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“Historic restaurant - ripped off!”

Antica Osteria da Divo
Ranked #10 of 563 Restaurants in Siena
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Our hotel recommended this restaurant as the best in Sienna, so expectations were high.

We were talked into buying an extremely expensive bottle of Chianti and thought the meal would match its quality. We were going on to the Opera and had allowed ample time for 2 courses.

My cheese souffle starter was acceptable but lukewarm.

The pigeon from the special truffle menu was a disaster. Presented unattractively and far too salty to eat. Staff agreed the dish was poor and did suggest an alternative.

Service was slow, somewhat due to complaints from other tables that had to be addressed, eg a very expensive wine decanted into a cracked decanter.

The offer of an alternative main was never delivered before our Opera cut-off because the restaurant kitchen could not cope on the night. I could not drink the expensive Chianti on a largely empty stomach, and went to the Opera hungry.

When we reported our poor experience to the hotel owner, she said that there was no need to pay for expensive wine in Tuscany, and would speak to the staff member who had misguided us. She would ensure guests would be given better recommendations for the future.

Yes, the restaurant discounted the pigeon dish. But I left feeling ripped off for buying expensive wine I could not drink without food.

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Reviewed 1 April 2018

We had a lovely meal at Antica Osteria da Divo for dinner on our first (very cold!) night in Siena in March. I had reserved online prior to our arrival, and I was glad that we did, as the restaurant quickly filled soon after we arrived. We actually shared a giant bowl of Ribollita soup to begin with because we were so cold, which was delicious. The pici pasta with ragu was amazing! And, we had a lovely chocolate dessert. The staff were very warm and friendly, would definitely recommend!

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Thank bethanycozytea
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

Arrived at 19:00 without reservation, alone. The restaurant was literally empty. Denied a table because “they must be kept reserved for patrons coming from 20:00 to 20:45”. Most inconvenient. Shows poor service organization.
Plus condescending: I addressed them in Italian. Being a resident of Siena for now a year, my italian is quite decent. They replied in English. I’m a francophone.

Thank MireillePlam
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

Candlelit restaurant with ancient brick vaulted ceilings below ancient Siena buildings, complete with Etruscan antiquities and a glass covered well. Service was charming and helpful, food was fabulous. Each dish was carefully presented, flavorful and well-thought out. While we didn't order it, we enjoyed the Risotto presented to other diners in a hollowed out Pecorino Cheese wheel.

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Thank donnaweaves
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

Looking for a special memory in Siena? You will enjoy the intimacy of Antica Osteria da Divo. Their menu options are quite nice.

Looking for a good steak? Try the Florentine steak. NOTE: it does not come smaller than a kilo, so bring an appetite.

The desserts are yummy too. In all, a mid to expensive meal if you add a lot of wine.

Thank Shmave
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