Austin >Food & Dining > Siena Ristorante Toscano
6203 N Capital of Texas Hwy Ste B, Austin, TX | Directions 7873130.363140 -97.788907
Mon-Thu 11:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-10pm
Fri 11:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-10pm
In their native habitats wild boars are big, mean devils, but here in Siena, they make sweet little appetizers. This restaurant has a serious affection for wild boar, using it in their protein mains, their pastas, and their Tuscan bread appetizer (think bruschetta): It involves an out-of-this-world wild boar ragout. Note that the menu is seasonal, so call ahead to see if Tuscan bread is on the menu.
Exceptional food, average service, bad parking – My husband and I went here for an early-Valentines Day celebration. I agree with the other reviewers that the parking situation is just plain annoying, and would definitely limit how often we would want to come back. However, the entrees were flawless. We both ordered the Tagliatelli Bolognese, and the pasta was perfectly cooked and the meat sauce was delicious. The dessert was more average, and the cappuccino's were weak. The server was friendly enough, but we felt oddly rushed during our meal even though there were plenty vacant tables. At one point -- I am not making this up -- the server actually stood there and watched as I scooped the last bite of salad onto my fork, and snatched my plate before I had put it into my mouth!
Parking is atrocious every evening except Friday and Saturday – The atmosphere is lovely and romantic. The food is delicious!! The pate appetizer left us wanting more, the trout and salmon were some of the best ever!
We had reservations for a 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening dinner. We drove around for 20-25 minutes looking for a parking place!! When we finally found one about 2 blocks away I asked the hostess why they didn't have valet parking. Her response was that it was available on Friday and Saturday evenings only and that the owners were aware of the problem, but nothing could be done. If the restaurant had been full, we would have been more understanding. But there were very few diners. Most of the parking spots were occupied by those eating at Waterloo Ice House. Yes, it's a great restaurant, but there are others in Austin that are also great who provide valet parking or ample parking spaces.
4 Star Resturant – Dear, i love Ceasar Salad so much
Well first of all i work in the kitchen (day time crew). I cant say much for the waitstaff cause im not up there but, what i do see dosent have anything to do with what you said. I think the foods very good im an italian from up north so i know GOOD FOOD! If ceasar salad is your thing you can try that fast food place i see FAGoleys or whatever. Im sure that is more to your likeing with a well done steak with ketchup and ranch. Im pretty sure if it was as bad as you say they wouldnt have 4 stars and be open for over 7 years! I think you need to lay off the booze and stick with virgin pink daquris and try us again sometime. Come anytime at lunch for daily specials and good reasonable priced lunch items............. And as far as musashino's goes its by far the greatest sushi i have ever tasted so take that and sprinkle it on your mexican salad.
Really? lame food? – Please do not use this forum to slag Siena just because you were fired from there. It's slanderous and unfair and they know who you are. I am a loyal customer who has been eating there for eight years and I too know who you are. ( it's bad to lie to your boss)They stay in business because they rock!!
waiters dont seem to care, overpriced, horrible recipes!! – I have eaten at sienna a few times its nothing to tell anyone about. Some things i thought i would share was waitstaff seem to be all over the place. Very UN organized. Managment dosent seem to be much better. The food is totally sub par the menu dosent change that much with the seasons adding or takeing away a few things isnt season changing!!!! I think all this place needs is for whoevers in charge to go back to school and learn a thing or 2 and put ceasar salad on the menu who dosent love ceasar salad. That or just shut that crummy looking building down either or!!!!!!
Trditional Tuscan Italian – Siena is a Tuscan restaurant (named after a significantly historical town), "Tuscan" meaning from the Toscano region in Italy. This place breaks from the standard Italian food that most of us grew up with in America, being a heavy dose of red sauces and pasta dishes. Now I haven't dined everywhere in Austin, but this is hands down the most romantic place in town. The wine list is superb. The cuisine is superb. Sorry, no Caesar salad (which was actually created by an Italian in Mexico City). This is a place to experience a different kind of Italian that most people in this country will never have the opportunity to do so. Start with a bottle of Rocca Della Macie "Chianti" and the "Fiche" - black Mission figs stuffed with pecorino, wrapped with parma prosciutto, baked in a pizza oven and accented with an amazing balsamic vinegar reduction made with sugar. Siena is an opportunity to learn something new, an education, a new definition of Italian food. It's a little pricey, but not really when you consider the ambience, food, wine, and the location.
An absolute 10 in my book! – This is the most delicious Italian food in the most romantic setting...worth every penny! I plan to go back for the next anniversary or birthday...so incredible!
Mediocre – Service in the restaurant was excellent and friendly, while service at the bar was haughty and poor. I had the salmon and scallop(s) and felt the food was mediocre and overpriced. It's possible I would have fared better with a pasta dish. The dining room was spacious and made it easy to have a conversation which was lovely.
Nice wine list. – My husband and I went there recently for a romantic dinner! We 10 minutes bit late for our appointment, it was a Friday night, so maybe that's why we ended up in "Siberia". Anyway, menu. We both chose the appetizer with the white asparagus. Being European, these things are only on the market from May to June and are considered a delicacy when cooked with ham, melted butter and boiled egg. These asparagus were RAW, and therefore quiet tasteless and not the slightly salty, soft, melt in your mouth stuff that I was expecting. I just ate the prosciutto and salad that came with it. My husband ate it all, but then he would! For our main course he had the pasta with lots of wild mushtrooms and cream. This was delicious (I finished his plate for him) and it come in 2 sizes: appetirzer or main course - or "entree" as they call it in this country.
I am doing this silly thing trying to avoid to many carbs, so I had the seafood / fish soup dish. The mussels were overcooked, as were the clams and I think the clams were frozen. Also, the soup needed a lot more garlic and other herbs, as it tasted quite bland to me. I didn't like the fish in it. For dessert we shared the vanilla icecream with strawberries and a balsamic reduction. The strawberries were actually 3 slices of half a strawberry. The ice cream was a good quality, though and the balsamic reduction was good. The staff (apart from the snooty hostess) was very nice and helpful and they tend to be everywhere in this country. I would go there again, but I was a bit disappointed, maybe because my expectations were too high. So 7 out of 10.
FOOD IS VERY GOOD BUT POOR service and waiters – I made reservations for 4 people and celebrating a birthday. I ordered the tomato basil soup with a salad was very good. Then followed the salmon and everyone else sitting at the table with me ordered the lamb very large portion I might add. The waiter brought me just the salad and no soup as I waited to speak to him regarding the soup that was not brought to me. He then acted like he didn't hear me was a little annoying I had to beg for him to bring me the salmon dish.I wasn't impressed with his behavior nor happy with his not being attentive to our table. Next visit I will make sure I have a good waiter.But if this happens again I will not return. The birthday celebration would have been better if we had a attentive waiter.
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