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.
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
Took a group for a business lunch, and e ...
Took a group for a business lunch, and everyone was very pleased with my choice of venue. The crab and shrimp dip appetizer was wonderful. The menu choices are great, everyone was able to find just what they wanted. The fish tacos were a big hit. Waiter was attentive, atmosphere is very nice and well suited for a professional group. I would recommend.
The last time we went to Sambuca was abo ...
The last time we went to Sambuca was about 4 years ago and the food, presentation and ambiance were GREAT! Since then they must have changed their menu as well as their chef. The presentation was poor and the food was cold and tasted microwaved. Our waiter was pleasant but with our reservations, they stuck us back in a small cubby booth with lighting so dim that it was hard to read the menu. Sadly, our first experience was our best and will not likely to return.
Convenient to the theaters downtown. Men ...
Convenient to the theaters downtown. Menu looks promising but the kitchen does not deliver. Ingredients, preparation, wait staff skills, and wine list are what you might expect from a low cost family restaurant. The prices are out of line with the food and wine quality.
Atmosphere was good, but where we were s ...
Atmosphere was good, but where we were seated was very dark so we needed to use our cell phone light to see the menu. Food was okay at best - overpriced for what it was. I had the blackened fish which appeared to be cooked very fast because it was overly cooked on the outside and okay on the inside. The band, ShapeShifters was okay if you like to kick back and listen to oldies but goodies. If you like to party, dance, and have a great time, then don't go when that band is playing or you will be horribly disappointed.
It was a very enjoyable dinner with our ...
It was a very enjoyable dinner with our friends before the play. I would love to come back and listen to the bands you have. The service was fantastic and the food was some of the best we have ever had. Desserts were so delicious.
We wanted a nice dinner before the theat ...
We wanted a nice dinner before the theater but this went all wrong. We ordered in plenty of time (2 hours before the show) but after appetizers had been served and eaten and we were waiting on entrees, they came out with a menu to tell one guest their selection was not available. This was very late in the process to learn this. She changed her order quickly but we were served long after tables seated after us. We asked twice for the check and then still had to wait for the server to bring it back. The end result was we missed the first act at the show because they had already closed the door. The food was bland and overpriced. Will never return.
My wife and I ate there while staying do ...
My wife and I ate there while staying downtown for our wedding anniversary. My Ribeye was tough, with lots of gristle, no seasoning, and no flavor. Tator tots were bland. My wife wanted the Cobb salad but it was not a dinner menu item. She ordered a regular salad instead but did not even finish half of it. Steak dinner was refunded. Very disappointed. Would not eat there again.
When I walked into the restaurant, I was ...
When I walked into the restaurant, I was asked if I had a reservation and I told her No. She told me with no reservation the wait to eat would be 1 to 1.5 hrs. I went outside, checked Open Table, saw they had reservations for 15-30 mins later, which I booked. I still had to wait over 1 hour. I feel like I made the hostess mad so she made me wait regardless.
Service was horrible. We spent over $50 per person at my table of 5, I had heard so much good about this place. I will probably never go back as nothing I tasted there would make it worth a 2nd try....
My boyfriend and I wanted to have a rela ...
My boyfriend and I wanted to have a relaxing and romantic evening and enjoy music while doing so. The ambiance was great, the food and drinks were delicious, and our service was fantastic. All around a great night!
Overly friendly service but attentive. D ...
Overly friendly service but attentive. Drinks were good. Food was subpar and overpriced. The best part was the toffee bread pudding that probably wasn't made in house. Very dark and can hardly see the menu. Go for live music and drinks but eat before.
I ordered the pork chop which was delicious. However my spouse ordered the Chilean Sea bass, one of our favorites. The fish was mushy and tasted awful. Although we were not charged for the fish, I felt as though they could have thrown in maybe something extra, for ruining our romantic getaway, which happened to be our anniversary. To top it off, the musicians were an hour late. Count me as disappointed this time.
I Love the Idea of This Place for Houston....but
We went to Sambuca looking for a fun night out with great food and music. We found an OK time. The idea of this place is great, but things about the restaurant and how they run it kept it from being what it could be. We thought the entrees were excellent, but about 20% too highly priced. The menu did not specify that the main dishes came with a side so we got 2 more sides to split and ended up with way too much food (gee thanks waitress). After dinner we made it over to the bar to enjoy the band. The club setup is really strange. They have dining tables in front of the stage and in order to go see the band, you have to stand in front of someone dining. Instead the lounge crowd stands/sits around the bar off to the side of the stage and it keeps you from connecting with the musicians. In turn they are playing to 3 or 4 tables full of people 30 feet away - with a bunch of people looking at their sides and backs. There was a bunch of space in the back corner to the right of the stage that did not seem to be used. They should move the stage to the back left corner to try and pull the bar crowd in better. We saw the Jones band perform. They were pretty good for Texas Blues. The left handed guitarist was excellent and we enjoyed his voice more than the lead singer. While I enjoy Texas Blues in the right setting, the Cajun themed menu and cocktails and ambiance suggested the place was really supposed to be geared more towards New Orleans style blues/jazz - you know the kind with trombones and trumpets. So it was an interesting clash of styles. So great potential, poor execution. The management should take a trip to Maison in New Orleans to see how to do it. Serve dinner in that space till 9:00. Then pull up the tables and let a great band take over. Lastly stay away from the coffee drinks at the bar. Mine was served cold (it wasn't supposed to be) and I watched the bar tender smell the cream before serving it up. Apparently not a popular seller.
Dinner before Concert
My wife, son, and his fiancee went to Sambuca, and they were ready for us. Service was fast and friendly, and the food was perfectly prepared. Since this was our first visit to Sambuca, we tried a variety of menu items, including the flatiron steak, chili-rubbed scallops, the margarita shrimp, and the pork chop. The margaritas were average, and I had the lemon grass martini, which was served in the wrong glass (old fashioned) and was too sweet. Having said that, I would enjoy going back, especially since they are located so close to Jones Hall, and would recommend Sambuca to any of my friends.
BAd meal before the theatre
The lobster enchilada was tasteless and dry. Would have sent it back if we were not going to a theater performance immediately after dinner. My date's shrimp linguini looked and tasted good. Our waiter Christopher had a weird sense of humor. Will try another restaurant in the theatre district next time.
Sambuca's is a 'sure thing'. I have been several times over the last few years and each time is better than the last. The ambiance, as always, was perfect and the band playing kept surprising us with old and new music. The food was worth the $$. Our server, Donald, was awesome! He allowed us a bit more time at our table to enjoy the band. I look forward to my next outing there. :-)
Close to theater
This restaurant was en route to the Alley Theater, a great performance venue in downtown Houston. It has a chic interior and a decent pour in drinks. Food is pricey but tasty. The evening we were there, we were offered a free appetizer with purchase of two entrees...and we got to choose ANY appetizer on their list! Very generous. Our server was efficient and attentive.
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