Bar Siena

4.7
1310 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 1310 People Are Saying
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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Ordered the Capellini and it was served lukewarm, I had to send it back to be reheated. The ambience and service was good.

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Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Amazing.

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j
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Very disappointed. I’ve eaten at most restaurants around the Fulton market area and I have 0 reason to go back here. I brought customers for dinner and apologized to them for choosing this place because of the below average service. I guess it was an off night for them.

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CR
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

I used to love this place but it’s gotten way too loud!!! Still good food but couldn’t even hear each other. This has turned into a River North club. Disappointing!

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

Way to loud, couldn’t even talk to the person next to me. Pizza and salad was salty

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F
Memphis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Had a great time, but was so loud we couldn’t have a conversation or hear the waitress very well.

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MM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my third time at Bar Siena, love this place. The food is great, love the atmosphere and service is always great. Nothing bad to say but I would absolutely return.

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SK
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall we had a good experience however our server was clearly busy and rushed through everything with us. I would also say its way overpriced for the food. We spent $250 for 4 people for sharing meals. Lastly, one of the items was a salad and it came last which was bizarre. At that point why even put the order through. I asked the waiter specifically if we had too much or little food and we clearly ordered too much and then to have a soggy salad show up when we received all other items and were ready for the check. That was disappointing.

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KN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible. Waited over 30 minutes for a waiter/waitress to greet us and bring water. Never brought silverware or napkins. Will not be going back again.

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

This was maybe my 3rd time at Bar Siena. Went with 2 of my girlfriends this time and we ordered a bunch of plates to share. The octopus appetizer was good - octopus itself was tasty but the greens underneath I found a bit salty. Also ordered the Bar Siena chop salad which was good. Love the variety that comes in the salad rather than basic leaves with dressing. We also ordered the short rib lasagna, fig pizza, and spinach cappellaci and I would have to say that all of it was excellent. It definitely is a bit pricier and some portions are a bit smaller than others. I always find it easier to order multiple items and share. We went on a Friday night and as the night progressed the music got louder and louder and my girlfriends and I were basically shouting at each other trying to converse so I would say if you were looking for more of a quieter scene, this may not be the place. I do want to come back some time to try out their breakfast/brunch menu though!

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J
London
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun place with good food. Everything on the menu tasted good.

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CK
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

I was invited by a business acquaintance to have dinner when she was in town last week. I picked Bar Siena as I had been once before and found it to be fun, energetic and served good italian food.

Pros: Great waiter, attentive and not too attentive
Fun food choices i.e. the baby carrot appetizer was delicious!
Bar Siena encourages sharing plates which was just what we wanted

Cons: The restaurant was SUPER loud when we got there at 7:00 pm - good thing my friend and I talk loudly
The flatbread pizza was a letdown- prosciutto and fig - the taste was good however the crust was thin and tasteless

Would I go again? Yes however I would probably go with a group and not for a "good conversation" spot

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Service rushed us. Asked us if we wanted coffee while we were still eating and only halfway through our drinks. Caesar salad was just ok. White Sangria was delicious. Rest of our service was great with staff, besides hostess seating others aside from us before us, perhaps forgetting about my reservation.

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SK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Not the best night for service....were they understaffed on Mother's Day evening? Not sure but the food is consistently awesome!

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C
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great from the minute we walked in! We sat upstairs by a window and enjoyed watching the neighborhoods energy.

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F
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Staff are amazing! The food was good. No complaints - but beyond the service, there wasn’t a strong differentiator between Bar Siena and others in the area. Solid.

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n
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Good food but music was SO loud for a late dinner.

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DM
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter recommended Bar Siena to us and we were not disappointed.

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WR
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service . Staff is very personable. Valet was excellent. Went out of his way to accommodate my guest.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wait staff was responsive- short rib lasagna amazing.

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DU
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Amazing food! Everything about the food & service was great- but our table was in the back corner upstairs by the waiters table- that table should not be there! We were squished in the corner with waiters crowding our table all night.

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

Birthday celebration

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SO
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love coming here. The food is fantastic, the lobster Benedict in particular. Coming here for brunch with kids is fun. There is lots for them to look at and the servers are always VERY kind. I have never felt like 'oh god, here comes the table with the kid(s)...quite the opposite. If you like spicy, order a spicy Bloody!

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W
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great. Our server was wonderful, knowledgeable and helped make the birthday celebration even better. But we could not hear each other in our own booth without yelling.

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a
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time at Bar Siena and was happy to be back. The service was wonderful and the food was fantastic. We started with the potatoes skins and meatballs and then split the strip steak. We finished the night with donuts that were fresh and delicious.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It’s kinda big and very noisy. That being said, it’s
fun and the food is really good. Busboys were to eager to take your plate away (literally as I was picking up my fork with food on it) and couples can get shafted with the crappy 2 tops in the middle of the floor. Love the short rib lasagna. Octopus is killer too.

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BB
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good. Server was pushing us a bit up front but then found a pace. Restaurant got loud as the evening wore on. Even though we were in a corner booth it was still difficult to hear each other.

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E
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Some interesting twists on Italian food. I had a Short Rub Lasagna that was very good, although a bit dry. Need some extra ricotta. My wife had a delicious Spinach Pasta. The Bombolini for dessert was really good. I ordered a bottle of an Antinori wine off a list that was fairly extensive. Wouldn't you know that's the one they were out of. Offered me something that wasn't on their wine list as an alternative. A decent Super Tuscan. Same price. As for atmosphere, it's a bar. Lots of TV's. Close tables. Service was not extraordinary but Daniel, our wait staff, was there regularly and was helpful.

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OT
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We got our table right away. After looking over the menu & getting suggestions from the server, we made our selections. Burrata to start as an appetizer, then main course...I had the Short rib Lasagna & my wife had the Black Truffle Risotto with root vegetables in it that weren’t cooked thoroughly(still crunchy). We were given a complimentary Bombora(donut) with a candle for our 5yr. Anniversary. Overall, great experience & we’ll go back again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, my cocktail was a tad too sweet. Loved the Octopus, the Shrimp and the Fig pizza.

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Fun place! Good music! Had to wait a bit but it is busy. Be prepared to wait a little bit the food is worth it! Recommended! Grab a drink at the bar and enjoy people watching!

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d
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very energetic environment, with good food and good service. The restaurant has a great energy which is accompanied by a high level of noise, so intimate conversation is impossible. None the less the food is very good.

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V
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I like this spot in the West Loop. Good food. Great bar scene. Solid.

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r
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The burger seems to have gotten smaller, but it's my favorite on Randolph street.
The truffle garlic aioli is amazing. Worth the reservation alone.
Fries are cooked to perfection.
Service is always amazingly professional.

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AM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server and staff were super kind. Food was awesome. Outdoor seating was great. Highly recommend.

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m
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun, lively atmosphere with good food. The menu is somewhat limited. Very large outdoor eating area.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service here was really great. Our waitress was super friendly and we even saw her chase a couple down in the street to give them their credit card they left behind. We went for Easter brunch and the food was very good. I would definitely eat here again next time we are in town.

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BB
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food and service. Went with a group and although happy it was lively, the music is too loud to hear over the table in the first floor.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!! Loved the food, loved the plCe

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GA
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Going downhill...

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