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Zweli's Kitchen & Catering


4600 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd
Durham, NC 27707
Phone: (984) 219-7555
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Photo of Mike Nye Mike Nye
Jun 11, 2020 3

I called at 2pm to place an order to pick up at 5:30pm. I got the large platter that is suppose to feed 3 people. The platter comes with two large sides. The grilled vegetables were 3 tiny skewers with 5 pieces of vegetables and the large serving of Jollof of rice was barely enough to feed 2 people. On top of that, we arrived at 5:30 and had to wait 15 minutes before receiving our underwhelming, semi-cold food. This is my second time trying Zweli’s and was so excited for last night’s dinner after the wonderful lunch I had there a couple weeks ago. Disappointing experience.

Photo of John Spauls John Spauls
Jun 19, 2020 5

Nations only Zimbabwean restaurant. I had the quarter chicken plate my first time which was similar to Peruvian charcoal chicken but different spices. The sides were where it’s at though. The peanut collard greens are amazing. And the beans were so well spiced.Want to try their curry and sausages soon.

Photo of Jennifer Hodgkinson Jennifer Hodgkinson
Jun 4, 2020 5

Awesome authentic atmosphere! The owners and staff are truly personal and friendly. The meals are delicious. A refreshing dining experience!

Photo of Woody Feffer Woody Feffer
Feb 3, 2020 3

The food was delicious. Portions were very small. Chicken skewers had two tiny pieces of chicken on each with 5 veggies for almost $10. Ox tail with two sides was maybe 1/2 cup of meat plus a little bowl of mildly spiced baked beans and 3/4 cup of ok greens for around $18. I feel like we got lunch sized portions for dinner sized prices. Service was very slow, over an hour from when we ordered to our samosa app and another 15 to our entrees.

Photo of Sarah Phillips Sarah Phillips
Jan 16, 2020 5

Had an amazing experience at Zweli's Kitchen starting with the friendly staff and fun atmosphere. It was my first encounter with Zimbabwean food. The rich flavor palate was inviting. There was such a variety of dishes to choose from. Would highly recommend to experience Zweli's yourself.

Photo of Natalie Grace Natalie Grace
Jan 2, 2020 5

I was visiting the Durham area when a friend suggested we try this place. The menu offers gluten free and vegan options and authentic African fare. Hands down, this was one of the best meals I've had! I ordered the Piri Piri Chicken breast with a side of peanut butter collards. My friend ordered another chicken dish with their Chakalaka, which is not only vegan and gluten free, but a flavor profile that cannot be matched! The hospitality of the staff was welcoming as if we were part of their family. Leo came to talk to us about the authentic handmade African pieces throughout the restaurant. I recommend you try Zweli's and bring friends to share the experience!

Photo of Hannah Mingus Hannah Mingus
Dec 15, 2019 3

The waitress was very nice. I ordered a half chicken and when I cut into it the middle was completely raw. I sent it back and they said they'd recook it but brought me a smaller piece to eat on the same plate that had raw chicken on it. I asked for a new plate and new rice so they switched it. The waitress was very apologetic and they gave my friend and I extra donuts for the trouble. I barely ate any chicken because I was grossed out by the experience so I was kind of disappointed they didn't offer to take it off the bill. I would maybe go back again for brunch, but will not be ordering chicken again.

Photo of Benjamin Peters Benjamin Peters
Nov 16, 2019 5

I have never had Zimbabwe food but I'll tell you this one be my last. This place is out of the world good. Everything was on point. Must visit if in the area.

Photo of team romans team romans
Nov 8, 2019 5

Great food for a new experience or a past memory. My wife and I were married in Jamaca, this great food brought back fond memories. The service was also excellent.

Photo of Jason Rivera Jason Rivera
Oct 24, 2019 5

Welcome back to the '50s. Grinnell's decor and menu take you back to a different time and place. However, that's not a criticism. The execution is excellent, with professional service and great food. The menu is typical of the Italian restaurant of the past. Pasta, chicken, veal, seafood, etc. There is also a pretty good wine list.

Photo of Eric James Flonominal Crompton Eric James Flonominal Crompton
Sep 24, 2019 5

Absolutely amazing food. Taste profiles to die for. Great service. Will be back very soon

Photo of Beneita Dennis Beneita Dennis
Aug 12, 2019 5

Wonderful place. Staff was very friendly and made me feel very welcome. They answered all my questions about the ingredients and even allowed me to taste some items before ordering. Food was great. I will be back.

Photo of Austin Armstrong Austin Armstrong
Sep 9, 2019 4

The chicken here was absolutely too die for! I can't wait to go back! My only thoughts are that I felt the portions were a little small and it was a tad bit expensive. That being said, I will be back because the taste was worth the price!

Photo of Christina C Christina C
Aug 6, 2019 5

Delicious! I've never had Zimbabwe inspired food before, so this was exciting. Everything was nicely spiced, but fair warning if you can't handle heat. The samosas were particularly satisfying. Extensive vegetarian and vegan options. My server was very attentive and kind

Photo of Rosie Daniel Rosie Daniel
Jun 28, 2019 5

This is my first ever Google review but I felt compelled. We had the best meal here! Such a good find. The food was delicious and the service was incredible. We ordered so much off the menu. The chakalaka (beans) were delicious, ox tail was on point, the veggie samosas were so good. They’ve been in biz one year and are promoting random acts of kindness as their one year anniversary and are feeding 1,000 ppl in Durham. The owners were so humble and gracious. Will definitely be back!!

Photo of Jordan Branham Jordan Branham
Jul 2, 2019 5

Amazing food, service, and people. Every single item we had was “oh my gosh this is so good” good. Get the oxtails..you won’t regret it.

Photo of Angela Stokes Angela Stokes
Jul 7, 2019 5

Delicious. Nice ambiance. No ideal this little gem was in this shopping center. Great flavors. The chicken was moist and mildly spicy and ended with a fruity note. The curry cabbage was just delicious. I look forward to going back.

Photo of Miss Isabella Miss Isabella
Jun 4, 2019 5

Visited as a party of 3. Ordered oxtail meal, chicken meal, and chicken sandwich meal. The portions are large. Everything was served hot and fresh. The oxtails were tasty!!! The peanut butter rice bites were a new experience- loved them with the curry cabbage. Loved the chakalaka, sadza, and made to perfection chicken. The chicken sandwich was tasty. The ambiance speaks to your soul. Customer service was on point - very polite, attentive, and efficient. The owners were very humble. The place is spotless. Perfect for date night.

Photo of Benjamin Williams Benjamin Williams
Apr 4, 2019 5

We loved our lunch here. This place has a friendly atmosphere and a good feel. I highly recommend the samosas, both beef and vegetable which were delicious, the oxtail was superb also, cooked in a richly flavoured sauce. Our server let us try all of the sides before choosing. Will come again.

Photo of Greg Woods Greg Woods
Apr 18, 2019 5

I've been in the area for a while, and one of the things I've felt was missing whenever I tried a new restaurant is HEARTINESS. I often feel like I've eaten, but rarely belly-rubbing content.My first stop at Zweli's for lunch today took care of that. Simple, fresh, spicy food that left my belly very happy. The chakalaka is delicious and the collards (with peanut butter and spices... It works together so well) are incredible!

Photo of Kathleen Koechling Kathleen Koechling
May 12, 2019 5

Outstanding meal from only Zimbabwean restaurant nearby. We tried a wide assortment of vegetarian sides to share and everyone enjoyed everything! Highlights were chakalaka (smoky sweet, little bit spicy beans), greens with peanut butter flavoring, and curry fried cabbage. One of our party said the veggie samosas were the best thing she ever ate, and I can see why. Quite different and delicious. Update: Went for mother's day buffet...perfect! Plus, moms got a hand-decorated chocolate covered strawberry.

Photo of Kendra Griffin-Reppert Kendra Griffin-Reppert
Apr 17, 2019 5

This place has really great food! I have never had Zimbabwean food before, but it was amazing. The owner stopped by our table to see how we were enjoying the food and it turns out that he built all of the furniture himself in the entire restaurant! It was really nice to talk with him for a bit and find out the story behind the restaurant. The service was great and the food was the best comfort food ever. I will definitely be going back the next time I am in the Durham area.

Photo of Anna Lobastova Anna Lobastova
Jan 31, 2021 5

Huge portion sizes at great prices. I especially liked the samosas. Love that we have a Zimbabwean restaurant here in the Triangle!

Photo of Kathryn L Kathryn L
Jan 31, 2021 5

Eat here! Great portion sizes and nice staff. I messed up my online order and the lady at the front was so sweet and accommodating. Definitely try the samosas, you won’t regret it.

Photo of marie connelly marie connelly
Feb 3, 2021 5

We are so glad we stumbled on this gem of a restaurant! The service was beyond amazing, the owners offered a few samples since we were indecisive first timers, and the food was delicious. Portions are very generous and well priced. We can't wait to return on our next visit to Chapel Hill.

Photo of Jea Hyun Kim Jea Hyun Kim
Feb 1, 2021 3

Despite many good reviews about this place, I didn't quite enjoy my meal here. Ordered a 1/4 chicken with rice and collards to be picked up at 6:45PM but my order was already ready 30 minutes before the designated time slot. Although the food was still hot when I picked it up, the chicken was a bit salty and dry. Other sides that I got (especially the peanut butter collards) were unique and fun to try. Nevertheless, it was disappointing overall.

Photo of Matt Widener Matt Widener
Jan 21, 2021 5

Everything was amazing. Thoroughly enjoyed everything we ordered. The Chakalaka is great, every bite delights.

Photo of Shanedra Baker (Nedra) Shanedra Baker (Nedra)
Sep 4, 2020 5

Where do I even begin?!? Everything...I mean from service, taste, cleanliness, atmosphere...EVERYTHING was perfect. We were greeted and/or spoken to by EVERY person who worked there, including the owner. Being our first time, the owner and chef took the time to thoroughly go over the menu and brought samples for us to try. My husband got the 1/2 piri piri chicken with jollof rice and chakalaka (beans). I got oxtails with jollof rice and cabbage. It was sooooo good ya'll. ALL OF IT. Then the lemonade..my my MY!! Lemons, watermelon and mint...enough said. We also had the veggie samosas which were delicious. We were so happy to finally make it to Zweli's and now we'll be regulars for sure.

Photo of N. David Mufuka N. David Mufuka
Dec 15, 2020 5

Amazing Restaurant!. Great food and atmosphere. Truly a unique experience. Must try. for anyone.

Photo of Elizabeth M. Johnson Elizabeth M. Johnson
Dec 15, 2020 5

Delicious & Perfect! We ordered tonight for the first time and everything was incredible. The veggie samosas were the best I have ever had: light as air and so tender, they seemed almost baked instead of friend. Maybe? We also had the plantains, Piri Piri Tofu with the collards and rice side. Everything was fresh and mouth-watering. We will order again! And make the drive from downtown. Ha!

Photo of Kate Godly Kate Godly
Nov 10, 2020 5

We had the sausage and the chicken with collards, veggie skewers, and sweet potato samosas. Delicious!!! Dined in and felt safe, everyone wearing gloves and a mask.

Photo of Celeste Mathis Celeste Mathis
Nov 10, 2020 5

Food was amazing! I got Dovi chicken over jollof rice recommended by the nice lady cashing me out. She was absolutely right! It was great! Very tasty and full of flavor. Will definitely return❤️

Photo of John Spauls John Spauls
Jun 19, 2020 5

Nations only Zimbabwean restaurant. I had the quarter chicken plate my first time which was similar to Peruvian charcoal chicken but different spices.The sides were where it’s at though. The peanut collard greens are amazing. And the beans were so well spiced.Want to try their curry and sausages soon.

Photo of Kelsey Vinson Kelsey Vinson
Aug 1, 2020 5

Zweli's is our new favorite dinner spot. The food and flavor are amazing!! We can't wait to go back and chip away at trying everything on the menu!

Photo of Marijel Melo Marijel Melo
Aug 22, 2020 5

Oh my, SO DELICIOUS! Ordered the skewers, wings, and sandwich and everything was seasoned well. The acid, the salt, the piri piri seasoning soooo good! Also, the chips. Please get some chips. You're welcome. Oh, and have been going here for a bit and it looks like they adjusted their prices, too. Will be back soon!

Photo of Jessica Jessica
Jul 22, 2020 5

I ordered the wing platter with peanut butter collards and chakalaka. The chakalaka is amazing - sweet and spicy and smoky, it was definitely my favorite. It's reminiscent of baked beans. Wings were good, very reminiscent of Peruvian charcoal rotisserie chicken. The collards were interesting - lots of peanut flavor. I thought the wings would be spicy but they were not, the flavors were more smoky than spicy. There was plenty of food for the two of us plus some leftovers. We showed up a little after 5pm and ordered to go, the staff warned us there would be a 40 minute wait before we ordered and we were fine with that - food was in fact ready in about 40 minutes. Staff were all wearing masks and gloves; customers were all practicing social distancing.

Photo of Fred Miller Fred Miller
Sep 4, 2021 5

The staff was awesome Yolanda has very helpful. She answered all our questions and made very good suggestions. I’d never had anything with a peanut sauce, it was terrific. So was everything else I tried.

Photo of Kim Garfield Kim Garfield
Jul 10, 2021 5

Durham, The Triangle and beyond what are you waiting forward to try this place? We went last night and even though we were after a large group, we were not lost with the mix. The food was fresh, the service impeccable and the flavors outstanding. Try the potato appetizer! I had their newest tofu dish on the menu, My friend had the sausage. So there is plenty to choose from if your plant-based to not plant-based. We tried some of the wine as well and that was wonderfully paired with the food. Keep an eye out for this restaurant. I am definitely returning again.

Photo of Nichole Gantshar Nichole Gantshar
Feb 19, 2022 5

Great food that may seem unfamiliar but if you like Jamaican or any other type of African food, Zimbabwean cuisine will appear familiar. The menu also features the inspiration from the many Indian immigrants and their gifts to South African fare. Check it out! It also has a wonderful collection of South African wines and a few local beers.

Photo of Camille Stowe Camille Stowe
Feb 23, 2022 5

Just left Zweli’s and all I can say is amazing! I am vegan and currently about an hour and fourth minutes from home and this is just what I needed! Please come visit! The staff is friendly and accommodating and the food is amazing!! I don’t usually leave reviews but this place is so worth taking the time for the review!

Photo of Amy C Amy C
Mar 12, 2022 5

This was one of the best meals I’ve had in a while! The owners and servers are the kindest people. The food is flavorful and filling. I have only good things to say!! Whether from the Triangle or passing though, this place is a must-try!

Photo of Jennifer Johnson Bey Jennifer Johnson Bey
May 2, 2022 5

Oxtail piri chicken all sides are VEGAN AND GLUTEN FREE. You should come check it out ask for Jenn×10 she will give you some samples!! She reads to kids and is so nice😁 food does take about 20 minutes it's cooked fresh.

Photo of Kimya Dean Kimya Dean
Jun 4, 2022 5

Food was excellent plus great music. We loved the friendliness of the staff and the way they interacted more like a family than a crew. Very pleasant environment. We will definitely be back for the live music and drink specials on Fridays!

Photo of Michael Wolfe Michael Wolfe
Jun 15, 2022 5

I went in for lunch the other day and had an awesome experience! The food is DELICIOUS and the service was even better. I had the ox tails with 2 sides and was super pleased! Highly recommended and will take my friends here when we are in the mood to try something fun, tasty and a little different than normal.