About 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.

601 12th Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37203
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

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

Cross Street:
near 12th & Demonbreum

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(615) 248-2888

Website:
http://www.sambucarestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
live music seven nights a week

Parking Details:
Valet Available

Public Transit:
The Green Line is a free bus runing every 15 min. untill 11 pm to & from downtown (but not on Sunday's )

Executive Chef:
James Reesor

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

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 and sultry vocals, to blues and top 40 hits.

Sambuca Restaurant - Nashville Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Live Music (68)
Special Occasion (56)
Good for a Date (52)
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Romantic (43)
Fun (42)
Good for Groups (32)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Vibrant Bar Scene (28)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Cozy (22)
Hot Spot (21)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Casual (13)
Business Meals (12)
Happy Hour (12)
People Watching (11)
Authentic (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Healthy (5)
Scenic View (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Tapas (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Spicy (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 5 days ago

Sambuca was wonderful! Service was great! Our waiter Kenny was fantastic. We were a party of 8 and one of our meals and our cold and not cooked to order. It was returned and a new dish was brought out just perfect. The meal was removed. Staff was great. The jazz band they had playing was a nice surprise and were wonderful. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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 (Nashville)·Dined 5 days ago

We where there for Sunday Brunch, every thing was good, except management should not open for brunch if they can not get more guests in for brunch...some what of a morgue atmosphere.
MM

Tags: Great for Brunch, Live Music
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined 6 days ago

If you are in a mid-life crisis with your spouse and want to “re-kindle” the romance by listening/dancing to tacky slow jazz while waiting 45 min to get a glass of wine then this is for you. If you are like me and enjoy good food and an atmosphere suitable for talking to your spouse then go somewhere else. Do not recommend

Tags: People Watching
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 (Savannah)·Dined 6 days ago

We ordered several apps to share, they were all amazing! Especially the duck!!

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·Dined 6 days ago

The entirety of the dinner experience was excellent, from the entrees and cocktails to the live band to the seamless service. Not once did we feel the need to ask for anything because the Sambuca team worked together to make our time there and enjoyable as possible. Well done and shout out to Emerson for taking such great care of us!

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·Dined 7 days ago

Great atmosphere. Live music. Food was over priced. We only had appetizers because the main courses from other tables didn't seem to wow us for the price. Great date night for drinks and appetizers.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Greensboro)·Dined 7 days ago

Wonderful food and service. And the live music elevated the experience to a whole different level.

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·Dined 7 days ago

It was a weird ambiance

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great food. Amazing music by Chris Weaver.

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Listening to the blues and ears n a gourmet meal can’t be beat.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

I surprised my wife on our one year anniversary with a romantic date night. The atmosphere and food was spectacular. The live music and feel was a memorable experience. We will be back for sure! 5 stars!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fun
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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Service was excellent, food tasted wonderful and listening to the band made it a great night

Tags: Good for a Date, Live Music, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great for girls brunch! They have live music every day and the overall atmosphere was awesome!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

We loved the food and the live music. It's one of top picks in nashville

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Had trouble online with the reservation. The internet let me set my time then sent a msg 6hrs. later telling me the time wasn't available. It was too late to call so I had to wait an entire day to call. When I did get to call Sambuca was more than happy to make up my time. They even halped me out by letting me pick a sooner time and had the band give my father in law a special shout out. Thanks Sambuca, he still talks about it.🤗

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Cozy, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fun, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent food and ambiance. Band was fantastic as well.

Tags: Live Music, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Thank you for a wonderful dinner! We enjoyed everything including the music 😃

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We had an amazing experience. Our waiter was very knowledgeable, attentive and made wonderful recommendations of their best dishes.

We had the shrimp and crap dip along with the duck breast for appetizer and for entrees we had the the Sea Bass 😋, Red Snapper 🤗, and the Scallops 😊. Mmmmm good!
For dessert we had the berry streusel and bread pudding which were decadent delights.

My friends were visiting from California and Sambuca really left a great impression of the Nashville scene.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Sambuca is a great place to listen to live music, eat great food, and overall enjoy the ambience of Nashville.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We really enjoyed our food and the service was excellent. Our server had an extensive knowledge of the menu and made an excellent suggestion for drinks as well. Flat Iron steak was a little peppery, but delicious. My husband enjoyed his Scallops and my son liked the pork chop. My only downside of the whole experience was the female singer who sounded like a wailing cat at times. I think it would have been nice to have others in the band sing or at least harmonize. It did not add to the enjoyment of the meal.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Our server was excellent. The food superb. The atmosphere very conducive to pleasant discussion.

Tags: Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on October 23, 2017

This was the first visit to Sambuca for my girlfriend and me. We really enjoyed it, wait staff was super, food was excellent, and the Sunday night jazz trio plus singer were just great. It's definitely a good date place, and good for groups too.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Enjoyed Samnuca very much - however if a couple of the tables were removed in order to let couples slow dance - you’d do better w/your 40+ crowd.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Group trip with friends

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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great jazz band food amazing

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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 18, 2017

This is our favorite Nashville restaurant for weekday lunch. The Crab Bisque is the best I have ever tasted. Sweet, but a tangy spice that makes me want to lick the bowl when done. This time I ordered the Ahi Tuna and the dipping sauce was another home run. I'd have preferred a mixed green accompaniment, but the shredded carrots sufficed.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Sambuca is in the perfect location in the heart of the Gulch. Demi our waitress was wonderful.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Found everyone, from the reception staff to the servers to be extremely accommodating. The food was well prepared and delicious. The entertainment was very good and the atmosphere was also nice. The outside cocktail area was on the small side but the cocktail server was very attentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2017

We were in town and thought we would try! The food and entertainment were amazing! Service was a bit slow but gave us time to enjoy more music! Overall very good!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Jazz singer was really good. Service was very slow and we were over-charged for things we didn’t have (didn’t notice until the day after). And we went on a quiet Monday night so no excuses. Food was good.

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Wow. What a great night out. The terminators were on stage and Sean was our server making sure we had everything we needed. On a scale of 1 to 10 it was an 11. The food and the music was fabulous.

Tags: Live Music, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food very good, nice live music so you can dance between salad and entree and dessert . Cool decor felt like we walked onto set of True Blood's Fangtasia!

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Initially, we were worried that the live music would be too loud for dinner, but it was great. We had a lovely meal, listened to good music and had great service. Nothing but good things to say. Cocktails were yummy. Overall, great.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The calamari was not good at all. Very soggy breading and very chewy. Not sure where the issue was, our waitress or the bar, but it seemed like they didn’t want to make anything except the cocktails on the menu. A friend ordered a pretty standard drink but the waitress said they couldn’t do it. The bread pudding desert was fantastic. Music was very, very loud. If you make reservations, ask for a booth. They looked very cool but you had to ask for them when making your reservation.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The hostess was very nice in greeting us and we were seated right away. Tyler was our server and did an awesome job. The filet and lobster along with the Chili-Rubbed Jumbo Scallops were absolutely amazing and delicious. We enjoyed the music by Brian Ashley Jones. Perfect ambiance for a special evening.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

We had a party of 12 and the service was impeccable. We will definitely return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Our waiter Matt made our anniversary memorable. We had a gorgeous view from the skyloft and a fantastic dinner. We will definitely be back. Thank you Sambuca!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Terrific meal. Our server Jeffery was great plus he was new. Meal was delicious. Cef nailed the Sea Bass.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Fabulous food, service and ambiance. I would definitely go back the next time in Nashville.

Tags: Happy Hour, Live Music, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Fantastic food, drinks were great and the live music was perfect for the evening.

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