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Sambuca

#115 of 1,751 Restaurants in Nashville
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Downtown Nashville
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601 12th Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37203 (near 12th & Demonbreum)
The Green Line is a free bus runing every 15 min. untill 11 pm to & from downtown (but not on Sunday's )
(615) 248-2888
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11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Sat 4:00 pm - 1:00 am
Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 122
    Excellent
  • 83
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Dark and romantic with lovely food

We enjoyed cocktails and small plates here one evening. We arrived just after they opened for the evening so the music was not yet playing, but we still found the restaurant to have a romantic feel. We chose 5 small plates to share and everything we had was terrific.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
DonnaMarkM
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Edison, New Jersey
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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254 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Edison, New Jersey
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed cocktails and small plates here one evening. We arrived just after they opened for the evening so the music was not yet playing, but we still found the restaurant to have a romantic feel. We chose 5 small plates to share and everything we had was terrific.

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Edwardsville, IL
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Walked in to a very unique space, with friendly and helpful wait staff. We had a large group, and all were taken care of with ease. My salmon was perfectly prepared, and all food came out together and warm! Definitely for a special night out, not a casual dinner.

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Nashville, Tennessee
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Awesome food, nice ambiance and excellent staff. Live music was fantastic. It was my birthday and we went as a group (8 girls). Loved the complimentary desert and felt very special when a song was dedicated on my name. P.S. Vegetarian friendly. Has many great choices.

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Madison
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We enjoyed drinks at the bar before being escorted to our table. The drinks were reasonable and tasted great! The mango tango mai tai was my favorite along with the pink lemonade!! We decided to order 4 appetizers and 1 entree to share. It was a great decision!! The mac and cheese, buca beignets, and chicken samosas were so good!... More 

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Georgia
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

Recently went here for drinks and appetizers. Last minute decision so was unable to get reservation, but they have a first come first serve lounge that was nice. We had a few drinks and some appetizers. The band was really good, a bit more jazzy, like the Brian Setzer Orchestra. The drink and appetizers were ok, but not fantastic and... More 

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Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

just excellent! very special environment! staff is courteous and professional, attentive to detail. Live music accompanies pleasantly dinner, giving beautiful moments. I've tried the ribeye: wonderful. the best ever eaten!!! Can't miss the cheesecake: it's super!!!!

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Baltimore MD
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

You have to visit Sambuca if you are in Nashville. The food and drinks were fantastic and the service was impeccable. The added bonus of live music while you eat puts it in a class of its own. The ambiance is upscale & classy but still very fun. The live band was such a treat, not too loud to take... More 

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San Diego, California, USA
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

First time to this restaurant for a group of old college friends in their mid-thirties from all across the country. We had a long-standing reservation, and chose Samba because a Nashville local recommended Sambuca as a can't miss. Right after we were seated, the restaurant sat a 20-30 person group right next to us, and there was just one waiter... More 

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Highland Lake County, Indiana
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We didn't know what to expect when our daughter made reservations at Sambuca. We were so, so surprised! The food, the atmosphere, the music was all AWESOME! This place is a diamond among many gems. Highly recommended.

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

After a lengthy, cool tour Vanderbilt, we needed a night that would warm us up. Sambuca did the trick. We got reservations (same day) and had a great dinner and listened to the Chris Weaver Band-a fun and memorable evening!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 601 12th Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37203
    (near 12th & Demonbreum)
  • Public Transportation: The Green Line is a free bus runing every 15 min. untill 11 pm to & from downtown (but not on Sunday's )
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Nashville>  > Downtown Nashville
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Nashville
  • Phone Number: (615) 248-2888

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 35 - 45
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
4:00 pm - 1:00 am

Questions & Answers

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Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?