Dined on July 24th.
This post represent my first out of state restaurant visit. Last month, we traveled to Chicago to attend the Coldplay concert at Soldier Field. We dined at Bar Siena prior to the concert. We found Bar Siena courtesy of Yelp and Open Table. We picked it because we liked the menu which mostly consisted of different Italian dishes and it was easy to make a reservation. Bar Siena draws its inspiration in size, style, and energy from a casual, energetic bar and restaurant called La Taverna in Siena, Italy.
First Impression: Bar Siena is located in the Chicago West Loop neighborhood. Our Uber driver mentioned that the area had recently become popular due to the increase in high quality restaurants. When we walked in, the restaurant was indeed energetic and lively as the main floor had the bar area. The second floor had the dining room where we got seated. There is outside seating as well. The entire space does have a casual feeling to it. One of the highlights of the space, is the illuminating lights that hover over the bar area and then rise through a large opening on the second floor.
We knew we wanted an appetizer but we were a bit overwhelmed and could not decide. We narrowed it down to 3 and our server recommended the Taleggio Focaccia with prosciutto ($22). This Italian flatbread topped with stracchino cheese, arugula, truffle honey, and sea salt was absolutely delicious. The addition of the prosciutto definitely enhanced the dish.
Only I would go to an Italian restaurant and order a steak. The Creekstone Farms Skirt Steak ($24) with charred torn basil, salsa verde, roasted garlic, and taleggio whipped potatoes was cooked perfectly. It had great flavor especially when the bite included both the salsa and the potatoes. The potatoes were so creamy and were a great accompaniment to the steak.
Sarah ordered the Short Rib Lasagna ($18). This was definitely not your typical lasagna. The short rib, along with the tallegio, and the roasted garlic bechamel made this lasagna one of the tastiest I’ve ever had. Although it was heavy at times, it was absolutely amazing.
Verdict: Bar Siena met and exceeded our expectations. Being in another city and on vacation, we wanted a good meal and the restaurant did not disappoint. The only sad part is that we weren’t able to try any of their desserts and there were some good ones. A repeat visit is definitely in our future next time we are in Chicago. If you want great service and a good vibe, then this one should be on your list.
832 W RANDOLPH STREET, CHICAGO IL 60607
OPEN DAILY FROM 11:30 AM – CLOSE
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY OPEN AT 10 AM