We booked this restaurant for a special occasion and it ended up feeling anything but special. Sorry Bella Siena, but you totally dropped the ball.
I made a note of the occasion in my booking info via Open Table. I also made a note of...my dining partner's dietary situation. This was never mentioned. Our server was more interested in hurrying up than finding out anything about us. Sorry not sorry, but it's not 2020 anymore. Can we ever get back to half way decent fine dining service? I guess this location just really isn't fine dining.
The other reviewers made this place seem SO GREAT. It's not. We were rushed to order our cocktails. Dude, back off. Then when our server returned, we figured it was ok to let him know what we'd like to eat as well. BAD IDEA. The soup arrived BEFORE our drinks. I hate that. It positively tilts me. I don't want food until I've had a few minutes to drink my drink. I want the pacing of a restaurant--not a chain place.
The soup was terrible. We had the corn soup and it tasted like not corn. It was yellow and overpowered with garlic and pepper. Ok, this is what I get for ordering something out of season. Got it.
My swordfish was delicious but practically cold. Like, everything was not the correct temperature. The problem is that when you're really hungry, you just eat it. What's the point of bringing up that your heat lamps aren't working in the kitchen? My friend's pasta was not exciting.
The desserts were delicious, but it's difficult to screw that portion of the meal up.
This place tries but they aren't up to the par of what other reviewers are saying. Their service is very much lacking. I used to dine out in Benicia in The Time Before. I won't be back. The town is so stinkin' cute, but the dining is not worth another attempt for a special occasion.More