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About Sambuca Restaurant - Houston

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.

909 Texas Ave.
Houston, TX 77002
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Wednesday - 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday & Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - Midnight

Cross Street:
Travis St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

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Sambuca Restaurant - Houston Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

3.8

ambience

4.1

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

74% would recommend it to a friend

Live Music (18)
Good for a Date (13)
Hot Spot (9)
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Special Occasion (9)
Fun (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Romantic (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Casual (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Bar Seating (7)
Authentic (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Business Meals (4)
Cozy (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
People Watching (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
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Scenic View (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

Did not enjoy my evening at all. Loud, singer wasn’t good, food was limited and expensive. Ruined my boyfriend’s birthday

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

very good food, a little expensive but great atmosphere. We had a great time and the valet parking was cheap. The drinks are unique and very tasty. The food was cooked to order and great cuts of meat.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Live Music, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We made a reservation and was a seated at a table near the kitchen and restroom. We asked to be seated elsewhere because the table was not an ideal location and was told we would have to be placed on the waiting list when there were other tables available. We ordered our appetizer (the crab dip) and it came out quickly and was very good. We ordered our entree’s and were very underwhelmed. My husband had the pork chop which was just ok and I ordered the lobster raviolo which came out cold. After our entrees were delivered we didn’t hear from our waiter again. This place charges $$$$ for a plate so I expected the food to be on point and it was not at all. I will not return for food. The ambiance and the drinks were good, I would visit this place for that only.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Service was poor. Excuses made for each problem that presented itself. Most of the food was good but the ribeye steak was so tough it was sent back. The charge was removed from the bill because everyone else had been served and we didn't want to have the replacement dish come out after everyone else was finished eating.
Desserts were fantastic!

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Always a great experience! My favorite venue to hear The Fab 5!

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent food, nice menu, great atmosphere, fun band (though I wish they had started playing earlier in the evening). However, our waiter did not provide good service, as he was very slow to take our order, would not come back to check on us often at all and could not be found for long periods of time and did not bring us our salad until after our main course was served (quite awhile after we placed our order). At that point after receiving our main courses, he was not apologetic at all, though another waiter did come to us and was very apologetic and nice. We also noted other customers getting their various courses very timely after placing their orders, which I think means the issue was with our particular waiter rather than with the restaurant as a whole. Finally, I ordered a desert after our main course, and it too took quite awhile to get to us (though it was super good and tasty when it finally did arrive).

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Hot Spot, People Watching, Late-night Find
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

They were out of a lot of items on the menu. It took forever to get our food. The desert we ordered and waited nearly 30 minutes for was inedible.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

This place is always fun and has great food and often has live music. The menu is very impressive and the drinks are also unique.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Casual, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Authentic, Fun, Cozy
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The food was disappointing, as the salmon did not taste very fresh and was overcooked. We were not asked how we wanted it cooked. The host did not check us in, so Open Table thought we did not show up. There was a nice jazz band, but that made it harder to have a conversation. We were able to get in and out on time to get to the symphony.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

I made my reservation well in advance and arrived on time. I was told that my group would have to wait up to an hour or split into 2 separate tables. Waiter horrible and slow. I would not recommend this place to celebrate any occasion. I was very disappointed.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

I will not be going back EVER and will tell everyone else not to go the service was horrible, along with the appetizer . The manager was just as bad as the service. The restuarant smelled awful, maybe we were sitting in the back near the kitchen....Not good for a birthday celebration....will not be back!!!

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Tasty, interesting upscale food with frequent live music (nightly). The service was good and we were able to eat food we enjoyed before the theater. Parking was a mess, I didn't see valet for Sambuca and its too far to park at The Hobby and walk over.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Unexpectedly nice. My second time in over 10 yrs.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Everything I had was just mediocre. The shrimp and crab dip was nothing special and I was underwhelmed by the cheesy sauce it was in. The shrimp ceviche was okay, but rather fishy (which is odd for shrimp). The meat and chicken satay was actually pretty good and the beets with goat cheese were decent as well. Nothing special all around and felt pretty disappointed in the whole meal. Service was really good and the ambiance is fine as well.

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary at Sambuca Houston. The ambience of the place is absolutely fun not a single dull moment. The music was great we enjoyed watching couples dance as we enjoyed our amazing dinner the steak was perfect as well as the scrumptious appetizer .

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Service was great and I had one of the best tasting steaks ever. We didn't feel rushed while listening to the band. This is probably the best place in Houston with food and entertainment. We had an awsome time and plan on going back.

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

We've visited Sam Buca about 20 times and this time the food just wasn't what we were hoping for. I'm not sure if it had to do with Hurricane Harvey or what but we both ordered streaks and his was wayyy under cooked and my filet was over cooked. The overall meal was pretty cool coming out to, the butter was not melting that is how cold the steaks were.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Had a wonderful date night! Lovely music. Romantic. Will go again!

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Live Music, Creative Cuisine
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Very disappointing. Group of 6, and the best thing was the charcuterie board. Drinks did not stay full, the steak was over cooked and the ravioli was undercooked.

The scallops were decent. Don't bother with dessert. The cappuccinos that were ordered became lattes on arrival. The cobbler was uninspired and the sticky toffee was so dry it was practically inedible. We even had to send a brewed coffee back because it was served stale and at room temperature.

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great atmosphere ! The fillet we ordered was well prepared . Good music. The bottle of wine (Cab) we ordered was warm and not chilled to correct temperature . Wayne our waiter did his best to chill it. I would return for the music and atmosphere but not for the wine.
Overall a good time !

Tags: Live Music, Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Great local for good food and music. You can dance if you so desire, that is sure to make points with you wife or significant other! The wine selection is excellent with reasonable prices. The food was a little slow after the first course, but was tasty and a good value. Our server did a great job and was there when needed. We'll definitely return.

Tags: Casual, Live Music, Notable Wine List
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Seated immediately on arrival per reservation . Was a pre- theatre meal for 5. Service was good but a little slow for show time. Food was good & would return .

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Live Music
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·Dined on August 14, 2017

Our waiter Chris was absolutely AMAZING !!! The atmosphere was so romantic and absolutely lovely ! We will be going back and my daughter is considering having her wedding in the upstairs ballroom !

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We had a great server named David that was outstanding. Music was very, very good. Definitely going back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Live Music
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Probably one of the most disappointing meals I have had in many years. First my wife's entree was incorrect, then almost 30 minutes for correct order to come out and it was undercooked. My steak requested medium-well was more rare than friend's medium filet.
They comped wife's entree and offered free dessert, but we were going to a play and we did not want to be late.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Restaurant Weeks menu this year is outstanding. We had the steak and the salmon; both were wonderful. The shrimp & crab bisque was likewise luscious.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 7, 2017

This was our 25th Wedding Anniversary. Requested a booth and location given was facing the noisy kitchen. Service was slow but food excellent. Bathrooms floors and stalls unkept. Not the experience we expecting from over a decade of coming to this location.

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Houston Restaurant Week - Filet was awesome and the bread pudding was as well!

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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Our server, Wayne, was outstanding. He was prompt and courteous and
he made my wife's birthday celebration successful.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

The service was terrible. The food came quickly even though we asked for it to slow down. It was cold. We waited for fifteen minutes for utensils which made it colder. It took over twenty minutes to get the check. The jazz band was amazing and played well to the audience. I would skip the food and come for the music in the bar. The restaurant used to be great, but should be shut down as a public service. Eat elsewhere and come for the music.

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 (Houston)·Dined on July 30, 2017

I used to dine here a lot, but haven't in years. I was excited to bring a friend who had never been. We were literally the only table besides a larger party being helped and our waiter was also the bartender. He was very, very nice, but way too busy so we often waited in between courses and had to ask for our bill multiples times and then just went to the bar to pay so we could get out and onto our theatre tickets. It was just disappointing. I was surprised with being the only other table to not have better service.

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 (Houston)·Dined on July 30, 2017

The food and service were good. The band starts at a good time and doesn't overpower your conversation. We had an enjoyable date night.

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Live Music
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Excellent food and enjoyed the 80s music!

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·Dined on July 25, 2017

Really good food here. I was very impressed with my meal. Worth every dollar. Cheesecake was fantastic. Service was also great

Tags: Authentic, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Atmosphere was upbeat and fun. Food was phenominal and large enough portions for us to share and it was an awesome meal. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed everything. Wait staff was very attentive and great service

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fun, Cozy, Casual, Bar Seating, Live Music
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 22, 2017

We enjoyed our pre-concert dinner at Sambuca. The food was tasty and our seating was quiet enough for good conversation.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 21, 2017

The food was excellent, and the service was great. The waiter appeared at the right moments but was not rushing us at all. We had our small grandson with us and they were able to provide a pizza for him although it is not part of their dinner menu. We will definitely visit Sambuca again.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Great music on a Saturday night. That band was amazing!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Omg this was the first time going, we went for my husband birthday we had been searching for a romantic jazz (live jazz) restaurant and we tried it. I can say we had the best first experience with our waiter Marcel I hope I spelled his name right he's the BEST he took gis time explained the menu he remembered my husband name and made him a beautiful birthday treat, the customer service is what gets me alllll the time. However I was a bit disappointed because we got there at 6 the band took 2 hours setting up and we didn't get to hear any music not sure maybe their set didn't start to 8 however the food was amazing the red snapper and salmon was amazing we will definitely be back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Caught a show at the Symphony and had dinner before. The service was great and or waiter was on top of it. The food was ok for the price so this is why i gave it 4 stars out of 5.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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