About Sambuca Grille

Sambuca Grille is an Italian restaurant located in Downtown Scranton.

234 Penn Ave.
Scranton, PA 18503
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:45pm

Cross Street:
Spruce Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(570) 961-5205

Website:
http://sambucagrillebar.com/

Entertainment:
Come and enjoy our Live Piano Singer every Friday and Saturday night

Catering:
Please call 570-961-5205 to inquire and ask for Benny

Parking Details:
Free Street Parking Dinner time

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Sambuca Grille Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.8

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (16)
Good for a Date (14)
Romantic (14)
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Good for Anniversaries (11)
Authentic (10)
Cozy (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Live Music (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Casual (5)
Business Meals (5)
Comfort Food (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Fun (2)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Seasonal (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

A Top 5 restaurant in Northeast Pennsylvania. Truly in a class by itself. Fabulous food, staff and food. Feels like “Little Italy”

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 4 days ago

If you are looking for a romantic dining site, where you will be treated like a king, go to Sambuca Grill.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Homade pasta was excellent. Veal dish was very good, except a little thin on the prosuito.
No salad included with entry.
All around good service. Restaurant is fairly limited in seating.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

This is one of our favorite restaurants. We love it here

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 (Poconos)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My wife’s birthday dinner.

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Loud crowd noise!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

My girlfriend is obsessed with this place. It's amazing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We ate here last year when visiting family and we wanted to enjoy another meal here on a return visit. Small but comfortable and great service and tasty food.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Poconos)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Limited menu on New Year's eve. Not a lot of choices for some people if they are picky eaters. I really enjoyed the salmon with armaretto sauce with side of vegetables. Pear salad was very good. The cheesecake was a delightful surprise. So delicious.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Live Music, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I have gone to Sambuca many times, and it’s usually a good experience. This time, however, it was not. I had braised beef over risotto. The risotto was undercooked, and barely seasoned. I ate the beef, and when the waitress came back I told her about the risotto. Her response was unacceptable. She looked at me and said “well if that’s what you think, I’ll let the chef know.” Immediately after that the next table over from me had the exact same complaint, and she responded with “I’m so sorry! What else can I get you? I don’t want you to go hungry!” I was excited to go to sambuca for New Year’s Eve, but now I seriously doubt I will ever go back.

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vip
 (Poconos)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Always delicious and staff is wonderful! Salmon was tender and so good. Love listening to Paul on the piano. One of our favorite restaurants for sure!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Have been here before and will go again. We had three different meals and all were great. One had pork masala one had chicken masala and one the tuna special. I would recommend any of these meals. The service is terrific. They are attentive without being obtrusive. It is also nice to be in a restaurant with a piano music. The piano player is very good and is interactive when called for.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Poconos)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We went here for a celebratory dinner after I completed medical treatment. The atmosphere was lovely--intimate seating with a gentleman playing piano and singing in the corner. Specials sounded amazing, and our dinners were brought to us quickly. Wait staff was attentive without hovering, and drinks were lovely. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Authentic, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Poconos)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Very enjoyable evening. Food was excellent. Changes were made to menu to suit my preferences. Waite staff is very courteous and knowledgeable.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Just moved to Scranton a few months ago and this has been by far the best meal I've had here. Both of our pasta dishes were out of this world! Will be back!!

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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 (Poconos)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Went for our anniversary and as usual the food was excellent and the service was perfect.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 5, 2017

We had yet another wonderful dining experience at Sambuca. Our clients and we were delighted with the food, the service and the wine at our holiday celebration dinner.

We will continue to enjoy Sambuca in the future!

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 (Poconos)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent food just wish the salad came with the meal! Kind of pricy but great food! Great service!

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 (Poconos)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Best restaurant in Scranton, again

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We needed a good restaurant prior to going to one of the Broadway in Scranton shows. This restaurant had good reviews and was a short walk to the theater. The food choices were great and both of us had specials of the evening. The prices were also very good for what we ordered.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

i loved it ,the atmosphere the piano player and the staff. Cant say enough and the food terrific too!!

Tags: Romantic, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Poconos)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Perfect place for a date, to celebrate a special occasion, or just a nice night out with the boys or girls. The food, service, and environment were lovely and enjoyable. Would definitely come here again!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We trusted user comments and are very happy to say they were accurate. This is now our go-to Italian restaurant in the area. The food, the service, and the ambiance are perfect for couples and friends alike. Thank you for giving us all such a pleasant experience at a fair price!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Always a great dining experience at Sambuca. We come back frequently for the terrific food, family atmosphere and outstanding service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I have dinner at Sambuca Grille several times a year. It is always very good. The service is great, the food is great. It is reasonably priced.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Casual, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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 (Poconos)·Dined on October 21, 2017

my husband and i including our friend had a wonderful time and the food was excellent and your family staff was more then gracious. We drove over 30 miles but the drive was worth it. Its so nice to see family generations working together. We will be back soon.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (Poconos)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great restaurant, food was delicious. Great atmosphere and service.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Go their fairly often, never disappointed. Only complaint is they are too quick with their food and I am typically there with friends and want to linger.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Poconos)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Wonderful as always

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This is a favorite of my wife and I. We always take friends there for special occasions. We also go by ourselves for fine wining and dining. Truly a 5star restaurant.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We are repeat customers of Sambuca’s. Great food, great staff (very attentive), great service. Their Italian cuisine is so delicious. My veal Parmigiana was cooked to perfection with homemade linguine, the sauce was very tasty. My wife had the red snapper that she loved, served with clams and mussels over linguine. The wine was good the beer was cold and always treated like family when we go. We will keep coming back again and again. We live in the Kingston area, but it is worth the drive to Scranton for great food and service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Specials were outstanding. Creative menu.. very accommodating

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (Poconos)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great food, fantastic service, and a wonderful piano player/singer on Saturday that makes for an awesome dining experience.

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 (Poconos)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Always a pleasure to dine here. Professional and courteous staff. Great food. Entertainment. Never rushed. And weather the specials or the menu, it's always outstanding.

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 (Poconos)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great food and service as always!

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vip
 (Poconos)·Dined on September 26, 2017

The calamari appetizer was tiny rings and they were chewy, and not many, I had the tuna entire, asked for my tuna to b rare, it wasn't, the tuna and the vegetables were swimming in oil, my granddaughter had the linguine with clams, very salty and again, way too much oil. Entire meal was very pricey. We were celebrating my birthday', it was first time here, and we won't b back

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 (New England)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Last week we spent the morning and early afternoon at Gettysburg viewing the battlefields and learning a bit of history. We were on our way back to Massachusetts from Virginia and by dusk we were near Scranton. We spied a motel near the airport and decided to spend the night there as we were still too far from home to reach it at a reasonable hour. What to do about dinner? We usually use Open Table for suggestions. After a few tries, we found a few nearby suggestions by searching for the Poconos instead of for a city. Sambuca Grille was the clear choice and we reserved a table for two.

After great cocktails we dove into dinner. My wife’s evening special of rare tuna was really great and my Cavatelli Salciccia was also fine. The service from the bartender and the servers was excellent and the general atmosphere of the establishment very nice. There was one serious flaw in the meal however. My calamari appetizer was badly overcooked – the chef should know that calamari must be fried very quickly on a very hot griddle otherwise it turns unappealingly rubbery. Nevertheless, Sambuca Grille was a good find and we recommend you try it.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Had a very nice evening, plenty of on street parking which is always nice. A nice crowd for a Monday evening which is always a good sign. The food was very good and the bread was nice and crunchy!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

This was our first visit to Sambuca Grille, we were in town for Parent's Weekend.

This is a family owned and run restaurant. Very authentic, welcoming, accommodating and just plain friendly. We really enjoyed speaking with the owner and learning this is a four generation establishment.

The food was quite good, with a varied menu and many daily specials. Everything was well prepared. We never felt rushed, and there was always someone nearby if we needed anything. Which in all honesty you probably won't. The portions are generous, and courses are set to an very comfortable rhythm.

Tags: Live Music, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Cozy, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

My favorite Scranton spot. Starting from the greeting when you enter, to the service from the family throughout your entire meal, to the meal itself... the menu has all you need but is always supplemented by specials where each one sounds better than the next one. Food is very good and I always return to Sambuca Grille when I am in town.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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