Bar Siena

4.7
1142 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - close
Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - close

Lunch is served until 3:00pm weekdays.
Brunch is served until 3:00pm on weekends.
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Phone number
(312) 492-7775
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Fabio Viviani + Jeremy Tannenhill
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Green St
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Private Dining

The rustic, two-story space offers casual seating throughout the restaurant including the ground floor bar area and a dining room on the second floor, with a 25-foot-by-25- foot opening in the center, uniting the two levels.

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Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Ba Siena will be closed on Thanksgiving. If in search for Christmas Eve reservations, please visit DineAmic Group restaurants, Siena Tavern and Prime & Provisions. We hope you enjoy your holiday!

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

We will be closed on Christmas Day. We hope you enjoy your holiday!

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

We will be open for New Year's Eve at 11:30am, featuring brunch and lunch items. We will be closing at 5pm for a private ticketed event. We hope you have a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What Insiders Are Saying

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 1142 People Are Saying
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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, great food and staff.

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MK
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I enjoyed it and will be returning. We will also recommend to others.

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L
Detroit
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was amazing! Was pretty noisy at first but then was better once bar emptied out. Service was wonderful. Loved the circle booth for 6.

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

Great place to grab lunch in the West Loop; really good food and a big space.

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KB
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good imaginative food with good service in a good location, what more do you need?

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A+ gnocchi and excellent service!

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MS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Siena is a great place, with amazing food, wine, traditional donuts and ambiance. Large selection for vegetarians which is unique, tasty, and not just vegetables! a lot of new places tend to forget that vegetarians don't just eat vegetables or don't even have any vegetarian options.

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B
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and Ian (our waiter) was fabulous. He gave us great advice on our orders and even mixed me a mocktail (I'm pregnant). My father in-law says Ian should get a raise and a company car 😊

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F
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and our server was fantastic and explained everything so well. It was daughter's birthday and we just had a fabulous time.

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KS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Siena is outstanding! The friendly staff provided us with a place to store our stroller, and was so kind and accommodating to our one year old who was joining us for brunch. The food is fantastic and service was excellent. Thank you and we will be back!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

We sat downstairs and it was very difficult to hear our waitress with the loud music.

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t
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Bar Siena. We enjoyed every appetizer, especially Burata, and main courses, including sausage pizza, very nice, thin not too crispy, crust. We definitely will be back. Liked the fact that upstairs you can sit watching a TV screen or not. Bloody Mary is awesome. Waiter brought us extra strips of bacon without charge.

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M
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Came here with my friends for my birthday and everyone was pretty disappointed with the experience. The reservation got pushed back because there was more people coming so most of the people ate prior to coming because of this. Our waiter was super rude and ended up basically saying if we are sitting in “dining” we need to be ordering food. Now granted we didn’t all order food- there were two pizzas and some sort of app ordered- there were 13 people who all were drinking alcohol. Not like we were sitting there drinking water. This was after 9:30pm and there was at least 5 other open tables so it’s not like we were taking up space that could’ve been used by “diners”. There were 13 of us and since you can’t do separate checks some people ordered from the bar and brought it back to the table. But you can only get one drink at a time at the bar or bring up the people you were buying a round for so they could verify they were of age. That was an inconvenience . Maybe you should card at the door. My friend had called ahead of time to let them know it was my bday and see if they do anything special. The dessert was never brought out to the table. We had really enjoyed our previous visits but most likely will not be back. So overall the $500+ that was spent at your establishment over the few hours we were there wasn’t worth it.

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S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The food was decent but the service was horrible. The waitress was hardly present and the food all came out at once, which meant there was no room on the table and the hot food got cold because we couldn’t eat it all at once.

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SE
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall it was, as always, a great place to meet friends. My complaint was that they made us wait, holding our coats and bags, until all three of us were there to sit down when there were open tables (and there were open table the entire time we were there.) It seems unnecessary, especially with an early (5:30) reservation.

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m
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was good, but we had to wait 40 minutes for our seat despite having reservations. The second floor is beautiful with the light tree.

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PR
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was meh for what Bar Siena charged, but the service was impeccable. I would go again if I wasn't paying, but it is very expensive for decent food. They have experience mixologist so the drinks were good.

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SB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks were great; would definitely go back! Just a little expensive for what you get, but that's the same with most places in Chicago.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

I brought my 1 month old son who was in the car seat. They wouldn’t seat me until my husband came in from parking the car. Why would you make me wait with a heavy car seat? And there was nowhere to sit and wait. Other than that our server was very good and the food today was just good. I’ve come before and ordered steak and that was amazing but the salmon and red snapper we had this time was just okay.

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M
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good place for a quick bite to eat in the west loop. Reasonably priced elevated bar food

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service

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M
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meatballs and gnocchi are fantastic! You have to try them. It's a must!

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BM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating friend’s birthday. Great food, service, and atmosphere. Definitely coming back

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J
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beyond thrilled with my experience at Bar Siena. I took a colleague for lunch (her recommendation) and from the staff to the seating to the (stupid delicious) food, my face hurts from smiling. :)

Thank you, Bar Siena! I'll be back, most def!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

We had 6 people and they put us in a booth that fit 5 comfortably

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friend visiting from Paris, loved it

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BD
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Was underwhelmed. Interesting-ish menu. The corn ravioli was undercooked and unattractive on the plate. Salad had lots of greens but not much of the other ingredients. Service was very good. Not in a hurry to go back.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

One meal was undercooked and had to be sent back and side and drinks forgotten. Server was friendly but large party got in the way of our service. Food was delicious.

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BM
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Attentive service when we were first seated, then we did not see our server to request condiments when the food was served. The ambiance here is nothing like Bar Siena. This location is crowded & very loud. Not the best choice for a date night.

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RW
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Ian our waiter was good, but sometimes you get the feeling the waiters are hovering waiting for you to order more meals.... or they just want to make sure you have everything you need. They are tapas style so you end up buying 3-4 items for two people.... so it can add up quickly...just be aware of that. It was loud (even on a Sunday night) with the bar below and the bar upstairs so don't go there for a quite evening. I will admit, the food was really good including the Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts with pancetta. I would go back again for sure.

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KM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Went for a date and made a reservation a couple days ahead of time. I was expecting to be seated upstairs but instead we were seated at a side cove table right next to the bar. It was very loud there and the seats are oddly uncomfortable with a bar to rest your feet on. It was fine but not exactly what I was looking for.

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J
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A fun, lively and delicious place to enjoy Saturday brunch.

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In town for college tour we loved this place

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C
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Siena service and food are always delicious and consistent! It gets a little loud in there on weekend nights, so upstairs is a little better for talking than downstairs. Order the carrots - they're amazing! Also great: the wings, the meatballs, the prosciutto fig pizza, and the duck mac n' cheese. The buratta was a little sweet for our taste, but still not bad.

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CW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

One (of 2) food items came out different than what was ordered. The food was comp'd which is great, but still disappointing.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Our experience did not start well. I had a confirmed reservation. We came in for our reservation at 3pm and were told that we could not be seated for an hour. The host was confused when we mentioned that we had a reservation. We felt unwelcome. However, once we were seated at the table our waitress was kind and the food was good. I just wish the afternoon would have started with a better experience; especially since we were celebrating my brother becoming a lawyer.

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JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and the food was exceptional!

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M
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such great service. Great wine also. Such a beautiful restaurant overall.

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DD
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Not our first time here. This time were were sat upstairs. We arrived early for our reservation in hopes of finding bar seating instead. It was busy! No where to really wait for a table either. Apparently they had a few large groups in that evening that added to how busy they were. Our server was very knowledgeable about both the food and wine. The burrata appetizer was very good. Who doesn't like cheese! The risotto was great! Margarita pizza and lobster tagliatelle were both good as well. I believe they used to have a different lobster pasta back (last year or so) that I remember being stellar. I hoped that would've been on the menu. The desserts were just okay. Would've preferred not to have them as were were pretty full and that pushed us over the edge and were our least favorite items. A bit on the noisier side but I understand they were very busy and looked like they had a private event going on as well.

Will be back.

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CY
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Finally made a reservation here and dinner was really good. the cocktails are unique as well. The server was really informative and friendly and helpful. only downside is that upstairs there is only one bathroom for men and women but we were there early and it wasn't an issue. i will probably go again. The pizza was outstanding.

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