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About Sambuca Restaurant - Houston
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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
Location is great for out of town visitors staying downtown. nice environment and the food was good, but not great.
BUT, the live music was really good and we ended up staying for a while after the meal to listen to the music.
I wouldn't go there again for the food, but I would for the music.
My guest and I arrived on time and the hostesses were very nice, professional, and seated us immediately. Decor is lovely, though it was hard to see in the dark. Also very hard to read menus. Service from the waitress was slow. Super slow. We ordered wine and then waited about 15 minutes. When she brought the wine, she finally asked about appetizers. Once dinner plates were delivered, she did not return until she was ready to bring the check. In other words, when the food became cold and congealed on the plate and it was useless to ask her for anything.
We ordered the vegetable lasagna and the pork chop but substituted the side dish, requesting Au gratin potatoes if substitutions were permitted. They are.
The lasagna came out in a giant roll. Not layers, a roll. A huge roll that could have fed the average family of 4. I'm not one to complain about large portions, but it was sort of flavorless so it didn't matter how much of it was there. It lacked any italian seasoning- just a log of veges and ricotta cheese wrapped into a pasta blanket.
The pork chop was very good but a tomato puree of sorts was on top and that was not. The Au Gratin potatoes were also bland and very dry. No salt, pepper, rosemary, or even cheese was in the potatoes. There was some cheese on top, but aren't au gratin potatoes supposed to have a least a little sauce?
After dinner we were planning to sit at the bar, have a drink and enjoy the band. The bar seats about 12 people. It was full. The bartender was really working hard but he was angry and cussing out another bartender while he did. He had lots of lovely opinions about his co-worker and suggestions were made for his (hopefully) post-work personal entertainment.
I used to love this place. What the hell happened?
I'll start with the appetizers, we ordered the Shrimp Crab Dip. The seasoning was horrible, it was so bland. It was almost like a cream cheese dip. We ordered a Miller Lite that was warm? Who likes to drink Warm beers? No one I know. The pricing was outrageous for the quality of each meal. Around the Table we all ordered the following: The Rib eye dish, ordered it medium rare- was over cooked. Came on the Medium well side. The shrimp scampi, no complaints on that dish. The Miso Bass, the sea bass was over cooked. The Scallops Dish, the menu read that it came with risotto rice, also asparagus. When the dish arrived, the price compared to the meal size was ridiculous. We also ordered a Bloody Mary that was one of the most blan bloody Mary's in a Houston. To finish our meal we ordered the Cobbler, because the waiter complimented it so well. Only for him to come back in a matter of 10 minutes to tell us he didn't realize they ran out of cobbler. Talk about Lack of communication, it wasn't busy. It was a rainy Sunday night so we were a little surprised by that news. We settled for the Cheesecake, it was frozen to start off. The texture was not smooth whatsoever and the taste of a traditional cheesecake lacked completely. Overall, for a birthday dinner I would of loved to spend $250.00 elsewhere. I will not be recommending this place to any friends in the future.
A group of 6 women from work met at Sambuca for dinner before attending a show in the theatre district. We enjoyed the convenience of the location, valet parking, atmosphere and food. We found the service to be very attentive and helpful. We would recommend this restaurant to others.
We were looking for a place downtown to celebrate my husband's birthday before the theater and I had received a $25 off coupon to celebrate Samba's 25th Anniversary. It did the trick and got us back to Sambuca and we had a lovely meal. Everything exceeded our expectations. It was a Tuesday night and we were early enough for happy hour so we started with a margarita and mai tai and a flatbread appetizer which was delicious. Next up was shrimp and crab bisque for my husband and the gorgonzola and walnut salad for me. For entrees he went for the scallops and I had the gorgonzola-topped 7 oz filet. We split a creme brûlée which they wrote "Happy Birthday" on the plate. Our reservation was at 5:30 and it was nice and quiet. The band was setting up and the crowd was really picking up as we were leaving for the theater at 7 PM. We had a great time and the food and service was impeccable. $12 for valet parking was a bit high, seems like they could validate it for half price or something but it's downtown.
Ordered a steak, medium, was brought back well done. Sent it back to have redone, they sent it out completely rare. So sent back again. They cooked the same piece of meat and returned it with zero apologies from management. They acted like it was no big deal. If I'm paying $40 for a piece of meat, I want it cooked the way I ordered it. Instead of comping the steak, which they should have, they acted like it was nothing. We won't be dining there again.
This is one of our favorite restaurants. The food was great. The menu has changed - not as many wonderful dishes to choose from which honestly was kind of a surprise. We had dinner with some friends and then went to the Rockets game. We came back after the game for a night cap and the listen to the band. The band/music was a lot of fun as we have seen them in the past.
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.
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