Bar Siena

4.7
1180 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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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Come celebrate with us this Valentine's Day! In addition to our regular dinner menu, we'll be serving a special a la carte menu, including our specialty heart-shaped pizza. And be sure to save room for dessert!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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.
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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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DD
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a couple starters. Focaccia was yummy but I would suggest extra honey for it. The risotto is always delicious. We were indecisive of a couple pizzas and they were able to accommodate by doing half and half. Least favorite item of the night was the burrata pizza. I love burrata and onions but this was not a good combo for a pizza unfortunately with the candied Fresnos. Our server seemed to be in a bit of a mood when we sat down also. Thankfully as the meal went on, our servers attitude got better which we were thankful for as his timing throughout the meal was all well. Do note, they wont seat you until your entire party has arrived (reservation or not). Not our best experience but still good.

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KP
Denver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and it’s a great atmosphere. Had been wanting to try Bar Siena as I had heard great things. It did not disappoint.

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ET
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

On a very slow Sunday morning, our drinks and food both came out wrong, and then the server copped an attitude about it and basically wouldn’t come back to the table. Overpriced, mediocre, and Laney has an attitude problem.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Brunch Spot!

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C
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best Manhattens and Bombolino in town.
Great staff my favorite

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f
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Everything was very good! The desserts are amazing.

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MP
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall - just a great place serving great fresh food.

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AK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

For what you get, the menu and drinks (especially) are extremely overpriced.

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LH
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was great

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get the Gnocchi. You will not be disappointed!

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

The food was delicious and the service impeccable. The pizza was crispy and the pasta al dente. Our waiter took such good care of us.

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

Everything from the service to the food was excellent! The food taste 10/10, great favor! Love it!

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

I often come to Bar Siena with my family & friends. We have always had a good time...until tonight. The three of us came because we love the food and the ambiance. Tonight, the waitress spilled our drinks on my friend’s lap. It can happen to anyone. We were very understanding about the entire ordeal. My friend sat at the restaurant for an hour and a half with wet clothes on. No one from the management ever came to apologize or see if he was okay. At the end, my friend was charged for his drink (even though it was spilled). The least you could have done was not charge him for what he had to go through. Or, at least apologize. We felt rushed out of the restaurant, as if to silence us as soon as possible.
We decided not to complain on the spot, because we didn’t want it to seem like we didn’t want to pay our tab. That’s not even the case. We were more than happy to do so. But, we did decide to write to you in case this happens to anyone else. You should know how to handle it, because customers are what makes your establishment popular.

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KF
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We came for a friend's group lunch and it was perfect. The service was great! The front desk team was excellent - they helped me bring my baby stroller on out of the rain and dried it off which was so nice. Then Zack our waiter was fantastic. He was very patient as he waited to take our orders and gave great suggestions on food.
They created a great space where I could put my stroller out of the way. I will say the food is great, but the staff made the experience wonderful!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding all around.

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J
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The octopus was outstanding! The spice and yozhito completed the dish!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came into town for a weekend trip with friends and went to Bar Siena on a Saturday night. We had reservations but it was pretty busy. Music was great— early 2000s hip hop and pop. Food was delicious. I had the gnocchi, which was perfectly cooked and full of flavor. My husband and the short rib lasagna, which he said was the best lasagna he’s ever had!

Our friends ordered the ribs and ravioli. No disappointments.
Definitely worth checking out. We will be back!

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C
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite Chicago spots for sharing a bottle a wine, or maybe two and enjoying good food and great ambiance! Love it! Always look forward to returning!

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GC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good atmosphere, but food is just okay for the price.

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KV
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food quality & exemplary customer service. How could you go wrong

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DR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

The food was decent however the service was very slow. My clothes smelled like fried foods when I got home.

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f
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very reasonably priced!! Great food in a fun and vibrant atmosphere.

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RK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday. They made the birthday girl feel very special. Stellar service. The food here never disappoints! Highly recommend this place.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Our waiter was outstanding, food was exceptional. It was a. Dry quiet morning and not many patrons were on the second level. My only complaint is that we were the only group seated upstairs and we were put into the corner next to the server/bus station. Not sure why we got thrown in the corner when no other table was occupied but otherwise we had a wonderful time.

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X
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmastime pre-theatre dinner...seated promptly, cozy ambience, service kind and attentive, cocktails yummy, snapper, short rib lasagna quite good...happy here...

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed our dinner. It did take awhile to all arrive. Food was pretty good. The parking an issue.

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SK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and great service. The atmosphere is fun and venue is beautiful

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J
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We waited about 10 minutes even with reservation but it is holiday time so not unexpected. Service good but a little slow but again not unexpected. We did not feel rushed at all. The food was quite good and plentiful. Would definitely go back.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Waited 15 mins to be seated, another10 to get water. Food took over 30 mins and the chicken sandwich was cold.

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F
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a birthday celebration, interior is beautiful. The staff was very friendly and professional throughout the whole experience. Food was amazing, chicken was tender and juicy. Order pizza as a appetizer and it was really good and flavorful. We will definitely return to try the rest of the menu items

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good experience! Loved their Christmas decor.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary. The managers were great in helping with the food, performance and everything!!

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SB
London
14 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

As you’d expect close to the holidays Bar Siena was packed! We got there early and decided not to stand 2 deep at bar but go across the street for a cocktail. When we returned we were seated promptly for our reservation. I’ve only been here for lunch before and have never sat upstairs. Boy it was loud (yes, makes me sound old!). The tables for 2 are very wide and I could barely hear my friend speak over the other diners and the music. Food was very good, and they’re very accommodating of food sensitivities which is why I chose this restaurant as I’m Gluten and Dairy free. Cheapest bottle of wine is $60 - yikes! Service was excellent and right on time. Great place, but not the spot for a quiet catch up.

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n
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

awesome place to get some good food and drinks. Their mixed cocktails are sooo goood. Pizza, pizza..and anything else you order..mmmm.

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JE
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bruce was a great server...food surprisingly good. Lovely space and Holiday decor

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CJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about this place. The atmosphere, the food, the service - all were just great.

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

Excellent, great food and staff.

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MK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
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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CJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Great dining experience and Kathleen was Inspiring! Can't wait to visit Chicago next year!

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