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La Taverna di San Giuseppe

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MICHELIN Guide's Point of View

This building evokes the origins of Siena, from the wine cellar (open to visitors) occupying an Etruscan house from the 3C BC, to the dining room itsel...
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Bib Gourmand: good quality, good value cooking
PRICE RANGE
US$51 - US$92
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Italian, Mediterranean, Soups, Tuscan, Central-Italian
FEATURES
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best food we had in all of Tuscany. The menu has so many unique dishes. We shared a crema di patate as a starter and I've never tasted anything like it before. The mains were equally tasty. The atmosphere is perfect, there are loads of...nice little touches (special mention to the small chairs to put purses on). A fantastic experience.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Marconeri, Direttore generale at La Taverna di San Giuseppe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago
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Grazie mille per il vostro entusiasmo e i meravigliosi complimenti che ci avete regalato. Un grande saluto da tutti noi...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

La Taverna di San Giuseppe (Attach pictures) This was the best and most memorable dinner I've ever had anywhere in the world. We were a group of Americans and Australians visiting Siena via train (this is an important detail for later) for the day from...Florence with a group of 14 people (12 adults, 1 toddler, and 1 infant) August 1, 2022. We found La Taverna di San Giuseppe via the Michelin Guide and about 6 weeks prior to our arrival, contacted the restaurant to make a reservation. Luckily August 1st was the restaurant's first day back from a July holiday closure. Be aware of this if you are traveling in the summer. Honestly, I would arrange your vacation schedule around this restaurant's availability - it really is that spectacular. After calling the restaurant for a large reservation, the person on the phone recommended emailing the manager. After a quick email exchange in English, Lorella (the most wonderful and accommodating manager you'll ever meet) was able to fit our group at a table of 6 and 8 for a 7:00 pm reservation. Recommendation: Call more than 6 weeks in advance especially if you have a large group and do not want to be split up. Within our email exchange, I mentioned three important details: 1. We were celebrating an engagement, 2. We had to catch the 9:40 train back to Florence, 3. Some members of our group had allergies. If you are new to Italy, dinner may take a while so be sure to inform the staff if you need to leave by a certain time. Lorella said that because of our group's size, we had to select from 1 of two degustation menus. We selected menu #1 which consisted of wine, appetizers, pasta, meat, dessert, and coffee. The afternoon of our dinner, Lorella emailed me to confirm that we were still arriving. At that time we informed her that our list of allergies had to be updated and she was happy to accommodate different people's nut, gluten, dairy allergies. She also created a meal for the toddler that was separate from the degustation menu. Upon our arrival at 7:00, we were greeted by friendly wait staff as well as Lorella. I felt as though I had already known her because we had exchanged almost 20 emails about this dinner. She pulled me aside and asked who the engaged couple was and said there would be a surprise at dessert. I had expected the Olive Garden (American chain restaurant) birthday song equivalent - oh no, that was not at all what we received. She also asked if we were still taking the 9:40 train. I asked if taxis were easily attainable at that time of night and in this vicinity. Since taxis were not typically driving in the area, Lorella said that she would call the taxi company for us and arrange for 3 taxis to pickup and take us to the train station around 10 mins before a 9:00 pickup. Now the food. Every item was excellent. Served by multiple wait staff, our wine glasses were never empty, our courses were perfectly timed. The presentation was photogenic. The taste was impeccable. Every element of the food was better than the previous item. The portion sizes were appropriate and the dessert was a large slice of melt in your mouth chocolate cake. Right before dessert, we tried to buy Siena to Florence train tickets online and discovered no tickets were available. Would we be sleeping in a park for the night? Lorella to the rescue. But first, the engagement celebration. The dining atmosphere was in a style of typical Italian restaurant ambiance, but inside a 3rd century BC Etruscan cave. The restaurant was well air-conditioned, which was a much needed respite from the summer heat wave. Then suddenly, all of the main lights went out, disco lights flashed to the beat of Italian house music, and we were transformed into a modern nightclub. Wait staff came out clapping, the entire restaurant joined in the clapping, and the newly engaged couple was presented with a special candlelit cake. This was above and beyond all expectations of any surprise celebration. Back to the taxi/train issue, we now had to ask Lorella to call the taxi company again and see if they could have 3 taxis drive us back to Florence (60 mins car ride as opposed to the 10 minute local car ride). Having Lorella speaking Italian to the taxi company, as opposed to us trying to explain the situation in English to the taxi company, was a blessing. Lorella arranged for taxis at a flat rate of 150 Euros each, which we gladly took considering the alternative. Side note: train riders, save yourself some money and panic by purchasing your return train ticket in advance! Finally, the dining experience was incredibly affordable at 120 Euros per adult. Even though Italian culture does not expect tipping, we tipped the wait staff and Lorella well to compensate for their exceptional food, ambiance, engagement surprise, taxi concierge service, and service/hospitality. Although we did not want to leave, our taxis had arrived, and before we headed back to Florence Lorella gifted us two bottles of wine. It was like saying goodbye to family after a holiday. We all hope to return to Siena one day and experience La Taverna di San Giuseppe once again. We will be telling all of our friends to make a point to dine at this fabulous restaurant. Thank you to the entire restaurant staff for the incredible lifelong memories!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Marconeri, Direttore generale at La Taverna di San Giuseppe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago
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Grazie Candice, leggere le tue meravigliose parole ci ha emozionato e commosso. Non è facile vedere riconosciuto il proprio lavoro...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It certainly deserves each Michelin indication. Besides having such an exceptional cuisine, it was quite an experience. Visiting the adega, an small ancient roman chapel, and pairing wine with delicious pecorino was an amazing surprise. Try the Brassato, paired with a Supertoscano! Our warmest thanks...to Francesco, who took care of us and made this a night to be remembered!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Marconeri, Direttore generale at La Taverna di San Giuseppe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago
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Grazie Meander da Francesco e da tutti noi per i meravigliosi complimenti. La vostra felicità è il nostro obiettivo e...More

Reviewed 10 July 2022 via mobile

Food was good, as was the service. Very nice atmosphere. We thought it was good value for the money. I think this place was a very nice balance between "fancy" and not too serious.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Marconeri, Direttore generale at La Taverna di San Giuseppe, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2022
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Grazie Doughmish, equilibrio tra elegante e allegro, atmosfera bella e servizio buono così come il cibo. How grazie per le...More

Reviewed 8 July 2022 via mobile

Great service and amazing food! The lasagna, wild boar, spaghetti and the wild boar pasta were all delicious. Highly recommend!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Marconeri, Direttore generale at La Taverna di San Giuseppe, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2022
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Grazie Laura per i bellissimi complimenti . Vi aspettiamo presto, un grande saluto da tutti noi. Lorella

Reviewed 6 July 2022

We celebrated our anniversary here, and couldn’t have picked a better restaurant in Siena. The food was amazing in taste and presentation. We specifically enjoyed the truffle gnocchi, braised beef, tiramisu and wine selection. The restaurant is located in a historic building, and has a...wine and cheese cellar that dates to 200 BC. All of the staff were attentive, professional, and were receptive to answering our questions. To top off our lunch, the entire staff congratulated us and brought out prosecco and tiramisu to celebrate. Would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys the experience of a fine meal, great atmosphere, and venue while visiting Siena.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Marconeri, Direttore generale at La Taverna di San Giuseppe, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2022
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Grazie Michelle, è stato bello festeggiare con voi. Dopo questi due anni difficili ritrovare il calore e l’affetto delle persone...More

Reviewed 6 July 2022

Such an enjoyable evening in this beautiful restaurant! Servers were so engaging and added to our dining experience. We shared several dishes so we could taste the different, complex preparations. Don’t shy away from the Wild Boar!! Francisco was so fun, offering suggestions and humor...to our visit. Truffle dishes, menu variety, and atmosphere all made for a memorable dining experience. We would be sure to make a reservation when we visit Siena again!!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Marconeri, Direttore generale at La Taverna di San Giuseppe, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2022
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Grazie TTU1991, è stato bello avervi nostri ospiti. Siete stati simpatici, sorridenti e sopratutto avete goduto del cibo e del...More

Reviewed 25 June 2022

After a wonderful dinner in April, I asked my wife if she’d ever visit Siena and not go to Taverna San Giuseppe. I didn’t even finish the question before she interrupted with a brisk “Never!:” Taverna San Giuseppe always provides us with both a wonderful...meal and a great dining experience. Each visit is memorable, and I’m still convinced this is Siena’s pinnacle restaurant. We keep going back because of the unique alchemy they create: 1.) great dishes—anchored in Tuscan traditions, but creatively updated and served with flair; 2.) an enchanting dining room that really evokes a centuries-old “Taverna” (and also features an Etruscan dwelling carved into the Tufa Rock that serves as their wine cellar); and lastly (but most important): 3.) Giuseppe’s people! Lorella, Marco, Matteo and their staff act as a team—they’re friendly, knowledgable and attentive. They negotiate the compact dining room, mingling with diners as if hosting a family dinner. This is a busy place, and they do it all with a high spirits and great humor, as if each meal is a shared adventure. The April dinner included: Pappardelle sugo di carne, Pollo Arrosto, Cinghiale in Umido (a signature dish), and sautéed spinach. Everything was terrific. We’ve been to other Italian restaurants that have been “blessed” by accolades from the likes of Rick Steves and Michelin, if not others. Sometimes they get smug, the preparations perfunctory and the service diffident or brusque. NONE of these things have happened at Giuseppe, and we really appreciate that. They take their service seriously but wear their laurels lightly. The restaurant is compact and gets booked quickly, so reservations are pretty much a must. If we know we’re going to be in Siena, I’ll usually call the restaurant well in advance and reserve a table (even before we have our hotel reservations). But well worth it.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Marconeri, Direttore generale at La Taverna di San Giuseppe, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2022
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How, cari amici, sono senza parole. Emozione, sorriso, compiacenza, allegria: questi sono i sentimenti che ho provato nel leggere le...More

Reviewed 20 June 2022

This restaurant is very nice with delicious food. Their bistecca fiorentina was delicious! We also tried two of their pasta dishes which were just as good.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Marconeri, Direttore generale at La Taverna di San Giuseppe, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2022
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Grazie Sameatongfood, meravigliosi complimenti che ci hanno fatto felici. Onore alla fioretina che è un piatto speciale. Un grande saluto...More

Reviewed 20 June 2022 via mobile

A restaurant that has everything: ambience, great service, good wine, great food. Get the house specialty, the cinghiale cooked for 8 hours. One of the best things we’ve ever tasted. Also were very accommodating to the Vegan in our party.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Marconeri, Direttore generale at La Taverna di San Giuseppe, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2022
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Grazie Keith per i bellissimi complimenti. Soddisfare i nostri ospiti è per noi la cosa più importante e quando ci...More

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La Taverna di San Giuseppe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5