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.
shrimp, lime juice, cucumber, jalapeo, red onion, avocado, cilantro
flame-grilled, with lemon & asparagus
with Gorgonzola walnut butter, asparagus, port wine bordelaise
It was my 10th anniversary. As I walked in the door, the hostess was on the phone and we waited for her to get off for about five minutes. She saw in the notes it was our anniversary and told us Happy Anniversary. She seated us. Our waitress took a while to come over to us. The food was terrible. Not only did we wait about five minutes for our silverware to eat our food, the food was already cold and didn’t taste well. While food was delivered to us fast, for $140 I should have been treated differently. Especially since we gave Sambuca our business during this trying time. We chose Sambuca because they catered our wedding upstairs at The Rice Hotel. I’m very disappointed and will not be recommending this establishment. There was a live band and their sound was terrible. Even the singers were irritated with the poor sound quality. I am very upset that we decided to come back. When we came for our 1 year it was incredible and we were treated like royalty. This time, it was completely opposite. I hope that you decide to fix this for us.
Good food and service.
We decided to have dinner here after a play at The Hobby Center. We were seated and waited 15 minutes, no server. A manager came by to tell us our server was coming and took our drink orders. We had to ask for water twice. I ordered bisque and my boyfriend had salad as starters. Those were fine. Everything took a very long time to come to the table. I ordered the scallops and risotto entree. It was cold, not even warm. They took it back and our server said they were remaking the meal. The manager brought my same plate back to me. The scallop and risotto cake I had eaten off of was still on the plate. The risotto cakes had swelled to double the original height from being reheated. It was horrible. I was livid. I moved the entire, uneaten plate to the opposite side of the table. The manager offered free dessert... not to remove the $30+ entree from my bill. Horrible way to end an otherwise great date night.
We loved the atmosphere we will be going again with friends. Highly recommended
Music needs to be more diverse. Add sweet wines to your bar
Overpriced and mediocre drinks. Dirty glasses everywhere. I won't be back.
Very nice restaurant. Great staff. The food was amazing (I had fish). Fun drink names. Great entertainment from Vince King. Will definitely go back.
We had good food, our reservation was ready for us when we arrived. The waiter started serving us promptly. They were out of the wine we wanted, but he had something else we also liked very well. The wait service at the end of our meal was a little slower than we wanted, given our Alley Theater tickets. It was a good visit and we all enjoyed our food.
Booked 3 weeks in advance a table for 9, with many open tables, waited 50 minutes to be seated. Finally, we were asked to sit in a secluded area of the second floor, away from the better ambience and live music. After complaining to the manager who at first said nothing they could do, a table was prepared in a slightly better location. The service was terrible: Waited a long time for food, wine order was not served as requested, asked for bread and butter twice, never served. We then went downstairs to listen to music and told we could not stand in the hallway were we waited earlier for nearly an hour waiting for a table.
band was great, but way too loud. sitting as far away as we could we still could not hear each other speak.
Been here many times over the last 12 years or so. This was the worst experience we’ve had. Band was not very good tonight - some of the singers were on, some couldn’t hit a right note. Speakers were so loud I couldn’t talk to my wife. :/
Not great for a “romantic Valentines dinner”.
Birthday dinner was awesome ❤️
Great food. Great, friendly service. Romantic vibe but laid back, not stuffy. Like that you can eat a nice meal and then listen to a live band, or both. Shape Shifters was playing. Great music, singer, meh.
Service was excellent and so as Etouffee. Breadpudding was the best I've ever had! Definitely going back again.
The food was outstanding. I had the shrimp and crab meat fettuccine, and my wife had the vegetable lasagna. Both were fabulous. The vibe was not what we were looking for. We were there for a pre-symphony meal, and it looks like Sambuca is geared more to the party crowd. The music was very loud, and the band was getting set up as we left.
I have been to this location before and LOVED IT!! Excellent food and cocktails and it had a great ambiance. I made reservations for Friday Feb. 7th and this trip was extremely unpleasant. There was a beetles/ monkeys cover band and the music was WAY too loud! I had out of town guests and dinner was supposed to be a time to catch up. We couldn't even hear our waiter and we had to yell to communicate. For a "jazz bar" type of place that was not the music and volume that I had planned on hearing. We had to get up and leave we couldn't even order dinner. I woukd recommend this place but find out if there will be a band there prior to making reservations.
I've been to Sambuca for drinking and dancing but this was the first time for eating. I was disappointed that with reservations, we didn't get to sit closer to the dance floor when there were empty tables there. I asked if we could sit at one of those tables and was told they were reserved. Well, we made reservations also! I wonder if it was because I booked through OpenTable rather than directly through Sambuca. The speakers above our table were crackling, distorting the sound of the great band. We later moved down to the bar area and had to stand the rest of the evening. Very disappointing.
The hostess stand was very rude and dismissive during our visit.
We had reservations and didn’t get seated for 50min with open tables in plain sight.
The band was excellent.
And our waitress Katie was the best.
The food was a bit over priced. Also a few meals were under cooked. The band was great entertainment. Valet parking made it convenient.
Overall I was very impressed with the easy process to reserve a table. My party enjoyed the ambiance and service. The band was electric! I will definitely go back.
Hubby’s birthday. It took a ridiculous amount of time to get the check and had to flag someone down to get our server to come pick up the check. My party left me at the table to close the bill as we were trying to find seats near or at the bar in order to get a good view of the band. The server did not seem concerned about taking forever. The food is decent and the entertainment is always top notch. Breakfast at Tiffany’s will always bring us in the door.
The $12 valet took six minutes to retrieve the car at the end of the meal, while we stood on the chilly street, waiting. The 8 member band was excellent and fun, but their drummer wasn't behind a shield, so everyone else had to play and sing so loudly that conversation was impossible, even at the most distant table where we were seated, and we and our waiters had to shout at each other the whole evening. Our first waiter had to abandon us after taking our order because she "was in the wrong section." Our second waiter took our order by memory, only to need to come back in five minutes asking us to repeat it so he could write it down. The food was good but not great, halfway between bar food and gourmet. Overall, the music was good, but the food and service were mediocre.
We had a great time at Sambuca Friday night. Made reservations through OpenTable and walked right in and sat down. The service was excellent with our server and the manager checking on us frequently. It was not too loud with the live band and was nice to be able to order food, dance, eat and dance some more. The blackened red snapper was awesome. We will be back.
Wonderful service by the Sambuca staff. Our original table was tucked away in an awkward corner with no line of sight to the live band. We immediately asked for a new table and in a matter of minutes, we had been relocated to a much more desirable spot near the band and dance floor. Thank you Sambuca!
Great food, great wait staff and great place to watch live music in Houston
We really had a great time, my husband enjoyed his birthday!! Thank you
Great place for fun and the food is awesome the staff is friendly and courteous they helped us get a table right next to the band
Our third wedding anniversary could not have been any better, thanks to the hard-working and thoughtful staff at Sambuca. We were seated in a private area and offered complimentary champagne. The food was delicious and even received a special message with our dessert. The manager knew that Sambuca catered our wedding event, and that we got married at the Crystal Ballroom upstairs. He walked us up to the venue and let us look around and reminisce. It was an amazing night for my wife and I. Thank you to the awesome staff who truly stepped up to give us a special night. Cheers.
Just about the worst service I’ve ever endured during a dining experience. Out of multiple wines, took 45 minutes to get water after our waiter was MIA, told us they were out of salmon 15 minutes after we ordered. We’re at the restaurant almost 3 hours and the actual dining experience lasted maybe 30 minutes of that. Would not recommend anyone going here in a hurry. The only reason they’re not 1 star was the food was surprisingly quite good.
We had dinner before a show at Jones Hall. Our server was aware and did a great job of getting our food to us promptly. The food was good but pricey for what we got. Overall, a good experience.
Great place with live music. Great option for a date night in downtown.
We made a reservation but when we arrived they said that it would take 30-45 minutes to get a table. We decided to sit outside (amazingly nice night) which is considered bar area and not wait. We felt ignored. Then a homeless man came over to our table asking for money. Finally got drinks and food which was very good. Not sure what to think of our overall experience though.
This place is still a great restaurant to take family and friends for dinner! Other than having to eat and leave within 2 hours... Urghhhh... my party of 4 was very impressed and completely satisfied with the food, ambiance, efficiency of the waitstaff, etc, was totally superb!
Great food. Portions leave you a bit wanting
Service was excellent
A bit loud but there is live entertainment which is nice so expected
Need to have dancing music during the breaks. Dances that the entire crowd can get on the floor and enjoy. Seemed like there was no DJ for this time who could feel the crowd and put on some enjoyable music.
Sambuca was a great restaurant! My boyfriend & I danced while waiting for our food to arrive. The band was great & kept the party going. The food was excellent! Very nice romantic ambiance.
The food was great but the service was a bit off even though it was Sunday evening and only a few tables occupied.
Enjoyed a nice anniversary dinner with jazz playing in the background. Food was great and the place was not too crowded (Mon night). Cost was a little high, but it was worth it for a nice evening.
Wasn’t a live band.... bad quality of food and the service wasn’t good. Not recomendable
Sambuca Restaurant - Houston is rated 4.2 stars by 924 OpenTable diners.
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