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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 - 00:30
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Sun 08:00 - 23:00
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Fri - Sat 08:00 - 02:00
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Gainesville, Florida
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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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30 reviews
24 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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50 reviews
42 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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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 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 

Stafford, Virginia
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60 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed a fabulous dinner here. More food than I could possibly eat and everything was very excellent and very unique! First course was beer battered shrimp topped with sambal mayo, kecap manis and chives. For the main course, West African Ground Nut Stew, followed by Chocolate Samosas for dessert. Food was unique, atmosphere was inviting and waitress was attentive. Would... More 

Thank FoodNWine1
WalterSlawski, Owner at The Shebeen Pub & Braai, responded to this review

Nothing makes me happier than knowing you had such an excellent dining experience with us! Thank you for your wonderful compliments on our shrimp, stew, and samosas -- we look forward to welcoming you back in and serving you another delicious meal again soon. Best, Walter, Owner More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Where to begin? Our family like this restaurant, and visited regularly over the years, but tonight was a disaster. The waiter misunderstood my husband's order and wound up bringing him sides with no main course. When we asked about the missing dinner, his attitude was snippy and aggressive. Service was slow, and eye contact avoided. He never asked if everything... More 

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

I'm certainly disappointed to hear this, Georgia, as I know that you guys have consistently enjoyed our restaurant over the years. Do you remember which day you dined with us? As you know, this type of service isn't like us at all. We're typically on top of our games when it comes to executing orders, and any misunderstanding should have... More 

north yorks
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119 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

found this by accident had a drink then returned for amazing dinner . husband had curried corn chowder says best soup ever had then chicken piri piri very good i had salmon good and excellant pud drinks good . wished we were there 2 nights

Thank alfie08
WalterSlawski, Owner at The Shebeen Pub & Braai, responded to this review

I'm so glad you happened upon our spot, Alfie! It's great to hear that you and your husband enjoyed your meals with us. It sounds like you both ordered well -- the corn chowder and chicken piri piri are both major favorites around here. That said, I sure hope you'll join us again next time you're in the area! All... More 

Williamsburg, Virginia
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Looking for something different for lunch and found this restaurant using Trip Advisor. Had the seafood soup & vegetarian cakes. Both were made from scratch & full of flavor. Wasn't sure what to expect from this type of cuisine, but it left me intrigued and will want to go back & try more items on the menu. Only disappointment was... More 

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

Cheers to your adventurous spirit! We're thrilled you had a chance to come by and give us a try, and of course we look forward to hearing your thoughts on the rest of our menu. We'll be sure to do better service-wise as well, but I appreciate you not letting that keep you from a repeat visit. See you next... 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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?