Sienna Grill and Bar


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Former Location
151 St. Paul St, Rochester, NY 14604
CLOSED (as of November 2009)

See Gone, But Not Forgotten.


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2006-06-10 15:49:10   We stopped there on our way to Geva. The entree I ordered was simply unedible. I'm not one to send a dish back just to act like a snob, but this just was impossible to eat (and I haven't had this experience in all of ROC). The manager came over and basically tried to "help" - he looked at me and said "oh, but you have to eat!" (while using his eyes to indicate that my 105lb frame was practically a crime.) Some nerve to patronize your patrons. —ChristineLeo

2006-06-10 19:25:47   My experience here was excellent. The service was really good and my entree, which was some sort of Asian-style salmon (I don't remember exactly—this was months ago) was delicious. I will definitely be back. Also, info has been leaked that they are opening a second location in Corn Hill Landing. —RachelBlumenthal

2006-06-11 05:48:07   I've had nothing but consistently excellent experiences at Sienna over the past few years that it's been open. —RottenChester

2006-07-14 22:48:23   I think Christine had an unfortunately rare experience - went last year and had a fantastic, memorable meal with excellent, attentive service. —RochesterGuy

2006-10-02 12:24:19   I decided to revisit not having dined there for a while - I was pleasantly surprised to see the always high level of service is now matched with some very progressive food - solid recommendation! —GordonAnderson

2006-10-31 00:05:24   They use Papyrus Font. The food is very good though. In reference to Christine's complaint: if the management offers someone another entree when they obviously didn't like their selection, I would say that's good service. —BenMargolis

2007-07-01 21:31:40   My wife and I went there for the first time and were highly impressed by the menu and the service. My wife had a Curried Tofu dish and I had a pan seared Tilefish (never heard of it before but it is almost like a Sea Bass but not as meaty) over a bed of Couscous mixed with chunks of Ham. This is a place to go for special occasions and bring out of town family or friends. It is on the pricey side but worth it. One note of interest, only 6 other tables were occupied when we were there. Is it always this empty? Since it has been around for a few years I would think not, but it was something we noticed. Since we enjoyed our meal so much we hope it stays around for years to come. —ScottHendler

2007-08-30 16:42:51   Great food in a nicely renovated space.

The bathrooms need to be remodeled though.

My company had their christmas party there and they did a really great job on the food. The downstairs party room looks very 90's, but the food was awesome.

Nice trendy restaurant. —MrRochester

2007-09-07 19:05:18   I first went here in December 2005 and loved it. A friend was visiting from Atlanta, so we went there (April 2007). The menu HAD NOT CHANGED one bit. Also, we were asked if we had reservations upon walking in and said "No." So we were told there would be a wait. There were at least 10 open tables. So we ordered drinks at the bar and were finally led to a table, that had been empty since we arrived, 30 minutes later. Really? Was that necessary? A wait?! For what? The food the second time around was 'meh'. We won't be returning. —MarcVera

2008-10-10 12:58:22   No one has left a comment here in over a year. The place always looks empty. Any news on what is going on in this place? —NightlifeCher

2008-11-09 23:20:49   I am the manager of Sienna, trust us in the fact that we are OPEN! We have also changed our menu many times, keeping a few favorites, of course, and adding new favorites as well. Look for our "Pre Theatre Menu" which you can call me about, as it changes everyday. Invite yourself to dinner with us anytime, we look forward to hosting you. And it is Holiday Party season as well! Let us assist you through this hectic time of the year, we will be there. Did I mention that we have compliementary valet? Please call 585-546-4070. I hope to hear from you soon. ***Christine —Chrissy22

2009-01-07 08:56:03   Went to Sienna on New Years Eve...prepared for the usual holiday issues. Instead, we had delicious food, but at least as important, exactly the kind of service one expects from a high end restaurant...attentive but unobtrusive. The restaurant was festively decorated for the holiday and the fixed price menu was more than reasonable, given the quality of the four courses. Can't say enough about the vegetable wellington! Sienna is definitely open for business and well worth a visit for a special night out downtown. —BillMoehle

2009-02-15 16:02:39   We chose Sienna for a valentine's night out this year, and after a stellar experience in Spring '08, our dinner last yesterday evening did not disappoint. No less than five people waited on us throughout the night, each with a different function, and each friendly, smiling and helpful. The waiter was knowledgeable on all of Sienna's offerings - despite the special holiday menu - and the food itself earned plenty of well-deserved praise from us and those sitting nearby. My only complaint was that, for a four-course meal, the portions were actually too large - but this is a good problem to have! When we visited previously, this was not the case - everything was just right. Among Rochester restaurants, we'd rate Sienna a 'must-visit'! —daverea

2009-05-06 13:26:56   We visited Sienna this last Saturday for their Local Restaurant Week offerings, after being away for several years. We had stopped eating there because the ambient noise in the restaurant interfered with normal conversation during dining. Saturday the place was just short of capacity and there were few at the bar, so noise was not a problem. Generally the food was excellent, and an amazing value during the special promotion. Service was both professional and personable. The stuffed tomato appetizer was very good with the slightly sweet molasses drizzle, but it would have been better with a seasonal tomato. The house salad had nice touches of pine nuts and crumbled blue cheese. My pork tenderloin over black bean ragout was both generous and full flavored. But the star of the night was my companion's pan-seared grouper over black pepper fettucini with a brandy cream sauce! We each finished with the chef's choice of dessert, a duo of creme brulee. The flavorings were somewhat unusual: the lavender one tasted slighty "soapy", but the sweet basil one was a hit that will stay in our memory for a long time. I should also note that the Sienna house wines (at $7/glass) are a generous pour and are many steps above the quality of typical house wine. We will be back again - soon. —JGerek

2009-09-11 12:19:21   Uh oh... their website is down, and they've been on "summer vacation" for a very long time.... hope this doesn't mean they've gone by by. —DavidGottfried

2009-11-19 08:55:20   Closed. Sad, one of the best in ROC. Oh, well. —cbcritic