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About 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!

2801 Capitol Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95816
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
28th & Capitol Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(916) 455-2422

Website:
http://www.biba-restaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Piano in lounge Wed-Sat from 6:00pm - 9:00pm

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.

Public Transit:
Bus stops on Capitol Avenue in either direction just a few yards away.

Executive Chef:
Biba Caggiano

Private Party Facilities:
Available only on special request.

Private Party Contact:
Karen Hand: (916) 455-2422

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Biba Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (77)
Good for Anniversaries (53)
Good for a Date (50)
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Authentic (50)
Romantic (48)
Fit for Foodies (46)
Good for Birthdays (43)
Worth the Drive (37)
Local Ingredients (33)
Notable Wine List (32)
Quiet Conversation (31)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Pre/post Theatre (29)
Business Meals (27)
Great for Lunch (27)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Bar Seating (24)
Comfort Food (21)
Good for Groups (19)
Happy Hour (16)
Cozy (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Healthy (9)
Seasonal (9)
Fun (8)
People Watching (8)
Casual (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Disabled Access (5)
Live Music (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Organic (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Our waiter was fantastic. Really made our birthday lunch!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Authentic, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined 5 days ago

I have always loved going to Biba! Always perfection. Calm relaxing atmosphere. Amazing food and top notch service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 5 days ago

We booked a table for 11:45 on Valentine's Day, arrived at 11:40 and were seated immediately. The service was excellent after a somewhat leisurely beginning. This is nice restaurant with elegant furnishings, not a place for a quick lunch. The four of us had liver, salmon and two pasta dishes. Everyone was pleased. My salmon was a fixed price meal: salmon or seabass plus salad or soup for $18. The soup was tomato clam; I'd never had that before and it was very good.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Romantic
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 (Nashville)·Dined 5 days ago

We had a fabulous Valentines Day lunch. I had the best beet salad ever for a starter. It had both golden & red beets, arugula, pistachios, pomegranate seeds, and burrata with a wonderful vinaigrette. My Spaghetti Carbonara was outstanding, as was my husband’s seafood linguine with saffron sauce. He said there was a piece of seafood (bay scallop, shrimp, clam, mussel) in every single bite. All this paired with a Rombauer Chardonnay - who could ask for more? We did! A scrumptious lemon tart with blood orange sauce to share for dessert. Thank you, Biba, for all the years of fantastic meals in such an inviting and beautiful setting.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined 5 days ago

Our family had an enjoyable evening eating great food, with attentive service and an enjoyable ambiance.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

As always a wonderful experience- the food and space make it truly special!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined 5 days ago

We have always enjoyed Biba as our first choice for downtown dining. The hardest part is making a choice of what to order. It is definitely the type of place one goes to for special occasions.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Organic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

We had a very nice time at the restaurant, the service was very good, food was excellent and unusual for the US. The tiramisu was amazing!
Minors: the restaurant is noisy probably due to high ceiling and for a restaurant like this I would definitely expect free parking...

Tags: Tasting Menu
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Our meals were excellent. I had the skirt steak special and a tomato onion soup. The soup was very fresh a like chunky and by far the best soup I have ever had I could make the soup my entire meal. The gnocchi was also excellent.
The service was not expressive. We mentioned we were celebrating a birthday. The waitress said it was also her birthday. She did not seem happy to be working and it put a damper on our meal. We ordered a cocktail that was very good. It was like a greyhound with another ingredient that I can’t recall. It was very fresh. The only thing was that one of the ice cubes had a piece of a label in it and half ended up in the drink. Not appealing. When we showed the waitress she agreed and then turned it into a joke with the dinners across from us that sad she must gave gotten the label in the drink when she made the drink for the other dinners. I would have thought a replacement drink would be provided.
About 20 minutes after we finished our soup the waitress brought another soup this time with a large block of cheese that was not offered the first time. I felt annoyed that I missed out on freshly grated cheese with my soup. It was another 30 minutes before our meal arrived. I wasn’t in a hurry but the timing was off because of the mistake with the double soup. This restaurant always has great reviews for years so my experience was a let down. I think it was likely an off night for the server.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Very impressed- just moved to Sacramento from San Francisco and food and service was excellent. Will definitely put as one of our favorites.

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

What a welcomed surprise. It's small and cozy but lively. The staff were very prompt and attentive. Extra love to the valets, they were full of smiles.

Best Calamari fritters EVER. Hard dish to get right, without it getting cold and rubbery before it gets to the table. But no worries here, it was hot and very yummy until the last bite. Plus my fettuccine with scallops, clams, shrimp and mussle melted in my mouth. Picture attached.

If your looking for tasty food and great service, try Biba.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Healthy, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Like visiting an old friend, you always look forward to dinner at Biba’s and are never disappointed. I was sad that my favorite dish, oso bucco wasn’t on the menu, but the skirt steak special more than made up for it.

Two of our party had the gnocchi special and were delighted. Our fourth member had the veal scaloppini and almost ordered a second one, it was that good

Maybe the best special occasion restaurant in Sacramento or maybe just the best period.

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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Biba has a light, open, artistic ambience. Housed in an old building, big windows, shutters and large canvasses set a casually elegant tone. The dinner is farm fresh. Salads are unusual and fresh. The homemade pasta is delicate and not overly sauced. My husband and I split a small green salad with sliced pears and Gorgonzola, a tart beet salad, a plate of lasagna with a Bolognese sauce and a plate of half gnocchi and half eggplant ravioli in buttery goodness. Wine list superb—tried a Tempranillo from Winters that was divine and very reasonably priced. Dessert: an olive oil cake with homemade ice cream on a disk of blood orange. Slow, easy service that encourages relaxed dining. I can’t say enough to highlight this elegant yet comforting restaurant. We will be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 2, 2018

If you haven't tried Bubba yet, you must! The Lasagna was too due for and the login with seafood was spectacular. We've lived in Sacramento for 10+ years and have not had the occasion to dinner here, but this is our new favorite restaurant. We were celebrating my husband's birthday and even though I let the restaurant know, they didn't acknowledge it which was a little disappointing, but since my hubby doesn't like much fuss it wasn't a big problem. For others? I think they could have at least said happy birthday. Anyway, we will definitely be going back to try other entrees.

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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great service,great food, professional and welcoming, the only restaurant in sacramento i frequent regularly. Biba always present at the bar like always very pleasant and affectionate.Five stars, the best of Sac !

Tags: Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Biba was great, as always!! We took my mom for her annual birthday lunch! She was 87 yesterday! Food, staff and ambiance are awesome!! The desserts were out of this world!! Thanks Biba!!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 31, 2018

We waited wait too long to visit this landmark Sacramento restaurant. It lived up to our expectations and then some. Our waitress, Gigi, was personable and friendly and didn't hover, but magically appeared at the moment we needed something.

The food was amazing and creative and I would go back for the spicy grilled prawn salad alone. We ran through the menu having appetizers, salad, entrees and dessert.

Loved every bite and every moment at Biba's.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Made reservation because of excellent reviews on Trip Advisor. Met old friends and the evening could not have better -- outstanding quality of food, attentive and friendly wait staff, and an atmosphere that felt comfortable and like we were long term good customers. What a gem of a place. Can't wait to be back in Sacramento again and go back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Went there for BF's Birthday...it was his first time, so he had nothing to compare it to. I've been before, so my expectations were elevated. The food, of course was very delicious. There was a 1/2 hr wait for my 8:15 res. I generally do not wait but we were given two options for seating; the bar area or the dining room. I preferred the DR, BF of course did not care. The lighting in the bar area is very bright and tables too close together. The host said 10 mins...it was more like 20 (I've hostessed for fine dining rest. so "get" how it works...pro tip: always go with the longer time frame...guests are pleasantly surprised when you seat them in shorter time). The service was fine...I like that they understand clearing used dishes is paramount to the dining experience. My overall feeling was Biba's is not the "fine dining" it used to be. I can't fault Biba's that the clientele does not dress accordingly...but i'm still surprised to see baseball caps, flannel shirts and jeans in nice restaurants.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Biba's is always a standout. Service was excellent. Lasagna was delicious although on the expensive side for lunch.
I had noted on the reservation that we were celebrating a birthday but the birthday was not acknowledged at the restaurant.
Valet parking very handy.
It was a Friday but the restaurant was very quiet ...

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Biba is a good Italian restaurant, for Sacramento. The menus were sufficient and the food, while not memorable, was good. Jorge, our server, was excellent. The ambiance is one of a very large open room with a decidedly geriatric crowd, possibly necessitating the brightness of the room. If this is what you’re looking for, Biba’s fits the bill. If not, there’s always San Francisco.

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We’ve been enjoying dinner at Biba for several years, and this time was just as good as all the others (even though Biba wasn’t there that night). Don’t miss Biba’s lasagne, only prepared on Thursday and Friday: it is the most delicate (but rich-tasting) lasagne I have had outside of Italy. Exquisite.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Our waiter was excellent. We split our meal and he had it split and served separately which was a nice accommodation. We had the beet salad which was good but the beets were over cooked. The calamari was average, the sauce on the side was tasty. The lasagne was over salted. Had trouble sleeping all night and tasted salt in my mouth for 2 days. The gelato was excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We spend a month every year in Italy and really miss the cuisine when we return to the states so Beba’s is our go to place when we are home. Although Beba’s is more of a fine dining establishment than where we typically eat in Italy, the food always exhibits the pride that Italians take in the food they prepare and serve.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Wow! The pork chop was the best I've had in recent memory and the espresso cheese cake? Outstanding. I had to fight off my table mates because they had the tiramisu, which was good, but not as good as mine. Always enjoy Biba. BTW, Biba herself stopped by the table. Very special.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Excellent food, great service the server gave us a great explanation about the food, really enjoyed the evening
Can’t wait to go back

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Our server did an outstanding job! We brought my mother to Biba’s for her 86th birthday. Everything was perfect. Thank you so much.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Marcus was great. Even tho our favorite salad wasn’t on the menu, he arranged for a very nice yummy salad. Lunch was outrageous as always. Service fantastic. We’re from out of town & when we get to Sacramento we take the opportunity to eat at Bibas.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Went for Dine Downtown pre fixe menu, it was a great value. Our server kept apologizing for some noisy customers, but it seemed like they were bothering her more than the rest of the dining room.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Biba is amazing with pasta. An acquaintance from Lombardy dined there and told me the pasta was what I wanted. He was so right. The lasagna was astounding. Paper thin sheets with just the right amount of sauce. The beet salad was perfect. Each color beet had a gentle different flavor. The espresso cheesecake was rich and balanced. Service was good. Plates arrived together only once did the staff remove one of our party’s plates without clearing them all. The noise level is very high for a restaurant of this caliber. We had problems hearing across our table of four. That should not be so. The bar in comparison was tranquil. Next time we’ll be in the bar.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Again this year, my husband and I celebrated his birthday at Boba's. The parking staff, wait staff, food service as usual, everything was 100% perfection. It is always a delight to eat at Biba and my husband enjoys chatting with her.

Tags: Bar Seating, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Authentic, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Fun, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Romantic
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Biba is a classic. Had her lasagne (only on Thursdays & Fridays ) which was fabulous.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 18, 2018

The food is "to die for"!! The service is outstanding. We had the lasagne, short ribs and salads. I would only put one other restaurant in the same category and that would be Ruth's Chris. The only negative is the noise level. We are seniors and our hearing isn't the best so it is difficult to hear each other. We had a party of four. Thank you so much for a wonderful evening out with the food being the star.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Flawless as usual.
Flawless as usual.
Flawless as usual.
Flawless as usual.
Flawless as usual.
Flawless as usual.
Flawless as usual.
Flawless as usual.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Our waiter was very attentive and professional. The food was delivered at the appropriate time. The presentation was beautiful, the quality of the ingredients shinned through. For an exceptional dinning experience, I highly recommend Biba.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Went for a business dinner with a career consultant. I asked for as private a table as possible in the reservation, and they seated us in the perfect spot. Nestled in a corner where we could have our computers up on the table, and not feel like we're bringing the office to a restaurant.

The service was impeccable. Very professional, courteous, and prompt. Food was excellent (we had the pan-seared Sea Bass, it was extraordinary) and served timely. Probably the best glass of Pinot Noir I've had in a while, perfect temperature.

All in all this is a first class place, with a very comfortable feel. They even had live piano playing for dinner. Doesn't get much better than that.

Very highly recommended.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Classic but always something new, still best in the area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 17, 2018

No wait when we had reservation. I did request a quiet spot for talking and we were placed in the middle of the room, but they moved us upon request. Food was excellent and service was great!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Never a bad meal here. Our waitress was very attentive and cordial and it is always nice to see her.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Very noisy and overpriced. I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone!

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