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Siena Bistro

4.3
683 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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About

Siena Bistro serves up flavorful Mediterranean cuisine. This quaint establishment has a cozy setting that's ideal for dining out with family for lunch or dinner. Owner and chef David Wiesner enjoys preparing creative dishes that show off his culinary skills gained through decades of working in the restaurant industry. Siena Bistro serves a variety of appetizers to please the palate, including grilled lemon chicken skewers and crab cakes with a spicy gazpacho sauce. Almond-crusted sole with Moroccan rice or bourbon stout braised short ribs make delicious entrées. Pasta dishes, freshly tossed salads and scrumptious desserts can also be found on the menu.

Siena Bistro is located in downtown Willow Glen on Lincoln Avenue behind the Le Boulanger bakery. It features outdoor seating for guests to enjoy their meals, the weather and good conversation.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Spanish
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(408) 271-0837
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
David Wiesner
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Private party facilities
The patio(weather permitting) is available for private parties. Groups of up to 20 or up to 50 can be accommodated. The indoor restaurant can be rented out for groups of up to 20 or up to 45.
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Private party contact
David Wiesner: (408) 271-0837
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Minnesota Ave
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Parking details
The entrance to Siena Bistro is accessible through the public parking lot off of Minnesota Ave & Lincoln Ave. There is no entrance off of Lincoln Ave. Parking is free and there is no time limit after 6:00pm.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3
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4.3
food
4.3
service
4.0
ambience
4.0
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Halcupt (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined on April 2, 2016

The food is consistently excellent and the service friendly and attentive. The noise level can rise to uncomfortable. I am willing to put up with the noise because the food is so outstanding.

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vipMaryZ (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined on March 31, 2016

The pasta dishes are excellent (both the duck ragout pasta and the angry pasta). Steaks are awesome as is the sole dish. I really like the food here and on Tuesday and Wednesday they have a great deal for a meal, an appetizer and a bottle of wine. I like the atmosphere and service is great.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined on March 22, 2016

We all had the meatloaf with balsamic reduction, grilled asparagus and mashed potatoes, delicious! The service was friendly, efficient and helpful. Creme Brulee and Tiramisu, spot on. A charming bistro!

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vipiolavola (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined on March 22, 2016

I frequently have lunch there and have even had dinner there. It is a very small place with small outdoor seating. They do have outdoor heaters if it is too cool. The food is always good but they have a limited menu. The owner is usually around and they take good care of everybody.

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diningdee (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on March 16, 2016

The wait staff did not hover or rush us through our meal. They were attentive and helpful. It was a relaxed dining experience and I can't wait to go back!

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vipunruhly (San Francisco)
2.0
Dined on March 5, 2016

It was Saturday night, and I needed a reservation before a hockey game. We were the first people to arrive in restaurant for a 5:00 pm reservation. We were warmly greeted and given a good suggestion on wine.

First ordered their signature crab cake on avocado -- flavors were bland and while the presentation was nice, not really a good value considering the taste. Hubs ordered lentil soup; again, nothing special. I ordered a roasted beet salad with goat cheese. Seems like the goat cheese and beet 'layers' were prepared a day or more earlier and just did not seem that fresh, again, considering the price.

We split the special -- a sea bass with green sauce. Absolutely unspectacular. Again, not bad, but with so many choices, this was not it, though it was nice that they split the portion for us.

When we got the bill there was some confusion with the passport dining card, but it seems that most places that take the card have confusion and all process it differently.

Service was pleasant and attentive.

Next time in Willow Glen, I'll go back to The Table or try Black Sheep.

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Halcupt (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined on February 23, 2016

The food is great especially the Sole Almondine. The service is generally very good. The only short coming is that it can get noisy when it is busy.

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vipgbtfromsj (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on February 19, 2016

Siena is a great spot for dinner. The food is outstanding and very reasonably priced. Everything is very fresh and prepared beautifully. I have been here many times and had anyone leave disappointed, but they do run out of the specials, because, well they are special. Also, the winelist is a downright bargain compared to the markup usually seen at other places. If you are in Willow Glen and can make the effort to find the entrance (off the back parking lot NOT the main street) its totally worth it.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined on February 19, 2016

Food was excellent. Will try again in warmer weather when the patio is open. The patio looked very nice.

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ChristopherS (Central Coast)
4.0
Dined on February 14, 2016

Nice dinner, reasonably priced. Always friendly service. Just a bit above a routine night out.

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