Cool spot for a date. Ambience was great but the food I felt was not up to par.
The food was excellent and the live music is wonderful! The staff was very attentive and there were no hitches in the evening. This is a great date place. Guaranteed to impress your lady!
I love Sambuca! I've enjoyed dining at the Houston venue several times and it's always an enjoyable experience. If you like live music while you dine, they have great bands come through to play Jazz and classic rock. The only thing I noticed with this visit is the menu changed. There's more wine and liquor choices than food. I'd still go back, but I like the old menu better. More food choices!
Food was mediocre. Service was mediocre. Band didn’t start playing until after 8pm.
I had very high expectations and was so let down & embarrassed.
It was my moms bday. I reserved our table in advance and made a special request to recognize her BDay.
It was Sunday and we had tickets to a 1:00 play across the street at Joneshall . I thought brunch would make for a perfect day.
After being seated about 10 minutes we were finally recognized, menus were brought to the table.
After another 10 min our drink order was finally taken. Mind you we were the first table of the day then just one more table was sat when our drinks came. We then placed an order for smoked salmon appetizer and waited.
Glasses were empty then Waiter came and said they were out of salmon.
We skipped appetizer and ordered French soup and gyro because brunch menu was out of duck fat biscuits and was not appealing. I kid you not, another waiter came out from kitchen and said they did not have French soup. We laughed and mom ordered fish and chips. She jokingly asked if they had the fish... the second table of ladies next to us was sat and finally given the opportunity to turn in there drink order. The waiter came back to their table and said they do no have any COFFEE? We fell out of our chairs with laughter and felt like we were on a tv show “what would you do if?”
Sadly, we were not on tv.
Out food arrived and the gyro was dried chips of lamb and beef with barely any tzaini sauce and dried purple onions. I didn’t even eat it. Moms fish & chips were ok. I even made a comment about the meat when I was asked if everything is good and nothing was said or done. Moms bday was never recognized and jazz band only played the first 15 min then we never saw them again.
I paid my bill and tipped the waiter very good because it wasn’t his fault.
Whoever is in charge of the kitchen should be fired.
Very poor management. In the right hands, this place could rock!
Good service, and food and nicely presented. Decent wine selection. Had filet which was properly cooked. Crab and shrimp appetizer is a heavy cheese dish, more reminiscent of mac and cheese than crab and shrimp dip. Comfortable seating and good access to small, but adequate dance floor. Lots of bar seating with proximity to stage.
Chose this spot for dinner prior to a show.
Reservations made through Open Table were fine. Note that if you have reservations, arrive early to park nearby and walk to restaurant or pay $12 to valet.
Floor in restaurant is uneven so tables were a bit wobbly. 2 of the 6 chairs at our table were about to fall apart.
Food - ordered the ceviche and the seared ahi tuna as starters. Not sure how you do ceviche without citrus. The tuna was over cooked and bland. Dinner entrees were ok, but overpriced when you have broken chairs and wobbly tables to deal with.
Pretty sure our waiter had been drinking as he was slurring his words and we had to repeat our orders several times for him.
Would not recommend this place unless they make some serious changes.
I was under the impression this was a good dinner date spot. Unfortunately we were sat with bright blue stage lights shining right in our eyes and on our food, despite ours and another couple’s request to turn them off or down — and let me tell you how appetizing food looks with a blue hue...
Perhaps the hostess should have asked if we wanted to sit in front of the stage? Don’t just assume the pregnant couple are there to party. <eye roll>
Despite looking unappetizing, the steak and chicken were quite good, but the so called “prosciutto Mac and cheese” was nothing but flavorless penne. They will up sell everything but we didn’t bite, so to speak.
They were clearly more concerned about music than being a restaurant. In addition to the empty stage lighting up our dinner, the alt rock was loud over the speakers, like we were at House of Blues. Service was friendly but slow. Will not be returning for dinner. In no way relaxing or romantic.
We walked by a few hours later and it was clearly a hot spot for the 50+ crowd.
I very rarely review restaurants and i certainly don’t like to be negative but this was an awful dining experience. The prosecco I ordered was completely flat, the waiter pushed the daily specials which sounded lovely but weren’t good at all (describing the beef as “central market quality”, mistakenly calling it “figyu style” ... he meant “wagyu beef”, which it was not), the pork chop was completely dry and tasteless, the scallops were cold and my side of potatoes didn’t come out until I was more than half done with the three scallops on the plate. The raw asparagus and sliced tomatoes on the plate were just awkward and didn’t go well with the scallops. It’s like Applebee’s quality with an Underbelly price point. We will never go back with this being our second terrible experience at a Sambuca (the first being in Dallas).
Had the pork chop and a Caesar salad. Wife had shrimp and a Caesar. Had the crumble for dessert it was excellent. Overall good. A little pricey on drinks but it's Houston.