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
78 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (42)great for outdoor dining (32)fit for foodies (30)romantic (28)special occasion (28)great for lunch (21)notable wine list (19)good for groups (10)late-night find (7)great for brunch (5)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Horrible service
    Foodie1983
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had horrible service. Our waitress did not tend to our needs nor offer a different appetizer when the one I ordered didn't come with the coreevt sauce I asked for. She said it came with both tarter And cocktail. Upon delivery it had tarter, she put down and walked away too fast. Didn't return for 10 min and my husband was done with his. I asked for the cocktail sauce she returned 5 min later with a sorry we don't have any. No offer of another appetizer. Nothing. Horrible customer service if you ask me. Not very friendly or lively. Long time customer will not be returning. Very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lively dinner spot
    2cannoliloversVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This is a small restaurant on Main St. in Pleasanton. It is very lively and extremely noisy but the food is tasty and well prepared. In addition to the regular menu, the restaurant has a special 3 course pre-6PM dinner with several main choices. They also have a special dinner for after 6PM. The servers were very attentive and helpful. They have outside seating which may help if you want to have some conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood Spot
    CharG
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The food is always good. They have an excellent value in a prefix menu as well. Great wine list!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Pleasanton87
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We've been to Baci Bistro and Bar many times - it's one of our favorite restaurants in downtown Pleasanton. We had some friends visiting from San Diego so we brought them there and they loved it as well! Always great service and really great food!! I have and will continue to recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had 4 old school cocktails they where mixed perfection. 2 persons had lobster pasta and it was rich and tasty. 2 people had the sword fish special and it was beautifully prepared. Oh! And the crab cakes are a must!!! Full of crab ,lightly spiced amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    At least on a Saturday night, this restaurant needs to figure out whether it wants to be a eating establishment or a very noisy bar. During our visit the noise level was approaching painful. Too many tables, too closely packed together, exasperated by the bar scene. On the service side it was evident that the wait staff was overwhelmed and couldn't do a good job. Our salad was not good, the calamari was cool and greasy. The entree was just okay, however by the time that arrived we were aggravated so much by the noise and the service that maybe we weren't able to give it a fair shake!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasanton Favorite
    DaveR
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This is our go to place to dine in Pleasanton. We enjoy the food and excellent service. Bartenders are great. You can sit outside or in and enjoy a great meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Needs Revamping
    Fooder19
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This restaurant really needs to add another bathroom. They only have one and when I went to use it, one of the workers(a man) came out. The toilet wasn't flushed, pee all over the floor, no toilet paper, and every woman's pet peeve - the toilet seat left up. For an expensive restaurant - this is unacceptable. The service was slow and but the restaurant wasn't even full. I had the filet mignon which was over cooked with the kale which wasn't cooked at all. The steak was flavorful but it tasted a little charred on the outside. They also have this tacky music that was booming away in the corner of the restaurant. I don't think I'll be going back to soon. Barone's has nicer ambiance, better service etc.. same price point.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday dinner
    Steve
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We took a good friend to dinner for his birthday to Baci, we had a great time, food was good, server was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Baci is a favorite
    deedee
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We often choose Baci for a nice dinner out in down town Pleasanton. We have never had a bad meal there. The service has been excellent. Jose is an exceptional waiter.The atmosphere is elegant/casual and it is quiet but vibrant. We have often taken guests there and all agree it makes for a delightful evening. We often enjoy the early bird offer before 6pm. It is an amazing deal for remarkable food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite spot!
    SunolaVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We're never disappointed here. Whether it's lunch or dinner, the menu selections are varied, with something for every taste. Avalon, the manager, makes sure you're having a great dining experience. The bar is small, but lively, and the restaurant has a nice intimacy without being dull. Love the food, especially the linguini and clams.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bad Food Preparation
    Disappointing
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The impression my wife and i got on our first dining experience at Baci is that the cook can't. The Caesar salad ($1 extra for anchovy with tomatoes) consisted of anchovy fillets laid atop the Romaine and no tomatoes. Anchovy in a traditional Caesar are infused into dressing and tomatoes don't belong on a Caeser anyway. My wife's seared ahi tuna was actually closer to sashimi. Seared ahi should be served the moment it comes off the pan but was served cold. it had obviously sat awhile. The waiter suggested that my be cooked medium rare but it was served medium (virtually no pink) and dry. It also was not served hot. Very disappointing and we won't return.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cioppino!
    SFFoodie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This is our new favorite restaurant! I took my husband so he could try their cioppino. He absolutely loved it. They do not skimp on the seafood...and it was bubbling hot and delicious. I had the sea bass special with kale and asparagus. it was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jodi
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Place is romantic and service was good. but pricey for just okay food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • To expensive!
    GinaP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was good, but nothing to sing about. The prices were a little over the top. I have eaten plenty of times in Manhattan, and I think Pleasanton thinks they are in that circle. No way! They need to reduce there prices and also the service was not great, they where just to busy. Social affair!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food, poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We just love the food at Baci, but unfortunately the service is slow and not attentive. We keep giving it one more try to see if it gets better, but it has not.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant
    FABULOUSVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Just a wonderful place to dine. I was with three other women and we ate early. The waitstaff was very patient and not trying to rush us through the meal. Would definitely revisit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    alexloveswineVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We had a superb time at Baci. They were very thoughtful, and everything was just perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection
    SFFoodie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Everything about our dining experience was perfect. We had a group of ten for dinner and the staff did not miss a beat. The food was excellent and the ambiance made us feel like we were sharing a meal at someone's home. The waiter was very attentive to our needs, but not intrusive. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent As Always!
    Berg
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Had a wonderful time! We will definately be back! Salmon is out of this world delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was realy great
    Sunny
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I took my son and his lovely wife out for my sons Birthday dinner. It was delicious. We enjoyed the whole experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CarolVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I had the Cob salad and my friend had the Club sandwich. The salad was delicious and the portions was the perfect amount. The sandwich was huge but also delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Baci Bistro always is fantastic!
    SusanB
    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
    Johnny
    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
    • Service
    • 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
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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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 138 reviews are from the Baci Bistro and Bar reviews archive.
  • 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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet