Siena Bistro
Siena Bistro

Siena Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sienabistro.com/
  • Phone: (408) 271-0837
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Siena Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
66 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (55)great for outdoor dining (46)great for lunch (32)special occasion (31)fit for foodies (29)romantic (18)good for groups (10)kid-friendly (8)notable wine list (7)hot spot (4)late-night find (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Found Siena Bistro (new to SJ dining scene) online and couldn't be more pleased. Such a quaint, out-of-the-bustle place. Food was great, service was super great. Will definitely go back here.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    WaltVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We visited Siena to celebrate a friends birthday with a nice dinner. We were not disappointed, the funky décor was complemented by great food and very attentive service. The flatbread appetizer was amazing! The spectacular birthday candle display was a lot of fun. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood Great 'Hide-away'
    Andiamo2manghia
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This restauarant is accessed by the 'back-door' so to speak.. The enterance is off a parking lot; don't let that stop you from going. Great service, a nice wine selection, food prepared with care, and a very caring Manager.. The menu may be a little limited.. BUT, what they offer they do VERY WELL! Seating is a little close for comfort.. the outdoor patio is pleasing.. There are daily specials which add to your choices.. as the name suggests.. Siena.. Italian - Meditteranean.. a touch of various flavors.. a nice blend!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Excellent
    Halcupt
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The fish dishes are outstanding and the other dishes never disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delightful
    agag35
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Our birthday celebration for 2 ladies wad delightful , thoroughly enjoyed by all and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always an enjoyable experience
    SingleSalesman
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Siena Bistro has always been a perfect place to meet with friends and enjoy a nice selection of fresh and well-prepared food. I had a great dinner date last Friday evening. The salmon was perfectly seasoned and prepared the way I asked for. My date also enjoyed her entrée. The owner came to our table toward the end of the evening to inquire if everything turned out. He is always cordial and appreciates seeing regular customers enjoy themselves. I love the convenience of easy access from the parking lot. I look forward to my next trip soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Siena Bistro Experience
    Wolfers2014
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I have been to siena Bistro many times and each time I have been thrilled with the excellent service and the fantastic food. The owner/chef David and his server Joan go out of their way to make each dining experience memorable. I have recommended Siena Bistro to many of my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Good
    4fordinner
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    My friends and I enjoy Siena Bistro as a local go-to location. The patio dinging is comfortable and inviting. The food is always above average and the servers are mature and very good at what they do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Lunch
    Host
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    My wife, daughter and I had an al fresco lunch at Siena Bistro. We each had a different class of food, from salad to flatbread to trout. All the dishes were prepared with imagination, and served promptly from the kitchen. The only down side is that parking at lunchtime is awful. Siena is adjacent to a large parking lot, but that helps little when it is chock-a-block.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining Under The Tiny Lights
    iolavolaVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I usually love this place, even though they serve only wine and beer, since I like a martini once in a while. However, I was disappointed this one time. I ordered a fish dish that was absolutely drenched and dripping in butter and the almondine crust was totally overcooked. I had to send the dish back and they brought me the same thing, only much better this time. The restaurant is very small and intimate with a rather small menu, but they usually pay attention to the dishes, so I was very surprised at the outcome this time. The service is excellent and the owner is usually on the premises if needed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice place for lunch or dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We enjoyed a very nice dinner at Siena Bistro. The service was excellent, and the food delicious. We had the salmon and filet of sole. Both dishes were very tasty, and nicely presented. We have had lunch here many times and always enjoyed it, so we decided to try their dinner. We are glad we did and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This visit was excellent
    LRMBMW
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Sometimes this place is off. We have been there when they are out of the specials or dessert and make feeble excuses about the difficulty of running a restaurant. The new, to me, Specials 2 for one price menu is a good deal with good choices. Out waitress was excellent. The only thing that would have made it better is if Cindy had been working!! Sitting outside was better as the place can get VERY noisy sometimes.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely lunch
    Lunchlady
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Food, with the exception of the crab cake appetizer, was outstanding. The sauce was overpowering and one bite of the crab tasted off. The hazelnut ravioli was delicious and I would order it again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    Halcupt
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Enjoyed our dining experience ... as usual. One of the best restaurants in San Jose.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best kept secret in Willow Glen
    grfindinWG
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We enjoyed a lovely Friday evening dinner with friends out on the patio at Sienna. The server was pleasant, the food was good and priced fairly, and all four of us had a delightful evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always reliable
    Scolla
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great restaurant for a dinner for one, a group or a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly place
    luvs2eat
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    It gave us a feel of a family owned business. All the waite staff loved working there and wore a big smile. The fish meals we had were excellent. Loved the beat salad and will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lovely lunch
    happydiner
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had a lovely lunch at Siena. We sat outdoors, and it wasn't too hot nor too cold. The waiter was attentive, and the food great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place for lunch with friends
    OhSoGreat
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Place was nice, the service was top notch and the food was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BC150VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was not good at all. Server was friendly and cheerful and did a great job of selling the entrees. 4 of us dined there for the first time because we had 2 Passport cards. The server only discounted one entree but I didn't realize that until I got home. My pasta was terrible. Not spicy as it was described. My husband had the pork medallions and his was not good either. The other two people had the salmon (smelled terribly fishy) and the duck confit with pasta (odd dish with uncomplimentary ingredients...looked like a big mess and could not tell what it was). We will not be returning.
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  • Lunch WithDavid
    iolavolaVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Always enjoy Siena Bistro for both lunch and dinner. Very small restaurant but worth enjoying. Service is very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 45 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 545 reviews are from the Siena Bistro reviews archive.
  • Perfectly cooked
    JulieYVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We had the salmon and the sole almandine. Both were delicious and perfectly cooked. Chinese Snow Peas were so fresh, sweet, and absolutely perfectly cooked. The only slight miss: the rice pilaf tasted like cinnamon and I didn't care for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood find
    lizziebeast
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We sat in the outdoor dining so the ambiance wasn't great but okay. Inside looks nicer for next time. I have a dairy allergy and when I mentioned it the waitress was immediately alert. She had the chef come and talk to us and he talked through all the options I had and how things could be altered. Very impressed. The rack of lamb was exquisite, the polenta could have been seasoned more and the duck was a close second to the lamb. Limited wine selection but adequate. Will come again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JoeD
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I tried the beet salad for the first time and was very happy with it. My wife says their caeser is one of the best. Cedar plank salmon was perfectly prepared. Vegetable risotto had a great blend of flavors and textures and was creamy and delicious without being too heavy. The salted caramel gelato is a must. Owner maitre'd David was very friendly and humorous. Thanks for the great dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice spot
    eastcoastfoodie
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    This is my second business/casual dinner at Sienna Bistro. The first time it was my guest's choice and the second was my choice. I think my second guest will likely bring his family in September. It was very nice. I had the sole almondine which was very tasty..(just a bit too oily for me). Very good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Siena Bistro great local spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    In a valley of over priced factory food, this fabulous local Willow Glen benefits from the daily oversight of owner / chef Dave and offers up some of the freshest menu items at truly reasonable prices. The Tuesday and Wednesday night standing dinner special for two is an outstanding value. Best Sole Almondine ever!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food. Attentive Owner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Chicken Marsala and Angry Pasta were both very good. The chef/owner came by our table to check on everything, always a nice touch
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real gem
    AHMHVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The food and service is excellent. You couldn't ask for anything more.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Alfresco Lunch with Friends.
    Taxgddess
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The sole and salmon were excellent, as was the beet salad. Service was good in general but the waiter forgot to bring one of the desserts, the kitchen forgot to put the Brie on the ham sandwich and the coffee was cold. It appeared that our waiter was serving both inside and out on our Friday noon lunch. It was a good thing we weren't in a hurry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Midweek Special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I guess it may not be the best way to try out new restaurant from their midweek special (dinner for 2 with a bottle of wine for $55)?! As the special menu was very limited. Everything we tried was just so-so.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We recently celebrated an Anniversary at the Siena Bistro with another couple and we all had a delicious dinner! Our wait person was excellent and we used our Passport Card. The sole Almandine was perfectly cooked, my husband loved his rack of lam and the other gentleman was very happy with the steak he ordered! So nice to NOT have to go downtown for a very good dinner! And since it was our anniversary a musical candle arrived at the end of our meal and was colorful, fun and festive! We will definitely return to the Siena Bistro!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Siena Bistro!
    LauraJ
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great place, great food, great wine, great service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice meal
    PDCD
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Food was good, staff very nice. Small menu. $20 corkage for wine seems a bit excessive! The birthday surprise was very fun!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't try to use Passport card here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Bought 2 entrees at lunch and the owner wouldn't accept our Passport card because we shared them!! What?? What does he care what we do with our food once it's served. He made a big deal about bringing out the rules and embarrassed us in front of other diners. I love this restaurant and have recommended it to many friends, but I will never go there again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden gem
    NYvisitor
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    David the owner is wonderful - sitting outside is a Must - really wonderful evening! Great service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Local Gen
    DrSocrates
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Truly a 5 star eating establishment. Only downside, it was a bit noisy - one group of 8 were having lots of fun. Not too bad in normal context but it was our Anniversary dinner and was distracting. Once the food came for 'them', the noise level was lessened. One more irritation, not with the restaurant but with OPEN TABLE. This reservation does NOT accrue points from OT. Turns out I got this several times on other establishments. Then why use OT? I think I will NOT for this restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Siena Bistro
    CandVVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The food is excellent, the owner/chef and the staff have been there for a long time and know the menu very well. We always enjoy a lovely dinner here.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The portions are very small and overpriced. A simple brewed iced tea was $5.00. I had the scallop sandwich which contained only 4 scallops for $18.00. Although the outdoor dining atmosphere is quaint and intimate, the pricing is not in line with the quality and quantity.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Find!
    luckeygirl
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    It's hidden behind Lincoln avenue and the fabulousness of it is appropriate being that it's a hidden gem!!! Love the house salad, although the others are more unique and spectacular. They go the extra mile with the food!!!! And the dessert, YUM!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Refreshed menu and Great Tues Deal
    SJRegularVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    They do a nice Special every Tuesday (and I think Wed). 2 Starters, 2 entrees and a bottle of wine from a limited menu for $55. They have also revised their menu with updated items. The food was great and the wine was solid for a deal like this. The wait staff was busy, so they forgot to tell us a few things which Dave updated us on and I'll pass on to the Open Table crowd. If you want to forgo the wine on the deal, you can get a $20 credit to something on their wine list or bring your own and they'll waive corkage. Also, the new dinner menu dropped the pork piccatta which we loved. Dave mentioned they are glad to make it as well as some of the other items that dropped off the menu (he kept the piccatta on the lunch menu).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate