Biba Restaurant

4.7
2303 reviews
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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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Sacramento
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

It" all about the food at Biba. Soooo delicious. Our waitress had good timing. It was a bit noisy due to a large group next to us, but overall a very comfortable place to dine.

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l
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

When you pull up to what is supposed to be an iconic restaurant and you see a broken clay pot on one side and mangled window blinds on the other side you know the place is not stellar anymore. Then you walk inside and see an interior that is tired you get a sense the place has seen its better day.
The waiter was the best thing to happen but the food was just OK

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OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 3

I made a reservation the morning of Valentine’s day for a V day lunch with my husband. They have 1 spot available. When we got there, they were going to sit us at the bar area and I asked if we can eat at the main dining area and was asked if I requested the main dining area. I told the hostess that it wasn’t an option when I made the reservation. Then she told me that since I made the reservation in the morning, I took the last table. Right away, my experience was not pleasant. I ordered the carbonara-took awhile for our food to arrived. To my disappointment, the carbonara was soupy, salty and peppery. I haven’t had a carbonara that had plenty of sauce, usually carbonara is dry. It was really disappointing!!!

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JL
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Italian restaurant by far in the area, and one of the best restaurants. Never disappoints, great wine list as well.

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AD
Sacramento
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a wonderful Valentines Day lunch at Biba. The service provided by our delightful server, Gigi, the delicious and beautifully prepared and presented food and the always lovely dining room conspired to make it a memorable afternoon. This pair of “mature” valentines deeply appreciate the consistently excellent Biba experience.

Highlights? We will savor the memory of the amazing lasagna and splendidly flavor-packed and tender gnocchi for a long time. So glad we saved room for the zuccoto, a perfect romantic dessert to share!

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

It took awhile to get our food. Service staff was friendly. Restaurant needs updating.

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JO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I got the salmon, she got the chefs special which was veal. it was amazing. service and our server were amazing as well. i’m too poor to come back regularly but will for sure be back for another special occasion!

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PM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was as usual, excellent and the service was the best yet. Kudos to our server

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CS
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was exactly what I wanted, but the dining room was quite loud. Especially the group seated next to us. However, I expected such, and there’s nothing you can really do about it. Our server was fantastic and the food was incredible. I would have loved to have the piano in the dining room as opposed to the bar, to improve the ambiance

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J
Sacramento
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gigi was Fabulous as always!!!! And the food excellent as always💕💕💕

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SC
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always. Been doing here since the Grand opening. Same wait staff, same Maitre'd. Just lovely. My favorite Italian Restaurant in the area. Che Bella!

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E
Sacramento
77 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All three of us had your awesome spinach lasagna. Still the best! Will return.

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SK
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonder meal and wonderful service! We loved every bite of our meal. The services was excellent!

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JJ
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent. It was the best Italian food in my life.
Service was.... not very good comparing to the high quality of food. The waitress was not friendly. She didn't ask before she grabbed dishes and cleaned up table. We, party of 4, had a round table. When she served fork and dish (they change it on every meal), she didn't move around but (almost) threw it to the person who sits the farthest.

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OT
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant - food, ambience, service were all top notch. This was our first time at Biba - it was highly recommended to us by long-time residents of the Sacramento area, and were told that we had to try the Lasagna. Our expectations were greatly exceeded. The appetizer and two salads were excellent - beautiful presentation on the salads, which were fresh, fair sized and delightful. We both ordered the lasagna which was different from what you get at most Italian restaurants. There are thirteen layers of pasta, but the sheets are paper thin, with minimal amounts of cheese - it’s almost delicate, which is not a word you normally associate with lasagna. It was filling, but you do not feel like you ate a brick afterwards. I even had room for desert - Tiramisu which was quite good. The service was great - we were never rushed, and the courses were spaced out nicely. The restaurant is large and busy, but the noise levels are moderate, and the tables are spaced out well enough so that you do not hear every word spoken at the table next to you. There is valet service available - reasonably priced and worth it on a rainy night in Sacramento. A great restaurant for any occasion.

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DB
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delicious place to visit! The atmosphere is wonderful! The service always impeccable.

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PM
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are always outstanding. Fabulous restaurant!

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H
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, elegant room great wine list , one of the best restaurants in Sacramento

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

We have been coming here for more than 10 years and the last few times have finally convinced us that this place is well past its prime. Child unfriendly - no high chairs, no kids menu. The food is aggressively mediocre unless you are there on Thursday or Friday for the lasagna. Wine list is disappointingly short and uninspired. Ambiance is quite dated. The only bright spot was our lovely server.

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TT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

This restaurant has been on our list to visit since we moved here.
Underwhelming. The hostess, although pleasant, seemed confused and did not make eye contact.
When seated we waited over 5 minutes for anyone to approach our table.
We asked for bread, and were surprised that there was a charge for it. Simple sourdough and breadsticks, nothing special, and not warm.
The salad we ordered was split for us without asking, a nice touch, but very under-dressed. Our waiter disappeared so we went ahead and ate it. Bland and unimpressive.
The pasta dishes, which Biba is known for, were very good.
Tiramisu for dessert was surprisingly bland, with no hint of espresso or coffee liqueur which are traditional.
Cashing out was slow as well.
As we were leaving we passed several employees, including a man who appeared to be a manager. No one thanked us.
The whole experience felt like an establishment trading on its history and reputation while not bothering to deliver on expectations.

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G
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful waitperson in Regina !

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KA
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our Biba experience, as always. We were lucky enough to have our favorite server Beth take excellent care of us.

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CH
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our meal was nice but I was disappointed not to have a risotto option since I have to be gluten-free. On my last several times dining here there was a risotto special

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Green lasagna so delicious. Need to come more often

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d
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food. Nice and quiet environment. Service was excellent.

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BF
Sacramento
24 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food, fun/sophisticated service on our 2nd visit to the historic Italian restaurant of note for Sacramento. For starters, we ordered a cured salmon starter (light, tasty, small portion), bread (good, fresh assortment) and cocktails (expensive, by comparison to other locations), all of which were solid in flavor/presentation. For the main courses, we had a mixed seafood risotto (I like the risotto to be cooked more, but flavor was on point), and a slightly spicy gnocchi with pancetta/marinara. Both were bursting with flavor. For dessert, we shared their cake-like chocolate specialty, with an espresso. Other than the high price, the meal was remarkable and we enjoyed the ambiance. Hope to go back for another special occasion.

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CK
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Waiter we had was NOT happy about the “Dine Downtown” crowd. Gave the four of us away to a nice waiter whom saved the day.
The special menu had a less than appetizing salad with only red leaf lettuce and garbonzo beans. The chicken piccata had a soggy crust and was a bit dry. A friends scallop dish (ask price) was under done with only three pieces. Dessert was delicious. Biba is usually perfect.

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UD
Sacramento
105 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a very nice evening as we usually do at Biba’s. Reception staff were very helpful, we had a perfect table as we wanted to have the chance to converse without interruption and the servers were terrific. The “green” lasagna did not disappoint. All in all one of the best meals out we’ve had in quite awhile.

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C
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Our first visit to Biba. Ordered from the $35 prix fixe menu. Service was slow at first, better later. Good was underwhelming at best given Biba’s reputation. Expected the $35 menu to be really good so as to encourage a return visit. My potato soup was pretty mundane, lacking body and flavor, not hot; the chicken was dry and not particularly flavorful (only two capers that I could find; my wife’s salmon was better, but very undercooked—okay for me but too rare for her.

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f
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The dine downtown was a good value and a nice way to experience this place for the first time. It is VERY noisy and that diminishes the experience. The dining room was full and it took our Server a long time to come and take our drink order. She was clearly busy but took good care of us in the end.

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SB
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Superb dining experience. Staff, ambiance, and food all top notch.

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AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not living in Sacramento, I had wanted to try Biba's for years. Finally had the opportunity and it did not disappoint. The food was spectacular and our server made a suggestion for appetizer that added significantly to the entire experience. Highly recommend!

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J
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The one downside was they don't appear to read the note I added to my Open Table reservation about one of us using a walker. The greeter walked clear to the other side of the restaurant via narrow a narrow aisle difficult with a walker to navigate. We had to ask for a table with easier access even though it would be obvious to him without reading the note.

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JK
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was delicious and the Italian Lemon Drop was perfect. I loved the Brocolini Rabe, the Salmon was the Lemon Tart was so Yum!

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LB
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Participated in the Dine Downtown Three Course Menu and it was delicious. We added Creme Brûlée for dessert and it was excellent, also. Great service!

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K
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Went there for the Dine Downtown Prix Fixe menu, and was thoroughly disappointed with the portions, and quality of the food.

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SI
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is beautiful, service is relaxed and attentive, ambiance intriguing and priced to bring me back once a week.

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C
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Find

I don’t usually go to Sacramento
But for the few times I go
I have tried restaurants my friends recommended. They were ok
This time I looked for The best. Not only the wine was good (from Santa Maria) well recommences by your skillful and friendly
Waiter. The lamb papardeli swordfish and cheese cake dessert was wonderful

Highly recommended for food foodies

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JW
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible atmosphere here. The service is always impeccable and the food is so fresh. There’s a great amount of the food as well so you’re paying more than you usually would but it is worth every penny. You leave feeling full without feeling overwhelmed.

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MB
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautifully treated from auto valet parking through bill presentation.

The only critique I would offer would be to refurbish the women's restroom. It is looking a bit shop worn.

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