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Sambuca Restaurant - Nashville
Sambuca Restaurant - Nashville

Sambuca Restaurant - Nashville Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sambucarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (615) 248-2888
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11am-4pm
    Happy Hour: Monday- Friday 4:30-6:30
    Dinner: Monday- Thursday 5pm-10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm-11pm, Sunday: 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: James Reesor
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Sambuca offers many private and semi-private dining options. We can accomodate groups as small as 10 people to galas as large as 400! We have special group menus for reception style parties to five course seated dinners.

    Host your next event in the Gulch, Nashville's trendiest neighborhood!
  • Private Party Contact: Dana Patel (615) 577-2173
  • Entertainment: live music seven nights a week

Getting there

  • Cross Street: near 12th & Demonbreum
  • Public Transit: The Green Line is a free bus runing every 15 min. untill 11 pm to & from downtown (but not on Sunday's )
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: They have complimentary valet nightly
A word from Sambuca Restaurant - Nashville
A word from Sambuca Restaurant - Nashville
Located in the heart of the trendy Gulch warehouse district, Sambuca Nashville is a rockin’ supper club featuring nightly live music as diverse as our eclectic menu, from classic rock, sultry vocals, crooners and jazz, to top 40. Our eclectic European design and rooftop patio overlooking the Nashville Skyline offers the coolest vibe in town! Choose an intimate booth for your dining experience or sip a martini in our bar where Nashville comes to see and be seen. Looking for the perfect location for your rehearsal dinner, business luncheon, pharmaceutical seminar or networking happy hour? We cater to any size group, from 20 to 200. Contact our catering department to book one of our private spaces for your next party.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "A quiet celebration night in a corner table...jazz music playing...dim lighting..great service and perfect food. We will be back. Loved it."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "Sambuca is our "go to" special occasion dinner! We went to celebrate a birthday! The food is always amazing. The service is excellent! The entertainment is always top notch! Dinner in the gulch and great entertainment while you dine! It doesn't get any better than this! Love it!"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "I took my adult children to Sambuca thinking it would be the perfect place to celebrate the final steps in moving to Nashville. I had heard it was the new "it" place in town. I sure don't know why. Our service was lousy, we felt rushed to order, and it's too dark to read the menu. There was no complimentary anything. No dinner rolls, no dinner salad, no glasses of water provided. Portions are small and you would think at $35 an entree' there would be something to brag about. The food is quite good but that's it. I was very disappointed with the whole experience and will not return or recommend to others."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "I visited Sambuca with a bachelorette party made up of 11 women. The waitress was upbeat and managed to accommodate everyone's dietary needs and billing issues. Everyone enjoyed their time at Sambuca and remarkably, there were no complaints - quite an accomplishment with 11 people!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "This is a good place to listen to music while dining in Nashville. Don't be fooled by the reports of "rooftop" terrace. The terrace is street level on a busy road. Still, if you want to hear good music while eating this is a good option. The small plates option is particularly good for a big group. Check the website before going to see which artist is performing."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "I took a friend out for her birthday for lunch here. It was quiet at 1pm, but we were treated like royalty. I clued the waiter, Robbie in to my friend's birthday, and he said he would take care of it. The miso sea bass I had was terrific - great sweet taste and well presented. My friend's salmon was tasty as well. Service was attentive and fast - but he allowed us privacy to talk. And the birthday dessert with candle was a great touch. We will be back!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Music was so loud you could not have a conversation over dinner."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Sambuca is my FAVORITE restaurant in Nashville! The food and the music never disappoint and this visit was no exception!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Always enjoy dining at Sambuca-food, service and music is always excellent!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Great food, appropriate live music for dinner, service and atmosphere. Thanks for helping me entertain my clients."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Loved this restaurant and loved our server, Matt. He was well informed and made great recommendations. Since i'm a vegan my choices are always limited but he knew exactly what to recommend and it was all delicious."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "It was a great choice to treat a friend to great food, wine, service and live music! I would recommend to anyone."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Your restaurant rocks!! It perfect!! Robert was a great server!!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This was a fun ambiance in a trendy area of town. I came to Nashville with my boyfriend and we wdre happy to hear the Gulch is a hotspot for dining and bars, a little outside of the typical Broadway scene. We shared several small plates, and the food was 4/5 in quality and taste. The live music was entertaining and definitely added to the night. Best act in Nashville? No. But it was a great addition to the dining experience and we were happy to be seated so close and at a center table to watch. Our server was very friendly, timely, and helpful. Overall a great find for our first trip to Nashville."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Awesome dining experience with the live band and female singer. The food was really good and definitely a place to return to next time we are in town. Great atmosphere for romantic dining or group seating with plenty of space and tables, both inside and outside. Some tables are booths in the surround with fabric backs and outdoor dining when the weather is nice. Had the bruschetta with tomato and basil, and salmon and asparagus for dinner which were very good."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We regularly dine at Sambuca. The food is very good. The atmosphere is unique. Anfd the music is always strong and NOT country. Tonight was exceptionally good with Meghan Shanley. She and the band were incredible. Thanks."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "My husband and I along with another couple & their adult son had dinner on 8/3 and it was a wonderful experience. Courtney was our server - she was attentive without being intrusive and was well informed on drinks & dishes and how both were prepared. The outdoor seating was lovely but could use a little more lighting for it became increasingly difficult to read menus. Appetizers: bruschetta, tuna poke, shrimp & crab dip and lobster tempura - all excellent. Entrees: filet, striped bass and etouffee - all excellent. I believe our dessert was called Sticky Toffee Pudding and it was delightful. The live music from indoors played softly in the background - we could converse easily. I would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We went to Sambuca for my sister's bachelorette party. We made reservations and we're say immediately! We had an awesome waiter and great drinks and food. The band playing was incredible an the atmosphere was so fun and fancy. Definitely would recommend this restarant and come back!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I reserved a romantic table inside for our anniversary. When it was found out that I was just interested in drinks and dessert, I instead got a table outside, away from the live music. I think if a reservation is made it needs to be honored, regardless of what is being eaten. I was so upset to think I spent the time researching this place and setting up a reservation only to be put outside in a corner near a bush. Not the romantic evening I had planned. Very disappointed!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "My ribeye ($34) was so dry that I actually choked on it and had to run into the restroom to avoid a scene at the table; my au gratin potatoes were cold (as were another person dining with us). This is unfortunate because we typically have a good experience here."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We ordered an appetizer and it was forgotten. So they took our food to be "warmed" but when it finally came out it was cold. Not worth the money we paid for what the food was."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "It was a special birthday for a great friend and Mark really took care of us even though I was kind of challenging with my reservation request. They're very busy on weekends but he squeezed 14 of us in at 7pm. And the music was top notch as always."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Food seemed overly ambitious for the kitchen. Nice presentation"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Not as great as in the past, but enjoyable….. We will return!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Great service, was there for our anniversary, the staff did every thing possible to make sure that we enjoyed ourselves. The food was great, we really enjoyed everything"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Great atmosphere and service. Food was average but pricey. Enjoyed the live music. Not a great choice if you want to hear the table conversation."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Sambuca restaurant is an absolute on my list when visiting Nashville. ALWAYS offers talented musical artists. Great food, great wine & a great atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Great service, the red snapper was phenomenal. We had our 7 yr old in tow and they grilled a small salmon for her with fruit with no complaint."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The food was nasty. Also, I ordered a special birthday shout out from the band, and they didn't even do it, but they did it for someone else that night. I was extremely dissappointed about that. It is too dark in the restaurant to see what you're eating. Aside from that, the atmosphere is awesome and the live music was awesome!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Fantastic service (by Robby!) and the food was not only delicious, it was presented nicely in a timely fashion!!! My guests felt the same and we will definitely return!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We tried Sambuca during a recent girls' nights. The band was great and not too loud. The food was great. We ordered several different small meals and shared them. The artichokes with goat cheese and the beignets were our favorites. Our waiter was fantastic. He explained the menu well, made suggestions, and was very attentive. The only negative was that it was really dark, so dark that we needed the candle to see the menu well. But overall, we loved Sambuca and we would definitely go again."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Everyone was happy! We didn't have time to linger, but would have enjoyed staying longer!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I have been to Sambuca about 5-6 times now. I keep going back because the food is great, The service has always been friendly, and I love that they have live music, but I love even more that it isnt played deafeningly loud so you can still enjoy the company of your friends."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This place had great live music, playing 90's and country and all time favorites! The small plates are great for sharing and the tuna poke is the BEST! Only complaint was it was freezing, so just remember a jacket and you will have a great time!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Loved the food. But it was very dark inside. I was glad to see 20 somethings using their cell phone flashlights too! The band was good, but loud, the atmosphere is pleasant. The service was slow, which is nice, you don't feel rushed, but I would have preferred it to be a little quicker. Food portions are not large, just normal. You could definitely eat a salad, starter and an entree at this place. But everything was delicious!!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Been to Sambuca numerous time for everything from business lunch to large group celebrations. The food remains consistently good, but service has been pretty poor the last several times. Drink pours are very light handed, especially for the charge. Mis coordination of reservation bookings frequently cause bump-outs. The list goes on. Independently not major issues (except the service), but collectively not acceptable, especially with the growing number of great options in Nashville that exceed what Sambuca is (not) delivering. Overall - really good food, but too many new great food alternatives in Nashville to tolerate poor service and diminishing value for the price range. My business will definitely go elsewhere."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I enjoyed the food but the server was the stand out on this night. When we were initially seated at a very small two top in the room with the band and I was concerned. I was a busy evening for a Thursday and the information on the reservation indicated we were only going to be allowed to sit for two hours but the waiter never made us feel rushed. Although he forget my dates coffee he was delightful! I had a wonderful time and would recommend it for special occasions, hanging out for drinks and even a date night. I did like the band although it was loud I could carry on a conversation."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We have eaten at Sambuca several times. The food is always fabulous, presentation beautiful, taste outstanding. Our recent experience for my wife's birthday, while the food was awesome as always, the service was less so. We felt very rushed, our waiter while telling us 10 times not to feel rushed, made us feel just that. He pushed us frequently to order, not giving us time between courses. He brought us our desert (which was complementary & really good) without asking if we were ready & did not offer coffee. Brought the check with the desert, not asking if we may want anything else. I realize there is a 2 hour dinner limit for thurs.- sat., however this was Monday. Disappointed in how we were treated overall."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The only reason Sambuca did not receive an outstanding is because they were unfortunately out of chicken and tuna the night we ate there. The food, wine, music and service were all excellent! Our group of restaurant professionals had everything from their artisan pizza, to their tapas, to their entrees. They even had gluten-free options."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Love Sambuca! One of the best meals we ever had in Nashville!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014