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Sambuca Restaurant - Houston

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1136 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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Booked 9 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (713) 224-5299

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Entertaining groups of any size is one of our specialties. Let our staff plan your next corporate lunch, business networking happy hour, rehearsal dinner or social event; whether it's cocktails and hors d'oeuvres for 20, or a seated dinner for 500. Each of your guests will feel like a VIP! Sambuca is where Houston comes for their parties and events. If you would like to speak with someone please call 713.227.7423 for immediate assistance.

  • Private party facilities

    Sambuca parties and events engage the senses through tantalizing food, gorgeous ambiance and live nightly entertainment.

  • Private party contact

    Katy Tise: (855) 398-1803

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Travis St.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Entertainment

    Sambuca is Houston's premier location for 4-star dinner and live music nightly. Any evening is great for dining, drinking, and enjoying the show. Sambuca is the ultimate location to entertain on a night out in downtown Houston.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Lunch Specials

  • Combo

    cup of soup & salad $9.50; bowl of soup & salad $10.50

    • Triple Combo$12.25

      cup of soup, salad & half sandwich; burger not included

      Soups

      • Tortilla Soup

        c $5.25; b $6.50

        • Shrimp & Crab Bisque

          c $5.75; b $7.00

          Snacks

          • Shrimp & Crab Dip$12.25

            poblano peppers in baked cheeses, tortilla chips

            • Tuna Poke$12.75

              ahi tuna tossed with ginger, avocado, sesame seeds & ponzu, with crisp wonton strips

              Salads

              chef-crafted dressings made in-house daily

              • House$6.25

                tomato, cucumber, red onion, crumbled feta, aged balsamic vinaigrette

                • Caesar

                  with Parmesan & house-made garlic croutons; sm $6.25; lg $9.25

                  Hold 'Em

                  sub house, Caesar or soup | $2.25

                  • Kobe Burger$14.50

                    1/2lb Kobe burger with lettuce & tomato, served with fries

                    • Grilled Chicken Club$13.50

                      with bacon, turkey, cheddar, Swiss, honey-dijonnaise, ciabatta roll, served with fries

                      • Turkey & Brie$12.00

                        with pears, melted creme de brie on a croissant, served with fries

                        Entrées

                        add house or Caesar salad | 2.25

                        • Pan-Fried Chicken Breast$12.75

                          mashed red potatoes, cream gravy, green beans, Texas toast

                          • Fish & Chips$14.00

                            tartar sauce, malt vinegar, cole slaw

                            • Salmon$18.50

                              flame-grilled, with lemon & asparagus

                              • Chicken Parmesan$14.00

                                lightly breaded with a side of linguini tossed with carrots, zucchini & squash

                                • Linguini Fresca$14.00

                                  asparagus, spinach, red peppers, garlic, Parmesan, lemon butter sauce add

                                  Happy Endings

                                  • Decadent Chocolate Toffee Torte$6.00

                                    with pieces of Heath® bar candy

                                    • Mixed Berry Cobbler$6.00

                                      with vanilla bean ice cream & crisp streusel topping

                                      Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                      What 1,136 people are saying

                                      Overall ratings and reviews

                                      Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                      4.1
                                      4.1 based on recent ratings
                                      • 4Food
                                      • 4.1Service
                                      • 4.3Ambience
                                      • 3.7Value

                                      NoiseModerate

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                                      1. KM

                                        KristenM

                                        1 review

                                        1.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined 4 days ago

                                        overall1food1service1ambience5

                                        Drinks took forever I am still waiting for one. The climate was so hot Bathrooms nasty Food was a joke The highlight was a sure thing the band

                                      2. CJ

                                        ChrisJ

                                        Houston

                                        15 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        15 reviews

                                        Dined 4 days ago

                                        overall4food2service4ambience4

                                        Food was mediocre. Tortilla soup was ok, but overpriced. Had the chicken Parmesan the pasta was very good, but the chicken tasted like a dozen patty, will not order again. Waiter did a great job no problem with the service.

                                      3. H

                                        kathyH

                                        Houston

                                        4 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined 4 days ago

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Great salad with shrimp. Delicious chicken parmesan. Vegetables in the linguine were just the right touch. The manager came over to check on us which was appreciated. Good place to eat before an arts district event. Walkable to all venues.

                                      4. LB

                                        LynnB

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined 6 days ago

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        For the size, the music was too loud and overwhelming. The service was amazing. Food was fantastic.

                                      5. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 14, 2022

                                        overall4food1service5ambience4

                                        The food was extremely salty. Fish was overdone. Definitely not worth the money.

                                      6. VJ

                                        VilexiaJ

                                        Mobile

                                        3 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on May 14, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        It was wonderful! The music, the drinks and the service were so good. I could’ve stayed there for hours, it was truly a wonderful experience. I would go back!

                                      7. AK

                                        AbbyK

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Mothers Day Brunch..buffet..food was breakfast goods with a few extras.. the Chipotle chicken breast was really good...the fruit was not as sweet ..they made biscuits and gravy they were good and the waffles as well.. overall it was good just a bit pricey but hey Mother's Day /birthday for mom was worth it...

                                      8. N

                                        Narjis

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        I love the atmosphere here. The live bands the drinks the service is everything here.

                                      9. R

                                        Renie23

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        The food music and ambience was amazing. I surely will recommend this place to anyone.

                                      10. JS

                                        JillS

                                        1 review

                                        2.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                        overall2food3service1ambience2

                                        The Mothers Day Buffet food was good - although not very much selection for the price. Our waitress was mostly non existent on service, drinks, basics like salt/pepper - we were seated in a oddly located table that was made for 2 as a party of 4 - it all seemed a bit disorganized. The music was good!

                                      11. NS

                                        NSR77357

                                        Houston

                                        1 review

                                        2.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                        overall2food2service4ambience4

                                        Super disappointed in the overall quality of the Mother’s Day buffet. It so moly wasn’t with the money. Many items had been there too long on the line and were dried out.

                                      12. TS

                                        TheaS

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        We made a reservation for Mother's Day. We were seated early at a great table upon arrival. We were greeted multiple times, with a smile. Everyone wished us a Happy mother's day. Many of them stopped by our table to make sure we were taken care of. The food was delicious, and the music was nice too. We had a fabulous experience. I can't wait to go back.

                                      13. CC

                                        CeciliaC

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 7, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Excellent food and service!!! I loved the shrimp and crab dip and the shrimp linguini!

                                      14. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 7, 2022

                                        overall4food5service3ambience4

                                        Food was great live band was awesome service was slow going other than that it was a nice night.

                                      15. T

                                        Trey

                                        New Orleans

                                        4 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on May 1, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        The band, Hybrid 7, was amazing! We would definitely return!

                                      16. IC

                                        IsmaelC

                                        Houston

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 30, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Menu choices were very good. The service was excellent. Food was well prepared and tasty.

                                      17. L

                                        Lindainlovelady

                                        Houston

                                        3 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on April 30, 2022

                                        overall4food4service3ambience5

                                        Food was good but not exceptional. More wait staff needed. Took a long time to get drinks and even find our server as he rushed around. When the music began it was too loud to be heard at the table and we were way across the restaurant from the performers.

                                      18. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Houston

                                        9 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        9 reviews

                                        Dined on April 30, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Food and service were excellent

                                      19. FG

                                        FoodieGirl

                                        Houston

                                        6 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        6 reviews

                                        Dined on April 30, 2022

                                        overall4food5service2ambience4

                                        Excellent food. Lovely ambiance. But the service was very poor. We were left alone for 10 minutes upon being seated without menus or even QR codes to bring up the menu. Not even water. Throughout the meal, the waiter was unavailable. Didn't check in much. His timing was such that we felt like we were always waiting for him. And the food was delicious, but my order was wrong twice. Wrong vegetable with dinner and wrong dessert.

                                      20. T

                                        Tkrupp2013

                                        Houston

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 26, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Awesome happy hour spot with half off drinks and snacks. The cauliflower, ahi tuna, and crab dip were all delicious. Service was great as well. Will definitely be back.

                                      21. JR

                                        JohnR

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 24, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        This was our first experience at Sambuca and we really enjoyed it, it exceeded our expectations. My wife had the chicken parm and I had the salmon, both dishes were very good with portions for the price and extremely flavorful! Will definitely be going back again.

                                      22. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Raleigh

                                        5 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        5 reviews

                                        Dined on April 24, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Great meal chicken parm was excellent. Live entertainment was very good.

                                      23. KD

                                        KakiD

                                        Houston

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 24, 2022

                                        overall3food2service4ambience3

                                        Music was good, bartender was great, restaurant didn’t seem very clean and the food was just okay. Their menu is so small so you would expect great quality with limited items to prepare, not so, it was just average. I used to love Sambuca so I brought a friend who is new to town, to try it out and was pretty disappointed, and actually embarrassed that I brought her there as a representation of fun places in our city to visit. Doubt I’ll be back.

                                      24. M

                                        Michael

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 23, 2022

                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                        Went to Sambuca for a first date. Service was great! I did ask for a filet well done but got medium well instead. Its okay though, the date seemed to like it so live band was jamming the whole night with some good cover music of 80s music!

                                      25. GG

                                        GregG

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 22, 2022

                                        overall3food2service5ambience4

                                        Food ranks a bit below what is served at a typical Chili's. For the price, this is unacceptable, but this is an expensive rent area. Service was great. Outside seating was quieter than inside.

                                      26. M

                                        Macmee

                                        Houston

                                        9 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        9 reviews

                                        Dined on April 22, 2022

                                        overall5food5service4ambience5

                                        Latin Night music by Yelba made for an amazing ambience! Food was quite good -- we had the filet -- and the price was reasonable (we did the $40 date night special).

                                      27. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        New York Area

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 19, 2022

                                        overall3food3service3ambience3

                                        It was fine. Our waiter was kind and efficient but did not speak loudly enough.

                                      28. LC

                                        LorianeC

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 17, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        ALL THE STAFF WERE FRIENDLY AND GREAT, CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK, FOOD WAS AMAZING

                                      29. LC

                                        LydiaC

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 17, 2022

                                        overall4food4service4ambience5

                                        Ambiance is great, loved the music! Easter Brunch delicious, nice variety. Service, a little slow.

                                      30. NC

                                        NicoleC

                                        Houston

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 17, 2022

                                        overall3food3service2ambience3

                                        I wasn't really impressed with my visit. My serve was nice but he just wasn't pleasant enough I am assuming my drink order was taken by a female manager because she came by after I guess seeing that I had been eating a while without anything to drink. Later I would order Eggs Benedict that he obivously forgot to turn in because after waiting 20 minutes he asked me if everything was okay and I said just waiting on the EB. He goes back to the kitchen and maybe 5 minutes later it comes out. The sauce was bland to by the way and the temp was barely warm. There wasn't in rare to medium pieces of beef at the carving station either. I didn't even attempt to get an omelet after the issue with the EB. I also wasn't told how the EB and omelets were made to order I had to wonder around looking for them before I asked. I rate my experience a C because everyone was nice and the atmosphere was pleasant.

                                      31. MI

                                        MIchelleV

                                        Houston

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 15, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Great date night on a Thursday- good food and good drinks

                                      32. JG

                                        JulianG

                                        Houston

                                        6 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        6 reviews

                                        Dined on April 8, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Excellent food and service. Live music was fantastic. Great Latin band. Be back next Thursday night when Latin live music is available.

                                      33. LB

                                        LucianoB

                                        Houston

                                        4 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on April 3, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Love the vibe and the live music. We’re planning our next visit already

                                      34. MM

                                        MoniqueM

                                        Houston

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 3, 2022

                                        overall3food2service5ambience5

                                        Was not aware of the music surcharge. Absolutely ridiculous.

                                      35. D

                                        Disappointed007

                                        Houston

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 2, 2022

                                        overall5food4service4ambience5

                                        Night life and band was great! Cocktails wonderful ♥️ Best entree shrimp linguine, crab dip wonderful and Mac n cheese (a little salty). Wait staff slow but it was okay. Out of 10 stars, 7/10. We will be back!!!!

                                      36. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Washington DC

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 2, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Girls night out. Wonderful time.

                                      37. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Houston

                                        1 review

                                        2.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 2, 2022

                                        overall2food2service1ambience3

                                        Ordered a steak medium rare and came out significantly undercooked (still cold inside). Waiter ignored us and his other tables all night. We were a table of two and the waiter added an 18% tip to the bill without asking. Extremely unprofessional and inappropriate. We had to rush out to catch a show so didn’t have time to complain to the manager. Very disappointing. I used to really enjoy this place. Not anymore.

                                      38. MA

                                        MallieA

                                        Houston

                                        5 reviews

                                        2.0

                                        5 reviews

                                        Dined on April 2, 2022

                                        overall2food3service2ambience3

                                        Service was slow - I think there was a mix up with who was supposed to be waiting on us. Someone finally came but I think he had a lot of other tables and didn’t check back much. Food came out quickly after we ordered. Drinks were good and so was our appetizer, but our mains were meh. The fish was dry and the steak lacked flavor (I actually had to salt it). It was overall disappointing so we won’t be rushing back soon. I think it would be better for drinks at the bar to listen to the live music.

                                      39. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Dallas

                                        9 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        9 reviews

                                        Dined on March 25, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Amazing staff and service. Food and drinks were delicious!

                                      40. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        1.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on March 23, 2022

                                        overall1food2service1ambience4

                                        Server put in zero effort. Table across from us had to grab the hostess to find out where the server was so they could order. For a slow night with literally less than 7 tables it was almost impressive how bad the service was. At least the live music was good and he was trying.

                                      Safety precautions

                                      • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                        • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                        • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                        • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                        • 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

                                      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 1136 OpenTable diners.

                                      Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                      Booked 9 times today
                                      Google Map for Sambuca Restaurant - Houston

                                      909 Texas Ave. Houston, TX 77002

                                      Additional information

                                      • Cross street

                                        Travis St.

                                      • Neighborhood

                                        Downtown

                                      • Hours of operation

                                        Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

                                      • Cuisines

                                        American, Seafood, Steak

                                      • Dining style

                                        Casual Dining

                                      • Dress code

                                        Casual Dress

                                      • Parking details

                                        Street Parking

                                      • Payment options

                                        AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                      • Entertainment

                                        Sambuca is Houston's premier location for 4-star dinner and live music nightly. Any evening is great for dining, drinking, and enjoying the show. Sambuca is the ultimate location to entertain on a night out in downtown Houston.

                                      • Additional

                                        Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                      • Phone number

                                        (713) 224-5299

                                      • Catering

                                        Entertaining groups of any size is one of our specialties. Let our staff plan your next corporate lunch, business networking happy hour, rehearsal dinner or social event; whether it's cocktails and hors d'oeuvres for 20, or a seated dinner for 500. Each of your guests will feel like a VIP! Sambuca is where Houston comes for their parties and events. If you would like to speak with someone please call 713.227.7423 for immediate assistance.

                                      • Private party facilities

                                        Sambuca parties and events engage the senses through tantalizing food, gorgeous ambiance and live nightly entertainment.

                                      • Private party contact

                                        Katy Tise: (855) 398-1803

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