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“rustic Tuscan fare” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of L'Osteria

L'Osteria
Ranked #25 of 516 Restaurants in Siena
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Rome, Italy
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347 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
“rustic Tuscan fare”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2013

The decor is old-fashioned, with photos of 19th century Siena on the wooden walls and old farming and kitchen implements haphazardly hung on them. The table settings and cutlery are very simple, what you'd find in a simple home. There are tables outside on the narrow paved stree but we chose to sit inside, hoping it'd be cooler, however with the door constantly opening and closing the air conditioning is fighting a losing battle.
The menu offers a number of local special dishes involving wild boar, tripe and of course the famous Fiorentina T-bone steak. My son had pici (a kind of rough spaghetti-like local pasta) in a wild boar sauce and he nearly licked the plate clean.
We both had a fillet steak as we were told L'Osteria had a reputation for them and we were right. Although the (rather gruff at first) waiter seemed skeptical about my request for very rare meat, it did come perfectly cooked and the sauces (green pepper for me, tarragon for my son) were perfect.
My husband very much enjoyed his tagliatelle in truffle sauce - again, the waiter had seemed put out that he wanted it as a main course, but it did arrive at the right time with our steaks.
The house wine is very decent and prices are reasonable for what could easily be a toursit trap given its location - while we were there, a group of Japanese girls, a Russian family and two English couples came in - there was only one Italian table yet everyone was welcomed in the same casual but friendly manner.
We wanted to go again for lunch the next day but they're closed on Sundays - another time, as my son really wants to try the tripe!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Haddington, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“It doesn't change!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2013

Having been going to l'osteria for 15 years I am never disappointed. What I normally eat is somewhat predictable: fried fresh porcini or bruschetta with gorgonzola and sliced truffle followed by wild boar or rabbit I can honestly say that the standard is astonishingly high and the price is very reasonable.The "posh" restaurants do not have a look in; you can't eat expensive table napkins nor does obsequious service make up for indifferent food. It is interesting to note that in the last 2 years at least 2 of the "top" restaurants have closed; not so l'osteria

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Good food, small place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

We visited this tiny Osteria on a day-trip to Siena from our vacation base in Perugia. It had been recommended by friends who enjoyed it on their recent honeymoon. Though it took us a little walking to find it, I'm glad we did. It's a tiny place on a side-street in Siena, with umbrellas outside, and dark-paneled walls inside, hung with B&W pictures of Siena from a century ago.

Downside: Outside seating limited (not much more inside, really--this place is tiny!)

Upside: Good food, excellent house red, perfect level of attention from our server.

Overall, a very pleasant pranzo.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bruno1966
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Melbourne, Australia
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68 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Local recommendation.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2013 via mobile

Charming local restaurant with tasty and hearty meal. We really enjoyed the wild boar and the pollo stews. Side dishes tasty too.

Visited May 2013
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2 Thank Rulip
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München, Duitsland
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48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Delicious and small”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2013

I enjoyed an incredibly delicious Vitello tonnato in this tiny restaurant. But only after we got some great appetizers for free! We sat inside where it was cool and dark, but it is great to sit outside and enjoy some local wines.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank iKirs
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