We had walked from our hotel and it was bitter cold out.
Service was terrible even though there were very few diners. Food was OK but not great.
Great food. Great service. Great atmosphere. First time going and definitely won’t be the last.
Very pleasant, casual environment. Service was friendly and attentive. Food was good. Had the polenta cakes which were very good
Did not honor OpenTable reservation and turned us away . Said they didn't mean to take any reservations that day. Definitely call first.
I absolutely love this restaurant. I visit every time I come see my sister who lives outside Charlottesville.
Everything is delicious!