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Bar Siena

4.5
2492 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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vipvisitor
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best dinner with the best service! We will be back!

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vipNurseMoo
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice for my friends from out of town. Made her birthday special with great food and drinks! PS get the Bomboloni!

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vipcaroliner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our reservation was for 8pm and we didn't seat until 8h19pm. The dining room and bar was completely packed.
My food was great but my husbands pasta was way overcooked and unsalted.

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vipBela
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great food, chill vibe, a good place to watch games with good company.

DG
vipDaisyG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for friends to meet up and enjoy great food and ambiance!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very great service

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JuliaG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was ok. Our waitress seemed annoyed the entire time. It killed the vibe of the night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is amazing

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Love this place but food was not great this time. Had

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall3food1service2ambience3

Appetizer took 30 mins. The main entree (Branzino fish and chips) was dry, had no meter lemon aioli, and the “sticky potatoes” were dry as a bone. For a $42 dish this was unacceptably bad. Will not be returning

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vipMomo24
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great meal and our server was super helpful with menu recommendations.

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FabulousFarhana
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Try the meatballs and mushroom & garlic pizza! It was divine.

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TL1947
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall2food2service3ambience3

It was our first time. It would have been nice to get an overview of menu but didn’t. The truffle potato skins were a disappointment. They needed more sauce, accoutrements, something. The apple crisp crust appeared raw but I enjoyed the vanilla gelato. Our drinks were meh. The bill was too high.

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vipEvelyn
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I usually enjoy my experience at Bar Siena much more than I did last night. The food was not very good- we got the butternut squash pasta and the shrimp rigatoni alla vodka, as well and the Brussel sprouts. For the prices you pay at Bar Siena, the food should be fabulous. I look forward to coming back here over the spring and summer for the outdoor patio.

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vipCliffK
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My friend has an irrational dislike for your type of music. Your hostess was able to silence the speaker at our table which made it possible to have a lovely two hour drinking/eating experience. Thank you very much.

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VaibhavS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in west loop, I like the ambiance and food. Must try Bloody Mary, this is not present in their menu, just ask them exclusively.

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LMichelle
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, perfect place to celebrate the New Year!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

I really wanted to like this place but the experience was a bit weird- went for NYE. We made a reservation and upon arriving our IDs were immediately aggressively checked before we even went inside- I am 20 and had made the reservation. I asked if we had to be 21 and the bouncer said “TO DRINK!”… Well obviously… I was just asking if I could even enter the restaurant I made a reservation at. I assumed like most restaurants there would be a bar area and a regular seating area. Upon entering I was immediately questioned about my age again by the hostess and we waited for about 15 minutes past our reservation time. They had no waiting or seating area so it was kind of awkward and we kept getting bumped into. The ambiance was very nice and the DJ was pleasant and added to the good vibes. Upon being seated our waitress seemed nice enough but kept disappearing. Tons of staff members kept walking by our table and no one noticed our drinks were empty and we couldn’t find our waitress to ask for more. Our food was brought by a different staff member and we didn’t see our waitress for about an hour. When she finally came over she asked how everything was going, and our food was great but at this point we had been done eating and we were waiting on the check for a while 😬. Another staff member offered me a champagne toast which I thought was odd considering how they were so concerned about my age upon entering. My boyfriend went to the upstairs bathroom and a woman asked if she could go in to check if it was clean before he went in- it was filthy. We went to the bathroom again right before we left about an hour later and it was still filthy…. I’m sure they were very busy for NYE so I understand, our food was still delicious and the ambiance was fantastic, but the service was kinda disappointing. I’ve worked in restaurants for about 4 years and wasn’t overly impressed with it. Would I go again? Maybe. The food was good and priced well, and I did enjoy the environment.

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Kels
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and cocktails! Our server was wonderful. Can’t wait to go back again.

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Gabethefoodie
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Foods is great! drinks are okay they are hit or miss. Love having the New York 12oz steak and pork chop. Service has always been great here, can’t complain. Speedy service and attention 5 stars

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere friendly staff I’ll be back 😊😊

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Bar Siena for dinner last night just looking for somewhere to eat our first night in town. The food and service was great! Everything was fresh and flavorful and the cocktails were perfect. We had the octopus (10/10), the gnocchi (9/10) and the tagliatelle (5/10. The spinach need to be washed it gave the whole dish an overly earthy taste). For cocktails we had No 5,8,and 10 all were great no complaints. Bar Siena overall was a great experience would definitely recommend.

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Goodeats24
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our dinner at Bar Siena! Great food, greats service, great ambiance!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has really good food. Although being a vegetarian there are never much options for me , but I enjoyed my order. The pizza was delicious. Good ambience , good cocktails.

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PatrickB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic, however it was about 60 degrees in there we were all wearing out coats. Let's get that heater working !!


Great food tho!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food. Cool ambiance and setting. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was extremely attentive and friendly. Although she said they were short staffed, for 5 people, everything came out in a timely fashion with no problems. We really enjoyed our time and I had a wonderful bday dinner

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ShesheB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing! We tried the octopus, delicious! Our server was so helpful, I wanted a gluten free option and she assisted me with picking the most delicious salmon meal!! We saved room for dessert and chose the donuts with hazel nut chocolate & Carmel !! We will definitely be returning! Thank you for such an enjoyable evening.

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Krazykat
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time here. The entrees, cocktails, and desserts were all delicious. Service was prompt and courteous.

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Toni
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to have finally tried this place! We had the perfect seating and the place was decorated so nicely for the holidays! Food was amazing as well!

JM
JohnM
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great chopped salad and pizza for two at lunch. Javier was attentive, let my wife sample wine before serving full glass. He encouraged us to modify toppings on pizza. Always a good experience at Fabio’s.

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LindseyB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

YL
YLLL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good portion, music is a bit too loud tho. Service was ok

AL
vipAndreaL
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Every dish, from the apps to the cocktails to the main course tasted horrible.

DC
DestiniC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was phenomenal! We enjoyed the omelet and the calzone was great! Mimosas of course were a hit. Would go back and recommend to a friend