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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
We've visited Sam Buca about 20 times and this time the food just wasn't what we were hoping for. I'm not sure if it had to do with Hurricane Harvey or what but we both ordered streaks and his was wayyy under cooked and my filet was over cooked. The overall meal was pretty cool coming out to, the butter was not melting that is how cold the steaks were.
Very disappointing. Group of 6, and the best thing was the charcuterie board. Drinks did not stay full, the steak was over cooked and the ravioli was undercooked.
The scallops were decent. Don't bother with dessert. The cappuccinos that were ordered became lattes on arrival. The cobbler was uninspired and the sticky toffee was so dry it was practically inedible. We even had to send a brewed coffee back because it was served stale and at room temperature.
Great atmosphere ! The fillet we ordered was well prepared . Good music. The bottle of wine (Cab) we ordered was warm and not chilled to correct temperature . Wayne our waiter did his best to chill it. I would return for the music and atmosphere but not for the wine.
Overall a good time !
Great local for good food and music. You can dance if you so desire, that is sure to make points with you wife or significant other! The wine selection is excellent with reasonable prices. The food was a little slow after the first course, but was tasty and a good value. Our server did a great job and was there when needed. We'll definitely return.
Probably one of the most disappointing meals I have had in many years. First my wife's entree was incorrect, then almost 30 minutes for correct order to come out and it was undercooked. My steak requested medium-well was more rare than friend's medium filet.
They comped wife's entree and offered free dessert, but we were going to a play and we did not want to be late.
This was our 25th Wedding Anniversary. Requested a booth and location given was facing the noisy kitchen. Service was slow but food excellent. Bathrooms floors and stalls unkept. Not the experience we expecting from over a decade of coming to this location.
The service was terrible. The food came quickly even though we asked for it to slow down. It was cold. We waited for fifteen minutes for utensils which made it colder. It took over twenty minutes to get the check. The jazz band was amazing and played well to the audience. I would skip the food and come for the music in the bar. The restaurant used to be great, but should be shut down as a public service. Eat elsewhere and come for the music.
I used to dine here a lot, but haven't in years. I was excited to bring a friend who had never been. We were literally the only table besides a larger party being helped and our waiter was also the bartender. He was very, very nice, but way too busy so we often waited in between courses and had to ask for our bill multiples times and then just went to the bar to pay so we could get out and onto our theatre tickets. It was just disappointing. I was surprised with being the only other table to not have better service.
The food was excellent, and the service was great. The waiter appeared at the right moments but was not rushing us at all. We had our small grandson with us and they were able to provide a pizza for him although it is not part of their dinner menu. We will definitely visit Sambuca again.
Omg this was the first time going, we went for my husband birthday we had been searching for a romantic jazz (live jazz) restaurant and we tried it. I can say we had the best first experience with our waiter Marcel I hope I spelled his name right he's the BEST he took gis time explained the menu he remembered my husband name and made him a beautiful birthday treat, the customer service is what gets me alllll the time. However I was a bit disappointed because we got there at 6 the band took 2 hours setting up and we didn't get to hear any music not sure maybe their set didn't start to 8 however the food was amazing the red snapper and salmon was amazing we will definitely be back.
We needed a relatively good and quick meal before a concert with the Houston Symphony. They were good about getting us through the meal on a schedule. We were seated RIGHT NEXT TO the band, and we asked, "when do they start?" concerned about our ability to carry on a conversation. We were told they started at 7:30, the same as the concert we were going to, so we assumed we could talk through the meal. No sooner did we place our drink order, and we had Jackson Browne rolling across our table. It might have been perfect if we had come out for the music, but we didn't.
Our unofficial greeter outside was a cigar-smoker enjoying the front patio. It seemed like the smoke was drifting into the restaurant with each entry of new people. Perhaps it is just my northern expectations being applied to Houston.
The food was good - when I want an evening with live music, I'll be back.
My party and I arrived and were served by one waiter. In the process of trying to decide what we were going to order, our waiter informed us he was being moved to a different section. He then described our new waiter to us. The waiter he described walked past our table several times severing several tables around us in close proximity. When I attempted to get his attention, he continued walking and serving tables around us, never acknowledging we were there. Finally after almost and hour of sitting with nothing but water and menus, my party and I left. This was truly disappointing, even more so because my cousin recently lost her daughter weeks before her birthday, which is what we were there to celebrate. Despite the manager promises to make things right, I will not attempt to dine here again. This was the worst experience I've had at any restaurant!
I enjoyed not being rushed in any way. My wife and I were able to enjoy our 10th anniversary with great food and an excellent band and never once did we get the impression that we needed to hurry, not after 3 hours. The food was first rate, and the server was very professional. We'll be back!
I hadn't been here in a number of years and after this visit I'll most likely not return. I arrived at 8:15pm, many open tables so they can't say they were busy. It took nearly 20 minutes before a waiter stopped by to take our drink order and then another 15 before he came back around. After ordering our meals I finally had to grab a manager to get another beverage. The waitstaff was extremely inattentive.
Both of us order the Ribeye steaks, at $40 each I expected them to be good but they were both very tough without much flavor.
It's rare I leave any review but this place has gone way down in their service even since my last visit.
The apps were very good. Both our steak dinners were cooked perfectly and nicely seasoned. Waiter was friendly and timely, although we went there before a show on a weekday, so not terribly busy yet. They had live music. A little pricey but overall good. Wine menu decent, but doesn't list vintages. Our red was served too warm, well above room temp even. Food came out quickly from the kitchen.
Well.... I checked almost all of the options on the list. This time it was a friends-get-together before the ballet. The weather was great so we sat outside. Shared apps and a few entrees. Several options for vegetarians. Band was just starting up. The bar had a fun HH crowd - but there were quiet tables also available away from the bar area
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