Sambuca Restaurant - Houston

4.1
1026 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 1026 people are saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
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3.9
service
4.4
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TherealQB
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Our table was not ready when we arrived. We were told we could sit at the bar until a table opened up. We waited about 20 mins for a table. Other than that we had a good experience. We initially thought we were going to have to order food, but we did not have to. We had already eaten, but were prepared to pay the 20 dollar minimum. The band was good. People seemed to be enjoying themselves. The crowd was pretty diverse. Classic R&B was on the set list that night.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the Robert Allen Berry band.

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DebraH
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful band and people! My husband loved spending his birthday at Sambuca, and will be back.

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MichelleR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service5ambience1

Overpriced. We were served cold unappetizing gross textured cheesy seafood bean dip (supposed to be crab dip), chewy refried calamari, butternut squash soup trying to pass as seafood bisque. Three pieces of med shrimp served as a skewer, no dressing on my salad; terrible. I'll stop there because there was more. I was very disappointed and will not return. I left hungry. Our server Robert was super nice though.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

It’s not what it used to be. They were under staffed and it took forever to get a waiter and our food. It use to be an elegant, fine dining place but now waiters wear jeans and there are no table clothes, etc. Hopefully as time goes by it will get back to the high quality it used to be.

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BobbyL
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Horrible!!! Did I say HOR-RI-BLE!!!! Completely changed. They don’t even put linen on the tables anymore. Sounds system was screwed up and made the band sound horrible. I could even stay to have dinner. This is NOT the classy place it used to be. I understand pandemic problems, but DAMN!!!!

Poor waitress brought me a table cloth when I asked because the table wasn’t clean. Asked for Gibson, no onions. Asked for a lemon drop for my lady, no martini glasses. I was just done then and left.

Waitress asked do I want an appetizer. I said no I want the check.

That was the last time I dawn their doors.

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JessieC
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very good music, ambiance was perfect Most definitely a place to hear a good band, dance a little in a great atmosphere.

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PaigeS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sambuca never fails to impress. Food was fabulous, our server was super attentive, the band was amazing.

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JeanB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for our anniversary and the Latin music. Great food, great service, great ambience, great music, friendly patrons…..the entire evening was so much fun!!

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AnthonyP
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Keep inviting Mark Dini Band to the monthly lineup.

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KeivanS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful server. He knew exactly what he was doing. He made the experience worthwhile.

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meetodd
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great place to go! Music was nice and we did some dancing. Overall we had a very nice evening!

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Qandnico
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We had the calamari and Salmon and the food was very bland. Our table was tucked away in a corner with all the columns blocking our vision to see the band and to see the screen. We loved the atmosphere but overall not that great of an experience.

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ScottN
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience1

This was a nice place but it has certainly aged, maybe that is why the air conditioning was not working Would have been nice to have been notified so we had time to make other reservations Frustrating

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Arrived at about 1020 was told the kitchen was closed by the Hostess and find out own seats at the bar. Yet she say others and I saw food coming out just to be told the kitchen closed at 11.

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ValS
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food & drinks.
Try the crab & shrimp dip - delicious!

Seafood pasta was delicious as well.

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vipKenDog
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we come to Houston we always try to come here at least one night if we can make it happen. This night was superb and we were not disappointed as usual. From start to finish with the dessert it was excellent. Glad to be able to see live music again as well.

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VICTORIAG
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Horrible food. No crust in my cobbler. Missing several wines from the menu. Weak drinks. Patio fans not working.

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cotinaw
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Enjoyed it but didn’t have a server after being seated. We ended up going to the bar to order food and drinks but very nice place and great atmosphere...will go again

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Disappointed49thBday
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience5

We had reservations at 8pm for my BIRTHDAY on May 29, 2021.

Arrived at 8:03… table NOT READY. Waited 15 minutes for table.

Finally seated, no silverware, no linens, no plates.

We ordered drinks. Took forever. Drinks finally came. Still no silverware, no linens, no plates.

We ordered appetizers and dinner. Again, took forever. Appetizers came but still no silverware, no linens, no plates.

We went ahead and asked for silverware, linens & plates.

Were we supposed to eat with our hands off the table?

2 in my party ordered shrimp & crab linguine. They kept trying to bring us shrimp scampi???

I ordered my rib eye medium. It came very well done. I sent it back. Asked for it to be medium rare. They came back with a filet… said they ran out of ribeye. The filet was rare… cold center. I gave up and just tried to swallow the rare filet. I do not like filet. Though tender, it has no marbling and is flavorless.

I was excited for weeks to celebrate my birthday at Sambuca’s but turned out extremely disappointed.

This was not a good birthday at Sambuca’s. Your staff did not have anything special lined up even though we asked for it when we made reservations.

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StephenB
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Our waiter Tim was gone for very long periods , unable to get service for a 2nd drink for two people , waited 30 minutes , I ended up walking up to the bar and ordering and paying for our drinks much faster.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I enjoyed our date night at Sambuca. The food, drinks, and atmosphere was amazing.

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DeniseF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my girlfriends birthday so I wanted to take her somewhere different. She and I truly enjoyed the food and music. I will truly go back to visit. I just wish they had more fish choices in the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

AC was broken and boy was it HOT in there! It took 20 min to get drinks. The appetizers were good but the steak I ordered had no flavor…. Thank goodness for the sauce. Won’t be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

El show de Elvis estuvo espectacular !! La atención muy buena y los tragos también.

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vipMaryAnn
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The band, Shapeshifters, is possibly the best band I’ve heard in this city! Wow! 7 musicians, 4+ vocalists, several brass, astonishing solo guitarist and 2 additional guitarists, drummer and separate percussionist/congas...these guys played everything from 70a - 80s -90s hits that get you on your wild dancing feet, to soulful ballads! Wow!!

The place is beautiful, the bar scene hopping, table seating spacious and enjoyable, service very attentive, but most of all, the food was FABULOUS! And the Date Night menu was a true bargain. The filet mignon steaks were seared/charred deliciously but so soft and medium rare juicy and perfect on the inside. Veggies were perfectly prepared. Excellent flavors and textures! Great wines to choose from too!

I can’t say enough good things about this experience! Definitely at the top of my Favorite Places list now!!

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vipSharonH
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Live music is nice, expect it to be very loud.
The kitchen here is good.
Service is terrible (before covid too) they didn't seem to have a help shortage and the dining area was not very busy the entire time we were there.
Frankly the backup staff was far better than the primary waiter , although after 30 min we had to ask hostess for water, when it arrived we ordered a bottle of wine, it arrived 45 min later, we ordered a simple starter & no one came back to see if we wanted a meal.
We again went to hostess to request help.
After eating & finishing wine there was no check presented, hostess request again..Music stops at 10 now it was 1030 before we could wrap up.
I would never walk a check but I'm sure this is a perfect storm for someone to leave without paying check!
The primary waiter seemed only interested in collecting the final payment from each table.
Sambuca is a great DT location please step up your servers & bar staff attitudes to match.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Mothers Day brunch was decent. Price and ambiance was the best part. The selection ok.

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RaymondM
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Being an Executive Chef the food was good, but the eggs were over cooked and the beef could have been cooked a bit more, to much redness, everything else was delicious, great salad!

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Houstonadventurer101
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

We were neglected during the Mother’s Day event. I was very sad because I planned ahead of time because I thought it would be fun. I spent $175 for cold buffet food and orange juice that tasted bad. Very bad. I won’t be going back.

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DeborahC
San Antonio
14 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Mothers Day brunch was disappointing both from a food and organizational standpoint. The servers were doing their best but the restaurant was understaffed. Food was not replenished and cold. $35 per adult price was not worth what we got.

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JaneS
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience1

A disappointment . The music was too loud and too long. It would have been been better with background music. They were short staffed. The serving staff could not hear orders. The place was packed. Roast beef was way to rare. The salmon and chicken were delicious . The venue was too hot.

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vipTexasT
Houston
79 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Walking distance from GF place. Pleasant experience. Glad to see and listen to live band. Busy place. Good Moms Day buffet. Our checks a little confused.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

It was too loud and crowded for a dining experience. You couldn’t get by or around to the buffet due to seating placement. Buffet was alright as were the drinks. Just wasn’t our thing.

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DonM
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great dining experience Food was excellent Really enjoyed the Live band and dancing

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RickB
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

While in Houston my friend and I dined with Micheal. We were very impressed with his attention to us. I also want to thank him for introducing me to a new way of having my favorite cocktail"Old Fashion" but with a twist I was not familiar with. "Smoked" I can't imagine drinking it any other way!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have date night with my wife every week it our time with out family or friends to just reconnect and spend Quality time with each other. This time we choose Sambuca and it was the right Choice the food was amazing plus the band was great also. We will be having date night at Sambuca again. I just to thank the wait staff for excellent service


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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place!

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ScottL
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service was very good. Greek vegetable plate was excellent.

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kenneths
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food was salty it wasn’t a bad experience, just average.

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 1026 OpenTable diners.

Sambuca Restaurant - Houston does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://sambuca.brushfire.com/gift-cards/449296.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.