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About Caffe Siena

Cuisine inspired by blending of the cultures, tastes and textures of Italy, with Basque, French, and Mediterranean influences, and is presented in imaginative and artful culinary displays.

230 N College Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Contemporary American, Café

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast Buffet and Menu available: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 6:30am - 12:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday Late Night Menu: 10:00pm - Midnight

Cross Street:
Sixth Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(704) 602-2750

Website:
http://www.caffesienacharlotte.com/

Parking Details:
Please use the Wake Forest Parking Garage behind the Holiday Inn Center City, accessible from both 5th and 6th Streets . Complimentary Self Parking for patrons excluding special events, i.e. Restaurant Week, New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day, Hornets or Carolina Panther's games, or other events as determined by the restaurant ( 2 hour limit).

Executive Chef:
Scott Ottinger

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Sun 2:30PM - 9:30PM

Mon - Fri 4:00PM - 9:30PM

Sat 2:30PM - 9:30PM

Private Dining

Our Tagine Private Dining Room may be reserved for more intimate or private dining experiences. In a dinner configuration, the Tagine room will accommodate up to 20 guests comfortably. With additional features including 50” flat panel screens and access to a complete collection of event technologies (see manager for pricing), these rooms can be used for a variety of functions. Our staff specializes in private functions and we pride ourselves in our ability to make them successful. We would love to discuss how we can help you celebrate. The direct line to Caffe Siena is 704.602.2750; ask for Tara Taillie, Restaurant Manager.

Caffe Siena Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

3.8

Noise

Quiet

72% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
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Creative Cuisine (3)
Business Meals (3)
People Watching (3)
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Kid-friendly (2)
Fun (2)
Authentic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Romantic (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Top notch all around. Food and service outstanding.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Symphony tickets to Charlotte Symphony

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Our Lily was exceptional. Wonderful service from the bar and I believe the other young lady was a team lead. Was exceptional as well. Food and drinks marvelous.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 29, 2017

This has become my new favorite place! The food is amazing and the atmosphere is suitable for a date or a night out with friends!

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The server was great but the food was terrible. I feel like I got a work out just trying to cut my steak- which I ordered medium rare and came cooked medium and chewy. I am not the only one who shares the sentiment- others felt disappointed as well . I saw the reviews and was excited to eat here and by the end of the meal I wished I had chosen another place to eat. I feel like this is a place for tourists to eat. Not really special. Food isn't worth the price but you're paying for the location. Wouldn't come back if my life depended on it.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Very nice. Good wine, food and moderately priced.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Luis, our waiter was excellent and the food was outstanding as well as the cocktails. Highly recommend

Tags: Seasonal, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

I was not at all impressed. My salmon had to large bones in it and no one seemed to care. When I found them, I stopped eating it. The manager came by to ask how everything was and I told him about the bones. His response was "Well that happens sometimes. Enjoy your dinner." When I told the server, she said she'd tell the cook. They didn't offer anything to make it better; they just didn't care. It would have been nice if they comped my dinner, offered dessert or paid for my one glass of wine. My husband had steak and he was not at all impressed either. It was our first time there and it was to celebrate my birthday. We will not be back!!!!

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 (Western NC)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Was delighted to have an excellent meal for all four of us. The service was exceptional and the bonus of parking made a perfect evening in downtown Charlotte!

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Casual, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Stopped for breakfast and didn't realize it was attached to the hotel. Regular hotel food which is never that great.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Horrible service, waitress came over once and then we had to have the hostess bring our appetizer and drinks. The waitress never came back to get our dinner order. The appetizer was actually good so we were very disappointed that we never got to eat dinner but could not stay after such poor service.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We made a reservation at Cafe Siena to eat before seeing Ed Sheeran at the Spectrum center. Parking was quick and easy (6th and college) service was quick and the drink menu was awesome. We were just a few blocks away from the venue, so it made the trip easy

Tags: Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Scenic View, People Watching
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Overall had a good experience. Our server was attentive and very nice. Our food was good overall but one item on my plate was dry and not too flavorful. I had the lamb dish. The lamb was very good.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Servers were pleasant, but inattentive and the food was not as advertised. The chicken wings that we ordered just because we were very hungry when we got there took forever (over 20 minutes) and they were the best menu item.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Friendly staff and delish food.

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 (Savannah)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Not the venue for a Mother's Day brunch; menu was very limited.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We took my mother to Caffe Siena for Mother's Day. We were seated in front of the kitchen door. There were other open tables and I wish I had asked to be moved as it was distracting to have the swinging door of the kitchen constantly opening and closing. The main course was very good, but took a long time to be served. The crème brulee was not really what we would consider to be crème brulee. It consisted of more mixed berries than custard and the consistency of the dessert was grainy instead of the traditional smooth feel.

Tags: Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We didn't have a good experience. The hostess was rude when we asked if we could have a table away from the service area she felt the need to correct us. It took another 20 mins and warm mimosas before we were seated on the small patio. My mother's meal came our cold. My brothers meal was missing bacon. Mine was decent just soupy shrimp and polenta. We told our server Jolene who was very gracious and apologetic and ended up comping our meal per her manager which was appreciated. All in all though I wouldn't go back.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Enjoyed Mother's Day Brunch here! We were seated in a small private dining room with not much atmosphere and no window, but the server was awesome and made it a pleasant experience. The food was great (as were the bloody mary's) especially the prices which were very reasonable, particularly because this was a special menu. Made the reservations last minute ... overall very happy with our experience for celebrating Mother's Day!

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Mothers Day

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 6, 2017

A peaceful, inviting setting for conversations. A varied menu with touches of international flavors. Generous portion sizes. Attentive services. Everything was tasty and satisfying. I plan to go again.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Cafe Siena was perfect for our prom dinner! There was barely anyone there, which allowed for some great conversation due to a lack of noise and the service was exceptional. Although the service and the ambiance were good, the food was by far the best as I can honestly say I had the best steak I've ever eaten there. Thank you Cafe Siena!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on April 28, 2017

We got there early for our reservation and sat at the bar. The bartender (Amy) was very attentive, and did a great job keeping up, as the bar was quite busy. She mixed up a couple of good cocktails and was very pleasant.

Once we sat for our food, our server was just OK. She got us our food and drinks in a reasonably timely manner, but didn't check in on the food quality after we had received our meals. The food was quite tasty and the portions were good.

I got a burger and my wife got seafood risotto. Both were well prepared. The burger was good to temp (medium well) and the seafood was all cooked well.

Overall it was a very good experience and I would recommend Caffe Siena.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Second time to this restaurant. Food is good, but service was very slow both times. Wait staff is not well trained.

Tags: Casual
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Our waiter was very friendly and efficient making sure our dinner was delivered to meet a theater time. The food was disappoiting. Mussels not real fresh and broth watery. Salmon was prepared rare as requested but it was also not real fresh. The filet was ordered medium rare and served medium. Sides were very good as was the cheese cake.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Actually we didn't even get to try it. Walked in and waited for a hostess which never materialized (bartender was busy pouring shots to a wedding party in turquoise ties) Looked like a nice facility but we went elsewhere after no hostess showed.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Food was good but not "Mediterranean" at all. Service was kind of slack, but sufficient. The server brought me another knife when I dropped mine, but did not remove the utensils from the main course for instance.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on March 24, 2017

We have been to the Cafe Siena many times. We have arranged a dinner after an afternoon event downtown for a group of 20. . It is VERY convenient to many venues and their private room can seat around 20 people. The food is outstanding and prices within the realm of a fine dining restaurant. I would encourage you to try this conveniently located restaurant for your next trip uptown.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on March 19, 2017

This was a post-theatre dinner for us. The service was great, but then we were the only four people there for dinner which we found a bit odd. Everyone loved their dinner selections and drinks. I had a cup of the Butternut Squash soup and really enjoyed it. However, on the way home I began to have terrible stomach pains that lasted until the next morning. Rarely does eating anything bother me, but that certainly did. I think it was the soup because that was the only thing I had that was totally different from the rest of the party. We would eat there again if the situation warranted it.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Good comfort food with relaxed atmosphere. Service was great and friendly. Easy place to get in and out in the center of town. A few feet from Blumenthal theater

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on March 11, 2017

We went to Caffe Siena before going to the Ballet. From the moment we walked in we were well taken care of. The server was great. The food was awesome. And the drinks were the best! We couldn't be more pleased.

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Quick Bite, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 18, 2017

food was ok but very narrow selection. Need to add more variety to menu. Excellent location near everything. If they added some more variety to the menu, I would come back

Tags: People Watching, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Great scallops which my husband actually had to go to the kitchen & complement the chef. We enjoyed the Valentine special & the braised kale with scallop appetizer really was a winner! First time & we'll be back as so convenient to the Belk Theater which we frequent.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Son's 16th birthday

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 28, 2017

We went for restaurant week. We were sorely disappointed - no where on the website did they state that this is the restaurant in the Holiday Inn. Service was good, food - mediocre. Definitely got ripped off at $35 pp. Would not go back and do not recommend.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Food was alright, nothing impressive about any of the entrees really. The dessert really shined (I had the creme brulee), the mussels were also remarkable, and the sauce they came in was delicious. Overall, I likely won't be going back but if I do I'll probably just order the mussels, a glass of wine and dessert.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 28, 2017

My wife and I took advantage of queens feast week to visit café sienna for the first time. The food was delicious My wife had the steak with mushrooms and Demi glass sauce and I had the seafood risotto that was chock-full of seafood and very tasty. The service was excellent and we had a wonderful time and will definitely come back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Outstanding Value
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Had a great meal at Caffe Siena during Charlotte's Queen's Feast. Everyone enjoyed their meal and I would go back again. I had the seafood risotto which was full of seafood and delicious. It's located inside the Holiday Inn, but for a hotel restaurant, it's really great. Overall a good experience!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 27, 2017

The food was served in a timely fashion, well prepared, tasty, and appropriately portioned. The wait staff was superb. They were friendly, helpful, and quick to refill drinks and remove unnecessary plates.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 27, 2017

I went on Restaurant Week an didn't like that they didn't have the full menu.
For 35$ The caesar salad tasted good but was really tiny. I had the Chicken Marsala. The tiny 4oz chicken still had the skin and bone. There was one sliver of mushroom and the sauce was bland. For dessert the Tiramisu was
about 1-1/2 X 1-1/2 inches. If it wasn't for the ambiance I would of thought I was eating in a cafeteria.

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