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The Shebeen

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247 Ridge-McIntire Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22903 (West Main St)
434 296-3185
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Today
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 94
    Excellent
  • 64
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great food,mediocre service

We ate at Shebeen for the first time last night and the food was great. The pita chips and hummus were fantastic. However, the service left a lot to be desired. Our waitress was young and inexperienced and kept forgetting things. This is not the first time we've been to an expensive restaurant... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
Bernadettek1
via mobile
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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197 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

We ate at Shebeen for the first time last night and the food was great. The pita chips and hummus were fantastic. However, the service left a lot to be desired. Our waitress was young and inexperienced and kept forgetting things. This is not the first time we've been to an expensive restaurant where the level of service did not... More 

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Chester, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

I was greeted immediately by a hostess when entered restaurant. Asked me to follow them to the seats. We asked if we could have another table and without question I asked by hostess to pick out a seat that suites us and we did. Server followed with out Menus and water and left the wine list. Gave us a moment... More 

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United States
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55 reviews 55 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We found the Shebeen several years ago as our family gathered in town. We sought something different and adventurous to eat in Charlottesville. We saw this was billed as a South Aftican pub and chose it. We immediately loved the Shebeen for the lamb dishes (especially the potje) and shepherd's pie and the decor. We enjoy dining in the bar... More 

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WalterSlawski, Owner at The Shebeen, responded to this review

thank you for this insightful review. we do monitor closely our reviews across all platforms and have seen this sentiment frequently of late. the restaurant has been through some transition with staff as well as a failed implementation of a different point of sale system. we are working diligently to correct the service issues. we value our guests experiences highly... More 

Charlottesville, Virginia
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I've had great food at the Shebeen. The last couple of times I have visited, it's been a lot less than great, and the service has been sub-par. Tonight, I was a member of a party of four having dinner to celebrate two birthdays. We ordered two appetizers; one arrived with the salads, the other with our entrees. Two of... More 

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Callaway, Virginia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We happened to be in downtown Charlottesville and stumbled on The Shebeen when looking for lunch. It is a neat place hidden from the beaten path but well worth finding. The BBQ sandwiches, fries and slaw were excellent. The only drawback was that the server was not a warm person; it must have been a personality issue or something worse.... More 

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Charlottesville, VA
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We've been to Shebeen multiple times before, but this was the first time we left disappointed and went to another restaurant. Despite 3 other tables for four that sat empty the entire time we were there, we were seated at a table for two practically on top of a large group and next to the dirty dishes door. My view... More 

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Missoula, Montana
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64 reviews 64 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

What a lovely place for trying unusual and delicious foods! In our fairly large group, we tasted bites of others' choices and were impressed with salads, brie and calamari appetizers, ground nut stew, sadza cakes, and lamb curry and shanks. Very competent and gracious servers paid attention to each of us but didn't intrude. Vegetarians in our group were very... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I came here with a friend to relax and enjoy some South African food and wine because how great is that in Charlottesville VA?! We were doing very well at first, wonderful server, food was lovely, (I had the shepards pie and a glass of merlot... divine!) Then the manager came over, interrupted our conversation and stayed far too long.... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

My friends, who live in Charlottesville, suggested The Shebeen for lunch. Perhaps one other time had I eaten in a restaurant with a South-African spin. This was a delightful surprise to me. The menu was very original with items I had truly never seen anywhere else. We settled on the Pork BBQ (I know - not sounding very African), a... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The BEST calamari I have ever had. I am also not a big meat fan but my family ordered the shepherds pie, which they make with lamb instead of beef. WOW - it was outstanding! So delicious. If you ever find yourself in Charlottesville, the Shebeen is a MUST-visit!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 247 Ridge-McIntire Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22903
    (West Main St)
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: 434 296-3185

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?