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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (75)
Good for a Date (56)
Authentic (52)
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Good for Anniversaries (48)
Fit for Foodies (44)
Romantic (42)
Good for Birthdays (41)
Notable Wine List (39)
Local Ingredients (33)
Worth the Drive (31)
Great for Lunch (28)
Business Meals (26)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Bar Seating (22)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Comfort Food (21)
Good for Groups (19)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Cozy (16)
Fun (10)
Happy Hour (10)
Seasonal (10)
Healthy (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Live Music (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Casual (6)
Disabled Access (5)
People Watching (5)
Organic (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 4 days ago

Great service, superb meal and wonderful place.
The mouse level is pretty high so I was thankful the table in the back corner because with the two other people I was with who had hearing aids it wouldn't have been good.
The only thing disappointed in is my meal was supposed to be accompanied with broccoli rabe and what I got was two strands of that and the rest carrots and broccoli. Broccoli rabe is one of my favorite vegetables.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Romantic
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food5
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 (Tahoe)·Dined 5 days ago

As always, we had a great lunch. Amazingly consistent wuality. Quiet enough to actually talk to someone!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 6 days ago

It was all I expected and more. Biba was a gracious and delightful host.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Came with my sisters to celebrate a Northern Italian meal our late mom would have made. Perfect. Our server Gina was amazing. I had the best saltimbocco I’ve ever eaten. So, perfect.

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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·Dined 7 days ago

The food at Biba never disappoints. Best pasta carbonara ever! Server Gigi friendly + able to answer any ? about food or beverage.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 9, 2018

We always enjoy a lovely meal at Biba. The food is the best version of each item. Attention to detail is obvious! The decor and atmosphere is lovely, comfortable, and not too noisy even when very busy.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Bar Seating
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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We've been to Biba's on two occasions, the first time about three years ago and then again last week. On our first trip, the food and service were spectacular. The lasagna and other dishes that we had were amazing. We were excited to be back in Sacramento last week so that we could try again. Unfortunately, it just didn't measure up. All of the dishes that we had, including the lasagna again, were lackluster. The service was well below average too. Our server, before even greeting us or asking if we needed anything to drink, walked up to the table and just started spouting off the specials of the night. After we had finished our appetizers, all of my utensils were cleared. When our main courses arrived I mentioned that I needed a fork. Instead of going to get me one (or a whole new set as would be customary), the server pointed out that my wife still had an extra fork and that I could use hers. Based on that, I don't think that we will return to Biba's.

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Waitress was very attentive - food was well proportioned & delicious

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at Biba's. The menu is diverse, seasonally fresh and there is something for everyone. Wonderful atmosphere.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 5, 2018

This is a gem. Food is great, consistent and varied. The service was excellent. My only suggestion is to update the interior, the environment is very dated.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Authentic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 30, 2017

One of the best Italian restaurants anywhere, including Italy.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 30, 2017

High end quality cuisine and service experience with great prices. Highly regard and recommend Biba's.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 29, 2017

My friend and I wanted to catch up after a long time without seeing each other. We wanted a quiet restaurant with quality food, good wine, and excellent service. Biba met all these requirements and we had a perfect catch-up luncheon. This restaurant in on my top list for Sacramento dining.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Lovely local restaurant- love to see Bibba making the rounds to connect with diners-the only misstep was our server- she was inattentive- seemed overwhelmed and tired-forgot our wine order and had to remind her to bring desserts we had ordered 15 minutes before. This restaurant on a Thursday wasn’t crazy busy- just normal busy - watched other servers checking on their tables-interactive, warm and friendly. I may ask for other server when I return. And I will definitely be back!!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Wonderful food, great service. Best restaurant in Sacramento

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Biba has been my “go to” for many years. I love the food, ambience, service and wine list. And Biba still visits tables nightly!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Biba's is the best Italian restaurant in Sacramento. It is a lovely, upscale place. The food is excellent. The quantity served is generally very good -- typical of most good restaurants. The service was exceptional.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

I met my daughter here for a Christmas Lunch. We were pleasantly surprised by the wonderful atmosphere, the professional manner of the staff and the food was fabulous! We had the sole and sea bass, probably one of the best meals I have ever had!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The food was superb and the service and atmosphere perfect!

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

I went to Biba with friends to celebrate a birthday. The waiter was very knowledgeable and attentive, and the food was wonderful.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

The penne pasta and vodka sauce were exceptional! Lovely ambiance.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Excellent food, well conceived menu, great ambiance. Perfect for special occasion or just a good meal.

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

The food has always been outstanding and this last visit was no exception. One of Sacramento's finest restaurants.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Always a great choice for Tuscan Italian food. Classic restaurant with the best in service and great tasting food.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Superb meal! The seabass was perfectly prepared and the gnocchi melts in your mouth!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We have gone to and loved Biba's for years, but it felt tired on our last visit. Many people probably love the fact that nothing has changed there over the years, but it felt outdated. Our server was clearly frazzled, even exchanging a few tense words with Biba herself. The food was fine, but not as exceptional as I would have expected or compared to other similarly-priced restaurants in the area.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Biba's is always good! Never had any complaints! Staff is on top of everything and knowledgeable.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Authentic, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Biba's is always great for any occasion! :) Marcus was our server and he was tops!

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

We had an 8 pm reservation and did not get served until 9:15. The server disappeared after he served the salad and reappeared when he served the food. I was shocked and disappointed.

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The best Italian food and by far my all time favorite Restaurant.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Had been told by many that Biba was one of the best restaurants in Sacramento, and it did not disappoint. The food was excellent, you cannot go wrong with the gnocchi, it was fantastic. Service was attentive without being overbearing. I will definitely be eating at Biba again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The food at Biba can be spectacular on some days and just so so on others. For this meal my friend and I both ordered pasta for lunch. Mine was the spinach lasagna. The taste was fine but it was only lukewarm. My friends fettucine was fine but also nothing spectacular. The restaurant was selected because the noise level is generally pretty low and you can have a conversation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

The Scallops were superb and Tiramisu was the best I've had. Really a lovely evening!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Biba's is a Sacramento landmark and remains one of my favorite choices for a exceptional meal out. The food and service are impeccable, the desserts are divine.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 28, 2017

We were there for our girls lunch and to celebrate one’s birthday. The food was so delicious and we really enjoyed ourselves and the fabulous food. As always!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Best in Sacramento

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

My wife and I love eating at Biba. The staff is always friendly and attentive. The food from start to finish was fantastic.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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 on November 15, 2017

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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