Sambuca is a little dinner place on Main Street in Medford that hasn't been open for even two years. It can be a little tricky driving there, because Main Street does a bizarre "one way only" trick for a few blocks. But, make an effort because now it's worth it!
410 E Main St
The restaurant recently hired a new head chef. He's a young and energetic local boy who became a CIA graduate and then worked at Farallon in SF before returning to this area.
He took over at Sambuca in September, and he says that he's just finishing up his first rework of the menu, which he'll introduce before the holidays start. Meanwhile, he's been making improvements to the dishes on the menu that he inherited.
And those little improvements have been good!
We've been back twice since he started, and we'll surely be there again soon. Once he puts his own menu in place, then I'll write a review.
Things to know: Sambuca has a list of about 100 unusual cocktails ($7-9) and though they have a modest wine list, most people seem to go for the alcohol. If you want good wine: BYOB. Also, they offer live music (jazz and standards) on some nights. Sometimes it's a piano and bass, other times a four piece band and singer.
Current menu prices range from about $23 - $27 for soup/salad and entree. For the food choices, I'd say that's a bit steep, but we have great hope that the new kid will make us eager for every bite.