Sambuca Restaurant - Houston

4.3
984 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 984 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMary
Houston
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Made a reservation and when we got there we were told it would another half hour. Got seated waited another 20 minutes for anyone to even acknowledge us to get a drink. Food took forever. Our waiter came to our table 3 times. I don't blame the wait staff as much as I blame the management. On a Saturday night you should have adequate staff. I was not happy at all with our evening

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JuanL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a second visit for our anniversary and we will be returning for future anniversaries we love the place and the atmosphere.

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vipColeenstaste
Houston
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent date night

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food and drinks were delicious although I didn’t too much care for the bread pudding. The live band was a nice touch.

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kadar
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great, we were there while there was live music and it was great!!

MB
MarquiciaB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for my friend’s birthday on Friday night and it was great! The staff was awesome, the live music was great and the food was incredible. We will be back!

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CTBueno
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great music, loved the ambiance.

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ClaraB
El Paso
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to celebrate a birthday! The food was delicious and the service was excellent!

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KP4ever
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Food overpriced and bland(like no seasoning). I got the chick parm- it was terrible, even after I added salt. My hubby had the shrimp and crab pasta which only had about 3 little prices of crab and it was bland. The service was horrible, we waited a long time (30mins) even before we saw our server. The music (dj) was ok. The live band was ok. It was an ok experience, but we never go there again., For the price of food and drinks it should have been better. Not a good anniversary dinner. I would NOT recommend!!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Our reservation was for 1:45pm, however there was a little extra time taken to park, since valet wasn’t available like it was stated when previously called. The food, server, and band was exceptional. 2:57 we ordered another round of champagne for the table, at 3:00pm, the manager had told the server to inform us that they weren’t able to get us our drinks because they closed at 3:00pm. Now I’ve been in the industry for almost 20 years, I could have understood if we were a new table wanting to be seated, but we weren’t and the buffet didn’t even close until 3:00pm. Either way we didn’t make a stink. The manager who walks around in a chef coat(today was red) literally lingered with her hand under her chin staring at us as we finished up. Which then made us feel that we were intruding and rushed. The bathroom was disgusting and the push out of the restaurant was astonishing. We had to open our Easter gifts out front while bring haggled by the homeless. Most def not what we remembered. Bring back the zebra and leopard couches like it was when this place was hoppin!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Decent food. They had a live band playing so it made dinner a little loud. Service was absolutely horrible. We saw our server twice. Management was non-existent. Just didn’t make for a pleasant experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Enjoyed the live music, but was very loud. The cocktails we choose were not very good. The food was bland, however we did enjoy the fried cauliflower. Wait staff was a slow, but very courteous. Our 3 course meal came out of sequence and somehow they prepared our meal twice. Make sure you insist they check you in through your reservation. They did not with us and I had to prove to Open table that we were not no shows.

JA
vipJasonA
Houston
63 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good, service was good. Undisclosed $3 per person "dinner entertainment" fee. But nice place, good location.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Selena tribute band was fun! Hector provided excellent service. Food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
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
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
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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vipsaral
Miami
47 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This place is for the older crowd. My mom loved it, we went for her birthday. The have live music and they offer valet service. The food is pricy but it taste good.

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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.

RS
vipRozS
Dallas
8 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
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place for a date

DS
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
Houston
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.

RK
vipRobK
Houston
33 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!

SY
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.

MA
vipMaryAnn
Houston
10 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.

FAQs

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

Sambuca Restaurant - Houston is rated 4.3 stars by 984 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.