Bar Siena

4.7
1247 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.
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CB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I’ve been here before and received very good service, but this time it seemed like our waiter was handling a lot of tables and it took awhile to put in our orders as well as get our check. Like I said I’ve usually had good experiences here, tonight just seemed off.

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KO
Miami
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Good food and atmosphere. A larger party was coming in so I little disappointed we were asked to leave before we wanted to, but otherwise service was great

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DS
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We sat upstairs where it was quiet enough to have a conversation and away from the bar scene. I recommend that for the older crowd.

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London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Have been to Siena Tavern and expected a similar vibe. Felt like like a big college reunion going on. Staff was too attentive, too hard to hear my friend across the table to use this as a place to catch up.

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Miami
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Bar Siena was great! They have a great selection of freshly made foods and ingredients. We ordered the burrata, and it was delicious. There was a bit more cheese to sweet topping ratio but it was still amazing. Then we had the lobster tagliatelle. The pasta was so fresh and the sauce was a great creamy consistency. Absolutely delicious!

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JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Easy spot before any United Center event

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Fig pizza was amazing! The avocado toast had good flavor, but had too much avocado (never thought it'd be a bad thing) so the bread became mushy when paired with egg. Over not a bad brunch place. The noise was a little loud upstairs so our group had to talk up a bit more, but nothing too inconvenient.

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LL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing; service was ‘good’ but they were very busy so I’m sure that’s what contributed to it. Great ambiance! On the pricey side.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere and very good food. A great experience.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious, especially cocktail #3!

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are moving to the West Loop from the north shore (suburbs). We told our realtor we need to be in walking distance from Bar Siena.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Incredibly delicious food and a fantastic server. Had a wonderful meal of steak with fennel salt and truffle potatoes not to mention the killer Hotter Chocolate! 😋 yum!

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JS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our diners was Gluten free and the staff was very knowledgeable. This helped tremendously. Will be back

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JF
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

The food was great, it was so loud in there you could hardly hear anything. It was super crowded on a Saturday afternoon, and there is only a one person at a time bathroom on the upper level.

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place for a great weekend dinner!! Only downside is that their cocktails are a bit pricey. However, they are really good and this is fairly typical for West Loop restaurants

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TR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Wouldn't be my first choice. Food was just OK. Server was plenty nice ... ambiance was OK.

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AM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I was celebrating my birthday and appreciated the birthday dessert they gave me!

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CC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! Great food and fun atmosphere.

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B
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Sienna is a cool, trendy restaurant in West Loop. The food is good and atmosphere is always lively. Drinks are a bit pricey, which is expected for the neighborhood.

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MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

This place is a winner all around. It took a while to get our drinks but otherwise great service. Cuisine is ridiculously delicious. Buy extra donuts to bring home. We ate ours for the past two days, still unbelievable!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and ambience were all wonderful. I noted it was an anniversary when making the reservation. The waiter arrived at our table and immediately said happy anniversary. I don’t ever recall that happening at other restaurants for special events. The salumi appetizer was outstanding. Great pastas.

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B
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visit! Must admit better than expected! Outstanding service! Enjoyed bloody Mary’s, wings, octopus, shrimp and artichoke for appetizers! All equally delicious! Entrees tomahawk lamb chops, black truffle risotto and lobster tagliatelle! Again equally delicious! Definitely coming back!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food! Our server was super sweet. Overall I’m pretty glad we went here because we had about a 4 hour brunch since our group of friends hadn’t gotten together in a while. Only thing stopping me from giving this place 5 stars across the board was that our food was slow to arrive and towards the end our dessert was slow and espresso was served to us late/cold. But our server was kind enough to replace it for us.

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M
Salt Lake City
39 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Way too loud!!! Don’t go here if you want to dine and have any sort of a conversation. Food was pretty good, nothing to make me want to come back, but the service was a bit lacking. Had to leave cause they cranked the music up so loud it was like a nightclub.

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JE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely venue with a unique, great menu. Will frequent again.

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TO
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
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 on February 17, 2019
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 on February 17, 2019
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 on February 16, 2019
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 on February 16, 2019
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 on February 16, 2019
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 on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Birthday Party

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GM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
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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