Bar Siena

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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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Tampa
51 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Expected a nice Italian restaurant but this was a noisy bar with pizza. Will not return

MC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall very loud, difficult to carry conversation.
Food was good. Wine pours on the skimpy side.
Jose was a good server!

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

If I were reviewing the food it would be five stars across the board. The noise level was insane. Music blaring made people talk at a very high level and made it impossible to hear yourself think. Although I recognize that they are playing to a younger crowd, I cannot believe that even these clueless millennials care for the head pounding you get just to have dinner.

CG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great meal and great service. Highly recommend

OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Celebrated finishing a race with a yummy brunch. We had the biscuits and gravy and short rib hash. Both were very good but didn’t hold a candle to the outstanding dinner we had a few weeks ago. I’ll still go back a hundred times over.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Birthday dinner with my boyfriend. The noise level was super loud but overall a good experience.

SK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is consistently outstanding. Wait staff gives great recommendations. Love this place.

JM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The croquettes, Caesar salad and linguini w/lemon and pepper were all outstanding
Not conversation-friendly
Overall our waiter was very good, but we did have to wait 20 minutes after we got our drinks to order our meal
Loved the lights throughout the restaurant and the exposed brick
Fun place

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

If I were to take off a star, it would be because the bar gets quite loud when busy, and the bar is almost always busy.
Not surprising, though, because it's a beautiful space, with really attentive service, comfortable seating, good heating, delicious food, and a fun vibe.
It is a little pricey, but competitive for the neighborhood, so there's no real reason to complain there. You're paying for a beautiful, comfortable, attentive environment as much as you are for high quality food.

J
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Not great service

DM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My cousin and I shared the Burrata Wedge salad (drool-fest), then asked the waiter if we had the option to do half of one pizza and half of another.. it was a go for the White Mushroom pizza & Fireball Pepperoni pizza.. both AMAZING. We favored the pepperoni more. We also shared the gnocchi which was also unreal, with prosciutto sausage, broccoli rabe, Parmesan and chili flakes 😋😋 Finished the meal with Bombolini. The donuts were delicious but we wished the sauces were warm instead of cold. 9.5/10 for us!

P
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Great lunch outing for a corporate team function.

Excellent service!

s
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I normally have a great experience at Bar Siena but everything felt off. It was truffle night and the flavor that you expect from truffles was not there. Also it took forever to receive all of our dishes. The executive chef finally came out and served it to us but it was rather disappointing and didn't feel we received the value.

ML
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch and had the breakfast pizza which was amazing. Server was awesome.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dishes!

GG
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our charming server was so helpful with descriptions and suggestions. Our experience was delightful. It was late afternoon so rather quiet and we were not rushed at all. Very pleasant

FT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

First time I’ve been for brunch and won’t return for it. The service was terrible even though the place wasn’t even crowded. Our food came out cold and our waitress wasn’t around. Another waitress even came to check on us twice and take some of the empty plates away. Each time I’ve been to Bar Siena for dinner I’ve had great experiences, but I would not recommend for brunch.

OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was phenomenal as it is with any Fabio Viviani restaurant. Wouldn’t have changed a single thing we ordered... especially the octopus appetizer and prosciutto and fig pizza.

Only negative was that it was a little loud and we felt crammed with other tables so close.

JS
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We sat outside on the patio on a sunny day. Service was great, food was good.
Try the Polenta!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and excellent service—management may have changed recently, but those changes are paying off!

SM
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Bar Siena is always a good solid choice, but I prefer it for brunch over dinner menu wise. Great bar, but the bartender was awful. I sat down and I asked for a drink menu, 15 minutes later, he came back. My dinner companion had been there earlier and already had one. It was not crowded at all. He was equally bad after dinner, but atleast it was busy then so it was more understandable. Our server was very nice and was good. Can’t go wrong with Burrata and prosciutto for an appetizer, both were good and added truffle honey (good upsell my the waiter!). I had the risotto and the flavor was amazing. I really like squash but there was a ton of it and kinda ruined the risotto texture to me (still took and enjoyed the leftovers, just a warning!). I was told the scallops were good! There is so much in the area, but this is a staple for elevated casual.

c
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing and excellent customer service! I highly recommend.

M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been a customer since it was opened by Fabio Viviani. I feel like the portion sizes could be a bit bigger for the cost. The service was EXCELLENT!

NL
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a perfect date night restaurant! We got the mussels as an appetizer and the Brussels sprouts pizza for our meal. Everything was delicious. I got a dirty martini, which was very well made, and my boyfriend got one of their many local beer options. Tiramisu was also great.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a good experience with for my friends birthday. It was her first time at Bar Siena and it was a good experience. Our server Zack was friendly and helpful.

JB
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place and great food! Favorite spot in the city.

RL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

I usually love Bar Siena. Last night was an exception. The menus were soggy and we were seated under some vents that had major condensation, dripping in our hair and food. The condensation was mixed with dirt and rust, so it wasn’t just water. After a few drops we asked to move. Rather than truly apologize they seemed shocked this was happening because it wasn’t super hot outside. It shouldn’t matter from a customer standpoint. Later on in the meal, we were offered truffles. It wasn’t mentioned at all that it was an additional cost; the way the server offered the truffles was analogous to offering Parmesan on a salad. Perhaps it’s uncouth to mention costs but it should have been made clearer. I was a little shock when the bill came that it was an additional $28 dollars. After we paid, my friend spoke to manager about the service. He was very apologetic and he said he would be right back with something. Rather than comp a portion of the meal, like the drinks he gave us a card for a free octopus appetizer. Never mind he never asked either of us if we like octopus. We don’t. The idea was nice though, but he could have just said, next time have an appetizer on us, rather than choose for me.

MV
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere as usual.

KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I love Bar Siena and have come here many times. Sometimes it’s just for drinks (they have great cocktails!), sometimes it’s for the ambience, and sometimes it’s for dinner - and each time and reason is great. On this particular night, we came for dinner and everything was amazing! Even though it was busy, they seated us right away (we had a reservation) and the service was great.

AK
Anchorage
25 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We chose this restaurant based on reviews and the menu. While the food was incredible the service was pretty good but a little on the slow side, we were here on a business trip during a trade show and I must be honest and that this place is extremely loud! That was the only thing that we weren’t very pleased with but the food more than made up for the noise.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, awesome service, overall good vibe

M
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to celebrate a birthday. Food and service was excellent. Will be returning soon.

KK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Terrific food. Great service. Highly recommend.

MT
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, location, ambiance. Luckily we were able to sit outside - it is too noisy inside to have a conversation. A little pricey: $40 for an appetizer containing 4 scallops.

M
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

I was a lone female diner completely ignored by Cesar, my assigned server, until well after Megan the server crossed out of her area, took my order, sent someone up to fix my wobbly table, and checked in on me. The couple seated 18 inches away from me 30 mins later was attentively cared for by Caesar, who continued to ignore me most of the night unless he was showing up AFTER Megan refilled my drink, asked me how was my food, etc. Caesar did bring me a dessert menu about 5 minutes after I’d declined dessert to Megan. But he was lickety split with the check, which listed him as my server. I crossed him out and put Megan - I hope she gets the tip.

Bar Siena’s food is very high quality. They split the salad portion for me but they don’t split pasta portions, which I found disappointing in a menu touting small plates.

It was the Packer/Bears season opener and every TV was on. That was great for me, but had I been there for a nice dinner with a sweetie, it may have been a buzzkill. Normally I like a sports bar to be a sports bar and a restaurant to be a restaurant, but an NFL season opener with the Pack is an acceptable excuse for big screens. If you don’t like TV as decor, this place is not for you.

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

Excellent waitress, delicious food!

MF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Attention to detail is not the hallmark of the service staff. Our silverware and napkins arrived well after our first appetizer, and only when, with some effort, we flagged down a staffer; drink glasses were left empty. And the food is pricey relative to the value. The outdoor seating is a bit of a saving grace.

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

Great waiter. Food was amazing!

S
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun but noisy. Food was fine and service was ok

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The brunch was amazing!

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