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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
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
My ratings would have been higher if not for a switch-a-roo on the wines we ordered. We asked about the $4 Happy Hour wines and the server showed us the list which included Nobilo Sauv. Blanc and Pascual Malbec so we ordered two rounds of each. When the bill was presented, $4 was deducted from the list price of the wine so they were not $4/each. Very deceiving. Also, I would not recommend the bisque nor the bibb salad; very bland and lacking in taste. Our server, Mandy, was well versed on the menu and we had a lovely charcuterie board with a delicious French cheese - highly recommend it.
The staff was attentive and full of positive energy. The ambience was modern, cool and overall vibe was relaxed. My daughter and I enjoyed a quiet pre-show dinner. The etouffe was delightful along with the berry cobbler. I don' think anything is bad. Most importantly was how wonderful the staff was from walking in to walking out; they greeted us, made us feel important by their attentive nature and our smiling server could not have done anything better. Highly recommend!
My wife and I went here for a dinner. We had a cozy table where we could hear the live music, but still have a conversation without yelling to be heard. The food was delicious. After we paid for our meal, we went to the bar and had a couple of drinks while listening to the band. We had a wonderful time.
I wanted to surprise my fiancée with a weekend he would remember for his birthday. We are still talking about the overall experiance at sambuca. The shrimp and crab dip is an absolute must have. We loved our food and the live band. The wait staff was beyond awesome they catered to our every need. Our water cup never made it to half full, we really really liked that. I was grateful to recieve a call confirming our reservation and sesettin up a shout out from the band. I love this place, can't wait to go back.
Our server was slow with drinks--I was without a drink for 12 minutes. The tuna was gray in color--the dipping sauce tasted like it was poured from a jar. The calamari was bowling alley-quality--straight up frozen. The highlight was our cutie server--that's it.
Everything was great except for the food. My mom had the spring chicken and it was so tough she didn't want to eat it! I tried it and it was so nasty (dry and chewy like it had be sitting there). I asked her if she wanted me to send it back but being old school she said no and ate the veggies (brussel sprouts were under done). Needless to say for the amount of money we paid we will not be back... I would rather spend my money at the Rainbow Lodge or Artista then here.
I have dined at Sambuca many times in the past and enjoyed the meal. Unfortunately on this occasion, this was not the case. The snapper was poorly seasoned and the sauce was thin and watery. My date's shrimp and pasta dish lacked character as well. Hopefully this was only a one time occurrence.
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