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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What 1472 People Are Saying
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Detroit
22 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was very detailed in the making and delicious! For the exquisite pricing it was just ok though. Really not somewhere We would come again.

S
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Poor service. Mediocre food. Save your money and go elsewhere.

M
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I have been here many times before and have liked it. Our food and drinks were good but our server was not. He was not friendly, never smiled and just didn’t seem like he wanted to be there. I understand that things happen in people’s personal lives but in this business you have to “fake” enjoying your job and little bit. Parking is now up to 17.00.

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

Every thing was perfect I had a great time but the service was not too good but I don’t mind coming again

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

You really can't go wrong eating at Bar Siena. The food and cocktails are always fantastic and reasonably priced for the quality. The atmosphere is pretty loud, so I wouldn't recommend dining here if you are looking for a a more intimate venue.

Bar Siena
Responded 16 hours ago

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it!

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H
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food in a bar atmosphere. A bit loud for our taste - more likely to appeal to a younger patron.

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

Bar Siena provided unique food and drink options for us to consider. The overall ambiance is very appealing and the service was very attentive. Overall a great place for a date or just hang out with friends.

Bar Siena
Responded 16 hours ago

Thanks for the feedback! Glad you had a good time!

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c
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

It was an ok visit to the restaurant. My best friend and I went around 4:30pm on a Saturday. Our entires were very good but the service was not the best. Out server was nice but it felt like we were being rushed out especially when I hadn’t finished my meal but he brought the dessert menu and took our order while I was still eating my meal. The donuts which were the main reason that we came were a disappointment. They were better when they had interesting flavors and the sauces were in the little bottles. Overall it was good but i feel the restaurant has lost its
wow factor.

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

Great brunch and service!!!

TA
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

The service was bad but the food was worse. We could not hear each other over the music. This was a bad choice and one we will never make again.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drinks, amazing food. We were able to catch up and have good conversations. Overall great for any occasion.

AF
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall Bar Siena is a fun eatery for the West Loop. Unfortunately, we were there on a busy night and the service was spotty. We ordered drinks and they took 15 minutes. One drink did not come and that was another 20 minutes. The food was good overall. Octopus, meatballs, brussel sprout salad were tasty. It's a popular place in a dynamic neighborhood but they were a little off and uncaring on service.

ZR
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Didn't realize how expensive a few truffles were but they were delicious. Little bit too noisy for my taste but ambiance pretty good overall. Service very good.

Bar Siena
Responded 16 hours ago

Thanks for visiting us, and we hope to see you again soon!

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A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

There was one server for the entire upstairs. I have been to Bar Siena many times and have never been so disappointed. Our lunch took over 2 hours, and not because we wanted to be there that long. Food came cold. Donuts were rock hard. Server was MIA, but again, I think he may have been the only one up their during a very busy lunch hour.

PF
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely delicious! (Grilled shrimp & artichoke, sweet corn ravioli, prosciutto fig pizza) Great service as well!

JJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a great time and enjoyed both our dining and bar experience. First try on the hummus platter and was NOT disappointed. Thank you!

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Tampa
53 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
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 on October 12, 2019
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 on October 12, 2019
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 on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great meal and great service. Highly recommend

OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
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 on October 11, 2019
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 on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
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 on October 10, 2019
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.

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