Sambuca Restaurant - Nashville

4.6
3313 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Located in the heart of the very trendy Gulch warehouse district, Sambuca is Nashville's only casually sophisticated restaurant with live music nightly and brunch Fri-Sun. 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 New American menu, from classic rock, Blues, sultry vocals, crooners, jazz, and top 40. Happy hours start at 4pm weekdays and feature 1/2 price adult beverages and chef bites.
Looking for a location for your rehearsal dinner, corporate luncheon or networking happy hour? From 20-200 we cater to any size group. Contact our event department to book one of our private areas for your next party.
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  • Nightly Live Music

    Multiple dates available

    Sun - Thu 5:00 PM - 8:45 PM, Fri - Sat 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Sambuca, Nashville’s only rockin’ restaurant in the Gulch, features an diverse American menu and a variety of nightly live music. Relax with a cocktail and chef snack at the bar, or enjoy date night with live music; on the weekends, we kick up the energy and feature a variety of cover or danceable bands. From classic rock, southern rock, pop & top 40 hits to high-energy dance bands, we have music variety to fit any listener's taste. Check out the calendar for nightly tunes.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 3313 people are saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Seve
Nashville
14 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Regular visitor to Sambucca, did not disappoint in anyway. food was excellent service was good

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TalW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Sambuca is amazing! From the food to the ambiance was absolutely fabulous and the band was outstanding.

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ShawnaA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food the red snapper - pork shop to die for OMG SO GOOD. And our waiter Tyler made the evening incredible. The jazz band - the ambiance. - everything. 5 stars across the board.

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debram
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

A must go to!!!Cory our waiter was very helpful in what to order and they acknowledged my daughter Angelina birthday with a card and a cake💗

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StephanieG
Anchorage
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Corey, was amazing!
Best Filet mignon I’ve had!
Nice Napa wine selections
Awesome live acoustic music as we ate dinner!

JB
vipJohnB
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great venue, great food (perhaps a little on the pricy side for Nashville). Beignets were amazing and the smoke pork chop was delish!

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LeannaM
Nashville
27 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had great seating, even for a party of seven. Live music was very good, service and drinks were great, and food tasted amazing. No one had nothing but praises for the food from presentation to taste, it was perfect.

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CharlesD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great entertainment, food and service!

KM
KevinM
Mobile
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our date out and love music. Good and drinks were served perfectly

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vipAlethaN
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Fun Family Night. Live Music was great. Food was pretty good! We had adults and teens. Excellent spot!

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TravisB
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife booked us a reservation at 6:30pm. Music didn’t start until 7pm. Our waitress did not rush us at all and wanted us to stay and enjoy the entertainment. The entire staff was very welcoming and you could tell they cared about our experience! The Ribeye was delicious and my wife’s scallops were cooked perfectly.

Thanks for a great evening. We will return for another visit at Sambuca!

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jonb
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

BEWARE. KICK YOU OUT AT TWO HOURS. We have eaten at Sambuca many times over the years and is generally one of our favorite restaurants. We have always enjoyed the atmosphere, service is always good and the live music is always top notch and enjoyable. We have also been able to stay as long as we wanted to enjoy the music and atmosphere. We had a reservation for 6 pm and were hosting two other couples to celebrate two birthdays. We had planned our entire evening to stay until maybe 9 or so.

Our food was good but was slow coming out. This was not a concern as we were enjoying the music. But……First time this has ever happened at Sambuca…….around 7:45 before we had even ordered desert, our waitress came over and told us our table was reserved at 8 pm for someone else and we would need to eat our desert and go. She was nice about it but firm on the policy.

I totally get the business reason for this to turn tables and be able to reset the restaurant for another crowd. HOWEVER, this fact was no where on our reservation nor was it ever made known to us when we arrived. We would have geared our evening around that and maybe even reserved the later time slot.

I actually don’t have a problem with this policy but PLEASE tell your patrons rather than just kicking us out. We had planned to exchange presents and enjoy some after dinner drinks plus enjoy the music. Instead, we felt like we had to quickly scarf down our deserts and then leave the restaurant. Then we had to find another place to go to finish out the evening. So we meandered around the gulch to several rooftop bars but by then, the rooftop bars were packed.

All in all, sambuca is a great restaurant but the way we were exited out when spending around $500-600 for six people to eat really put a damper on the entire evening. Will make us think next time we are looking for a venue. Just tell us when we book the reservation that we will only be allowed to eat for two hours.

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vipkims
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and customer service

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vipluv2dine
Miami
41 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful waiter - 5 ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Excellent food 👍
Great entertainment- super music 🎶
Overall fabulous evening 🙂

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SilvanaR
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was excellent! waitress was super nice and the singer was wonderfull. Love it.

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vipFoster4foodies
Tucson
25 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service, incredible food, and the live music was so fun! Great environment and nice to get away from crowded downtown!

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vipbenb
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time, we enjoyed the food and drinks, Live music was awesome. Best part of the night was Brittany the waitress. She was great and suggested many items and very knowledgeable.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and awesome atmosphere!

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KellyM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st night in Nashville and we popped in with a reservation and we’re treated to a wonderful set by a local duo and delicious food. Don’t miss this when you are in Nashville.

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VonR
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. The live music was awesome. Get reservations in advance.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the most delicious food!

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MindyS
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Love the food! I just don’t like having a party of 8 friends and four of them facing a blank wall.

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NightOut2118
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The music was great. The crab and shrimp dip made a big hit at our table and so did the jumbo scallops over risotto. The service was exception!

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vipTomH
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service per or post Covid was second to none. Not only were we provided information on the menu and drinks. The waiter was friendly out going and suggested things to do while in Nashville. He suggested the Sea Bass has I was undecided between several items.
The portion was perfect size and prepared perfectly. The cream sauce for the shrimp and crab linguini was light but very flavorful. Normally not a desert person but bread pubbing sounded so good that we had to try it, it was out of this world. Wine list was impressive and not overly priced. The live music was perfect and made the experience special.

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Sunrise
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Birthdays for 2long time friends….no dessert or anything else was offered.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good time celebrating the birthday boy!

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BethK
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mitch was great as was the band and the meal!

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vipGlendaR
Western KY
39 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had an excellent meal and enjoyed the service. The music was good as well but made conversations a little difficult. This was our second visit and we definitely plan to return.

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ChristiF
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & great drinks!

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TracyS
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and music!!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

We had a few mishaps during the brunch. A few drinks forgot, a few food items not brought out and the chicken sandwiches chicken had a full bone in it. The food just wasn’t as good as we had hoped it would be. The live music was great and the server was sweet.

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ThomasS
Naples
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent choice for outdoor dining in the gultch area. It has an L.A. vibe.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great night celebrating our daughter’s birthday. Great service by Robbie, delicious food, and amazing music by the Chris Weaver band. Definitely recommend Sambuca in the Gulch.

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Christina
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Place To Relax!
Very Casual And The Service Was AMAZING!

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vipNashRock
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

They seemed understaffed, but that seems true in a lot of places these days. But the waitress was very nice, food was great and the band was tight! Great vocalist.

AJ
AJU72
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had one of the best dinners I’ve had in Nashville last night. Celebrated my fiancé’s birthday here and everything was perfect. The service was fantastic, the Old Fashioned’s were amazing and the ribeye couldn’t have been cooked better. It was hands down the best meal, service, experience in Nashville. Looking forward to coming back!

SM
StephanieM
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Live music was great. Atmosphere was nice, wasn’t overly loud, especially having music. Like how you could hear the music and people didn’t try to talk over it. Service was fantastic. Waiter was great provided great recommendations and was awesome. Food, can’t say enough good things. I don’t know the last time I had a steak that great in my life. Huge shout out to your chef, phenomenal job. Definitely will be back and will recommend to anyone.

SB
SamB
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience2

The food was great, no issues there, and the wait staff was good. However, the band was so loud, which we don't typically mind, and the manager got on to some of the people at our table for being too loud. Not only was something said to them once, but the manager waited behind our table and made a second comment from across the floor after staring them down. Normally, if we are being too loud and interrupting other diners from enjoying their meals, I would support management addressing the issue. But if you are going to have a band playing loudly, you should expect people to talk over them throughout their conversation (we even had a table across from ours laughing with us) and you should consider where you seat parties when business dinner reservations are made in advance. Additionally, you should handle the concerns in a professional manner and treat everyone fairly. Unfortunately, this establishment lost our business after a nearly $800 meal.

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MyTee
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time my husband and I visit Nashville, we make sure to eat at Sambuca. This last visit we invited my sister and brother-in-luv and they really enjoyed the ambiance, food and the live band (Michael Fair band)

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Milo
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress, Ariella, was great. She was very knowledgeable of the menu and gave us good recommendations. The food was fantastic from the appetizer to the dessert. The live music was great as well. The overall vibe was amazing.