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Sambuca

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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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4:00 pm - 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
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 29
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  • 7
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food, not so good service

Honestly, the food was wonderful - especially the margherita pizza! The restaurant has a great vibe and atmosphere. However, we were disappointed in the service. The service at the bar was wonderful, but our waiter only came over about 3 times the whole meal. Overall, good experience!!!

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 15, 2015
Emily H
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
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Liberty, Tennessee
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We live east of Nashville and had an unexpected trip into the city. Luckily, I thought of this place I had heard about from friends on Facebook. We didn't have any trouble getting a table, I guess since it was a Thursday. The first thing I noticed was it was dark, but it wasn't that difficult to adjust. The music... More 

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Springfield, Illinois, United States
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

My husband and I loved this place. The service, ambiance, and food were all wonderful. Our waitress was very friendly, offered great recommendations on food and drink. We ordered the shrimp and crab dip for an appetizer, my husband got the ribeye, and I got the scallops. All three dishes were really good, if you get a small plate/appetizer, get... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Wow.. how can I describe this place... fun, friendly, feel-at-home, good food. I was there on a contract, so I was at that place on business but I had to interact with pretty much all the staff, from the Chef to the GM and what a great experience. The front desk personal is simply amazing and friendly, the waiters, everyone.... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Honestly, the food was wonderful - especially the margherita pizza! The restaurant has a great vibe and atmosphere. However, we were disappointed in the service. The service at the bar was wonderful, but our waiter only came over about 3 times the whole meal. Overall, good experience!!!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Music starts around 6:30 so plan your reservation around that. The music variety changes each night so there is something for everyone. The music is loud and it is often hard to talk while you eat. The food is good with a large selection. There is valet parking but they now charge for it, $5. Which is not bad but... More 

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Brentwood, Tennessee
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29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

The Good: Quality of food; experience; service; selection. The Bad: notta The Rest: One of my favorite stops in Nashville. They have a great selection and I never had anything On the menu I didn't like. I dined as the host of a party of 11 and the service was exceptional. We had several appetizers in addition to main courses... More 

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Salem, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

The concierge at our hotel had directed us to the restaurant next door to Sambuca (which shall remain nameless) but the vibe there was stuffy, and when the waiter tried to squeeze us into a tiny table between two other parties, we walked... right next door to Sambuca, which gave us a great outdoor table and a great meal, accompanied... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We have been to Sambuca in Dallas and have eaten there. We always had good food. Although we have been to this one several times it is usually after we have had dinner first at Prima or Watermark. We like to go for drinks and music. I love the coconut mojito. There are comfortable seats and couches in the bar... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Sambuca was a refreshing dark oasis on a sultry afternoon. Not crowded at lunch, there was a large party and then a couple other patrons besides us. We were well cared for, even pampered by the waitstaff. I recommend the lobster bisque and side salad as light but deliciously filling. There's valet parking but it wasn't necessary since we lucked... More 

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Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA
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177 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I gave this restaurant an excellent rating because not only was the food fabulous, but the music was top notch as well. And we even all liked the wine (which was reasonably priced). And we all guessed the bill would be at least 1-2x as much as it turned out to be. It's so hard to find that combination today.... More 

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Additional Information about Sambuca

Address: 601 12th Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37203
Phone Number: (615) 248-2888
Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Nashville>  > Downtown Nashville
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
Average Prices: USD $35 to $45
Cuisine: American, Seafood

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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 to $45
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Bar scene, Large groups
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?