Siena Cafe

4.4
195 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Siena cafe specializes in italian cuisine, fresh pasta (made fresh, In house), a wide variety of the fresh fish, steaks, chops & other delectable Italian cuisines.
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MeganN
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The manager was the kindest, most personable man! We will be back because the food is amazing, especially their brunch menu, but we will also be back because of him and the incredible service! A wonderful outdoor dining experience! Would highly recommend.

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vipFrancophile
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual!

JM
JayeM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. We obviously were eating outside and the structure was warm and ventilated and we all felt very safe and comfortable.

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AlexB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

The food was good and the outdoor setup was good but it took literally hours to get our food and we were all shivering when it arrived despite the heaters. I've been to Siena once before and didn't have the same problem so maybe they had an off night service wise. No one even acknowledged how long it took which made it worse.

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vipGerry
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food here is quite good, but the outstanding feature for our family is the outstanding outside dining arrangement which is completely open on all sides except for a plywood roof with electric heating. A good choice particularly during the time of the pandemic.

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vipitsnumberjuan
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Had they kept our drinks constantly fresh, or had our server not forgotten to bring *everyone's sides* and correctly note down requests, it might've been a better experience. My friend left her purse at the table , called twice and was told they couldn't find it before hanging up on her. She went back and the lady who was now seating at the table had been holding it for her, leading to a huge fight with the manager. So... service and attention is not great. Still, for a $19 "bottomless" brunch in UES it's hard to be too mad.

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vipFamousFresser
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We had a delicious appetizer and two yummy, creative pasta dishes. Service, sad to say, may have been the most inattentive I’ve ever experienced, and I am a senior. Could that have been the reason?

We arrived on time for our 7:30 reservation and were quickly seated by a friendly maitre d’. There seemed to be lots of waitstaff circulating around our table but no one came to us. After fifteen minutes we caught the eye of the host, and requested water. He apologized, and also took our drink order. Saw him speak to a waitperson who eventually came and asked for a drink order! We did give her the rest of our order.

There was a long wait for the appetizer but that could have easily been the kitchen. Had the waitperson let us know that there was a delay, we may have ordered a second drink.

Another twenty minutes and she did stop by, seemingly surprised that we had not yet received said appetizer. It came fairly quickly after that and our request for salt took ONLY about five minutes to be fulfilled.

Entrees arrived without issue. As we were finishing dinner our waitperson came to ask if everything was okay, and that was the last time we saw her. Different people brought check and returned credit card.

At another time, these lapses may have been reflected in the tip, but given how small restaurants and their employees are suffering, we prefer to tip generously.

We would enjoy being treated likewise.

KK
KaitlynK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great outdoor dining set up, the food was very tasty (everyone finished their plates) and our server was super attentive despite having to run back and forth in the rain! Will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great experience! Food, service, outdoor seating was all so wonderful! I will definitely go again. Thank you!!!

LJ
LindsayJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We had a party of 8 - expensive bill. Food was bland, our waitress was a disaster. To top it off, we had a birthday and they charged us for the slice of cake lol. Will take our big groups elsewhere from now on.

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vipleahbnyc
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We had a great brunch at Siena. One of my friends is pregnant and couldn't participate in the bottomless brunch. The waiter made her a sparkling orange juice and then a sparkling strawberry juice to include her - it was very sweet.

JR
vipJRow
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our experience. We went for the two-for-one small plates and had an amazing meal! We ordered six plates for three: mussels (great), gnocchi (fantastic), lamb chops (best ever), octopus (superb), olives (huge), carpaccio (melt in your mouth). Highly recommended.

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AliS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Had an intimate dinner here and there were just a few red flags. One server working the entire floor is not enough (maybe manager should jump in and take tables if its a labor thing). Therefore, waiting long periods of time to get an additional drink or a clean napkin is a result of not properly being staffed. Tables are not reset between courses nor is the table crumbed. My dinner came out cold and pasta tasted frozen I ordered the (Potato Gnocchi Braised Short Rib Ragu). When the mains came out busser's noticed dirty dishes still on the table and empty wine glasses then removed it. Empty wine glasses should be refilled or removed immediately. Also, did not have table settings to eat my dinner with when my mains arrived. Just needs management, leadership and steps of service put in place.

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vipDiscerningDiner
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We arrived one hour into the lobster special night, yet they were out of lobster. the server told us the seafood fra diavolo was a little spicy, it was very spicy (and i like spicy). The check was incorrect. We have been to Siena before and like it, but this was not a great experience.

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FussyEater
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighbourhood restaurant. Everything superb except the noise level can get pretty high and you find yourself shouting to be heard by your table mates.

LT
vipLisaT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been coming here since it opened and the food is always delicious! The Lobster Ravioli is highly recommended. I also love the risotto!

JK
vipJoKir
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Brunch very noisy and crowded. Slow service. Ok food. If you don’t want bottomless brunch drinks, it’s not really a pleasant experience.. much much too noisy.

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vipSrg1
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We have been here before and the food has always been okay for a local restaurant. But this past Saturday night, the food was excellent. There were six of us, and everyone’s food came out exactly as we had hoped.

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vipfoodguru
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Bad service, bad food

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my 2nd time here for a birthday get together. Amazing service staff and vibe . I would definitely return what a joy .

j
vipjc18
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Good for everyday dining
It’s a real neighborhood restaurant

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Mackenzie
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Good for Dinner (Pasta, Wine, Ambiance); Skip for Brunch. 3/5 Stars.
Went @ 12PM on a Sunday; Was seated in the front by window vs dining room.
Service: Our server was either new and not trained or didn't know what was going on. We think he meant well, but was very quiet, didn't know the menu at all, couldn't recommend any dishes, told us he never tried any of the food, and didn't check on us much at all except when we were almost done eating (to refill mimosas). We had to wave him down when we needed anything.
Brunch Burger: they forgot the egg, brought it out on a plate after and we had to add it to the burger; burger was overcooked (medium well instead of medium rare); fries were cold and not salted (and we couldn't flag down our waiter post egg-delivery to ask for S&P).
Fontina Omelette: Good flavor and fillings, side of potatoes were good but wish there were more - If you order something, go for this.
Bottomless Brunch Overall: The Deal Includes: 1 Main + 1 Side, Plus Unlimited Mimosa, Rossini, Sangria, Bloody Mary Coffee & Soda for 90 Min. However, if your item on the menu already comes with potatos, salad or fries, that IS THE SIDE. Not a dealbreaker, but this should be a bit more distinct. Mimosas were pretty good
Verdict: Go if you want bottomless Mimosas for $30 but don't expect great service or the best food. I've been for Dinner 2x and had much better experiences.

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vipFrancophile
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day - wonderful!

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Lizgldmrk
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day lunch with 3 of my sons. Service was outstanding. Food delicious. Very nice vibe. We will be back!

LS
vipLauraS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The servers work very hard, but the restaurant appears to be understaffed. Additionally, the manager seems clueless and never checks in with guests. The food is very good, with generous portions, at a reasonable prices. They also have some very nice wines by the glass.

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vipTamiH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Food was underwhelming and service was poor as usual at Siena.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The burrata plate and the Siena burger were amazing! Would definitely try again.

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vipoperapal
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Adorable with good food, only sometimes can be loud, more so from music than people. Great local place

RK
vipRKB17
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Staff is terrific, brunch was very good. Will definitely go back.

RG
RosieG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyable Italian dining. Food was delicious. Wednesday night was 1/2 price on bottles of wine. Service was excellent. There was pleasant music, but really loud. We asked that it be turned down a bit. They did. Our reservation was early. By the time we left it was filled up. We all agreed we'd come back.

RK
vipRKB17
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great find staff was so nice. Salad was just OK, but pasta and eggplant over zucchini noodles was delicious. Defiantly will go back.

JJ
vipJJNYC
New York Area
149 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, good service

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NatalieR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had friends in town who loved the place... All 4 of us had the $29 bottomless brunch... we were not disappointed and will be back. Thanks!

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vipSuellenE
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyable but way too noisy!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Service was passable, but not great. Food was very good. Be prepared for a loud room. Would definitely go back. Never gave me my Open Table points.

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Mavirek
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Thankful to have this small elegant dining option in our neighborhood, where you don’t feel like your sitting with the party next to you.

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vipDarlingdiner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night. We went for NYE and had a party of 8. We sat in the bar and had drinks apps and dinner. It is a festive, funky environment. The decor is both warm and intimate and at the same time fun. The food was awesome!

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kellyb
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Monday night lobster special!

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vipFrancophile
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!

LT
vipLisaT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love siena Cafe. Food is always fresh and tasty. Love their cocktails too! They have amazing desserts!

FAQs

Siena Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Siena Cafe also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 410-5588.

Siena Cafe is rated 4.4 stars by 195 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.