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Permanently Closed - BICE - San Diego

4.3
1486 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Ideally located in the heart of San Diego's downtown Gaslamp Quarter, BiCE San Diego offers a skillful mix of traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine prepared with the best seasonal ingredients. As recipients of the 2015 Wine List Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator, we boast a temperature controlled wine cellar as well as an award-winning, full-service Italian cheese bar, which offers a constantly rotating selection of formaggi. The BiCE menu includes both classic and trend-driven Italian dishes, with standouts including homemade pastas, unique meat and seafood dishes, and decadent desserts. BiCE was recently recognized by the renowned James Beard Kitchen, where Chefs Mario Cassineri and Francesca Penoncelli were invited to share their Italian creations with some of New York City's greatest culinary minds. Awarded the 2015 ZAGAT RATED Extraordinary to Perfection for food, combined with our warm and inviting atmosphere, BiCE is guaranteed to impress.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday 11 am - 2:00 pm; Sunday & Monday closed.
Dinner: Daily: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Phone number
(619) 239-2423
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Mario Cassineri
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Private party facilities
Bice restaurant offers a skillful mix of classic and modern trends in Italian Cuisine, combining local and seasonal ingredients, bold spices and European sauces. From our homemade pasta dishes and tempting desserts to our award winning “Cheese & Salumi bar and authentic Italian wine selection.
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Private party contact
Fabrizio Donato: (877) 625-0944
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Catering
We offer catering at events both at BiCE and events located elsewhere. Restaurant buyout is available, as well as private and semi-private reservations. For more information, please refer to our website, bicesandiego.com, or email Fabrizio Donato at events@bicesd.com.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
4th Street
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Parking details
Street or valet parking available.
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Public transit
Bus Stop at Market and 4th ave. San Diego Trolley at Harbor and 5th ave.
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Special events & promotions
Happy Hour: Monday-Saturday: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm-Close
Free Corkage: Sundays, All Day
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3  based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on May 20, 2017

Always amazing service by Arnold. You just can't go wrong for a great night out. Good food and amazing service - thank you Arnold!

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DowntownDwellerIsHappy (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on May 15, 2017

We had not been to Bice before and we will cheerfully go there again. This restaurant makes lovely food, is generous with bread for the table, and is NOT very loud. Great time. Thanks.

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Paula (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

My daughter, Dr. Claudia Taylor, sent me a gift certificate for Mother's Day. She had researched all SD restaurants and found this at the top. She and her husband are "foodies" in Portland. OR.
The service was impeccable and professional AND friendly. All three courses were excellent except for the beef dish which I had ordered "rare". It was more than medium rare and a little tough. My friend's lamb was very good. I would return with friends at the Vi retirement facility if we could solve the parking problem because your food is very, very good. It was a lovely Mother's Day treat and I sent her photos of the menu and all the courses .

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vipgrandslamhomer (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

The Beef Tenderloin was Chewy and Tough

We went to Bice for the Mothers Day Special they had for $49.00 each. The service from Arnold was excellent. He was very nice. The 4 course meal was all very good except my Mustard crusted Beef Tenderloin. It was very tough and chewy. Everything else was good. I mentioned it to the manager on our way out of the restaurant and she said I'm sorry. Probably the worst plate I have had at Bice. Everything else is usually very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on May 12, 2017

I asked three times to get the ice water LOL. The main dishes are not really worth the price.

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AnaS (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 8, 2017

Fantastic restaurant! Service, food, all great. I highly recommend and would come back for sure.

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vipEdie (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on May 8, 2017

The service here is gracious and attentive--just right. Every thing about our meal was as we expected /hoped, appetizer was interesting and piqued our appetite but didn't kill it! The entrees were tasty and generous. Only fault might be the wine list. Especially the non-Italian selections. None of the California selections are the current stellar wines from the Central Coast or the Napa Valley or the other districts. You might consider starting all over again.

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Judgewoman1 (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on May 6, 2017

My husband and I enjoyed a lovely evening advice. We opted for a plate of truffle cheese and olives, the beef carpaccio, and the Sea-bass, and all were quite good. The bread basket was amazing. The only negatives were the noise level and our waiter who seem to forget about us for a while.

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vipGeeJay (New England)
1.0  Dined on May 3, 2017

The Hostess did not even greet us, she escorted us to our table with out a word to us, handed us our menus and dropped the wine list on the table and curtly said "Wine List! ". She never made eye contact with either of us and and we were both shocked the way she acted towards us.
Our waiter, was just the opposite, warm , conversational, engaging and attentive.

Unfortunately the meal was worse than our experience with the hostess, the food was not fresh, it had clearly been precooked and then just reheated before serving us, the veal was tough and saturated with oil as if it was reheated in oil the was not up to temp, the ravioli was rubbery and cold and the sauces had a "skin" or film on the top, as if they were not properly heated either.
All in all, inedible. Despite our waiters professional service and his sincere apologies, the meal was the worst I have experience in years.
What would I recommend this reatraunt for? Nothing.
Clearly with the exception of our waiter this place is just going through the motions and counting on it's location for business.

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CTodd (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on April 30, 2017

We went for our daughters 16th birthday (her find). Our evening was superb, The food, the service, and the ambiance were outstanding. I would definitely eat here again and recommend it to anyone.

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