Restaurants you may also like
About Siena Bistro
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.
San Jose, CA 95125
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
Private Party Contact:
David Wiesner: (408) 271-0837
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Siena Bistro Ratings and Reviews
The service was excellent as was the food. I had the Scalone, my wife had the Sole Almondine, my niece the Salmon and my sister the lamb. We all raved about our choices!! The Chef/Owner Dave brought out the sparkling candle the whole outside diners and wait staff sang a beautiful rendition of "Happy Birthday" for me. It was a wonderful evening.
Had not been here in over 10 years. Waiter was very good. Menu selection was limited and expensive. Wine the same. I suspect that the numerous other area new restaurants have eaten in to this place's business and they have cut back due to the competition. My entree of hot pasta was good but $26 for pasta?
Took my best friend here for her birthday. Absolutely great place to do some celebrating. Sat at the bar and ordered wine since we arrived early, the hostess took us out to a table on the patio not long after. We had wonderful food, even better dessert and wine. And they were quite hospitable even though we were the last to leave! :)
Odd that, per Open Table description provided by the restaurant, they don't reserve the patio, yet every time we visit, the tables are reserved?!? Seems that they don't want tondo what other restaurants do: block and pre-assign tables based on requests made at time of booking. So the seating process feels more like a diner despite a reservation. The food isn't that much better than a good diner, but the waited was exemplary.
Had lunch at Siena Bistro, and as usual, loved it. I had the fresh Dungeness Crab sandwich, and my friend had the scallops and pasta. Both were excellent, as was our Prosecco to start, and our chocolate cake for dessert. We sat on the patio and the weather was perfect.
One of the things that I love about this restaurant is that the owner is always there checking in with the diners. It's truly a neighborhood gem!
The staff is uniformly superb in welcoming guests and giving them solid information. We would especially like to give thanks to Jose who is always gracious and remembers repeat guests. He is such an asset to Siena and we always like seeing him there when we visit.
Not much sophistication at this restaurant...we were greeted by the hostess who had a Puma sweatshirt on.
The Gorgonzola scallops were excellent and the salmon was very tasty too.
Very low on wines as I had asked for two types of wines that were on their wine list throughout our dinner and they were sold out on both.
Also they do not serve cappuccino...we had to go across the street to another Italian restaurant to finish our dining experience.
I would go back..but keep low expectations.
This was my third time back and I can't say enough about the food & service. It's everything I look for in a restaurant. No one bothers you except when they should and they accommodate every whim. The food must be prepared with love because it sure tastes like it. I'm a very picky eater and never fear ordering something I've not had yet at this restaurant. I'm not a big wine person but Jesus our waiter introduced me and my friend a white wine that frankly I had to have glass of. They know how to please so, go and get yourself some great food, fantastic service and wonderful ambiance. I can't wait to go back. The Sole Almondine was to die for & the Beet salad is one of my favs......
Go, only if you don't mind very lackluster food, service where you have to ask for everything and ambiance...well, we were there for brunch, we had a reservation where we asked for outside, sat inside at a back corner table. Horrible! How do they stay on in business?
We have eaten at Sienna many times, but this was our first experience with their Mother's Day Brunch. We had a party of 14 and I was pleased with the smoothness of the service and the menu options. We were seated inside and would have preferred the patio, but it worked out well as we had a 4 year old and a 5 month old in the group.
The food is decent, a slight bit disappointing at this price point. Host experience is underwhelming. Hostess on phone, but can't even smile other otherwise acknowledge waiting guests. Wait. Wait some more. Finally someone else says "she'll be right with you." Finally a waiter comes up to seat us. They seat the patio first-come. We've requested it in the OT reservation. We arrive- two open tables. When we're finally seated, we can't have the other, larger, nicer table, because it is reserved. Hmmm. We're placed at a small, really small two-top that is stuck behind other tables. It really shouldn't even be used. Server was excellent; she's a polished pro, quirky sense of humor, excellent attention. We have other favorites, that when we need a change, may come back, but we won't be regulars. Too many better hosted, better food choices in the area.
It was a beautiful day, perfect for outdoor dining in the patio. My friend and I didn't want a sandwich but the ingredients sounded delicious. Our server offered to have our choices, chicken with feta cheese and the shrimp sandwich converted to salads. Very good and the bonus, the artichoke soup was wonderful.
It was a great experience and we'll definitely be back.
They easily accommodated our gluten free issues, the pasta was perfect and the scallops delicious. The wine list was OK. Service was so fast it made y head spin! The only bad part was the Creme Brûlée was a bit soupy and luke warm, but the caramel on top was good.
I haven't had Scalone for many years and as soon as I saw it on the menu, I had to order it. I don't eat mashed potatoes, but my mother said they were outstanding. I couldn't help but think of the movie Close Encounters while she was carving away golden morsels from the mound of mashed potatoes on her plate. I traded mine out for an extra helping of grilled asparagus, and you can never have too much asparagus, right? These were done perfectly too - crispy, a little salty, deeee-licious. So the scalone steaks had a very light panko crust, with the perfect amount of lemon to really make the flavors hit home. Really outstanding. For dessert I ordered a chocolate gelato. And oh by the way, this real gelato, not ice cream, which I appreciated immensely. Oh, the other cool find her was listed under Interesting Whites on their wine list. I ordered the Caymus Conundrum, for $12 a glass - I enjoyed it so much that I walked down to BevMo for a bottle to take home. I almost ordered the Rombauer chard and I'm glad I didn't. So, all in all, we had a lovely time and I highly recommend this lovely, lively little spot.
One more cool thing: As it got colder outside, the host brought out blankets for the women to wear on their laps. I thought that was a thoughtful touch.
It was my first time at this restaurant and I was on a first date. Much to my surprise, I had previously met the owner many years ago from a prior restaurant. He recognized me and stopped by our table a few times to chat. It was a nice touch. The menu has nice selections covering the major meat and pasta groups. We dined outside because it is quite loud if you dine inside. Overall a very nice experience. My only suggestion would be to put a few heat lamps outside. It was a pleasant evening but it did get fairly cool after 8pm. A heat lamp would have made it nearly perfect.
My husband and I came here on a Saturday night for our monthly date night. I'm a hairstylist in Willow Glen and this place was highly recommended to me by clients. I was already aware that they were located behind Lincoln Avenue and was accessible by Minnesota. They have large signs on Minnesota making it easier to find. Parking was easy, even for a Saturday night! I was hoping there would be a spot outside on the patio, but they were filled so we had to sit inside. The patio is beautiful and has a great vibe. The décor of the inside was very clean, simple and classic Italian. It's small with a large bar located in the center. We ordered the Pear and Gorgonzola flatbread to start. It was amazing!! Such great flavors. We were fighting for pieces and ate everything off of the plate. He had the Rib Eye special and I had the Butternut Squash Risotto. Both were delicious. His Rib Eye was huge! One pound. So we definitely took it to go. He had the Tiramisu for dessert and I had the double chocolate peanut butter gelato. YUM! During dinner the owner/head chef came by to check in on us. He was very friendly, but didn't hover for too long. It made us feel great to support a small business in the area. It shows that Dave the owner cares about his customers and the food and flavors he produces. We will definitely be back!
Really nice lunch outdoors on patio during recent beautiful weather. There was a group of really loud women when we arrived, but it nice they left the patio was quiet and welcoming. Salmon on cedar plank was one of best I've tasted. Super moist and flavorful. Chicken and goat cheese sandwich with butternut squash soup also delicious. Ending with fabulous chocolate lava cake with coconut almond ice cream. Yummy!
Service was helpful, friendly, and efficient.
Restaurant is small so be aware that if there are loud and inconsiderate diners, you will hear them.
Been going to this restaurant for years. The food is always great. The owner, David, is friendly and visits diners. Favorite dishes include the petrale sole, pork and spicy shrimp. The outdoor patio is the perfect place to enjoy a wonderful meal with friends.
This place is a great place for dinner as it has a lot of wonderful selections and very decent prices. It was a website that is very useful. I came with a party of 6 and my table was ready before by reservation time and the service was wonderful. The owner, David stopped by the table to make sure everything was to our liking and made us feel important. You have to know about this restaurant or you may never know it is there. I highly recommend it. All 6 of us had different dinners and we were all happy. They also have a good selection of wines and desserts.
Upon arriving at Siena Bistro we were greeted by multiple staff members and were promptly seated on a Friday night. Our server was courteous and offered suggestions on menu items as well as provided personal opinions at request. With four of us dining, we were able to sample a variety of the menu items and all were spectacular in both presentation and taste. We will most certainly be returning to Siena Bistro.
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.