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Sambuca Restaurant - Houston

4.1
4.1
1223 Reviews
$30 and under
American
A word from Sambuca Restaurant - Houston
Located in the historic Rice Hotel downtown, Sambuca is Houston’s only rockin’ dinner club. We serve American food with a side of nightly live music as diverse as our menu. And our talents don’t stop there! Sambuca can cater your next special event in style. Whether it is off-site at Sambuca or in the Crystal Ballroom at the Rice, you can be sure every detail will be handled with the upmost attention. Contact our catering department to book your next party.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today
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Private dining

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (713) 224-5299

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Entertaining groups of any size is one of our specialties. Let our staff plan your next corporate lunch, business networking happy hour, rehearsal dinner or social event; whether it's cocktails and hors d'oeuvres for 20, or a seated dinner for 500. Each of your guests will feel like a VIP! Sambuca is where Houston comes for their parties and events. If you would like to speak with someone please call 713.227.7423 for immediate assistance.

  • Private party facilities

    Sambuca parties and events engage the senses through tantalizing food, gorgeous ambiance and live nightly entertainment.

  • Private party contact

    Katy Tise: (855) 398-1803

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Travis St.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Entertainment

    Sambuca is Houston's premier location for 4-star dinner and live music nightly. Any evening is great for dining, drinking, and enjoying the show. Sambuca is the ultimate location to entertain on a night out in downtown Houston.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was the best experience ever, Outstanding entertainment, the service was AMAZING and the food was great !!
  2. J

    Jenni

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The band was great! CC rider—really enjoyed them. The Malbec was exceptional. The piped in music was way too loud for Conversations at dinner and not the right playlist (I thought) for the evening.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our first time here and we enjoyed our dinner and music , will definitely come back here again with other friends
  4. KS

    KarinS

    Houston

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Loved the live music. The food was excellent- we had the filet mignon with 3 sides, green beans, potato croquettes & macaroni & cheese.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food3service1ambience4
    My husband & I went for my birthday celebration. Reservation was at 7:30pm; we arrived at 7:32pm we were told to hang out at the bar area until our seat was ready. We didn’t get seated til 8:10pm. Once we were seated the waiter came over; my husband explained that we ordered drinks and appetizers while at the bar and was waiting for our order. He asked if we closed our ticket out at the bar; we told him we did. As time progressed, the waiter never returned after us sitting approximately 15min. I was able to get his attention as he was waiting on a nearby table and requested to order a bottle of wine; he stated he couldn’t serve us because we had already ordered from the bar. He refused to bring us water or the wine. I requested to speak with a manager who apologized for the waiters actions and stated the information he gave us was not at all correct and brought us a bottle of the requested wine. All staff should be professionally trained; as this waiter really put a bad taste in my mouth for the establishment. Pennie
  6. SC

    SkipC

    Houston

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Excellent band great dancing. Just had wine and appetizers all good.
  7. AA

    AshleyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great there. From the staff to the band food drinks it was a great experience
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Bad service, super overpriced, place looks like is forgotten and managed by someone that hasn’t been out of to eat at other places. Terrible recommendatiion by open table.
  9. PW

    PaigeW

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It had been a number of years since my last visit, but the reviews were still great so I decided to take my teen daughter before our show at Hobby Center. We ordered Buca Beignets, goat cheese stuffed artichokes and we split an order of shrimp linguine. It was all GREAT and the perfect pre-show amount of food for us :) We finished with the chocolate toffee torte which was eyes-roll-back-in-head good - Wow! Sache, our server, was great as well - very personable and authentic and attentive. A great visit overall - looking forward to the next time!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was some of the best I ever had!! Will definitely go back!
  11. TT

    TexasT

    Houston

    109 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been here a few times but this night was especially fun b/c it was Game 6 of the WS. We got there on time however the hostess sat us in front of the band. Normally we would have enjoyed that seating but we want to watch the game near the bar. So we went to the bar. I dont think the waiter was happy but we were. The drinks were flowing. The bartender was good. The company was excited. The band was good. And the ASTROS WON WON WON!! We were partying on the patio. And celebrating with the rest of the crowd. A great evening.
  12. SB

    StewartB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Menu selection decent and food quality was good but not great for the price. My smoked pork chop was very flavorful w/ mac and cheese just ok. Wife had the sea bass which had very little flavor but the quinoa and spinach combo was flavorful. The live band was very good and not too loud and we danced quit a lot. Sambuca was 3 blocks from our hotel which was very convenient and I chose it primarily because of the live band and dancing not expecting much from the food except for a decent meal.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Food was ok. Service was horrific. Never brought bread, order screwed up, never checked on drink refills. Over way overpriced and would never go back!
  14. KM

    KennyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great fun Great food Great service - we will be back!😉 FUSE put on a fantastic show
  15. TR

    TraciR

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Cliff was very attentive and prompt with our drink and food orders. We were not rushed and the pace of the meal was enjoyable. Loved the 1/2 price cocktails and appetizer during the 4-7pm Happy Hour!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    No light in the restaurant. Could hardly see companions. Music per loss. Hard to converse. Food and service were wonderful.
  17. DL

    DrLaura

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    Not a terrible experience. When you spend over $220 for 2 dinners…you might expect a higher quality flavor. It was OK. It would’ve been nice to get a heads up about the kitchen closing time.
  18. HD

    HoustonDiner

    Houston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun night out - dinner and music in the same venue
  19. SW

    SamanthaW

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Food was not what I remembered. They added a split fee, also a cover charge which was never told to us. The food was overpriced. I would go for drinks and apps next time.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This was the worst experience for a very expensive place.. the music was loud, food was cold and bland and paying $36 for 5 pieces of shrimp and cold pasta just ruined the mood!!
  21. A

    Ajeomatic

    Houston

    26 reviews

    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The food was good but not great. The live music was extremely loud even in the back of the room and I believe they charged us cover as I saw that line item on our receipt. I hadn't been there in years for dinner and I probably won't go back. Good place for drinks.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience2
    Perhaps the worst ribeye of my life.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Live band Doppleganger was AMAZING! Food and drinks were fantastic! Can’t wait to go again!
  24. LT

    LoranceT

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Red Snapper etoufee was good! Service was good! Level One band performance was awesome!
  25. BR

    BobbieR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great time with family and friends. Next Level Band was awesome 👌🏼
  26. RM

    RonM

    Houston

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Sambuca is a club/restaurant; not fine dining. The food is good but certainly not great. But the band was excellent, played a great selection of Latin music, and got people up and dancing. It was a great experience. Place was clean and well organized. But as a foodie, I go somewhere else for the fine dining.
  27. GF

    GabeFlo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I was on a meet and greet 1st date. Asked a friend to recommend me a nice venue. I was all in. I'm definitely coming back.
  28. JA

    JasonA

    Houston

    93 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Nice place, good band! We enjoyed our time!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Trying to celebrate an Anniversary with family visiting. The food was not up to standard. The steaks were not seasoned at all. Waited on service from the waitress. She did not give bad service, I just think she was very busy. We had to leave to go to another restaurant to eat. My husband and I was so embarrassed because we recommended this restaurant to someone visiting. Not good at all.
  30. GV

    GerardoV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience was fantastic. The food was great and the waitstaff was on point. The drinks were amazing. Both the DJ and live music were so great.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great experience! Micheal the server was very attentive ! Overall enjoyed eating there .
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a nice vibe!
  33. p

    prieta

    Houston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience5
    Great venue for live music, in walking distance from Main street & parking
  34. GW

    GinW

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely time. The happy hour specials were great!
  35. 2

    2020

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Theater outing
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service! Live music was great but so loud we couldn’t even yell over it!
  37. AC

    AnnC

    Houston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    While my steak was very good, my friend's fish dish was not really hot when it was served. Sambuca made the strangest old fashion cocktail I've ever ordered -- overly sweet, and off-putting. The music was loud, although the band had not started playing. This was a pre-theater meal, and we wanted to be able to talk to one another. Pre-covid, I could count on Sambuca not to turn the volume up so high during the pre-theater dinner period. I thought the entree price was too high for the quality of the food. We won't be back.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience3
    Second time chance, food was cold again, music so loud you can't even hear the servers, took 40 minutes for a drink. Last time for me. Appreciate the escorts visiting tables for service, great addition.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Band , food and service.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Food was ok, a bit cold, margaritas were the normal house margarita, band was so loud you could not hear the staff or your guests. Highly intoxicated people at the bar that probably should have been cut off. Was here 5 years age and it has definitely gone down hill from every aspect. Our server was amazing, that was the positive.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

Sambuca Restaurant - Houston offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 224-5299.

Sambuca Restaurant - Houston is rated 4.1 stars by 1223 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today
Google Map for Sambuca Restaurant - Houston

909 Texas Ave., Houston, TX 77002

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Travis St.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Sambuca is Houston's premier location for 4-star dinner and live music nightly. Any evening is great for dining, drinking, and enjoying the show. Sambuca is the ultimate location to entertain on a night out in downtown Houston.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (713) 224-5299

  • Catering

    Entertaining groups of any size is one of our specialties. Let our staff plan your next corporate lunch, business networking happy hour, rehearsal dinner or social event; whether it's cocktails and hors d'oeuvres for 20, or a seated dinner for 500. Each of your guests will feel like a VIP! Sambuca is where Houston comes for their parties and events. If you would like to speak with someone please call 713.227.7423 for immediate assistance.

  • Private party facilities

    Sambuca parties and events engage the senses through tantalizing food, gorgeous ambiance and live nightly entertainment.

  • Private party contact

    Katy Tise: (855) 398-1803

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