Sambuca Restaurant - Houston

4.2
969 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 969 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Very humid, sticky feeling environment. We ordered a grazing board, this is not a meat and cheese board!! Absolutely the worst selection of cheese, it was a slice of American cheese and Swiss cheese, the strawberry’s were bruised inedible . The meat was a couple of slices of lowest grade sausage and I mean worse than Eckerd’s. The entertainment was unbearable we could only sit thru a few songs and we saw many people leaving at the same time. Terrible experience I would not ever recommend this place to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice band; great happy hour. Good food and ambience!

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PaiGa
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was exceptional. I never write reviews, but food was so surprisingly good, I had to comment on it. This is a live music venue, so it has the lights, stage, and wires to accommodate a band. That's why I didn't rate it higher for ambiance--it's a relatively casual place. Our waiter was very thoughtful. We had the $40 date night prix fixe menus and that was a good value. We were there early and had 1/2 price happy hour drinks.

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Drinks were good and reasonably priced.

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jesseka
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our spot for a romantic date night. The service is great and the music is e energetic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time dining at Sambuca. I really enjoyed the love music and ambiance. Our waiter Tim was very professional and provided service excellence. Our drinks and food arrived within a timely manner. I will definitely recommend this restaurant to family and friends.

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DesireeT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I took my boyfriend there for his birthday. Other than the server being a little hard to track down, I think he had a wonderful time.

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WilliamF
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excelent service ,food was excelent,good music.social distance

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

This place was just okay. Their happy hour deal is good: 1/2 price apps, wine, cocktails and beer all the way until 7pm. But the appetizers were just alright. My boyfriend and I split their dinner date 3 course meal and again every part of it was just okay. They charged us to split which was annoying. They had live music which was fun, but they also charged us on our bill for the music?

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OpenTable Diner
Adelaide
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Tyler was amazing!! The band Mr Wonderful was awesome! The food was great! My husband and I had a great time.

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RozS
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience5

The food was tasteless! No flavor! The lead singer of the band was horrible! The place was nice and service ok but not enough for me to go back.

I heard great things but I was truly disappointed!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place for a date

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vipDaveS
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Ordered a martini. No Grey Goose, no Belvidere, no Titos. Ok so I looked at the wine list and order a glass of red Zin from the list. "NO, sorry we're out of that." So I ordered a full bottle of a different wine, "Nope, out of stock".
I understand it is tough to get servers, ours was in training, but the order was wrong and so was the check.
VERY loud music, so loud you couldn't talk over dinner.

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imissneworleans
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The Vince King entertainment was excellent. My $40 7-oz. steak was delicious, but horribly overcooked. I ordered it very rare and it came out medium well. I sent it back and it came back medium. It was delicious and tender, I ate it all, and said nothing more. I don't expect to get a truly rare steak at most restaurants, but I expect a good attempt. Our server, Hector, was attentive and friendly (it wasn't his fault the chef has no clue.) I accidentally spilled a full drink and broke the glass. I have never done that before and don't know the usual protocol, but I was charged full price for the spilled drink and the replacement. My friend and I (separate checks) were each charged for 2 cover charges of $3 each. They took it off of the bill when we asked about it, but it shouldn't have happened. I don't always scour the bill when it comes, so I could have been taken. After spending about $80 each on a meal and drinks, I don't think we should have been charged a cover charge at all. The valet parking cost $10 when we dropped off the car, and then we tipped the valet at the end of the evening, so a bit expensive for Houston.

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js22
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience1

Seemed a bit crowded; no evidence of distancing among tables at least not on ground floor . Service and live entertainment was good.

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vipRobK
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall1food5service5ambience2

We were the only people in the restaurants and they ran out of bottle water and a desert. The fake leather seats were ripped (this is something you see in Houston and only Houston but at a Outback).... We stayed for an appetizer than left for Morton’s (which was fantastic). The waiter here was very good so I gave him a 110% tip. The goat cheese artichoke appetizer was very good. The owner or manager should learn inventory management which is a common failure in Houston!!! How do people of Houston allow restaurants to take the cheap fast food way for nicer places? You want to call yourself a big city, act like it! NYC, Chicago, Vegas or LA would close this place down in two weeks! Step up and demand quality!! 🤦‍♂️

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SLD12
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great social distancing inside of the restaurant. This was important to us since we typically try to sit outside when we eat out these days. The food was good as usual. Awesome band, Flashpoint. They had nice energy and kept the crowd going.

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DinnerDate
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is great, however parking is atrocious, very limited street parking. We parked at a parking garage across the street which requires you to either walk up the parking garage or enter the elevator via an office building when leaving. When we went to leave, the office building was locked, security was lazy and would not open the doors, my wife walking up the parking garage in high heels was very upset. She did not feel comfortable waiting downstairs for me to bring the vehicle down and walking 4 floors of the parking garage at night not very good for safety.

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LM77002
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Food was amazing but the band was so loud that it was hard to enjoy dinner. Too much for 7:30 - would have expected the noise later in the evening.

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ElizabethC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

There was a funk band & no dance floor. You placed tables on it to prevent dancing. You might as well just hire a piano man to play for your diners

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ConnieT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a fantastic time at Sambuca. Probably would not go there as much as we'd like due to the cost, but we did have a great time!

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SharonY
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The band was very good but too loud. It was hard to sit there for very long.
Food was fair and pricy.
During COVID you cant expect too much, wish the place had been fuller, it would have been a lot more fun.

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vipMaryAnn
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Fun live band; that’s why we chose Sambuca

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Anniversary

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WaleskaV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience4

They did have any wines available
And the food was average.

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shyY
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I made reservations for my birthday celebration. I really enjoyed myself, the restaurant is beautiful, the employees were kind and the music was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. Service was excellent! If you have Hector as a waiter you will be taken care of.

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JayB
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came in for a business dinner. No wait early on a Friday night. Dinner was outstanding, service was attentive, manager spoke to us at the table. Overall wonderful experience

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VictoriaJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I’m only giving a 4 star because seating in front on the life band was limited and where we were seated we could only see the band by watching them on the screen.

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lindab
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

had to send our food back it was cold but the new order was perfect

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KeithR
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent. Nice ambience and live music. Very polite and courteous staff. Considering the current pandemic challenges, made for a very pleasant Saturday night out.

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casualbusiness
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night with the wife

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MarvinS
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on the patio. Too much noise from traffic etc. The food was wonderful, service was great! Pricey but you pay for quality! We will definitely be back, sitting inside 😀

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vipPaulC
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

We are semi regulars. Did not like the way they tried to sneak a cover charge onto the bill. Will be awhile before we go back.

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libbyT
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had a wonderful time... the music was on point, I will be back again when Erica is performing...

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JoeK
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It has been a while since I been to Sambuca's. I always remember it being an up scale place to bring a date on a special occasion with table cloths, fine dinning, great dancing, and music. Now there is no table cloth, no dancing, the servings are what a bird would eat. I didn't mind paying high prices for the high class in the past, but now it is not worth it any more. It has gone down hill. Please bring back the fine dinning, and class.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice cozy atmosphere

KG
KeithG
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent! Staff had everything set-up for social distancing. One of the few places in town with live music.

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Cheri
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Happy Hour!

Excellent shrimp and crab dip. Service was fabulous.

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Trixie
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The restaurant may be struggling with the current pandemic situation, which should be taken into account. First off, the music was good but too loud for dinner conversation. Second, the filet menu option was not available, even though it early in the evening. Third, there were not enough waitstaff to adequately manage the tables. Our waitress was serving many tables, and did her best to accommodate our needs. Another waitress assisted by clearing the table and providing water. Lastly, the food was slightly above average. One of the featured entrees was not available, even thought it was early in the evening. The ambience was pleasant, with dimmed lighting and tables spaced out appropriately. An employee asked me to put my mask on when I was walking to the bathroom, which was in order. It was nice to be downtown and out to dinner, and the night was positive overall.

FAQs

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

Sambuca Restaurant - Houston is rated 4.2 stars by 969 OpenTable diners.

Sambuca Restaurant - Houston does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://sambuca.brushfire.com/gift-cards/449296.

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.