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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
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.
The service was absolutely horrible! We went on a Wednesday and it was dead, but someone the service was terrible not attentive at all. They sat us right in front of the the entertainment and on the side of the kitchen window in which my husband felt like he was baking , he was so hot. Last time I went to Sambuca was about 10yrs ago and everything about it was excellent! They've diffidently went down hill. Reason for our visit is we had a concert to attend near by and decided to go there since it's been so long since we've been there . Sadly we will not be returning again! Appetizers we're good, my lobster was chewy , not very good. My husbands food wasn't bad. If the service didn't let us down we'd have maybe considered going back.
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.
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