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Biba Restaurant
Biba Restaurant

Biba Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.biba-restaurant.com
  • Phone: (916) 455-2422
  • 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 (916) 455-2422
  • 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!Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "Had a lovely dinner with friends with good food and no pressure to rush us through. Nice to see Biba checking on every table!"
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "The lunch was great! Half a chicken was moist and flavorful. Pastas al dente! The gentleman host at lunchtime could have been more welcoming. I said hello to him, with a smile, and told him the time of my reservation...not a word from him :/"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Marilyn and I travel 100 miles to dine at Biba's, and we do it often. This time it was my birthday eve. We started with martinis at the bar, wonderful piano player and great crowd. Marilyn was thrilled to find eggplant raviolis on the menu and I had Buffalo Mozzarello for a starter, we shared these of course. She had the Halibut, which she declared the "best ever". I had Gnocchi with Osso Bucco sauce, wonderful. Biba's is always an experience, never just dining, and it is always more wonderful than the time before."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "A Wonderful Dinner with our Friends - The staff was great, it was a nice bonus to see Biba =) From our Salads, to the Entree's. Enjoyed nice bottle of Rombauer. We look forward to returning very soon!!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "The beet salad is the best around. Always surprised by how wonderful the specials turn out to be."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Biba's never disappoints. This time around we experienced our best dinner ever! Perfect service, very attentive knowledgeable waitress, water, coffee and tea refilled frequently. Loved it all!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Biba's is the best restaurant in Northern California, and she is a gracious hostess. We started with appetizer plates of gnocchi, and eggplant ravioli, both on the menu as entrees, but the waitress suggested we try them. Delicious. My guests had the fixed price meal (three courses for $35.00 (pasta, salad or soup, entree of veal stew, chicken, or salmon). I had the seafood stew. I don't know how they get the sauce so flavorful. If I'd been home I would have picked up the bowl and drunk it once the fish were gone. They generally have a "wine of the month" which is a bargain. The salads were excellent. We were too full to have dessert. I'd suggest going with the waiter's recommendations of specials for the night - fresh local ingredients."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "The food and the service was excellent! The swordfish was amazing. I definitely recommend Biba's.........."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We've eaten at Biba several times over the years, always for special occasions. The food is excellent and the service attentive and efficient. This is a place where the food become the center of conversation, tastings are shared and we constantly wonder, "how do they make this taste so good?" We also note that the prices are very reasonable for the quality of food and service provided. We remain impressed that every time we come to Biba the owner is present and obviously remains very engaged in the operation of the restaurant. Biba could easily have rested on her laurels and moved on to other things as so many other "celebrity chefs" have done. The fact that she hasn't earns our respect and appreciation. We hope to return more often."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The food is terrific! The ambiance is great, all-in-all, a very nice place. Special!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "We love great food and fine dining. Biba's was both. The food over delivers for the price you pay. The service is almost too good. If my water glass dropped 2" someone was there to fill it up. They are so fast and efficient, I never had time to deny them the opportunity (we are in a drought) and I didn't want to leave a full glass at the table. They provide a suitable list of beer and wine. I don't mean to understate their list, it appears to be very deliberate and compliments their menu well. It was a little too loud for me to consider it a romantic place, which did not bother me. We had a great experience and will return and have already recommended it to others."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Great food and service. Atmosphere and staff are good but almost a bit unfriendly. So, I would rank the overall dining experience 4 1/2 stars."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "As usual, food at Biba's very good. The procuto and Mellon appetizer was very tasty and enough for four. Homemade chicken ravioli was outstanding. My girlfriend had seafood soup (ciopino) that was full of cockles and mussels. Disappointed with parking scam. I parked next to valet parking, clearly marked as 2 hour public parking. Asked by attendant to leave my keys so they could have extra room if needed. After dinner, my car was moved from public space into valet space and I was informed it would be $5 dollars to get my car back. Very disappointed."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Biba's Restaurant continues to be excellent. The food is always wonderful and the service is among the best in town. The ambiance is welcoming and comfortable in all the right ways. While it's been a while since I hung out at the bar, the bar is once of the best and well-situated in the restaurant in town. Biba's should be at the top of everyone's list when visitors come to town and when you want to go out and have an intimate dinner or lunch."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "THE best lasagna ever. They only offer it Thursdays and Fridays, but definitely worth it! Had a reservation for 8:00 but was allowed to push it back a half hour with no problems."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "It was our first time at Biba, so perhaps all of the servers are as good. We mentioned that everything looked great and that we'd love to try lots of stuff, but we really can't eat that much. She was able to completely customize our experience. We split the two pasta specials. she had a half order of each split on two plates. One was a cheese ravioli, the other was gnocchi. Both were fabulous and I'm so glad we were able to have both! We then were able to each have only half a salad -- my husband had the Ceasar, I had Arugula. Then, we split the lamb shank. All of the food was fabulous, we were able to try four dishes and we were not overly stuffed when we left. If only all restaurants empowered the wait staff like that!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Great food, great service, great atmosphere- We celebrated a joint anniversary with friends-topnotch dining experience"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "This is the most consistently wonderful restaurant in Sacramento!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We wanted the fixed price menu as it was described on the web site. Then at the restaurant we were told that it was not available that day. Also, it took a very long time for our entree to arrive. We thought we were forgotten. Otherwise very nice. Would rather have a table all to ourselves, however."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary at Biba. As always, a tasty meal and excellent service. My wife ordered the Thursday/Friday-only Lasagne Verdi alla Bolognese, a 10-layer lasagne which melts in your mouth. I ordered a Salmon dish, which was a chef's menu addition for the evening. Delicious!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We are regulars at Biba's, but I forgot how amazing the lasagne is. It is only available on Thursday and Friday evening, but it is the best in the country. Everything else was as it should be. One of the only Sacramento restaurants that is better than most of Napa or San Francisco's best."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The food was excellent but for the number of people in the restaurant the service was extremely slow. Is a good thing we had all the time in the world. Menu is limited but adequate. The quality is there"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Superb Italian food, pleasant, efficient service, good, varied wine list, atmosphere is casual but upscale. A bit noisy, but not too much so, we stayed in Sacremento specificly to eat at Biba."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Our experience was again very good. The restaurant did seem a little noisy this time. Our waitress was vey good (Gigi). Bib and her General Manager Scott did stop by our table to check o us. We had a very nice, romantic evening."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "As always, dining at Biba was a pleasure. The environment is a lovely setting in which to enjoy wonderful food and great service."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "While the dining room still has its charm (regardless of the dated furniture), we were disappointed with the quality of the food. We shared the gnocchi as an appetizer, served with Biba's fabulous butter sage sauce; the gnocchi itself was denser and chewier then I remembered. The Veal Milanese was a very thin piece of veal heavily breaded and fried, I wouldn't consider this entree fine dining. The lamb shank had the flavors I love, though after removing the fat, there really wasn't much meat to savor; and it was served with a bland polenta. My dessert sounded and looked fabulous but didn't taste very good. The only item that was truly outstanding was the creme brulee."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We wanted to do something special for our 70th Anniversary. We wanted a special dinner & restaurant with our son & daughter-in law & we were delighted to have all our wishes met at Biba's . The atmosphere was perfect & our dinner (we all ordered braised lamb shanks) was wonderful. The shanks melted in our mouths & we decided they were the best we'd ever eaten. We had always wanted to try Biba's but it was too many miles from Folsom for old folks, so we finally made it with our chauffeur son. We don't know how many Anniversaries we have left but we've decided we will spend them all at Biba's."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I admit I had high expectations and Biba was more than expected in every way. Wonderful staff and excellent food a true gem in Sacramento."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We dined on July 11th. Our server, Jeannine, was very attentive. My husband started with the romaine salad and the dressing was delightful, not too heavy. He had their signature 10 layer lasagna that was over the top with flavor and serving size! I had their basil/cucumber soup that was very refreshing using seasonal ingredients. I had an entrée special of swordfish served with fagioli pasta. The fish was very fresh, firm and lightly seasoned. The pasta was a different and appreciated accompaniment! The supporting wait stuff were very attentive!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Met some friends at Biba's for their fixed price lunch. The service was outstanding along with the food. The cold summer squash soup was to die for and the rigatoni pasta dish that we chose for our entree was the best I have ever eaten. The sauce was creamy with a smokey taste. Lots of complex flavors that made the experience perfect with the Syrah I brought in. I definitely recommend this restaurant and plan on returning soon."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Wonderful meal with great service. It was a treat to have Biba come to our table and say hello. We always enjoy spending our special occasions at Biba's"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The place, Sacramento's finest Italian restaurant, is elegant, refined, with great food and wonderful service. I enjoyed the lentil soup to start, followed by a wonderful salad of grilled prawns and roasted peppers and eggplant, with a sumptuous zabaglione with fresh berried for dessert. And they have a great fixed-price lunch special menu. At dinner the choices are even greater and there is a truly excellent wine list. Definitely the place to go for a relaxed, elegant delicious meal. The proprietor, Biba Caggiano, is the author of several excellent and well-known cookbooks on Italian cooking."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Our lunch was organized to thank a colleague for exceptional assistance and we felt she enjoyed the relaxed, elegant dining area and perfectly attentive service, not to mention the delicious cuisine. We were able to enjoy our conversation in the peaceful atmosphere and all felt that we had had a wonderful treat indeed."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Ive admired and been inspired by Biba since the 90's when Id watch her on pbs. My daughter gave my husband and I a gift cert for dinner for our anniversary. It met and exceeded my expectations. Our server was so kind and knowledgeable, he helped us understand the menu, took our order and didn't bug us too much, or make us feel uncomfortable, he made our experience all the better! The highest point of the evening,besides our wonderful meal (lamb shank w/polenta & Halibut on fresh corn) was meeting the legendary Biba:)) It made my night and I am still smiling today! It was probably our best anniversary dinner ever, and that's saying a lot since its our 28th! Thank you to Biba and all of the lovely staff, and our darling server:)"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "A friend and I enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Biba's recently. Seems that regardless of the specials and other menu offerings, I always fall back on their luscious spaghetti carbonara. Made with pancetta rather than bacon, it is a tasty and most filling lunch. My friend opted for the daily Cioppino special and also enjoyed every last bite. The dining room, with its muted lemon-colored walls, provides a peaceful respite from the hubbub of downtown. I always look forward to an outing at Biba's!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We have lived in the Sacramento area (Rocklin) for 15 years and although Biba's is about 25 miles away, it is our favorite restaurant. Outstanding food, very experienced and helpful staff."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "When you go to a restaurant that is a little pricey, you go with high expectations. My husband's pork chop was actually dry. Midway through, he was asked how his dinner was and he said it was dry. The waitress brought out some sauce but he was almost done. He didn't finish his dinner so we brought it home. I also mentioned that my halibut was dry. I expected a flaky, juicy halibut. . It had a crust that was hard. Once I cut through the crust, the fish was over cooked and dry. The prices for these dishes was pricey. Our expectations were high but certainly not met. Our waitress really took care of us. She did not charge us for my dinner or our dessert."
    Dined on 6/24/2014