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
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.
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.
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