Bar Siena

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$30 and under
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Italian

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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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience3

The food was excellent, but when I pay $200 for dinner for 3, I want it to be an event....with time to enjoy my cocktail, and then receive my appetizers. For dinner to be delivered after appetizers are finished, and I'd like to be given the opportunity to order a second drink. If I want to eat dinner in half an hour, I can go to McDonalds. I've never felt so rushed through a meal - and for no reason. They were not busy, but staff needs to be trained on how to time the delivery of a meal. Very disappointing. Fabio would lose restaurant wars because the front of the house was terrible.

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RalphieMom
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Creative menu, great wine selection. Really enjoyed this place.

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vipNick
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Food was overcooked, place was basically a nightclub at 9pm. Overpriced because of the location but the food was not up-to-par of West Loop standards. Restaurant smelt like soap in a bad way. Overall, not a good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently good food. Brussels sprout salad and grilled octopus excellent. A little pricey for portion of size. We shared but don’t have big appetites. Our server Allison was great!

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SethK
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lively atmosphere and good food. The service was great as well.

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MichaelF
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I recommend Bar Siena in the future. The ambiance is fantastic. Upstairs seating is great for a date!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here to meet my friends who were in town. We ordered two pizzas one with meat and one without. Had the kale salad and donuts.

The food was great, the ambiance was great, and the service was quick.

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Melanie
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great especially the bar tenders! Great service from them

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vipMela526
Chicago
341 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food. Best to make it a tasting menu sort of thing. The cotopus was very good. The cacio e pepe pasta was truly wonderful. Then we shared a pizza was was also very good. It was a lot of food but pizza was wonderful left over. Atmosphere is fun and lively. Felt a bit rushed however. as soon as you were done with a plate someone rushed over to take it even if it had a little left on it. Went on a Saturday night so it was pretty crowded. Would go again I'm sure.

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vipJenniferK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So many amazing options on a Friday during lent. even offered to help make adjustments to the menu to avoid meat! Thank you!

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anon
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience1

Yesterday was the first time my friend and I had dined at Bar Siena. After hearing great reviews time and time again, we decided to give it a go. Food was great and so was the service, but not for the price. To start off, I ordered a glass of wine and the sweet corn ravioli. That alone totaled $35. The entree dish came with only 6 pieces of ravioli. For a $20 pasta dish at another Italian restaurant in the city, you could feed at least two people. Unfortunately, after my entree I was left hungry. My friend and I decided to order the bomboloni for dessert and that was the highlight of the meal. Overall, a glass of wine, entree, a shared dessert and tip cost me over $50. For lunch, that’s a little excessive. I will probably not be returning.

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JohnS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lively, busy and fun place for brunch! Wide range of menu choices and interesting choice of cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jonathan the bar tender was exceptional. Good food suggestions and really great drink suggestions Really made our afternoon fun

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great server, whose name I cannot remember, but she was always right there with a coffee or water refill and made some great recommendations for breakfast.
With so many brunch spots in the neighborhood it was tough to decide, but we will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go-to place in the area. Good food and drinks and crowd. Service is great and very attentive management.

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vipBillS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

ate at the bar on Sunday 02/23/20 around 10:30 A>m till noon.
the bar tender that took care of us.
male- 25 ish
short blond hair.
Awesome ++++++
good job in your employee training.

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LeslieL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service!

TD
TDMJ
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Went here to try another Italian place for date night and it was not the best fit. Most upbeat music and bar/drinks scene. Good food though, very pleased with gnocchi and carne pizza. Willing to remake pizza when there were ingredients not listed on the menu on the pizza when delivered to the table. Overpriced wine menu, would be hesitant to go back at night time.

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vipLauraS
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had a great meal. Our waiter was very pleasant and attentive. My only complaint is that service was a bit rushed. Entrees arrived before we were finished with our appetizers which is my pet peeve. However, the short rib lasagna and lobster pasta were excellent.

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ErikL
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was excellent, and helped us with our stroller. Our server had great recommendations and and seemed very knowledgeable. Will definitely go back, and would definitely recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was energetic and fun, the food was great, and the surrounding area was perfect for a night out. We ordered the charcuterie which came with honeycomb, homemade jam, and plenty of cheeses and meats. We also got the half chicken and a pizza. All great.

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vipfoodlover84
Detroit
12 reviews