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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: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 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, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Biba Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

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4.5

value

4.4

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Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Creative Cuisine (30)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
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Cozy (19)
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·Dined 4 days ago

I've been to Biba's probably around 25-30 times over the last 20 years. The service has always been excellent and the food as well. I grew up in an Italian family and I've been to Italy several times; Biba's food reminds me of both.

The decor has not changed much in last 20 years. It's nicer than casual, but not pretentious. Many of the times I've been there, Biba has walked around the dining room and talked with guests. She reminds me of my Nonna!

Frequently there is live piano music and it can get a little loud in the dining room when it, and the bar area, are packed. Overall, it's a great place for a date, special occasion or party with friends. Once my kids were older, about 10 and 12 respectively, I even started bringing them. You don't see a lot of kids here, but it's a fine place to bring them as well. I've got a good feeling that if you brought your toddler, Biba would find some pastina for him/her!

Go on a Thursday or Friday and order the lasagna. It's wonderful! You can split one serving between two people if you'd like, but you won't want to after the first time you've eaten it! The Pasta Carbonara is another wonderfully decadent dish.

I don't know about you, but I'm getting hungry.......

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Outstanding service ( George was fantastic), menu explanation was fun and informative. Specials were creative and fantastic - we went on Thursday which is Lasagna night, it was the best i have ever had. Knowledge and recommendation from selection of Italian wins was again fun and informative . Overall great evening and great experience- I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone for any occasion.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fun, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 6 days ago

Very nice, convenient location with valet parking option. Lovely bar and restaurant option. Polite but slow service. Tasty menu and lovely presentation. Food was good!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We dined at Biba on a Friday night because we wanted to get her famous lasagne. It did not disappoint! It is as good as the reviews say it is!

Service was perfect as well. Water was refilled quickly without asking and the timing of salads and entrees was on point.

The large room can get a bit loud but it's happy noise...everyone is enjoying the evening. Biba is a real gem in Sacramento.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 11, 2017

never disappoints. food very very good quality and portion size. Love the ambiance.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Cozy
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Fantastic food and service! Starting with an appetizer and all the way through dessert, we enjoyed it all! The lasagna was exquisite and my friend’s Porkchop was to die for. Would definitely recommend to friends and family!

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Absolutely the best in Sacramento. Always has been. Always will be.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Went for anniversary. Had a wonderful Server. As alway cod was the best quality and taste. You won’t go wrong eating there.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

I had reservations but another couple without reservations were seated before us, that was a bit annoying, otherwise the service,food and the wine was great.
Our waiter was perfect!
This was our second visit and we will definitely dine here again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 31, 2017

My wife and I were celebrating our 20th anniversary with a couple of our close friends. The food and the service were awesome! I'd reccomend this place to anyone looking for a great, delicious Italian dinner!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I'm sorry to say that Biba has declined, both the food and particularly the ambiance. The dining room was so noisy with large groups that we reseated to the bar where we were treated to a parade of folks who'd dressed for the ballpark not a fine dining experience.
It's insulting to the woman who's spent her life building this restaurant . The food was good but not up to previous visits , at least the service was as always, stellar.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 26, 2017

This is clearly one of the very, very best restaurants in the Sacramento area. Probably, in no small part, by Biba's daily involvement in the restaurant. Great food and great service.

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Always wonderful in the past, but not so great this time. So dissappointed but will try again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

First time at Biba, went for our first anniversary. We arrived early and were seated right away. Unfortunately they didn't tell us happy hour was only at the bar or we would have had a cocktail before getting sat. Also, no one came to our table for a solid 15 minutes to take our drink order. I got up to ask the hostess since I couldn't make eye contact with anyone. After that though the service great and they offered to honor happy hour at our table. We ordered an appetizer which was only okay, a delicious salad to share, and two pastas, the ravioli and the carbonara, both amazing. We ordered gelato for dessert which unfortunately tasted like grocery store ice cream to me and not authentic gelato. Overall, we enjoyed it but would try something new before going back.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Always the best dining experience!

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

My wife had watched Ms.Biba on television back in the day and, unbeknownst to me, she had always wanted to dine there. So on our 39th wedding anniversary we decided to indulge ourselves
at Biba's. 'm just sorry we waited so long. It's not something we could do weekly nor , even, monthly, but it is a treat, indeed. And Markus (?) was extremely delightful. Thank you.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

The service was very poor. The bartender seem bothered and our waiter was all over the map. The atmosphere is dated, both the decor and clientele. The food was mediocre. With some many up and coming places in Sacramento, Biba's is not doing anything to remain current and/or impress.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

My go-to Italian when I'm in Sacramento. Food is always good. Waitress Beth was very attentive.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 17, 2017

As usual, the Biba experience is one that is a fetching combination of excellent food and superb service. My petrale sole was done to perfection and my colleauges' meals also merited high praise. The wine list allowed me to pick a 2015 Bolletto Pinot Noir from the Russian River which we all thoroughly enjoyed. For the discerning diner, Biba is an absolute treasure. And if you love Bologna, you will also love Biba.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Biba's never disappoints! The food is always just wonderful regardless of what one orders, although the Lasagna is always beyond compare. I want to be going to this restaurant for the rest of my life! Keep it up, Biba! You are Sacramento's treasure!

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Biba's never disappoints. The squash raviolis were amazing, in a butter sauce with cookie crumbles my husband and I split one order as an appetizer and it was perfect. We had cannoli for dessert and it was delicious.

Tags: Live Music, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 13, 2017

What a wonderful evening! Every dish was flawless!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Very knowledgeable, attentive, and friendly server. Delicious pasta paired perfectly with our wine that was recommended by our server. When we ordered our dessert, our waiter put a small candle for my partner’s birthday (we mentioned that he was celebrating his birthday that evening) - a nice pleasant surprise. We’ll definitely be back.

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·Dined on October 11, 2017

At the top of our list - we need to be here more often!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fun, Cozy, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

We enjoyed a delightful anniversary dinner at Biba. The meal and wine were outstanding, and the service was stellar as well. This is one of the finest restaurants in the USA.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

The lasagna was really delicious. The appetizer, grilled octopus, was a little bit chewy.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 7, 2017

My husband and I went here for our anniversary. We took advantage of the valet parking, a plus for any dining experience in Sacramento. We were seated on time, at a table near the window, out of the way (thank you for that!). Our waiter promptly appeared with menus, a list of specials, and took drink orders. Drinks arrived promptly (although he apologized for the delay!). We asked for the bread basket (worth the $1.50). My husband ordered the prosciutto appetizer, and I ordered the baby gems salad. The gorgonzola vinaigrette was just right, and the toasted pine nuts provided a great contrast overall. We both love fresh pasta, so my husband ordered the ravioli and I ordered the lasagna (served on Thursday and Friday only). Both dishes were simple, yet flavorful. The bolognese sauce on the lasagna had a great texture, with just enough meat to satisfy. Portions were just right, the presentation simple, yet elegant -- nothing over the top, (but food art can be so overrated.) Pacing slowed a bit between the first course and the second, but the restaurant was quite full, and I understand a busy kitchen. We had ordered the bread, and that and conversation kept us busy enough. The wine list features a number of local wines, and the prices were quite reasonable. We enjoyed a very nice evening, with fine food and good service. We recommend Biba and will definitely return.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The service was great. We brought our own bottle, which was uncorked and decanted for us. The food is delicious, but don't forget about the dessert - I will definitely be going back for the cheesecake and mousse!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Biba's is always great ... always get the gnocchi no matter what.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Wonderful dinner, great service and not as noisy as other options. I was a bit disappointed because when making the reservation, I emphasized that it was for a birthday celebration but that was not recognized at all.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Bibis restaurant has a great environment, fresh, crisp tablecloths,very inviting. The service is impeccable and and attentive. The food is outstanding....every time consistently great. And every time we are there Bibi always comes to our table checking to say hello, was everything ok and do you need anything else.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We traveled 150 miles to dine there , I've been wanting to try it since the early 1990's, and it exceeded my expectations and was worth the drive. It is a great value for the quality of the food and was worth my long wait to dine there! We will definitely go back! Five Stars in every way!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Consistently excellent over the long haul, always a great mix of the familiar and the new in Italian cuisine. The staff is extremely professional and knowledgable, with very little turnover. One of the top restaurants in Sacramento for a reason.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

My wife and I went here on our anniversary before going to the theater. We were under somewhat of a time constraint and they accommodated us so we could get to the theater in time. Our waiter(Marcus) provided exceptional service. His recommendations were outstanding. My wife and I split a meal and the splits were extremely generous. And the dessert that Marcus recommended was sooo good. It was a perfect place to go for our anniversary and Marcus made it even better.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Organic, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 4, 2017

As always, excellent meal, excellent service. Still my favorite restaurant in Sacramento. Even everyday dining feels special. The halibut special was amazing. And I always love the gnocchi, this time with a tomato sauce and eggplant. And the ravioli special was a big hit, in a corn cream sauce.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 4, 2017

It was our wedding anniversary and on a Tues, so the restaurant wasn't as busy as a week-end. This allowed us to have a conversation without distractions of other diners which we could then enjoy one another much more. Our server was pleasant and attentive and the food was delicious! Even met Biba, our gracious hostess and chef extraordinaire!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Good as always. Went for 19th wedding anniversary. Food exceptional, wait staff and bus staff truely amazing.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Outstanding food at Biba’s! If I’m In Sacramento again I would definitely go for another great dinning experience!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Our experience was disappointing from what we expected from a restaurant of this reputation. The four of us were celebrating my wife's birthday and felt the food was average overall, from the appetizer to the salads to the special entrees to the desserts. For the prices, only slightly better than Olive Garden. The service was fine but nothing exceptional. The ambiance and decor were old and tired, with obviously no reinvestment in years. Had mentioned my wife's birthday when I made the reservation on-line and was impressed the hostess as well as the waiter acknowledged it. Not that I necessarily expected a free dessert for her, but we were definitely taken back when the dessert she did order and paid for, arrived with a free candle on top. Pretty tacky we all agreed. Based on our experience and the $200 bill that night, we don't plan to return.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Made reservations for my wife's b-day. Biba's food is a good as anything we've hadin Boston, New York, or Itally. The food this night did not disappoint and the service was terrific. We shared the gnocchi, stuffed pasta, and the lasagna. We requested the fennel sausage and pesto sauce on the gnocchi to mix up our menu a bit. We loved it and will proba bbc.co my take others back for the same.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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