Peli Peli South African Kitchen - The Woodlands

4.4
283 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
As the world's spice bazaar, South African food is some of the most vibrant, colourful, and tasty food on the planet, incorporating culinary techniques and traditions from around the world.

We welkom you on this culinary adventure through all the regions of South Africa!

A private event space and catering services are available.  Email events@pelipeli.com

Full Menu | Sun : 12pm - 5pm | Tues - Thurs : 12pm - 9pm | Fri - Sat : 12pm - 10pm
Facebook | www.facebook.com/pelipelihouston
Instagram | pelipelisouthafricankitchen

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 283 people are saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Texas5
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful unique and delicious food. Service is top notch. Looking forward to visitng again

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LarryR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Table was ready at the reservation time. All the food came out hot and fresh. Don't forget the wings with the Peli Peli sauce! Great dining experience.

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PocaD
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We had reservations for Valentines day, due to the weather conditions the restaurant was closing. They allowed us to keep our reservations but was kinda rushed to get off. Our food was under cooked, and dessert bagged to go before we finished eating. I know the food is usually good. This was my first time at this location, the ambiance was not what I expected, especially compared to the other location I been to. It was also freezing in the restaurant, they wasn't able to turn off the AC unit, so pretty much everyone in there ate with their coats on and complained how cold it was. I would go back and I would love a do over of y dinner just to give them a 2nd chance.

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jayD
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything was wonderful. we always have a great time.

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AndyT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Different owners now, but still great food and service. However, as a heads up, I would not recommend the "roasted potatoes". They looked like frozen potatoes, but everything else was great. Brussel sprouts and carrot bredie were delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Dinner date with my husband

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Bfoodie
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We loved the Vintage Park location. This one seems to be a scaled down version but the food is yummy. Our server, Stevie, was very good. We will definitely go back again! I had the chicken skewer which was so delicious.

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vipHeatherB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was very good but our server was not very friendly at all. Tried to use our Open Table reward and restaurant wouldn’t accept it. Still shows $20 on the reward card. They told us it had nothing on it?? I guess don’t offer them if you’re not willing to accept.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience1

I haven’t been back to Peli Peli since covid began and was very disappointed in the menu and the changes that have been made.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Our server was lacking in keeping our drinks full and we waited quite a while in between visits to the table. They don’t have the peppadew anymore so that’s disappointing. Our server came to the table with other patrons dirty dishes in his hands which was gross and unappetizing. The place does not have the feel of the vintage park location ( had) it closed. Valet was a disappointment as they told us to just park ourselves in a valet spot, they were too busy. Brussel sprouts were amazing. Food did take forever though.

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AlexG
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food! Great selection. Perhaps a little more choice of deserts would be helpful

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RodrigoJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience2

The service was really slow. Our waitress was fine, but she took forever to bring food out, take order, bring drinks and even bring the check. I asked if they where short handed but she said "no, we just are not used to being busy" I notice that other tables were having a hard time getting their order in. It was just a slow service over all.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was great

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Texas5
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner. Fantastic and informative server. Can not wait to visit again and try more on the menu.

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satyag
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday dinner on Sunday night; Excellent food and service. The only negative was the wife was looking forward to Crab Curry which wasn’t available. Everything else was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Excellent food. Ambiance not great.

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MarneishaS
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Amazing service. We really enjoyed ourselves!!!

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ElliottG
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. The room was a little loud due to no walls to help cut down noise. That would be the only helpful addition. Everything else was outstanding!

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vipMatthewD
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always terrific

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AnabellaB
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

We have often had dinner at Peli Peli.
Coming from South Africa, I am amazed at the quality and variety of the dishes which are all very tasty.
However, staff not always top notch.
The other thing I dislike is the decor. Much nicer before they changed. When I go there now, I no longer have the feeling of going out for a nice meal but rather a very average night out.

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vipJaneP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I had to return my ribeye espetada two times because it was not cooked properly. And after the third attempt of it not being cooked properly I ran out of time and so ended up taking the food home. I got an apology from the waitress but manager never came over to check and there was no additional discount or anything else offered. They also we’re running a promotion for a kids meal for free with the purchase of an adult entrée which they did not honor. We had to reach out separately to the general manager in order to address our dining concerns and are reluctant to go back at this point

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ChrisC
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and our waitress was spot on.
Definitely returning

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vipHunter
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience1

The interior is not like other Peli Peli locations. Seems very low end. The ambience here is poor. There are better options for the dollar in the Woodlands area.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good friends and good food!!!

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BrandiO
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic! We were sat immediately after making our reservation. I was kindly greeted and received excellent service throughout my meal. All of the food was amazing and I love coming here.

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vipMrsWalters
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My only complaint is that I indicated in my reservation that today is my husband’s actual birthday that we were celebrating at lunch and nobody at Peli Peli acknowledged it.

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GarryM
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been there numerous times. Enjoy it every time

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vipAndygator
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Enjoyed a variety of signature South African dishes -- all were delicious. Waiter was knowledgeable and helpful.

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lmavila
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service, everything was an amazing experience

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Lamamadelospollitos
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had seen the restaurant but had never given it a try. What a BIG mistake. We were doubtful since we have never tried Southafrican cuisine, but now we want to go back and try everything on the menu. Wonderful food. Wonderful sauces. From appetizers to desserts, everything tasted delicious. What a pleasant surprise.

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PaigeC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband is from South Africa so we decided to give this place a try. AMAZING and surprisingly authentic! The brisket bunny chow bread bowls are our absolute favorite. Will not disappoint!

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vipDeMo
Seattle
36 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We visited on New Year’s day and was looking forward to sharing this great place with visiting family members. I was very disappointed to find a very limited New Years menu. I did not see anywhere that indicated that the menu was going to be limited, and would have waited for a different night.

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JohnD
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It is little bright in dinning area so doesn’t feel like the mood matches cost but food is great we will be back.

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BillD
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

This was our second time going to Peli Peli. The excellent food during the first visit brought us back for a second time, and it did not disappoint! However, our server, though she tried to be accomodating, was very inexperienced and we had some delays in service that we don't expect in this level of restaurant. Also the lights in the restaurant were not dimmed at all for a night time meal, so it felt like we were eating in a strip mall restaurant.

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labluv
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and outstanding service.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The service was fantastic, drinks were good. The cod was a little over cooked as to the tenderness. But the flavors were great. The scallops/Shrimp/calimari skewer was excellent. The sides were good, the lobster Mac doesn’t have much lobster, but was really good. Desserts were excellent and overall a great experience.

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MarieT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

We have been out of the country for 3 years and during this time we couldn’t wait to go back to Peli Peli. Literally our favorite restaurant ever. We went to the Vintage Park location so many times.

Unfortunately a lot has changed and the food was disappointing to put it mildly. The slaw and wings were completely different. The meat lacked flavor. We won’t go back and honestly we are embarrassed we recommended Peli Peli to so many people.

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vipMiller
East Texas
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The overall menu and flavor profile here is really good. However, for us, most of our food was “richened” up with so much buttery liquid, (for example with the shrimp which was otherwise so yummy, or the seafood plate which essentially “covered up” the seafood flavor with rich buttery sauce) we left with stomach aches. One in our party mentioned it was as if the seafood platter was actually for those who don’t really like seafood. I don’t think the food needs it at all, I’d recommend to let the unique and flavorful food speak for itself more and go much lighter on the buttery sauces- maybe even placing them on the side as an option to dip.

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vipSHARK
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From initial contact with a welcoming manager to our phenomenal server to food that exceeded our expectations, the entire experience was excellent. We look forward to returning. Also, we appreciated their commitment to keeping guests safe from COVID. I wish all restaurants would do a simple & quick temperature check as Peli Peli does.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing the server && Food was very outstanding

FAQs

Peli Peli South African Kitchen - The Woodlands offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (281) 257-9500 ext. 4.

Peli Peli South African Kitchen - The Woodlands is rated 4.4 stars by 283 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.