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!

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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
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't remember our server's name but he was amazing! We had a not-so-great experience there the last time we went but his service made up for it. Food was very tasty and came out rather quickly despite it being crowded.

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AnneM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fun relaxing time for 5 business associates. Pretty loud but food and service was great. Will go again when in town.

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HappyHour
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. The staff is ALWAYS great! The duck Mac and cheese, short braised rib lasagna, lobster shall I go on everything is delicious.

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MichelleF
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Sunday brunch with my daughter. We had the Mimosa Bar, Lobster Benedict, and Breakfast Pizza. Outstanding!! Service was great and the management staff was incredibly friendly. We had a great time!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was just ok. Prefer sienna tavern much more

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a good time. Great food, great service and great drinks. One of the best places in the area.

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PaigeGibson27
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Bar Siena’s service was amazing. We waited under 10 minutes for our food to arrive. It was delicious. The drinks were fun and very good as well. The only drawback was how loud it was. We felt as though we were shouting across the table. Overall, it was still a very fun date night - just a little loud.

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Emily
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food but it was too loud. Impossible to have a conversation without yelling.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, service was awesome.... energetic and fun. Food is delicious, prices are reasonable and I will go back regularly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food was wanting. I did not find anything amazing about our meal. We had the lobster tagliatelle, roasted chicken, and burrata. The burrata and the fruit preserves it was served with had a funny taste and the bread tasted a little stale and was cold. The lobster tagliatelle would have been better if the noodles weren’t horribly clumped together. The roasted chicken was bland. Service felt rushed bus boy and waitress kept trying to clear our plates that still had food on them. Would not revisit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

We had outstanding service, and the food was ok but it wasn’t anything spectacular. This place is WAY too overpriced for what we ordered. We would come back if it wasn’t so expensive. For these prices I’d rather go somewhere more upscale because that’s pretty much where the price points were set.

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vipScottC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Service was awful. The waitress never stopped by and tried everything in her book to up-sell us on everything.

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vipBCBB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great lunch. The food is awesome; service was quick and friendly; and ambiance is fun.

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faviolaa
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for restaurant week which had BIG tasting portions of some of the popular brunch items from the regular menu. WAS NOT disappointed, the options were tasty and filling.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went for restaurant week brunch, was easy to make a reservation for a large group a few days ahead of time! The value was good overall, but the portion sizes between some of the restaurant week options varied widely. Our server was great, and quick with extra requests (milk for coffee, salt and pepper), and the food came out in a reasonable time. While we didn’t all partake in drinks, we were inspired to come back for a night of cocktails later!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a really nice experience for brunch. The server was great and she didn’t make us feel rushed. Food was good.

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vipMar2raves
Chicago
84 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brunch was so good! Definitely planning our next visit. We went for Restaurant Week and it was a great deal, plus we got to try several dishes including avocado toast, waffle w Nutella, pancake puff, breakfast sandwich and of course their bombolinis! The only disappointment was the açaí bowl.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good, quick eats. Nice quality. Good place to socialize with friends. I’ll go back again.

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vipAMANDAL
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went on a Saturday night and sat upstairs. Very loud. Great food. We had the roasted half chicken which still makes my mouth water. It had a nice kick to it. Also ordered the burrata which had some sweet added to which was okay. The meatballs are yummy! Sweet corn ravioli was okay, my dish wasn’t very warm but for leftovers it was good. Not a fan of their Cosmopolitan martini but my husband likes his old fashion.

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