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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
A word from Sambuca Restaurant - Houston
Located in the historic Rice Hotel downtown, Sambuca is Houston’s only rockin’ dinner club. We serve American food with a side of nightly live music as diverse as our menu. And our talents don’t stop there! Sambuca can cater your next special event in style. Whether it is off-site at Sambuca or in the Crystal Ballroom at the Rice, you can be sure every detail will be handled with the upmost attention. Contact our catering department to book your next party.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "...and the menu is so much improved, especially for vegetarians! Everything was delish and will return for a meal prior to theater or other downtown events. The wine menu is not bad either!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The ambience is great, service attentive and food is normally very good. My filet this last time was overdone and tasted like cardboard. The champagne chicken was not that good either...very dry."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I found Sambuca on line, I was looking for something close to the symphony hall and interesting. Sambuca has a very interesing menu, good wine and drinks. The service was great, food came just when you wnated it and it was delicious."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We ate at Sambuca because it is close to Jones Hall and we were going to the symphony. The food is overpriced. The lobster tempura was tough. The pizza was OK. While it wasn't a terrible dining experience, we don't have plans to return."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "My husband, 22 year old daughter and myself ate here before the symphony. We loved the location, atmosphere, and the food. There were so many interesting choices on the menu that we had a hard time deciding what to order. Our waiter was very helpful and made some excellent suggestions. The pork chops were wonderful, along with the filet. This is one of the few restaurants I've seen that serve Brussel sprouts and they were delicious."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "My husband and I came out here for a date night. We were able to get a reservation easily and the service was great. The wait staff was knowledgable and attentive. It was a litle loud and busy so it was kinda tough to be romantic, but we had a good time. The food was great and the drinks were good as well. For the price of the food we would have liked to have a salad or bread or sides included with the entree, but the entrees were a good size. Overall it was a nice experience."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Loved the option of small plates vs. full entree's. Between the four of us we were able to order several small plates and share. Having the ability to taste many items was enjoyable and preferred. We will definitely be returning to Samubucas."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My girlfriends and I were attending a concert on 7/18. I made reservations a month in advance. When we arrived our table was ready. The food was great. We had a nice area to ourselves for nice conversation. It was a little loud but not too bad. Valet was 10.00 and was quick to return with our vehicle. Service was good."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The restaurant was lovely. However, the temperature was extremely cold, which resulted in leaving much ealier than planned due to the discomfort experienced from such frigid temperatures."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We and a great dinner, great wine and a great intimate jazz performance. I know where my wife and I will be every Tuesday."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Loved the new Small Plate Menu! Great time celebrating my husband's birthday. Music was great too!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I had taken a friend out for her birthday on a Monday night. I wasn't expecting a crowd, but boy was I wrong. Apparently the sought after local singer Yvonne Washington performed that evening. She gave a wonderful performance. The ambiance was perfect. Conversations were a tad difficult due to the live band, but that's understandable. Drinks were pricey and the food was "ok". Nothing spectacular. I'll definitely come back to see Yvonne Washington again as well as their Latin Night."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The quality and service at Sambuca are consistently good. On the one occasion where there was a breakdown in service, Sambuca more than made it up to my guest and me - very professional and focused on doing what was right."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I have been to Sambuca's at least 6 times. The quality is very good. The service is excellent."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I was very impressed with everything from the food and the music."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I have been to Sambuca's several times. The quality of the food and the service is very good and very consistent."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "From the minute we walked in, we were treated very warmly and seated at a nice table with a view to the band. The fetuccini carbonara with shrimp was sumptuous and the music was a wonderful trip to our memories of the 90's and of course some current hits. As a transgender, I really enjoyed how the wait staff treated me and my friend, very friendly. As though we might have been long time regular diners. The entre pricing was very well worth the expense. I highly recommend this dining/entertainment experience. Josie."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "me and my girlfriend were celebrating our 6 month anniversary and were looking for a place that played music while we were dining. We were both impressed and enjoyed our evening from the awesome waiter and delicious steak to their willingness to adjust to our needs. the band they had playing played awesome songs that i grew up listening to and i look forward to taking my mom there and im sure my girlfriend will love to go there again as well someday"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We went for our anniversary dinner and it was fantastic. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I loved the ability to reserve a table from the YP app. Once there, the music and ambience was delightful. We dined outdoors and it was a pleasant experience. The service was mediocre at best. Our beverage cups were empty most of the time and I found myself asking for refills. The restaurant had sufficient staff and everyone was friendly and polite. Though I found myself asking who my server was. The order wasn't correct and this was remedied immediately. I can overlook this but the lack of service stood out the most. I wouldn't have minded paying their menu prices had the service been better. Next time I visit Houston, I'll order off the hotel menu."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Captive audience downtown where pickings for good restaurants is still woefully slim, great location, nice space, interesting menu. All could add up to a great place and the service was attentive and friendly. But the dishes were mediocre. My guest and I had the small plates - broccoli crunch was undercooked--we didnt even eat it, tuna poke was under seasoned, sweet potatoes too sweet for dinner, samosas overfried. The band was great and would have enjoyed it if I'd been there to listen to it but as I was there to listen to my guest, we found it too hard to talk over."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "My miso sea bass was out of this world love love loved it!!!! My coconut mojito was much needed and delicious! It was a great girls night and accommodated quick through open table"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Easy and quick spot for lunch downtown. Fish tacos are very good!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The setting and atmosphere was nice and the food was good, ended up getting the filet, hard to go wrong with. Good drink list and live music, will bring the wife back again."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We had a fabulous dinner, enjoyed a good table and a very friendly staff. We feel we have found our "new" dining spot."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "i was celebrating my anniversary with my wife and they gave us a table close to the band that it was really good but i think the music was a little loud for a romantic night , but everything else it was fantastic"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I took my GF here not for any special occasion, but because it was recommended to me by a friend. The restaurant serves great food, however there is more choice on the seafood menu than there is for the "meat" menu. The atmosphere was good, even though the restaurant wasn't even halfway filled up. The live-band was a great addition, but their loud music sometimes made it hard to communicate with my GF."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We are from out of town and are working near Sambuca. All 3 of us thought it was amazing! Wish I had discovered it earlier in my trip. Very friendly staff as well."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I have eaten at the Sambuca before, and the food and service are always top notch. Both my cocktail and entree were absolutely delicious. Definitely one of my favorite restaurants in the city."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "An interesting experience. The food was disappointing and once the music started it was a bit difficult to hear the person next to you. Would recommend with the caveat that the food was not the reason for the visit."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Great time was had by all, food was great, service was great, music was live and great"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Food quality was below average. Hamburger was plain, no seasoning, Im a big hummus fan and this was the worst hummus Ive ever had by far. Girlfriend order seafood with Quinua and was not impressed. Our waiter was sweating profusely, the bathroom was very dark and smelled of stale cigarettes. $10 to park across the street."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Had reservations and was seated upon arrival. Ambiance was relaxing. Service great and friendly. A limited menu, but food was fantastic. We had the seafood. Salmon and Red fish, both were cook perfectly. We will be back with friends. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The food was very bland and disappointing, especially for the price point. I would not recommend eating there. I do not live in Houston and this was the only time I have been to Sambuca, so I am not sure if it was an off night, but I doubt I would go back if I were in town. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Amazing atmosphere food could be a lot better. Pretty blan!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Live Music was great, Service & Food outstanding!!!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "IT was sort of uneventful, 6:30 pm reservation, maybe it was just too early. food was good and music was okay"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Sambuca is a great downtown destination for drinks, food and live music. If there is a negative it's that the outside bar area is small and first come first served. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Pretty poor - food is not bad, but not good either. I avoid the disappointing calamari, which I had before. Waiter is kinda snide, and they didn't have the ingredients to make an Arnold Palmer - strange. Will not be returning, at least for lunch - I think this is more of an evening cocktail/music venue, hence my question above. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "I booked this venue for a farewell client lunch, and the food was average - the ambianace was musty and ol, and there was someone smoking. NOt a good experience."
    Dined on 4/28/2014