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Sambuca Restaurant - Houston

Sambuca Restaurant - Houston Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sambucarestaurant.com/houston-lunch-dinner.php
  • Phone: (713) 224-5299
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Wednesday - 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday & Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - Midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Travis St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Sambuca Restaurant - Houston
Sambuca is Houston's only rockin' dinner club. Located in the historic Rice hotel in downtown Houston. American food with a side of live music nightly. The music is as diverse as the American menu. Sambuca can cater your next special event! Whether it is off site, at Sambuca or The Crystal Ballroom at the Rice, you can be assured everything will be handled with attention to every detail.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "We had a very nice time listening to the live music and enjoyed several of their small plates."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Food still good here,but the service for the evening lacking. Nice mix of food and music. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "As usual, I had a great time, food was good, waiter was very nice and band was Awesome.. But the strangest thing i noticed.. The drummer was behind a screen that completely blocked him from being seen.. Obviously, this was for moice level but this drummer is very animated and this was awful .. So sad.. Didn't like that.."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The shrimp and crab dip was barely warm. The only thing spectacular about my salmon was the price. The creme brûlée was burned so we sent it back. The second creme brûlée was much better. The ambiance and service were great but the food was very disappointing."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Heard about Sambuca on a friend's FB page and decided to look into it. The reviews were mixed (mainly about the food) but the service and live music were highly praised. I decided to take my husband there for his b'day and it was worth it. The food was average (not the best we've ever eaten but certainly not the worst); however, the service and music were AWESOME! The live band, FM was absolutely wonderful. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My friend and i both came to sambuca to try something different. We've heard great things about the food and atmosphere so we decided to make reservations and go. When we first walked in we were so glad. As our waitress was walking us to our seats we kept on getting further and further to the back. Come to find out we are not only in the back of the restraunt but we are also in the back corner. After being seated it literally took 10 minutes for us to get helped by a waitress. She was disrespectful and was not enthusiastic what so ever when speaking to is but the table next to is got the best treatment and was served within 3 minutes after they sat down. Never will I come back again because that type of treatment is unexceptable"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My fiancé and I dined at Sambuca Friday night! We wanted to taste the food as they will be catering our upcoming wedding. Everything was very good. My only complaint is that our appetizer needed salt. This is coming from someone who has tried to decrease their fiance's salt intake for the past two years. The portions were great. My fiancé had the étouffée and I had the shrimp carbonara. The bad was great and our view was awesome. The ambiance really kicked off a awesome night."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Restaurant atmosphere was fantastic. Food was delicious but the portions are so small that it truly felt like I was eating an apettizer definitely not worth the money. But this place is fantastic for drinks and music. Another downfall was that it took our waitress 15-20 minutes to get our drink order."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "My husband and I had dinner there Friday night. We didn't realize there would be a live band playing. We had a blast. Ended up staying for hours. The food was excellent and the service was exceptional."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We had not been to Sambuca in a while, but it was just as great as we remembered. The service was great. We had friends come and they accommodated us quickly by seating us together. We all ordered different items and everyone was pleased. Great place to eat and always great music!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Good drinks (but plastic glasses, really?). The salmon Oscar was very good; the lobster enchiladas were obviously reheated, dry and gummy, and should never have been allowed out of the kitchen. Given Urbanspoon's high rating, we were truly disappointed. Go for the bar and music, but eat elsewhere."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Our party of two couples celebrated a super fun, wine-filled evening with exceptional server Mandy, attending to our every demand. we ordered the duck tapas first for appetizer , then again for a main dish. Tried 4 or 5 tapas, all delicious, plus dinners. The wine list lacks variety but selections are adequate. Noise level with the band was energetic though we managed to carry on conversation throughout. It was pleasant weather and we could have sat on patio though it is more casual, so we enjoyed the dark, intimate interior atmosphere. We will definitely go again. A great place to meet with friends."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Everything in this place is awesome! Nice atmosphere to enjoy live music while eating delicious dinner, the service is outstanding also. Me and my husband loved it!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Very disappointed with Sambuca. I had a 11:45 reservation. I arrived at 11:58 and waited for a few minutes for the hostess to come back to the entrance. At 12:01 she came to us and I told her who I was. She looked up the reservation and said that since we were more than 15 minutes late our table was let go. I looked around and saw open tables. She said she could seat us outside, (it was a little cold and windy at the time). Since I had a prospective client who was on a tight timetable I said ok. Hostess needs to understand the meaning of customer service. The whole episode was embarrassing for me. I may look back someday and laugh both I won't be at Sambuca when I do."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We had dinner at Sambuca before heading over to the Houston Grand Opera. We ordered a total of 5 small plates for three people. Plenty of food, and each dish was delicious. Service was outstanding. We will be back!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Houston is known for its great restaurants and Sambuca is on of the reasons why. excellent service, live music and fantastic ambiance sets the restaurant apart from a chain of restaurants you would take your family. Sambuca is a great place to go on a date."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This was my 3rd visit to Sambuca and was a little disappointed in my meal. I had the pork chop and it was very tough and dry but the flavor was great. My wife had the beef filet and it was awesome. Overall our experience there was very pleasant. Mike, our waiter, and his sidekick paid very close attention to us, even bringing me a flashlight and a pair of reader glasses since I forgot mine. I would highly recommend Sambuca to anyone wanting a great meal in downtown Houston."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I've been to Sambuca (Houston) many times and the last time and this time 3/19/14 my steak was BLAND W/ TOO MUCH FAT on it. My wifes pork chop was DRY. . Not the best experiece we've had there. I think we might give it a shot again in a few weeks, when the seasoning/marinade and another chef gets there. Atmosphere and service was great, the food let me down tho. I hope someone make a change, can't give these guys to many more chances"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I hosted a face to face team dinner for members of my team from London, and Singapore. In a time of financial responsibility, the prices were very good along with good food and surroundings. My team loved the atmosphere, entertainment, good food, and customer services. We plan to return very soon. Many thanks for making our evening a great success."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "A nice spot, the sampler plates are what we got. Really good stuff you don't see everywhere. It came out incredibly fast as well. The service was very good. Overall a very nice dinner."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My date and I came here 3/14/14 @ 5:30p. This was our first time and we were excited about the live performance but disappointed that it would not begin until 8pm or so. Service: Our waiter, Mark was excellent! He was very attentive, kind, professional and overall pleasant. Food: My date ordered the steak, medium well with a side of shrimp and being a vegetarian (who adores pizza) I opted for the create your own with bell peppers, sundried tomatoes and goat cheese. Unfortunately, the sundried tomatoes were burned to a crisp & I spent a great deal of time picking them off. Our waiter noticed this & offered to send it back & bring a new one. The steak was dry & instead of sending it back my date opted for steak sauce. The ambiance is great!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I have been to the one in Dallas several times it's a great place. This was my second time to the one in Houston. The service was miserable. Food great, atmosphere fun. I'm a huge believer in service, when the waiter forgets the drinks and you have to go to the bar it us just poor management."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We have a great server, he was helpful in recommending small plates, and even discussed some fun things to do in Houston. The small plate selection was great - artichokes with goat cheese, bisque (delicious!) , escargot, satay, crab and shrimp cheese dip - which was the best. We have the beef and chicken satay - more like thick kabobs. overall good dining experience."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Took my wife out for our wedding Anniversary and whole experience was great. Waiter recommendation was spot on."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "For our 36th wedding anniversary, we spent a Thursday evening at Sambuca with another couple. Food, band, and service was excellent. We had a great table with an excellent view of the band. Our server was attentive, accommodating, and upbeat all evening. The food was excellent. For our budget, Sambuca is more expensive than we can afford very often, but it was perfect for a special event. Had a great time."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "I have dined at the Houston location twice and at the Dallas locaton once in the last year. Sambuca is now my overall favorite restaurant. The food is absolutely incredible and the service is top notch. In both cases in Houston our server was Nick - completely by chance. He is attentive, professional and ensures we have an enjoyable meal. Whatever your occasion, you can't go wrong with dining at Sambuca."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Me and my husband stumbled onto this place, randomly searching Google. I am so glad we went. The food was AMAZING! The live band that night was the Shapeshifters and they were extremely talented. Last, but not least our waiter Nick was extremely helpful and friendly. We will definitely we returning."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The restaurant took this reservation a week in advance for a Monday lunch. They then called on the Friday before to inform me they would not actually be open on Monday and were cancelling the reservation. I asked why they took it to begin with - they just weren't paying attention to what was coming in on Open Table. And they were not the least bit apologetic about cancelling what was supposed to be a business lunch for me. I won't go back."
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "We looked forward to coming for a while. Portion size Was Really Small For The Expensive prices. Shrimp & Crab linguini had no seasoning to it. Very bland. Not many people there but waitress was slow. They dont tell u happy hour discount means smaller portion size. So its a suprise when u see your food. Not much of a discount. Sandwich shop next door has better food for much cheaper prices. good live music though."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "the food was great the band play our music from the 70s 80s and would recommend this place for adults me and wife love it...."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We celebrated our anniversary here and it was really nice. I had mentioned in our reservation it was our anniversary and they greeted us at the door with a 'happy anniversary!'. We were given a nice curved bench style seat with a great view of the place. The server was prompt and made sure we were taken care of the entire evening. Around 8:20 a band started playing and all-around I will just say we had the best time. Thank you very much."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The miso sea bass I had at lunch before Christmas was absolutely melt in your mouth delicous. So I had high expectations for the Seafood Integration. Unfortunately it did not live up to those expections. While flavorful, the fish and shrimp were both overcooked and dry. My husband's ribeye was adequate, but not anything spectacular."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Hadn't been there in a while (because of past experiences) for dinner, frequent the bar. Decided to bring five friends and give the dining component another chance. My mistake. Four of us had salmon dishes (2 dill and 2 citrus) both were under-seasoned, overcooked, and arrived barely warm. Lack of porters to clean tables between dishes was another problem as was getting new clean silverware between small plates and entrees. Mixed drinks were inconsistent (had to send one of the martinis back twice). Jordan our server did the best he could but he was literally left on an island. Had it not been for the entertainment the evening would have been a disaster. I was left at best a poor judge of restaurants/food, at worst embarrassed."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "My daughter and I had dinner at the Houston location before seeing a show at the Hobby Center. As we were being seated, we were asked if we were seeing a show and our table service was timely, but certainly not rushed. We also noticed a wedding party enjoying dinner as we arrived. The menu offered many choices. We shared bruschetta as our appetizer; entrees were fish topped with crabmeat and margarita shrimp. All of the food was excellent! We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience and absolutely recommend Sambuca's to others. We will definitely eat here again!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Everything was perfect. Went for our 10th Anniversary. Eat while you watch a great blues band without being blown away by being to loud. Incredible food and great service. Staff was unbeleivable. Dropped a fork and a waitstaff that was not ours picked it up and got another. Great teamwork. Very professional. We stayed well after the meal was finished because the band was so good. The wait staff did not pressure us to leave and even was filling our waters until we did leave. I recommend very highly!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I planned a surprise for my partner ,a group of friends met at Sambuca's for some Jazz & Coctails, we had a great time, staff was accomdating, Our Cosmo pizza was delish! Perfect atmosphere for our date night after seeing a play at the AlleyTheater. Overall night was a 4 Star!! Thanks Sambuca !"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Good place for food and live music. Other than the diner table being small and rocking back and forth the evening turned out great. Food lacked flavor for the price but good size portions. Jones Band was the best. I would recommend seeking them out and watching. This evening the crowd was more the 30's and up crowd which for Houston is a breath of fresh air. For the price this was great evening out with the wife."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "First time at Sambuca and thoroughly enjoyed the food. Service was excellent. Live entertainment was very good also. Would definitely return again."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Our server was awesome. When we booked our reservations 3 days earlier, we had perfect seats right by the stage. It was our valentine weekend celebrated one week later and we will definitely come back."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "A friend and I ate dinner here before the Theater. The scallops were excellent and the salmon was also very good. Our waiter knew that we were going tot he Theater so he saw to it that our meal arrived in a timely manner. Happy Hour lasted until 6:30 which was another bonus since we ate at six. Some food along with the drinks were discounted. The Chocolate Toffee Torte was excellent. I would definitely go back again."
    Dined on 2/18/2014