Permanently Closed - Biba Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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Italian

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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Freddie
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Strong drinks and great atmosphere.

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LarryD
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Biba’s lived up to its reputation. Food was exciting and phenomenal and service outstanding. A wonderful celebration of our anniversary.

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MargieS
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a great experience but Beth our server was the BEST. Very efficient professional and helpful. We will request her again.
Margie Santos

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CarolC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place to celebrate!

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Pattie
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. It was quiet too even though the restaurant was full which I love so I can converse with my guests. I will definitely return!

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Hofame
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat. Great service, great food, great wine list. Biba serves the classics with contemporary flourish, and she has for a long time. Andiamo mangiare!

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vipStephL
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The boar ragu was amazing and the huckleberry lemon drop!

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TaraA
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thanks for a great meal. Love the lasagna!

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TMMG
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The food was very average this time. We got the veal, spaghetti and linguine with clams - all were not that great. The mushroom soup was a huge disappointment but the beet salad was great. Oh well, we miss Biba.

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GeoJ
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, elegant restaurant. Very quiet. We were greeted when entering the establishment and led to our table. Our waiter was exceptional. Very pleasant and knowledgeable when asked questions of particular food and spirits. He made sure we were all well taken care of.

The appetizer, salads, soup and main meals were all absolutely delicious and very well proportioned. At the end of our meals we only had room for cappuccinos, so no dessert.

We were surprised that the total cost was reasonable, so we’ll be back to try other offers from their menu.

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sacreno
Sacramento
37 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With the passing of Biba, we were worried about how good it would be without her. Very well indeed, is the answer. Food and service was excellent, despite some waiter glitch we did not understand. (Our waiter left, at about 7 on a Friday evening, apparently due to a family emergency) Person who replaced him was excellent. We have been waited on by her on prior visits.

Just one things missing: Biba strolling around the restaurant chatting with her guests. We hope her daughter(s) will continue that tradition.

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vipDinner
Sacramento
289 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent flavors at Biba! Your gnocchi was amazing! The desserts are incredible too!

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GEORGEP
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Their version of lasagna is beyond boring. Calamari was tasty. Salads were tiny. Waiter forgot our side of roasted veggies. Maybe there are better dishes on the menu but all I can say at this point is this place is 'highly overrated'.

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SFGal
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service from Beth and the feel of Biba herself again. We will continue to come back.

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JulieD
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

George is our favorite waiter. He’s amazing, knowledgeable, and funny. Good was exquisite, beautifully presented, and delicious! Never disappointed with my experience at Biba!! So excited to know that my absolute favorite dish, the lasagna is now served four days a week rather than only two. That was fantastic news!!!

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opts
Sacramento
18 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food cheerful service

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and helpful service. High quality food. Many options options and good wine list.

SJ
vipSacJT
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Still a good meal however not the same as when Biba was alive. Meal did not "pop" as it used to. Average salad and the prized lasagna was somewhat bland and lasagna a bit mushy. Best was the great Manhattan and the service.
Will still go there however hoping they improve.

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vipRonL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first real lunch date. The service from Jorge was outstanding. The food and ambiance were also outstanding.

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PeterM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very loud unfortunately. And beet salad had no beet or goat cheese

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MSmith
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent as usual. Service was perfect attentive but not obtrusive. Very nice dinner.

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Tagruvto
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, attentive staff and a very nice atmosphere.

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LeighC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Biba is, well, Biba. She is well-estsblished old-school restaurant of Sacramento. May I say “venerable?” The White walls and traditional ambiance made us harken back to so many business dinners there. No current trends, but not stodgy either just a very reliable favorite. Would I go back there? Only with a gift certificate or special occasion. Cheers Ms. Biba. We love you.

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BeverlyB
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Sacramento. For an appetizer I had the pasta of the day, lobster ravioli. The ravioli's and sauce were light a delicious. The main dish was sole with a lemony sauce. Delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
29 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reliably the most delicious restaurant in Sacramento for decades. Even if Biba has passed away her loyal staff carries on her legacy.

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Stephen
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lasagna now served on Wednesdays. Absolutely fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been wanting to come and eat here since before I moved to California. My mom and I were big fans of Biba and her cooking show in the 90s. My mother, a native of Sicily, learned so much about northern Italian cuisine from Biba, so we grew up eating her delicious food at home. Being Italian, I am very picky when it comes to Italian food outside of Italy, my moms house or my own. I was very impressed and loved how authentic the food was. The restaurant ambience was absolutely lovely! My husband and I had a great early Valentine’s Day celebration here and left with satisfied full tummies. I can’t wait to go back again!! If you’re going to get dessert get the Zuccotto Fiorentino! It was to die for!! Grazie, Biba!

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Towney2
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The evening was very nice and enjoyable, food was excellent, but service was a bit slow between courses.

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vipJoelP
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great before show quick dinner. They were very accommodating but I’d definitely schedule more time next time for a longer time there. Food was very yummy.

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vipCina
Sacramento
86 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our entrees were excellent--Branzino and Breast of Duck. The dessert was over the top (pound cake with chocolate mousse and covered with chocolate). The calamari was good except for being a little burnt on the edges. Our waitress was excellent. We will definitely return again and again.

Thank you for carrying on Biba's legacy.

JM
JoelM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, atmosphere, and delicious/authentic Italian food!

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KathyG
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Great service. Relaxed and professional. Will go again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The live piano music was great

SM
SuzanneM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always outstanding and the service personnel are friendly and also very respectful. Even the valet service is wonderful!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed the experience of dining at Biba!

JG
JohnG
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service, a pleasant surprise that we're glad we discovered.

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jonrik
Sacramento
14 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and impeccable service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was excellent - the server split the shared salad and the shared entree perfectly. The food was very good - we had the beet salad and it included the freshest, most delicious frisée I’ve ever had. The spaghetti carbonara was sublime. I loved the historic building that housed the restaurant.

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KIMBEE
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful place to visit. Every bite was incredibly fresh and full of flavor. We had the ricotta gnocchi ragu with pork. It was a perfectly portioned serving. We also enjoyed calamari, radicchio salad with pears, pecorino, olive oil and balsamic. It was so tangy and light. I would definitely love to go back and sit in the piano bar and try something different next time in the near future. Do not leave that restaurant without ordering the tiramisu!

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PamelaL
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our wait person was just wonderful, she was the best I have had in a very long time.

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Permanently Closed - Biba Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (916) 455-2422.

Permanently Closed - Biba Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 2617 OpenTable diners.