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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Really good waiter. A little disappointed in the food. I ordered Oscar Salmon and it seemed to hve been frozen for a very long time. However, the waiter was very good.
Enjoyed the food. The service could have been more attentive but it was a little crowded, tables too close to get us from table. Was told over the phone that they had no more reservations, but was able to make reservation with your service. Was charged a fee per person, children included, that was not advertised on websites. Great day with family and grandchildren. Thank you.
Food was great. Service was excellent. One of my favorite places to dine.
Mother’s Day Brunch and it was awesome
Everything was great... my mom, sister n law and I truly enjoyed ourselves
Live music and great food.
I took a lovely lady to Sambuca and we were pleasantly surprised with our seating (right in front of the stage) and the band did a great job. The service was good, but they did miss our appetizer but brought it out later for us. The Sea Bass was outstanding, one of the best I’ve had. And the bread pudding was also wonderful! We danced a bit to several songs and had a wonderful time. Definitely recommend to check it out!
Loved the food and entertainment. Perfect date night restaurant.
It was uncrowded and easy to talk. Only complaint is that the menu is largely unchanged for years and could do with some updates.
Good service and food. Nice environment and a lovely band.
The food was good - but the service was bad. The server got our order wrong. We mentioned multiple times that we were going to the theatre but she was incredibly slow and didn't have a sense of time. And to top it off the bill was incorrect...
I use to enjoy this spot some years ago, but the ambiance and food has changed tremendously. The dress attire is not enforced .
Everything was great.. Love the place, service great, excellent entertaiment, large area to dance Salsa.
Directions to get there are super easy, and there is lots of parking.
We are going back again, really enjoyed it.
It was NOT ok for a business dinner. It was loud.
Great Easter Day brunch with a good selection and entertainment
I really love this restaurant but was disappointed during our last visit. It just didn't live up to my service expectations. The hostess seemed confused. We had to ask twice to receive a waiter. My husbands steak was AMAZING, however my Salmon dish was cold. We had a front row table in front of the band and the noise level was just right. We were able to carry on a conversation or just sit and relax while enjoying the music.
Thought there was suppose to be live music on the weekends. No live music by the time we left around 7:30pm.
We went to celebrate our 9 year anniversary. The hostess was warm and inviting. She took us to a quiet and cozy spot per our request. Our waiter Alex came to our table and introduced us to the person he was training and asked us if we wanted to order. We asked for a moment to look at the menu. When he came back we ordered cocktails and a charcuterie tray and the calamari. The cocktails and appetizers were good. Everything went downhill from here. After this we waited for drinks and the rest of our food was not edible. Eventually we flagged our waiters trainee down and requested the check. We told him the food was poor quality and he picked up our full plates and thanked us for the tip and let us know that he would not try those items himself....then brought us the bill for the entire amount. We went in excited and optimistic and left disappointed. We would NEVER go back.
Good restaurant and experience from start to finish. Before the live music started at 8:30pm, I was impressed with the low noise level! You can actually have conversation without having to yell across the table! The crab cake dip was awesome! Pork chops were very flavorful! Yes! The cheesecake was great but the crust on bottom was tasteless and not sweet at all. Avoid it at all costs and it will be fine. The music was great but not stellar. However, it did create a fun atmosphere and vibe that you could enjoy. We moved from our reserved table to the bar to finish the evening. Good times overall.
The food was mediocre. The ambiance and the live band was nice. I didn’t like that they charge you and up charge for entertainment I.e. the band. I think that should be told to you rather than it just show up on your bill
Fun and unique place. Food was excellent and staff was friendly and attentive.
Great food, great service and a short walk to the theater. We will be back.
We went for the band. The music was great. The food was mediocre. The service was lacking- especially the attempt to get our water cups filled. Took too long to flag down the waiter for our bill.
Great food and great service.
The food was delicious and the ambiance perfect! We danced to the live entertainment. The band was just perfect too. We could still have conversation and enjoy the band. Kudos to the sound guy, Nico!
My wife and I celebrated her birthday 03/22/2019. Everything was superb!!! The band, Doppleganger performed at the highest rate of musical intensity.
The wait staff was friendly and welcoming. The band was awesome. It was a lot of fun!!
Poor quality food & drink and even poorer quality service. Worst waiter we have ever encountered even after I had a word with him. For example, all drinks were late or even had to be requested, prime ribeye was overcooked and had to ask other waiters for service.
Not a good experience.
We had a great time celebrating our anniversary! Can't wait to go back!
Atmosphere was awesome. This my wife's birthday, and we had a blast. Good, and desert was good. Service, and dancing were great. People who couldn't dance worth a lick was out there grooving. Very fun time.
I enjoy lunch at Sambuca with friends. Wait staff is always attentive and friendly and the Club Salad is always fresh and delicious.
I enjoyed the food and the live music from Kyle Turner and Kollett. They did an awesome job. The wait staff did a great job as well.
Had great time. Loved the basil lemonade
The atmosphere made up for the food. steak was not cooked to order and sides were cold. Salad and soups were excellent! Drinks were also great. We tried the cheesecake which was okay and the bread pudding was burnt.
this was our first time here, I would definitely return for drinks and atmosphere.
Had a night out with the wife at Sambuca's, which we enjoyed greatly. The music was very nice and our waiter Resi was excellent. She recommended the special and other plates, also good drinks. I ordered an old fashion which wasn't right and she keep taking to the bar an bringing it back until it was to my satisfaction. That's what I call waitressing.
Service was poor. Restaurant was filthy. Musicians were not ready to perform to an over booked crowd
Loved the band and our server Alex!
Although our steaks were tender, neither were cooked to the desired temperature (both being over cooked). We continually had to ask for rounds of drinks and complained to the manager twice about the lack of service. This didn’t seem to fix the problem. After dinner we went to the bar to listen to the band and received the same slow service. Incredibly overpriced food for sloppy, poor service.
Everything was great, The service is a bit slow on initial drinks and order taking. Since we were there for the ambiance this was not a big deal on this visit.