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“Great music & food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sambuca

Sambuca
909 Texas St, Houston, TX 77002 (Downtown)
(713) 224-5299
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Ranked #355 of 7,288 Restaurants in Houston
Price range: $21 - $40
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Austin, Texas
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“Great music & food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Visited Sambuca on a Saturday night while visiting friends in Houston. Sambuca features bands every night. The food and beverages were very good -we had several "small plates" which can be shared. Pricing is on the high side as you might expect at a downtown club in a large city. Main dishes are mostly north of $20, but the small plates are priced like appetizers $8-12 on average.

Talking to the people there I learned that they tend to have more jazzy type bands mid-week and move to more of a rock and roll format on the weekend. The band we saw played a lot of 80's rock and roll, which seemed popular with everyone.

Service was good and very attentive, but a little hard to hear when you are sitting close to the band. We ordered our food during a break!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Algarvia, Portugal
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“Good music bar”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Stayed locally and used the restaurant / bar for a casual drink did not eat
But a good location for a drink and to listen to some good live music which is on every night

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Houston, Texas
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“Great Meal and Drinks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Sambuca's seems to be even better than before. My last few visits have me putting it on my list of regular possibilities when heading downtown for the theatre or music, as well as, early drinks after the office. Food is terrific and service always friendly and attentive.

Visited December 2013
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Northern Minnesota, USA
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“Impromptu bachelorette party”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

They were able to accommodate an impromptu group of 12. Good music, poor dance floor (didn't see one). Small plates were good.

Visited May 2013
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La Luz, New Mexico, USA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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“Just misses”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

The menu is pretentious but the food is just mediocre. The Havarti cheese tater tots are weird, but you can't substitute them for another potato dish without a $3.50 charge. The steak was cooked with no seasoning, needed steak sauce. Very disappointed given the prices. Probably won't eat here again.

Visited December 2013
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