Bar Siena

You know that feeling when you take a risk going to a new restaurant and you assume that with no reservation, there is no way you’ll ever get in? And then you end up going and you’re seated right away? Outside? I think that is my favorite feeling.

This was the case last Sunday at Bar Siena, otherwise known as Siena Tavern’s little and equally delicious sister. Even though they had not started brunch service at that point, settling for their lunch menu was a nonissue. My friend and I started with the crispy tomino cheese with wild mushrooms and polenta toast. Seriously, my mouth is watering as I write this. The combination of textures and flavors and the gooey melted cheese were the perfect accent to our slightly spicy bloody marys.


Next, we shared the bibb lettuce with watermelon, red endive, cherry tomato, pistachio, sheep’s milk ricotta and green goddess dressing. Another great dish that we goddesses gobbled right up.


Our final order was the Lobster Club. At this point, we were a little full, but that didn’t stop us from appreciating the freshness of ingredients, the perfect char on the brioche, and the same green goddess dressing that we welcomed with open arms.


A perfect Chicago Sunday consists of sunshine, outdoor seating, good company and awesome food and drinks. Bar Siena took care of the last two and let’s face it, those are pretty important.