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The Shebeen Pub & Braai

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247 Ridge McIntire Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903-5043 (West Main St)
+1 434-296-3185
8:00 am - 12:30 am
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Sun 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 8:00 am - 12:30 am
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 2:00 am
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Barcelona, Spain
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63 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2013

Excellent choice for a moderate cost, excellent meal in a modest but pleasant environment. Everyone on this site extols the Durban Chicken. Well I had it too, and it's great -- good seasoning that's very different from other ethnic foods. Appetizers were excellent (we had the sampler, and all its choices were tasty), and service was very helpful.

1 Thank diant53
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

Every dish was excellent. The Durban Chicken is out of this world. The staff is friendly and professional. My wife and I wish we could patronize this restaurant often, but distance prevents us from doing so. We highly recommend this restaurant for lunch OR dinner.

1 Thank Dick A
Lander, Wyoming
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2013 via mobile

We eat here pretty frequently, with very few hiccups. The food, both lunch and dinner are well presented. They have a correspondingly good (nice pairing) wine list. If you only have one day in C'ville then eat here you won't be disappointed.

1 Thank TravelerTerra
Stoneham, MA
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2013

Our party had a delicious dinner here on the evening of Oct. 13, 2013. The food was divine. We started the meal with Samosas and for dinner I had the "Sosatie" [marinated lamb on sugarcane skewers with tasty sauces] and my son and his new bride had the Durban Spiced Chicken. And, why did we decide to go there? The... More 

1 Thank Wizard49
Adelaide, Australia
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54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2013

Went to Shebeen with my hosts here in Va. The food was just brilliant great flavours, I had the steak Pie, one had fish and Chips and the other the mussels. Each one of us was really pleased with the offer. staff were attentive and friendly, one even got the recipe for the mussel sauce form the chef. well done... More 

1 Thank MGB074
Charlottesville, Virginia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

I came here with my wife and son and we were amazed at the dining experience. The menu is quite varied with a mix of South African dishes and things that are more easily recognized. The food was great and everyone enjoyed it very much. My wife got the salmon with mealie pap (delicious grits) and vegetables. My steak was... More 

2 Thank Bill W
McLean, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2013 via mobile

We were in Charlottesville for parents' weekend, so all of our favorite restaurants were booked between 5:45 and 8:45. So, we looked at Trip Advisor for recommendations, and found that a lot of our fellow TA'ers liked this place, and decided to give it a try. We got a table with our daughter for 7:00. All I can say is... More 

2 Thank PeteVino
Arlington, VA
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28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2013

My husband took me here for my birthday and I was excited to try a new cuisine. He told them it was my birthday when he made the reservation, and when we arrived we were sat at a tiny, rickety table directly in front of the doors leading into the kitchen. And when I say rickety, I am not exaggerating.... More 

Thank Smithsh2
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

The South African inspired dishes here are great, hearty comfort food with just enough exotic ness to satisfy your adventure cravings. The braised meats, vegetarian dishes, and samp & beans side are all particularly successful. I would steer you towards the more African-seeming items.

Thank Susan F
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55 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Quietly tucked in to the corner of the shopping center is a relaxing, welcoming pub! The staff was super attentive and personable even at 10 pm in the evening. The atmosphere was a warm relaxing and worldly decorated. The portions for the price paid were excellent. My taste buds tingled with each bite. Forced myself to finish everything on my... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $30
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 12:30 am
8:00 am - 12:30 am
8:00 am - 12:30 am
8:00 am - 12:30 am
8:00 am - 2:00 am
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: +1 434-296-3185
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?