We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ratings and reviews

RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere

Details

PRICE RANGE
£5 - £20
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
View all details
meals, features, about
Reviews (997)
We perform checks on reviews.
Tripadvisor’s approach to reviews
Before posting, each Tripadvisor review goes through an automated tracking system, which collects information, answering the following questions: how, what, where and when. If the system detects something that potentially contradicts our community guidelines, the review is not published.
When the system detects a problem, a review may be automatically rejected, sent to the reviewer for validation, or manually reviewed by our team of content specialists, who work 24/7 to maintain the quality of the reviews on our site.
Our team checks each review posted on the site disputed by our community as not meeting our community guidelines.
Learn more about our review moderation.
Filter reviews
995 results
Traveller rating
362
276
157
92
108
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
Traveller rating
362
276
157
92
108
Show reviews that mention
All reviews pizza minestrone soup potato skins ice cream travel lodge sunday lunch nice meal travelodge specials
Sort and selected filters
Sort FilterEnglish
Updating list...
Reviewed 10 May 2024

Absolutely appalling service, mediocre food and to top it all they had no Pinot Grigio and second choice was a waste of time they said they had go fetch some 30 minutes later two people came back with bags from Sainsburys but no Pinot Grigio..., waitress kept ignoring us it took from 18:10 to 18:45 to order food. What a complete and utterly waste of time.More

Date of visit: May 2024
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 8 April 2024

Lovely meal for 7 of us chose the lunch special. Best pizza I have had for ages. Lovely attentive staff too. Thank you all.

Date of visit: April 2024
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 15 September 2023

Have always had a good experience, service is good and attentive, food was very nice and quickly served, parking is available as well.

Date of visit: September 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 8 August 2023

Sunday roast was delicious very good value for money. Service excellent staff polite and professional. I would strongly recommend going

Date of visit: August 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 22 July 2023

Great value food. Tasty and good portions. Attentive staff. The complimentary Lemoncello was a nice touch.

Date of visit: July 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 20 May 2023

When I arrived He was so rude the guy serving his attitude was vile! Am in the hotel for 8 weeks training for a very large hospitality brand let’s hope I don’t get his experience, You need to act you’re losing due to this one...male just read all the reviews. That’s all am saying!More

Date of visit: April 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 14 May 2023

Took me family for lunch me granddaughter 3 years old has celiac gluten free … we asked for gluten free Garlic bread and pasta we asked again to make sure before we give her any within half hour she was poorly Will not be going...back very disappointedMore

Date of visit: May 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 1 April 2023

This restaurant was alongside our hotel so very convenient and attractive. The Italian fare was not bad value and was quite tasty. On checking our bill later on it seemed that the prices shown on the menu were not exactly the same as those actually...charged so perhaps the management of this otherwise satisfactory establishment might check on this.More

Date of visit: March 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 1 April 2023 via mobile

Without exception, all of the restaurant staff, chefs, kitchen and bar staff are excellent. A special mention for Alan, Georgie and George who make every visit extra special. They are friendly, attentive and respectful and always make a fuss and spoil our granddaughter every time...we visit. In summary Staff 10/10 Food 10/10 Ambience 10/10 Service 10/10 Value for money 10/10 See you all again very soon. XMore

Date of visit: April 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 5 March 2023 via mobile

Saved a star with the tasty Sunday lunch apart from that staff eating chewy while serving, smoking out the front and hanging out of the serving hatch staring at people eating not to mention a toilet with no lock and no toilet seat the place...isn’t up to scratch and needs a health hygiene visitMore

Date of visit: March 2023
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 12 February 2023

Called in for Sunday lunch today which was excellent,good value for money and served by very friendly and helpful staff.Highly recommended!!!

Date of visit: February 2023
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 13 January 2023 via mobile

Having always enjoyed visiting Sambuca, and making a special effort to travel there to get the family together, we were very disappointed by the evening. We went out with our sons and their partners. It was very quiet, but the service was incredibly slow. 20...mins after ordering, we were told one of our choices wasn't available, and they got the drinks order wrong. When the food arrived it was OK but nothing special - it wasn't overly expensive but portions were small and the food was fairly basic.More

Date of visit: December 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 5 December 2022 via mobile

Although the staff were friendly they were far from professional. Staff members eating on the servery clearly in view, smoking out the front clearly in chef whites. I was handed my menu when I sat down, it was covered in “residue” and was sticky. When...I ordered my food my cutlery was brought over that was watermarked and my fork had several clearly very bent prongs. Then the food…. Ordered the carbonara that turned up swimming in an insipid white sauce that was overpowered by dill, the smoked bacon lardons were chewy and had the texture as if they had been boiled. Yes the food is “cheap” and “you get what you pay for” but it’s like they aren’t even trying. Half the choices on the menu but done right would have the place packed every night. I was staying next door and had planned on eating there every night while staying but ended up in branded high street restaurants for the rest of my stay.More

Date of visit: November 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 28 November 2022 via mobile

We stopped here for a late lunch / early tea around 3:30pm on a Saturday afternoon. We’ve been to others across the north east but never the one in durham. We we’re promptly seated and it wasn’t to busy when we arrived. It took them...20mins to take a drink order by which time we’d decided what we’d like to eat but staff seemed very reluctant to take both orders at the same time. The food was tasty and good value for money. It didn’t take to long to come. But again at the end we waited ages for the bill so went up to the bar to pay so we could leave. Would definitely recommend for the food but, service was below par.More

Date of visit: November 2022
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 6 November 2022

After waiting 20 mns for a drink we waited nearly an hour for our food ,iordered prawns in tempura batter they came out nearly white didn't think they seen a fryer they were disgusting sent back immediately, rest of our party was OK put was...pasta and pizza. We were in 2 hrs service disgraceful and want a lesson on cooking tempura prawns,I got free garlic bread it was my grandsons birthday and basically spoiled it .More

Date of visit: November 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
Travelodge Durham
1,702 reviews
.03 miles away
Hotel Indigo Durham, an IHG Hotel
986 reviews
.42 miles away
Delta Hotels Durham Royal County
2,116 reviews
.43 miles away
Premier Inn Durham City Centre (Walkergate) hotel
2,592 reviews
.52 miles away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
The Neighbourhood
96 reviews
.41 miles away
Tia's
523 reviews
.42 miles away
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill Durham
1,225 reviews
.41 miles away
Bistro Italiano
499 reviews
.35 miles away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
Crook Hall & Gardens
1,019 reviews
.50 miles away
Gala Theatre Durham
340 reviews
.50 miles away
Twin Statues of St Cuthbert
17 reviews
.51 miles away
Elvet Bridge
19 reviews
.49 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Elaine M
22 June 2021|
Answer
Response from Elaine B |
Yes
0
Votes
alysonb979
6 March 2018|
Answer
Response from cakethat | Reviewed this property |
I really don’t know although one of my party has been here and she is a gluten free so three must have been something she could eat as she definately dined.
3
Votes
ken rose a
18 October 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Shaun J | Reviewed this property |
Happy hour for drinks? No happy hour
0
Votes
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing

SAMBUCA, Durham - 10 Station Ln - Updated 2024 Restaurant Reviews, Photos & Phone Number - Tripadvisor

Frequently Asked Questions about Sambuca

Yes, Sambuca offers takeaway services.

Sambuca is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4