Where to Eat: Siena Restaurants

Eat & Drink | Italy | By Georgia Yuill

Every journey has a flavour, every place a taste. Whether it’s a Michelin-starred meal, a multi-course extravaganza or fresh fish at a seaside cantina, we believe you can’t really call yourself a cultural adventurer if you don’t embrace the local food and drink.

Innumerable Siena restaurants, trattorie and osterie may well catch your eye, and stumbling upon an unexpected gem can, of course, be half the fun. But for those looking for a little less risk (and a little more risotto), we’ve collected a few of our favourite Siena restaurants.

Osteria Le Logge

A fabulous setting in an old pharmacy—the old cabinets still line the walls. Great quality Tuscan food in an elegant setting just off the piazza del Campo.

Osteria Le Logge

La Sosta di Violante

One of our favorite Siena restaurants, you’ll find rustic wooden tables in this casual trattoria, which serves an interesting, creative take on traditional Tuscan cuisine.

Da Enzo
A bit off the beaten track, this is a popular spot with locals that serves excellent regional specialities. Don’t miss the homemade ricciarelli.

La Compagnia dei Vinettieri
An elegant  enoteca restored in the traditional Tuscan style, with modern flourishes. The perfect spot for a light meal and a good glass of wine. The menu is traditional Tuscan, with soups, salads and crostoni as well as some pasta dishes. They serve an excellent variety of freshly baked breads.

Ristorante Mugolone
Very charming brick interior with a good wine list and a great selection of tasty Tuscan dishes. Good spot for steaks and other meat dishes.

Osteria dei Bigelli
A not-too-touristy alternative to other Siena restaurants on the main piazza. Good pasta and main courses with a fantastic atmosphere.

osteria bigelli

Il Bandierino
One of the better options for pizza on the main square. The food is good and prices are reasonable—and of course the atmosphere is splendid if you sit outside.

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