Biba Restaurant

4.7
2336 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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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Biba and her restaurant. It enhances the quality of life in Sacramento, but it would do that anywhere it was located. We're very well travelled and experienced diners, and this restaurant is a true gem.

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s
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

For the price, I feel the food was pretty standard. Not bad at all, but just not superb.

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o
Sacramento
39 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For whatever reason this was our first time dining at Biba's and we will return! Both my wife and I had a pasta dish and both were excellent! My lasagna was probably the best lasagna that I have ever had the pleasure of eating! The service was excellent and the overall experience made both of us wonder why we had not dined there before!

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

Biba’s is consistently excellent. Delicious food, friendly and attentive wait staff and we always run into friends, old and new.

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JE
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The food was just ok. The service was terrible. Not only was it terribly slow, they were just not friendly. Our waitress seemed annoyed to wait on us. My husband portion of pasta was minimal. My short rib was plentiful so I shared it with him. I don’t think I would recommend for these reasons.

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OS
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classically elegant and perfect

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o
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Haven’t been to this restaurant for years and it still does a great job of serving wonderful food.

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j
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We received the best service I have every had at a Sacramento restaurant. Also, of course, the food was inventive and delicious.

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BJ
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Was originally offered a table near the rear service station. This was a special occasion and we wanted something nice. I now know I can request a specific table when making a reservation, but can't do that on your site and will have to call in a reservation.

Next we were offered a table next to the women with the obnoxious perfume odor. Lucky for us and Biba the prevailing breeze kept it away from us. I understand this was so bad two tables of people got up and left. Why Biba or manager did not ask/tell the offenders to leave I do not understand.

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CR
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was superb and the service excellent......we will definitely go back again. The only disappointment was that it was my wife's birthday and nothing was noted (even though I made a
note on the OpenTable reservation).

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J
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reliably excellent in every way. We arrived before they officially opened and they accommodated us. there were four of us. Everyone enjoyed the food, the waitress and the noise level was so easy to talk around. Each dish is unique. Their wine list is inclusive. We have been a regular customer and have never had a bad experience.

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent!

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H
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, dinner and service was excellent. Our waitress went beyond great service.

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GK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Bad service
Small portions
Overpriced

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always Great. Best Lasagna ever.

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s
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just wonderful. Our first time there. Lasagna was spectacular as advertised! We'll definitely return!

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BM
Sacramento
17 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We haven't been to Biba in quite some time and had forgotten how fabulous the whole experience is. Loved it all.

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JM
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Biba is my go-to restaurant when I want to have a upscale but comfortable dining experience. The food, the service, the ambience were all excellent. Plus, they remembered it was our anniversary (without prompting) and surprised us with a little gift.

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JL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We went there for our anniversary. We began with an appetizer, salad and then the lasagna entree. I loved it. My only complaint was that the restaurant was very loud and difficult to have a conversation with the volume in the room. I felt that we were being rushed through our meal and we were trying to just enjoy a night out. I still will return for the food but not if I want a quiet intimate meal

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MD
New England
18 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely discovery! The building is gorgeous inside and out. The service, price and quality of food were all outstanding. My scallop risotto dish was delicious, as was my husband’s lasagna, and our Pinot noir was priced well and delicious as well!

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D
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a classic gem - ambiance, menu, service and the divine food. Came to Sacramento for a 1 night stay and came for lunch both days - wish we were staying another night.
On our first day we were served by Jorge (little Georgie) who was an amazing guide for our lunch. Started with a sharing the fried calamari which were small, delicate and fried very crispy without being burned. Shared the salad of Insalata di Porchetta - pork belly, apricots, charred shallots and crisp kale (not usually my favorite - but the baby kale was awesome). Being Thursday I opted for the Lasagna (only available on Thursday and Friday) and my wife had the gnocchi. The next day she opted for the Lasagna and I went for the Tagliatelli with the veal cheek ragu !!!!!
Gigi was our server on Friday and again helped make it a perfect visit - if you love Italian food they way it should be prepared (no Olive Garden is not ITALIAN) - you must visit Biba even if you have to drive an hour and one half, as we did.

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LS
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Easy to get to. Valet parking. Wonderful food. There were four in our party. We all ordered something different. Scallops, porkchop, short ribs and the chicken. Everything was amazing. Save room for dessert.

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OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous meal from beginning to end with fantastic service. Highly recommend!

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CV
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have celebrated our most important events at Biba's. This last week was for our 41st Wedding Anniversary. My wife had Biba's famous lasagna and I had the pork chops. We also ordered the roasted beet and squash appetizer. What a wonderful meal. The service was excellent, as usual, and we had another wonderful experience at Biba's.

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OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a nice dinner with friends.

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R
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Biba provides a fine dining experience. Cozy atmosphere, attentive service, perfectly prepared food. Always a treat.

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EB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian food with very good and fresh ingredients. The wine list a variety of Californian and Italian wines, some of them at reasonable prices.

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K
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a treasure. Very elegant, with beautiful décor, lots of light, wonderful food and a good wine list.

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MA
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful restaurant for special occasions. Food always special.

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PR
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was excellent from the salads to dessert. Would definitely return!

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LB
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was Excellent!!!!! The food, the atmosphere, nice way to celebrate my birthday. The only thing is it is hard to get a reservation because it is so good..

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LG
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The meal was fantastic! Waiter was great! It was a wonderful dining experience.

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D
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
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 on February 15, 2019
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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M
Sacramento
36 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service both were excellent. It's a pretty limited dinner menu, though. You may want to double-check the menu online first to make sure it has something you want. It's very convenient to the events at Sophia, which is where we were going that night. One of us suggested we dine at Biba for future Sophia events we attend. The other disagreed and prefers that we try someplace else because of the limited menu.

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OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
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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D
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
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 on February 13, 2019
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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