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Sambuca Grille
Sambuca Grille

Sambuca Grille Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://sambucagrillebar.com/
  • Phone: (570) 961-5205
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:45pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please call 570-961-5205 to inquire and ask for Benny
  • Entertainment: Come and enjoy our Live Piano Singer every Friday and Saturday night

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Spruce Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Free Street Parking Dinner time
A word from Sambuca Grille
Sambuca Grille is an Italian restaurant located in Downtown Scranton.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "We always have a wonderful time at Sambuca. We have got to know the owner and staff and feel very comfortable. The wait staff are excellent."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We all sampled each others' food. My sister and I had the shrimp stuffed ravioli special. It was very good, but there were only five small raviolis. My niece had the linguine with white clam sauce, which had no taste whatsoever. I think they forgot the garlic and ALL the seasoning. My mother had the ziti with vodka sauce, which was tasty. I can say the cannoli was really good. The price listing might be only $$, but for the quantity of food you receive, it's more like $$$. It is all about the presentation of the food rather than the quantity."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My wife & I both selected special entries of the night . I had the Tuna & she had tha Chicken. Both were truly outstanding selections. Service was great. Wine service was right on. Piano music & great atmosphere made it a truly wonderful experience."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Sambuca Grille was the highlight of our weekend in Scranton. Great service and piano player. The food was terrific. Comparable to any NYC restaurant. I would recommend reservations on Saturday night which we had. Plenty of parking and nice location, easy to find. Steam Town and the Mall a block away."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Our most recent trip to this restaurant was fantastic. Everything was absolutely wonderful. The only thing that I may gripe about was the size of our salads. A little on the small side, but it tasted fantastic. Aside from that everything was 5-star."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend to Sambuca's for his birthday. He said he hadn't had linguine that good since he was a little boy when his grandmother made it many years ago!!! Every spoonful of the entire meal was a delight."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "If you enjoy excellent service and charming staff, along with really great food...Sambuca is the place for you. Their specials are always perfect, drinks are great, and on Saturday nights there is a quirky singer who plays the piano. It's a little dressy, and a little dimly lit, but the service is absolutely impeccable. I am never disappointed by the specials and usually order appetizer, salad, and dinner from the specials menu. Every experience I have had at this restaurant has been absolutely fantastic. By far my favorite restaurant in the Scranton area, and it's right downtown!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Excellent food, service, and drinks. Staff was friendly and atmosphere was enjoyable"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We went to Sambuca as a special out of town dinner for my wife's birthday. It did not disappoint. We knew going into it that prices were a bit on the high side, so that was no surprise. What I did find surprising is that for the price of the dishes, they did not include a salad. The service was second to none & we were treated very well. I ordered a frutti di mare (a seafood/pasta dish -$26). My wife ordered carbonara w/ chicken ($18) Both were cooked to perfection. For $26 I expected my portion to be a bit larger. We both got dessert. I had a cannoli which was wonderful. My wife ordered a lemon sorbet. It was frozen and served in a hollowed out lemon. A very neat presentation and it tasted even better than it looked."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We were passing through the area and after a quick seach found this gem. Wonderful dishes. We opted for one of the specials and it was fabulous. Authentic Italian cooking, served by an establishment that if I close my eyes, could be in Rome! "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The food is outstanding and the very reasonably priced! Definitely worth checking out!!!!!"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Before making reservations to celebrate my son's graduation at Sambuca Grill, I read all the reviews I could find because every other restaurant I considered in the area had mixed reviews. Sambuca Grill had good service, gOod food and good prices. There was nothing to complain about. I would definitely return when I go back to Scranton. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Nice place; hovering waiters - ok if you like that. Food was good but my fish was a bit undercooked and my portobello ravioli was a little cold. Plus there was an unpainted wall that looked like there was some work done recently but they didn't get around to re-painting. My husband's filet mignon was really good."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We recently celebrated a graduation at Sambucas and were absolutely delighted with the entire experience. The food was excellent, the service was exceptional and the ambience was lovely. They adjusted sauces according to our needs due to allergies and were very attentive and accommodating to our party of 5. I would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I'm glad I made reservations for our Friday evening dinner at Sambuca as it was a busy evening. This was our first time at Sambuca and it could not have been better. The service was impeccable, menu was extensive and there were a variety of specials. The Caesar salad and Sambuca salad were each a nice portion and delicious. Whether you choose pasta, chicken, seafood or steak - you will not be disappointed. Everything was tasty and cooked to our liking. We were too full for dessert so we took it to go. The mango mousse and the chocolate flourless cake were to die for. I look forward to returning again soon."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Great atmosphere, clean, friendly service and Excellent food. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Sambuca Grille is above and beyond anything you'd expect in downtown Scranton. Fabulous food, outstanding service. I can't say enough good things about how delicious the food is; never disappointed and it remains my favorite go to spot for dinner. Make a reservation or you risk being turned away, they fill up fast... especially on Friday/Saturday.... "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Food was great, piano player a little lous we were seated right next to him. was difficult to hear each other talking"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The food and service were excellent. I will be going back. I reminded me of the restaurants in NYC We were very impressed "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Went here off a whim when our usual Ruth's Chris Steakhouse was booked. Thoroughly impressed! Great specials and incredible food overal. The pollo sambuca impressed me greatly. Would recommend over and over again. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I didn't even know this place existed. You wouldn't expect what appears to be a tiny hole in the wall to be so nice on the inside with a great waitstaff. The food is really good and the pasta is certainly al dente! Great place for couples, special occasions, or just a family night out! "
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "I've been going to this place for 3 years and it's been great every time I've been."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Always a favorite to go here. Service is wonderful, food is great and the ambiance is really nice"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Food = excellent, Service = excellent, Atmosphere = excellent. What a great find! Totally loved our meal and the pricing was very reasonable."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Good food. Mussels fra diavlo is excellent. Service a little slow. Great atmosphere"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I was ill and could not attend but the rest of the people in party really enjoyed themselves and want to attend next time they are in town so I can get a chance to enjoy the resturant."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Small and cozy. Service is good, food is good and it is moderately priced. I have dinner at Sambuca a few times a year, and its always good."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I agree with all the other reviews accept for the one that was negative about this restuarant. The service was great, the food was excellent, the drinks were good and especially the Martini my Aunt had. The waiters and waitress always had a smile on. Piano bar was also a nice touch."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "This was my second experience and both my first and second times were exceptional!! I have nothing but wonderful things to say.. The restaurant is clean, friendly and attentive staff, and the food and drinks are out of this world!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We had a really great evening. The food was perfect, wine was fine & service was great. We will return often."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Server who took our order provided excellent service as well as creativity to suggest an entre specific to what I preferred."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "my husband and I decided to check out Sambuca on our date night, it was the first time we had dined there for dinner. The service was outstanding and the food selections were off the charts, there was something for everyone. Price points were about average for the area (for upscale dining). I had the New York Strip steak and my husband chose the Veal Parmesan, additionally my husband asked the chef to make an alteration to his entree and he happily complied. We received our appetizer/entrees rather quickly, again I can't say enough about the service and attention to detail, it was all around a great dining experience!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Not local, we used Open Table to find a restaurant for dinner. Wonderful alternative to chain dining. Servers were attentive, sincere and the food was freshly prepared."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "WE weren't greeted upon entering the restaurant. When we said we had a reservation the woman at the front just looked at us blankly and said "you do?" We were seated. The waiter was completely disengaged. Seemed annoyed by questions. Then ignored us. We had to ask another server to get him to take our order. Food was ok; nothing special.(came quickly though) I had the salmon and found it a bit on the fishy side which salmon doesn't have to be if fresh. Food arrived and wasn't prepared as requested (I asked for sauces on the side; salad came that way and the reset didn't.) Waiter never bothered to check on us. We had to get someone to get the check. Couldn't get out of there fast enough. We went to Starbucks for coffee."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "We arrived about twenty minutes before our reservation, had a drink at the bar (very pleasant) and then were seated. Great ambiance both in the bar and the main dining room. We were seated in the immediate vicinity of the piano player (who was delightful). The salad we shared as an appetizer was great; our meals were excellent (tortellini; spaghetti with broccoli) . Wait-staff was very proficient, courteous; even jovial. Overall, we had a very enjoyable experience! Occasionally, since we were seated in such close proximity to the piano player, my date & I had difficulty hearing each other and the wait-staff. This didn't diminish our experience, but if you tend to dislike that sort of thing, you'll want a table further into the room."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I have been a regular at Sambuca Grille for sometime now going at least once a month. The food here is always outstanding...from the regular menu items (the Frutti di Mare is my favorite) to the great choices of specials they offer every evening. The specials always include a pasta dish, a chicken dish, a meat dish and several fish dishes. Their fish is always excellent, and most recently I had the pork osso buco which was superb. The service is the friendliest and most attentive of any place I've been in Scranton, New York or Philadelphia. And they've recently refreshed their dining room and it looks great! The outside of the restaurant is much more modest than the great food and service offered inside!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "LOVE piano bar! Food divine and very friendly service."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We booked a table for 9, over a week in advance, requesting a table near the front of the restaurant since my Mom is handicapped. The table, when we arrived, was in the very back. When we asked for a different table, the man at the bar said the restaurant was completely booked, and could not combine other tables. While dining, two groups came in, and tables were put together. Along with the absolute rudeness of being unaccommodating, it was an insult to see the changes made for other parties. The food is very good, but I would never support an establishment that discriminates against people with disabilities."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Once again, this restaurant did not disappoint, the food and the service was excellent. I was a little upset that they only had a New Year's Eve menu and not there regular menu as I was really looking forward to what I had there last time, but I was very happy with the dish I had picked out from there menu; it was delicious. My boyfriend's dish was also wonderful too. The service as always was spectacular, they are always very courteous and attentive to your needs. Definitely will be dining here again."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Once again our dinner was beyond amazing! There was four of us in our group and all four of our dishes were Delicious. Not a morsel left on our plates, in fact all four of us wiped or plates clean with the bread!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013