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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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (22)
Authentic (20)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
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Good for a Date (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Romantic (15)
Cozy (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Live Music (11)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Casual (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Business Meals (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Fun (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Seasonal (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (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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·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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·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 8, 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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 (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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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food was delicious. 3 of us ordered specials the evening we died there. A chicken, a beef, and a tuna. All very good. Winner of the night was the crab soup. Wow.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Excellent! Food and service were top-notch. We were visiting in the area from out-of-town, and restaurant was only a short drive from our hotel along Route 81 -well worth it for an alternative to the fast food venues near the hotels. Will definitely return next time we are in the area!

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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Our favorite! Very cordial staff! Always look forward to coming here.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Key West)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Saturday night dinner

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 13, 2017

We always go here for a business meal and have never been disappointed. There are so many great specials that we seldom even need or look at the menu! Great food and good wine selection. Great waiters/owners.

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 (Poconos)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Excellent restaurant!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Fabulous service delicious food. Great atmosphere

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Poconos)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Every time we are there we are happily surprised at the specials and appetizers, always something new and different and delectable. Doda and his family and staff are excellent, friendly, accommodating and good looking!!! This restaurant has such lovely atmosphere, low lighting, romantic, cleanliness. Never ever have we been disappointed. Fresh outstanding meals, salads, side dishes, deserts and cocktails, coffee is also excellent, topped off by an after dinner drink and lovely music by Paul! One of our very very favorites, glad to have them in our area. Hard working family that appreciates life, as do we. Thank you for your friendliness and incomparable food. Val & Tony

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Fantastic meal...met or exceeded expectations! Thank you

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great place!

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·Dined on August 22, 2017

Second visit to Sambuca for dinner. We enjoyed everything so much. Actually sat at the same table as previously. Planning on our next dinner very soon.

Tags: Live Music, Special Occasion, Fun, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Food and service have always been excellent. Probably the best all around restaurant in Scranton. Reservations a must to get a table since it's a fairly small place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

My wife and I eat here probably twice a month. Food is always excellent. The service top-notch. The ambience was a little loud this particular night but not disappointing. By far one of our favorite restaurants in the entire area!!

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We went for a celebration dinner this past Saturday . Everything we had from appetizers to desserts was delicious. Service was perfect! My only slight complaint was the bread was a but disappointing , would have preferred it to be warm & soft , basket we had was rather dense & not to our liking.
Really enjoyed the piano player in dining room, very nice touch!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Romantic
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·Dined on August 11, 2017

we had an incredible time. From the moment we walked in the door the staff was attentive and polite. The drinks were amazing, food was delightful (especially the specialty appetizer which was artichoke hearts), and it was exactly what we were hoping for. A nice romantic anniversary dinner. It was great and we can't wait to go back.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Poconos)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Excellent food and service . Nice piano music in the background added to the ambience.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 28, 2017

This was my 4th visit to Sambucca Grille...kast visit I ordered a steak..medium rare....( as I always do)..however when it was served....I found center was quite on the "raw" side....I notified the server..she promptly returned it..citing that "perhaps medium" would be the choice.....she returned later with my steak....and I checked....it was perfect...pink ctr and very tender,....( my guess is ..some chefs have different views on what's medium or medium rare)....well this visit..I again ordered the steak....medium was my choice......and I have to say...when it arrived..I checked....and it was pretty much on the "well done" side....NO pink was visible...and the meat was rather tough to chew...a far cry from my last one I ate here.....evidently another chef was on duty!!!.........I did NOT issue a complaint...simply consumed about half and I was finished......desert and after dinner drink followed!

I'm NOT one to complain..I'm sure if I had brought it to the server's attention.....it would have been replaced,...however....again..this is NOT a complaint...merely constructive criticism!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 26, 2017

So great, I came two nights in a row. Danny, the bartender was great and I have told everyone how great it all was.

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 (Poconos)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Food was fantastic! Little issue with leftovers, quickly rectified. Love it will be back again!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Great food done to perfection

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 (Poconos)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Sambuca Grille is always delicious! Staff is experienced and friendly. Atmosphere is congenial. I have never had a bad meal there. The Short Rib and Risotto special was outstanding. One of my favorite places in NEPA.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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