Sambuca Restaurant - Houston

4.3
998 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 998 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SharonH
Houston
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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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
11 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
75 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
6 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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent, each one of the plates, side dishes were delicious. Good service. We will be back.

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vipMary
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Made a reservation and when we got there we were told it would another half hour. Got seated waited another 20 minutes for anyone to even acknowledge us to get a drink. Food took forever. Our waiter came to our table 3 times. I don't blame the wait staff as much as I blame the management. On a Saturday night you should have adequate staff. I was not happy at all with our evening

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JuanL
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a second visit for our anniversary and we will be returning for future anniversaries we love the place and the atmosphere.

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vipColeenstaste
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent date night

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food and drinks were delicious although I didn’t too much care for the bread pudding. The live band was a nice touch.

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kadar
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great, we were there while there was live music and it was great!!

MB
MarquiciaB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for my friend’s birthday on Friday night and it was great! The staff was awesome, the live music was great and the food was incredible. We will be back!

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CTBueno
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great music, loved the ambiance.

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ClaraB
El Paso
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to celebrate a birthday! The food was delicious and the service was excellent!

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KP4ever
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Food overpriced and bland(like no seasoning). I got the chick parm- it was terrible, even after I added salt. My hubby had the shrimp and crab pasta which only had about 3 little prices of crab and it was bland. The service was horrible, we waited a long time (30mins) even before we saw our server. The music (dj) was ok. The live band was ok. It was an ok experience, but we never go there again., For the price of food and drinks it should have been better. Not a good anniversary dinner. I would NOT recommend!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Our reservation was for 1:45pm, however there was a little extra time taken to park, since valet wasn’t available like it was stated when previously called. The food, server, and band was exceptional. 2:57 we ordered another round of champagne for the table, at 3:00pm, the manager had told the server to inform us that they weren’t able to get us our drinks because they closed at 3:00pm. Now I’ve been in the industry for almost 20 years, I could have understood if we were a new table wanting to be seated, but we weren’t and the buffet didn’t even close until 3:00pm. Either way we didn’t make a stink. The manager who walks around in a chef coat(today was red) literally lingered with her hand under her chin staring at us as we finished up. Which then made us feel that we were intruding and rushed. The bathroom was disgusting and the push out of the restaurant was astonishing. We had to open our Easter gifts out front while bring haggled by the homeless. Most def not what we remembered. Bring back the zebra and leopard couches like it was when this place was hoppin!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Decent food. They had a live band playing so it made dinner a little loud. Service was absolutely horrible. We saw our server twice. Management was non-existent. Just didn’t make for a pleasant experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Enjoyed the live music, but was very loud. The cocktails we choose were not very good. The food was bland, however we did enjoy the fried cauliflower. Wait staff was a slow, but very courteous. Our 3 course meal came out of sequence and somehow they prepared our meal twice. Make sure you insist they check you in through your reservation. They did not with us and I had to prove to Open table that we were not no shows.

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vipJasonA
Houston
64 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good, service was good. Undisclosed $3 per person "dinner entertainment" fee. But nice place, good location.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Selena tribute band was fun! Hector provided excellent service. Food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Very humid, sticky feeling environment. We ordered a grazing board, this is not a meat and cheese board!! Absolutely the worst selection of cheese, it was a slice of American cheese and Swiss cheese, the strawberry’s were bruised inedible . The meat was a couple of slices of lowest grade sausage and I mean worse than Eckerd’s. The entertainment was unbearable we could only sit thru a few songs and we saw many people leaving at the same time. Terrible experience I would not ever recommend this place to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice band; great happy hour. Good food and ambience!

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PaiGa
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was exceptional. I never write reviews, but food was so surprisingly good, I had to comment on it. This is a live music venue, so it has the lights, stage, and wires to accommodate a band. That's why I didn't rate it higher for ambiance--it's a relatively casual place. Our waiter was very thoughtful. We had the $40 date night prix fixe menus and that was a good value. We were there early and had 1/2 price happy hour drinks.

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Drinks were good and reasonably priced.

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jesseka
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our spot for a romantic date night. The service is great and the music is e energetic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time dining at Sambuca. I really enjoyed the love music and ambiance. Our waiter Tim was very professional and provided service excellence. Our drinks and food arrived within a timely manner. I will definitely recommend this restaurant to family and friends.

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vipsaral
Miami
48 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This place is for the older crowd. My mom loved it, we went for her birthday. The have live music and they offer valet service. The food is pricy but it taste good.

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DesireeT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I took my boyfriend there for his birthday. Other than the server being a little hard to track down, I think he had a wonderful time.

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WilliamF
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excelent service ,food was excelent,good music.social distance

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

This place was just okay. Their happy hour deal is good: 1/2 price apps, wine, cocktails and beer all the way until 7pm. But the appetizers were just alright. My boyfriend and I split their dinner date 3 course meal and again every part of it was just okay. They charged us to split which was annoying. They had live music which was fun, but they also charged us on our bill for the music?

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Tyler was amazing!! The band Mr Wonderful was awesome! The food was great! My husband and I had a great time.

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vipRozS
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience5

The food was tasteless! No flavor! The lead singer of the band was horrible! The place was nice and service ok but not enough for me to go back.

I heard great things but I was truly disappointed!

FAQs

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

Sambuca Restaurant - Houston is rated 4.3 stars by 998 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.