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Ristorante San Desiderio

Piazza L Bonelli, 2, 53100 Siena, Italy
0577 286091
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Ranked #60 of 451 restaurants in Siena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
San Ramon, California
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Our landlady recommended this restaurant when we first arrived in Siena. We had no reservations, but were seated easily inside (only a few outdoor tables) around 8 pm. It's an old building that has been beautifully updated. It even had a great sound system and we enjoyed the music with dinner. We loved the house wine, octopus carpaccio, squash blossoms,... More

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San Diego, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We went here based on a recommendation from our hotel. We had a great meal, one of the best we had during our two-week trip. The food was delicious and the service outstanding. In fact, our interactions with the owners and servers is what made the meal so memorable. The food and wine recommendations from our servers were spot on.... More

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Elburn, Illinois
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76 reviews 76 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Our hotel recommended this restaurant to us. They explained many locals eat here. This was what we wanted. We want to avoid touristy restaurants and eat local. We arrived around 7pm. The place was not very busy at all but towards 8pm the business was picking up a lot. The hostess/bartender and waiters were all very kind and attentive. We... More

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San Francisco, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Just stumbled on this restaurant about a block down hill from the back of the Cathedral. The dining room is large with a high beamed ceiling. Found out later that the building is a deconsecrated Romanesque church. The food was excellent. Our meal included a bean soup, pork plate appetizer, pinci al pomodoro and a tagliettele with favas. The house... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

We accidentally found this restaurant while visiting Siena and what a pleasent experience. Several tables were reserved and clearly many guests were familiar with the staff who were very kind and helpful. They recommended a.o. a tuna main course which was stunning with its almond and pistacio crust and tender meat. Appetizer and primo dish was excellent too. We would... More

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rome
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Finalmente un ristorante bupno a siena ! Finally a good restaurant in siena we appreciated the service the Quality of food and the oil Good! Will suggest it to friends

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Paris, France
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

We chose this restaurant because of the Tripadvisor reviews, had to search for it a little bit because it is off the main street, and we were not disappointed. The place (a former church) is stunning! Some of the guests seemed to be local habitués. Attentive and friendly waiter, pleasant atmosphere, wonderful sienese food. I had my first Ribollita ever:... More

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London, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

I chanced upon this place after visiting the duomo and didn't expect too much from what I thought was a tourist area. However, food and service were both very good. I had the primo of papardelle alla ragu senese, a local speciality similar to bolognese but less tomato and more umami. Pork skewer was also good.

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Warwickshire
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Better than La Taverna di San Giuseppe, in my opinion, based on the whole experience, not just food, service alone, or wine choice. Really good hearty Tuscan food, with excellent wine, although not an extensive cellar. Great staff that were very friendly on a busy evening.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013 via mobile

We have been to this place before, the food is great and the location next to the Duomo is special. Last time we had the same experience: great food, good prices, fantastic location BUT rude service from the reataurant manager and unattentive service from his staff. This time the restaurant was almost empty, which also was not a good sign.... More

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