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.
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
The live music was fantastic! The Fab 5 ...
The live music was fantastic! The Fab 5-Beatles Tribute Band. We ate, drank, and danced the night away!! Loved it! Always do. Service was excellent, as usual.
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.
Went for a business meal- farewell lunch. Great service, food was delicious and came fast. Will definitely come in the evening for the live music!
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.
Excellent menu selection, great drinks, ...
Excellent menu selection, great drinks, terrific service! Would definitely return if I lived in the area
The Ribeye was good. My guest sent back ...
The Ribeye was good. My guest sent back the shrimp due to a bad taste. The live music was fun.
Happy Birthday to me!
A definite jewel, in downtown Houston! Great service.... food and drinks, along with live music. Loved the ambiance of this spot! Will definitely return here, when in Houston again. Much better than ours here in Dallas.
This restaurant was great, as it had liv ...
This restaurant was great, as it had live music, colorful lights and delicious food. My girlfriend said before we even finished the meal that this should be a recurring spot for us. I agree
Loved the Jones Band and the food! Our ...
Loved the Jones Band and the food! Our meals were excellent and the staff very friendly!
We had an amazing time great food,great ...
We had an amazing time great food,great band, and our waite Donald was awesome!!!!!
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.
Great historic location and flavorful food! I would recommend Sambuca for an occasion when you have time to enjoy the ambiance and savor the food.
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.
Great pre-theater dining
Sambuca is conveniently located near Houston's theater district. Park in the City's parking garage, walk to Sambuca & enjoy a wonderful dinner along with good wine before your show. Servers are attentive & polite. There is usually a band later if you want to return after the show.
Great business meal or date
The service was good, a little slow, but it was a crowed Friday night. Waiter was very knowledgeable and the food was fantastic. Very nice setting with linens. Margherita Pizza was amazing.
Good food downtown
This is the second time my boyfriend and I have been tonSambuca for dinner. It was convenient for us to walk there from our hotel to the music concert afterwards. There is a nice selection of mixed drinks, wine etc. we had the oysters to start that were good. We really enjoyed the ribeye steak we split with vegetables. Prices were mid ranged, but we split the entree so it wasn't as expensive. We will be back next time we stay downtown.
Overpriced and underwhelmed!
The food was terrible.... Dry chicken, terrible drinks! How does a fine dining establishment no know how to make a mint julep? The place was super noisy and the waitress seemed like she didn't care and had too many tables!
Great place to eat
The waiter was awesome. My food was delicious. I definitely have to go back soon
Menu leaves something to be desired
Don't look for foodie items on this menu, it is two pages with no out-of -the-ordinary offerings; the wine/drink list is 4-5 pages. Great for non-serious diners!
Lively Downtown Hotspot
Even for a Sunday night it was a lively and delicious environment for a special occasion! The menu is exciting and the live music was festive. The team of servers were lovely, friendly and quite attentive. They made us feel like very special guests!
It was my husband's birthday and I decid ...
It was my husband's birthday and I decided to take him somewhere new. I made reservations on Open Table, like I usually do and made a note that we would be celebrating my husband's birthday. We arrived and were seated immediately in a VERY cozy area. I'm vegan and I was able to find something on their menu. The waiter was very helpful. My husband had a ribeye steak and crab dip, which he enjoyed. It was a bit warm where we were sitting, but overall it was bearable. We received the check and there was no celebration or mention of my husband's birthday. I'm not sure we enjoyed it so much to go back or refer people to check it out.
I visited Sambuca with my husband and we enjoyed the scenery as well as the live music. A perfect place to go relax and have a good time. We had the ribeye, cooked to perfection. Overall the food quality met my expectations. I will def go back. I had 3 different cocktails and they were all delicious! A must go.
Return of the ...
We keep coming back - we love this place - love the ambiance, the food, the music, the drinks. We hit it just right the other night for Happy Hour - so we got drinks and small plates (appy's) discounted. Food was very good - we did order one dish and it was very spicy. It took us by surprise because it did not indicated on the menu. Portions are always just right - we never feell over stuffed but Dessert put us over the top. Andrew was great!
Great atmosphere, waiters were attentive, food was very good (a little pricey but good). They have live music every night.
Food was ok my wife's pork over cooked twice
Food was ok. Over priced and the quality was average at best. Services was good but I was not impressed with food. The music was good but not sure if I will ever go back.
I love this restaurant. Good food and gr ...
I love this restaurant. Good food and great service. I always enjoy the music when I dine here!
Perfect Night Out
Small bites, entrees, desserts and amazing drinks! Mix all that with the live music and I ant think of anywhere else I would want to be! I loved the ambiance of the Restraunt. We had 6 people and did not leave a bite of food on the table because it was THAT good!
I would recommend, but I was a bit disappointed. The restaurant did not have a great smell, not really bad, just not real pleasant. We have only visited this restaurant one other time about 10 years ago, and the food options seem to have been downgraded and the quality was so-so. Nice ambiance.
Ambiance and service were excellent, food was terrible. Have not sent food back in 15 years, but ended up sending a $14 dollar appetizer (tuna poke) back because it was so bad. The were great though, ended up giving us a different appetizer (braised short rib) instead, it was mediocre. We ordered the stuffed snapper etouffe which was actually very good. Also ordered the pork chop which was mediocre. Overall, would not have minded too much except the prices are very high (in the mid $30 range for entrees). Hadn't been here in a long time, so really went for the ambiance, music, etc. That part was fun although it was a much older crowd. Also the service was excellent.
I don't really know where to start here. I tried to find a restaurant last minute on a Friday night and I guess I got what I deserved. I am usually not this harsh, but am reviewing honestly so what happened to me doesn't happen to someone else. I had a 7:30 reservation and was seated with my girlfriend. It took a solid 5-10 minutes before our waitress approached us to offer us a drink. The place was empty. When she finally came she was friendly. We were starving, and the food was still terrible. We started with the calamari and it tasted like fried rubber. We then split the filet, asparagus (even though we asked to substitute brussel sprouts), and mac and cheese. It wasn't good and it was all over priced. This was one of the worst restaurant experiences I've ever had. We went here on the whim that they had live music and the band literally played one song when we walked in, then were on break for the next hour or so until they played another song and we had to leave. To top it all off there is an entertainment charge for the band. I would not mind this had I been notified via a statement on the menu or something similar, but to just blindly tack that onto people's bill is ridiculous. I am just wondering if this is a late night place where people don't eat and just come for live music and drinks or what the deal is. Nevertheless, I would not recommend this restaurant.
Get with the times!
I paid with an Open Table Gift card that I earned and no one knew, how to obtain the phone scan version. I was inconvenienced of coming back at 3:45 pm with a hard copy version of the gift card. I had to explain to my boss that I had to return to Sambuca to pay since the Manager and staff didn't know how to use the phone version, even though it was clearly an option when purchasing. Please learn how to utilize this option so we are not wasting paper. Thank you.
The live band was great. Great vibe and ambiance. The drinks were good. The food was terrible and overpriced. Great for music, drinks and a good time. Bad for food.
Good time. Great food. Got loud.
Our group included 3 couples celebrating my husband's birthday. Everyone enjoyed their food which ranged from the ettoufee, to the salmon, to the flatiron steak and pizza. We got there early because we had Symphony tickets. I didn't think the band would start before 7 and we would need to be on our way to Jones Hall by then. Well I was wrong as the Houston Blues Society started up at 6PM and we were not able to visit once they did. The music was great, but not what we went there for. We were seated in area in the back that ended up being just to the right of the band. My only suggestion would be to have the band start after 7PM.
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