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The Shebeen

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247 Ridge McIntire Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903-5043 (West Main St)
14342963185
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7:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 12:30 pm
Fri 7:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat 8:00 am - 2:00 am
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My wife and I have been to Shebeen on a number of occasions and have always been very satisfied with the food and atmosphere. On our most recent visit we were made to stand for about 20 minutes before being seated, despite having reservations. The hostess was very apologetic, our server was great and despite the minor set back we... More 

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Thank Rory M
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Living in Charlottesville, we have visited The Shebeen several times, most recently last night. We have always enjoyed their food, with some appetizer highlights (baked brie is AMAZING, calamari and samosas good as well) and great entrees (salmon, ribeye and lamb shank were raved about). We have also enjoyed great brunch meals as well. Wine, beer and cocktails selections were... More 

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Thank kirbybunny7
Palmyra, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The food at Shabeen is indeed different. If you are looking for dishes with unusual names and spicy flavors, you should try this restaurant. Been there several times, and have found that during the week is the better time to go. Weekends you will find a wait, sometimes a long one, and the bar for a place to wait is... More 

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Thank palmyralady
WalterSlawski, Owner at The Shebeen, responded to this review

Well we're certainly glad you're a fan! Despite the unusual names, we're happy to hear you enjoy the flavors here at The Shebeen -- come back and see us again soon. Thanks, Walter, Owner More 

Maryland
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant is directly behind the Omni. Specializes in South African food, a lot of grilled meats and curry-type flavors. Good selection for vegetarians as well. Try the lamb or the durban chicken.

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Thank defaultdisplay986
WalterSlawski, Owner at The Shebeen, responded to this review

Whether you're an herbivore or a carnivore, we want to make sure you have an excellent meal here at The Shebeen! Thanks for the wonderful rating -- we hope you'll come back and see us again soon. Cheers, Walter, Owner More 

Charlottesville, Virginia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have bragged about my favorite place to so many friends and family. What a disappointment tonight to have such wonderful food and company and such a poor waitress. We had to ask for bread and for drink refills. Finally, my brother-in-law went to the bar for service. Another waiter and employee helped us while we were left without a... More 

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Thank Tina A
WalterSlawski, Owner at The Shebeen, responded to this review

I am so sorry about your most recent experience with us, Tina. You know we will do everything we can to improve her level of service, and I'm grateful for all your generous support. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Sincerely, Walter, Owner More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was great: tasty, flavorful, plenty of options. What was even better was the service; the manager worked hard to get our group of 17 a table with only a few hours notice and a last minute time change. Wonderful experience.

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WalterSlawski, Owner at The Shebeen, responded to this review

The more the merrier! Thanks for coming by and having a wonderful time with us -- we'd love to do it again sometime. Best, Walter, Owner More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Three colleagues dined at the Shebeen- a South African based cuisine. At first skeptical as I had never dined in that type establishment before. I was delighted with the service, the wines and entrees! Prices were reasonable as well. We tried one another's meals and all were prepared beautifully. I look forward to visiting The Shebeen on my next visit... More 

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Thank Chuck G
WalterSlawski, Owner at The Shebeen, responded to this review

We're happy to have left such a wonderful first impression on you, Chuck. Thank you for all the charming compliments on everything, and please know we look forward to the next time you're in town. We want to make your next experience just as fantastic! Best, Walter, Owner More 

Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Shebeen is one of the few South African restaurants in the country, and you might be tempted to stop in to see what it's about. It's behind a rather typical big chain store, but there's plenty of parking and the folks there have tried their best to strike up an African vibe. The food is good, and again there seems... More 

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Thank ProfessorCharles
WalterSlawski, Owner at The Shebeen, responded to this review

We definitely want the country to start eating more South African food. It's so delicious and comforting, yet bold and adventurous as well. Thank you for your support -- we hope to see you again soon. Best, Walter, Owner More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A delightful interior, with an interesting blend of Irish pub and African motifs (mostly) covering an office park skeleton (acoustic tiles still visible above the rough-hewn beams). Service relatively prompt and friendly, and most of the food outstanding. Fish and chips a bit disappointing, and peri peri not up to South African standards, but the ground nut stew was fantastic.... More 

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Thank Austin N
WalterSlawski, Owner at The Shebeen, responded to this review

Glad you're a fan of the place, Austin. Although we're disappointed our fish and chips/peri peri weren't quite up to your standards, we definitely appreciate your compliments on the rest of our menu and look forward to making your next visit even better. Thanks, Walter, Owner More 

Roanoke, Virginia
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11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I went to the Shebeen and were not disappointed! We ordered the Durban Spiced Chicken and were blown away! It is served on a skewer of sugar cane over amazing, flavorful grits and a delightful sauce that reminded of me of Indian flavor profiles. My husband begged to go back the next day, but we decided to... More 

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Thank Klilapp
WalterSlawski, Owner at The Shebeen, responded to this review

Thanks for going cross platform for us! As I mentioned on Yelp, it was an absolute pleasure having you and your husband come by, and I sincerely hope there are more visits planned here in the future! Best, Walter, Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
Cuisine
African
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 12:30 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 12:30 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 12:30 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 12:30 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 247 Ridge McIntire Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903-5043
    (West Main St)
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: 14342963185
Description
The Shebeen Pub & Braai is our little piece of Africa in the heart of downtown Charlottesville! Our Shebeen, styled after the Cape wineries, offers unique food in an engaging setting. At The Shebeen Pub & Braai we present you with 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. We will blend exceptional fare with a comprehensive event planning and management if you're interested in our catering services. Our commitment to local and seasonal ingredients and our passion for special events, allows us to do what we love every day. We look forward to having you at The Shebeen Pub & Braai!

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