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Reviewed October 4, 2020 via mobile

The South African Shebeen Pub is a good place for a quick snack - we enjoyed their calamari and butternut squash soup - not sure authenticity is their high priority. We were disappointed in their choices of beer - the only exotic one was Tusker...ale in a bottle which was tasty enough. The draft beer selection was very mediocre. Their Chinese shrimp and vegetable stir-fry was fresh but lacking deep flavor. The staff was pleasant and attentive. This was more of a 3.5 establishment but not sure how much of the lackluster and limited choices were due to Covid. The area is quite airy and I felt safe.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed August 10, 2020

Never been to a South African restaurant, so thought we'd give it a try. Wonderful decor and nice wait staff but service was slow, even with few patrons in the place. The Peri-peri chicken was not as good as the one you get at the...chain by that name. The collard greens were great. The lamb rack was nice. Portions were normal size. The mango pie was a very nice discovery.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed July 21, 2020

We'd had other types of African food (Eritrean, Ethiopian) but never South African, so we weren't exactly sure what we were in for, but it turned out to be worth the 1+ hour drive from Richmond to Charlottesville. The peri peri chicken has the absolute...best skin I've had outside of Paris, based with spicy peri peri and served with a tasty chutney, collard greens, and roasted fingerlings. The greens were a little salty but other than that everything was spot-on. Probably the best chicken I've had in recent memory for sure. We'll happily make the trip again!More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed May 6, 2020

I always give a place at least three tries if I can manage it. Whether the first time is good or bad, I always want to confirm, and then reconfirm especially if those first two diverge. My first trip to The Shebeen was okay. Most...of the food was great, but the fish in chips were like dog toys and soggy potato scraps. The server didn't care, no managers ever came. I even emailed, which is rare but at that point I hoped to just see if fixed so it'd be better the next time. Second time was excellent, tried to give compliments and got an eye roll from the server and never saw a manger. The final time was almost entirely a trash experience. Again, nothing. In all my years in food service table touching was a key part of the manager role, as was dealing with complaints for customer retention and compliments to reward good work accurately. This is a small restaurant and none of my visits were during a busy time. In short: Mostly good food, some excellent. Effective but attitude heavy service (which I generally don't mind, really). Some of the worst managers in town if not the industry (unforgivable after three strikes).More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed January 12, 2020 via mobile

Lunch menu was good. Had the Durban Chicken which was really tasty. Others had fish and chips and Southern plate. Over all very good.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 11, 2019

We had reservations for four, and then had to cancel when two backed out several hours prior. The two of us ended up going and did not have a reservation. They were not taking any more walk-ins so we sat at a pub table. No...problem! The UVA game was on, but not loud at all, so we were able to sit, talk, and enjoy our meal without it really feeling like a bar. Food was delicious and bartender/waitress was very friendly and helpful. Mixed drinks were good as well. Love the curry chowder. We opted for burgers this time, which were great, but also a fan of the peri-peri chicken.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 11, 2019 via mobile

Maybe I didn’t pick the best menu item and it was ok but seemed overpriced. My husband felt the same way about his meal. Our children loved the corn chowder and our grandson was very happy with his chicken so overall we were satisfied.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 1, 2019 via mobile

Shebeen has a very good hometown feel with outstanding South African food choices. The Sadza cakes are our favorite. Simone at the bar has a warm, friendly and welcoming presence!

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 28, 2019

the coffee had grounds floating in it, yes they made us more. the appetizer came just 1 minute before the meal. the poached egg on the Benny had so little of the white left it looked like a little yolk coated in white not the...entire egg. the meat was tough and over cooked. after eating we had to wait with dirty plates on the table for 30 min before we found the manager to get the check. I've been here before when the brunch was great, what happened?More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed August 26, 2019 via mobile

The atmosphere was good. The server was excellent. Knows the menu very well. The food was excellent. The vegetarian stew was delicious with yellow rice. Somewhat on the expensive side but worth it. Bathroom was beautiful and clean . Parking available.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Mermaidindisguise
April 7, 2017|
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Response from informedtripperiiii | Reviewed this property |
It's west of the Mall in a shopping center across McIntyre road opposite the Omni Hotel.
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thenorthwind
February 15, 2015|
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Response from WalterSlawski | Property representative |
We are open sundays for brunch from 10 till 4 and dinner from 4 till 9. We look forward to seeing you.
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