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Bar Siena

4.6
1920 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Bar Siena, the sister venue to River North's Siena Tavern, offers a slightly smaller menu inspired by expansive Italian street food such as antipasti, pasta, and pizza. Overseen by partner and Top Chef, Fabio Viviani, the menu focuses on Cicchetti style cuisine, with dishes served as they're prepared and are perfect for sharing.

The two-story restaurant, spanning 8,000-square-feet, is located in the heart of restaurant row in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood. Upon entering, there is a bustling bar and on the second floor, a vibrant dining room, both connected by an arresting illuminated sculpture inspired by Siena Tavern's olive tree icon.

Bar Siena is the perfect location for weekday lunch, dinner, happy hour or weekend brunch. If you're looking for something a little sweeter, stop by Bar Siena's side-concept and walk-up window, BomboBar, located on Green Street. Grab a coffee, bomboloni, gelato or hot chocolate to go!
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  • 3-course tasting menu of Chef Fabio’s favorites

    $65.00 per person

    Mar 3 - May 31, 2021

    Sit back and leave the ordering to us. Enjoy our 3-course tasting menu of Chef Fabio's favorites plus dessert. Consider this a delectable introduction to our biggest cravers specially prepared by our executive culinary team. $65.00 per person, excludes gratuity and tax. Upgrade your experience with a $30.00 per person wine pairing carefully selected by our sommelier to indulge your palette.
What 1920 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Michelle
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

love this place, made a reservation for outside and was hoping to be able to sit outside the tent, i wish there was a way to specify what kind of outdoor reservation. inside looked like it would during "normal times" which was nerve wrecking but hopefully as safe as possible. nonetheless, i LOVE the drinks and food!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matt our server was so knowledgeable and friendly. Great service and recommendations as well as always checking in with us.
The host was so accommodating to us as well. The whole ambiance was SO FUN.
FOOD OH WOW. Fresh pasta made in the restaurant and absolutely cooked to perfect. My mouth is watering thinking about it. Cannot wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The waiter was very attentive and came very often back to the table to check on us.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Food and service was wonderful

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Mikel
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The entire staff besides the valet was rude. Awful experience.

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ValerieD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and wonderful food. Our server Matt was fantastic.

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SigmaS
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Everything was awesome! Except for the fact that I did not get my birthday gelato which they promised.

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AtreyaM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Anniversary

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vipClaudiaC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Great food and great service! Music/ dj during Sunday brunch was too loud, I could barely hear the people at my table.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Date night

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The server was clearly overwhelmed. Our potato skins came out burned- when she stopped by and asked how our food is- she said “ok, I’ll go check on your other appetizer”. She did not care that our food was burned. Our other appetizer came out 15 minutes after the first- she never tried to take our food order so we decided to leave after getting our other appetizer. Poor experience overall. We will not go back

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Alli
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

We ordered a bunch of different dishes to shares. Everything was pretty good except the gnocchi was not cooked at all. We didn't want anything to replace it and they were very understanding of this and did remove it from our bill. The waitress was nice but I'm not sure if they were short staffed and/or just really busy but there were very long intervals of time between her coming back to our table for whatever reason it was. Also, the bathrooms on the 2nd floor were not being kept up at all. One person in my party used the restroom when we got there, which is shared by both men and women, and told both of us women when he got back to the table not to use the bathrooms because they were not clean. Over all, the place was nice we might have just gone on an off night. I would come back but maybe just for apps and drinks.

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BryanR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Overall good experience, we were Running 15 minutes behind and we called to let them know and got told this wouldn’t be an issue. When we got there, they canceled my reservation and had to wait to be seated. We got seated fairly quickly, but wish we would have known for parking reasons. Friendly staff, good food and good ambiance.

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MichaelS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Overrated, probably because of the celebrity chef. Nothing we had was amazing, just OK. Prices aren’t terrible, but really there are better options

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Kiah
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Parmesan fries and pizza are good as well as drink No.15. DJ has great sets plus it’s a cute restaurant.
Service is not the best.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Overall it was great food and a good time!

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Michelle
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food and atmosphere was great service wasn’t all to well

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LynE
Omaha
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. t's a must visit restaurant here if you're in Chicago!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I saw an IG post about service workers getting half off on Mondays at the restaurant. As a chiropractor I thought that I qualified for the promotion as I provide a service to people. I was told at the end of the meal that I actually don’t qualify. I did ask the server at the beginning of the meal if I needed to show proof of employment but he said he would check at the end.

There was an unfortunate miscommunication, I payed the bill but definitely won’t be back for a while as Bar Siena’s communication about the situation could have been handled better in my opinion.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovey atmosphere for a dinner out for a mother daughter date!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I had steak and eggs at brunch. My steak was cooked perfectly. My friend and I sat in the heated tent and it was quite comfortable. Patrons are allowed to bring their dogs and it’s outside so birds are flying around so as long as a bit of nature and barking don’t bother you, you’ll enjoy your visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Annemarie did a great job and provided excellent service! New favorite brunch spot, the short rib hash is outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great.

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vipMark
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service and the tomato bisque and grilled cheese are ridiculously good.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always come here specifically for the bombolini.... the food is good too, but the bombolini is excellent

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Brandowski
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Love this place. Continue to come back time and time again. Love the food, service and ambiance.

CM
vipChrissaM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always such a great time. great food and overall experience - friendly staff, pretty environment.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was unfortunate that Megan wasn't available to serve us like normal, but Cory was a fantastic. Always a great a experience when I dine here.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was great, but it was so cold outside and the heaters were not enough!

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Michael
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Food was excellent. The large outdoor tent only had 1 heater, a bunch were sitting outside unused. They were likely understaffed and unprepared for re-opening indoor dining (which is understandable). They ran out of silverware so we had plastic utensils and a tissue paper thin napkin. Kitchen and service was pretty backed up and slow. We were allotted 1hr30min and were there 3hr. They ran out of steak to order :( Staff was very friendly. This experience was not great but I have been to Bar Siena pre-covid times and it was top notch experience so definitely believe they were still adjusting to re-opening for full indoor dining and being slammed on Valentines Day. We will be back to try again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I came in tonight for a Valentine’s dinner with my 4 girlfriends. We made a reservation weeks ago and were looking forward to treating ourselves to a nice dinner and drinks. From the moment we walked in we could tell they were extremely busy, which was fine, but as we were seated one of the plexiglass partitions fell over and we were instantly screamed at by one of the managers yelling at us. I understand he didn’t realize what had happened, but it was extremely condescending and embarrassing for him to yell at us and make a scene in front of the entire restaurant for something that hadn’t been our fault. The waiter during dinner was clearly overwhelmed with how busy the restaurant was, but as a result he was extremely inattentive and we were left waiting for our food and drink orders. Overall, I’m disappointed that we made a reservation expecting a high end dining experience and were treated like we had no business being in this restaurant. If you’re looking for a nice and enjoyable experience, I recommend taking your money elsewhere.

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AmyM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was fantastic and our service was quick. Only issue was that we were in the heated patio which was not warm.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful experience with delicious food, kind service, and lovely atmosphere.

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Keila
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I was disappointed with the outdoor setup for dining. It was negative degrees and the restaurant did not take the time to reinforce the tent! I could not believe the atmosphere, there were barely any heaters and it felt like you were eating outside. If you expect customers to pay over $200+ dollars why wouldn’t you take the time to think about those customers who you place out in the snow and cold? It was beyond for me, I will not go back and this was my first time ever in the restaurant- Night and Day from the inside dining to the outdoor tent, the restaurant should be ashamed of the conditions the presented for outside dining guests. Definitely ruined the experience for my boyfriend and I

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food3service5ambience1

The outside tent had multiple cuts in the material so it wasn’t retaining any heat. There was a bunch of duck tape poorly placed, missing every open slit and the floor was covered in ice so it was an overall freezing experience. First and last time every going there.

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Vonny
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Overall the menu was lacking a broad selection. Steak was very basic. Octopus was under cooked. Pizza was very good, tastes just like the pizza in Italy

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PabloD
Puebla
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

They had a pretty good Valentine's menu, with 4 courses plus dessert, which was absolutely amazing (tiramisu). However, we had dinner outside, in what it was supposed to be a big tent that ended up being super cold, so we had to eat with out coats the whole time, with the heater not working for half the time we spent there. Also, there were around 15 tables, but only one true waiter, so we waited for a long time. They tell you that you have 1.5 hours to eat, but we spent 2.5 because we waited... 45 minutes! for our dessert... Food is good, but times and service need to improve

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The outside was not adequately prepared with heaters. The restaurant expects us to eat at 3 degrees. We weren’t placed on the tents we were placed on the side. I had made a reservation about a week before and I could have done it somewhere else. I was extremely disappointed at the restaurant. We decided to walk out and find another restaurant during Valentine’s Day.

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Jeton
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good food, and nice ambience. I will definitely come back!

FAQs

Bar Siena does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar.

Bar Siena is rated 4.6 stars by 1920 OpenTable diners.

Bar Siena does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://dineamic.securetree.com/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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