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All 453 Charlottesville Restaurants

The Shebeen

247 Ridge-McIntire Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22903
434 296-3185
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Ranked #39 of 453 Restaurants in Charlottesville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: West Main St
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English first
Abingdon, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

Have been here two times and each visit was great...first ate inside with a traditional South African stew...then ate outside during second stop....loved it and grilled lamb kebab was perfect, sides were amazing and wine fabulous! Highly recommend this braii.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Great African restaurant tucked away in a little shopping center! Their food is amazing! Outside bar has swing seats... nice touch.

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Fayetteville, Georgia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

My husband picked out this restaurant in celebration of our anniversary. Boy did he score points! The food was outstanding. The service was very attentive. The atmosphere was very inviting. Needless to say we had a very awesome anniversary dinner and we live in Georgia. You have to try the African grits!

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virginia
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243 reviews 243 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

For lunch at The Shebeen, we ordered Cape Mussels as appetizers. The mussels were wonderful and prepared with shallots, white wine, parsley and cream. The mussels were big and delicious. The broth was fabulous with the dipping bread.I had Sadza Cakes for the first time and was so happy I did. Sadza Cakes are Parmesan polenta cake, topped with eggplant,... More

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Guelph, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

That's what my wife said after finishing dinner there. She had the Durban chicken -- nicely spiced and I had sosotie (marinated lamb and apricots on a skewer with rice and lentils). Both were outstanding with layers of flavor that interacted but still maintained an independent identity. A tremendous list of South African wines that complemented the food nicely. I... More

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Winter Springs, Florida
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147 reviews 147 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

First time going to this south african restaurant..and it was worth it. good selection of craft beers in the bar and the specialty lamb rack (named after his grandma) was outstanding.....i must also mention the desserts were quite good!!!!

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Danville, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Interesting restaurant tucked away in Charlottesville. Enjoyed dinner with family recently. Did not especially care for seasoning on my entrée but loved what several others chose.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We came across this place by accident whilst touring in the area. Normally we research restaurants ahead of time (to avoid bad experiences) but this time we tried this South Africa diner on spec and were blown away! The starters of Corn Chowder and French Onion soup were filling enough but the Sosotie was delicious, rich and flavoursome with a... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We have been with the family to The Shebeen. Quiete nice atmosphere, I liked the porge they added on the outside. The food was quiet expensive and I was personally missing more real african ingrediants like exotic meet, african spices and traditional dishes. We had a burger(made was overdone and not spiced), a lamb curry ( good taste, but could... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

While the staff was friendly enough, there seemed to be no management. We waited 20 minutes and since no one came to our table, I passed by the host stand and asked if someone could help us. The nice young lady said she'd be right over. 15 mins. later, someone at an adjacent table also asked about getting service. When... More

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WalterSlawski, Owner at The Shebeen, responded to this review

Thank you for your honest review of our establishment. During the 2014 World Cup we have received a number of slow service complaints and are working diligently to improve the service and attentiveness of our staff. We are also in the process of revamping our menu as well as training procedures for our management and front of house staff. As... More

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