Siena Tavern

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$30 and under
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Italian
A polished and energetic restaurant with Italian and Mediterranean cuisine curated by DineAmic Group's Chef/Partner, Fabio Viviani, also commonly known for his Celebrity Chef accolade as Bravo's "Top Chef Fan Favorite." The décor reflects a hybrid of a rustic Italian market, a fine dining restaurant and a modern, industrial tavern, bridging old world comfort and hospitality with a contemporary menu and design. When setting foot into this 10,000-square-foot eatery for lunch, dinner, late night cocktails or weekend brunch, you can expect to taste the same "from-scratch" Italian cooking fundamentals in pastas, pizzas, mozzarellas, gelato and everything between.
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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us for Christmas Eve Dinner at Siena Tavern. Starting at 5pm, guests can indulge in Fabio Viviani's holiday-inspired dishes, in addition to our a la carte dinner menu. Reservations encouraged - accepting large + small party reservations.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Ring in the New Year at Siena Tavern! We will be open at 11:30am for brunch and starting at 5pm, guests can indulge in our New Year's Eve holiday-inspired dishes, in addition to our a la carte dinner menu. Reservations encouraged - accepting large + small party reservations.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 3289 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
service
4.6
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I were visiting Chicago and this was our must try. We love it! Will defiantly be going back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always a great experience

AM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed Siena Tavern as did our client. We ordered something from every section of the menu so we had a WIDE variety of food and I don't think one person was disappointed. Our server was exceptional as well.

OT
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I've been here a couple of times, but both were for work functions and this time was personal. One downside is that they have no ability to comfortably sit more than six people. We had seven. If you have more than six, you are stuck (as I have been before) with a high table and metal stools. Not a good design for a sitting in for 2 hours, which is at least how long your meal will be with a group that size. The do have a private room, but that is it. And that private space is not huge.

All that aside, the dishes are great. Everyone very much enjoyed their food, even when not expecting to based on just reading the menu. That is, their expectations set at a normal level were far exceeded. The portion sizes align with the pricing, and cut most of the competition in River North out, where the "less is more" approach seems to appeal to no one. No one left hungry, and the dessert menu had something for all, which includes our GF folks. Again, these portions are enough to share, which is not typical of the area.

If you don't want to feel like you are in a bar, just ask to have a table on the other end of the room, and you won't even notice there is a bar there. This is a good spot that has been a staple in the area for years, and will outlast others with good food, fair pricing, quality service and inviting atmosphere. One of the best bang for your buck places in River North for sure.

TH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delightful restaurant! Service was great! So was the food. Especially the Brussels sprout pizza just delicious! Would definitely recommend it to friends! Great waiter& the young man who parked my car was awesome. I couldn’t get up the curb and he walked me all the way to the corner because it was raining and slippery.

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it...Brick Chicken was excellent

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Food was bland and over cooked. Service was terrible. Most notable was the lack of friendliness of the staff. Hostess, bartender and server all had an attitude of being inconvenienced and seemed like they didn’t want to be there.

N
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Worth trying. We enjoyed it but don’t have a strong desire to go back again.

m
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was great. Thank you. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ended up eating at the bar since spots opened up and we were early for our reservation. Our bartender was fabulous! Great recommendations and service! Food was amazing!

FP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and exceptional service!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was out of this world good. Sweet little spot in a city perfect for any occasion.
Recommend to all.

TB
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Upsetting when you bring your son who has a very severe egg allergy and don't feel 100% confident that the food you're ordering is going to be safe - even after requesting a manager to come to the table. No one seemed to understand that egg-free doesn't equal gluten free. The other kicker: They charged me for a full priced pasta entree when all we ordered him was a bowl of pasta. $18 for a 7 year old - just pasta, nothing else. Use to be one of our favorite spots in Chicago, but not anymore. So sad.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great dinner and environment

LD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great all around

h
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner at Siena Tavern this past Sunday. The service was excellent. The meal was absolutely delicious. Everyone in our party enjoyed their meal. The Kale salad is the best I have had. Steaks, fish, pasta, all terrific. There isn't loud music, which is wonderful for a quiet evening of conversation and a great meal.
This is the second time we have been to this restaurant and both times made this as one of our top favorite restaurant destinations in Chicago!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Lobster squid ink linguine is amazing, the beets salad is pretty good too!

AA
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing atmosphere and incredible food! First time here on a girl's weekend and highly recommend!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic atmosphere, great food! Will return!

DS
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience3

The food was wonderful, especially enjoyed the butternut squash tortellacci.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister and I had the best time at Siena Tavern! The burrata appetizer was delicious!! We shared the pappardelle with bolognese and the spaghetti with lump crab. Both were wonderful and we would highly recommend them. Our server was very helpful and attentive. Really great experience!!

LE
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

My very first trip to Chicago, and discovered Siena Tavern on Open Table. Very pleasantly surprised! The food was outstanding. They make their own fresh pasta, and it was delicious. However, the service was a bit spotty, and the noise level was over the top. That being said, I would definitely return for the excellent food.

CR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience5

I really loved this restaurant last time I went. This time around, 2 of the 4 items simply weren't good. Flavor and seasoning off. Then we had a server that wasn't attentive and pushed items that were the most expensive (which we bought), but didn't deliver on taste. He was far from apologetic. Crazy how I could be such a fan one time, and then the second time be so "off" that I won't be returning.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was great!

PG
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Siena Tavern was a deception, we had read good reviews and had high expectations. The Buratta was not real buratta, defenitely not containing cream and without much taste. The accompaniing chutney actually made the dish. The Caccio and pepe pasta was recommended by our server as being "well done here", they were ok but no more. But the real deception was the Grilled octopus, which was served in a bowl with potato chips and a few greens, everything soaked in a sour broth. That broth made nothing else than soften the chips and make the octopus loose it's grilled texture, feeling and taste. It actually looked as if the octopus had been grilled, frozen and then reheated in that broth. I sincerly hope I am wrong.
Since we did not eat more than one bite of it, the manager did not charge us for it and offered us two donuts to finish the meal, which were, I must, say pretty good

J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The baked lasagna was outstanding. Very nice atmosphere- tastefully decorated. Hostess and servers were friendly and professional.

OT
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great small plates... helpful staff with good recommendations and fantastic service.

GG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every single item we had was delicious, but the pastas were the star of the show. We ordered squid ink linguine, truffle gnocchi, and caccio e pepe, all of which featured homemade pasta that was the perfect texture and beautifully balanced flavor. The three appetizers we had - octopus, burrata, and hamachi - were all great, but the perfectly cooked octopus blew us away. Dessert wowed us slightly less than the savory food but was still very good - we tried the monkey bread and the cookie jar. The #11 cocktail is the best if you like gin.

t
Louisville
28 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience. Loved the atmosphere, service was great and enjoyed our food and drinks. We were on a girls trip. We each got a different salad and split 2 pizzas. All were great and would go back again!

D
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, it was a wonderful experience at Siena Tavern! They remain one of our favorites! Food was spectacular, as was the service. Will be back again soon!

L
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an awesome night! From the second I sat at the bar waiting for my friends I was greeted and treated like the most important person in the room! Amazing bartender who made an unbelievable pomegranate martini! Once my friends arrived and we moved to our table, the high level of service only continued! The food was spectacular! The sommelier came over and helped us pick the absolute perfect wine! It was literally a perfect night!

SJ
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience. This is our 3rd time there. The food is always delicious. Service was great.

OT
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The manager went above and beyond by comping a round of drinks when we weren’t seated 15 minutes after our reservation time. I had stopped going to Siena Tavern because I was never seated on time, so this was a nice touch to tell me they are trying better now, making me want to continue to give it another chance.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a birthday and had a fantastic evening here. The food and service were great. Before dinner was even over, we decided to come back!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve ever had in Chicago!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The pasta dishes felt a bit over salted.

J
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service. Great wine list too. Too bloody loud, but that seems to be true more times than not.

c
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Business trip

D
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the food at Sienna tavern. My daughters favorite restaurant and she chose it for her birthday. Have been going there since it opened. Great dishes to chose from and service is always exceptional.

EP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I really enjoyed my visit to Sienna Tavern. I've been before but there wasn't as big of a crowd this time. The service was fast and friendly and we got to sit in a booth rather than the highboys. I wasn't looking for intimacy just comfort and that it was. The staff was attentive and my martini was incredible. I've told friends that they should go for the experience but they'll love the food!

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