Biba Restaurant
Biba Restaurant

Biba Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.biba-restaurant.com/
  • Phone: 9164552422
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Biba Caggiano
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Available only on special request.
  • Private Party Contact: Karen Hand 9164552422
  • Entertainment: Piano in lounge Wed-Sat from 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 28th & Capitol Avenue
  • Public Transit: Bus stops on Capitol Avenue in either direction just a few yards away.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Public parking garage accepting only credit cards available just a half block away at 28th and N St. Valet parking also available for lunch and dinner.
A word from Biba Restaurant
Located in the historic Old Tavern Building, just minutes from the State Capitol, Biba Caggiano, celebrated chef, cookbook author, and TV personality, brings a bit of Italy to Sacramento. Savor the flavors of Biba's award winning authentic Italian cuisine in a friendly but refined ambiance, with attentive service that will make you feel instantly welcome. Enjoy spuntini with a cocktail or glass of wine in the lounge area, kick back and listen to piano music, or order a full meal at the bar or in the dining room. Only the finest and freshest ingredients are used and the food is truly Italian...house made lasagne Bolognese on Thursday and Friday and a different stuffed pasta dish every day. Osso bucco alla Milanese (veal shanks) or stinco di agnello (lamb shanks) are just some of the entrees you may expect to find. California and Italian wines are available to complement the food. And don't skip the dessert. The Tiramisu is to die for!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Biba Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
184 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (152)fit for foodies (127)romantic (90)great for lunch (69)neighborhood gem (65)notable wine list (59)good for groups (33)great for brunch (12)vibrant bar scene (11)hot spot (10)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Delicious Great Place to Visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great place Delicious Great Place to Visit and to take your date.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expensive mediocre food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Expensive mediocre food. Good atmosphere though. I thought it is a good place to experience just once.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just what I would expect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I have been coming here for years and I will continue to do so as there is always something new and yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • open5085
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Calamari was outstanding. Veal chop prepared to perfection
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sac-Town Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    While in Sacramento for a conference, a coworker and I went to Biba. The food was fantastic. I personally felt that it was slightly overpriced, but certainly not enough to turn me away. Great find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Have eaten at Biba's many times over her almost 30 years and, as always, not disappointed. Food and service excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Once Again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Every time I come back to Biba's I find myself saying to myself, "why did I wait so long?" This is truly an extraordinary dining gem. I particularly like that I don't feel rushed and I can savor the food, company and ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a special occasion
    irishnancy
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    My husband and I went for lunch to celebrate his birthday. We had never been to Biba before, but have read many articles/reviews about it. It truly lived up to our expectations. It is pricy, but for special occasions, I don't mind spending the extra dollars when the food, service & ambiance are outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good 4 lunch; business or pleasure
    GinaGourmand
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Their lasanga, only prepared for Thursdays and Fridays, was exceptional. Our beet salad was so fresh, simple and refreshing. The pasta melted in my mouth. I was sorry I didn't have room for dessert as their desserts looked incredible and delicious. I love the old English atmosphere of the main dining area. Lovely ambiance. Very nice and varied menu. Can't wait to go in the evening and try their "Prix Fixe" menu. I'll definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barbiedoll72
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Food and service were outstanding. We dined there twice during our 5 day stay in Sacramento.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Biba's Place
    4eatingout
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Biba's restaurant has a reputation as an elite establishment with exquisite, yet relaxed dining. Biba is hostess to many business and political leaders, as well as locals and visitors to the community. Biba will stop by her guests' tables to greet them and engage in light conversation. The menu is adequate and the food is well presented and done well. Service is good, however if in a hurry, you may find it a bit too relaxed. The only real annoyance was the noise level, which interfered with relaxed conversation.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An Italian favorite!
    Kathy
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Biba Restaurant has a great menu and a good variety for everyone. The spinach lasagna and beet salad was perfect. We split the beet salad as there is more than enough for two. The lunch hour is popular so make reservations. The owner was there and greeted everyone as they came in and took the time to ask us if everything was ok when we left. It was very nice to be asked.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Lunch
    DiningAlumni
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    All four of us enjoyed a delicious relaxed lunch with very attentive service. We were personally greeted by Biba and chatted with her on our way out, not a usual occurrence at other restaurants. One friend and I were especially pleased with the preparation of the calves liver which is so often over cooked and ruined in restaurants. All our meals were delicious, and our server went out of his way to be accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Biba
    foodiesinEG
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Biba never disappoints - and on Thursdays and Fridays they serve the most amazing Lasagna! It is worth the trip to Sacramento just for that. Everything else on the menu is outstanding as well and the table visit from Biba herself made our lunch perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lasagna!
    saradoodles
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Been to Biba's many times for lunch and dinner but never ordered her famous lasagna before, but this time decided to have it and planned the lunch with my friend for a Thursday because that is the only day you can get it. If it doesn't sell out on Thursday, you can get it on Friday too but it is so labor-intensive she can only offer it once a week. I couldn't believe how delicious it was. I have never been disappointed in what I ordered at Biba, but I always ask the server for recommendations who often steer me in another direction from what I was originally thinking, but the lasagna is not to be missed! Service and presentation is excellent too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I had the chicken and cheese stuffed ravioli. It was great! The menu selections were numerous, wish I could have had more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A leisurely lunch
    BobR
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    A nice opportunity to escape the hustle-bustle of the noisy, trendy "hipster" places & have a pleasant lunch with co-workers. Service was friendly, prompt, and attentive. Two had pasta entrees - smoked salmon for one & a tomato/sausage gemelli for the other. They were "decent", but a bit skimpy on the meat/protein. Neither entree was particularly "colorful" looking for the presentation. Adding some asparagus (or other green veggie...just not broccoli) to the salmon pasta would have been nice. Other diner had the pork tenderloin with proscuitto, served with mashed potatoes & vegetable. That's always a good choice & the presenation on the plate was quite nice. Chocolate mousse cake was the hit & the 3 of us split it. YUM.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Biba still has it
    RichH
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We visited Biba on the last day of their summer menu. The food, service, and wine were all excellent as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Service was excellent. Wait staff was very attentive and well versed on the menu selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening
    Dolcevita
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Always a pleasure to try old favorites with a new twist. Italian dining at its finest!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • martistj
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This was our second visit to Biba's and it was wonderful. There were two of us and we split the Sicilian salad which was just perfect...not to big not to small with all fresh ingredients and not swimming in dressing. I ordered the Halibut and I can honestly say I have never had it prepared better...cooked to perfection, flavorful and well presented. My partner ordered the special which was beet raviolis also excellent. Great wine list. I will definitely be back and will tell friends about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OutstandingVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Went for a special occasion. Been here many times before with positive experiences. This time was pretty unremarkable. Not as good as it used to be.
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  • Did they go fishing for the fish
    Morris
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Sorry but the wait for dinner and no appitizer was a bit much. I decline desert - I did not have 2 hours more to wait. Food was good!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Biba's Sacramento
    SacramentoWoman
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We were very disappointed with lunch.. My wife's carbonara did not taste good. When she told our waitperson he fluffed it off. When the busser came to pick up her plate he asked if she didn't like it. She said yes and he asked if we told the waiter. She said yes. The waitperson came over and said he could bring her a taste of something else. She said the lasagna. When he brought the bill he had charged us for the lasagna which was the more expensive dish. We were having some family problems and just wanted to go out for lunch,problem free. That is why we didn't complain to management. This was not the first time we have had a problem at Biba's. We will not be returning.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely food & ambience
    Luv2Eat
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Biba's remains one of the best restaurants in Sacramento's Farm to Fork movement, and with the chef and owner on site, the restaurant hums with excellence. Go soon and go often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • disappointed
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We waited a very long for our lasagna which was not even hot - lukewarm at best... very disappointed for such an expensive lunch!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fresh and authentic!
    Freshestpasta916
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The best pasta in town! It is also very nice to see Biba often greeting guests as they arrive. You can just tell how much she cares about her food and her customers. Desserts and wines are also exceptional. I'm never disappointed at Biba's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Biba's never fails to deliver
    Tdol43
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Great food and wonderful service. Biba's sauces will amaze you.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's a Sacramento treasure
    dingodog
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Dined at Biba's on a Tuesday evening, a birthday treat. Food, wine and service were all at a level that befits a special occasion. Biba's personal hospitality is always welcome--we recalled a long ago visit to Biba's with my mother who was thrilled to meet the Hostess whose cooking show she had so long admired. Biba's can be noisy when full, but it doesn't really detract. It's a joy to dine there--the simple elegant décor, the dedication that staff shows to providing a great experience. Only regret is there was no lasagna on Tuesday eve.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Solid
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Consistently excellent service and food for thirty years. Obviously, Biba's constant presence ensures quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Excellent as usual. We have never had a bad meal or service on any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best restaurant in Sacramento
    Dlovesgoodfood
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Biba's is my favorite restaurant because the food is always first rate and the service exemplary. The multi layer lasagna is the best I have had anywhere in the world. Biba is always there welcoming me and the service is always wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Menu was lacking variety
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    There could definitely be more to choose from in the way of entrees. Also the veal cutlets were nothing special, no sauce to accompany them. Lasagna was very good but only served on Thurs. and Fri.? We were seated next to the station where waiters and waitresses congregate so a little annoying to hear them converse. This should be the last table to seat guests. Our reservation was at 5:30pm. We were one of the first parties to be seated.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lives up to its reputation
    CharB
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Biba was all that we expected and more. Love the Romaine salad with Gorganzola dressing. Much better than a Caesar. Spaghetti Carbonara delicious but a salty for my taste. Probably because of the pancetta. Husband really liked the lasagne, only served on Thursday and Friday. Highlight to the dinner was our dessert. Zuccotto Fiorentino. Like heaven. We had our dessert "To Go". Creme Anglaise was perfect. We used half the chocolate sauce so have more for later. Definitely a dessert to share and absolutely would order again. Be prepared for a food coma after the dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Biba
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We were visiting Sacramento and looking for a special dinner out. The restaurant was easy to find. The food was amazing. Our waitress was very attentive. When back in Sacramento, will be going back to Biba.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as Usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This is my wife's favorite place to eat. In the many years we have gone to Biba's we have NEVER had a bad meal. Service is always good and friendly. We have gone to Biba's "just because", special occasions and for no reason. It's a nice place to go to have a nice meal and relax.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very nice dining experience
    Boise1939
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    It has been years since dining here yet the food is still excellent. Biba has continually made sure the food service and staff friendliness are consistently above expectations. And, she is almost always available to greet you and sign cook books.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rareniteout
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Had a lovely dinner with friends with good food and no pressure to rush us through. Nice to see Biba checking on every table!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food needs an update
    Lanie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My family has been going to Biba's for years for birthdays and anniversaries. We always enjoyed the food. But this time it felt like the food was very ordinary and plain. The beet salad was just pickled beats - nothing else. On the capresse sald - the mozzerella was very good but there was hardly any tomato - just a few thin slices. My lasagna was okay. My husband's veal was good, but the plate didn't look very appealing with two long slabs of meat, a dab of vegtables and long run of mashed potatoes. The level of cooking and presention need to be updated and improved. The setting is very nice but the food is not living up to the prices being charged. The meals felt old fashioned and boring compared to other restaurants in Sacramento.
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  • Anniversary venue
    monamatiker
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is the 2nd year in a row that we've celebrated our wedding anniversary at Biba's. It's a wonderful experience… the food, the service, the romantic atmosphere, and live piano on Friday's.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet