BICE - San Diego
BICE - San Diego

BICE - San Diego

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bicesandiego.com/
  • Phone: 6192392423x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm -11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian, Vegetarian / Vegan, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Mario Cassineri
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: Easter and Mother's Day Brunch 12pm to 8:30pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 4th Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street or valet parking available.
A word from BICE - San Diego
Ideally located in the heart of San Diego's downtown Gaslamp Quarter, BiCE San Diego offers a skillful mix of traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine prepared with the best seasonal ingredients. BiCE combines an elegant and chic ambience with a warm and inviting atmosphere, including a beautiful exposed wine cellar and an award-winning, full-service Italian cheese bar, which offers a constantly rotating selection of formaggi. The BiCE menu includes both classic and trend-driven Italian dishes, with standouts including homemade pastas, unique meat and seafood dishes and decadent desserts. BiCE was recently recognized by the renowned James Beard Kitchen, where Chefs Mario Cassineri and Francesca Penoncelli were invited to share their Italian creations with some of New York City's greatest culinary minds. Chef Penoncelli was also awarded for the "Best Vegetarian" dish at the 2013 San Diego Food & Wine Festival and was named one of the top six female chefs by U-T San Diego.
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BICE - San Diego reviews from OpenTable diners
108 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (64)special occasion (64)romantic (57)notable wine list (54)neighborhood gem (32)good for groups (19)hot spot (15)vibrant bar scene (14)late-night find (9)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Loved the cheese bar! The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/16/2010
    Loved the cheese bar! The service was fantastic and we had an extremely enjoyable anniversary dinner at Bice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The decor of the restaurant
    DiningMVP
    Dined on 1/15/2010
    The decor of the restaurant was suitable to what I would expect from a nice restaurant. I was a little disappointed with the service however. My friend and I were seated promptly, however, we must have waited around 15-20 mins before our waiter came to our table. To add insult to injury, a group of around 10 that were seated after us received service before our party of 2. When things like this happen it definitely does not provide a positive impression and the rest of one's dining experience is usually affected. My friend and I both enjoyed our fresh pasta dishes and the service improved once we had a waiter, but I would have expected a better start (especially since the restaurant was not extremely busy).
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjoyed Bice. The food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/15/2010
    We enjoyed Bice. The food and service was very good. Two issues that I did not enjoy was noise in the restaurant and the $20 valet parking. I would go there for drink and cheese bar, but would not entertain customers there because of the noise.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sensational restaurant. Would
    TheSDWs
    Dined on 1/15/2010
    Sensational restaurant. Would dine here frequently if not for parking.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Went on Thursday night around
    SKap
    Dined on 1/14/2010
    Went on Thursday night around 7pm and the place was packed. The restaurant is beautiful with the right combination of enough space to enjoy your experience and open-ness that creates the 'buzz'. Other than a little wait when we sat down, the service was excellent. I highly recommend trying their cheese & cured meats: the chef did a great job of putting a sample plate together that was outstanding. The arugala salad was deliciious (with grilled proscuito-wrapped goat cheese). The flavors in the Osso buco were great, especially the saffron rissotto, but my cut was just a little overcooked. Didn't have room for desert (the portions are more than ample), but the espresso was great. I will definitely be going back...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First experience at this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/12/2010
    First experience at this restaurant. The service was very good. I loved the extensive cheese menu and the pasta was fantastic, and reasonably priced. I will definitely return.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful, but the parties
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/9/2010
    Wonderful, but the parties around us were extremely loud and boisterous, which made it difficult to enjoy our own conversation. Otherwise, lovely and great food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food is excellent. Interesting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/9/2010
    The food is excellent. Interesting menu. Service excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent menu...plenty of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/9/2010
    Excellent menu...plenty of variety...prepared with great care...generous portions. Initially, we were each set on choices from the menu, but after hearing the specials, we each ordered two different specials; they were fabulous! We ordered a cheese plate for dessert; the cheese chef made wonderful selections, explaining each choice when he brought it to the table. Great wine list, listed by region and grape. The service was very conscientious with great senses of humor (yet not overbearing); servers had excellent knowledge of the food and its preparation. We had a two and one-half hour dinner and never felt rushed. The food was fabulous...best authentic Italian food I have had outside of Italy! Wonderful for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I keep returning to Bice,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/8/2010
    I keep returning to Bice, as it is one of a kind and one of my favorites in San Diego. Unfortunately, this last time, I had to wait 30 minutes for a table, even though I had a reservation. This would preclude me from dining here again if it a regular occurrence.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dining experience very good,
    8dinnerVIP
    Dined on 1/8/2010
    Dining experience very good, but make sure to get price of specials as we ordered the special appetizer and were surprised when the bill came and the appetizer fprice was $17 each for a spinach salad with Italaian cheese and Italian bacon. Also makes you think when you need to pay $20 for Valet parking..this makes your dining experience quite a bit more expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was of high quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 1/8/2010
    The food was of high quality but was too bland and lacked pizazz. The ambience and the wait staff were very good but the food was most disappointing. The valet parking charges at $20 were outrageous. Will not go back
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was good. Small portions.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/8/2010
    Food was good. Small portions. Waiter was friendly and very efficient. Would return for another special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I waiter was wonderful. I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/6/2010
    I waiter was wonderful. I thought the artichoke salad was terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I am hopeful this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/5/2010
    I am hopeful this restaurant gets the patronage it deserves. The food is on par with SF and NY dining. It is a leap forward for San Diego cuisine. And I am not a big fan of Italian. But I am a big fan of Bice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The gnocchi was overcooked.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/2/2010
    The gnocchi was overcooked. The spaghetti was undercooked. No veal parmigiana on the menu and when asked, the waiter replied that the chef would be humiliated if we ordered it! What happened to the motto "the customer is always right"? Bice in NYC has veal parmigiana. On the other hand, the appetizers were very good. I doubt that we'll go back. Please remind me why we went there?
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was great. Must get
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/1/2010
    The food was great. Must get the Eggplant Parmegiana! Definitely the best I ever had. A bit too crowded and servers were too busy to attend every table consistently. Besides that, it's still a good spot to dine.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Host and Hostess, Rinaldo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/31/2009
    The Host and Hostess, Rinaldo and Gabriella Colantoni are the icing on the cake and this wonderful restaurant. The food is exceptional and the atmosphere makes any occaision a festing and memorable one. They have a private room that would be perfect for a group occaision and the wine list is exceptional. We had a wonderful new year and would reccommend Bice in San Diego to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a lovely time. It was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 12/31/2009
    We had a lovely time. It was New Year's Eve and could have been chaotic. Instead it was a lovely setting, we were not rushed, good suggestions were made by the wait staff and the prices were reasonable. We shared appetizers and pasta and each had a main dish. I've lived in Italy and the food was very authentic northern italian fare. We would love to go back there soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The noise level Saturday evening
    keaa
    Dined on 12/26/2009
    The noise level Saturday evening was over the top. It was a full house. It was almost impossible to have a conversation with my wife across the table without both of us leaning in! The penne side was great but my pork was overdone and dry. With so many choices in the San Diego downtown area, I don't know why we would go back to Bice!
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  • Perfectly horrific service
    LADinerVIP
    Dined on 12/25/2009
    Perfectly horrific service from the minute you walk in the door and are rudely told that your table is 'another 10 minutes, OK!"... no offer to go to bar.. she walks away... to a waiter with attitude; to a kitchen that prepared the wrong dish (and when the waiter was told said " I put in the right order, the kitchen did it wrong).. no 'sorry' at any point by the way. The table next to us was complaining about their service with a different waiter! I overheard the manager explaining to them that 'we try to train them.. but, its hard' An "attitude" permeates this establishment;I get the distinct impression that this was not just a 'bad night; and a bad waiter",, but a theme. Food - not bad; nothing to rave about. GO ELSEWHERE!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was very nice. However,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/25/2009
    Food was very nice. However, we had to ask for a different server because our first server was not acceptable. Made inappropriate, unprofessional comment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reminded me of upper east
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/25/2009
    Reminded me of upper east side Manhattan or Chicago. Beautiful dining room with bank like front windows. Nice size menu without being too big. Friendly service. Very nice Italian wine list with a nod to California.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We ordered an array of cheeses
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/22/2009
    We ordered an array of cheeses from the cheese bar and asked the waiter to pair it with a drink. We were suprised he paired it with a proseco but it actually worked well together. The best thing was the Frutti di mare soup. It was like a rich seafood stew with big plush clams and oysters,fish, shrimp with these delicios toasts to accompany them. Also the seafood risotto with saffron was excellent as was the seabass, which was cooked to perfection. The food is really outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful new restaurant in
    SDFoodieVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2009
    Wonderful new restaurant in the Gas Lamp. Food is consistently outstanding as is the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bice had the worst service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/19/2009
    Bice had the worst service I have ever experienced. We arrived at 8:40pm for our 8:45pm reservation. At 9:15, we were told that we had about 20 more minutes to wait. We asked to speak to the manager and were seated at 9:35. Our server offered us bread when we were given menus and came back 20 minutes later with no bread to take our order. We ordered two appetizers and received those quickly, however our server promised crack pepper and never returned so I had to track down another server to take care of this. We then received our meals, which were amazing. However, as soon as we set our forks down we were quickly given the check and offered no dessert or coffee. The server was neglectful and paid little attention to our needs.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My main criticism of the restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/19/2009
    My main criticism of the restaurant was the hostess. We waited for one hour to be sat for a previously made reservation. She didn't once come to keep us updated on our table. We were the only part waiting in their sitting area right in front of the hostess station. Once we were sat, however, the service was very good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent wine list and an
    BustedAltitudeVIP
    Dined on 12/18/2009
    Excellent wine list and an amazing cheese bar! A great choice for a business dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely fabulous dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/18/2009
    Absolutely fabulous dining experience. We will definitely be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO DINE---PORTIONS
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/12/2009
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO DINE---PORTIONS ARE NOT LARGE BUT FOOD SO GOOD.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Cheese Bar in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/10/2009
    Outstanding Cheese Bar in addition makes this by far the best Italian resturant in the Gaslamp of Downtown San Diego
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Cheese and charcuterie
    3kingsdineVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2009
    The Cheese and charcuterie bar was AMAZING. The Lamb -perfect. Really no options for kids food, but(upon request) they did make a DELICIOUS fett alfredo. Service was average
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we had a great meal for my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/5/2009
    we had a great meal for my birthday but i noted in the reservation that it was my birthday and they did not acknowledge it during the meal. The mushroom flan special was outstanding and the other entree's were very good as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bice is a excellent resturant,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/25/2009
    Bice is a excellent resturant, it has the LA/Hollywood look, but not all the traffic. This was our first time in San Diego Gaslamp district, and our experience at Bice is what made our visit to San Diego memorable. They have a excellent wine list, and the cheese bar was a wonderful addition to the resturants ambiance. The meal was very authentic Italian with a gourmet flare. The owner was very pleasant, he comes around to every table, real "Italian" style. I highly recommend this resturant, Gaslamp distric has no other like this.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • we had a reservation at 8:30pm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/21/2009
    we had a reservation at 8:30pm and we arrived at 8pm. we were not seated until 10pm and i will never go to this restaurant again or recommend it to anyone.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • San Diego was very much in
    TonyRod
    Dined on 11/21/2009
    San Diego was very much in need of a quality upscale Italian restaurant and Bice San Diego hits the spot. Great variety of dishes, all excellently prepared with quality ingredients. Staff is freindly and effective. Ambience is quietly elegant. The total cost is can be expensive, but worth it. Tony Rodriguez
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent new restaurant in
    senaylor
    Dined on 11/20/2009
    Excellent new restaurant in the Gaslamp. Good restaurants in the Gaslamp are hard to come by but this one is a gem. Outstanding service and food was amazing. Must try!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was okay. I was expecting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/17/2009
    Food was okay. I was expecting more. The gnocci was good but slightly too salty, the seabass was mediocre at best. The calamari starter and polenta were good but rather large for an appetizer (that could be good/bad depending on the person). Our server was excellent although we did not get a wine list with our menu. I noticed the table next to us that had to ask for the list too.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Did not know that BICE had
    JugularVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2009
    Did not know that BICE had only been open for 10 days! Reservation was set for 8 p.m. but we were not seated until past 8:30 (the only negative for the night). Somewhat noisy, with people enjoying themselves, but every table was packed even up to when we finished dinner. Very accommodating for our 6 person group. I saw many larger groups seated throughout so larger groups seem very welcome. Our waiter was very polite and made sure to check on us often. The food was superb and menu selection was more unique than most of the Gaslamp Italian restaurants. Felt like I was in fine restaurant in Rome or Amalfi for that matter. The wine selection would meet the budget of most anyone. The cheese bar was incredible as well. Overall, primo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • our second visit. food was
    pastaloverVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2009
    our second visit. food was even better this time, although service suffered a bit. restaurant was very crowded, with several large groups. noise level was uncomfortably high. however, this restaurant is a class act. the restaurant is new, but the wait staff is experienced, the busboys are fantastic. a mostly italian wine list with lots of reasonably priced, interesting choices and staff to help you navigate the list. food is beautifully presented and very well executed.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic