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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
08:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Thu 08:00 - 00:30
Fri - Sat 08:00 - 02:00
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421 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our party of 6 arrived early on a Saturday without reservations. The place was almost completely empty. However, the hostesses stated no large parties would be seated because it was going to get busy in an hour. Essentially, they were turning down business, and in the process, making us feel we were completely unwelcome. After stating we should be done... More 

Thank jaimeelsabio
Waynesboro, Virginia
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40 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Let me just say I would've given 5 stars if not for one person. Had I judged the restaurant by the hostess, we would've turned around and left. Not friendly at all. I, almost, wanted to apologize for ruining her day by showing up. That being said, the food was great and waitress very nice. I had the Chesapeake benny.... More 

Thank Kelleylt
WalterSlawski, Owner at The Shebeen Pub & Braai, responded to this review

Hi Kelley, thank you for leaving us a review! I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your benny and the service met your expectations. However, I'm disappointed that our staff did not make you feel welcome upon arriving. I apologize for this frustrating experience and I will be sure to share your comments with our staff and make the proper... More 

Williamsburg, VA
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103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went recently for restaurant week. Enjoyed the selections that we had… The flavors were interesting and the dishes were well prepared. Just be forewarned, the Samosa appetizers are quite hot! The chutney, which I assume is made in house, was really delicious. Definitely worth a try for something different

Thank SydneyB
WalterSlawski, Owner at The Shebeen Pub & Braai, responded to this review

Hi Sydney, thanks for stopping by during Restaurant Week! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed our flavors and dishes. We appreciate your honest feedback and look forward to seeing you at The Shebeen again sometime soon! -Walter, Owner More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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43 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Who would have thought you could find great South African food in Charlottesville? Most dishes are quite authentic. be sure to try the bobotie.

Thank DCTravelerLA
WalterSlawski, Owner at The Shebeen Pub & Braai, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We're glad you found us and enjoy our bobotie- that's one of our favorites! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Best, Walter, Owner More 

Gainesville, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

My husband and I have eaten at Shebeen a number of times in the past; it was my mother-in-law's favorite restaurant and we have always enjoyed our meals there. She is no longer with us, but we decided to raise a glass to her at Shebeen's over dinner. Our salads were excellent; everything else was not. The bobotie was quite... More 

Thank Beverly S
WalterSlawski, Owner at The Shebeen Pub & Braai, responded to this review

Hi Beverly, thank you for bringing this incident to our attention. While we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your salads, we are deeply saddened to hear about the rest of your frustrating experience, and there is no excuse for the type of service you received. We aim to provide top-notch customer service to each of our guests, and... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed our food- fish and chips and Durban spiced chicken. Delicious! We cleaned our plates. But, service was a bit slow. Could have been kitchen but even when we paid, it took longer than needed. Nonetheless we enjoyed the meal and I'd still recommend. Only other complaint, no Savanna Dry- a South Africa staple!

Thank Virginia E
WalterSlawski, Owner at The Shebeen Pub & Braai, responded to this review

Hi Virginia, while we're happy to hear that you enjoyed the food, (we agree that the fish and chips and Durban spiced chicken are great options!), we're sorry that the service was a bit slow. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We hope you'll come back soon so we can have another chance to impress... More 

Charlottesville, VA
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this place! It's my go-to brunch spot -- try the Hogwaller or Shrimp & Grits with a raspberry mimosa or a made-to-order Bloody Mary -- and my favorite dinner spot as well! I could eat the Ginger Salmon with pub veggies and mealie pap, Peri Peri Chicken and Durban Chicken on repeat for the rest of... More 

Thank AnnaBanana81
WalterSlawski, Owner at The Shebeen Pub & Braai, responded to this review

Hi Anna, we’re so happy to hear that we're your go-to-spot! We agree the Hogwaller and Shrimp & Grits are both great options for brunch. We’ll be sure to pass the kind words along to Tim and Simone and we look forward to seeing you back again soon! Best, Walter, Owner More 

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26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Came for brunch during a visit to Charlottesville. I ordered the corned beef hash and my boyfriend ordered the French toast. We were both very unimpressed. My food was also very bland. Don't recommend it.

Thank chcmvrck
WalterSlawski, Owner at The Shebeen Pub & Braai, responded to this review

I'm truly disappointed to hear our flavors left you feeling underwhelmed. We usually receive rave reviews, so I can't help but wonder if you and your boyfriend caught us on an off day. In any case, I'm confident we can do better, so whether it's for brunch or a more traditional dinner, I hope you both can give us a... More 

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43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

Went on a Saturday night. I and the waitress had trouble finding where the side orders were on the many page menu (which describes all the wines etc.) Calamari was quite tough and chewy. Not worth the price. Food is interesting but not very well prepared. French fries soggy. There are better places. Avoid the noisy Friday night crowd at... More 

Thank informedtripper
WalterSlawski, Owner at The Shebeen Pub & Braai, responded to this review

It seems that you didn't catch us at our best, and for that I truly apologize. We try to ensure that every dish that comes out of our kitchen is truly special, but it's obvious that we dropped the ball this past Saturday night. I'm 100% confident that we're capable of doing better, so if you could give us a... More 

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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

Dont miss the Green Eggs and Hammies (South African twist on eggs benedict) or the stuffed french toast. Coffee can be hit or miss, but the food never disappoints and one of the rare places that nails the consistency of poached eggs every time.

Thank CVilleTravelers
WalterSlawski, Owner at The Shebeen Pub & Braai, responded to this review

I'm pleased to know you're a fan of our breakfast/brunch! We've worked hard to introduce a spirited menu for our early risers, so to have your compliments and support is much appreciated. Best, Walter, Owner 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
USD 30 - USD 30
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 00:30
08:00 - 00:30
08:00 - 00:30
08:00 - 00:30
08:00 - 02:00
08:00 - 02:00
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?