About Sambuca Restaurant - Houston
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.
Houston, TX 77002
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Wednesday - 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday & Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - Midnight
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Sambuca Restaurant - Houston Ratings and Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed dinner while listening to the blues-y band 'Delta Flood' on my Feb. 18 visit. I hadn't been for dinner and music in a very long time and was glad to reacquaint myself and introduce a friend to Sambuca. My meal was the Salmon Oscar - excellently prepared and a pretty good deal for wild salmon. Started with the Gorgonzola salad....delicious and a must try. My friend ordered the Med. Veggie Lasagna which I tasted and liked - didn't love - but it was good. Our waiter was attentive but left us in peace enough to enjoy the evening. We were seated at a table two rows back from the dance floor and had a good time watching dancers and just enjoying a fun night out with some really solid music. Will return.
We had a really fun evening. The costs of the food was a little high in comparison to other Houston night club / dining venues. We went to see the band, Shape Shifters, but also enjoyed the drinks and dancing. I would recommend this place to others and we will try it again at a time when the Super Bowl crowd / visitors are not as prevalent.
Food was great, but pricey. The menu was different than I had seen on review sites such as Yelp. The food selection was very different, more upscale, and more expensive than those sites showed, but it was very good and worth the price. Maybe they changed the menu recently?
Waiter was a smoker and disappeared often. Steak was tough and not worth the money. Nothing tasted special, only mediocre and next time will enjoy music without the food. There are plenty of places in Houston to eat great food that is worth every penny. Just not here.
Our friend recommended this place and I made reservations for 4. Didn't mind the valet charge since it's downtown. They didn't give me the balcony seat reservation I ask for (2 days in advance) with no prior call to tell me. Met at the bar and out of Tito's., really, we are all vodka folks. This is Texas. Out of calamari for appetizers really. Food we ordered was just OK. The Beatles band looked it to some degree and was only par on sound. Me and my friend sounded more like the Beatles when we sang at the table. Me and the girlfriend won't go back.
We went for the live music. We made reservations in advance, online - asked to be placed within sight of the stage. We asked again when we arrived and waited for a table for 10 minutes (I thought so we could sit near the stage). We were seated at a table where we could not view the stage. It's a small venue so we could hear the music, but not see the band. We ordered a full dinner (3 courses with alcohol), were served quickly, but seemed to be rushed to leave. Our server never asked us if we wanted more wine after our meal, which we did. So we left feeling that we couldn't sit and talk to each other or enjoy the band (because we couldn't see them).
My wife and I went at 5:30 pm on a Sunday evening before a play at The Wortham Theater. We arrived and were promptly seated. Unfortunately that was the most prompt part of the evening. The service that evening left a lot to be asked for. Drink time from order to receiving averaged 20-30 minutes. Our food took 50 minutes to come out. To summarize the service that was provided, a dirty and grimy spoon was hand delivered by our server when he brought out my wife's soup. We had been looking forward to finally trying the place out for awhile and were sadly disappointed. We will never be going back for a second visit.
We chose Sambuca's thinking it would be a fun location for our Christmas office gathering after the Theater. When we arrived we were seated promptly and drinks ordered. So far so good. Our server was attentive and the appetizers arrived after a reasonable period of time. We ordered our dinners ( a party of 9) and another round of drinks. This is where it all went downhill. It took more than 20 minutes for our next round of drinks to arrive and another hour before our food arrived. Some of the dishes were barely warm. Our Host went to speak to the Manager since other guest around us were being served food and drink before our party and they had arrived way after we ordered. The manager did come to the table and comp the appetizers because of "Hell week" is what he called it , a token in my opinion since our tab was in excess of $700! I also found it odd that there was no music at all. Not even canned music. I can understand perhaps live music might have started after 9pm but no music at all seemed strange based on how they market Sambuca's. Needless to say, the end of the evening left a bad taste (pun intended) in our Host mouth. Customer service is a huge deal to our business. I believe the Management Team at Sambuca's should be re-trained on what that good customer service really looks like. I'm sorry sir. You are a fine dining establishment in the Theater District of Downtown Houston. Don't you really EXPECT a large amount of business and large dinner groups in the month of December? Perhaps you should plan more appropriately for it. Apologizing for poor service because it has been "hell week" is pretty unprofessional.
The restaurant was gorgeous, and the food was impeccable. However, they need to work on managing the time that people wait for their food. My family (6 total) had 5:30pm reservations, we showed up on time, and had all of our food and drinks ordered in by 5:45-5:50, and we were not served our food for 1 full hour. Multiple tables that we sat after us had their meals and were leaving before we had our food. They claimed that our wait was due to a few large parties being there at the same time, however a good manager coupled with a great kitchen would know how to manage the time for multiple parties that sat close together. Especially if they were all known reservations. I would recommend this place to others, but I would warn them that they may have an inordinatley long wait time.
My friends and I have dined here several times. The cocktails are very good. The coconut mojitos are light and not too sweet. The crab dip and chips is delicious. The filet and ribeye are very good as well. My friend had the striped bass and enjoyed it very much. Overall food was fantastic although slow at times and it wouldn't have been a big deal but we had tickets to Adele and were trying to walk to the Toyota center.
We had a terrible experience. We were seated at 7pm with our reservation. There was not a wait list, yet we waited 30 minutes for our drinks. The server spilled the tray of drinks because he tried to put reach across his tray and the table to put down a drink. The entire tray of drinks (5) landed on my son's lap. We asked for the manager, who said, "Things happen" - we left and will never go back.
There were gnats in my food. I think that is all that is needed to summarize this experience. Then again, on the upside, the server was nice and attentive. I ordered the lunch tacos and was surprised that they were served with tortilla chips and no salsa. I asked if there was a salsa option, and the thoughtful server, brought me a cup of of Pace Picante from the kitchen. He was kind enough to name the salsa by brand. This concluded my dining experience. I will not be returning.
I am 38 and have been wanting to go to Sambuca since high school! I finally got to go 9/17 for my birthday and I have to say I was very disappointed. First, it was so dark inside that you could hardly read the menu and it was so back people had their phones out trying to get more light to see the menu. The menu itself was good but the food, not so much. Food was incredibly salty and otherwise had very little flavor. but on the upside the POMTINI was amazing.
Music was incredibly loud and we were seated behind a huge pillar so we couldn't see the people dancing or the musicians.
I am glad I finally went so that I can stoop thinking about it but I don't think I will ever go back.
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