Biba Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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JP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place to spend memorable occasions!
Beautiful and heartwarming ambiance.

OT
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful meal. The flavors are incredible.

EO
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! The Lasagna and Halibut are amazing.

CP
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect restaurant! Our out of town guest were impressed and thoroughly enjoyed the evening at Bibas!!!! Thank you for a superb evening! Everything was top notch! You never disappoint!

CT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely, as usual. I brought Biba a white rose that I left on her book table. Many thanks to Biba for all the years of making a very special place for our celebrations. Rest in peace, dear one.

OT
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It always an awesome experience. Incredible food and wonderful service. Doesn’t get any better.

KS
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious dinner celebrating our wedding anniversary. The lasagna and veal Milanese were outstanding! We also loved the pecan bourbon tart. Yummy!!

BM
Sacramento
19 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, as usual. Sad to be there without Biba and her smile.

b
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always an excellent experience, great menu so easy to have a great meal...A little noisy around our center table but seemed to quite later in the evening.

A
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

The food was very good and the service was also very good. Our only complaint.... we are both in wheelchairs and was seated in a literal corner table with mirrors in front of it. Just looking at a wall the whole night.

KW
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes, it is the perfect place to recommend for a special meal or just to enjoy the entire experience.

SB
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service - Jeanine was wonderful and knowledgeable. Food was fabulous.

CL
Sacramento
54 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal and service. Began cauliflower soup with truffle shavings was delicious and light. My lamb chops were cooked to perfection and served with a delicious small panzanella salad. My friend loved the carbonara, and the other special ordered gnocchi with a garlic/corn/tomato sauce, at the suggestion of the server. The server also recommended the lemon dessert, like cheesecake but super light and billowy. It was amazing. Everyone should treat themselves.

PG
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Biba's is a Sacramento institution that I never visited until now. The food was fabulous, the service was excellent, the place is gorgeous with a warm ambiance. I will go back.

JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My very favorite restaurant! I miss Biba's smiling face and warm reception but felt her presence.

PW
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Sad day. Meal great, service was not great, but, understandable. Surprise there was no recognition for a person who was having a birthday. Unless, the restaurant was ruined by Jehovah Witness. Sorry Beba died. She will be greatly missed.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You knew it was our 52nd Anniversary but didn't offer any recognition from the menu as small dessert, candle, glass of wine, appetizer tidbit, etc.

a
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I expected more from what is known as one of Sacramento's best dining institutions. Out of the 3 courses we ordered, only the pasta dishes were on par with what we had expected. Appetizers and entrees were uninspired and relatively bland. With all of the newer high-end options in town packing greater flavor, I don't see myself coming back here again.

G
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Arrived on time for our reservation, our table was not ready, then a party of 4 came after us and were promptly seated before us and a very scruffy couple were also seated after us. We felt very unwelcome.

After being seated it took over 15 minutes for our server to welcome us and say they would be right with us. We were all dressed very nicely and were there celebrating a milestone birthday. We had not been to Biba for nearly 2 years and this was by far the worst service experience, at least the food was still good.

NK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The famed lasagna was a bit bland to my taste but I understand subtlety is there style of cooking. Was there on a $100 gift cert for lunch. Two entrees, two drinks, 1 soup, 1 bead basket, 1 coffee and 1 dessert plus tip was $110 for lunch.

DN
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Not as good as I remembered it. I thought the food was just average this time and the interior is in need of updating. However, our server was outstanding!

K
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about our visit from the waitress to the staff to the excellent food and service!!

s
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service is excellent and the food is delicious, but it's a bit overpriced for what you get. I was surprised when I saw a $3 charge for bread for the table, which is normally included at most Italian restaurants. I also had an Old Fashioned cocktail that tasted watered down due to all of the melting ice and had floating chunks of pulp from the fruit garnish. The ambiance is classy but looks like it's straight out of the 80s. I'd recommend it for a nice meal out.

LC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we loved Biba's so much we came back for lunch to try the Lasagna Bolognese!

m
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always superb. Excellent food, service and ambiance.

r
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Requested secluded table, was perfect!

KW
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My wife and I went to Biba’s to celebrate our 1 month anniversary. She had eaten here before and wanted me to have as great an experience as she had the last time she was there. And I did. The food was great and the service was excellent. We really enjoyed the piano playing in the room as it added to the experience. My only wish would be that we had sat a bit closer to piano and that our reservation would have been a little bit later as the piano player didn’t start until we were almost finished with our dinner. But all in all we thoroughly enjoyed our evening and plan on coming back for all our special occasions.

R
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Biba has been our favorite Sacramento area restaurant for many years. Service has always been impeccable. And the food! It's the most delightful, pleasing, well-prepared Italian food we've had about anywhere. I recently had the chef's special of swordfish with shrimp-stuffed peppers -- delightful. The Lasagne Verdi alla Bolognese, available only on Thursday and Friday because making it is so labor-intensive, is wondrous, lasagne such as I have never had anywhere else. The wine list has excellent vintages reasonably priced. We love Biba. You must go there!

SB
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely birthday dinner, nice ambiance with some loud crowd noise on and off. The fish dish was fabulous, the veal cutlets were a bit dry to me, could have used a sauce or something.

OT
Sacramento
16 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great evening for our anniversary. The service was exceptional and the food define. Valet parking made the restaurant easy to navigate. The menu was well done and had a nice mix of entrees and amazing deserts. The monthly wine feature was tasty.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing food. Best pork chop in town.

EB
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellence abounds. The dishes are carefully prepared, so flavors are balanced, subtle and not over the top. Excellent cooking and presentation.

JL
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was a lovely experience, from the quick valet to the great ambiance when you walk in and there's someone playing the piano, sets a great ambiance. Delicious food, nice wine, can't go wrong

KC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as usual. My favorite place to eat a nice dinner.

JJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Biba is consistently superb. the dining area is well appointed, white tablecloths and without noise echos.
The menu is an updated take on the best of Italian cuisine. Wait staff is mostly Biba veterans operating at the top of their craft. The whole experience is reminiscent of fine dining in Rome.

I
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was only my third time dining at Biba's. It was excellent EVERY time, including this time.
Although the service is always good, this time it was EXTREMELY OUTSTANDING! I was taking
a couple of friends as a "thank you," so it was a really wonderful experience.

OT
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This was my second time at Biba’s. The food was superb again - beautiful plating and just amazing overall. The pasta is so incredibly light that you do not walk away feeling like you swallowed a brick, and all of the ingredients of the meal other than the pasta stand out. We had two different salads, both great. Definitely worth the value. Service was excellent again, and it’s nice having inexpensive valet parking ($7) - takes the hassle out of driving and looking for parking. My only complaint is the noise level. Last time, we were seated near the back of the dining room. This time, we were in the middle, and found ourselves having to shout across the table to be heard. I like an active restaurant, but really hate when I cannot hear someone a few feet across the table speaking. Some sound baffles would help improve the experience

B
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience, good food and service

LM
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super food and wine! Worth every dime. Have been there several times.

PM
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

it's a shame that one of the more well know restaurants in Sacramento has become one of it's worst. Bad food, bad service and not worth the price.

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