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

We wanted a special restaurant for a birthday celebration while in town for a conference. This was the perfect choice as my husbands favorite food is Italian. Highly recommend this dining place.

OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For many years Biba's has been our "go to spot" for any occasion for a celebration. It is ALWAYS extra special & we are never disappointed. Whatever we order is beyond "yummy" and the service Is ALWAYS impeccable.

CP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is outstanding, but the service is slow...but the wait is worth it! Go for the homemade pasta of any kind and you will be happy. To have the best experience, don't go to Biba if you are time-constrained. And note that the melt-in-your-mouth spinach lasagna is only offered on Thu-Fri.

C
Central Texas
35 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unfortunately Biba is no longer with us but her wonderful food continues at her namesake restaurant. Elegant with white table cloth covered tables and excellent service. Like fine dining used to be.

CB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Biba was outstanding. Such a lovely restaurant with great service, ambiance and amazing food.

j
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Due to circumstances, I was dining solo and very early - 5:PM. Some fine dining restaurants semi-snub solo and/or early diners. But Biba was GREAT, from the valet, to the hostess, to the barman, to the waiter. Made me feel special. And as usual the food was wonderful.

SC
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My only complaint is that the portion size was too small for the price.

M
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always wonderful......except we missed seeing BiBi !!!!!!!!!

T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for the lasagna- not knowing it wasn’t served every day. We split a spaghetti carbonara which had too much cheese. Very heavy. Also, I make my own spaghetti noodles and yours didn’t taste all that fresh- like they had been made that day. Osso bucco very good- very lean and tender; tirimisu- which I also make at home- was better than mine and portion very generous. I don’t find polenta good at all in general- don’t care for blandness or texture so would ordinarily never order it- not sure it pared well with the lamb shank- I should of ordered mashed potatoes. Nice server- fun and pleasant- enthusiastic about the food so good job.

t
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Biba remains much as it has been over the years. The food, service and ambiance are consistently very good. Hopefully the passing of Biba won’t change that. The restaurant is a wonderful part of her legacy.

w
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have had a great time every time at Biba's. Food is fantastic and our waiter "George" makes the visit so much more enjoyable. Highly recommend but get reservation first as will not get in as a walk in.

m
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful afternoon for service as well as the delicious lunch!!!

JP
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
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
2 reviews
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
2 reviews
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!

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