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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
Located in the heart of the very trendy Gulch warehouse district, Sambuca in Nashville is a rockin' supper club that features live music, an eclectic European design and a roof top patio that overlooks the Nashville Skyline. Choose an intimate private booth for your dining experience or sip a martini in our bar where Nashville comes to see and be seen. Enjoy live music seven nights a week that is as diverse as the Eclectic menu, from classic rock, sultry vocals, crooners, jazz, and top 40. Looking for a location for your rehearsal dinner, business luncheon, pharmaceutical seminar or networking happy hour? From 20-200 we cater to any size group. Contact our catering department to book one of our private areas for your next party.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "I never leave reviews but my husband and I had a great experience at Sambuca's. The booth we sat at was very cozy and romantic. They had a jazz band playing which really added to the overall ambience. Our waitress, Brooklyn, was wonderful and knowledgable about the menu. Her suggestions were delicious choices. She surprised us with a complimentary dessert for our anniversary. We would recommend to anyone looking for a nice romantic dinner."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at Sambuca. This was our first time here. The food was delicious, the drinks well made, the service attentive, and the bread pudding incredible. The music made the evening complete and wonderful."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We had less than 24 hours in Nashville over July 4, and chose to spend 5 hours of that time at Sambuca--a wise choice. Especially notable were all members of the wait staff--amazingly attentive yet never hovering. Thank you for a delightful evening."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We had a group of 7 people on the first night I was in town and the waitress was really attentive and helpful with food choices. The food was unique and fun. The meal I had a couple of nights later at my conference wasn't as good as the first night, but it was still really good. The menu is really creative and has a lot of DELICIOUS appetizers and sides. I highly recommend this restaurant in The Gulch area of Nashville! The noise level is really loud when they have music, so don't plan to hear the people you're sitting with!!! But aside from that, it's a "don't miss it!" when in Nashville if you want a nice meal out."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "At at Sambuca for a romantic birthday celebration. Great live music and fun atmosphere. OpenTable had wrong times (times that the restaurant wasn't open) but the restaurant promptly called and scheduled us appropriately."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I had the prime rib and my wife had a white fish. Both were the most tender we've have ever eaten. I hate to even bring it up because our experience was so good however I thought the drinks were a bit expensive ($10 for a small gin and tonic). I requested house gin so figured it would be cheaper than that. The band "Pat James" was excellent!! We were tired of trying to find actual county music on Broadway as everyone seems to want to be a rock star. We heard Bon Jovi, REO Speed Wagon, and others. The Pat James ban played some great music from Dean Martin, Elvis, Frank Sinatra and others. We really enjoyed listening to them. For reference we are in our 40's. Would definitely go again but would order less drinks."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Perfect place. Loved celebrating our anniversary With you!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Went here on a recommendation. Had some friends in town and it turned out to be a great girls night out. We loved the privacy in the booth, the music was great and the acoustics in the room allowed us to hear each other talking and the music. We loved our waiter, didn't rush us and recommended some other things to do after dinner. All the drinks we tried were delicious! Really enjoyed ourselves here."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "It you are looking for dinner and a band this is the place. The food is good but not top notch. However, the music and the crowd made up for average dinner. The desert was the best part of the meal. I'd recommend it for a date night as well as a night of partying with a large group."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The ambiance was perfect for my wife and I to enjoy a romantic night out. Dimly lit with great live music! The waitstaff was helpful and freindly but not overbearing. The food was outstanding! We shared a few of the small plates giving us a chance to sample the wide variety on this terrific menu. Loved the Bibb Salad, Grilled Polenta and the Chicken and Beef Satay. Being able to relax with a few cocktails (the Cucumber Pineapple Crush was our favorite) and enjoying the live music after dinner was just perfect!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The only challenge is that it is too dark in there. Even for a business lunch."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "If you like mediocre, overpriced food with bachelorette parties and 20 somethings partying all around, then this is the place for you. We went here looking for upscale cuisine and were very disappointed. The lobster enchiladas were dry and, as far as I could tell didn't actually contain any lobster. I asked the waitress and she said it was minced. Regardless, they had no flavor. The pizza was okay, but very salty. Don't waste your money. Next time we'll go across the street to Cantina Laredo. Even though it's a chain, the food there is better than this place."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Sambuca this past weekend to celebrate our anniversary. The place was awesome! Food was very good, and the service was excellent!! The Diggy Band was the band playing that night and they were great! Everything was perfect until we got out to claim our car. We had just bought a brand new Explorer a week ago. When the valet guy returned it to me there was white mud all over it, even splattered up on the windows, and there was mud all inside on the drivers side on the floor mats, carpet, even a little on the edge of the seat. I had to take it the next day to be detailed. If the valet had returned my car the way it was when we dropped it off, I would give 5 stars. The restaurant was great....valet parking, not so much."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had been wanting to try Sambuca for a while, and we finally got a chance...and I must say, it was definitely worth the trip. My wife and I got several different appetizers to share around to get many different flavors. All were oustanding! We then shared dessert and coffee. It was the perfect size meal, and pretty well priced. The live jazz band was a nice touch..."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Had never dined at Sambuca but wanted to try something new for my birthday. Everything was amazing - food, service, atmosphere...definitely lives up to the hype and worth every penny!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Good food as usual and great atmosphere- but we made an 8:00 reservation a week prior and we're not seated until 845. Disappointing but our server made up for it!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Looked all day to find a restaurant with jazz and dinner in Nashville. We were completely happy with everything… music was amazing… food was over the top… and our server Lindsey was always attentive but not obtrusive. We celebrated our anniversary and will definitely return. Thanks for a great start to our evening."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We went with clients to dinner.. the food was excellent! Service was good and offered good recommendations. They put us kind of in a corner because all the tables in front of the stage were "reserved"... but those tables sat empty for the first 1.5 hour of our meal. Even when we left, many of the tables were still empty. The room gets very dark (especially in the corner) and the music was good, but not conducive to having a conversation. Since we were with clients, conversation was needed, but limited."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I made reservations in advance for a birthday celebration and specifically asked to be seated in a certain section. When I arrived a guest had already been seated and we walked to the table which was right in front of the band; not where I had requested. I told the hostess that I had requested a certain section to which she rudely replied that it was booked for a private event. I asked if we could be seated somewhere else so we could be farther from the band so we could hear and talk. She begrudgingly sat us in another area and walked off. We waited approximately 25 minutes for a waiter to take our drink order - once the wine arrived - we had to pour our own refills - we had multiple bottles. Very poor - this was not our first time"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Took my wife for her birthday, we enjoyed the food, wine and atmosphere! It made for a very pleasant start to an extraordinary way to end a day! Thanks Sambuca"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I entertained a business group, total of 10. Staff had our table set up on time per our reservation, good ambience (i.e., quiet enough) that early to have good conversations. It was, however, difficult to talk over the band when they started playing around 6PM. Food was good, service was good (our server was Justin - he was great). However, at the end of our experience, several in our party ordered desert, and it took over 20 minutes from the time we ordered our deserts to when the deserts finally arrived at our table. Our server made a decision to comp the deserts to make it right, and the manager came out to apologize. It was the kitchen staff who flubbed on that one, not the server staff."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Great for a special occasion or just for a romantic date night. The band that played the night we were there was fantastic. Great place to sip a great drink & listen to some jazz."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "This was a fun and relaxing evening. The food was delicious and the music was great! The service was also high quality!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The food was great and OUR server was good. However, I did notice many of the servers not really paying attention and just talking amongst themselves. Given that the average plate is around $25 one would think that the wait staff would be a little more attentive. When we first came in the hostess and two other employees were just chatting and basically ignored us until I really asserted myself. This was a little bit off-putting. It wasn't bad enough to make me not go back, but I really hope I keep getting a good server. Also, it is really loud indoors because of the live music. You should be prepared for that before going. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I had heard it was hard to carry on a conversation, but before the music it's great! Excellent small plates and drinks! Great service!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We visited Sambuca for my sister's bachelorette party. We had reservations and were promptly seated. Servicer was friendly and it took a little while to decided was to eat/drink. Finally, when we ordered it took about 15 minutes for our drinks. Our food was served as it was ready, which was nice, but after all the food was out it took the server a long time to clear the plates, or even ask if we wanted to dessert. When we asked for the dessert menu it took 10 mins, and over 30 minutes to get our desserts. Server rarely, except towards the end, ever checked in by us. Anyway, great food, but it took FOREVER! Almost 3 hours for dinner is too long. We left a 10% tip, and then the server got snarky. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The music is absolutely wonderful with a group just off a world tour. That said, however, it is not a place to try to carry on a good conversation easily and that should always be taken into account when making these reservations. The food is very good"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "It was a perfect May evening on the patio. No problem getting in on a Tuesday night and requesting the patio. Had delicious tapas and drinks on the patio. Will come back, it's a bit on the pricy side."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Great experience for our first time in Nashville. Good live entertainment. Great service. Excellent food and accommodations for a specialized diet."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Loved the atmosphere - lounge feel and great music. The food was very bad and the service was just plain pathetic. Really could be a great spot but I would only recommend going here for drinks. Very very disappointing. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "There is something in the air right as you enter Sambuca-Nashville - you feel most welcome, and it stays throughout the evening. For me and my spouse it was the first time there, so we got a special 'menu' guidance by the waitress who said she was a trainee, but she gave such a professional and personal insight, that it was much easier to make our dinner choices. Also, there was a great choice of small appetizers and entrees. A great selection of seafood. Since it was my birthday dinner, I got all the attention - a special address by the singer and a birthday candle, and special decoration with the pastry. It certainly lived up to our expectations and more than that. Finally, music added a lot to the atmosphere. Excellent! Thanks."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "From the service to the food to the entertainment ... Perfect! Thank you"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Fabulous experience overall! We had a wonderful waiter! Great food! Great band :)."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We went to Sambuca on Saturday, May 17. It was wonderful!! My grandparents are elderly and they have some difficulty with walking. The hostess that I spoke with was wonderful in reserving a table that was close enough for the to walk as well as having patio available if the weather had been nicer. Our server (I didn't get her name) was wonderful! She was very honest and told us what items we should stay away from. She was very patient and understanding when my grandparents were ordering since they do have some dietary restrictions. I know I will continue to come to Sambuca! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The menu is very interesting and the food was great. Service was just terrible. After they sent our food to the wrong table and they picked at it, they brought it to our table. Having watched the whole scene, we sent it back. Order another glass of wine to wait for the new dish and didn't get our drinks until well after the new dish was sent. The music was good. Nice atmosphere, but it doesn't need to be so dark."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We went to Sambuca for my husband's birthday and we could not have asked for a better experience. The cocktails, appetizer and salmon oscar were great. The birthday guy loved the smoked pork chop."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "I used to go to Sambuca for lunch and been there for dinner with friends. Maybe just an off night but the music was to loud for the number of people in room, off key at times, soup seemed watered down. Salad was good though. I'll go back again but if the same they go on then what about some place else list. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "I just celebrated my 30th at Sambuca and couldn't have asked for a better venue. I had a larger party so they put us in the main dining area with a great view of the stage. The food was phenomenal and the Chris Weaver band made my birthday dinner that much more special. I would recommend this place to anyone!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I have had lunch at Sambuca several times and really enjoyed it. My wife and I decided to try dinner and some live music this past Sat. night. Our waiter brought me the wrong steak and questioned me about my choice as he did not want to turn it back into the kitchen and get the right steak. I had ordered a ribeye but was brought a flatiron. He explained that it would take 12minutes to get my original order? While I sat there I was hoping to get another beer but was never offered one? After the 4 of us finished dinner, without being offered beverage service, we were presented the bill-but not offered desert. We then ordered more drinks much to the chagrin of the waiter? We will try Sambuca again and hope to get a better night of service."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Food was terrible. Everyone at our table tried the dirty rice and we all sent it back. It was soggy and tasted terrible. 3 of us also got the snapper and sent it back. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant. Try Urban grub instead if you want to stay in the same price range"
    Dined on 5/9/2014