601 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN | Directions 3720336.151892 -86.784179
worth it – I've been here twice. The food is very well done; I went with a large group and everybody loved what they got. Depending on when you go the music may be a little loud, but they have good musicians and the stage lighting gives the place a nice ambience. the girly drinks are pricey but really, really delicious. if you're in the mood for a really nice dinner and willing to spend the money, you really should try sambuca.
Definitely recommend!! – I love this place! My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary here. The staff is very nice, they took good care of us. The food was delicious- very creative. The martini I had was great- try the Asian pear martini! One of the best I've had! Loved the red curtains- it made it very romantic. The prices were reasonable, and the food really good. You should go!!
What happend to the band? – Well I have to say, it's an acquired taste. The food is good though. The drinks are better! The entertainment used to be great on Thursdays but I recently went one Thursday night to find that great band that played was no longer there. Its not the happening place to be now. Gotta find somewhere else for after work socials.
Too expensive to be so CHEAP – I like fine dining and don't mind paying a hefty price for good food and full service. However, Sambuca seems to be trying to masquerade as a fine establishment while cutting corners. As a bread lover, I was disappointed by the lack of any bread before or during the meal. I asked the waiter about it to determine if we could at least order something to fill that need, and he said there was nothing available at all! But what really shocked me was when he went further to explain that they had done an analysis of the bread and olive oil bill for the last year, and they decided it was too expensive. Well. You wouldn't have known by my bill at the end of the evening that they were cutting back! Still got to pay a hefty bill for a small meal with absolutely no extras!!! Next time I'm heading back to the better established restaurants in Nashville who still know how to serve their customers without cutting corners.
Don't waste your money! Expensive and terrible food! – I would never recommend anyone to dine at Sambuca. The food and service was terrible! Our calamari was stone cold and I ordered the Lobster Enchiladas and they were served lukewarm and flavorless. You could tell each entree was pre-prepared and the food was extremely overpriced. (the lobster enchiladas was 25.00) The only good thing to say about this place is the decor. There is a separate bar area, so stopping by for an after dinner drink would be the only way I would ever go here again. I was extremely disappointed (and it was my birthday!) If you are accustomed to great food when you're paying 25.00-35.00 an entree try Margot Cafe instead!
Best Atmosphere in town! – I came to Sambuca to celebrate an anniversary dinner with my husband. Not only was the service outstanding, the menu isn't as pricey as it should be considering the generous portions and live entertainment that is provided. The drinks were exceptionally good, and the atmosphere was to die for. This is my new favorite restaurant. I have since been back maybe five or six times since my anniversary ,and every time the service is outstanding. Unlike stuffy restaurants like the Watermark and Capital Grill, the energy is great, and mingling with bar patrons is fun! They are packed on the weekends, so making a reservation is a good idea. I normally don't rate restaurants, but Sambuca is so good, I had to say something about it.
Wonderful.. – I went here for my birthday. It was a Sunday night and wasn't busy at all. Didn't need reservations. They had all their 40-80 dollar bottles of wine half off so we got a really nice bottle of Chardonnay for 25 bucks! I got the Filet it was cooked perfectly. Although I didn't like the veggies it came with nor did I like the Goat cheese tator tot (bland) side. But the macaroni and cheese appetizer and creme brulee was to die for. There was a Jazz quatertet playing and the singer was awesome! I think her name was Minnie or Mandy? Waiter was ok not very personable but that kind opf thing doesn't bother me. hostess was super friendly and atmosphere was very cool, dark and romantic.
Letdown – My first time going to Sambuca in Nashville was this past May for drinks & apps with friends on a Thurs. which also happened to be my friends' birthday. We were on the 2nd level patio & enjoyed apps (1/2 off before 7) & $5 martinis (all night top-shelf, kept us there much longer than we had originally planned). We wanted maki rolls that are listed on the menu for Thurs night, but we were told by the server that they didn't have them that night, 1st disappointment.
My birthday is Friday & when asked what I wanted to do, I said I wanted to go to Sambuca the Thurs night before to have maki, apps & $5 Peartinis again b/c we had such fun in May. I didn't want to spend lots of money on dinner b/c I would spend more on my actual birthday on Friday. Thurs, at 6:30 we went & were informed that there was a private party until 8pm on the 2nd floor patio, first downer. Then we found a spot inside b/c there was no room outside on the 1st floor. We found chairs & sat at the side bar that looks at a dark wall, like something you'd see at a cafe if you wanted alone time with your laptop, not ideal for conversation. When the server came, she said the happy hour specials all ended at 7pm (which we knew; were going to order several appetizers before 7) & there were no longer $5 martinis, which meant no Peartinis that we had looked forward to. At that point we didn't even ask about maki b/c it probably wasn't available either. We didn't want to stay & were frustrated that nothing on menus for Thurs evening was accurate & that everything we looked forward to was no longer available. It had hurt the evening I had planned on to celebrate my birthday. We could have stayed, had one drink and left, but we were too frustrated at that point. I sure hope tomorrow night turns out better for us at a different restaurant. If vibe is the avenue they're going for I sure hope the rest of the food is good. As a designer, I can't see how the atmosphere draws people in.
worst food, service – My 27th birthday was supposed to be special: rented a limo, made 7 o'clock reservations at sambuca, had all my good close family and friends with me. arrived 10minuets early checked in. Host said table would be ready in few minutes, waited for 20minutes no table, went again to see what was going on and said it was being set up. waited for 20 more minutes, still not seated i was really mad then i went and yelled that if i didnt get seated soon the resturant was going to pay for my hour of waitting for my limo. Finally manager came out and seated us at a very dark table we had to use flash lights to read the menu. afer we ordered the food came out dry, under cooked and very bland. Plus their was no im sorry for the service or wait. i spent all that time thinking this was going to be great food and it sucked. Had i know the food and wait was this bad i would have at pizza. dont go ever!!
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