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Sambuca

#106 of 1,726 Restaurants in Nashville
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighborhood: Downtown Nashville
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Sambuca
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601 12th Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37203
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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Visitor rating
  • 113
    Excellent
  • 79
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 11
    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
Waaaay over priced

I was looking forward to this visit but unfortunately wasn't highly impressed. The selection of main courses is limited and very overpriced for what you get. Atmosphere is very lovely, minus all the tvs in the bar area. This type of restaurant probably should not have tvs. The food was plated... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 11, 2014
Sheri W
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Sevierville, Tennessee
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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238 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Sevierville, Tennessee
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71 reviews 71 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I was looking forward to this visit but unfortunately wasn't highly impressed. The selection of main courses is limited and very overpriced for what you get. Atmosphere is very lovely, minus all the tvs in the bar area. This type of restaurant probably should not have tvs. The food was plated very nicely. Unfortunately I don't think the server knew... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

The food was GREAT!!! As a self proclaimed food specialist for me to say that a restaurant was great means it exceeded my expectations and this place did it. Maybe it was my waiter who always seem to pop up when we needed him or the Ginger Marks cocktail that was out of this world (if you like ginger) but... More 

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atlanta
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

My boyfriend and I came to Sambucas for my birthday. The service, food, and entertainment were awesome. I had the pork chop with prosciutto Mac and cheese and maple sweet potatoes- perfect! The ginger mark drink was definitely tasty and had a good kick to it! I will surely return when I'm in Nashville again.

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Nashville
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101 reviews 101 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Sambuca's location is I believe that of the first upscale restaurant in the Gulch area which is now booming. Though Sambucca wasn't the original it has been there for many years. I've only been for lunch over the past few years but visited again recently with a Chicago guest who loved it. Two great things about lunch here - easy... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Sambuca is in the Gluch area right next to downtown Nashville. The upstairs area has a patio & the main floor seating is nicely spread out. You can hear the live band in either area, played a variety of rock music, a nice change from country. You may not want to sit to close to the stage, it does get... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We enjoyed the band at Sambuca very much. They played a excellent variety of rock. The music was not so loud as to drown out conversation at the table. On the other hand the food was a disappointment... It did not arrive very hot, the portions were small, it had good flavor, and the waiter was pushy! He said u... More 

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toronto
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63 reviews 63 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Needed something not fried, and different from Broadway. Found Sambuca on interent and looked cool with a menu that offered a good selection. got there and realized it was a neat area and was a "cool" restaurant. Patio looked great but weather wasn't accomdating that. Sat at a table close to stage. Food was excellent for the price. Janet (Jeanette)... More 

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Went to check out the Gulch area of Nashville and were pleasantly surprised! We enjoyed our meal and the atmosphere. We were seated upstairs in their patio area and could still hear the live music. Our server was new and had difficulty opening our wine bottle but her service was attentive and our food was served in a timely manner.... More 

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Olathe, Kansas
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42 reviews 42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The service was very good...I was there with 20 or so people and we ordered from a pre-selected menu. The food was good, but I wouldn't say exceptional. the decor...well the place needs a facelift for sure. The music was quite good and the musicians welcoming...probably more intimate because of the Sunday night time.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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75 reviews 75 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

My wife and I recently joined a group for dinner at Sambuca Restaurant on 12th Ave. S. in Nashville's popular Gulch district. It was our first experience at Sambuca and we were not disappointed. We both had a tasty spinach salad followed by a main course: mine was a filet mignon and hers was salmon. Both were certainly good, although... More 

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