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Date
Thu, 5/24
Time
11:30 PM
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Sambuca Grille

4.5
406 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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Sambuca Grille is an Italian restaurant located in Downtown Scranton.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:45pm
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Phone number
(570) 961-5205
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Catering
Please call 570-961-5205 to inquire and ask for Benny
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Spruce Street
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Parking details
Free Street Parking Dinner time
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Entertainment
Come and enjoy our Live Piano Singer every Friday and Saturday night
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

We were visiting University of Scranton
Needed a dinner recommendation
Waitress at the Corner Deli suggested Sambuca
The restaurant is devided by the bar in front and the dining room in back
The dining room felt comfortable and homey
There was even a piano in the corner which someone started playing halfway through our dinner, although they could probably put a few more tables there instead
Food was excellent, pasta was home made, the ingredients were fresh, the pacing of the courses was good, the wine list was appropriate for the cuisine
Deserts were fantastic
We had a great time and we will be returning again

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

An authentic Italian eatery

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Did not like
1. It was dark inside, I had to use my cell phone light to read menu.
2. Service very slow.
3. Very noisy.
4. Got bread basket, bread served cold.
5. Portions very small.
Was stuck there almost 2 hours
Did not have desert.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

The food was delicious and the service was great as always!

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The food was good but not great. Unfortunately, when we were finished no one checked on us for about 25!minutes. We could not get anyone’s attention to get our check. No matter how good the food is , that ruins the night for me....

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Excellent food! Excellent service! Excellent atmosphere! Nothing more to say.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Excellent service! Delicious food! Can't wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

They do a great job in all aspects of the business. Always go above and beyond what is required. Great piano music as well.

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2.0Dined on April 5, 2018

In the past we have always had a very nice experience at Sambuca & would recommend to others, this time, however, that was not the case.
Between the piano player & large group of girls next to us .. it felt like a concert not a restaurant .
Service was fair... waiter was pretty rude & no one ever came to see how everything was as we saw at all other tables. Two at our table ordered pasta Carbonara... there were no peas/ bacon / prosciutto as you would expect & it honestly just tasted like a pretty basic Alfredo. At $16.95 it was a small portion & the bread served with it was hard / stale
For $120 for three with no dessert or cofffee & only a glass of wine ... it’s hardly worth ever going back or recommending for others to do so.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

It was the 2nd time in a row that we didn't get a candle and looking around it seems like they don't put candles out. This is a very nice candle lit type atmosphere and I don't know why there isn't at least a fake candle option at the tables. It is a bit dark in there and a real candle would be worth it.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Staff was very friendly, food was great! We will be back again!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Food was amazing, service was good, drinks were okay, looking forward to going back

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great experience. Went here for our preshow dinner They have never disappointed us

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

My wife and I tried out the Sambuca Grille for the first time last week. The staff was super friendly, and there was always someone there to refill your drink, or move empty plates out of the way. They didn't interrupt conversations as frequently as other restaurants. While the food was good it could have been better. For waiting almost exactly an hour, we had hoped it would 'wow' us a little more. A couple who had been seated 10 minutes before we received our plates, had their food in front of them 10 minutes after we got ours. They seemed to have known the staff and vice versa, so not too sure if that was the reason they had everything so quickly? Just a bit of communication as to what's happening in the kitchen would be a bit more helpful in the future. Not sure how there could be too many hiccups with there only being about 20 tables or less? Plan on trying again in the future. Everyone has rough nights, and we did like the feel of the restaurant.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

This is the second time at Sambuca and it is one of the best restaurants we have been to. The food is delicious and the service great and friendly. We will certainly be back

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

It is great to see AUTHENTIC Italian food presented in a friendly atmosphere. The service was excellent and classy, offering good explanations and recommendations. The food quality was fantastic. Very flavorful and not too heavy. Definitely not an "American Italian" restaurant.

I will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

One of the best restaurants in the area. Specials are always great and they will gladly accommodate any preferences.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Food and service was great

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Food is incredible. One of the best meals I've had in the scranton area.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Sambuca Grill takes you back to the style and flair of restaurants in the 80s. Men in bowtie tuxedo's. Live piano. Very unobtrusive service. The lobster ravioli had unshredded lobster claw meat in it (the best part). Just saying, this restaurant has never let me down on a great date experience .

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

The food at Sambuca has been phenomenal every time I have been there. The wait staff has been friendly and the meals have been awesome. The portions are just enough.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Excellent service, everyone's meals were delicious, and we didn't feel rushed.
An authentic Italian experience. Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great food. Specials were exceptional. Service was very attentive and wait staff very knowledgeable. Enjoyed piano atmosphere. Will return.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Awesome as usual

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We arrived about 6:45 with no reservation (tried bu couldn't get one), they told us they had a table for 4 but we would have to be done by 8pm for a reserved party. We took it, had a great server, food was fantastic and the Stacey Mitchhart Band was great. When 8pm rolled around there were several open tables and we had already skipped on desert to give up our table like told :(

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

There were more than several specials. My wife chose the Chilean Sea Bass and was very pleased. I had the Saltimbacca Veal. It was good but now what I expected.
All-in-all, we would gladly go back.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

A Top 5 restaurant in Northeast Pennsylvania. Truly in a class by itself. Fabulous food, staff and food. Feels like “Little Italy”

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

If you are looking for a romantic dining site, where you will be treated like a king, go to Sambuca Grill.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Homade pasta was excellent. Veal dish was very good, except a little thin on the prosuito.
No salad included with entry.
All around good service. Restaurant is fairly limited in seating.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

This is one of our favorite restaurants. We love it here

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

My wife’s birthday dinner.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Loud crowd noise!

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

My girlfriend is obsessed with this place. It's amazing.

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5.0Dined on January 10, 2018

We ate here last year when visiting family and we wanted to enjoy another meal here on a return visit. Small but comfortable and great service and tasty food.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

I’ve been to Sambuca at least 10 times over the past two years and it’s consistent in its ability to exceed expectations. Delicious food (rigatoni bolognese should be shared), great staff, and a lovely atmosphere. I love this place.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Limited menu on New Year's eve. Not a lot of choices for some people if they are picky eaters. I really enjoyed the salmon with armaretto sauce with side of vegetables. Pear salad was very good. The cheesecake was a delightful surprise. So delicious.

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

I have gone to Sambuca many times, and it’s usually a good experience. This time, however, it was not. I had braised beef over risotto. The risotto was undercooked, and barely seasoned. I ate the beef, and when the waitress came back I told her about the risotto. Her response was unacceptable. She looked at me and said “well if that’s what you think, I’ll let the chef know.” Immediately after that the next table over from me had the exact same complaint, and she responded with “I’m so sorry! What else can I get you? I don’t want you to go hungry!” I was excited to go to sambuca for New Year’s Eve, but now I seriously doubt I will ever go back.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Always delicious and staff is wonderful! Salmon was tender and so good. Love listening to Paul on the piano. One of our favorite restaurants for sure!

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Have been here before and will go again. We had three different meals and all were great. One had pork masala one had chicken masala and one the tuna special. I would recommend any of these meals. The service is terrific. They are attentive without being obtrusive. It is also nice to be in a restaurant with a piano music. The piano player is very good and is interactive when called for.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

We went here for a celebratory dinner after I completed medical treatment. The atmosphere was lovely--intimate seating with a gentleman playing piano and singing in the corner. Specials sounded amazing, and our dinners were brought to us quickly. Wait staff was attentive without hovering, and drinks were lovely. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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