Sambuca Grille
Sambuca Grille

Sambuca Grille

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://sambucagrillebar.com/
  • Phone: 5709615205
  • 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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Sambuca Grille reviews from OpenTable diners
36 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (28)special occasion (24)neighborhood gem (21)fit for foodies (20)notable wine list (8)good for groups (4)hot spot (2)great for lunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • January49VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our favorite local spot especially on Sat when they have great entertainment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sambuca
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Very good service with a very entertaining piano player. The food is always good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food, Service, Ambiance
    AttorneyBrian
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I've been going to Sambuca Grille for many years. It is an excellent place to enjoy quiet conversation and/or meet for business. The wait staff are professional, attentive and considerate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Felt like family
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was our first visit. We were treated like we were long time friends and family. Service was impeccable. Waiter ver helpful and accommodating. Food was outstanding. We had the special braised beef ribs ind rigatoni. The beef melted in your mouth. We also had the salmon special and the salad special plus dessert and coffee and a few cocktails before and during dinner. We left with smiles on our faces and will de finely return. Wow
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Suprise find
    Gerri
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    In Scranton only for weekend, was pleasantly suprised to find a great Italian resturant. Would definitly go back when in the area.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints
    FirstClassDiner
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Fabulous food and Outstanding service!! This has become a favorite spot and and I have tried many items on the menu. I am never disappointed. The specials are so good, tonight I dd not even need to look at the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Northern Italian in Scranton
    MPaulJCVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    If you don't just want sauce thrown over noodles and tons of mozzarella cheese, come to this authentic Italian. Lovely wine choices and fantastic main plates. The chicken Dijon made me weak in the knees: tender cutlets pounded thin, lightly fried in an off-the-hook Dijon mustard with asparagus and pasta. I'd take this over Parmagiana or Veal Saltimbocca any day. EAT HERE!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • January49VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Always a winner. This is one of our favorite places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • relaxing mood
    FRANK
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    It was a nice quiet evening with friends and the food was great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for Date Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We stumbled upon this gem for one of our recent date nights. It quickly became my favorite date restaurant. The service is exceptional, the piano player/singer charming, and the ambiance is perfect for a romantic evening. I look forward to going back soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quaint and Tasty!
    VickyX
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I had my first meal at Sambuca this week. The restaurant had a tremendous selection of specials... of which I chose three. A scallops appetizer... huge tender scallops in a delectable sauce. Next I had shrimp bisque. Fabulous flavor, lots of bits of shrimp and a creamy texture. My entrée was squid ink pasta in a delicate tomato-herb sauce with calamari and clams. Out of this world. I also had the Sambuca Salad... a nice garden salad. This was one of the best Italian meals I have had outside of NYC. This is about an hour's drive from my home, but worth every cent in gas I spent to get there! Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scranton Favorite
    Sauvblanc46
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We don't live in the Scranton area but have had to pass through every month or so. We always try to have a dinner at Sambuca. The food is delicious, the staff courteous and attentive, and the atmosphere very pleasant. If you are traveling through on I-81 or another way, this is a great place to stop for dinner. There is parking right next to the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite place !
    skizits
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We really love going to Sambuca. It is a rare find in Scranton. The staff are excellent and very attentive. The owner is always welcoming and friendly. The food is superb! Very enjoyable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As always great
    Buca
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Second time visiting this restaurant and was as pleaed as when we first went there last year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Restaurant In Scranton PA
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Hands down the best dinning experience in the city. Must try it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Date Dining!
    NervousFirstDate
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Perfect if you want to have a romantic date where you can hear each other speak. Everything about this place was perfect!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it
    Mish24
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    My wife and I have now dined here 3 times. We absolutely love it. She gets the ravioli in the pink sauce and one of the salads, and I get the pollo sambuca. The sauces are fantastic! Staff are very polite and accomodating, and service is wonderful. Reminds us of restaurants in NYC.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific all the way around
    BobetteVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I had been wanting to try Sambuca for a long time and am I ever glad I did. It was terrific all the way around. They had a wide variety of specials and quite a nice sized menu. My son said his swordfish was delicious as were his mussels appetizer. I ordered filet mignon and it was prepared exactly medium rare as I ordered. My husband had rack of lamb that he said was excellent and would order again. Service was timed perfectly and the atmosphere was very appealing. Definitely will be back. I'm so glad it's available on Open Table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Dinner
    January49VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic Evening
    Breeze153
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • All about presentation
    ElJay744
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • skizits
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Review
    Troma
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • piano music too loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great singing piano player, but way too loud when combined with ambient sounds to allow for table conversation. I'll give it one more try before I take the otherwise great place off the map. Unamplified piano and no microphone would be ok.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mary ann p
    capucci
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always wonderful
    ScrantonGal
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Excellent food, service, and drinks. Staff was friendly and atmosphere was enjoyable
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place to eat!
    TonyR0206
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a find!
    RRdiner
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 113 reviews are from the Sambuca Grille reviews archive.
  • The food is outstanding!
    DavePVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    The food is outstanding and the very reasonably priced! Definitely worth checking out!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Sambuca Grill
    Jjmprm
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exceptional dining
    Luvgoodfood
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommended in Scranton
    KWed
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice place
    PAfoodie
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT
    123456
    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
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience.
    LEO1
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Great atmosphere, clean, friendly service and Excellent food. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite dinner spot
    FirstClassDiner
    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....
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Food and Staff
    Patrick
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The food and service were excellent. I will be going back. I reminded me of the restaurants in NYC We were very impressed
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Scranton Gem. A must!
    ABNM
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    Foodlover
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.