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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!
Sacramento, CA 95816
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
28th & Capitol Avenue
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Piano in lounge Wed-Sat from 6:00pm - 9:00pm
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.
Bus stops on Capitol Avenue in either direction just a few yards away.
Private Party Facilities:
Available only on special request.
Private Party Contact:
Karen Hand: (916) 455-2422
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
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.......
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.
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