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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 (67)
Good for a Date (56)
Authentic (52)
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Good for Anniversaries (49)
Romantic (38)
Fit for Foodies (38)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Notable Wine List (34)
Local Ingredients (33)
Worth the Drive (33)
Creative Cuisine (28)
Business Meals (26)
Great for Lunch (25)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Comfort Food (19)
Bar Seating (18)
Cozy (18)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Good for Groups (14)
Healthy (12)
Fun (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Live Music (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Casual (6)
Seasonal (6)
Organic (5)
People Watching (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Tasting Menu (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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Vegan (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (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.

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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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