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Ristorante San Desiderio

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Piazza L Bonelli, 2, 53100, Siena, Italy
+39 0577 286091
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Birmingham, Alabama
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hungry and tired after a morning exploring the beautiful city of Siena, we went looking for lunch - and to get out of a cold rain. After checking the menu, in we went and are so very glad we did! The place is lovely with simple, understated decor and of course pictures of horses (it IS Siena, after all). We... More 

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165 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Everything we had was very good, but the brulee was fabulous. Good service, reasonable (but not bargain) prices. Excellent sliced steak, too.

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Jakarta
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We were exploring Siena for our second morning in Tuscany. Tired and hungry, we left Piazza del Campo to seek for food. Our quick search resulted in San Desiderio, which location doesn't require us to take too many climbing steps or walk too far away for a decent food. This is very important when traveling with older parents. So, the... More 

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Bethany Beach, Delaware
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53 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

After visiting the Siena Duomo we literally stumbled on this most pleasant restaurant for lunch. The interior decorations pay tribute to the Palio races with lovely horse photos. We had lunch there twice during our visit to Siena. My husband and I both had bruschetta for a starter. For his main my husband had Pici--spaghetti with sausage both times. I... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

To be fair, we arrived at 2:35 and they accepted us even though it was after serving hours. The food was good but the service was rather rushed. The COLD sparkling water was very refreshing for me as an American who has been without iced drinks for 10 days.

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Ventura, California
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

It was great to find a nice quiet restaurant away from all the crowds of group tours on the Il Campo. Beautiful peaceful interior and prompt and polite service. We ordered risotto with seafood and pasta with fresh porcini mushrooms. Both dishes were savory and delicious and went well with the half liter of the house red wine. The price... More 

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Thank Bob R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

We happily stumbled on this place - decor was a mix of old stonework and modern paintings of horses. The meal and service were very good (the osso buco was tender and tasty) and the clientele appeared to be a mix of tourists and local families. You can't go wrong with a carafe (or half) of the house wine.

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Nicosia, Cyprus
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52 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

We were walking around the Duomo in the centre of Siena looking for a restaurant. We came near this place and when we red the pricelist we found it interesting and we made a reservation for the evening. When we arrived and walked in we liked very much the shop's decoration, the pictures with the horses on the walls and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

The hotel we were staying at listed this restaurant as one to try and I'm very glad we did. The staff were friendly and attentive and the food was fantastic.. My starter of pumpkin brulee was amazing and my partner's chicken was, he stated, the best meal of our holiday!! A real treat. Not the cheapest meal we've had, but... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Our first lunch together in Italy, we can across this restaurant just after visiting Sien'as glorious cathedral. The staff were attentive and even reminded my 5-year old nephew not to eat too much bread before his gnocchi arrived. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their choices of pasta and gnocchi and it was a delicious lunch enjoyed in a lively part of a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian, Mediterranean, Soups
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Piazza L Bonelli, 2, 53100, Siena, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Siena  >  Siena
  • Phone Number: +39 0577 286091

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?