Siena Bistro
Siena Bistro

Siena Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sienabistro.com/
  • Phone: 4082710837
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Spanish
  • Executive Chef: David Wiesner
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The patio(weather permitting) is available for private parties. Groups of up to 20 or up to 50 can be accommodated. The indoor restaurant can be rented out for groups of up to 20 or up to 45.
  • Private Party Contact: David Wiesner 4082710837

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Minnesota Ave
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: The entrance to Siena Bistro is accessible through the public parking lot off of Minnesota Ave & Lincoln Ave. There is no entrance off of Lincoln Ave. Parking is free and there is no time limit after 6:00pm.
A word from Siena Bistro
Siena Bistro is an intimate restaurant hidden behind Lincoln Avenue in downtown Willow Glen where you can dine with good friends or have a romantic evening. Enjoy the lovely patio for al fresco dining. Due to the location, Siena bistro is a "secret" to some people, but those who find it say it's like stepping into another world. A wide selection of salads, and pastas are offered with delicate, yet mouth watering flavors. Our friendly staff will help you decide between house favorites such as our fresh salmon, sole almandine or beef bourguignon. Well researched California and Mediterranean wines, are the perfect accompaniment to any meal. Brioche Bread Pudding, Lemoncello Tiramisu or any of our house-made desserts would be a perfect ending to your dining experience.
We hope to see you whether it is your first visit or you are one of our many regulars!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Siena Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
65 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (53)great for outdoor dining (46)great for lunch (31)fit for foodies (27)special occasion (25)romantic (15)good for groups (10)kid-friendly (7)notable wine list (6)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Have not been here in a couple years. My neighbor suggested it and commented on the crab sandwich. I took a friend and requested the crab sandwich (not on the menu) and they could make it for us. It was great. My friend and I talked for 3 hrs! We were attend to but left alone. Was a great gift to us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's day success
    mamasfirst
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Definitely a special first mother's day brunch. Everything went off without a hitch from the bottomless mimosas to the eggs benedicts. They pre-fixed menu was a little lean, but was sufficient for the 6 people we had.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice and popular restaurant
    wonderingoutloud
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The food was interesting and well prepared. The service was excellent. A little quirky to exist off the parking lot behind the buildings (you cannot enter from Lincoln) but once inside it is a rather intimate atmosphere though it can get fairly noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner with Dad & Judy
    foodandfun
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    It was great place to enjoy a meal on my dad and Judy's visit. Nice atmosphere. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dave has done it again
    MondyVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    The menu has been upgraded and many new items added. I still had to have my favorite beet salad which is amazing. The Tuscan bean soup was great as was the duck confit ragu. I will need to return soon to try the new Rabbit dish. Always great coffee and the tiramisu was very good. I also noted new additions to the wine list.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Outdoor Lunch
    SpikermikeVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Enjoyed the lunch and the outdoor patio. Food was very good and the waiters were friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • hidden gem
    skiers
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Discovered Siena a few years ago. Going back often. Never had bad food there, great service and everyone is super friendly. One of our favorite place in Willow Glen.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful tastey food!
    VickyVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Wow! It's so refreshing to find a restaurant that uses spices in addition to fresh ingredients to create wonderful dishes with flavor. We had the crab cakes that were served on fresh avocado slices in a gazpacho and chili sauce. Then we shared the Beet Salad that used sliced beets with feta stacked and sliced together to deliver the perfect balance of beets and cheese in a bed of fresh lettuces. The shrimp skewers were spiced and grilled with cara cara oranges and vegetables. The oranges provided a wonderful sweet, citrus flavor that wasn't overly acidic. The Sole Almandine was cooked perfectly and the sauce amazing as well. If you haven't been to this restaurant before, you'll find it to be a hidden gem!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ambiance
    Lucky
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The lack of variety of items with a general entree was marginal. No veggies etc. Simply bland.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Willow Glen's Best Kept Secret
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    I am sure its been called that many times. I love Siena. The only thing is my salmon was very dry. I guess overcooked but I loved it anyways. I always go there on special occasions and love the Chef. The bread pudding - amazing. that's all. My guests were impressed as usual. I am a realtor and I take my clients there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    Anne
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    My husband and I really enjoyed our dinner celebrating his birthday!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Willow Glen Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    A wonderful dining experience in an inviting atmoshpere, Siena Bistro delivers with both its food and drink offerings as well as its service. Our dinners, wine and desserts were all top notch, only to be matched by the attentive and courteous members of the team. It was clear that they were not just serving food, but creating an experience for their customers.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent patio, but food was lacking
    vbabbottVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Went on a Saturday night. Weather was nice and wanted to enjoy a good patio. The ambiance of this place is good for outside dining. However the menu (wine and food) is limited. We got the crab cakes and cheesy bread as appetizers. They were both good. My husband ordered the angry pasta and I ordered the New York strip. His pasta wasn't anything to write home about. If my steak hadn't had a sauce covering it, it would have tasted soley of char. I wasn't good at all. Over priced for what you get. We won't go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time diner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Thought it was very quaint. A little noisy at times but I had a great dining experience. Sole Almandine was delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, a little noisy
    tbdrew
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    The food was wonderful, perfectly cooked and delicious, but the dining room is a bit too noisy and cramped for a romantic dinner or a good conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WONDERFUL REUNION
    Carole
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    6 of us reunited at Siena Bistro. Our waitress was delightful, took photos of the group for us. The food was fantastic. Crab sandwiches with fresh fruit. The chef does not bury the crab with mayonnaise. A GREAT EXPERIENCE!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had a good time, but not
    SylviaVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We had a good time, but not fabulous. The service was friendly but a little slow. Our friends split a beet salad which they thought was great. We had to ask a few times for a water refill.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious pastas.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Perfect little restaurant, great food and fun friendly environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice
    HeathVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Had lunch there with a girlfriends the other day. We had a fabulous lunch. Great wine selection too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant patio
    Janice
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The food is good, but nothing out of the ordinary. Indoors can feel a bit gloomy, but the patio is a great place to sit on a nice day. There are heaters if the breeze is chilly, and adjustable shades to keep the sun off. The staff is very accomodating. A nice neighborhood cafe.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Swordfish Special Amazing!
    DougF
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    The swordfish special was outstanding, thank you David
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • You Cannot Miss at Siena Bistro
    Wallace
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Food is excellent and the menu changes so there is always something new and delicious to try. Service is spot on, very friendly and accommodating. Local and a great place to showcase excellent dining in San Jose.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Update needed
    OldFan2014
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Habit, the wait staff and the patio propel us to Siena Bistro. The menu is in desperate need of an update. It has become boring to the nth degree.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a group of ladies had a wonderful
    shop
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    a group of ladies had a wonderful b-day lunch together. Very relaxing and enjoyable time. the service was great, no rushing us along. several of us had there crab sandwich with the chicken curry salad on the side. excellent! would go there again for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Neigborhood bistro
    jimdb
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Good menu, a bit more to choose from for lunch since the last time I was there. Had the Pear and Gorgonzola flat bread for an appetizer, very tasty! I was there for lunch with friends. Everyone enjoyed their meals. We had bun less burgers, eggplant parmigiana, and a scallop salad. For dessert we shared a creme brulee (it was OK) and the chocolate lava cake with vanilla bean gelato, yummy!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently the best food in town
    DougF
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    I get something different every time I'm here, and it is always great. But we go every week because of the staff and owner / chef. This is the best restaurant in Willow Glen
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yummy and consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    We love Siena Bistro. Always good food and great service! We decided at the last moment to take a friend here and booked a reservation through Open Table. We showed up early and were seated right away. All the food was great and we had a wonderful time! Service was great too! What more can I say!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Midweek lunch
    Ginny
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Nice varied menu. Wine prices seemed high. Outdoor seating looked nice, but was too chilly.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We dined early on a Sat night
    Moober
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We dined early on a Sat night so the restaurant was very quiet. We sat outside on the patio which was very quaint and they had heaters to keep us warm. We had the shrimp skewers and the sole almondine which most diners raved about, but I found it to be just OK, nothing special. The olives which they served when we first sat down were delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Valentine's Day dinner with f
    DougF
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Outstanding dinners and experience with two good friends on Valentine's Day, and it didn't break the bank. Great specials offered in addition to the regular menu. Excellent staff and service. We love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb tastes, simple, elegant,
    dukfarmer
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    We had Angry Pasta (excellent, very filling, medium spicy, al dante pasta). Also ordered the sole, which was a large filet, crusted very lightly, seasoned just enough to accent the fish - not overpower it, lightly pan seared, very tender and moist, and not a single over-cooked portion - and literally served within seconds out the pan -- -- hot! The chef (and more?) came out and talked with us for a short while. Friendly, casual. simple decor - slightly elegant, not fancy. No big screen over the wine bar, which would have ruined the simple ambiance. Great food, casual. Outdoor seating is nice. I recommend getting there a little on the early side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Hawkes
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    We chose Siena Bistro for our 14th anniversary. I would say the best part of the evening was when we sat down and my husband realized he forgot his reading glasses. A few minutes later one of the servers brought out a basket of reading glasses. We started out with the crab cakes with avocado and gazpacho. It was fantastic. The crab cakes were moist and flaky. The addition of the avocado and gazpacho was brilliant. For our entrees I had the dijon crusted salmon and he had the new york steak. The salmon was cooked perfectly. My husbands steak was perfectly cooked. And I must congratulate them..they got my husband to eat cooked cauliflower! For dessert we had the chocolate cake with sea salt gelato. It was the perfect ending!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Siena
    DET9
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Food, ambience and service is always the best. I highly recommend Siena.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gathering with friends
    Luly
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We have dinned at Siena Bistro on several occasions, always have had wonderful dinners and excellent service. Everyone is friendly and out going. On most of our visits you will find the chef come around to your tables and chat. We had dinner with another couple who we introduced to Siena Bistro to for the first time and they we very impressed as well. We all recommend leaving room for dessert and trying the apple bread pudding!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A somewhat hidden treasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Wonderful place for a quiet evening - good food, great service, not pretentious. The outdoor dining looked inviting for a next visit on a warner night. The entrance is behind Lincoln Street - just a few steps around the block. Definitely a keeper.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK but not enough to repeat
    nico
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Price: Really good. We did the Wednesday special 2 starters + 2 entrees + 1 bottle of wine for $55. Ambience: Inside the tables were too close together and it was a bit noisy and bright for the romantic dinner I was looking for. The outside seemed more private and romantic but it was cold to dine outside. Food: not of our liking. I had the Sole and my fiance the egg plant.... both where plain and uninteresting. The creme brulee for desert was OK. Service: OK I thought the price including wine was excellent but unfortunately it will not get us going again. Maybe other dishes were better but it was not enthusiastic to hear those were 2 of the most popular ones.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great hidden place
    vdg2
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Do not get fooled by the GPS which takes on Lincoln Avenue where you will go crazy since you can't see the restaurant where the GPS points at. The entrance is through the Minnesota Avenue. But it was definitely worth it. The food was excellent. The dinner for two is a great deal!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lunch
    HRockVIP
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    The food is always very good! The waiters are very nice and on top of things!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    Charlie
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Great food, fun chef. Hidden location in downtown Willow Glen. Worth seeking out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Just okay service
    FalconVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We waited over a half hour for our entrée, while other customers who came in after us were served before us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet