Sambuca Restaurant - Houston

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1079 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 1079 people are saying
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3.9
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4.1
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vipjohnn
Houston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tyler the waiter was about as good as it gets

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The food I give a 6 I have the Chicken Parm , my husband had the shrimp pasta he gave it a 8 . The drink I got was the cock n bull it was too sweet so I got a regular tonic Vodka and it was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Bar was not stocked with top shelf liquor the food was not good over all very disappointed .

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Unexpecte
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not what I expected per review before I visited. The live artist were terrible, the food was poorly prepared and entries needs to be updated with the city culture.

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ChloeW
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The atmosphere was very nice and the band was great. The food was fair but overpriced. The drinks were good and strong. I definitely believe the prices are based on the live band.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and ambiance. Love the music variety.

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APXX
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Band warmed up for an hour. An irritating mess. If the system was getting power, we don’t need “testing” of each instrument for 4 plus minutes several times each. We were asked if we wanted to have a quiet table and were told that the band would not start playing for over an hour. We did not expect this irritating noise.
The food was overpriced for what it was.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Great food and music. A bit loud and made conversation difficult. Server was really inexperienced.

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FrancisT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great service and atmosphere. Michael did an excellent job!!

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vipRobPop
London
19 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to hear the jazz band that was awesome. The drinks and food were a pleasant surprise. I highly recommend the cauliflower bites and the bread pudding!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved it. A perfect spontaneous date night out; courteous wait staff, delicious drinks, excellent Latin music (Shekere), delicious dessert. Wishes the $40 date night special advertised outside was present on the menu provided… but we still navigated the full menu to our enjoyment. From drinks, appetizers, entree to dessert, everything was perfect for the evening. Except the coffee. :) but I can’t think of a single restaurant that actually serves a good after dinner coffee, so they’re Par for the course on that.
A definite return visit is in the future!

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Danny
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy this venue. It wasn't the first time and won't be the last.

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KarenG
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food, great ambiance. Server and other staff were great and very helpful.

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BillR
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love it as an after the theater night spot.
The. Band was great.

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Jasmine
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I celebrated my birthday here and had a blast with my party! I was able to bring balloons and my cake. The server Michael was attentive and brought everything we needed. The band was on point! They even made a birthday tribute to me where I got on stage. It was a lovely evening and the food was great!

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JeromeA
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. Great music, food and venue.

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RobertR
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great , will be coming bsck

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

The gloops was horrible. I would only go back for the drag show. I ordered a burger and something on it was sour. No one at the table liked their food. I didn’t bring it up to the waitress but I noticed she showed the manager. The manager never came over and acknowledged us.

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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
6 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
21 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
27 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
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The live band was Awesome the food was great and the service was good 👍🏾

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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.

FAQs

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

Sambuca Restaurant - Houston is rated 4 stars by 1079 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.