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Sambuca Restaurant - Houston, Houston, TX

Sambuca Restaurant - Houston

3.8
3.8
1381 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Sambuca Houston Valentine's Day Dinner & Live Music 2024
Wednesday, Feb 14, 2024

You and your Valentine will enjoy dinner at Houston’s only rockin’ dinner club with live music from Pete Simple.

$80 regular menu
$110 premium menu



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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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
    Emiloy Conroe : (713) 224-5299
  • 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

What 1,381 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.3Value

NoiseModerate

1,381 Reviews
  1. Dave

    Houston

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always enjoy Sambuca. Our server was great and we enjoyed dinner very much. Looking forward to the next opportunity to visit and dine at Sambuca.

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  2. Crabby

    Houston

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    So Sambuca was ok - food was good - not over the top but fine. The issue was no happy hour at tables - only the bar. That seems crazy. Been to restaurants all over during happy hour and this is the only resturant that doesn't allow when you are dining for a meal and sitting at a table that is comfortable and provides nice setting for conversation - no happy hour prices. Too many other very good (better) places include all in happy hour pricing - we will not be coming back. Also service was very slow. We sat down for a pre-theater meal and the poor server was spread so thin. Overall, not a great experience.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated Valentine’s Day with my partner and he also had a great experience. The ribeye was delicious but the potatoes were the best. Thank you

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    It was good and it was a pleasant dinner. We will return

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  5. Ss4614

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was very overpriced from the last time we went. We researched the menu before we made reservations and a lot of the old items we would get were still on the online menu so we decided to book a reservation. Upon getting there we were told by the waitress my wife's favorite dessert and entrée were no longer available. She ended up getting Salmon with some type of coconut sauce and said it was disgusting, I think it even gave her a stomach virus. I got a smoked pork chop which had very good flavor but my mac and cheese was cold and dry. Total of the bill was $215 +......The quality of the meal should have priced it at around $80. Will not be going back, this place is a shell of what it once was.

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  6. RichardC

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thanks for a great night celebrating our anniversary with my wife!

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  7. DallasW

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The food was fantastic. The portions were small and expensive. The music was just ok. Sambuca smelled and the wait staff was not professional. It has the atmosphere of a basic restaurant and the prices of a much nice place. I spent a lot of money on a meal with the atmosphere of an Applebees. The Sambuca's in Dallas puts Houston to shame.

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  8. ElishaC

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We had reservations and arrived 15 mins early. I recommend valet. The hostess seated us almost immediately ( I was shocked as she states how busy they were). We waited for 30 mins while 3 servers approached other tables, some who were seated after us, before we got a hold of someone and requested our server. The guy offered to take over our table and got us waters. We ordered drinks and appetizers once the water arrived. The arugula and fig salad was amazing! We also had the shrimp/crab dip, a pain killer and long island. The drinks arrived after our appetizers which took about 15 mins. At this point we are 45 mins in before drinks and food arrived. This is when my date ordered meat and potatoes as an appetizer and I ordered a mocktail and desert. I was not a fan of the pineapple ginger beer, tasted more like pineapple juice zero spice from the ginger. The meat and potatoes were decent for for $44 I expected way more in both presentation and flavor. Overall the band city wife funk was great, food was good yet overpriced entrees with horrific service. To be fair there was a now hiring sign but no one came to address the issue and multiple wait staff walked by without attempting to take the table. We didn't even have waters.

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  9. LarryG

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    No additional comment. No additional comment. No additional comment.

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  10. Steve

    Houston

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Chicken Marsala $28 and Veal Scaloppini $41 were tasty and reasonably portioned. $105 with dessert, tip, and no liquor. Service was friendly and efficient. We went for a pre-concert dinner - arrived at 6:45 and left at 7:40, plenty of time to get to our seats.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The menu is stuff you can get anywhere, Chili’s or Applebees, but with high end prices. Service was great. Sorry, Sambuca, you need to try harder.

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  12. galvdoc

    San Francisco

    94 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I started with the arugula and fig salad, which was generous in size and with the figs. Good greens to dressing ratio. I was disappointed that two items I ordered were unavailable; the short rib ravioli and one of the wines. Our waiter was not familiar with the wine list, and didn’t know the ravioli were unavailable until after he entered the order. Everyone in my party enjoyed the food, including the house salad, chicken Marsala and the pork chop. I had the Tagliatella bolognese, which was quite tasty and had tender chunks of carrot in the sauce; I was a little surprised at the overall creamy texture but still enjoyed it. The band was good, played music I knew, but was loud enough that conversation was difficult.

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  13. MrsBirdow

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I made a reservation for my mothers 61st Birthday she traveled from Dallas/Fort Worth, TX. Upon her arrival she stated she was greeted by a hostess that was less than pleasant and attempted to seat her & her Beau in a corner where she was unable to see or hear the band. She stated when she asked to be moved that the lady begrudgingly moved her and stated that other people had a reservation. I too had a reservation for her and I also mentioned it was her birthday as well. I work in service myself and sometimes you have to just put yourself in others shoes. Lead with the golden rule treat people how you want to be treated. My mother expressed to me the music was great. The service was standard the food was just about a 5 out of 10. I assure you this is not the report I was expecting to hear from my mother about her experience.

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  14. Jeffo

    Houston

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere and the band was awesome. We'll go back for sure.

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  15. JoeC

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was fine, food was bland, not very hot and not well presented

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  16. Willow

    Houston

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Went here for dinner before the theater. We are light eaters, so we ordered an appetizer to split, and each of us ordered a cup of soup and a salad. My husband had a glass of wine and I had water. My soup was barely warm. It was a shrimp/crab bisque and it had some kind of crunchy vegetable in it, like maybe carrots. That was strange. My husband indicated his Minestrone soup wasn't hot either and he only ate about half of it. He didn't like it. The salads were good. The fried ravioli was okay. With a tip the bill was over $100.00! I had to look around to make sure I was in Houston and not New York City! I don't mind spending money on food if it's good but this was pretty mediocre. We won't be going back again. I should mention our waiter was very good. He was very attentive.

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  17. RoderickP

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First visit definitely not the last. Excellent entertainment and the staff was very professional.

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  18. GaryT

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sambuca never disappoints. The food was awesome as usual, and the music was great!! A double thumps up for Tracy Perez and band 👍👍 The Templins

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  19. GiseleL

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Not worth for NYE, the band was good but way to expensive for the food we got.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice New Years Evening, great food, good band. Great atmosphere

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Great band and ambiance. Small dance floor. Servers lack the knowledge of platting and service. Tables are numbered and servers kept coming around trying to give us plates that were not ours. Watched servers walk through small dance floor with plates. Silverware was brought after plates of food was delivered. Just not the service that I’ve seen on prior visits. Will not come back again.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a terrific NYE at Sambuca - food and entertainment were excellent. Server was busy so our drinks sat empty for a long time :(

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  23. LakevaB

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant ambiance was great to me, and while I enjoyed the food, my husband did not care for his shrimp scampi. I did enjoy the band that was playing. The alcoholic beverages were okay, I've had better. Our waitress seemed to forget about us at times...

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  24. VerniseE

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Is a nice bar. Very well decorated and good service. However, the food is just ok, but very overpriced. If I ever go again, it will be just for a few drinks and life music.

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  25. RalphF

    Houston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food not as good as I remember. Portions were small and just thrown on the plate. Not worth $200 for dinner for 3 with no drinks.

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  26. bruceG

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Good food. Playing rap at 6pm not ideal from dining (did change it to their credit)

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  27. JasonH

    Houston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Started with a bump by not getting to us in the first 20min of being seated, but made up for it as soon as we got on our servers radar. Food was excellent as were the cocktails. Would recommend to friends, family and associates.

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  28. Snoopy

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was our first time back to Sambuca in a very long time and overall we enjoyed everything. We had the salmon and the Kobe Bolognese Tagliatelle and the Hollandaise Dill Salmon. The Kobe Bolognese Tagliatelle was not the something I would order again. Very little meet and dry, it felt premade and just heated up, but the Hollandaise Dill Salmon was excellent! Our cocktails were also very good. Our server was excellent !!

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  29. TimothyN

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a great time - love the music, food and lively atmosphere. Just love dancing with my wife and seeing all of the celebrations.

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  30. TonyM

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience. Food was good, Jaylah our server was great and we were not rushed. Music was a little loud for my liking but overall a very good experience. I would highly recommend.

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  31. whitetableclothlady

    Houston

    60 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was excellent but they only had one waiter for about an hour and another one showed up just as we were leaving. The poor guy was running as fast as he could. I know it’s hard to find people who want to work in this environment but, please, try harder.

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  32. jsfluvtoeatout

    Houston

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate dinner there with guests who had not eaten there before. The dinner and the service were wonderful. Our guests enjoyed it too and said they would return also. This restaurant is one of our downtown favorites.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    I hate giving not so good reviews, this is a place I frequented on dates, and with friends and loved it. My family needed a place to eat all dress up for the theater. My kids are not too young now, 10 & 12, so I figured I’d go to one of my old favorites. The kids hated the food, we even tried two different dishes for my daughter, and my tenderloin steak seemed like it was possibly re-heated from frozen and was by no means cheap! The server was very nice and tentative though.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went on last Thursday for Latin night, and they had Grupo Cache playing Everything was absolutely amazing! The food and the music both! 

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  35. Dustin

    Portland

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We were excited about trying Samba. Food was very good, but the service and atmosphere was not the best.

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  36. MARIAW

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience was great, worth visiting chance. !

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  37. unclejed

    Houston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    This is jot the same Sambucas I remember... We left after the short rib ravioli, it tasted like fish sticks.

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  38. YatashaE

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I really enjoy Sambuca everytime I go. I always look up the bands playing so I can plan accordingly.

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  39. DMajor

    Houston

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very close to all of the main theaters downtown. We were seated promptly after our reservation was acknowledged. The server was pleasant and responsive. The food and wine were great. All in all, a very good experience.

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  40. EvanD

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    All around great experience , we came To enjoy the music and food that evening and did not disappoint

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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 3.8 stars by 1381 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 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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
    Emiloy Conroe : (713) 224-5299
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