Bar Siena

4.7
1222 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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The Infatuation
7.6

Bar Siena is great for a fun gathering in the West Loop. Go heavy on the pizza and pastas. And drinks. You're going to want those too.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 1222 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I have been wanting to try Bar Siena for some time. Family and I headed to Hawks game so we did. Meatballs and Burrata were great. Duck Mac N Cheese more like pesto and no cheese and couldn’t taste the duck. Short rib lasagne was flavorful but seemed dry. Arrived at 5:30, and the music got progressively louder and the service got less attentive. Server was good, personable, just not great. Out the door for $170 for the four of us, no alcohol. Too pricey for a Monday night family dinner with mediocre service and okay food

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b
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Definitely a place to check out on in the Randolph area. Lots of energy. Our server was very personable and knowledgeable about the menu. Made great suggestions.

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AG
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was just an all-around fantastic brunch experience fro start to finish. One of the few places where I felt the value was there for the price, and each and every item we ordered was fabulous!

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B
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

45 minutes late in seating us for a 7:45 reservation

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WC
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Celebrated my daughters 16th birthday with a few of her friends. Sweet Corn Ravioli was a huge hit!! We tried several appetizers and a pizza, all were very good. I would highly recommend a visit.

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T
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was great, but service was pretty slow. Took about 10 minutes for them to come up and take our drink order, and then another 15 for just appetizer order. Then our appetizer order came out just minutes before our lunch. He never came back for a second drink order (we had to ask a busboy to track him down). My now husband and I had actually gotten married at the courthouse downtown that morning, and were looking to celebrate with a nice (splurgy!) lunch, and he didn't really give us the opportunity, so we ended up getting out of there quickly after eating. We obviously didn't tell him we had just gotten married (mostly because he was not very warm towards us) but we had marked on our OpenTable reservation that it was a special occasion we were celebrating, and that obviously did not get passed along to our waiter. Not sure what they do with that information.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Birthday Party

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GM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated upstairs and had a beautiful view of the place. The food was delicious. Truly pleasant experience.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Drinks are good tried pasta and it was so so

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Good lunch, one of my favorite spots.

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G
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 2

The food was not only mediocre, but it was also really overpriced. The carrot appetizer was basically one roasted carrot shredded into tiny strings, and glazed with something sweet. The vine-ripened tomatoes on the avocado toast were not ripened and had no taste. The rest of the avocado toast was an exercise in knife-skills due to the bread being so tough. Too many great options in the neighborhood to ever eat here again. On a nice note, Mitchell our server was competent.

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JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very friendly and hardworking. The food was incredible and portions were a good size. Ordering something from the Bombobar menu is a must!

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NS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch menu. The avocado toast was delicious.

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CR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the eggs Benedict. Cool ambiance and atmosphere is chill but hip

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CC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My only complain is that I order a Bloody Mary and it didn't came as it should have been they forgot the celery.

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JP
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fun, energetic, deliciously creative Italian hot spot in the West Loop by Fabio Viviani. Need I say more? Oh wait. I do. GET THE MEATBALLS.

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was amazing, no complaints. Everything was amazing and delicious

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PY
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was prompt and helpful during lunch. Portions were appropriate and menu selection was good. The wedge salad I had was kind of wilted and the acoustics are a bit rough for conversation because of the high ceilings and large number of patrons talking. Overall comfortable atmosphere and clean though.

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AE
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. Our server was so kind and fun. We enjoyed every single dish we had. The carrots are to die for.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not a good experience. Waiter rushed every infle night. Apparently he had to leave early so even bought us the check without even asking... Terrible! Ah almost forgot, he never mentioned that the restaurant was part of the “Chicago Restaurant Week”

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Very pleasant and friendly staff. Everything was delicious! Had a very nice time and can’t wait to recommend it to friends/visit again very soon!

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MA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Siena is a definite must try! I've visited their outdoor Bombo Bar a number of times but hadn't eaten in the restaurant. Can't believe it took me so long to give it a try. Their brunch menu was delicious and offered a good variety of options. The Bloody Mary was amazing. Additionally, the service was outstanding. Our server went out of his way to ensure that all allergies were addressed. There was a slight mishap with one of the orders and the server handled the issue quickly and seamlessly.

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DS
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place to grab a drink with some food. The place itself is very nice but not uptight. I definitely recommend it!

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R
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our office is in the neighborhood so we all came together to experience restaurant week. I had been recently for lunch and raved about it. On both visits I had 11:30 reservations and they literally don’t open the doors until 11:30 or after. It’s Chicago winter people. Open at 11:20 so we don’t have to wait in the cold. We are showing respect to be on time so at least allow us to come inside. The food is incredible but if you participate in restaurant week price fixe the whole table must do so. That seems a bit silly in that it should not be hard to accommodate. I will go back but I think showing a little respect to your clientele should be foremost as there certainly is no lack of restaurant choices in the west loop.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Waiter was a bit awkward

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LH
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I had the Salmon last time I was there and it was fantastic..

This time it was over cooked & ate very little of it but did not send it back which I should of

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Seem to have forgotten our dessert. But it finally came

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A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went during restaurant week for brunch- great deal! Food was delicious. However we were sat in a booth overlooking the bar and there was a cold draft the entire meal.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and a good deal with the resturant week menu!

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T
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fun stop during restaurant week. Good wine selection and the potato soup was to die for.

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NB
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This place is beautiful and the food is delicious. Our server was very nice, attentive, and gave us great suggestions.
The only complaint I have is that when we were seated, someone had taken our table and the hostess left us standing in the middle of the dining room while she figured it out. Awkward! When she finally sat us, it was next to a cracked window so we were freezing the entire dinner.

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

We have visited on several occasions. Unfortunately on each visit the wait staff has been unfriendly and bordering on rude. Too many other quality alternatives in the West Loop to continue patronizing this establishment.

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LD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st visit here. Went for Saturday brunch during Restaurant week, we both really enjoyed it. Awesome bloody mary!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for restaurant week brunch with friends and it was great.

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AD
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a 4:30 reservation and were stuck in traffic. I called and said we would be there at 5 and Alex said no problem. We were seated promptly and our server took our order and had us out by 6:20 so we could grab a taxi and make it to the opera. Friday night traffic can be horrible but this restaurant knew we were on a time schedule and provided excellent food without feeling rushed. Try the forcacia granny smith salad and snapper. Portions were large enough for 2 to share and save room for a donut!

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F
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

just go! just go! Just go! just go...that was my original review, but I need 50 characters...

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CB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service was excellent. We were seated next to a noisy and visibly intoxicated after-work group (at one point one of them fell into a chair at the table behind us) so I would encourage the restaurant to leave tables next to the bar open when possible.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bruce was excellent and he even had our bottle of Sparkling Rose chilled and waiting for us as I’d requested in Open Table app. Awesome place and experience!

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S
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. We were taken on time. Great service, the waiter was right on spot. I loved the shared plates, that way you can try lots of things. Highly recommend the Hummus Appetizer, amazing. Pretty room.

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BC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cesar was our server and he made the experience so much better. He was so thoughtful and moved us to a nicer table and even gave the birthday girl a special treat. He was the absolute best. Would go back to the restaurant just for him.

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