Baci Bistro and Bar
Baci Bistro and Bar

Baci Bistro and Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bacibistroandbar.com/
  • Phone: 9256000600
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, Saturday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sunday: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Michael Hughes
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Baci’s specializes in catering! We specialize in drop off and full service catering. Please contact us to discuss your catering theme and we will be happy to plan your event. We require a minimum order of $100 for catering. Catering prices mostly based on entree size portions. Pricing will be lower in many cases if ordering is made in the form of platters and chaffers. For example, our pasta and salads are priced as entrees. We can cut both prices per person if you order on platters and chaffers because each plated food portion would be less than ordering Ala carte.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please visit our website to review the elegant Historical Main Street indoor dining and curb appeal. We cater select exclusive events giving your party the full service restaurant exclusively to yourselves. We plan out every detail in advance and can arrange our dining room to any theme you desire. Live bands can be added. Perfect for Corporate Parties, entertaining clients, Holliday Parties, and Wedding Rehearsal Dinners.
  • Private Party Contact: Mike Hughes 9259845452
  • Entertainment: Entertainment can be arranged with parties renting the restaurant.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Neal Street
  • Public Transit: Plenty of taxi service and we can arrange larger professional shuttle buses locally for drop off and pick up.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Plenty of safe street parking within on block of our restaurant.
A word from Baci Bistro and Bar
Baci (Kiss in Italian) is an exquisite Italian, Steak and Seafood jewel nestled in the heart of Historic Main Street Pleasanton. Baci is a special place where people come to enjoy great food in a classy causal setting. With an ambiance that is warm and exciting. If it is catering, dining, take out or delivery, our team of dedicated professionals are eager to serve you. We accept reservations of parties of five or more through Open Table and parties of four are less are welcome walk-ins. Please feel free to call us on approximate seating time wait if any for parties of four or less. 925-600-0600.
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Baci Bistro and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
71 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (36)neighborhood gem (35)special occasion (31)fit for foodies (25)romantic (25)great for lunch (23)notable wine list (13)good for groups (9)great for brunch (7)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (3)hot spot (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Baci Bistro always is fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Downtown Pleasanton is so lucky to have this restaurant! Avalon, the manager makes you feel special, the food is superb, the staff gives great service and the bartenders make yummy drinks!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian food, eh on the rest
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    So this is my second time at this restaurant, the first being a year ago. The first time I went, everything was perfect, from my caesar salad to my chicken parm. This time around I decided to get the same salad and the 16 oz rib-eye. The salad was oddly warm for some reason, but tasted really good still. The steak was ordered rare and was overdone, but still seasoned well.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So So
    NilesDogLover
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Our rating tells it all - the food was ok. The service was slow, poor, humorless. The ambience is poor because it is so noisy and not particularly clean. Good thing our company was fabulous!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Girlfriends Lunch
    lunchoutlady
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Service was very slow and our waiter seemed to be rushing around but absent from our table. Other wait staff we saw come and go but he was absent for a long time. To his credit, he managed to maintain a friendly, pleasant demeanor. I ordered the large Caesar with shrimp for an extra charge that got me three shrimp on the side of a small salad. Definitely not worth the price, in my opinion. One friend had pasta and enjoyed it. Another ordered the steak sandwich which she said was delicious and it was huge. She took more than half home, partly because of the size and partly because of slow service as she had to leave. I felt my lunch was overpriced. Next time my friends come to town, we will meet at a different place.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and value
    pickyeater
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Neighborhood gem with varied menu, great cocktails and attentive service. Food was all good no matter of he choice
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner Spend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Sarah was perfect, friendly, effective and engaging. Food was as usual, delicious, served promptly and hot. Drinks perfect loved my Old Fashion. Overall a perfect evening. My wife loved everything.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Wonderful waitress and food was very good. Lunch was 2.5 hours and we were not rushed in any way. Will be back
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Martinis Galore
    ShariVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    They have the best fancy mixed drinks of any restaurant we've been to in the East Bay. The sea bass is also delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Place!
    MAcb
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    It was our first time here. Our friends brought us who had been here on numerous occasions. We had the calamari, ciopino, rib eye steak and cheesecake and it was all fabulous. And my husband is very picky when it comes to his cioppino. The cheesecake was so smooth. The best I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good!
    Biker
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Excellent food & wine list. Very nice place 4 stars easily.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening out
    GneBean
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had a rare kid free night out and picked this from Yelp reviews. Food and service great. The only downside was the noise inside.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Food and Service!
    CarolL
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We were cebrating a 71st birthday! We had 6 adults and 2 children in our party. We had a split between pasta dishes and sandwiches. Everyone enjoyed their lunch and will return! The service was great. Loved the small room atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • freshfoodlover
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Friend and I both had the Berry Salad, with the same conclusion - Delicious! And the berries are varied and plenty of them in the colorful salad! Dressing was light, not overpowering; hot fresh bread was scrumptious, and I typically pass on that! Service was attentive in a discreet way - they kept our water glasses filled with the fruited water! Dessert menu was unique altho we didn't have any; it all sounded decadent, especially the limoncello and triple chocolate mousse!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ambrosia
    Enthusialuvfood
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I had the lobster ravoli with the huge shrimp. Oh it was wonderful at dinner and even better for lunch the next day. The crab cakes was so tasty on a perfect bed of cole slaw. The wine list was great although the orginal wine requested was the wrong year but once we decided on another bottle it was very good. Andrea, our waitress was nice and attentive. It was a wonderful first date place and I want to go back and share more of the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Kimberlee
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    This is my second visit to Baci. Every time is a fabulous time with great food, wine and service. Only wish they served Coca-Cola products.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A terrific dining experience!
    SunolaVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We enjoyed a lovely dinner a Baci. Service was attentive, but not hovering. Lots of menu choices, from entree salads to pasta dishes to fish to great steaks. There was something special for each of us. Avalon, the manager, made sure all was going well throughout the evening. Can't wait to get back to Baci!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    1valleygirl
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We started at the bar with friends. Then ate our meal outside. Very comfortable bench seats! Loved my salad to start and had scallops for the entree. Everyone's dinner was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not really Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This was so disappointing. The menu and food are only quasi Italian. Who ever heard of mango salsa on risotto? There was little flavor in the food and presentation was poor. Despite the fact that the restaurant was only one quarter full, we did not have attentive service. Starters were not cleared before entrees arrived. There were five of us and entrees did not arrive T the sMe time, a pet peeve of mine. I would never go back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • diningout
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We enjoyed the special that you can order before 6:00 pm. The food was very good. Our server was also very good and attentive. As the restaurant filled up with people, it became so loud we could not hear ourselves talk. That was the only negative issue with this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointed
    rehome
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    "Creamy" tomato sauce was heavy and sticky. Shrimp scampi was over cooked. Service was good and wine list excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect for brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    I met my daughter here while traveling and thoroughly enjoyed this neighborhood restaurant. Good food, ample portions and wonderful service makes this a delightful place to dine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Great food, good service, the noisiest place I have ever been!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dining w Friends
    2dinornot
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Excellent food, wine, service...seating a little tight and overall somewhat noisy but the food and service make these a minor distraction. Despite being busy, didn't feel rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unbelievably noisy
    Lovetoeat
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    This was our first time at Baci Bistro. It was recommended for lunch by friends. We went for dinner. We were early and it was pleasant but there were several tables of 6 and 8 which came and everyone was talking at the top of their voices and our party of three had to shout at each other to be heard. Unbelievably loud. Service was just ok. We all had the calamari and rack of lamb which was slightly overcooked but ok.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Perfect Dinner
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great dinner second time we were there. The sea bass and halibut are excellent the salmon was to excellent as well. Our waiter was very helpful, friendly, attentive. We were celebrating a b-day it was a perfect night at a perfect restaurant. Would highly recommend Baci bistro and Bar we will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner!
    lg1enjoysfood
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    I really enjoyed my dinner. The menu has a wide variety of seasonal foods. My friend and I ordered the Blackened Sea Bass and Salmon stuffed with crab - both were delicious. The warm brussel sprout salad was wonderful! Our waiter was attentive and very helpful. I look forward to returning for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it use to be
    Ptowndinning
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Been going to Baci's for years. Had dinner with friends several months ago and all we're not pleased with the food. Figured we try again since everyone is entitled to an off day. Sorry to say the food was not any better. Service was amazing....most likely won't return for dinner.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • yumm
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Had mothers day lunch. Crab cake with hollandaise, poached egg, potatoes --- awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 126 reviews are from the Baci Bistro and Bar reviews archive.
  • Nice Place for a Sunday Lunch
    Twinoaks
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our Easter lunch at the Baci Bistro. Their clams and linguini and their prawn and pasta dishes were very nicely prepared, nice presentation, and tasty, and for us, ample servings. Our server was especially attentive and anxious to please. We certainly will go back again.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot for a nice dinner!
    Coach94566
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    My wife and I recently went to Baci Bistro and Bar for an anniversary dinner. We've often eat in downtown Pleasanton, but had never made it into this restaurant. It's supposed to be a "romantic" place, so I guess we were reserving it for a night when we didn't have the kids with us. The food was good, the service was fine, and I'd say we'll definitely be back. The only negative, if you can call it one, was that I didn't find it romantic in the least. It's not a large place and they've squeezed in the maximum number of tables (smart from a business standpoint!), so the result is a fairly cramped and noisy place. Next time we'll just bring the kids!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • too loud but good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    my son and I had to shout to be heard on an early Friday night dinner. Food was great and service prompt, but I had a headache when I left. Maybe next time we will sit outside.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We loved our dinner at Baci's! We were there for their "early bird" dinner menu which included soup or salad, and we chose the house salad which was excellent! Also, it included the entree and dessert! I had the salmon which was a good size grilled filet with creamy asparagus risotto rice, my daughter had a chicken pasta dish and both were excellent! The dessert was tiramisu..yummy! The Early Bird is $43 for Two! Can't beat that for such wonderful food and service, will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • way too loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Food was great, but we were one of only 3 tables seated and the noise level was off the charts.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Play a song for two
    Harmony
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    This is my second time at this restaurant and the food have always been good but the noise is a bit too much ...I probably would add a little more music, if there was music playing I really didn't remenber hearing it, maybe because of the noise but soft romantic instrumental music might help calm the some of those people...or maybe a sign that says PLEASE BE QUIET AND RESPECT OTHERS..... The service was good and friendly. Overall it was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice But....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Have always enjoyed dining at Baci and this time was no different however the noise level is off the charts. The food and service was very good but trying to have a conversation with your table companion is out of the question.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Second time around was even better!
    NicoLiscioudVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    I'd just been here a few weeks ago and chose to return based on the ambiance, service and overall experience. It was a wonderful decision. This time I had salmon and it was flaky, well-seasoned and SUPERB! Patrick is a joy as a server!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Neighborhood Find
    DIDI
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    We were referred to this place by a local resident. Aside from the beet salad seemingly dry (due to preprep and sitting in the refrigerator) the pear salad, the sea bass and the veal piccata were delicious. The also serve warm bread for olive oil and balsamic dipping. The service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place for Great Food
    Gr82eatVIP
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    I took my client there for dinner following a meeting and was pleasantly surprised by the ambiance of this restaurant. Patrick was our waiter and took very good care of us. He recommended dishes and red wine and we were pleased with our food and drink selections. We had the rack of lamb and chicken dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Baci is an excellant restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    I have been there at least three times over the last two months. It is close by and the food and service is great. Twice we have had a party over 12 and the have been very accommodating even at 7:30 on a sunday night. We will return often. We had guests from ireland over the weeken and they loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service
    Doctor
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Went to Baci Bistro for dinner and it was a very enjoyable evening. The food was excellent and the service was even better. I'll be going there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.