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909 Texas Ave. (Travis St.) Send to Phone
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Happening night scene with varied live music and eclectic American dining.
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Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly
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Sambuca Restaurant Review

: It’s doubtful that anyone residing in the Rice Hotel when it opened in 1913 could imagine that this hip and trendy restaurant would one day inhabit the bottom floor of the historic building. But Sambuca’s décor more accurately reflects the remodeled rooms that are now high-priced apartments. The residents, as well as those driving downtown for an evening out, can enjoy the nightly live music, small plates like the goat cheese-stuffed artichokes and shrimp and crab dip, and artisan pizzas with cocktails and wine. Entrées include a salmon Oscar topped with hollandaise and lump crab meat, lobster enchiladas and a blackened flat-iron steak. After dinner, try a 20-year-old port while nibbling on a Heath bar candy torte.

User Ratings & Reviews for Sambuca
Average rating    3
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Dance the Night Away
by AlainHarvey on Sat Jun 18, 2011 12:28 pm
Sambuca has become a nationally recognized name for combining fine dining with live music seven nights a week. Sambuca Houston, located in Houston’s historic Rice Hotel, offers a variety of American cuisine satisfying every taste bud. From pizzas, calamari and other shared appetizers to grilled beef tenderloin and miso-glazed sea bass, the menu is sure to please everyone.

Sambuca features live music, which spans a variety of styles, including soft rock, pop, classic rock, sultry singers, jazz, R & B, crooners, and Latin rhythms. Live jazz entertainment plays nightly. Bands are mostly local, but the management books at least one national act a month. A cover charge only applies for national acts, and the amount varies. Think of a lounge with a bordello-like appeal and you are probably thinking of this downtown hot spot. The cigar room alone is worth a visit. The menu features seafood and Mediterranean-style pasta dishes.

The Good:
Excellent with good-sized of the portions.
Excellent Osso Buco, amazing new sea bass, and outstanding crab cakes.

The service at Sambuca is good. The staff were attentive, knowledgeable about the menu, and very helpful. All in all, the service here is very good.

Sambuca is hard to beat with its combination of romantic ambiance, music and friendly service.

The Bad:
Noise. It can get quite noisy in this particular restaurant. In all fairness, this should come as no surprise considering the live music and popular dance floor. If you are looking for a quiet evening I recommend you go elsewhere.

Sambuca is not cheap. Prices are on the high side, but the quality of the food helps to soften the blow.

The Final Verdict:
I recommend Sambuca for the great atmosphere, the wonderful food, live music and dancing.
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