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Bar Siena

4.5
2232 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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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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StephanieS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food was good, and out Waiter was knowledge and provided great service! Hostess seemed stylish but doesn’t seem happy to be there. No smile, seems mildly annoyed with talking to customers. We had a reservation, and she didn’t have a great answer for why she couldn’t accommodate outdoor seating. Just repeated twice, the reservation is for indoors. Needs more training on empathy, positive and how to handle those situations.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The food was underwhelming but the service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stopped by for some drinks and dessert. Service was awesome from host to server everyone was friendly quick and organized. This was our 2nd time there. Definitely going back.

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CeciliaB
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great setting - great food.

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vipChristopherA
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love the food and drinks! Sometimes the hostess can be a bit rude, but other than that I am a repeat customer.

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vipLizaW
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

I’ve been coming here for years, whether dining in or ordering out. Service was awful though. My salad came out 15 minutes after everyone’s entrees were brought to the table. For a Monday night, that shouldn’t happen. Food is always consistent but service was very off.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Host staff was horrible

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Asked for non gluten everything because a person with us has ciliac disease. none of this was followed and ended up being more of a headache when they promised to bring out something else 3 times and failed to do so. Pretty awful experience, won’t be going back anytime soon.

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ShaliniS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

There was a hair in the chicken patty burger and we requested for a veggie omelette they added non veg to the eggs like a meat I don’t consume .....:( let so they don’t listen what a customer wants and give the worst service they did not apologize we did not eat anything but we paid a whole big bill for everything that they messed up

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice experience. Sat outside on the patio with our dog Layla. Staff was great! Food was delicious. And the frozen Aperol Spritz hit the late brunch needs perfectly!

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WendyR
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The 2 different vodka gimlets were excellent. The server offered a sample of the raspberry stout for my date to taste, which he ordered. The Italian wine and beer selections were varied, but pricey. Though a limited Italian menu- the food tasty, but portions are small for the price. We had Meatball and Bruschetta appetizers; Cacio e Pepe and Eggplant Parmesan Dinners.
Would we go back? Yes but for a drink and appetizer.

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vipJulieO
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun night out in the West Loop!!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best! Highly recommend the brunch!

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PeggyB
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was super slow pasta stuck together and there wasn’t enough sauce -
I love this place and hope they can get more staff
They have a great concept
I miss the artichoke dish though

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JodyN
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

really enjoyed the ambiance. the food was outstanding as always, drinks were good as well. they have such a wonderful selection of different food/drink items. we tried the deconstructed canolli... just wow!!! give that a shot if you get a chance!

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Chloe
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Work gathering

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adrianas
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Dish was missing an ingredient waitress went to get never came back. Gave us dessert menu never came back for
order & then came back with the bill..not very busy at the time

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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great vibe and selections, helpful and attentive server. Everyone enjoyed their meal.

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vipMarcyP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I would not go back. The food was mediocre at best and expensive for what it was. The eggplant parmesan was inedible.

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LeighH
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic cocktails! We had the Herradura with the rosemary, #15. The mac and cheese with pancetta was also excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food! Sat on patio with friends and brought our dog. Will definitely be back!

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PhyllisC
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

All around a terrible experience. Can deal with the noise level, but the horrible service and lackluster food for the price you pay is inexcusable. We had a party of 7 on a Monday night. We apparently were invisible to our waitress. Appetizers were decent, enjoyed the octopus , meatballs and burrata. I think our main courses were from another kitchen…?? Ravioli was cold and tough, eggplant was burnt, with the exception of the pizza… all of our entrees were sub standard temperature wise, seasoning etc. For over $600 it was beyond disappointing… stay away!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went alone for a late dinner. Music selection was great! Food was even better. Great staff.

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vipwalterV
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food is fine, but priced as s high end restaurant. Super expensive for the type and quality of food.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Under staffed and very slow

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vipRudee
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server Paris was wonderful and elevated our dining experience. Two of us loved our meals. We sat outside and it was rainy but it felt cozy and still fun. The vibe is great.

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DebbieB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Great service. Vibe was very energetic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The short rib lasagna was great

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debraT
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Had the salmon entree, which was outstanding, very delicious. Also had the kale and quinoa salad and tuna carpaccio appetizer. All very good. It is "I can't hear myself think" loud in the bar/restaurant, so we chose to sit outside. It was raining, but we sat under a tent and had a very enjoyable meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Was there for brunch on Sunday. Very mediocre food. There were 3-4 small slices of steak for the steak and eggs and some of it was gristly. The waffle potato pancake was not good.

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shamekiab
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a really great time. Will definitely come again!

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marnim
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great outdoor space, perfect for people watching! Service was excellent, but hard to hear because music was crazy loud! On the whole, food was very average, lacked flavor. Tuna carpaccio appetizer was phenomenal!

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vipAndrea
Tampa
23 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Calzone and meatballs were fantastic. Our server disappeared for large gaps of time so it was hard to find her to order additional drinks. However, good overall.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I’m sad to report Bar Siena is just not what it used to be. I think if you are here for drinks and a party vibe, it’s good still. But it’s no longer a foodie destination like it used to be. I came here with my family of 6, and sat at a booth, but the music was so loud we couldn’t hear each other without shouting. We ordered a pitcher of sangria that tasted more like juice than sangria, just way too sweet. While the octopus appetizer, fire pie pepperoni pizza, Sweet Corn Ravioli, and brussel sprouts were good; the rest of the pasta dishes we ordered were just bland. We just were so underwhelmed with the whole experience, that we closed out and headed somewhere else for dessert. Bummed because this used to be one of our favorite places too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
7 reviews