Part intimate jazz club and part restaurant, Sambuca is a good choice if you want a sophisticated evening out. The music outranks the food; the headliners here—including local piano guru Mose Davis—are consistently top-notch. Because the venue basically works like a dinner theater, though, you'll need to eat to get a seat anywhere other than the bar (there's a $19 minimum per person). This isn't necessarily a bad thing; just stick to the more simply prepared dishes on the prix fixe dinner menu, and you'll be fine (the steaks, grilled salmon, and Australian lamb chops are reliable bets).
Cover charge: $15–$35, Thursday-Saturdays only
Seating inside the smaller, side dining room (once the club's smoking area) isn't so great for hearing the music. Then again, it's better for hearing your date.