Sambuca Restaurant - Houston

4.1
1067 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 1067 people are saying
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TonyaD
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect date night restaurant especially if you love live music.

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NicoleM
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Was a little disappointed by the food taste and quality. I ordered entrees I had had before at Sambucca, and I was disappointed. I went Sambucca’s in Nashville a few times, and the food was excellent. Maybe the Nashville location has a different chef, but I was not impressed by the Houston location.

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MalloryV
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun place to have pre-show drinks and appetizers! Great happy hour pricing.

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Jenn
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Very disappointing. I used to love coming here. There was only one waitress which I understand due to COVID but there were far too many parties for her to attend to. But, that being said, she was not apologetic nor friendly. We only got one refill on our drinks all night. I had to ask for the check way in advance to be sure we could get out in a timely manner. The steak and food tasted excellent but we will not be back.

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vipKarinS
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We went late on a Saturday. The band was very good but loud in the eating area which we did expect but enjoyed when they took a 30 minute break. The service was spotty and slow to start with. Once we notified the hostess, we had not been waited on after waiting 15 minutes, they sent a server right over.

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ChrisJ
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our evening the goat cheese artichoke starter was very good. The service was good, our entree’s were great we had the red snapper an sea bass highly recommend both. We look forward to returning for a little music next time.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

My date had an allergic reaction to something at the restaurant.

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Kenny
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Walked in to our reservation and they closed for the evening and did not take care of us even though we had a reservation.

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vipylrjkt
Atlanta
43 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My colleagues from Europe enjoyed the drinks the meal and the live singer.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Horrible poor quality food, exceedingly loud and I typically enjoy live music at restaurants or concerts and watered down drinks. Will not return and do not recommend.

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FoodLover
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was very good. Service was only fair - hard to get server’s attention. Live band was very good, but extremely loud. We could only talk between songs.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice start to an evening. Food was very good and the staff was great.

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katm
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Very disappointed in the menu selections. The food was underwhelming. Great service!

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QuintonM
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food is terrible and overpriced. Band was super late and the overall experience was not good.

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Bullslingr
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Great menu and cool space. The musical group playing was so overwhelmingly loud that every diner asked to be seated as far as way as possible over and over again as we dined. Management ignored throughout. Appetizer can with the entree and then the wait staff collectively disappeared for 25 minutes despite the fact we told our waiter we had a show to make. Plan on returning to check out happy hour and other menu items (food was delish) but not on a night with live music and sitting at the bar to avoid the poorly trained servers.

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived at our reservation time and were promptly seated by the hostess. There were 2 other tables of people in our section, so it wasn’t very busy. We watched servers take care of those other tables and even wait on a couple that arrived after us, but no one ever acknowledged us. After being ignored for over 15 minutes, we decided to go somewhere else for dinner.

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RobertB
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was a celebration

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GregH
Las Vegas
25 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was very good but i wish they would expand the menu. They should offer the lunch items during dinner time. The band was very good. The engaged the crowd and the atmosphere was extremely lively and fun.

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Lauren
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was amazing and so kind. The food was awesome and the perfect price! Definitely going back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

It had been a long while since we had been to Sambuca's. The overall lighting in the dining portion of the restaurant was too low making it difficult to see our plates and the food. While the entrees we're good, the charcuterie board was a shear disappointment. The meats and cheeses looked as though they were purchased at HEB given it was basic summer sausage, cheddar and swiss cheese. Really guys? Lastly, and this is a pet peeve of mine where live music is apart of the ambiance. I hate listen to a band's set up and sound check while I am trying to have a nice meal. The restaurant should require their entertainment to be set up before the dinner crowd comes in...even if they are not playing for soon.

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ErinC
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Tried 4 appetizers, a friend had the soup and another 3 had the chicken parm. The calamari was cold, the seafood dip was good but chips it was served with were stale. Goat cheese stuffed artichokes were good but also not hot and 6 stuffed artichokes only came with 4 pieces of toast. The cheese board primarily consisted of dried fruit. Soup was just ok. Really enjoyed the chicken parm which had a bit of an Asian flair. No copper cup for the mule I ordered which was a sign upon entry that this place wasn’t going to cut the mustard. Overall it was just very disappointing.

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MichelleM
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my daughter and her friends there after homecoming. They had a blast. Music and food were great.

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FelixG
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was slow and dinner took forever to come out. The food was decent, definitely ask for their popular drink options - they’re good.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We sat outside and the service was so slow. Waited 45 minutes just for apps. The apps were ok but not great. Ended up not ordering entrees. Appears to be more of a night club than a restaurant. We went there because it was walking distance to TUTS. It served the purpose for that.

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KevinS
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was good, the service was great, and the music was wonderful!

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AdrianT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The service was just bad..... like really bad. To the point that I considered calling the corporate office. Really seemed like the workers there didn't want to be there and acted like it

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AldoS
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

It took us 20 minutes to get water. We spent more time waiting for drinks and food. The food was great and the only reason we didn’t leave at first was because of the live music playing.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Place is great. Been there many times but I think they were just understaffed this night. Will definitely go again.

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Vanessa
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the environment, live music, people dancing, the food, and drinks are great. Awesome service.

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vipKathyR
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening out ! Everything from the food, Waitstaff, Ambiance and the Music was Awesome . We definitely recommend Sambuca for an enjoyable evening out.

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PatrickB
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and venue for live music. Drinks $ are reasonable.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We will definitely be going back!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Listening to the band and dinner was great

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SonjaT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EXCEPTIONAL EVENING!!!
Ambiance, accommodations, food and spirits..... Excellent.
And last but certainly not least our servers; Alexander and Kennedi were awesome!!!!

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TaraC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience2

My husband's fish was very overcooked. He brought it to the server's attention and nothing was said or done. Server was terrible. Won't be back

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Huney
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Awesome, place to get out and enjoy nice music and food

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Fangi
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Music was too loud. Waiter made multiple errors in more than one occasion. You had to request for drink refills. Poorly kept restrooms.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes thank you

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TaraC
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Service and food were excellent. My overall 4 stars was the band was too loud. It was a very good band, however, my husband and I couldn’t talk without yelling. The waiter even had to yell to be heard.

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IsaacB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent that we had the Band that played was awesome truly a great time.

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 1067 OpenTable diners.

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.