I have been there so many
I have been there so many times that this should speak for itself.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very friendly staff and an
Very friendly staff and an interesting menu and wine list. The owner/chef came and talked to our group of 10 at least 3 times. Very enjoyable evening at reasonable price.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have had a lot of clam chowder
I have had a lot of clam chowder in my day. The chowder I had on Friday at Siena Bistro was definitely one of the best ever. No shortage of clams, great flavor and consistency. Don't miss out on the aged balsamic when having your bread and olive oil...you have to ask for it. Caesar salad was also top notch. The dinners we ordered, while not as extraordinary as the soup and salad, were flavorful and served in good-sized portions. If they have the salted caramel gelato on the dessert menu, you gotta have it.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
The main courses were absolutely
The main courses were absolutely amazing, we enjoyed both of them very much. The desserts were very creative and we enjoyed the chocolate cake with salted caramel gelato. A nice enjoyable evening.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Need to update the menu.
Need to update the menu. Even adding one different dish/special per day would help. Though the food is very good, the menu has gotten static.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was great as always and
Food was great as always and service was top notch !!! Patio seating is very comfortable and our
group enjoyed the ambience.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was fantastic. The baby spinach salad was so delicious that it took it's rightful place as "the best salad I've ever had." The entre also took a first because I had never before considered the purpose or noticed the presentation of any food; ye tI was momentarily mesmerized when the pork picatta was placed in front of me--so elegant and enticing! I ended my meal with the unexpectedly marvelous bread pudding. Who expects bread pudding to be anything other than sweet, mushed bread? I only ordered it because it had been strongly recommended, and was I in for a surprise! There was nothing mushy about THIS bread pudding, possibly because it was made with a brioche rather than the stale bread my mother would have used.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice date night
They accept passport we had a great meal one entree was free!
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love the angry pasta
We have been here a few times and the food is always very good. Our favorite is the angry pasta and apple cinnamon bread pudding. The shrimp appetizer is great too. Food is very good quality and just the right amount. We will be back.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Williow Glen secret!
I loved this place! We had lunch with a group of 6 and really enjoyed it. They had great variety on the menu and wonderful desserts as well. We will be back!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious as always!
We had a lovely dinner and, having gotten there a bit on the early side, had a quiet time before the place filled up. I'm always happy with their food, and the service this time was excellent. You really can't beat their Tuesday/Wednesday special!
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
The special for two which
The special for two which includes a bottle of wine is a great value. Some in our party had the sole almandine which was very good as was the gnocchi. The pork ribs could use a little more marinate to give it more flavor. The waitress was very friendly and efficient.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wednesday night special (dinner
Wednesday night special (dinner for two for $54) is such a bargain. The food was delicious -as always and the
service is wonderful.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice outdoor dining
Delicious, well-prepared, and well-presented food. Portions on the small side.
Very noisy (...muzak and conversation...) inside and out during peak Friday lunch period.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Creative fish special
Specials often show a California flair. And, once again, the Tiramisu was great.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Will be back for sure
This was my second time here this time to celebrate a friends birthday. The service is so good you feel like you are the only customer at times yet there was a lively crowd.
David the Chef comes out to talk with you as if you were a long lost friend and he is always willing to answer any questions you may have.
They have a Tuesday and Wednesday special that is hard to beat and the beet salad is so good I pay extra for it since it is not on the special menu.
Try it you won't be disappointed!
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love this place and find
I love this place and find myself returning more often.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still a great spot!
I had not been here in awhile - not sure why?! The wait staff is always friendly and accommodating. The food delicious. One of the only restaurants with outdoor seating. I plan to get back to returning on a more regular basis.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
This neighborhood gem of a restaurant is tucked away just off Minnesota near Lincoln Avenue. We have been dining here for a while and it is consistency very good. Sometimes the menu is the same - it would be nice if the Chef would have more specials but other than that, our dining experience here is always an A+. Staff are wonderful and helpful too.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Becoming a favorite
Don't miss the beat salad. I love beats and this salad really satisfies me. They have a fix price dinner for two @ $54 which includes a bottle of wine on Tuesday and Wednesday. Great menu items as well.
You can't go wrong this is a lovely place with outstanding service and excellent food.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The restaurant was very intimate yet had a relaxed and warm feel. The staff was friendly, personable, and well versed on the menu and wine list. The chef/owner came out to introduce himself and customized my dish to perfection. The food was delicious and the wine was exquisite. I plan on returning to the restaurant time and time again.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely outdoor dining
This was my first time at the restaurant for dinner with my husband. Upon arrival we asked to be seated outside and they gave us the last open table even though it was set for 5 people. That's unheard of and very much appreciated. The outdoor patio ambiance was lovely. The service was warm and friendly. The crab cakes were okay, the beet salad was great, the sole almandine was great but the broccoli rabe was ineatably bitter. The rice served with the sole had cinnamon in it. Not to my liking but others may like it. The chocolate cake and caramel ice cream was fabulous.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Patio Great for Romantic Dinner
Visited again for about the 5th time, and had another excellent meal. Found a seat on the patio, which is more romantic and less noisy than inside. The salad with brie and candied nuts is great, and the bread pudding and chocolate cake were both nicely done. Entree cheese ravioli was OK, but needed something to give a little more "pop." Wines were good, and dinner pours were generous, but dessert port pour was skimpy (from personal experience, I expect 2.5-3.0 oz for port if the price point is only about $20 retail for 750 ml, as this was). Would certainly return to dine again. Service was friendly and efficient. Sangria at Siena is excellent, but only avail. on special occasions.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hidden, great food, fantastic owner
Found the restaurant on Yelp to take a group of clients for dinner. At 10 am the day of my reservation I was called by the hostess to chose a table. Food was fantastic, the chef would come out and chat with us about the food and the ambiance. He was kid, funny and cared about his customers.
Their ice cream is to die for, salted Carmel I took to go! When asking the owner, he gave credit where credit was due and showed me where to purchase it!
Carpaccio, bruschetta - best in town.
Chicken Marsala - unique style, delicious
Huge portions! Delightful decorated. Over all great restaurant.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was great as usual. It's a wonderful place to take friends.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dining al fresco. A beautiful neighborhood gem tucked away from the bustle of Lincoln avenue in the Willow Glen, CA area. A nice place to meet friends for lunch in a friendly atmosphere. The food is fresh & delicious. The salmon is a favorite.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
True Bistro atmoshpere
Have now been there for lunch with the ladies and dinner with another couple.
Enjoyed it both times. We had dinner on Wednesday and there was a great special for two:
2 starters, 2 entrees and a bottle of wine for $54. A good deal definitely!
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant is on the backside of Lincoln Ave, so it is hidden from Lincoln Ave traffic. However, enough customers find it and it is very busy! The food is very good but higher priced. Good place for a special evening.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
A friend introduced me to
A friend introduced me to Siena Bistro several years ago and I (we) have been going back somewhat regularly ever since, I think the food is especially good and very attractively served. Service has always been better than excellent, and the patio on a summer's night is perfect!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had another great meal including a wonderful green bean soup. Slightly spice and savory. The seafood pasta with pesto was very good as well.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Color us surprised!
My husband and I decided to walk to Willow Glen for our date night. (4.5 miles) It was 8 pm when we got to town and restaurants were filled. We got on Open Table and found this wonderful place. They were busy but got us seated on time. The menu was interesting and the food was fabulous! The service was helpful and friendly even at the end of the evening. We would definitely plan a return.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a favorite
I am somewhat reluctant to write a great review for a place I love because one of the things I love is that its not mobbed (yet). But the food is so good and Dave is such a great owner, I have to give the whole experience a plug. I love sitting on the outdoor patio, its such a great spot. It was my wife's birthday and they were very helpful getting her a gluten-free, dairy-free dinner that she loved and an awesome birthday desert as well.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place... Chef has a
Great place... Chef has a great personality an comes see how our food is at our table..
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is very good and
The food is very good and priced well. They could have a better wine list.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Siena Bistro has been very
Siena Bistro has been very good to us every time we've been in. The food is always fantastic and the Cedar Plank Salmon & Beet Salad are to die for!!
Thanks again Siena!!
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Their food is excellent. The portions aren't large, but the food is so delicately cooked and delicious it's a true find. It's a lovely place for a romantic dinner when the weather is good in their outdoor area, and it's also good for small groups.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
A reliable gem!
I've been coming to this restaurant for years and I am never disappointed. My friend and I enjoyed an excellent lunch with outstanding service this past Saturday. Thanks as always, Siena Bistro!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the Best
Siena Bistro was a relaxing and delightful experience and we definitely will be returning. The dishes were fresh and unique! The
warn brie and beet salads were outstanding. All four of us ordered something different for each course and all thought our own choice was the best. The desserts cannot be ignored. We enjoyed David visiting with us during the meal. The wait staff were helpful and pleasant.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was great and the service was spot on. Would return.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Willow Glen Find
Great food. Service was excellent. Owner (Dave) brings a lot of personality to the place. He is very personable and makes great recommendations.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great to be back!
My wife and I hadn't eaten at Siena Bistro in awhile. Not sure why, just hadn't been there recently. So glad that we went on Friday night! My pork tenderloin was cooked perfectly and very flavorful, but the real highlight was the lentil soup! I was told it was a healthy vegan alternative and now I understand how someone could go vegan! Very tasty and outstanding flavors. My wife had a scallop pasta that she loved and finished her entire serving, which doesn't happen often. We had a pumpkin gelato for dessert that was also amazing. We'll definitely be book sooner next time.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice patio for lunch
The Siena Bistro is a nice little restaurant in San Jose. It is Italian/American rather than French in my view. Parking can be difficult, as the lot outside the restaurant can get busy. The patio is nice for lunch but no view as it is surrounded by a fence screening the public car park. Nice mixture of salads, burgers and pasta on the menu. All cooked fresh and good quality ingredients and presented well. Staff couldn't be more helpful - no problems when my wife wanted goats cheese instead of brie on her main course. Wine list OK but not exceptional and only bottle beers however nice chilled glass to drink it from. Service was laid back and I wouldn't go there if I was in a hurry. All in all a good experience.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sienna's food is consistently wonderful. Everyone at our table was pleased again. The only downside can be the noise level, it can be less than relaxing for conversations. I love that this in my neighborhood.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
A Must Do
What a wonderful surprise! The experience could not have been better. This is a place you simply must try!!!! We had the Pear and Gorgonzola on Flat Bread appetizer that was out of this world. The Scottish Salmon on Cedar Plank melted in your mouth. The Meatloaf with a Balsamic Glaze..... decadent.
We will be back ...... often.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice BD Dinner with Wife
We went out on my wife's birthday. Yelp said it was a romantic dinner place, but, I would rather call it a nice warm friendly place for a nice quiet dinner. Nothing exotic about the food, rather, a solid good delicious food in a pleasant home cooked feels.
It was on Wednesday which they had "Dinner for Two" specials - which included soup or salad, entries, and bottle of wine. Their clamp chowder soup was milky smooth and delicious with lots of clamps. Their baby back rib entry was soft and juicy delight. Of course, their rich smooth Italian wine made our dinner very pleasing.
I would agree with others that this place is a hidden gem of the neighborhood.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Quaint and personal
We ate outside on the enclosed patio in early November. It was very quaint and quiet out there. I had my coat with me and there were space heaters, so we were comfortable. The menu at Siena Bistro was smaller than some restaurants, but it had a good variety- salmon, pork, steak, pasta, chicken... As an appetizer we had warm brie salad that contained a lettuce blend with fresh raspberries, melted brie, and nuts on it. Delicious! For dinner I ordered dijon crusted salmon filet on a cedar plank and my husband selected scallop gorgonzola. Both dishes were delectable. We were too full for dessert, so I can't comment on that. Our waiter, Carlos, was very attentive and pleasant. I am happy to recommend Siena Bistro.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was my first time at
This was my first time at Siena and I was not dissappointed. The chef came out to make sure everything was to our likeing and wanted us to taste a new wine that he added to the list.
It was friendly and the food was excellent. We'll difinately go back.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Exceeded our expectations!
What a great little Resturant in downtown Willow Glen! We chose to sit on the patio (In November). The heaters were plentiful and we were all quite comfortable. If we happened to feel chilly, however, we could wrap ourselves in the cozy blanket placed at each outdoor table. We in fact did not need it. The food was delicious and there was a nice variety. The menu is not overwhelmingly large. The Sole Almondine was a favorite as well as the beet salad and crab cake appetizer. Our server, Stephanie was delightful and attentive with a terrific sense of humor. The chef/owner chatted with us for a bit after our meal which was a nice personal touch. It was a lovely evening and we will definitely return!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Hidden Gem in Willow Glen
Great little neighborhood bistro with nice patio seating. A little difficult to find the first time as it is not on Lincoln.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
We came here to celebrate
We came here to celebrate a birthday. The food was great. If you go on Tuesday or Wednesday they have a special menu that includes a starter, main dish and a bottle of wine for 2 for a very good price. We all had a good time. The waitress brought out a special birthday candle surprise. I will definitely come back.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM