About Sambuca Restaurant - Houston
Houston, TX 77002
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Send a Gift Card
Buy now and send it instantly by email, or print a card to give in person.
We understand that every moment deserves its own special detail. We will work with you to make your event extraordinary.
Sambuca Restaurant - Houston Ratings and Reviews
This is our first time having dinner, on ...
This is our first time having dinner, only had drinks outside before. We really enjoyed the food, the server was very attentive and sweet. The band was good & lively! Will definitely go back! Overall a really nice evening!
My wife and I went at 5:30 pm on a Sunda ...
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 ...
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 foo ...
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.
Please avoid during the holidays. Normal ...
Please avoid during the holidays. Normally a great atmosphere and great good but right now they are catering to private parties. Several menu options are not available and you get the feeling you are stuck with leftovers.
My friends and I have dined here several ...
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 se ...
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 th ...
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.
We had a lovely time here while we were ...
We had a lovely time here while we were in town. Our hotel was just down the street. There was a jazz band. We sat away from them so it wasn't too loud, but I could see how it could be very loud. Really good ribeye.
I am 38 and have been wanting to go to S ...
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.
I thought that by making a reservation i ...
I thought that by making a reservation it would be for a nice table and not shoved against the window where I then had to jump over the chairs. It was not very ladylike for sure. Some business men were just in front of us and they got a very nice table. The staff is a little slow in coming around to see to our food and comfort. Otherwise, the staff was friendly and the food was good.
Good service , food was not up to the ex ...
Good service , food was not up to the expectations. Would not recommend to take Steak, I ordered medium rare, it was delivered as well done; increments were not good neither. Starters were okay. I was expecting more after previous visits. Not my place anymore.
We were very disappointed in our steaks. ...
We were very disappointed in our steaks. I had the filet. I had asked for medium rare & it was medium. We were on our way to a 7:30 show at the Alley Theatre, so we didn't have time to send food back. Both of the people at our table who ordered the ribeye said it was flavorless and also overcooked, and I took most of those two steaks home to my dogs.
$12 valet parking is absurd--especially ...
$12 valet parking is absurd--especially when we had a $200 dinner bill!
We thought we went earlier enough (630) to avoid the band, but didn't. I love live music, but I want to be able to have a conversation with the person at my table. Band was entirely too loud!
This was our first visit. The menu was e ...
This was our first visit. The menu was eclectic with interesting dishes. We both loved our meals. The dinning waiter was very attentive and service was very good. Nice modern decor and noise level was down. Prior to dining we went to the bar for a drink and despite a meager crowd , bar service was below par. We will go back to try some of the other menu items.
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.