Sambuca Restaurant - Houston

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807 reviews
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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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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

We have an EGGcellent Easter brunch buffet, featuring 50 savory items including traditional breakfast favorites, a prime rib carving station, fresh seafood, dessert display and a side of live music. Featuring live music and Bloody Mary bar.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

What 807 People Are Saying
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MA
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I really love this restaurant but was disappointed during our last visit. It just didn't live up to my service expectations. The hostess seemed confused. We had to ask twice to receive a waiter. My husbands steak was AMAZING, however my Salmon dish was cold. We had a front row table in front of the band and the noise level was just right. We were able to carry on a conversation or just sit and relax while enjoying the music.

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LY
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Thought there was suppose to be live music on the weekends. No live music by the time we left around 7:30pm.

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CG
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

We went to celebrate our 9 year anniversary. The hostess was warm and inviting. She took us to a quiet and cozy spot per our request. Our waiter Alex came to our table and introduced us to the person he was training and asked us if we wanted to order. We asked for a moment to look at the menu. When he came back we ordered cocktails and a charcuterie tray and the calamari. The cocktails and appetizers were good. Everything went downhill from here. After this we waited for drinks and the rest of our food was not edible. Eventually we flagged our waiters trainee down and requested the check. We told him the food was poor quality and he picked up our full plates and thanked us for the tip and let us know that he would not try those items himself....then brought us the bill for the entire amount. We went in excited and optimistic and left disappointed. We would NEVER go back.

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A
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good restaurant and experience from start to finish. Before the live music started at 8:30pm, I was impressed with the low noise level! You can actually have conversation without having to yell across the table! The crab cake dip was awesome! Pork chops were very flavorful! Yes! The cheesecake was great but the crust on bottom was tasteless and not sweet at all. Avoid it at all costs and it will be fine. The music was great but not stellar. However, it did create a fun atmosphere and vibe that you could enjoy. We moved from our reserved table to the bar to finish the evening. Good times overall.

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CL
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was mediocre. The ambiance and the live band was nice. I didn’t like that they charge you and up charge for entertainment I.e. the band. I think that should be told to you rather than it just show up on your bill

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PC
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun and unique place. Food was excellent and staff was friendly and attentive.

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PW
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and a short walk to the theater. We will be back.

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DK
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

We went for the band. The music was great. The food was mediocre. The service was lacking- especially the attempt to get our water cups filled. Took too long to flag down the waiter for our bill.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service.

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OT
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary celebration.

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TS
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the ambiance perfect! We danced to the live entertainment. The band was just perfect too. We could still have conversation and enjoy the band. Kudos to the sound guy, Nico!

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RB
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated her birthday 03/22/2019. Everything was superb!!! The band, Doppleganger performed at the highest rate of musical intensity.

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AL
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff was friendly and welcoming. The band was awesome. It was a lot of fun!!

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LH
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Poor quality food & drink and even poorer quality service. Worst waiter we have ever encountered even after I had a word with him. For example, all drinks were late or even had to be requested, prime ribeye was overcooked and had to ask other waiters for service.

Not a good experience.

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b
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a great time celebrating our anniversary! Can't wait to go back!

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AH
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere was awesome. This my wife's birthday, and we had a blast. Good, and desert was good. Service, and dancing were great. People who couldn't dance worth a lick was out there grooving. Very fun time.

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GB
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoy lunch at Sambuca with friends. Wait staff is always attentive and friendly and the Club Salad is always fresh and delicious.

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s
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed the food and the live music from Kyle Turner and Kollett. They did an awesome job. The wait staff did a great job as well.

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OT
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had great time. Loved the basil lemonade

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s
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere made up for the food. steak was not cooked to order and sides were cold. Salad and soups were excellent! Drinks were also great. We tried the cheesecake which was okay and the bread pudding was burnt.
this was our first time here, I would definitely return for drinks and atmosphere.

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CA
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a night out with the wife at Sambuca's, which we enjoyed greatly. The music was very nice and our waiter Resi was excellent. She recommended the special and other plates, also good drinks. I ordered an old fashion which wasn't right and she keep taking to the bar an bringing it back until it was to my satisfaction. That's what I call waitressing.

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RS
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Service was poor. Restaurant was filthy. Musicians were not ready to perform to an over booked crowd

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the band and our server Alex!

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CM
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Although our steaks were tender, neither were cooked to the desired temperature (both being over cooked). We continually had to ask for rounds of drinks and complained to the manager twice about the lack of service. This didn’t seem to fix the problem. After dinner we went to the bar to listen to the band and received the same slow service. Incredibly overpriced food for sloppy, poor service.

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J
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was great, The service is a bit slow on initial drinks and order taking. Since we were there for the ambiance this was not a big deal on this visit.

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DN
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best time at Sambuca’s for an “After Valentines” date night. The reservation got us a front table and David DeLaGarza and crew were fabulous ! Everyone - from the time we were seated, to our server, and the manager checking on us, all the way to our buddy refilling our drinks - were wonderful. Waiting for the next date night, probably at Sambuca !

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

They ran out of lobster that was in the Premium Package for Valentine’s Day. Waiter was over whelmed but very nice.

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AM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

You guys were great first timers made sure we were taken care of.

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DB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was really wonderful. This is a very elegant place and I will be back.

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LD
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I loved the restaurant itself along with the food BUT initially they tried to seat us at a HORRIBLE table that couldn’t see the band and faced the back of the restaurant. Then, when we finally got a normal table, it took about 20 minutes for a waiter to finally serve us (after I complained to hostess who gave us a new waiter).
All in all, though, I WILL go back because I LOVED the music and food and ambiance!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Everything was great except food. Food- (1-5) star rating.1

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service was good. Cocktails were horrible. We basically paid $10 for a glass of tonic water. Our rum and coke was basically coke only. As we were leaving we heard someone else complain about their weak drinks and they were told that they purposely make them very weak so that the flavor of the drink comes out. Really?? I would never order another cocktail from there again, a total rip off.

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M
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a date

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G
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Service was horrible. Waited 20 minutes for drinks after we sat down. Had to go to the hostess stand 3 times to get a waiter at the beginning and throughout our meal. We were tucked away in a dark circular booth which would have been ok for a romantic dinner but we were there to listen to the band (which I had stated in the Open Table reservation - please put us in relatively close proximity to the band). We couldn't even see the stage from our table because it faced the opposite direction of the stage and the back of the booth was completely enclosed. I asked the hostess to move us to another table if any became available. Several did while we were there and we were never moved - they sat empty for the rest of the time we were there and faced directly to the stage. I had to go to the bar to order wine. The food was good and arrived in a decent amount of time after we finally ordered. Overall I will not go back to Sambuca. Apparently customer service is not a priority.

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C
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect we couldn’t have been happier!

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T
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to listen to the band The Shapeshifters and they did not disappoint!! They were awesome! They played all kinds of rock and roll. The horn section was great! Will definitely go back and also see if we can find them playing anywhere else.

We ate 4 different appetizers and loved them all. The Froze was delicious.

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ET
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Our only complaint was the $4.00 entertainment charge added to a meal ticket exceeding $100 for two people. We found the add on petty. We would understand the entertainment charge had we not ordered entrees priced $5 to $10 above market, wine, dessert and coffee. The entertainment was not as advertised. The quartet was a trio for the first hour. The fourth member, the singer, did not perform until 9:00 PM! She hung out at the bar chatting to her friend. So, we were charged for entertainment when the singer we were there to hear was not performing!

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The waiter wasn’t very vocal and he rarely checked on us. The atmosphere however was definitely romantic and fun. Perfect for a date.

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O
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, great atmosphere, great live music. We were a group of four people and we all loved the place. Had a great night out, better than we expected. We are definitely going back.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to a play right afterward and this made it feel like a really special night with our family. Within walking distance of the theater. And the bread pudding is to die for!

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