Located in Chicago’s West Loop, Bar Siena is new to the neighborhood (EST. 2015), but that doesn’t mean they aren’t bringing it. Bar Siena is a rustic 2 story structure consisting of a 1st floor bar, an upstairs dining area, and outdoor patio. Bar Siena also houses a giant pizza oven made out of mosaic tile (they even named her Bella and she is the focal point of the space). With a menu ranging from pizza to Short Rib Lasagna and Duck Mac and Cheese to Bomboloni’s (Italian hole less doughnuts) from Bombobar, Bar Siena is one of the hottest spots on Randolph St. See how they ranked.
Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites
Price: 4 out of 5 bites
Quality/Taste: 4.6 out of 5 bites
Service: 4.5 out of 5 bites
Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites
Grilled Octopus and Shishitto Peppers (sweet, East Asia): Charred escarole, Calabrian chili vinaigrette. I have died and gone to heaven! This was one of the best things I have ever had. The octopus was fresh, tender, and melted in my mouth. The chili vinaigrette was spicy and was the perfect condiment and the escarole added a nice smoky freshness to balance out each bite. I really appreciated that the octopus was cooked perfectly, lightly charred, and not tough. You could definitely taste the quality. Order this!
Pecorino Biscuits & Gravy: Oven dried tomato, chicken sausage, charred green onion, fried egg. I love a dish where the silky, richness of an egg yolk can flow down around the rest of the ingredients. It’s brilliant. The chicken sausage was mild and tender. Charring the green onion brought out a sweet mild flavor that was perfect against the rich sausage gravy and buttery biscuits. Well done!
Bar Siena is definitely serving up some flavor bombs. The restaurant was buzzing for brunch at 1 on a Saturday. Everyone was enjoying drinks, laughing and conversing as the servers brought out delicious plates. With a “liquid brunch” menu consisting of the classics: Bloody Mary’s, build your own Mimosa’s, mulled wine, cold pressed juices, there’s something for every palette. The food was great and the dining room had such an awesome vibe. This is my new favorite weekend jam. If only I lived in Chicago.
Thanks to Janet and Emma for such a blast. I ❤ day drinking with you ladies!